Business planning workshops to be offered by chamber

SCORE (www.score.org), mentors to America’s small businesses, has introduced a new business planning workshop series to aid start-up entrepreneurs. In light of the slow employment growth currently being experienced in the American economy, a press release from SCORE said, many individuals are interested in the idea of small business ownership as an option. Still committed to creating 11 million small businesses by 2017, the SCORE Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshop Series helps entrepreneurs test a small business idea and begin to plan a start-up.

This SCORE program includes one, free “Start-up Basics” workshop and four business planning sessions at a modest fee. These workshops focus on the “Business Concept”, “Marketing Plan”, “Financial Projections”, and “Funding Sources”. Each session includes exercises to help the entrepreneur plan for success. SCORE also includes three free and confidential mentoring sessions as part of the workshop series.

“This series will help entrepreneurs understand the crucial components of starting a business”, said Northwest Connecticut SCORE Chapter Chair Dennis Noel in a press release. “Our goal is to help our community grow. Helping small business owners test their ideas and complete some initial planning for their start-up is essential to achieving success,” added Noel.

Five workshops will be held on consecutive Mondays starting Jan. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce offices. The first workshop is free with an $80 fee for the remaining workshops or you can attend any individual workshop for $25 each.

For more information or to register for the workshops, call Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce at (860)584-4718 or visit www.centralctchambers.org.

It is sponsored locally by Northwest Connecticut SCORE, The Litchfield Rotary Club, and Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce

For more information about starting or operating a small business, call the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce at (860)584-4718 or visit the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce website www.centralctchambers.org.