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Business educators offer seminars for new and existing business owners

CMC Corner
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Contributed PhotoInstructor Jim Olp repeats his popular How to Start a Business seminar on Sept. 13 at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs. Olp is a retired business consultant with the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center and has taught virtually every aspect of small business management and operations at the college level for more than two decades.

Colorado Mountain College is once again teaming up with local and state business advisors, the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center (RFBRC) and the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC), to offer a fall seminar series.

The short seminars are designed to assist a range of individuals, from anyone who has a business idea to those who are already engaged in a small business operation.

Each entity independently offers business training seminars. CMC instructional chair Maureen Stepp said, “We were all trying to do the same thing, so instead of doing separate workshops, we felt we would be more successful if we joined forces.”

The joint effort offers additional benefits to students, such as helping to fund operational costs, which in turn reduces class fees. Also, students learn about low-cost or free resources available to them through the SBDC and RFBRC.

The collaboration’s successful first run in February inspired an encore presentation that is supplemented with two new courses that cover subjects participants wanted to learn more about: business plans and marketing.

The series begins with How to Start a Business (Sept. 13), taught by Jim Olp of the Colorado SBDC Network. Olp outlines the proper steps to launch a business, considering legal structures, licenses and forms, taxes and financing.

Randi Lowenthal, CEO of the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center, teaches the two-day seminar Creating a Successful Business Plan (Sept. 18 and 20). She explains the major components of a business plan and how to turn an idea into a solid plan for long-term success.

Marketing Your Small Business (Oct. 4) is presented by Stephanie Keister, marketing manager for the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center. She demonstrates the roles public relations, social media and traditional advertising play in providing key exposure for small businesses.

Payroll Taxes (Oct. 11), the final seminar in the series, is designed to help the small business owner understand the basic payroll process and forms. Kristine Wood of Balanced Bookkeeping teaches the course and helps simplify some confusing issues such determining when to hire individual contractors versus employees.

All classes meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are one or two days in duration. Classes are held at the college’s Glenwood Center at 1402 Blake Ave.

Space is limited so early registration is advised. Individuals may register at CMC in Glenwood Springs, or by calling 945-7486.

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