The Makeover

Keeping Yavapai Small Business Dreams Alive!

What is it?

The Small Business Makeover program is powered by the Yavapai College Small Business Development Center.  This program recognizes and rewards the hard work and dedication that small business owners put into their businesses and offers a catalyst for growth and continued success!

Businesses will be selected to receive a Makeover of a Lifetime

Businesses will be selected to receive a Mini-Makeover

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makeover of a lifetime

We learn about your business, your aspirations and challenges. Together we walk through a discovery and assessment process to identify key areas of your business that can benefit from a change or improvement: it could be a website makeover, marketing or sales strategy overhaul, operations improvement, new technology implementation or a remodel of your physical space. We’ll see!

Once we identify the areas that will make the greatest impact for your business, we’ll bring in our SBDC experts and also a team of business experts to help… just like some of the “rescue” shows you may have seen on TV. And no, we will not create scenes or yell! We will also document the journey via videography to create four short films that will be played at the celebration event (format TBD) in the fall of 2021.

How it works:

Apply

Submit your application for a Makeover of a Lifetime.

Selection

A committee, comprised of business community members, will select the Makeover of a Lifetime candidates.

Notification

The SBDC team will follow up with you to answer your questions and discuss the process.  Together, we will identify challenges and opportunities.

Makeover of a Lifetime

We create the game plan and make it come alive! Our team and experts walk side-by-side with you and we both “get our hands dirty” while the Yavapai College team films the makeover journey.

Re-launch

You “re-launch” your business.

Celebrate

The community supports and celebrates you throughout the journey. We highlight your business and share your progress on the Makeover website and social media. We celebrate you at the final event to be held in the fall 2021 in a format and location to be determined.

Sixty Businesses

Mini Makeover

You are not one of the four? Don’t sweat! At SBDC we listen to the needs of our community and we are relentless about constant improvement. The 60 Mini Makeover businesses will receive a new SBDC pilot consulting program similar to a business bootcamp.

You will have access to all SBDC resources, new assessment and diagnostic process, and external business expert led sessions. Think of it as a catalyst to help your business reach the next level!

How it works:

Apply

Submit your application for a Makeover of a Lifetime.

Selection

A committee, comprised of business community members, will select the Mini Makeover candidates.

Notification

The SBDC team will follow up with you to answer your questions and discuss the process.  Together, we will identify challenges and opportunities.

Register with the SBDC

Participate in an Introduction and Discovery conversation with Yavapai’s Small Business Development Center

Mini Makeover Process

We create the game plan and make it come alive! Our team and business experts lead your through the bootcamp consisting of an assessment, business diagnostic, expert led sessions on key business topics, along with SBDC network tools and expertise.

Evaluate

Meet with SBDC to evaluate the impact results of the Mini Makeover.

Celebrate

The community supports and celebrates you throughout the journey. With your permission, we highlight your business share your journey on the More Stories section of the Makeover website. We also highlight you at the final event to be held in the fall 2021 in a format and location to be determined.

Selection Criteria at a Glance:

Criteria for small business makeover contest

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Impacted by Covid19 and the current economic environment. Written description of the impact is reviewed by the Selection Committee.

small business guideline for contest

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Small business with up to $15MM in annual revenues and/or under 500 employees.

Yavapai Small Business Contest

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Domiciled in Yavapai County, not a subsidiary or a branch.

Business requirement for SBM contest

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In business for at least three years.

guidelines for small business makeover contest

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Has not received ongoing coaching in the last 5 years from the Yavapai College SBDC.
Businesses that received only federal disaster help from the SBDC in 2020 are eligible to apply.

Makeover of a lifetime contest guidelines

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If one of the 4 Makeover of a Lifetime businesses, must be willing to participate in the videography.

Yavapai small business Guideline

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Business owner and the leadership team must be open minded and willing try new methods, technology, implement changes based on recommendations of the Small Business Makeover business experts. The business must also follow-through on the work agreed upon with the Small Business Makeover team.

Small Business Makeover Guidelines

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The business and/or the business owner must not be involved in legal proceedings.

Are you a start up?

If you are considering launching a new business, or have just started your business, the SBDC can help you with your business plans. Register for an initial consultation at the link below. An SBDC analyst will reach out to you to schedule an appointment to discuss your business needs.

In business less than 3 years?

If you are past the start-up phase (congratulations!!!) and in business less than three years, the SBDC can help you manage and grow your business. Register for an initial consultation at the link below. An SBDC analyst will reach out to you to schedule an appointment to discuss your business needs.
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“Thank you SO MUCH for all your help.  You really came through in our time of need and anxiety.”  – Sedona Cathedral Highway B&B and Spa: Kathy and Larry Kaeckel

we are so grateful

“SBDC has been instrumental in the development of our new business! They’ve helped us with so many things: from networking to production, policy, and procedure development, to website development, and more. We are so grateful for their expert assistance! We feel our new business is off to a great, healthy start because of them.” – Oak Creek Sheet Metal and TAC Fabrication, 2020 Success Award Winners: Kim and Todd Bean

Extemely grateful

“I cannot say enough good things about my SBDC counselors, Jeri Denniston and Ruth Ellen Elinski. They have bent over backwards to assist me in small tasks up to what seemed insurmountable to me. They reach out and remind me if I am falling behind in where I should be for the growth of the business. They are always willing to do research on topics I find myself overwhelmed by and without the time to investigate. They are always professional and concerned. I have found them incredible approachable, supportive and excited for the success of my business. I am extremely grateful for their mentorship.” – LaserGirl Skincare LLC, 2020 SBDC Success Award Winner: Anita Marcus