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Seminar focuses on startups
Session Jan. 15 guide for small businesses
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Forsyth County News

If you're going
The Keys to Successfully Starting a New Business workshop will run from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 15. The course is free for chamber members and $10 for others. Register by Jan. 14 by calling (770) 887-6461 or visit

The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce is starting the new year off small.

In conjunction with small business counseling service SCORE, the chamber’s Small Business Services Center is offering a workshop Jan. 15 to help those interested in launching a small business.

“We wanted to start off the year kicking off our seminars with something very strong and educational,” said Jason Mock, director of the small business center. “We felt that even with the economy the way it is today, people are still eager to open and start their own business."

The seminar is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to starting a business, Mock said.

SCORE volunteer Steve Bloom will present a variety of information, including how to obtain loans, begin a business plan and tap non-traditional funding sources, among other topics.

The course, which also covers a review of bank decision and underwriting processes, is designed to give entrepreneurs an overview of what's involved in starting a business.

“It’s kind of that cold shower test,” Mock said. “If you can stand walking out of this class and are still excited about owning your own business and are eager to do the steps he puts forth, you really will be a successful business owner.”

While the class covers the basics, the chamber features more services to help serious entrepreneurs follow through with their ideas.

“We’re here to help them continue to grow,” Mock said. “Our Small Business Services Center wants to be utilized as a development center for small business in Forsyth and we want to help all business grow in this county.”