Idea Exchange: What training classes did you take to help you prepare for your business?
by ZanetaB, Former Moderator
- Created: October 21, 2009, 5:20 pm
Not all small businesses are started by business savants. Most budding business owners enlist the help
of mentors or enroll in courses to help them get started. There are several free counseling and
training programs available locally and online designed to help small
businesses, and we want to know which ones our Community members found
our monthly Idea Exchange, we pose questions to the Community about various topics, as well as the
content, features or services provided by Business.gov. In September, we asked 'What training classes did you take to help you prepare for your business?' Here's what you had to say:
- SBA Online Training Courses - Mousid
informed members about free
online courses offered by SBA to help businesses get started. Recently, SBA added additional training
programs to help to small businesses seeking
government contracting opportunities offered through the Recovery Act.
- Entrepreneurial Studies Classes - DHorning
shared how an entrepreneurial class at a local university helped him to
learn how to develop a comprehensive business plan. He said '... in the end, I had 40 pages of
projections, costs, and valuable research that made me feel confident
about going into business for myself.'
Many local community
colleges offer entrepreneur-type classes. Some are listed as continuing education or
workforce development courses, depending on the college. While not
free, these classes are often affordable and convenient options for
business owners who don't want to enroll as a full-time student.
- Help from SCORE and the Chamber of
Commerce- One member, LurMkr, gave a detailed account of how his
local SCORE and the Chamber of Commerce offices provided guidance when he
was considering turning his 'hobby' into a business. 38 years later, the business is still
running strong! Click here to check out his full story.
- Self-Employment Assistance Program
shared by Mvovakes
is designed to encourage and enable unemployed workers to create their own
jobs by starting their own small businesses. As he stated, only a handful of states,
York and Washington,
offer a Self-Employment Assistance Program, so check with your local State Workforce Agency
to find out if it is available.
- Financial Literacy and Debt Management
Courses- The courses that made the most impact for Bozdahova turned
out to be one that he took after starting his business. Looking to dig out of debt, this member
took free courses to develop a debt relief strategy. Locate your local
SBDC to find out about financial literacy courses and counseling near
Thanks to everyone who shared information about helpful
training programs. New and existing business owners alike can benefit from your
To find out about other training opportunities check out the Small Business Training
and Assistance page. Here you will
find out about online tools and resources, in-person services near you, and
state programs designed to assist small businesses.
What's the Next Idea Exchange
The current idea exchange 'What is one effective tactic you've taken in response to the recession? will
run until November 3. Please submit your thoughts and vote on the
ideas you agree with by clicking Kudos!
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