Training includes:

StartingUp Now: 24 Steps to Launch Your Own Business simplifies necessary business aspects, using real-life scenarios to provide critical guidance through each aspect of business development.

StartingUp Now: Facilitator Guide teaches instructors how to use StartingUp Now as a business planning resource for startups, first and secondary school systems, colleges, prisons, churches and community organizations.

StartingUp Now Business Simulation Game experience is an experiential, team-based, high-energy, competitive, activity that reinforces the 24 key principles from the book: StartingUp Now: 24 Steps to Launch a Business. By assuming the role of manufacturers and retailers in a simulated business environment, participants make decisions about realistic challenges including pricing, costing, financial planning, and reactions to unexpected events. Participants practice skills in financial literacy, record-keeping, risk management, and initiative, experimenting with new behaviors, business strategies, team communication, competitive analysis, and negotiating—all while having fun! Applicable to both youth and adults. (Game available for purchase.)

SUNSuite Web-Based App Suite (Beta Version) includes StartingUp Now: 24 Steps book content, SUN Business Plan Template, SUN CFO and SUN CFO-Pro Financial Tools, SUN Talks Video Series & Learning Guides, and SUN Program Planner (app descriptions below).

SUNTalks 5-7 minute video segments led by entrepreneurs and business leaders for each chapter in StartingUp Now: 24 Steps. Each SUN Talk has an accompanying hard copy Learning Guide to help the entrepreneur capture the content and guide them to apply the content to their own business. Included with Skillcenter Membership.

SUN CFO is a financial planning mobile app for entrepreneurs, making it easier to make informed financial decisions with real-time updates available on your mobile device.

SUN CFO-Pro is the premium version of SUN CFO, offering additional features that allow users to save data to their account and then access it on both mobile and desktop devices. Includes monthly revenue projections (not just yearly) with added graphs and charts for data review. Information exports to Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets.

SUNPP is a mobile responsive, web-based application with real-time analytics for planning sustainable programs, offering labor cost control, inventory and supply management, collaboration with team members, and information exports to Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets.

Adult Trainings

Facilitator training



1449 S Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60605


October 11-13, 2022

Event Details

SUN 3 Day Facilitator Training will prepare instructors to guide new and experienced entrepreneurs through the business planning process.

Cost $995/person

(call 855-478-2786 for group pricing)

Training Overview

Learn to coach, guide, and train entrepreneurs to launch their own businesses using the StartingUp Now (SUN) System:

Learn small business dynamics in a team-based, high-energy, competitive format. Fun for both youth and adults!

  • SUN:24 Steps to Launch Your Own Business book and Facilitator Guide
  • SUNSuite Web-Based App Suite (Beta Version) which includes:
      • SUN24 Steps book content
      • SUN Business Plan Template
      • SUN CFO
      • SUN CFO-Pro
      • SUN Talks Video Series & Learning Guides
      • SUN Program Planner

SUN Facilitators will learn to guide entrepreneurs to:

  • Identify the "Big Idea"
  • Determine "Market Viability"
  • Create Financial Statements
  • Price Products and Services
  • ...and more!

Class size limited to 15. Reserve your spot today!