Successfully launch your new business by completing the Starting Right class developed by the Business Enterprise Center at Wright State. This two-hour class delivers much of the basic information necessary for successful business ownership.
Each participant receives a large packet including legal, record-keeping, tax and general business information. A business plan questionnaire and cash flow projection worksheet is also included. During the class, a business counselor provides an overview of the information as well as instruction on the basics of business ownership. The cost of the class is $35 payable the night of the class. Make check payable to WSU BEC.
After the class, you will need to begin the paperwork process. A business counselor will guide you through this process and answer questions as necessary. Personal business counseling services are free and no limit is placed on the number of appointments. Business counselors routinely tackle problems such as business financing for start-ups, expansions, acquisitions, business management issues, tax and record-keeping issues, etc.
The class meets at two locations: the Van Wert WSU Business Enterprise Center service location at 147 East Main Street, Suite C in Van Wert and at the Business Enterprise Center located at Wright State University Lake Campus in Celina from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on usually the third Thursday of every month; however, dates and times do change so please contact either the Business Enterprise Center at Wright State (419)586-0355 or the Van Wert Economic Development Office (419)238-2999 to register and confirm dates and times.
REVOLVING LOAN FUND (RLF) PROGRAM:
This program is a flexible source of supplemental financing for businesses expanding or locating in Van Wert County. This fund was created to enable businesses to grow, create jobs, and improve the local economy. Since its inception in the 1990′s, the RLF has loaned almost $3 million to over 50 Van Wert County businesses. These businesses have added jobs and additional tax dollars to the local economy. The RLF recycles dollars, lending principal and interest repayments back to other businesses in the county for the benefit of all. The RLF provides an additional source of funds when others have been exhausted and can even increase private lender interest by reducing their risk exposure. Contact the Economic Development Office to learn more. 419.238.2999
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