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    Starting Your Business

    Ready, Set, Go!
    Launch your new business with confidence and on the right foot. Find out what to expect from an experienced business consultant. Topics include options for business entities; resources available to start-ups; costs of services needed; licensing and tax considerations; loans and financial resources; marketing strategies, and all the perks and drawbacks that come with the life of an entrepreneur.
    Total Cost: Free 
    Location: Business and Employment Resource Center

    Thursday, April 27, 9 - 11 a.m.; Course #: MSB-101-A4 
    Thursday, May 25, 9 - 11 a.m.; Course #: MSB-101-B4 
    Thursday, June 22, 9 - 11 a.m.
    ; Course #: MSB-101-C4

    Developing a Winning Business Plan
    A well-crafted plan will act as a blueprint to build, maintain or expand your business and to present your company as a viable and sustainable business entity in the loan application process. Topics include key sections of a business plan, moving ideas from mind to paper in a clear, concise manner, tips on effectively presenting your plan, how business plans are evaluated in the loan application process, presenting your plan in an integrated and coordinated manner, and addressing business weaknesses and opportunities.

    Total Cost: $49 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College

    Thursday, May 11, 6 - 9:45 p.m.; 
    Course #: MSB-113-A4
    Thursday, Aug. 17, 6 - 9:45 p.m.;  Course #: MSB-113-A1

    Smart Start Your Business
    This is one in a series of three workshops for start-up businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls, explore the feasibility of your idea and increase chances for success. Hear presentations from an attorney, accountant, banker and an insurance professional. Learn how to legally define your business and register your business name, keep proper financial records and report taxes, assess the insurance requirements needed to safeguard your business and personal assets, and evaluate alternatives for accessing investment and working capital. The workshop also reviews relevant Maryland business law and provides an overview of the marketing resources available through the Northern Region SBDC.

    Total Cost: $49 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College

    Thursday, May 4, 6 - 9:45 p.m.; Course #: MSB-112-B4
    Thursday, July 20, 6 - 9:45 p.m.; Course #: MSB-112-A1

    Running Your Small Business

    Business Communications
    Writing clearly and communicating your message is vital in today’s economy. Learn to write effective business newsletters and other marketing materials, business correspondence (emails, letters and contractual writings), public speaking and presentations. Brush up on essential grammar and writing techniques to create a framework for getting your message out to the public. Instructor: Donna Chaney

    Total Cost: $89 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College

    Tuesday and Thursday, June 6 & 8, 6 - 9:15 p.m. (2 sessions); Course #: MSB-301-A4  

    Stealing Success
    Discuss stories from business legends like Disney, Southwest, Amazon, Wal-Mart, GE, Under Armour and more to learn how their lessons can be applied to your business. Explore local success stories and challenge those in the class to choose ideas and approaches that they believe will help them 
    get their business to the next level.

    Total Cost: $89 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College

    Thursdays, Aug. 17 & 24, 3 - 6:15 p.m. (2 sessions); Course #: MSB-051-A1 

    Understanding Accounting and Financial Statements
    You have a good product or service, but are your accounting and business skills up to par? Learn the basics of business accounting and small business principles, and how to understand financial statements and other business documentation. Instructor: Sam Miller, CPA

    Total Cost:
    $69 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College
    Tuesday and Thursday, April 25 and 27, 6 - 8:30 p.m. (2 sessions); Course #: MSB-121-A4 
    Tuesday and Thursday, July 18 & 20, 6 - 8:30 p.m. (2 sessions); Course #: MSB-121-A1 

    Growing Your Small Business

    Make Your Mark: Branding Your Business
    Gauge your market potential and your target market. Create a basic marketing plan for your small business and discover the best tactics for your type of business. Determine your business’ identity and brand/logo, learn how to develop a promotional budget and decide how, when and where to promote your small business. Instructor: Missie Wilcox

    Total Cost: $89 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College

    Thursdays, June 1 & 8, 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (2 sessions); Course #: MSB-142-A4 

    Night at the Business Plan Improv
    Planning for growth? Writing your business plan? Are you stuck? Learn the basics of a business plan in a fun environment. Create an idea for a business and in just a few hours leave with a business plan framework that you can use to get your own business plan done. Learn the key components of what makes a good business plan, how to do projections, where to find needed information and how to adapt the plan for the right audience.

    Total Cost: $49 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
    Location: Carroll Community College

    Monday, April 24, 5:45 - 9:30 p.m.; Course #: MSB-053-A4 



    Earn a Continuing Education Certificate and build your career. This series of courses recognizes achievement in business creation, development and marketing, business operations, finance management, legalities and online presence for doing business. Learn more.


    To register, click here. Search for a course number. You can find the course number listed next to each class time offered. Select the course, click Submit to complete registration form. 

    For more information or help, call 410-386-8012 

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