Event Information

When: Thursdays, March 29 - May 17
Cost: $99.00 (Includes 8 weeks of instruction, course notebook, and certificate upon completion)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Kilgore College - Longview, LH 107

 How to Start and Operate a Business in East Texas

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


Register for this seminar!

Please click the link below to begin the registration process.  The Kilgore College SBDC will contact you for payment and additional registration information.