Rend Lake College’s Small Business Development Center is offering several workshops in the coming months to help small business owners with issues from starting up a business to effective managing.
“How to Start Your Own Business” is a free workshop which will be offered multiple times in the near future. Topics covered at this workshop include the services available through the SBDC, legal structures for small business, registering a business, employee issues, developing a business plan and financing options. This workshop is a must for any prospective business owner.
Workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Jan. 25; Tuesday, Feb. 26; Tuesday, March 15; and Saturday, March 26. A 6 to 9 p.m. workshop will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16.
“Buying or Selling a Business in Southern Illinois” will be led by Pete Bradham, chief executive officer of Bradham Group. This workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 29. It will cover the seven major steps in buying or selling a business: Why am I doing this?; Am I ready?; valuation; examining the terms; the offer; negotiations; and getting to closing. The workshop costs $25.
Rick Pigg of the Illinois Finance Authority will lead “Small Business Financing” from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. This free session will focus on services available through the Illinois Finance Authority and will cover small business start-up capital, funding for cattle and farming operations, venture capital and other issues.
“Hiring Without Fear” is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, and will be led by Hank Villani of the Law Office of Villani and Villani. The workshop will include a brief overview and discussion of what can and cannot be asked in the interview process, aspects of law relating to human resources and tips on how to gain useful information without violation. Case scenarios will be used to encourage discussion. The workshop costs $25.
Villani also will lead “Managing Without Fear” from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 30. This workshop costs $25 and will cover practical applications of human resource law for small businesses. The session will cover problem issues such as termination, troubled employees, documentation and employer/employee rights.