|Want to own your own business?|
|Thursday, 15 August 2013 09:39 | Written by Joshua Smith|
Chamber sets class to show you how
CONYERS—It took Esther Williams two years to earn her master’s degree in business administration in 2000 at the University of Phoenix. It took her six weeks at the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneurial Academy to learn everything she needed to start her own business.
“Everything—from insurance to opening policies—was covered. It’s really what I needed to get things up and running,” said Williams, a retired Rutgers University professor who completed the entrepreneurial program earlier this year.
Williams launched the Green Hygiene Company, LLC. The business offers environmentally-safe cleaning products on a corporate level, as well as household cleaning. She says the Entrepreneurial Academy also gave her the confidence to bring to life a second business, Neighborly Needs, Inc., which provides services to single mothers and their families.
The Chamber’s Entrepreneurial Academy is designed to assist those who want to start a business but are unsure where to begin.
“The Entrepreneurial Academy is a seven-week program where those either new to business, or contemplating a new business are provided with the foundational business knowledge,” said Thua Barlay, 2013 Chamber chairman. “The success of the program not only lies in the number of people that go on to start business, but in the number that, when given the right information, decide that business ownership may not be right for them.”
Each instructor in the program is an experienced entrepreneur in his or her field of business. Instructors cover topics such as: branding, accounting, banking, retirement planning for small businesses, marketing, legal entities, insurance, online technology strategies, financial planning, accounting, and tax management.
“This is the only program like this offered by any Chamber of Commerce in Georgia and unique from other programs offered in the area because the instructors are local business leaders who make their living doing what they teach,” said Fred Boscarino, president/CEO of the Chamber.
The academy has drawn participants from Stockbridge, College Park, Stone Mountain, Forest Park, Lithonia, Decatur and even McDonough.
The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is currently enrolling students for the fall semester, which starts Sept. 16. Among the Academy instructors are Josh Whitaker of BB&T Bank; Brian Howe of ThinkTank Coaching; CLU and financial planner Julian Harwell; Diane Adoma of H&R Block; and Scott Hartsell, technology consultant.
“Of the more than 300 academy graduates who have come through the program since it started in 2004, more than 50 percent are now in business for themselves, and many others are making plans to begin,” said Boscarino.
Classes are held Mondays, 6 – 9 p.m. for seven weeks at the Chamber’s office building, 936 Green St., Conyers. The academy costs $150. The fee includes class materials, a light supper each evening and a graduation dinner. For more information or to register, call 770-483-7049 or visit www.conyers-rockdale.com.
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