SAN ANGELO, Texas — Small business owners are some of the most determined people I’ve ever met.
They work long hours, tackle numerous hurdles and wear the hats of the janitor to the president in a given day. Needless to say, it is not easy to be a business owner and even harder to start a successful business.
At the Angelo State University Small Business Development Center, we meet with hundreds of small business owners and entrepreneurs annually. One common theme across the board is that when you are starting a business you will have many unexpected surprises. You might have issues with zoning, financing, human resources or bookkeeping the list goes on and on.
Most importantly, you are not alone. There are many resources at your disposal and many economic development partners who want to see you succeed.
One program in particular that can help small businesses gain knowledge and understanding about the core functions of business ownership is the Small Business Management Certificate Program, and now is the time to enroll in the eight-week course.
The Small Business Management Certificate Program was designed specifically to provide entrepreneurs and beginning business owners with a wealth of information that will help them along the way to success. Participants will be led through eight business development training seminars that cover a variety of topics: Essentials of Starting a Business, How to Write a Business Plan, Business Plan Financials, Financing Options, Sales Tax Basics, Marketing 101, Choosing a Legal Structure and Understanding Financial Statements.
Also, participants will have to meet with an SBDC adviser, write a draft business plan and take online training to earn their certificate. Our graduates complete all of these requirements in only eight weeks and it’s not easy to do so. We are proud of the hard work that our graduates put in and are confident that upon graduation they have a new collection of business management tools to help them with the unexpected.
Are you interested in starting a business in the next year? Have you started a business in the previous year? Are you just starting to think about someday being a business owner? The earlier in business ownership you take the time to learn the basics of business ownership and about the resources available to you the better.
If this sounds like a good program for you, I encourage you to enroll or contact us today for more information. It is only $50 to enroll and that covers all costs for the program. The eight seminars are held at the same time, day, and location for eight straight weeks and are followed by a graduation ceremony to honor our graduates.
More information can be found online at angelo.edu/sbmcp or you can call us at 325-942-2098. The next class begins Thursday. We hope you will join us.
“Business Tips” was written by Jessica Lambert, Business Development Specialist and Certified Training Coordinator of Angelo State University’s Small Business Development Center. Contact her at Jessica.Lambert@angelo.edu.