Event Information

When: Tuesdays, March 27 - May 15, 2012
Cost: $99.00 (Includes 8 weeks of instruction, course notebook, and certificate upon completion)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Marshall - Marshall Center for Applied Technology, Room D

Gilmer - ETEX Telephone Co-Op

 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 Tuesday, March 27 and runs for eight consecutive Tuesdays.  The course schedule is as follows: 

1. Making the Decision to Go into Business

Tuesday, March 27
(Marshall) – Instructor: Ron Collier – Collier Consulting Group, President
(Gilmer) - Instructor: Henry Troell - State Farm Insurance, Investment Advisor Representative 


2. Insurance Requirements

Tuesday, April 3
(Marshall) – Instructor: Mike Brady - Kirkland Brady Insurance, Agent
(Gilmer) - Instructor: Larry Clemens - Brown, Cook & Taylor, CIC

Choosing the Legal Form of Business

Tuesday, April 3
(Marshall) – Instructor: Dean Searle – Attorney at Law
(Gilmer) - Instructor: Dwight Brannon - Attorney at Law


3. Planning for Tax Savings

Tuesday, April 10
(Gilmer) - Instructor: Jason Cooner - Cooner & Cooner, P.C., CPA
Tuesday, April 17
(Marshall) – Instructor: Mac Abney - Abney, Simmons and Company, CPA, PFS, CFP

4. How to Prepare a Business Plan

Tuesday, April 10
(Marshall) – Instructor: Capital One Banker
Tuesday, April 17
(Gilmer) - Instructor: Capital One Banker


5. Financing a Small Business

Tuesday, April 24
(Marshall) – Instructor: Alan Grantham – BancorpSouth, Sr. VP
(Gilmer) - Instructor: Heath Hamberlin - Texas Bank & Trust, VP


6. Marketing Your Small Business

Tuesday, May 1
(Marshall) – Instructor: Ron Collier – Collier Consulting Group, President
(Gilmer) - Instructor: Gary Hegar - The Country Mailer, Owner


7. Bookkeeping Basics

Tuesday, May 8
(Marshall) – Instructor: Julie Simmons, Abney, Simmons and Company, CPA, PFS, CFP
(Gilmer) - Instructor: Jason Cooner - Cooner & Cooner, P.C., CPA


Beginning Your Business: Start-Up Overview

Tuesday, May 15
(Marshall) – Instructor: Brad Bunt – Kilgore College SBDC, Director
(Gilmer) - Instructor: Virgel Conner - Kilgore College SBDC, Counselor


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. To register by check, print registration form here.