By CRISTIN REECE
Ever wish you could be your own boss? Have a great idea for a business? Maybe you’ve even gone as far as putting a business proposal together and you just don’t know where to go from there?
Then the Palestine Economic Development Corp., Palestine Main Street Organization and Trinity Valley Community College’s Small Business Development Center has your Invitation to Entrepreneurship, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, 24 and 25 at the Holiday Inn Express, 1030 E. Palestine St.
“We want to help people fulfill their entrepreneurial spirits by helping them fill in all the blanks when it comes to starting their own small business,” TVCC SBDC-Palestine Business Adviser Mark Price said. “Maybe they’ve gotten everything together and just need that final push to get the ball rolling. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to get those tools to start a business.”
The three-day event is free of charge but space is limited so anyone interested in attending needs to register by Sept. 13. Call the Athens TVCC SBDC office, 903-675-7403, to register.
Speakers featured will be Marc Willson and Mike Ellsberry.
Willson is currently the Retail Consultant for the Virginia Small Business Development Center (VSBDC) Network and brings 35 years of retail experience in helping retail, restaurant and tourism-related small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public.
“Willson is known as an operation’s expert and has counseled countless retailers in best practices, financials and cash flow, marketing and customer service, customer loyalty, merchandising, window dressing, buying, social media and just plain old how to treat customers,” the Willson Company’s website states. “In an attempt to keep small retailers relevant during this turbulent economic time, we focus on why their offering is unique, who are their customers and how to reach to them. His client’s revere his honesty, delivered with the genteel manner of a southern gentleman.”
Ellsberry is the director of the Trinity Valley Community College Small Business Development Center. The center counsels more than 180 client a year in all aspects of business procedures, development and formations. He earned an MBA at the University of Austin and had direct experience in commercial loan brokerage services, wholesale gift and decorative accessories and the marina business. He will present an overview on raising funds, accounting, cash flow and similar issues.