Community Empowerment: Business Ownership

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Small businesses represent 99.7% of all businesses in the United States, and they generate approximately 70% of all new jobs. Launching one's own business can be challenging and a great opportunity to build individual business success. 

Small business entrepreneurs are self-empowered visionaries who are determined to impact the business world and community at large. The current business climate is favorable for those looking to establish new business ventures.

The key to their success is ensuring that they develop a sound business infrastructure from the start. This will ensure that these organizations can benefit fully from the myriad of products and services available to them.

For example, financial institutions have developed specific services geared toward the small business community. These services give business owners the additional tools they require to build successful operations. The Success 101: Starting Your Own Small Business Course is designed to assist new entrepreneurs in obtaining an overview of the key issues to consider as they plan a start-up business. In this introductory course, participants will explore such topics as, general business operations, including the steps required to establish a business, staffing, legal forms of ownership, technology, financing, creating a business plan and micro-management principles. 

Participants will also learn how to integrate finance, marketing, and operations into a broader vision that assists them to excel in both decision making and execution for accelerated growth. Participants will leave the course with the effective tools to pursue their entrepreneurial goals. The result is an intensive one-day learning experience that is well suited to the needs and time demands of this important group of participants. The course is a must for executives and entrepreneurs who aspire to build successful companies.

Additionally, the program provides a forum for maximum networking opportunities with other business owners, corporate vendors and industry leaders. Upon completion of the course, all participants will receive a comprehensive resource guide and specialized certificate. The Executive Education Division at SSG challenges executives to grow as leaders, to develop reliable and results driven solutions, and to think and manage successfully.

On Friday, March 23, 2007, at the Pierre Hotel Grand Ballroom, in New York City, entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to begin the small business development process.  There will be bankers on hand who will be prepared to establish business accounts, to take credit applications, and to answer any questions.

In honor of Black History Month, the admission fee has been reduced to $395.00 with lunch included for those participants who register by March 1, 2007.  Please contact the program office at 212-430-6487 or register on-line at

"Success is planned and must be reinforced by a commitment to excellence, a strong desire to learn, and through the development of sound and effective decision making."—Dante Dixon, Course Moderator


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