Thursday January 6, 2011

Small Business Training Class Grooms Future Entrepreneurs

Dates announced for micro-enterprise program

    For those interested in expanding or starting a small business in Oswego County, the 2011 micro-enterprise program small business training classes are scheduled to begin Jan. 15 at 118 Rich Hall on the SUNY Oswego campus.

    The class will then run each Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., until Feb. 12.

    The City of Fulton Community Development Agency, City of Oswego Community Development Office, SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations and Operation Oswego County coordinate the program. It provides guidance and support to people interested in starting or expanding a small business.

    The program provides a 24-hour small-business training program that covers such topics as how to write a business plan, how to obtain financing, accounting and tax issues, business insurance, legalities, marketing, and other basic business start-up issues.

    Classroom training is provided by OBCR small business advisers and other area business professionals.

    Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for up to $25,000 in low-interest financing to expand or start their business in Oswego County.

    Tuition for the program is $200 and includes all materials. Scholarships are available for households within low- to moderate-income guidelines as established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    The remainder of the Micro-Enterprise training schedule is as follows:

    • Tuesdays, April 5 to May 24: SOVAC Training Center, Gertrude Drive, Central Square, 6-9 p.m.

    • June 13-18: Oswego Falls Business Center, 163 S. First St., Fulton, 6-9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    • Saturdays, Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1, 8, 15: SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center, Oswego County Industrial Park (off of exit 14 on 481), Phoenix, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    • Nov. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17: 118 Rich Hall, SUNY Oswego, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    For more information, or to register for a class, call 312.3492. To download a program or scholarship application, visit www.oswegocounty.org/micro.html.