Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Great Workshop for Future Entrepreneurs

South Carolina residents with entrepreneurial dreams are getting on track to be a part of the new economy!

Our "How to Start A Small Business" workshop last night was a great success, with 19 brand new or soon-to-be business owners meeting with the SBDC's Winthrop Regional Director, Larry Stevens. Participants were given a packet of information to help them understand what's involved in beginning or expanding a business. They were also presented with a template for a business plan that they could begin filling out at home. Once that's complete, they'll be able to make an appointment for a free consultation with one of our small business consultants to fine-tune those plans, and/or prepare documents to begin seeking funding.

A good business plan is at the heart of every successful small business. It helps you organize your business from its very inception, instead of thinking as you go. It readies you to present your business in a positive light when you're ready to look for start-up or expansion funding. Funding is hard-to-come-by these days unless you have a well-developed business plan and meet the criteria to qualify for a loan. You don't want to go to the bank being unprepared.

If you don't have an SBDC office near you, and you want to begin creating your business plan on your own, go to our main web site and look under "Training" to download our Business Plan Template.

We'll be holding another "How to Start A Small Business" workshop in September -- see our calendar below for details, and pre-register through our web site if you'd like to attend.

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