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September 19, 2013

VU Jasper to hold entrepreneur class

JASPER — Interested in starting your own business? Get the information you need to be a success through a series of Saturday seminars that will begin Sept. 21 at the Vincennes University Jasper Campus.

The seminars are scheduled the third Saturday of each month through March from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the VUJC Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing. There will be no class in December. The cost is $10 per session.

The seminars will help prospective entrepreneurs to determine their preparedness and ability to start a business. Participants will examine the opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges involved in business ownership. Sponsors of the Business Start-up Series include VUJC, City of Jasper, Jasper Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Strong, and Indiana Small Business Development Center.

To register call 482-6866 or email the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, chamber@jasperin.org.

Seminar Schedule

Sept. 21, 2013

Forming your idea

You have a hobby that you think can be profitable or you see a market niche for a product or service that you can provide. How will you develop your ideas into a profitable business?

Oct. 19, 2013

Financial services

How will you obtain start-up capital to support your business? Loans?

Credit card? Investments from relatives and friends? What do you need to know about accounting and taxes?

Nov. 16, 2013

Intellectual property

You may need to apply for a patent for your idea or obtain a license to use someone else’s patent. Do you need to apply for a trademark? How about copyright?

Jan. 18, 2014

Human resources issues: Building your team. As your business grows you will need to add others to your team. It is critical to understand the responsibilities of an employer. It’s just as important to know how to find the right people to move your ideas forward.

Feb. 15, 2014

Marketing and developing your brand

Potential customers need to be informed about your business. Your brand is what identifies the business and tells everyone what makes it unique.

March 15, 2014

Business plans

Your business plan ties everything together to make the case that your ideas are feasible and that you know how to reach your goals.

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