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What New Entrepreneurs Should Know Before They Put Out The "Open For Business" Sign

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The North Country Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, in partnership with the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce/SCORE, will be offering a seminar for individuals and business owners to learn what you need to do to make your dreams a reality.

If you have always wanted to start your own business but don't know where to begin, you should consider attending the seminar, "New Venture Start Up... Helping People Achieve Business Success" at the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, located at 7061 Route 9 in Plattsburgh, on Wednesday Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The program brings together a team of experts to discuss subjects new entrepreneurs should know about before they put out the "Open for Business" sign.

Presentation of "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 explain the importance of advance planning and research to ensure business success. Attendees will learn about how to write their business plan, a guide during the start-up phase and a reminder of goals as the business grows.  Dee Clark, SBDC director, 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 be addressed by Karen Stehlin, 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.  Susan Matton, vice president for economic development at the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, commented, "We're fortunate in the North Country to have so many organizations dedicated to assisting local businesses. We are working to get the word out so the people who need the help know where they can get it."

The North Country SBDC 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.  Visit the North Country SBDC online at http://www.northcountry.nyssbdc.org .

The fee to attend is the seminar is $5 per person. To register, call the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce at 518-563-1000, or you can register online at www.northcountrychamber.com . Everyone who registers by Oct. 25th and attends the seminar will be entered into a drawing for one free copy of the book, Your Dream Made Easy , which will be given away at the end of the seminar.
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