This course is designed by Brad Bunt, SBDC Director and Sandra Russell, CPA of Sandra H. Russell P.C. in an effort to aid current and future entrepreneurs not only with the difficult decision of going into business for themselves, but also with the difficult day-to-day decisions regarding the operation of a business. Whether it is poor or ineffective management, lack of financial resources, or just a lack of information and planning, many business startups fail within the first five years of operation. Courses such as this are key to the success of owning and operating a business in East Texas.
This course will cover eight (8) separate sections on the proper operation of a business, which includes a variety of topics important to small business start-ups and existing businesses. From making the initial decision to starting a business, to planning for your company's tax savings, this course will help you with opening a business, as well as keeping that business running as efficiently as possible. The course will be presented in a weekly, step by step, practical approach to business as opposed to a theoretical or academic approach, with the small business owner and potential owner in mind. Material covered each week will later be included in the different sections of a business plan.
The course begins on Thursday, March 29 and runs for eight consecutive Thursdays. The course schedule is as follows:
1. Making the Decision to Go into Business
Thursday, March 29 (Longview) – Instructed by: Ron Collier – Collier Consulting Group,
2. Insurance Requirements
Thursday, April 5 (Longview) – Instructed by: Larry Clemens – Brown, Cook & Taylor Insurance Agency, Inc., Agent
Choosing the Legal Form of Business
Thursday, April 5 (Longview) – Instructed by: Casey Goolsby – Attorney at Law
3. Planning for Tax Savings
Thursday, April 12 (Longview) – Instructed by: Jason Cooner - Cooner & Cooner, P.C., CPA
4. How to Prepare a Business Plan
Thursday, April 19 (Longview) – Instructed by: Heath Hamberlin – Texas Bank and Trust, VP
5. Financing a Small Business
Thursday, April 26 (Longview) – Instructed by: Troy Moore – BancorpSouth, Community Bank
6. Marketing Your Small Business
Thursday, May 3 (Longview) – Instructed by: Ron Collier – Collier Consulting Group, President
7. Bookkeeping Basics
Thursday, May 10 (Longview) – Instructed by: Jason Cooner - Cooner & Cooner, P.C., CPA
8. Beginning Your Business: Start-Up Overview
Thursday, May 17 (Longview) – Instructed by: Brad Bunt – Kilgore College SBDC, Director
Please click the link below to begin the registration process. The Kilgore College SBDC will contact you for payment and additional registration information.