Small business programs launch this week

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This week marks the beginning of three bi-monthly business development seminars provided by a consortium of local and regional community organizations.

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, Craig Chamber of Commerce, Yampa Valley SCORE and U.S. Small Business Administration plan to launch the 2010 Business Foundations: Start Right and Grow Right programs in an effort to help small businesses open and be successful, particularly during the recession.

“Every economic recovery we’ve experienced, both locally and nationally, has been led by the small business sector,” said Jack Taylor, of Colorado Mountain College’s Small Business Development Center, which is operated by the SBA. “It is our mission to help provide for the successful growth and development of Colorado small businesses as this sector leads the next recovery.”

The seminars begin with the “First Steps: Business start up and entrepreneur training,” taught by SCORE from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the second floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

The class is free and will continue at the same time and place on the first Tuesday of every odd-numbered month.

EDP Director Darcy Trask described the class as “how to start a business 101.”

It will focus on new business ideas, how much money it takes to start a business and where to find financing.

On Thursday, officials will launch another series of classes, these taught by the SBA Small Business Development Center out of Breckinridge.

The first class is from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the second floor conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse and is titled “Sales techniques that really work.”

SBA classes will continue at different times on the first Thursday of every odd-numbered month. Each class is $10 or free to EDP and Chamber members.

EDP and SCORE plan to launch the last of the three ongoing seminars Feb. 2 with a class entitled “Finding cash for your business: Tackling your accounts receivable.”

Trask said the second round of SCORE classes will include different topics taught from 11:30 a.m. to 1 pm. on the first Tuesday of even-numbered months.

She added they likely will appeal more to current business owners, but the information would be good for anyone looking to start a company, as well.

The classes are $15 each and include lunch, and they are free to all EDP and Chamber members.

In addition to each of the ongoing seminars, SCORE and Small Business Development Center officials will be available for free, confidential and individualized counseling to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

For more information, find program brochures available at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St., or the Craig Daily Press office at 466 Yampa Ave.

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