This sounded like a good opportunity from the SBA.
If you have the time, and the inclination, and are interested in starting a business, or learning some skills to help your business grow, you might want to check this out.
The classes they offer for free go to the first 2,400 people who sign up, according to a Press Release from the organizations today. There are three classes, offered at four different times during the year, and lasting for six weeks each. Course start dates are June 15, July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21.
I know a lot of people who jumped head first into business, with a good idea, and very little planning. I’m a strong believer that you have to make that leap sometime, but that a good business plan can be really helpful. The first of the free classes is:
* Creating a Successful Business Plan
Work through all of the major components of a business plan and turn your business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. Committing your idea to paper in the form of a business plan increases your chances of obtaining financing and keeps your business strategically focused.
Chances are that whatever business you may want to start, or are already involved in will have you working with people. The more effectively you can do that, the better your chances of success. This class is also free if you sign up soon enough:
* Customer Service Fundamental
Develop new skills in identifying and satisfying customer needs, and become an indispensable asset to any organization. This online course will help you discover and master the essentials of customer service. You’ll learn the best ways to measure customer service, apply the principles of consumer behavior to your business, and differentiate between industrial and consumer marketing.
I don’t know how much web design, and search engine marketing and optimization you can learn in six weeks, but I do know that the more of those topics you can find out about, the better off you will be if you want to include an online presence as part of your business plan. The third free class for those quick to register is:
* Creating Web Pages
Create and post your very own Web site on the Internet in this extensive, hands-on workshop. Learn about the capabilities of the World Wide Web and the fundamentals of Web design. You’ll also learn critical and timely information on securing the best possible location in search engine listings, and powerful no-cost or low-cost Web marketing strategies.
If you sign up for, and take one of these classes, please let us know how it goes.