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The Center for Small Business Excellence at Tennessee Tech University will offer free seminars to small business owners entitled “Publisher 2010 for Small Business” and “Getting Ready to go to the Bank.”

The Publisher seminar will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Johnson Hall 307 on TTU’s campus. It will teach attendees to use Microsoft Publisher 2010 to create publications, work with master pages and styles and customize the program, among other things. Lelia Gibson in TTU’s College of Business will lead the session.

The banking seminar will discuss the steps entrepreneurs need to take before approaching a bank for financing. Business planning, Small Business Administration loan guarantees and financing options are some of the topics to be covered. It will be offered from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Johnson Hall 411. A representative from U.S. Bank will be in attendance to answer questions and Jen Dangelo, director of the center, will lead the class.

Class sizes are limited and registration is required. To reserve a spot, call (931) 372-3648 or go to

The center is a community outreach initiative of TTU’s College of Business and is a partner of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center network that operates statewide to assist the small business sector by providing free counseling to potential entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding 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. Arrangements for persons with disabilities can be provided, where possible with advance notice.