San Angelo Standard Times Go SanAngelo.com
Monday, October 20, 2008
Getting a new business venture off the ground is challenging and rewarding. Along the
way a little expert advice can go a long way and save you from some costly mistakes.
You're probably thinking, "How much will that expert advice cost?" I have some good
news for you. This expert advice will cost you nothing when you use the Small Business
Development Center's services.
You not only get expert advice but you get resources such as a start-up packet, on-line
training, guidance with developing a business plan, financial projections and business
We offer seminars and workshops at no cost or for a nominal fee from which you can
obtain further business training.
Whether you are already in business or just starting a new venture, seek training
opportunities to better manage your business. The SBDC offers a wide variety of
business management training topics such as sales, marketing, business plan,
insurance, franchising, government procurement, Web site building, taxes, customer
service, exporting, bookkeeping and a wide variety of human resource topics such as
employee policy handbook, basics of HR, warehouse safety, violence and harassment in
the workplace, hiring employees, etc.
The SBDC's online training features up to 26 business management modules to choose
from. If you cannot find the training you are looking for, there are numerous online
training opportunities on the Internet. For example, SBA.gov and
hp.com/go/learningcenter offers a wide variety of free online training.
To avoid some costly mistakes, participate in the SBDC's Small Business Management
Certificate program for entrepreneurs, it is highly recommended. This program is
celebrating a one-year anniversary this month and to date has 60 participants enrolled in
The program equips entrepreneurs with a good foundat