Michelle Lehman, a graduate assistant and Client Specialist, answered a few of the Allan P. Kirby Center’s commonly asked client questions. Lehman has been a scholar at the Center since 2016, and has worked with a multitude of clients in that time span. These are a few of the questions she has encountered from clients over the past three years.
Q: What is the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship?
A: The Allan P. Kirby Center is a business development center that fosters entrepreneurship through business development, education and community outreach.
Q: What can the Center do for entrepreneurs?
A: The Center can transform an entrepreneur’s epiphany into a reality. We take entrepreneurs through a structured step-by-step process that provides them with the tools and support to develop, advance and launch their venture.
Q: What are the unique services offered at the Center?
A:The Center offers an array of different services in accounting, business development, engineering, communications, marketing and science, that can be found on our website, wilkes.edu/kirby. I am excited to announce that in Fall 2019 we will be offering new services like social media training, branding portfolios, and website development!
Q: What is the first step in starting a business?
A: Validate the concept! I always tell my clients that it the first step in starting a business is researching the concept and conducting a feasibility analysis. A feasibility analysis is a test of the product’s or service’s likelihood to survive, based on financial, marketing, operational and technical components.Validating the concept will save the entrepreneur time, money and energy.
Q: Do I need to have a background in business or management?
A: NO! The majority of our clients have no background in business or management, but they use their experience in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) or other industry sectors to discover gaps in the market and create innovations. Any person, anywhere, with any background can be an entrepreneur — that is the beauty of the career.