POSTED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 8:14pm
Kilgore, TX (Kilgore College) — The Kilgore College Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), has teamed-up with local banks to offer East Texas entrepreneurs an eight-part course, "How to Start and Operate a Business in East Texas."
The class will be offered in Longview, Marshall and Gilmer.
The Longview course will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings from Feb. 28 through April 25 at Kilgore College—Longview, Hendrix Building, Room Number 107, located at 300 S. High Street.
The Marshall class will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings from Feb. 26 through April 23 at the Marshall Center for Applied Technology, located at 2660 E. End Blvd. South.
The Gilmer class will also be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings from Feb. 26 through April 23 at the ETEX Telephone Co-op, located at 1013 State Hwy. 155 North.
A certificate of completion will be presented to each student completing all eight classes, and the course has been approved for CEU (continuing education units).
Tuition for the course is $119 which includes an entrepreneurial startup guide and all course materials. Seating is limited and early registration is recommended.
To register and to receive more information on this and all SBDC training programs, call the SBDC at 903-757-5857 or 1-800-338-7232.
For more information, visit the SBDC website: www.KilgoreSBDC.com  or follow them on Facebook, YouTube & Twitter @ #KCSBDC.
About the course:
This course was designed in an effort to aid current and future entrepreneurs not only with the difficult decision of going into business for themselves, but also with the difficult day-to-day decisions regarding the operation of a business.
Whether it is poor or ineffective management, lack of financial resources, or just a lack of information and planning, many business startups fail within the first five years of operation. Courses such as this are key to the success of owning and operating a business in East Texas.
“If you are looking to start a small business or learn how to successfully operate a current business, this course is for you. After twenty years of offering this course in Longview, many people have found the guidance and direction to successfully operate a small business. This course has a high success rate among small business owners. This year in particular we are focusing on access to capital for small business owners, we have heard the concerns of our local businesses and this class will address that question and many others,” said Brad Bunt, SBDC Director.
This course will cover eight separate sections on the proper operation of a business, which includes a variety of topics important to small business start-ups and existing businesses.
From making the initial decision to starting a business, to planning for your company's tax savings, this course will help you with opening a business, as well as keeping that business running as efficiently as possible.
The course will be presented in a weekly, step by step, practical approach to business as opposed to a theoretical or academic approach, with the small business owner and potential owner in mind.
Material covered each week will later be included in the different sections of a business plan.
“Classes feature local professionals who examine topics relevant to small business. Startup and existing businesses join us each year to learn not only small business basics, but also advertising strategies, tax and corporate laws, insurance policies, financing programs, marketing trends, government forms and filing requirements, bookkeeping basics, and much more. Those attending have the unique opportunity to interact with an insurance agent, attorney, CPA, banker, marketing consultant, and others throughout the program. These professionals volunteer each week to lend their expertise in support of local entrepreneurs. Small business regulations and conditions are constantly changing, so small business owners must stay informed to ensure long-term success” said Melanie Northcutt, SBDC Training Coordinator.
Over the years, hundreds of local business owners have gotten their start after attending this series of classes. In addition, many established businesses have found the classes helpful for updates on tax laws, and other legal rules and regulations examined throughout this course.
The course schedule is as follows:
Making the Decision to Go into Business:
Tuesday, February 26 (Marshall) – Instructor: Ron Collier – Collier Consulting Group
Tuesday, February 26 (Gilmer) – Instructor: Henry Troell – State Farm Insurance
Thursday, February 28 (Longview) – Instructor: Ron Collier – Collier Consulting Group
Tuesday, March 5 (Marshall) – Instructor: Mike Brady - Kirkland Brady Insurance
Tuesday, March 5 (Gilmer) – Instructor: Larry Clemens – Brown, Cook & Taylor Insurance
Thursday, March 7 (Longview) – Instructor: Larry Clemens – Brown, Cook & Taylor Insurance
Choosing the Legal Form of Business:
Tuesday, March 5 (Marshall) – Instructor: Dean Searle – Attorney at Law
Tuesday, March 5 (Gilmer) – Instructor: Dwight Brannon - Attorney at Law
Thursday, March 7 (Longview) – Instructor: Casey Goolsby – Attorney at Law
Planning for Tax Savings:
Tuesday, March 19 (Marshall) – Instructor: Mac Abney - Abney, Simmons and Company
Tuesday, March 19 (Gilmer) – Instructor: Crista Hood – Hood Accounting & Consulting
Thursday, March 21 (Longview) – Instructor: Jason Cooner - Cooner & Cooner, P.C., CPA
How to Prepare a Business Plan:
Tuesday, March 26 (Marshall) – Instructor: Cathy Cisco, Jeremy K. Moore, Deb Poore – Capital One Bank
Tuesday, March 26 (Gilmer) – Instructor: Ken George & Erik Roddy – Capital One Bank
Thursday, March 28 (Longview) – Instructor: Heath Hamberlin – Texas Bank and Trust
Financing a Small Business:
Tuesday, April 2 (Marshall) – Instructor: Alan Grantham – BancorpSouth
Tuesday, April 2 (Gilmer) – Instructor: Heath Hamberlin – Texas Bank & Trust
Thursday, April 4 (Longview) – Instructor: Troy Moore – BancorpSouth
Marketing Your Small Business:
Tuesday, April 9 (Marshall) – Instructor: Ron Collier – Collier Consulting Group
Tuesday, April 9 (Gilmer) – Instructor: TBA
Thursday, April 11 (Longview) – Instructor: Ron Collier – Collier Consulting Group
Tuesday, April 16 (Marshall) – Instructor: Chris Fyffe – Abney, Simmons and Company
Tuesday, April 16 (Gilmer) – Instructor: Crista Hood – Hood Accounting & Consulting
Thursday, April 18 (Longview) – Instructor: Jason Cooner - Cooner & Cooner, P.C.
Beginning Your Business: Start-Up Overview:
Tuesday, April 23 (Marshall) – Instructor: Brad Bunt – Kilgore College SBDC
Tuesday, April 23 (Gilmer) – Instructor: Virgel Conner – Kilgore College SBDC
Thursday, April 25(Longview) – Instructor: Brad Bunt – Kilgore College SBDC
Spring 2013 course sponsors: Austin Bank, BancorpSouth, Capital One Bank, Chase Bank, Citizens National Bank, First Bank & Trust East Texas, First National Bank of Gilmer, Gilmer National Bank, Regions Bank, Sam’s Club, Spring Hill State Bank and Texas Bank & Trust.