Entrepreneurship Assistance Program begins Oct. 15

07 Oct Entrepreneurship Assistance Program begins Oct. 15

There may be no better time than now to start or grow your business in the North Country. 

The North Country Chamber of Commerce  has partnered with the Adirondack Economic Development Corp. (AEDC) and the Town of Plattsburgh’s Local Development Corp. to provide comprehensive entrepreneurship training and technical assistance – as well as direct access to commercial loans – to those who want to do more than just dream of being their own boss someday.

AEDC will be holding its 60-hour Entrepreneurship Assistance Program (EAP) Small Business Institute in Plattsburgh beginning Wednesday, Oct. 15.  This comprehensive hands-on training is specifically designed for new and existing business owners to learn what it takes to give their business ideas the best chance to succeed.

Topics to be covered in this program include:

  • Planning and researching your business idea;
  • Marketing analysis, strategies and implementation;
  • Financial record-keeping;
  • Understanding and using cash flow projections;
  • Financing your business;
  • Negotiating with partners, clients and customers, and more.

The cost of instruction is covered by the EAP network. Participants will be asked to pay $149 to cover the costs of books and materials, but will receive a $50 refund if they attend 90% of the classes (14 of 16), complete 10 hours of free one-on-one technical assistance and turn in a completed business plan by the end of the program.

Classes are tentatively slated for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce office, 7061 Route 9. To sign up, or for more information, contact Jim Murphy at (518) 891-5523, ext. 101, or via email at: jmurphy@aedconline.com

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