The South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation and Rockland Trust Community Development Corporation will hold two basic business workshops in Providence aimed at assisting potential and existing entrepreneurs.
The free workshops are being held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration, RI District (RI SBA), RI Small Business Development Center (RISBDC) Greater Providence Area Chamber of Commerce, RI Economic Development Council, Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), and SCORE.
Both workshops will be held at the Johnson & Wales University, Culinary Arts Museum, 315 Harborside Boulevard, Providence, on Thursday, October 25, 2012. The first of these workshops entitled “Learn the Fundamentals in Planning, Preparing, and Financing Your Business” will be held from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge to attendees.
This workshop is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one’s own business. Information on how to get started, where and how to get financing and the loan application process will be presented. Attendees will also be provided with a free guide to writing a business plan and other materials.
The second workshop entitled “Understanding the Purpose of Financial Statements and How They Can Help Determine the Health of Your Business” will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The focus of this workshop is to help attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate his/her business more efficiently.
Please call SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020, to register for either or both sessions by Thursday, October 18th and for directions to JWU’s Culinary Arts Museum. SEED Corporation holds this entrepreneurial workshop series on a monthly basis throughout the region. For information on future sessions, please contact SEED.
SEED Corporation is a non-profit organization certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and designated as an Intermediary under the SBA’s Microloan Program. This program is designed to provide loans to new and existing business owners in amounts up to $50,000.
As a regional economic development organization, SEED also offers a full range of financing programs providing loans from $1,000 to $5.5 million to assist small businesses to grow and create jobs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. SEED works with other economic development and financing institutions throughout the region to ensure that individuals who are committed to owning and operating a small business in the region are able to get the assistance they need to be successful.
For more information on SEED and its programs, please call the SEED office at 508-822-1020 or visit SEED’s website at www.seedcorp.com.
Rockland Trust Community Development Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rockland Trust Company, the commercial bank subsidiary of Independent Bank Corp. (NASDAQ: INDB). Rockland Trust is a full service commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts with $5.1 billion in assets. Rank “Highest Customer Satisfaction with Retail Banking the New England Region” in 2012 by J.D. Power and Associates, Rockland Trust’s network consists of 67 retail branches, and includes a commercial lending and investment management center in Providence, RI. Visit www.rocklandtrust.com for more information.
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