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‘Small Business Essentials’ course offered

August 30, 2011
Westfield Republican
DUNKIRK — Chautauqua Opportunities for Development, Inc. (CODI) and Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. (COI) are working together to offer an informative workshop for budding and established entrepreneurs.

“Small Business Essentials” is a 10-week course covering all issues involved in starting a business and making it successful. In Dunkirk, the course begins Sept. 13 and runs every Tuesday evening until Nov. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. located at 17 West Courtney Street. For Jamestown, the course begins Sept. 14 and runs every Wednesday evening until Nov. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Laughlin Community Action Center located at 402 Chandler Street.

The interactive workshop covers all aspects of getting a new business up and running. It is suitable for both the prospective entrepreneur and for those who have been in business for awhile and want to review important business essentials.

“In this workshop, our Business Development Specialist, Carol Ford, will explore what it takes for a business to be successful and also help establish individual determination to see if the prospective business owner(s) have the correct balance of determination and drive to make their business idea(s) come alive,” Robin Smith, COI Community Development Manager said. “We designed this interactive, step-by-step course, with real world applications to help micro enterprise participants gain an understanding of what elements are important in a business plan such as: identifying product/service, choosing a business structure, identifying site needs, government regulations, pricing strategy, sales strategy, financing strategy, industry analysis, market analysis, competitive comparison, resources and tools that are useful with a small business start-up and, above all, techniques to remaining proactive.

“We will create enthusiasm for prospective business owners by giving them the opportunity to take part in collaborative exercises and they will encounter presentations by local professionals, with allotted time at the end specifically for answering questions,” she said. “Ultimately, the prospective business owner(s) will have a completed business plan by the end of the course.”

The course is $125 and includes the cost of the workbook. Space is limited, To register, call the CODI offices at 661-9430 by noon on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Fee must be paid in full no later than Sept. 7. The course is partially funded by the Chautauqua Microenterprise Loan Fund Program.


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