Marshall Texas News Messenger
Seminar offers small business advice
By Steve Bandy, News Messenger
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Potential small business owners in the Marshall area will get advice on ways to jump
start their entrepreneurial endeavors during a free seminar on Oct. 30.
The Kilgore College Small Business Development Center, the Marshall Economic
Development Corp. and the Marshall Business Development Center will be sponsoring
the "Business Start-up Meeting" at the Center for Applied Technology.
Instructors will be Brad Bunt, director of the Kilgore College SBDC, and Virgel Conner,
counselor for the SBDC.
Also on hand to answer questions will be Gay Hobbs, manager of the Center for Applied
Technology and the Business Development Center of Marshall.
The session will be from 9 a.m. until noon and will continue twice a month thereafter.
"We are pleased to offer this in the Marshall area and are excited that we will be able to
continue offering this on a continuous basis in Marshall," Bunt said. "The Center for
Applied Technology and Business Development Center are wonderful resources for the
people of Marshall and one of their goals is to increase business development and
education of small businesses in Marshall.
"By joining forces, we can offer training that will benefit anyone wishing to start a new
business and continue to work with them in the future on any business need," he added.
"We hope to hold this seminar about twice a month at the CAT center and feel it will
benefit those people who live in and around Marshall greatly."
This start-up meeting was designed by the Kilgore SBDC in an effort to aid current and
future entrepreneurs not only with the difficult decision of going into business for
themselves, but also with the difficult day-to-day decisions regarding the operation of a
business, according to Bunt.
From making the initial decision to start a business, to planning for a company's tax
savings, Bunt said these meetings will help would-be entrepreneurs with