Spring business courses offer opportunities for existing and potential entrepreneurs


WATERTOWN, N.Y. (March 10, 2020) – The New York State Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College will offer its Entrepreneurship Training Course in two locations this spring to people interested in starting a new business or growing their existing one.

The course will be held over eight weeks from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays from April 2 to May 21 (no class during week 4) at JCC in the Extended Learning Center in Watertown and remotely in the Lewis County Educational Center.

Each week, the course will feature different speakers who are professionals in their fields: banking, marketing, accounting, insurance and business law.

The course is co-sponsored by Jefferson Community College Workforce Development and Business, Jefferson County Economic Development (JCED) and Watertown Local Development Corp. (WLDC). The course costs $40 and is open to everyone in the North Country.

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 microenterprise grant available in Lewis County.

Pre-registration with payment is required online by visiting https://ETCSpring2020.eventbrite.com. There will be no refunds after the class begins unless the course is cancelled. The deadline to register is March 31. If participants are students, veterans, military or spouses, they should not pay online but should call the SBDC directly at (315) 782-9262 to register.

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)