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Release: Nov. 2, 2000

UI SBDC launches statewide e-business training program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present an interactive e-business training workshop in Coralville Thursday, Nov. 16 as part of a statewide e-business training initiative sponsored by the state SBDC organization.

The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Gold Room in Oakdale Hall at the UI's Oakdale Campus.

"For 20 years, SBDC business advisors have been helping Iowa entrepreneurs start and grow small businesses. This program will expand those services and offer small businesses e-business advice and assistance from a resource they've grown to trust," said Paul Heath, Director of the UI SBDC.

Through the workshops, participants will learn e-business basics, including how to define e-business objectives and evaluate technology options, how to find and choose a Web development partner and how to make money through e-business strategies other than e-commerce. They also will learn how to identify and alleviate risks associated with privacy, security, and employee use of technology and how to determine return on investment.

"The workshops are intended to show small businesses what's possible for their businesses through technology," said Heath. "At the end of the day, they'll walk away with some strategies they can immediately employ to boost profits, increase efficiency and positively affect their bottom line."

The workshop is $89 in advance and $99 at the door. The registration fee includes lunch and refreshments. In addition, workshop attendees can sign up for one-on-one e-business mentoring for just $149, which includes the workshop fee. Mentoring participants will receive on-site e-business counseling by an SBDC business advisor.

The program is sponsored by the SBDC in conjunction with the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), the Iowa Manufacturing Extension Partnership (IMEP), Software and Information Technology of Iowa (SITI), and Qwest.

For more information or to register for any of the workshop dates and locations, contact the UI SBDC at (319) 335-3742.