Free Start Smart Workshop to be offered in Mason City

North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and IowaWORKS North Iowa are offering a free two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a business. At Start Smart, participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership, and learn how to register a business.

Start Smart will be offered on Wednesday, December 14th from 9:30am – 11:30am at IowaWORKS North Iowa, 600 South Pierce, Mason City, Iowa. This session is co-sponsored by IowaWORKS North Iowa.

The activities involved in starting a business fall under two broad categories—feasibility (the business plan) and administrative tasks. While we like to focus on the feasibility issue, Start Smart provides information and the chance to ask questions on numerous other topics including:

• Business Registration
• Doing Customer research
• How Bankers Evaluate Business Concepts and Loans
• Start-up Costs
• Business Plan tips
• And More

After attending Start Smart, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff will be available to assist you in reviewing your business plan, or to provide guidance with other issues.

To register, contact MarySpitz, at NIACC: 641.422.4342 or

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Brook Boehmler, North Iowa Areas SBDC, at 641.422.4342. NIACC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.

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