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Create a Business Plan for Your Media Startup

– BRENT YARNELL

You already have the skills. You blog, market your stories, and can manage a team of editors and writers. Why do all that for someone else when you could gain more fulfillment (and, hopefully, money) as an entrepreneur?

Learn how to get started at mediabistro.com’s Startup Boot Camp, running July 12 through August 30.

Here are three reasons you should sign up:

1. Expert tips. Media entrepreneurs and educators, including mediabistro.com founder Laurel ToubyAlexa Andrzejewski (Foodspotting) and Sree Sreenivasan (Columbia Journalism School), will share their experiences in eight online video sessions. You’ll learn how to secure seed funding and to apply your journalism skills to your own venture.

2. Personal attention. In small group sessions, you’ll get feedback on your business plan and be able to refine them over eight weeks. In the end, your classmates  will vote on the top three plans, and the winners will get personalized advice from venture-capitalist-turned-business-adviser Larry Kramer.

3. Flexible class schedule. You needn’t worry about missing one of the video sessions: Everything will be recorded and stored online to be viewed at your convenience.

Sound good? Register soon, because the $100 early bird discount ends today.

Mediabistro Course

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