FLINT, MI—The I-69 Trade Corridor Regional office of the
Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) located at
Kettering University in Flint announced today that all “Venture Start”
workshops scheduled and delivered by regional staff in Genesee, Lapeer, and St.
Clair counties will be offered free of charge through 2013.
“Venture Start” business workshops are a series that
provides introductory overview of critical considerations for startup and early
stage entrepreneurs including Starting a Business, Writing a Business Plan,
Marketing Your Business, Financial Management, and Business Legal Issues.
Upcoming regional workshops previously announced in the media with a modest fee
are now available at no cost.
MI-SBTDC is a statewide organization funded in part through a cooperative agreement
with the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide no cost
counseling, training, information, tools, and resources for new ventures,
existing businesses, expanding businesses, and innovative technology
“We’ve seen a surge in requests for business startup
assistance, and these workshops are the best way to get a comprehensive set of
business tools, information, and resources to the greatest number of people,”
according to Regional Director Marsha Lyttle. “With a sponsorship
approach we can eliminate the course fee which might be a barrier to
aspiring and new entrepreneurs.”
These workshops are available at various locations and
times, and with varying fees at other sites around the state. This no-fee
policy applies only to the Venture Start courses in Genesee, Lapeer, and St.
The upcoming no-fee courses, which can be searched online
are: Writing a Business Plan in Flint April 11; Starting a Business in
Lapeer April 15; Writing a Business Plan in Lapeer April 15; Starting a
Business in Port Huron April 18; Starting a Business in Flint April 25;
Financial Management in Port Huron April 25; and Marketing Your Business in
Flint April 30.
For more information visit the website or
contact: MI-SBTDC regional office at Kettering University, 810-762-9660.