Business course provides opportunity
to existing, potential entrepreneurs

Veterans, military members and spouses may attend for free 


WATERTOWN, N.Y. (March 15, 2019) – The New York State Small Business Development Center will offer its Entrepreneurial Training Course this spring over seven weeks on Thursday evenings from April 11 through May 23 at Jefferson Community College in Watertown.

Co-sponsors of the course include JCC’s Continuing Education Department, Jefferson County Economic Development, and Watertown Local Development Corporation.

The purpose of the Entrepreneurial Training Course is to provide guidance and support to individuals interested in starting or expanding a small business. The course takes entrepreneurs through all aspects of starting and running a small business and features speakers from professional fields such as accounting, law, insurance, banking and advertising.

In addition, the course includes a one-on-one discussion with an SBDC adviser to discuss each participant’s specific business project. The course also will cover how to check credit reports and how to address any related problems.

Attendees will learn what goes into a business plan, what types of loans to apply for, what types of insurances are recommended as well as information on contract agreements, marketing, the microenterprise loan program and bookkeeping.

Upon successful completion of the course, qualified participants starting or operating a business locally will be eligible to apply for a low-interest, micro-enterprise loan of up to $40,000. North Country residents have access to a number of funding sources, including Jefferson County Economic Development, Watertown Local Development Corporation, Lewis County Economic Development, Development Authority of the North Country and Adirondack Economic Development Corporation.

The cost to register is $195; however, for this course, the SBDC is able to offer free tuition to veterans, military members and spouses through a special program income funding opportunity. The course is open to everyone in the community.

Pre-registration with payment is required, by cash, credit card 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.

The fee for the course is $195 per person. The deadline to register is April 8. There is no refund after that date unless the course is cancelled.

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)