CONTACT: GEORGE McCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: May 3, 1999
UI Small Business Development Center offers Smart Start
Seminars for entrepreneurs
IOWA CITY, Iowa Thinking of starting your own
business? The University of Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
can help with a series of seminars starting in May designed to help entrepreneurs
be successful in their ventures.
The SBDCs Smart Start seminars are taught by
experienced business counselors who lead participants through the progression
of starting a business. During the two-hour session, the presenter covers
practical information on business topics, including:
How to minimize risk through planning and analysis.
Examining business strength and competitive advantages.
Planning and understanding the entire business picture.
Discussing required financial information with investors
Basic legal and regulatory responsibilities, such
as licenses, taxes and legal structure.
All participants receive an information guide, including
a business plan outline, a list of information resources and contacts, financial
worksheets, and a resource directory for specific business areas.
At the completion of the Smart Start seminars, entrepreneurs
receive one-on-one, detailed assistance from personal counselors at the SBDC.
Since 1982 the UI SBDC has served more than 6,000 businesses and individuals.
The seminars are Wednesdays in Room S126 of the Pappajohn
Business Administration Building, located at Jefferson and Clinton streets
in Iowa City. The seminars meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 5, 12, 19 and
26;June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and July 7, 14, 21, 28.
Registration for each session is $15; pre-registration
is required through the SBDC. For more information, contact the Small Business
Development Center at (319) 335-3742.