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SBDC Offers a Workshop for Entrepreneurs

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Nov. 6, 2008) - For those who have wanted to start their own business but don't know where to begin, there is now a seminar to teach them what to do before hanging an "open for business" sign.

The North Country Small Business Development Center at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, in partnership with the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce, will host a Business Basics seminar at the Chamber offices, 2176 Route 9 in Lake George , on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Andy Allison, North Country SBDC business advisor, will discuss the steps to take to start a business, including answering such questions as "When should I register my company?" and "Do I need a federal ID number?"

Prospective business owners will learn about writing a business plan that is a guide for the start-up phase and a list of goals as the business grows. Allison will also explain how to research potential markets for a new product or service and to evaluate the chance of business success before investing money.

New entrepreneurs will also receive an overview of financing options available to new businesses, including information on Small Business Administration loan guarantees, on how bankers evaluate business loan applications, and on alternative lenders and other financing options.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested by Nov. 11. To register, contact Executive Director Luisa Sherman at the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce by calling 518-668-5755, ext. 106 or register by e-mailing [email protected].

The North Country SBDC, part of the School of Business and Economics at SUNY Plattsburgh, works one-on-one in a confidential setting with emerging, existing and expanding entrepreneurs. The staff has provided services at no cost to clients in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren, and northern Washington counties for more than 22 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. Visit the North Country SBDC online at www.BizEssentials.org.

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