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SBDC Offers Elizabethtown Workshop for Entrepreneurs Hoping to Open a Business

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Nov. 8, 2008) - The North Country Small Business Development Center at SUNY Plattsburgh, in partnership with the Essex County Industrial Development Agency, is hosting a seminar for individuals who want to learn what to do before hanging an "open for business" sign.

The Business Basics seminar will be held at the Essex County IDA offices, 5766 Court Street in Elizabethtown, N.Y., on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Karen Stehlin, SBDC business advisor, will discuss the steps to take to start a business and answer 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 will serve as a guide for the start-up phase and a list of goals as the business grows. Stehlin 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 SBA loan guarantees, what a banker looks for when evaluating a business loan application, alternative lenders and other financing options.

The seminar is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is requested by Nov. 19. To register, call the North Country SBDC at 518-564-2042.

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 these 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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