In order to start a business, prospective entrepreneurs must understand why some businesses succeed and others fail. The first step toward success for a prospective entrepreneur is a solid business plan.
Community Action Partnership’s Micro-Enterprise Business Development and Training Program teaches students to write a business plan. Experienced bankers, accountants, attorneys and other business professionals teach managerial skills, marketing concepts and other information needed to start and grow a business.
“It’s hard work to create a good business plan, especially if you are going into a new career field or perhaps trying to turn a hobby into a business,” says LaSandra R. Wright, Director of Micro Enterprise and Computer Training for the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area. “However, we’ve found that people who don’t finish a business plan don’t make it.”
Classes are small and offer individualized attention. Participants may research business opportunities as well as complete a business plan in the computer lab. The program provides free childcare on a first-come, first-serve basis to class participants for their children ages 2-12. Persons completing the course may also be eligible to apply for a low-interest rate loan.
“The goals of the Micro-Enterprise Business Development and Training Program are to provide motivated and committed entrepreneurs the opportunity to receive business training, and obtain needed start-up capital and technical assistance,” adds Wright.
The next ten-week class session begins Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 and continues through Thursday, March 17, 2011. Classes meet on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Community Action Partnership office, 719 S. Main St. in Dayton.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Pre-registration begins Monday, Dec. 6.
Visit www.cap-dayton.org/programsinyourcommunity/montgomerycounty/business_development.html for more information. To pre-register, contact micro@cap-dayton.org or (937) 341-5000, ext. 125.