The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is ready to help you get your business off the ground at this year’s Fall 2019 Entrepreneurial Academy.
The seven-week program, held on Mondays, Sept. 23-Nov. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m., offers a deep dive into the essentials on starting and running a successful business.
“If you have dreams of starting your own business or are already an established business owner seeking to expand, the academy has something for you,” said Fred Boscarino, President/CEO of the Chamber. “Experienced business people who have been there, tried that, share their voices of experience to help you avoid common pitfalls and be better prepared to establish your business for growth and prosperity.”
The curriculum includes sessions on legal entities, accounting, loan options, marketing, social media, insurance and human resources. Workshops vary from panel discussions to lectures and hands-on training.
“Of more than 750 academy graduates who have come through the program since it started in 2004, more than 50 percent are now in business for themselves,” said Boscarino.
The academy, which graduated 32 participants in Spring 2019, draws participants from the surrounding metro Atlanta area including Conyers, College Park, Decatur, Lithonia, Stone Mountain, Covington, Forest Park, Stockbridge and McDonough.
Esther Williams said while it took her two years to earn a master’s degree in business online, it took her just seven weeks to learn everything she needed to know to start her business at the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneurial Academy.
“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 launched the Green Hygiene Company, LLC, a mail-order business in Decatur offering environmentally-safe cleaning products for homes and corporate dwellings.
The cost for the program is $175. Attendees who register by Sept. 1 will receive a $50 discount. The fee includes snacks for every session and a graduation dinner and certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program.
The course is open to the public and entrepreneurial experience is not necessary to apply. For more information or to register, visit www.conyers-rockdale.comor call 770-483-7049.