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Develope Your Business Skills at Free Workshops Provided by PJC

The Small Business Development Center at Paris Junior College will offer workshops as well as free counseling for current and prospective small business owners in the Paris area during the month of March, according to Director Bradley Gottshalk.

The workshops will be held at the Bobby Walters Workforce Training Center on Clarksville Street, west entrance. To register, contact the Continuing Education Department at 903-782-0447 or the Paris Small Business Development Center at 903-782-0224.

Create Your Own Job – Start Your Own Business will be offered from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, March 2. This free workshop will include information needed to start a small business. Topics will include legal requirements, the different forms of business organization and their advantages and disadvantages, conducting a feasibility study, writing a business plan, getting a sales tax permit, types of financing available for a start-up business, and what lenders want to know, as well as information on SBA guaranteed loan programs.

QuickBooks Level 1 Basic Skills will meet from 4-8 p.m., each Wednesday, March 19 to April 2. Participants will learn how to track inventory and handle payroll requirements; deal with physical inventory; deal with errors and refunds; work with balance sheet accounts; using classes; NSF checks; and customizing QuickBooks.

QuickBooks Level 2: Beyond the Basics will be held from 1-5 p.m., each Wednesday, March 28 to April 11. QuickBooks 2 shows how to track inventory; handle payroll; deal with physical inventory; sell inventory items; work with balance sheet accounts; use classes and deal with errors, refunds and NSF checks; and how to customize QuickBooks.

Free, confidential counseling to start or expand a small business is offered every Monday and Tuesday at the PJC Small Business Development Center, 1405 S. Collegiate. Call 903-782-0224 to make an appointment for free counseling.

Free training for small businesses is now being offered through two grant programs from Texas Workforce Commission.
Through the Skills for Small Business Grant, owners and their employees can apply for free tuition to take any Paris Junior College course, credit or non-credit (limited to $1,450 for new employees and $725 for existing employees).

Through the Entrepreneurial Training Grant, business owners or persons interested in starting a new business, can apply for free training (limit of $500 per person). Call the Paris Small Business Development Center at 903-782-0224 for details on how to take advantage of these limited-time training grant programs awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The Small Business Development Center is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Texas, and Paris Junior College.

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