Potential entrepreneurs can find guidance at Michigan Works seminars


WEST BRANCH — People interested in becoming their own boss and running their own business can learn how to take the leap during Michigan Works’ Venture Start series starting Nov. 14 at the Michigan Works office in West Branch.

Ogemaw County Economic Development Corporation Director Mandi Chasey said Michigan Works’ Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is hosting the five-seminar series.

“It’s going to cover how to start a small business — how to write a business plan, how to market, finances,” she said.

Starting a business is the first seminar Wednesday, Nov. 14, and for the next four months, there will be one class per month, Chasey said. The second session is writing a business plan on Dec. 12, followed by marketing your business on Jan. 16. The final two sessions are financial management on Feb. 13 and business legal issues on March 13.

“They’re $5 a session,” Chasey said. “You can sign up for all of them at once, or you can choose which ones you want to attend.”

Only a handful of people have signed up for the seminars so far, Chasey told the Herald Oct. 24. But she said she is working on getting the word out to not only Ogemaw County, but also the surrounding area.

“I shared it with our counterparts in the region,” she said, adding the classes are being promoted in Roscommon, Gladwin, Arenac and Iosco counties.

“Even people outside of the region could attend as well,” she said.

Chasey said there is not a set number on how many people can attend the courses. She added a person can benefit from the classes whether or not they a future business venture in mind, or a potential business in mind.

“If you’re serious about it, and you need financing, you need a loan, these are things that are definitely critical,” she said.

Denise Hansen, with the SBTDC, will teach most of the seminars, Chasey said.

“It’s going to be her, except for the financial one,” she said. “She’s going to have someone else from her office teach that one.”

A small meal will be served during each seminar, Chasey said. Each seminar starts at 6 p.m. and will run for approximately two hours, she added.

For more information on the Venture Start series, contact Michigan Works in West Branch at 989-345-1090.


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