RESOURCES
Every Business Needs Help Getting Started

Companies must have an advisor from the Jones County School System and confirm a business mentor that will work with your company throughout the JC FLEX Competition (advisor & mentor could be the same). In addition, we thought the following resources would be helpful to all teams as they begin their respective businesses. We wish you all the best in making your dream business a reality!

Strategy

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BPLANS: Sample Business Plans

Bplans contains the largest single online collection of free sample business plans. In addition, it has helpful tools and guides to help you manage your business better. You can click the link above to view sample business plans by category.

Development

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Small Business Administration:

Business Plan Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. They have a step-by-step guide to developing a business plan. 

Start-Up Costs

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Small Business Administration: Calculating Your Startup Costs

It is very important to know how much it will take to get your business up and running. Use this helpful guide from the Small Business Administration to aid you in your calculations.

Finances 

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Financial Template:

Use this version or a similar income statement for reporting your financials in Round 2 and Round 3.

Financial Template

Marketing

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Gray/JC Chamber of Commerce:

Video on Marketing

How to Create a Brand with Purpose

                          

 "NO"

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Gray/JC Chamber of Commerce: Video on

"Fear of No"

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Customer Service

Gray/JC Chamber of Commerce:

Why Customer Service Matters 

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The Original

FLEX

Original FLEX

​Jones County adopted the concept of the FLEX program originated at Fitzgerald CCA. You can view several videos here to learn about their process.