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Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshop Series

SCORE (www.score.org), mentors to America’s small businesses, introduces a new business planning workshop series to aid start-up entrepreneurs. In light of the slow employment growth currently being experienced in the American economy, many individuals are interested in the idea of small business ownership as an option. Still committed to creating 11 million small businesses by 2017, the SCORE Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshop Series helps entrepreneurs test a small business idea and begin to plan a start-up.

This SCORE program includes one, free “Start-up Basics” workshop and four business planning sessions at a modest fee. These workshops focus on the “Business Concept”, “Marketing Plan”, “Financial Projections”, and “Funding Sources”. Each session includes exercises to help the entrepreneur plan for success. SCORE also includes three (3) free and confidential mentoring sessions as part of the workshop series.

“This series will help entrepreneurs understand the crucial components of starting a business”, says Northwest Connecticut SCORE Chapter Chair Dennis Noel “Our goal is to help our community grow. Helping small business owners test their ideas and complete some initial planning for their start-up is essential to achieving success,” adds Noel.

Five workshops will be held on consecutive Mondays starting January 19th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce offices. The first workshop is free with an $80.00 fee for the remaining workshops or you can attend any individual workshop for $25.00 each.  For more information or to register for the workshops, call Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce at 860-584-4718 or visit http://www.centralctchambers.org.

Sponsored locally by Northwest Connecticut SCORE, The Litchfield Rotary Club, and Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, the SCORE Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshop Series helps entrepreneurs make a smart start. “At the end of the five workshops, attendees will have a solid understanding of start-up basics, marketing strategy, and financials,” says SCORE CEO Ken Yancey. He adds, “This is a blended learning model bringing workshops, learning exercises and mentoring to entrepreneurs in a one-stop training program to help entrepreneurs make a smart small business start.”

Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 9 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through mentoring and business workshops. More than 12,400 volunteer business counselors in 364 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneurial education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.  Connecticut is divided into seven SCORE districts, of which Northwest Connecticut SCORE is one.  There are 24 mentors situated in the northwest corner of the state out of a total SCORE population of about 450 members statewide.

For more information about starting or operating a small business, call the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce at 860-584-4718 or visit the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce website http://www.centralctchambers.org.

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