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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.

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.

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Self-Employment Training

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 local entrepreneur

When: October 1, 2015 l 6:00 - 8:45  pm (Meets one night a week for 6 weeks)

Location: Rock Valley College, Woodward Technology Center, Rm. 151

Sign up now!

Call Cari at (815)921-2081


Storefront Business Planning Class

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 are offering a 8 week course to help you create a business plan for your restaurant, boutique, gift shop, art gallery, or other concept. 

When: September 23, 2015 l 6:00 - 8:00 pm. (meets one night a week for 8 weeks)

Location: Wired Cafe l 414 East State St. Rockford, IL 61104

Call Cari at (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.

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