Diana Laursen, 2005 REAL graduate, pictured in her store, The Hazelwood Soap Company.
Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (REAL) will be offered from October 22 through November 20 on Wednesdays and Thursday evenings, from 6-9 pm. This five week, course will be held at Haywood Community College in the Freedlander Building in Room 204. Good business planning can minimize risk and save you from significant financial and professional losses resulting from an unprofitable business. Learn how to take a business idea, improve or expand an existing business, and “walk through” the following steps: Self-employment assessments, the business plan essentials, legal structures, community analysis, marketing research and feasibility, targeting the customer and meeting customer needs, analyzing the competition, taxes and licenses, utilizing professionals, computerized cash flow analysis, and financial feasibility. “As a result of the REAL course, I learned a substantial amount of information… but moreover, I made many outstanding business contacts who have become some of our best customers!” said Diana Laursen, owner of Hazelwood Soap Company. Kathy Hyatt, REAL certified instructor will facilitate this class. Hyatt has taught several classes and recently trained other REAL certified instructors nationally. The fee will for this class will be $55. Make a small investment of your time and money for increased business success and explore the opportunities and challenges of opening a business. For more information, call the Small Business Center at 627 4512.