Workshop Guides Entrepreneurs in Right Direction

By: Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center Last Updated: November 19, 2012

nwi-sbdcThe Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center is offering Launch Your Own Business Workshop: A Sound and Proven Path from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 11 at the Regional Development Company, 1757 Thornapple Circle.

The workshop focuses on new entrepreneurs and aims to help them evaluate their business ideas, prepare a sound business plan, manage expectations and increase chances of accessing capital. Workshop topics include: identifying personal objectives, skills and resources; describing business ideas and requirements; developing a sales forecast; identifying start-up expenses; estimating an operating budget; and analyzing feasibility results.

The cost of the workshop is $25 and pre-registration and pre-payment are required. To register, visit www.nwisbdc.org, click on seminars and events, the workshop, and follow instructions or call 219-644-3513.

The workshop is based on the ISBDC's A Sound and Proven Path Towards Launching Your Own Business Workbook, available at all ISBDC offices. A free copy of this 60 page step-by-step workbook will be distributed to participants and used during the class.

Following the course, NWI SBDC advisors will be available for no-cost one-on-one business consulting, which includes market research and financial diagnostic reports, to help new entrepreneurs implement their strategic plans and provide ongoing guidance as they develop their businesses.

Serving seven counties in the region, the NWI SBDC offers no-cost assistance for entrepreneurs starting or expanding their businesses. Through one-on-one consulting, the NWI SBDC helps guide small businesses toward their goals by offering referrals, workshops, training opportunities and other essential business tools. It is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Small Business Administration, the State of Indiana and other local partners.

For more information, visit www.nwisbdc.org.