Free small business training available

Free small business training available

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2008 9:37 pm

Individuals in northwest Tennessee considering starting or expanding a small business are eligible to participate in a free entrepreneurial training program in Dyersburg beginning July 22. The model allows individuals to compete for small start-up grants after completing the training and a viable feasibility plan. The six-week course — Operation Jump-Start — is nationally-recognized, highly-successful training that teaches participants essential business planning and preparation skills with non-academic, practical training. Dyersburg State Community College and the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce are partnering with the Southeast Innovation Center, located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, to provide this training. The Southeast Innovation Center has been recognized in rural America as the No. 1 deliverer of this entrepreneurial curriculum. The Jump-Start model consistently produces businesses that are still in operation at an astounding rate of 95 percent after two years. The entrepreneurial program has been instrumental in assisting more than 500 individuals who have started over 170 small businesses. The course, currently offered at no charge to participants, is made possible by a grant offered by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to expand Operation Jump-Start businesses start-up training to more DRA counties. The Delta Regional Authority works to improve life for the residents of 240 counties and parishes in parts of eight states in the lower Mississippi Delta. Dyersburg will host the upcoming small business training classes at the Lannom Center and the course will run on Tuesday and Thursday nights for six weeks from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Dr. Jamie Frakes, director of the Small Business Development Center and certified facilitator for the Kauffman Foundation, will instruct the course. An application is required and seating is limited to 20 participants. To receive an application, contact Dr. Frakes at (731) 286-3201 or by e-mail at frakes@dscc.edu; or Paulie Ray with the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce at (731) 285-3433 or by e-mail at pray@ecsis.net. Wednesday is the application deadline. Published in The Messenger 7.14.08

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