Intensive course aims to fuel business expansion here

A 12-session course beginning early next month is designed to encourage entrepreneurs to start or expand businesses, in part by developing comprehensive business plans.

Dr. Haviland Wright, director of the Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center Network Kaua‘i Center (SBDC), teaches the class, beginning Thursday, Sept. 4 and running each Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. through mid-November.

The center, and Kauai Community College’s Office of Continuing Education, are offering the course, NxLevel for Entrepreneurs.

The program focuses on participants learning the art of better business practices, in part through production of comprehensive business plans to guide business-expansion decisions and activities.

Entrepreneurs will learn how and when to start businesses; how to organize and better manage businesses; how to identify opportunities and market businesses; and how to understand and get business finances in order, among other topics.

Participants will also learn how and where to get funding for businesses; how to write detailed, comprehensive business plans; how to network with other entrepreneurs; and how to develop a network with small business support services.

Classes will be held at KCC, and each session will include lectures and activities designed to foster networking and participation by both start-up and existing local businesses.

Tuition is $495 per person, and includes course textbook, workbook, resource guide, and other handouts. Employment training funds may be available for qualified participants.

To register and for more information, please call the KCC Office of Continuing Education, 245-8318, or SBDC, 246-1748.

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