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Overcome your fears of starting your own small business with help from three new workshops

Village of Oswego, IL

Village of Oswego, IL

‘I Kinda Sorta Was Thinking of Starting My Own Business’ starts Monday, Sept. 17

OSWEGO, ILL. – If you have a passion for starting a business, as well as a fear of doing it, these workshops are for you! OsweGROW and the Illinois Small Business Development Center present a free three-part workshop series that will help you understand what it takes to start your own business. The first session begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17.

Speaker Harriet Parker, manager of the Illinois Small Business Development Center, has more than 30 years of experience managing successful start-ups, including designing and marketing software products used nationwide. She is also a co-owner of HubTack, Inc., a web-based business serving land surveyors and engineers.

Workshops are free, and each workshop includes a presentation by Parker followed by a roundtable discussion where attendees can ask questions and share their experiences. The workshops are a great way to get connected to all the resources that are available through OsweGROW, including mentorship, business-related seminars, research assistance, and much more.

The workshops take place on Mondays, Sept. 17, Oct.15, and Nov. 12, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Oswego Public Library District’s Montgomery Campus, 1111 Reading Drive, Montgomery. Registration is not required, but it helps organizers plan the event. Register at http://bit.ly/2BlufHW or on the Calendar of Events page on the library’s website at www.oswego.lib.il.us.

Join us for any or all of the three sessions:

Monday, Sept. 17
I Kinda Sorta Was Thinking of Starting My Own Business
There’s a lot to consider and there are many conversations to have before you dive into writing a business plan – or, heaven forbid, start your business without one!  If you are unsure of what it will take for your idea to get off the ground, Parker will walk you through what you need to know, think about, and do before taking those first steps toward entrepreneurship.

Monday, Oct. 15
The Beginner’s Guide to Financing Your Small Business
Getting the funding to start your dream business is one of the hardest challenges every entrepreneur faces. Before you start your hunt for gold, you’ll have to determine how much money you’ll need. Parker will teach you what you need to know about financing a start-up business and how to calculate your financial needs.

Monday, Nov. 12
Ready to Launch: The ABCs of Opening a Business
You have put together a plan, determined that the risk is acceptable, and you are ready to jump into entrepreneurship. Now what? Parker will cover the steps you need to take to move from plan to reality.

OsweGROW is a partnership between the Oswego Public Library District and the Village of Oswego that supports local area small businesses and promotes economic development. OsweGROW aims to provide reliable resources to help people start and grow their businesses in Oswego and help them continue to flourish.

For more information, contact Adult Services librarian Drea Flores at dflores@oswego.lib.il.us or at (630) 978-1024.

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