WHAT IS THIS?
As part of the FEC Network, we have been in the amusement attractions industry since 1995. From those years of experience, and our Fun Center Feasibility service, we developed the Startup Academy program. A simple, cost-effective, DIY business planning and startup course, for new amusement entrepreneurs looking to get a professional feasibility analysis, and completed fun center business plan, at a reasonable price.
There are many services out there that will do this for you (including our own feasibility & planning service), but they can be expensive, and it can be difficult to present to potential funders, if the entrepreneur does not have a grasp on the completed plan and it’s market data.
Startup Academy addresses this, by having the entrepreneur do the local research and build-out the plan with our materials and direct experience, coaching and consultation.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Academy program is a 37 page WORD document with (7) modules, delivered online and in regular telephone consultations supporting each of the modules:
* Competitive Analysis
* Lease Space
* Operating Expense.
* Project ROI
Each module contains a number of ‘Attachments’ which are the financial worksheets that support the written part of the plan. The program may be purchased as a complete package (all modules with the fun center business plan), or spearately with which ever modules may be helpful. All of the individual modules below are “Stand-alone Consultations” based on our Fun Center Plan. The fun center business plan needs to be purchased to support the individual modules. This may be a good option for developers who already have, or are capable of completing the feasibility and plan without all of our assistance, but require specific support with a particular part of the plan/process.
Each module is supported by our telephone consultation (coaching) and covers all aspects of not only the financial attachments, but the opportunity, the market, and the business as it relates to that module. That consultation is then used by you to complete the module on your own time. Proceed to the next module, repeat… and so on.
Once enrolled in the Academy course, materials are emailed direct to your desktop so you can get to work right away (this is not a course that may be completed on a mobile device).
After you have had a chance to review the materials included;
* 37 page WORD document written plan
* 27 Sheet financial statements (Excel)
* Full business forms and manuals
* 16 pdf guidebooks
Your business coach sets up an initial telephone consultation to further review the above materials, including your project goals, your local market and the industry. Typically lasting 60 minutes or so, this is our initial consultation and offers you a chance to ask any questions and for you and your coach to get on the same page regarding your business goals, the opportunity and a timeline for moving forward within the program.
In order to start moving forward, we need to uncover your market opportunity, and prosped project scope. What kind of amusement attraction best fits your business goals, the local market, your access to funding, and available space within your target market area and demographic age group? We help you find all the resources and data needed to answer these questions, and along with industry specific market data, amusement trends and potential activity mix, so we can start working with each course module.
The Academy program is an excellent online business development program that helps you keep focused and motivated while working together to complete your plan (project information is kept strictly confidential during the startup academy program).