Seminars for entrepreneurs

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  • What: First-Step free small business start-up seminar
  • Where: Hayden Town Hall and Colorado Mountain College's Bogue Hall
  • When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Hayden Town Hall from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16 in Bogue Hall

— A series of business seminars this week is meant to inspire business owners, as well as people thinking about testing their entrepreneurial skills.

"When you get the entrepreneurial bug, it's almost like a bug that takes over your soul," said Randy Rudasics, manager of the Bogue Enterprise Center and counselor at the Small Business Resource Center.

Locals who have had successful careers in business teach the seminars.

Rudasics, who formerly ran an employment agency in Indiana, taught the first seminar with SCORE volunteer Rodger Good on Monday night in Yampa.

The second of the three First-Step free small business start-up seminars is Wednesday in Hayden. SCORE volunteer Mike Forney will join Rudasics for the Hayden seminar. The seminar is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Hayden Town Hall. Scott Ford will help teach the Steamboat Springs seminar on Aug. 16 at Colorado Mountain College's Bogue Hall from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

A Success Steps monthly breakfast also will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Aug. 16 in Bogue Hall.

The seminars will deal with the feasibility of starting a business and will help people figure out whether their "idea has any legs," Rudasics said.

Routt County Business Resource Director Noreen Moore said the classes represent the combined efforts of SCORE, Colorado Mountain College, the Hayden and South Routt economic development commissions and the newly formed Routt County Economic Development Cooperative.

"We welcome people who own a business who want to grow it and make it better," Moore said. "Part of the effort here is to make sure people are talking to each other and learning from each other."

Moore said the skills people picked up from the seminars in 2004 created 21 new jobs, 14 companies and projected sales of $5.5 million.

The evening seminars provide an introduction, but one night might not be enough for some people. The Next Steps Workshop is scheduled for later this month. The four-day workshop is from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 21 to 24 in Bogue Hall, Room 300. The cost is $100.

The seminar will focus on examining feasibility, studying and researching the marketplace, using market research to develop a sales forecast and pulling the plan together.

A simulated fly fishing shop is used to help teach the business skills. SCORE volunteers Chan Coyle and Steve Hitchcock will help teach the course, which should help budding entrepreneurs make the right choices.

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