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Applications open for six-month business “how to” program that teaches the basics to business entrepreneurs

Applications open for six-month business “how to” program that teaches the basics to business entrepreneurs


VISALIA – There is nothing like being your own boss. Not necessarily because it affords freedoms employees do not have, but because you get the chance to take your ideas and bring them to life. The only problem is getting started in business is no easy task. Thankfully, the Visalia Chamber of Commerce is helping small business entrepreneurs kick things off with the right foot.

Visalia Chamber realizes the most difficult part of starting a business is deciding on the first step.  That is why they have launched the Emerge program to provide basic introductory business classes. Through this six-month program participants will learn the basic business/entrepreneurial skills needed to launch a business and help it to grow.

The Emerge entrepreneurship program walks local entrepreneurs and business startups, through the complex steps required to start a successful business. Participants will learn core entrepreneurial skills as they take a business idea from the early stages to a launch ready business. Emerge was designed for two distinct types of participants. 1. Individuals who have a business idea and want to start a brand-new business but don’t know where or how to start the process. 2. Individuals who currently own or operate a small business and want to take the next steps to help their business grow or want to make sure that they have not missed any critical steps during their start up process.

The Emerge program provides an opportunity for participants to build a strong network and business skills through writing a functioning business plan, meeting and learning from business experts from nine different industries, and working with a business mentor throughout the entire program.

“Entrepreneurship is vital to the success of a community. Entrepreneurs bring new ideas, generate tax revenue and provide jobs for the local community,” Gail Zurek, president/CEO of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce said. “The Emerge program will provide the opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn what questions they should be asking, to work through the financial details, and create a map to accomplish necessary tasks, while getting support from business experts.”

Over the course of six months, the program includes twelve evening classes held at the College of Sequoias Visalia campus from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Each of the 12 classes will focus on a different aspect of business including; business law, accounting, marketing, zoning and ordinances, human resources, insurance, taxes and sales training and non-profit management. During each class session local industry experts will speak to the class and provide relevant real-world expertise. Emerge participants must complete an application, participate in an interview, attend an orientation and be 18 years or older. Tuition is $350 and includes all class materials, business plan template, and resource guide. The deadline to submit applications is May 25, 2018. Individuals interested in a specific class may register for $50 each.

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