TSBDC at TTU to offer free start-up seminar Jan. 20 at Progressive Savings Bank

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee Tech University will be hosting its free Jan. 20 seminar titled “How to Start a Small Business” in a new location.

It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Progressive Savings Bank, located on Interstate Drive in Cookeville, where lending officer Randy Dalton will be available to speak to seminar participants about commercial lending.

“This change of location is beneficial for so many reasons,” said Vicki Henley, director of the TSBDC at TTU. “Not only is it an advantage to both participants and the lending officer to be able to speak directly to each other, but this off-campus location near Interstate 40 makes it even more convenient for those who are interested in possibly starting a small business to attend this informative seminar.”

The seminar will address topics of interest to potential entrepreneurs and new small business owners, she said, including business start-up basics, business structures, challenges for start-ups, business planning, cash needs, financing options and more.

“The topic many participants seem most concerned about initially is what financing options are available for opening small businesses, but the first step in the process should be exploring the feasibility of a potential business and developing a strong business plan. That’s what this seminar is all about,” Henley said.

“Even in more challenging economic times, the small businesses with the greatest rate of success are the ones that create, implement and adhere to that formula,” she said.

Admission to the workshop is free, and walk-ins are welcome.

Reservations are preferred, however, and can be made by calling 931/372-3648 or by visiting the TSBDC web site at www.tsbdc.org.

The TSBDC network provides free counseling to entrepreneurs and small business owners and operates in various locations statewide to assist the small business community.

It is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Tennessee Board of Regents and State of Tennessee. The support and funding provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of the co-sponsors or participants’ opinions, findings, recommendations, products or services.

All TSBDC programs are non-discriminatory, and arrangements for persons with disabilities can be provided, where possible, with advanced notice.
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