The Importance of a Business Plan 02112019 February 11, 2019, 6:00pm CST
Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd
Anheuser-Busch Hall - Room 208
Saint Louis, MO, 63105

The Importance of a Business Plan

If you are thinking of starting a new business, YOU NEED A BUSINESS PLAN! This course will focus on creating a Business Plan for a start-up business and will help you determine if your idea makes financial sense. At the end of the course, we will connect you with a SCORE counselor, who will help you complete your Business Plan.

Those in business who are seeking a loan to expand their business may also find this course helpful.

This course will cover the following topics:

  • The Purpose of a Business Plan
  • Key Parts of a Business Plan
  • Connecting with a SCORE Counselor
  • Writing Your Business Plan
  • Presenting your Business Plan to a Lender

Speaker's Bio:

Gary O'Grady, SCORE Mentor

Gary O’Grady has over 35 years of executive level experience shaping critical financial operations. Most recently he spent twelve years developing public and private partnerships in the St. Louis area. As the Director of Economic Development and the Chamber Executive for the City of Eureka, Gary worked with city government and the business community to build close working relationships. As the Vice President of Business Development for the St. Louis County Economic Council, he was responsible for the growth and development of County businesses.

As an entrepreneur, Gary started a multi-store, non-franchise ice cream and yogurt business which he later sold. He spent over twenty years in retail credit management for Rhodes Furniture and J.C. Penney in positions of Vice President of Credit to the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Credit.

For the last 11 years, Gary has been a counselor with SCORE. Gary is a graduate of St. Louis University with a major in Finance and has a MBA from New York University.

Bob Helfrich, SCORE Mentor

Bob retired from the financial services industry as small business lender and market research consultant for banks and credit unions across the U.S. As a banker, Bob focused on all aspects of small business lending and asset-based credit programs. His bank consulting background included advising management teams on strategic growth, loan portfolio management and market research. Bob has an MBA in Economics from St. Louis University and a BA in Economics from Benedictine College. He is a certified SCORE mentor and conducts workshops on business financing and business plans.


All SCORE workshops are $45 with pre-paid registration; Fontbonne students free with valid student ID; Veterans are $25 with valid Military ID. $55 at-the-door, subject to availability.