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Harper College will be closed for Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 26.

Have an entrepreneurial spirit?

December 10, 2014

Understanding business fundamentals is key to the success of a business. With that in mind, Harper College's Small Business Development Center is holding a series of free workshops this winter aimed at assisting both prospective and current business owners in their ventures.

In "Starting a Business: First Steps," budding entrepreneurs will learn whether they have the fundamentals to run a business. They'll complete self-assessment questionnaires to determine whether they have the necessary personal characteristics, financial fitness and business readiness skills. Sessions will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18.

Students are then encouraged to move on to "Starting a Business: Next Steps," which is also geared toward existing business owners. The course provides an overview of critical tasks such as putting together a strategy, marketing plan, funding, legal registration and reporting requirements. Those sessions will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, Feb. 4 and March 4.

"The first session is really about a person's traits, and the bottom line is: Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?" Small Business Development Center manager Tom Cassell said. "Once you decide to pursue it, the second session is really about the meat and potatoes of what you need to do to start a business in Illinois."

Courses are held at the Harper Professional Center, 650 E. Higgins Road in Schaumburg. To register, call 847.925.6520 or email sbdc@harpercollege.edu and include name, contact information, class name and class date.

For information about the SBDC, which offers a variety of low-cost seminars to manage your business and keep up-to-date on new business developments, visit harpercollege.biz.

Media contact: Kim Pohl, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159