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Rockford, Illinois
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If you are interested in starting your own business, the SBDC is the place to start.  Our training programs will provide you with the right information to make the best decisions.

Are You Ready to Be an Entrepreneur?
Do you want to be your own boss?  Having an idea to start your own business is the easy part.  Gaining the knowledge to become a successful entrepreneur is a challenging path to pursue.  Join us for a couple hours monthly to arm yourself with an overview of the knowledge and skills you need before you jump into the life of an entrepreneur. This workshop is also available in spanish on the first Thursday of every month.

Click here for a class schedule or to register.


Self-Employment Training
  

Storefront Business Planning Class

Make your business profitable

Are you an entrepreneur with an idea for a profitable "storefront"small business or an existing small business owner that just needs a little help to make your business sustainable and profitable?

The City of Rockford's Commercial District Economic Development Education and Entrepreneurship Network (EDEEN) and Rock Valley College's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are offering an 8-week course to help you create a business plan for your restaurant, boutique, gift shop, salon, art gallery, or other concept. You will also receive up to 5 hours of individual assistance following the class to launch your business or strengthen your existing business.

Fees: No cost to low and moderate income households through funding from the City of Rockford. Others will pay a $150 tuition fee.

Location: Rock Valley College Learning Opportunity Center, Stewart Square, Second Floor, 308 West State Street, Downtown Rockford

Schedule: Classes starting soon. Please call for more information regarding next class date.

Register: Click here to register or call (815) 921-2081

 

How to Start Your Own Business

Turn your dream into a reality

Learn what it really takes to be your own boss.″ 

  • Helpful to companies who make a product or provide a unique service
  • Learn from experience you can't find in a textbook
  • Taught by a local entrepreneur
  • Certificate provided upon completion

“This course has not only been constructive in helping me finish my business plan but helped me to realize how I can network, manufacture, market and sell my products here in Rockford Illinois.”
                        –Paul Niedermann, Prescient Audio, LLC (Spring 2012 MSET Participant)

Fees: No cost to qualified low and moderate income households through funding from the City of Rockford. Others will pay $150.00 tuition fee.

Location: EIGERlab, 605 Fulton Avenue, Rockford

Schedule: This course is one night a week for 6 weeks. Classes starting soon.

Register: Click here to register or call (815) 921-2081



Accounting with Computer Software
Quickbooks Level 1 
Learn the basics of this powerful financial management software program for small business.  Topics include:  plan and create a new company, work with opening balances and balance sheet reports, work with customer and vendor transactions, and bank with Quickbooks.  We recommend that you have basic computer skills.  Purchase text at RVC bookstore.  Bring a flash drive to class.

Call Rock Valley College Community & Professional Education at (815) 921-3900 to register.

Quickbooks Level 2
Same text book is used for Level 1 and 2.  Topics for level 2 include:  inventory, payroll, job costing, time tracking, designating classes, reports, graphs and balance sheet accounts.  Bring a flash drive to class.

Call Rock Valley College Community & Professional Education at (815) 921-3900 to register.


Individual Counseling
The SBDC counselors are highly experienced in all aspects of start up businesses.  We would be happy to sit down with you for an individual counseling session to learn about your concept and connect you with the right resources to get started.

Click here to register.




 
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