North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the City of Sheffield are offering 3 free two-hour workshops in the month of August 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:
• Wednesday, August 17th from 10:00 a.m.-Noon at Iowa Works Center, 600 S. Pierce, Mason City, IA 50401
• Wednesday, August 24th from 9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m. at the Ridge Stone Golf Club, 7 Brickyard Rd., Sheffield, IA 50475
• Wednesday, August 24th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Ridge Stone Golf Club, 7 Brickyard Rd., Sheffield, IA 50475
The Ridge Stone Menu will be available after the morning session and during the evening session
“The activities involved in starting a business fall under two broad categories—feasibility, which is the business plan, and administrative tasks,” said Brook Boehmler, SBDC Director. “While we like to focus on the feasibility issue, Smart Start provides information and the chance to ask questions on numerous other topics.” Those include:
• 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 by appointment to assist you in reviewing your business plan, or to provide guidance with other issues. To register, contact Mary Spitz at NIACC: 641.422.4342
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 Mary Spitz North Iowa Area SBDC, at 641-422-4342.
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