Business Basics 2

Business Isn't Scary! We'll Show You...

Gain a high-level understanding of the second half of the process to start or progress a small business. This will include learning about; financial modeling and accounting principles, the daily operations of a business, financing a start-up, how to market, promote, and sell your product or service, and the intricacies of understanding your customer and use persuasion. Designed to women but open to all! This course empowers women with a vision to take actionable steps to move their idea forward. This course content is based on principles of lean startup and design-thinking methods.

Registration is Open with a special discount! 



Course Benefits

  • Gain a basic understanding of financial modeling and accounting. 
  • Understand the ways that one can finance a start-up and what resources are available. 
  • Learn how to market, promote and sell your product or service, understand your customer and use persuasion. 
  • Get practice presenting and sharing your ideas.
  • Learn about what constitutes the daily operations of a business, key activities, and resources. 
  • Develop skills to assess the success of your new product or service idea.
  • Explore the career choice of being an entrepreneur through the materials and also with your peers. 
  • Provide information to decide if you might like to continue your education in graduate studies such as a focus or degree in Business Administration. 
  • If you are already working in a company, learn how to be an intrapreneur and bring innovation and revenue opportunities to a business at any level. 





Karen Tempkin
Nimbletwist Consulting

Karen advises businesses in developing strategy, creating overall company value, maximizing growth and operational efficiency, and achieving the outcomes they desire. She has a unique ability to combine business development with personal development to create individual solutions for each client.

Karen has a proven track record in small and large businesses (e.g., consulting, multinational financial software, engineering, defense, and service-based industries), creating business vision and goals, and designing sustainable strategies that result in quantifiable business outcomes. She develops practical and socially/environmentally/financially responsible approaches to attaining business goals, while ensuring clients are achieving their potential and creating joy and satisfaction in their work. She has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Arizona and a BA from Wellesley College, is a certified Corporate Sustainability Manager, certified Six Sigma Process Improvement Black Belt, Environmental Leadership Program Fellow, and guest lecturer and business competition coach and judge at the University of Montana College of Business. She recently taught a women’s business Accelerator course (mini-MBA) in Washington, DC and Missoula, MT with Her Corner: accelerator and is an instructor for the Pursue your Passion Program at the University of Montana. She has over 20 years of combined business, leadership, corporate sustainability, and consulting experience. Learn more about Karen at:

Areas of expertise:
  • Developing and implementing Corporate Social Responsibility programs
  • Developing overall strategy and goals, and creating business plans
  • Developing processes and systems to align company strategy and objectives with performance goals and metrics
  • Assisting entrepreneurs, business owners and employees with decision-making, problem solving, creating accountability, and improving communication
  • Improving project management and time management skills to help individuals achieve their professional and personal goals
  • Creating management structures and teams to support strategy and business/financial goals
  • Creating management structures and teams to support strategy and business/financial goals
  • Maximizing growth and operational efficiency (for both processes and people), utilizing processes and tools of the Six Sigma Black Belt methodology of process improvement
  • Teaching, coursework development, mentorship and facilitation
Contact information:

Karen Tempkin


Course Details

  • Starts Tuesday May 24th, 2022, and ends Friday July 1st, 2022.
  • Online: work is done independently and autonomously to meet deadlines
  • Tuesday evening labs from 6:00-7:00 for questions, occasional guest speakers, and virtual relationship building with classmates (can also watch recordings of live sessions on your own time).
  • Spots Available: 100 (first-come, first-served)
  • Pre-requisites: while we recommend taking the original Pursue Your Passions course first to learn introductions to frameworks and gather validation, you can still take this course first if you want to jump in full force.
  • One month free in our Mighty Network online community that includes group business coaching and an open space to collaborate with other like-minded women

Course Facilitator 


Kassi Strong

Strong Marketing & Strategy

Kassi is an entrepreneur and digital marketer who is passionate about helping new entrepreneurs start their own businesses to create lives they love. Kassi received her BA in Psychology from the University of Montana and has since helped market and grow a wide variety of businesses. From copy writing for a local food company to creating long-term business and marketing strategy for venture-backed tech startups, she has a strong understanding of what it takes to create and grow a successful business. While completing her degree at UM, Kassi participated in the Pursue Your Passions program during which she started her first small business, Crepe Cuisine. She is excited to help course participants dive into their passions and explore relevant business opportunities.

 In 2020, Kassi participated in the Techstars Boulder accelerator with Charmed, a tech startup that she was connected to through the Blackstone LaunchPad. During her experience in the accelerator, she was able to explore the world of technology and startups on an even deeper level while learning a wide variety of ideation and business development techniques.



Registration closes May 20th, 2022


Pay What You Can

WELL has three different prices for you to choose from in order to make this course accessible to as many people as possible. Choose whatever price works best for you at this point of time. If you require additional assistance beyond what is listed please email the online program manager for scholarship opportunities.

Special Business Basics 2 Discount! Register for Business Basics 2 now for 50% off

 Register for BB1 and BB2: Click here to register for both courses


$100 (from $199)

I'm on a budget and understand this price will primarily cover the cost of instruction.

50% discount off the full price


$150 (from $299)

I have a moderate income and understand this price will help cover the cost of instruction and some administrative expenses.

25% discount off the full price


$200 (from $399)

I have a moderate income and understand this price will help cover the cost of instruction, administrative expenses and marketing expenses to reach rural and Indigenous audiences.

Also I understand that $20 of my contribution will go to provide discounts for other students who cannot afford these courses right now.