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Small Business Development Center offers two business start-up seminars

Sept. 26, 2008 -- The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Arkansas State University will host a pair of workshops, Thursday, Oct. 2, including "Starting a Business in Arkansas," from 1-4 p.m. and “How to Write a Business Plan,” from 6-9 p.m. Both seminars will be held at the ASU Technical Center, 5504 Krueger Drive, in Jonesboro.

Susan Glasgow, ASU SBDC training coordinator, will be the guest speaker at “Starting a Business in Arkansas,” while SBDC business consultant Laura Miller will direct “How to Write a Business Plan.”

Registration for “Starting a Business in Arkansas” is $30.  ASU faculty, staff and students may attend at half price while veterans may attend at no charge.   Advance registration is requested.

This workshop, designed for anyone considering starting a business, provides practical advice for the planning stage and determining the feasibility of the business idea. Participants will study the major steps crucial to starting a business, key issues that affect business success and start-up requirements.

Also on the agenda are licenses, permits, taxes, and financing, as well as discussions on avoiding common pitfalls of entrepreneurs.

Co-sponsors for the event are Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce and
East Arkansas Planning and Development District. 

In the “How to Write a Business Plan” seminar, the workshop teaches the entrepreneur how to develop a business plan which helps define the concept, evaluate the competition, determine risks and estimate costs incurred in business.  This seminar will explain and illustrate the business plan format.

Registration is $35 per person. ASU faculty, staff and students may attend at half price. Co-sponsors are East Arkansas Planning and Development District and the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce.

It is recommended that those hoping to start a business attend "Starting a Business in Arkansas" before developing the business plan.  A second session of “Starting a Business in Arkansas” is scheduled for Oct. 27.

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