Winter entrepreneurship courses will be offered; military, veterans, Family Members may attend for free


WATERTOWN, N.Y. (Dec. 19, 2019) – The New York State Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College will offer its Entrepreneurial Training Course in two locations this winter to people interested in starting a new business or growing their existing one.

The classroom course will be held over seven weeks on Thursday evenings from Jan. 9 through Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at in the Dulles Building on the JCC campus in Watertown. The course features different speakers each week who are professionals in their fields:  banking, marketing, accounting, insurance and business law. For 2020, the registration cost has been lowered to $40.

A 14-week online version of the course will begin Feb. 3 and run through May 8.  It covers the same materials in seven modules with videos from local experts, but participants have two weeks to complete each section and work at their own pace and location on their own computer.

The courses are sponsored by JCC Workforce Development and Business, Jefferson County Economic Development (JCED), and Watertown Local Development Corp. (WLDC).

Either course costs $40. The courses are open to everyone in the North Country. For these two courses, the SBDC is able to offer free tuition to students, veterans, military members and spouses through a special program income funding opportunity.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants who are otherwise qualified will be eligible to apply for a low-interest, micro-enterprise loan of up to $40,000. There is also a micro-enterprise grant available in Lewis County.

Pre-registration with payment is required, by cash, credit card, online or checks made payable to SBDC/JCC. Call the SBDC at (315) 782-9262 or send your registration to SBDC/JCC, 1220 Coffeen Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601. There is no refund after the class begins unless the course is cancelled. The deadline to register for the classroom version is Jan. 6.

For the online course, the registration deadline is Jan. 29, payable by credit or debit card by calling (315) 755-0382.

This program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. 


(New York State Small Business Development Center)