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Release: May 3, 1999

UI Small Business Development Center offers Smart Start Seminars for entrepreneurs

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Thinking of starting your own business? The University of Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help with a series of seminars starting in May designed to help entrepreneurs be successful in their ventures.

The SBDC’s Smart Start seminars are taught by experienced business counselors who lead participants through the progression of starting a business. During the two-hour session, the presenter covers practical information on business topics, including:

•How to minimize risk through planning and analysis.

•Examining business strength and competitive advantages.

•Planning and understanding the entire business picture.

•Discussing required financial information with investors and bankers.

•Basic legal and regulatory responsibilities, such as licenses, taxes and legal structure.

All participants receive an information guide, including a business plan outline, a list of information resources and contacts, financial worksheets, and a resource directory for specific business areas.

At the completion of the Smart Start seminars, entrepreneurs receive one-on-one, detailed assistance from personal counselors at the SBDC. Since 1982 the UI SBDC has served more than 6,000 businesses and individuals.

The seminars are Wednesdays in Room S126 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building, located at Jefferson and Clinton streets in Iowa City. The seminars meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 5, 12, 19 and 26;June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and July 7, 14, 21, 28.

Registration for each session is $15; pre-registration is required through the SBDC. For more information, contact the Small Business Development Center at (319) 335-3742.