TRAVERSE CITY, MI – A class that helps business owners learn how to develop a business plan is being offered to veterans at no charge by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) in Traverse City. “Venture Plan: Six Week Business Plan,” will start September 19 and will meet for three hours every Thursday through October 31 except for October 17. The classes will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the large conference room at the Michigan Works! Service Center located at 1209 S. Garfield.
“Many returning veterans find that their leadership skills developed in the military transfer very well to business ownership,” said Mary Rogers, SBTDC Regional Director. “We are pleased to offer free training to any veteran starting a business.”
The intense, six-week class is for highly motivated early-stage business owners creating a business plan. Participants will meet weekly with a Certified Small Business Consultant and will spend time developing a winning business plan that will include start up costs, cash flow projections, market research, marketing strategy, and more. Expert guest speakers will join the class each week to share their many successes and failures of owning and operating their own small businesses, and to offer encouragement and insight to people taking the class. Participants may also meet with the instructor outside of class for individualized work on their business plan.
While there is no charge for veterans to take the class they do need to register in advance at: northwestmichiganbusiness.com. For more information contact Sharon Gordon at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-922-3780. The same registration and contact information can also be used by non-veterans interested in taking the class for a fee of $90.
The MI-SBTDC is a statewide business assistance program that provides one-on-one counseling, training and research support for Michigan small businesses. The Northwest Michigan Regional office is hosted by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.
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