SBDC offers free course on the first steps to business ownership

November 01, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Owning a business in Pennsylvania requires certain steps, but many people don’t know what they are. That’s why the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides training to entrepreneurs on how to get started.

“The First Step of Starting a Business” is being offered on the following dates on the University Park campus:

-- 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 13 at the Technology Center at Innovation Park, Room 243
-- 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Nov. 14, at the Willard Building, Room 167
-- 9 a.m. to noon, Dec. 4, at the Technology Center, Room 243

The courses are free for the remainder of the year and open to the public. The cost will be $20 starting in January.

The classes, taught by SBDC experts, provide instruction on writing business plans, compiling complete financial packages, and marketing products and services.

“It’s the things you need to know to start a business in Pennsylvania,” said Linda Feltman, senior business consultant with the SBDC. “If nothing else, we want people to walk away with more of a vision and some clarity on what they need to do.”

In addition to the first steps of starting a business, this SBDC course also offers tips to existing small business owners on best business practices. Explanations are provided on how to fix missteps, which can lead to a more successful business ownership experience.

Consultants also will provide instruction on zoning issues, employment identification numbers and sales tax.

The class is funded through the remainder of the year by SBDC’s portion of federal funding under the American Jobs Act.

The SBDC is celebrating 15 years of serving Centre and Mifflin counties. To date, the SBDC has helped to start 297 businesses and buy 57 more. It has helped create more than 1,593 jobs.

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Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC), part of a nationwide network of more than 1,000 centers, provides free business assistance to small firms and business startups in Centre and Mifflin counties, enabling them to compete and grow in today’s highly competitive global economy. Penn State SBDC is part of Penn State Outreach, which serves more than 5 million people each year, in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide.

  • Three more sessions of 'The First Step of Starting a Business' will be offered in 2012.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated November 05, 2012