If you are thinking of starting your own business, you are not alone. One common thread many Americans share is their pursuit of the American Dream. Small business owners in particular dedicate most of their waking hours to their businesses. They are the lifeblood of American society and the source of most jobs. Consider these facts*:
There are 27+ Million small businesses in the US.
Between 60% & 80% of all new jobs created in our country can be attributed to small business
Before you make the leap to launch your own business, take note of the failure rates of small businesses. Approx. one in four small businesses close or change ownership within their first year of business. Over three years, that number rises to three in five. This is especially important if you plan to resign from a current job.
Dale Carnegie once said, “Learning is an active process. We learn by doing… Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind.” One way to increase the probability of launching a successful business is to learn all of the aspects required and then to make an educated decision.
For example, if the idea of owning a small business appeals to you, but you do not know the benefits and drawbacks of starting a business from the ground up vs. purchasing an independent business or owning a franchise, you won’t be equipped to make a viable choice.
Fortunately, you can accomplish this learning for FREE at an upcoming Pre-Business Research workshop offered by the Oakland County Business Center, The Entrepreneur Source, Oakland County Market Research Department and an Oakland County Business Reference Librarian.
The three-and-a-half hour long workshop is ideal for aspiring entrepreneurs who seek to learn:
- What does it take to be an entrepreneur?
- Which small business resources are available?
- How can the business be financed and which types of funding are available?
- Where does relevant information on the industry and business category reside?
- What is franchising and is it a good fit?
There are three dates and time available for your convenience:
March 1, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
April 4, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
May 3, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
To select a class date, click here.
One of Dale Carnegie’s quotes by which all aspiring entrepreneurs should live is, “Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.” Instead of fear, aspiring small business owners should focus on who can help them and what programs are available for support. By attending the workshop, you will lessen any fears you may have and be better equipped to launch a successful business.
Lastly, Dale Carnegie once said, “Knowledge isn’t power until it is applied.” So after you research the info, make sure that you apply it and make an informed decision.
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