FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sharron Donnahoe (627 -4512)

Date: September 29, 2006

HCC to Offer Business Plan Workshop

The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled "Business Plan Basics" on Tuesday, October 10, from 6-9 p.m. at the Regional High Technology Center in the Waynesville Industrial Park. You will be able to study the steps to actually writing your plan and learn how to cover what you really need in a short but useable plan. An effective business plan serves at least four goals:

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It helps you focus your ideas

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It creates a track for you to follow in the early stages of business growth

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It creates benchmarks against which you can measure your progress

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It provides a document for attracting equity or debt financing

This workshop will provide you with an interactive, hands-on, step-by-step primer to guide you through the process of creating an effective business plan. Learn what a good plan must include and discover how it can bring together goals, plans, strategies and resources for your business. Examine how a good business plan can minimize risk and save you from significant financial and professional losses resulting from an unprofitable business. A business counselor with the Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) from Western Carolina University will lead this workshop. To preregister for this free seminar, call the Small Business Center at 627-4512.