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The Brian Hamilton Foundation’s Starter U: How to Start and Grow a Business is a free, self-paced online course teaching everything you need to know to start, run, and grow a business. Whether you live in Portland, Oregon or Portland, Maine, work 3rd shift or 1st shift, this course is designed to give you, the entrepreneur, the flexibility to learn according to your schedule.
Our course covers business ideation, marketing, selling, customer service, how to overcome the biggest obstacle stopping you from starting your business: you. Through roughly twelve hours of instruction, entrepreneur stories, quizzes, and discussion topics, we distill everything you absolutely need to know to start your business tomorrow. At the end of the course, you will receive a certification proving you have successfully completed the course. So, what are you waiting for? Start today!
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– Login and Begin Learning
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– Go to the Google Play Store
– Search “Matrix LMS”
– Enter “brianhamilton” for URL
– Login and Begin Learning
What Users Say
“I appreciated the level of knowledge from the instructors and also how they made it easy for someone without any business experience to understand.”
“Very easy to understand the instructors. It was good to receive feedback from entrepreneurs and hear them talk openly… Also, loved that none of the videos or chapters were extremely long.”
“I loved the point system, that was fun and felt exciting to keep going. I enjoyed the speakers and the videos with advice from other entrepreneurs. Overall, I thought the curriculum was well thought out and easy to follow.”
“I liked that we were watching videos, it kept my attention more than reading something…I loved listening to the entrepreneurs’ stories, as well… and that we were being taught by the real players in the game.”
This course represents decades of entrepreneurship experience. When asked what information is absolutely necessary to start a business tomorrow, everyone agreed on the following.
Section 1 – Getting Your Business Off The Ground
Chapter 1 – What is Required to Be An Entrepreneur
Chapter 2 – Reasons to Start A Business
Chapter 3 – Obstacles & Roadblocks/Why Businesses Fail
Chapter 4 – How to Come Up with A Business Idea
Chapter 5 – Launch Considerations & To-Do Items
Chapter 6 – How to Get Your First Customers
Section 2 – Growing Your Business
Chapter 1 – Hiring
Chapter 2 – Financing
Chapter 3 – How to know if you should expand
Chapter 4 – Legal Infrastructure
Chapter 5 – Strategic Partnerships
Chapter 6 – Money Management
Chapter 7 – How do you sift through buying things?
Chapter 8 – Getting and Using Customer Feedback
Chapter 9 – Getting and Using Employee Feedback
Section 3 – Additional Things You Need To Know
Chapter 1 – Accounting & Finance
Chapter 2 – Branding Your Business
Chapter 3 – Marketing
Chapter 4 – Sales
Chapter 5 – Customer Service & Success
Chapter 6 – Legal
Chapter 7 – Human Resources/Managing People
Closing – If You Do Nothing Else, Do This
Meet Your Instructors
Founder, The Brian Hamilton Foundation
Brian Hamilton co-founded Sageworks, the country’s first fintech and largest provider of software to U.S. banks. He sold the company to a leading private equity firm in 2018. He is also the founder of Inmates to Entrepreneurs, a national program that helps people with criminal records start their own small businesses, and the Brian Hamilton Foundation, which provides access to entrepreneurship to people who wouldn’t otherwise have it. Hamilton holds multiple patents for his work in automating financial analysis.
He is a regular guest on CNBC and Fox and is regularly quoted in and writes for all major national media publications. He is also a contributor to Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines. The first in his family to attend college, Brian holds an undergraduate degree from Sacred Heart University, where he served on the Board of Trustees, and an MBA from Duke University.
Founder, MYOB Limited
Chris co-founded MYOB Limited, a software company specializing in business accounting and payroll applications. He was the company’s executive director and lead product developer as it grew from a 5-person business in Rockaway, NJ to one of the world’s leading information technology companies with over 1,200 employees in seven countries on four continents. During that time he also served as a member of the original Apple Macintosh Software Development Team and led the development of Charles Schwab’s first online stock trading system and Dow Jones & Company’s portfolio management software. Chris was also an early investor in Sageworks, Inc. and served as an advisor and board member for many years.
Chris is a graduate of Rutgers College and the Rutgers Graduate School of Management. Today, in addition to being an advisor to a handful of technology ventures including QuadPay and Searchfunder.com, Chris is a long-time youth sports coach and a United Way certified youth mentor. He has worked for the past 15 years with underprivileged and at-risk youth. Chris lives with Judy, his wife of 40 years. They have three grown boys and serve as guardians for four additional boys.
Bobby Martin believes that too many startup founders pivot too early, quit too early, and expect rapid takeoff. Through his experience of starting and selling First Research (a leader in sales intelligence) to Fortune 500 firm, Dun & Bradstreet, he’s learned first-hand the challenges and solutions at each stage of entrepreneurial growth. In addition to his book The Hockey Stick Principles, Bobby’s current adventure is starting Tilly, a virtual financial planning company. He is also Chairman and co-founder of Vertical IQ, a leading provider of sales research insight for banks.
Bobby is an angel investor and serves as an active board member with several innovative start-ups, including Boardroom Insiders, myLifeSite, Sageworks, Vital Plan, Zynbit, Myxx, Local Eye Site, and etailinsights. He is also in the process of starting a new company.
While he is a national speaker, he is still a hometown guy and focuses most of his investments in North Carolina where he has lived and worked. He graduated from Appalachian State University and is an avid tennis player.
Former CEO, Sageworks
Scott is an experienced business leader who has been humbled by the challenges and tests of resiliency from starting and growing businesses. Most recently, he was CEO of Sageworks where he was part of a team that grew the company from a startup to a 300-person, world-class company that was purchased by a leading private equity firm. Prior to that he had experience building and selling a startup company in Silicon Valley and spent time on Wall Street with Merrill Lynch.
Scott was raised by a father who was a NC public school math teacher and mother who was an artist. He was an Eagle Scout, attended high school at the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics, and obtained his B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Most recently he has focused his attention to helping young entrepreneurs develop their businesses. His hope is to pass along to other entrepreneurs a few tips to help them miss a few of the land mines he was able to uncover through his own experiences.
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