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North Country SBDC Offers Free Seminar for New Entrepreneurs

PLATTSBURGH, NY — Interested in starting a business but don't know where to begin? The North Country Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh will host a seminar, "New Venture Start Up: Helping People Achieve Business Success." The seminar is presented in partnership with the Ticonderoga Chamber of Commerce, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, PRIDE of Ticonderoga, and the Ticonderoga Main Street Project.

The program, which will be held on Thursday, August 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the North Country Community Ticonderoga campus located at 11 Hawkeye Trail in Ticonderoga, brings together a team of experts to discuss topics new entrepreneurs should know before they put out the "Open for Business" sign.

  • Steps to Take to Start a Business will help new entrepreneurs answer such questions as, When should I register my company? and Do I need a federal ID number?
  • Planning for Your Business will discuss the importance of advance planning and research to ensure business success. Attendees will learn how to write a business plan, a guide during the start-up phase and a reminder of goals as the business grows. A SBDC business advisor will explain how to research potential markets for a new product or service to evaluate the chance of business success before investing money in the idea.
  • Financing Myths new entrepreneurs should know about will also be addressed by a SBDC business advisor. An overview of financing options available to new businesses will include information on SBA loan guarantees, what a banker looks for when evaluating a business loan application, alternative lenders, and other financing options.
  • During the Local Business Resources segment, presenters will discuss other options for business assistance.

The seminar is free and open to all. However, space is limited so registration is requested. To register, call the Ticonderoga Chamber of Commerce at 518-585-6619.

The North Country SBDC at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, works one-on-one in a confidential setting with emerging, existing, and expanding entrepreneurs, providing these services at no cost to clients in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and northern Washington counties for more than twenty years. The North Country SBDC is part of a statewide program funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of New York. For more information about programs and services, visit the North Country SBDC online at http://web.plattsburgh.edu/offices/support/sbdc/.

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