Do you have an idea for a must-have product or service, but need help with what comes next?

On four Tuesdays in July, OfficeXpats at the Pavilion in Winslow is offering a lunchtime course to take your business or nonprofit idea to the next step.

Michael “Luni” Libes, author of The Next Step, provides a simple, understandable path through the stages of business planning. Each stage includes a set of key questions which, when answered, provide you with the materials needed for your formal business plan and pitch.

For four Tuesdays in July, Luni will take participants through the essential steps:

July 8: Sharing your idea.  Problem/Solution/Customer

July 15: Market research, Opportunity size, and Competitive analysis

July 22: Financial planning and fundraising

July 29: How to create and deliver a great pitch

Note: Kitsap Bank is currently running a contest called the Edg3 Fund, and offering a $20,000 prize to the business with the best pitch, so Luni will be discussing this opportunity as part of the class!

Get the most from the class by reading the book first.  “The Next Step: Guiding you from idea to startup.” See

Luni is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, advisor, and educator. Over the past two decades, he has helped build six start-ups, five of which he founded: Ground Truth (mobile analytics), Medio Systems (mobile search), Mforma (mobile gaming and applications), 2WAY (enterprise collaboration), and Nimble (pen computing).

Luni is an Entrepreneur in Residence and Instructor at Pinchot (, a University for the Common Good.

Most recently, Luni is the founder of Fledge LLC, the “conscious company” accelerator, at, and creator of Kick, “our” incubator, at

Luni says: “If you are going to take the crazy step of starting a company, make it one that matters.”

Credits:  BCB Host: Barry Peters.  BCB audio editor: Jeffrey Powel. Ferry/music: Dogfish Bay Studios. Synthetic music splash: Dave Bristow.