Program offers business advice for student entrepreneurs

University Park, Pa. -- If you are a student with a great business idea, then the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has the tools to get that idea off the ground.

The SBDC will be offering student entrepreneurs a three-hour class called “The First Step of Starting a Business,” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, in room 122 of the Engineering Services Building on the University Park campus.

The workshop will offer tips on developing a business plan, marketing products and navigating the legal issues that come with owning a business. It will also provide participants with an opportunity to sign up for free one on one professional business consulting.

“Most budding entrepreneurs don’t understand many of the legal and financial aspects to starting their own business,” said Linda Feltman, senior business consultant for the SBDC. “This program helps them understand the questions they need to ask and the steps they need to take to successfully start a business.”

While the First Step seminar is typically offered to adults, this particular session is tailored for students and is free with a student ID. The cost of the program is $20 for faculty and staff.

Participants are required to register two days prior to the seminar at the SBDC Seminar Registration page online. Note: Students who are registering should select “cash” as the method of payment but will not be charged upon arrival with a valid student ID.

Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of a nationwide network of more than 1,000 centers. The Penn State SBDC provides free business assistance to small firms and business start-ups 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, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated March 21, 2011