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Smart Start Classes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  For more information: Julie Mierau   

March 17, 2009                                               712-325-3309; jmierau@iwcc.edu                 


Aspiring business owners must examine a broad spectrum of issues before hanging out an "Open for Business" sign. Is entrepreneurship right for you? Do you have a solid business idea? Who will your customers be? Where will you get financing? These are just a few of the issues facing those who would start their own businesses.

The IWCC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers help in answering these questions through Smart Start Workshops, offered at a minimal cost. The SBDC Smart Start Workshop is a comprehensive one-time two-hour session that covers the essentials of starting a small business. After the workshop, participants receive free counseling and mentoring to help them fulfill their dreams of opening their own businesses.

Classes will be offered in Fremont and Mills Counties this spring, in an effort to make the classes as accessible to business owners as possible. The schedule is:

  • Tuesday, April 14       6-8 p.m.           Extension office, Malvern
  • Saturday, April 18      10 a.m. - noon Farragut High School
  • Tuesday, May 12        6-8 p.m.           Mills County Engineers Building, Glenwood
  • Tuesday, June 9          noon - 2 p.m.   Extension Office, Malvern

The workshop fee is $20 per business and includes one comprehensive start-up workbook. Pre-registration is required. Call 712-256-6552 to register.

Additional workshops are held at the IWCC Entrepreneurial Center near the Council Bluffs Airport. Check the calendar on http://www.iwccecenter.com/ for a complete schedule of classes.

Call 712-256-6552 or e-mail ctrost@iwcc.edu to register or for additional information.

Iowa Western Community College's Entrepreneurial Center offers this course as part of our commitment to developing and supporting entrepreneurs throughout Southwest Iowa. For more information about the Entrepreneurial Center, please contact Julie Mierau at 712-325-3309, jmierau@iwcc.edu, or Sue Pitts at 712-325-3350, spitts@iwcc.edu.

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