Entrepreneurial Training Program to Take Place This Fall. Program Helps Start-Ups Get Off the Ground and Existing Businesses Expand   

(Monticello, NY 4:37pm) - Another round of Entrepreneurial Training will be held this fall to assist owners of small businesses in Sullivan County and people looking to start a business here, County Manager Josh Potosek, announced today. Now in its fourth round, the program offers a series of classes to guide participants in the creation of a business plan, which is a must have document for accessing business financing. The Sullivan County Division of Planning and the Partnership for Economic Development are coordinating the program, which will also help participants identify and qualify for low interest loans, subsidies and other forms of support.

Fifty percent of all small businesses do not survive past their fifth year, but research shows chances are greatly improved by having a business plan. To help Sullivan County’s small businesses succeed, the eight session Entrepreneurial Training Program covers such topics as small business basics; market research and analysis; preparing a business plan; creating realistic financials; taxes, permitting and licensing; financing; customer service, and finding and managing employees. Each session is taught by experienced professionals in that aspect of business, and participants receive individual coaching on their business plans throughout the course.

Businesses owned by graduates of the 2015 program include Nelly’s Latin Restaurant in Monticello, Big Kev’s BBQ in Bethel, and Sudsy Paws Pet Services in Wurtsboro. The program originated in 2012, and has helped such businesses as Java Love Coffee Roasters in White Lake, Main Street Farm in Livingston Manor, and the Stickett Inn in Barryville.

The training program will be limited to 15 people in order to create an environment where participants can learn from and support each other. The class schedule will be built around the needs and availability of those participating. Applications must be submitted by October 31st in order to be considered.
For more information or to request an application, contact the Sullivan County Division of Planning at (845) 807-0527 or by email at planning@co.sullivan.ny.us.

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