Have a great idea for a business but don’t know where to start? Akron SCORE will host a Business Basics Workshop March 28 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing.
According to the Akron SCORE website, the free workshop is a primer on how to start and market a business, focusing primarily on entrepreneurs planning a startup or for businesses that have recently started and need general advice. Subject matter will include how to set up a business enterprise with emphasis on licensing, registration and zoning. Participants will understand the requirements for planning and starting a business, the effort required to run a business, researching competitors, capturing operating costs and startup cash and costs.
The workshops have been conducted for the last five years and have been updated to adapt to the needs of the clients. They are taught by counselors of Akron Score who have years of experience in areas such as public relations, law, advertising, accounting and inventory control.
“We usually have 20 to 30 people in attendance for our workshops. They are a wide variety of people,” said Tom Duke, vice chairperson for SCORE. who has 50 years of experience in the public relations and marketing communications area . “They are people who want to start a business later in their career, people who have lost a job, or people with unusual ideas that want to turn those ideas into something more.”
Akron SCORE, which is one of the largest chapters in the region, was founded in 1965 and its mission is to improve the area economy through business counseling. More than 35,000 clients have benefited from the organization, which is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration. There are more than 70 counselors who volunteer and offer their experience free of charge.
SCORE also provides workshops such as Business Plan, How to Build a Successful Website, Internet Marketing, Not-for-Profit Basics and Quickbooks Part 1 and Part 2. In addition, people are able to schedule appointments with a counselor to have one-on-one time to discuss their individual situations, making it even easier to learn the inner workings of business startups.
“Workshops have been a great success. Generally the percentages of business who stay in business after two years is about 60 percent,” Duke said. “These workshops get their feet on the ground. You really can see reactions from the people who are absorbing the information,”
For more information about the SCORE workshop and how to sign up for counseling, please visit, www.akronscore.org.