Friday May 16, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
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Miller College 
Miller College - Room 324
450 North Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49017

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Tom McKenna 
SCORE Kalamazoo / SW Michigan 

How To Plan & Start Your Business Successfully - Presented by SCORE of SW Michigan - Miller College - Battle Creek, MI

Please join us for a information-rich business workshop covering several important subjects, which will help prepare you in beginning or expanding your new business venture.

Counselors of SCORE, some 14,000 strong nationally, work with and counsel individuals who are contemplating going into business, as well as those who are in established small businesses with problems.  SCORE counselors are volunteers from many different professions, most having been in seniro management or ownership positions; many retired, many still active.

Starting a business of your own can result in the realization of a magnificent dream and an exciting and profitable career or it can be a disastrous and impoverishing experience. The end result will be directly related to the intensity of your preparation before starting your business and the conduct of your operation through your strict adherence.

The tough job market has forced many people to consider starting their own business. But before you trade in your time card for an expense account, consider these five signs you're ready to go out on your own:

  1. You've been pondering it for some time
  2. You crave more flexible work hours
  3. It doesn't come from a place of unhappiness
  4. You have the expertise and confidence
  5. You have a desire to keep on learning

In the history of business, this happens to be an amazing time to start your own enterprise. Of course the economy has been dicey; no doubt about that. And yes, that's a challenge. But what we're talking about is taking a broader view. The fact is, between technology, the Internet and global capitalism, this is the golden era of small business -- a moment in time unmatched.

Our Team of SCORE Volunteers will offer you their wealth of experience in the important aspects of planning and beginning or expanding you business venture. This workshop is designed to cover several important areas including but not limited to:

  • Are You Really Ready to Start Your Own Business?
  • A Hobby vs. a Business?
  • Business Organizations & Structures
  • Business Startup Checklist 
  • Other Important Items