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Free Start Smart Workshops to be offered in Charles City and Mason City

This news story was published on September 23, 2015.
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MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are offering two free two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a business. At Start Smart, participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership, and learn how to register a business.

The Charles City Chamber of Commerce and Area Development Corporation are partnering with the NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and SBDC to host this free workshop. Start Smart will be offered Wednesday, October 7th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at NIACC Charles City Center (Room 105), 200 Harwood Drive, Charles City, IA 50616.

There will also be a Start Smart workshop on Wednesday, October 21st from 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. at the NIACC Pappajohn Center (Room 117), 500 College Drive, Mason City, IA 50401.

The activities involved in starting a business fall under two broad categories—feasibility (the business plan) and administrative tasks. While we like to focus on the feasibility issue, Start Smart provides information and the chance to ask questions on numerous other topics including:

Business Registration
Doing Customer research
How Bankers Evaluate Business Concepts and Loans
Start-up Costs
Business Plan tips
And More
After attending Start Smart, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff will be available to assist you in reviewing your business plan, or to provide guidance with other issues.

To register, contact Mary Spitz, SBDC office at NIACC: 641.422.4342 or

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

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