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Aug. 13, 2003

RSU Workshops Aim For Small Business Success

Rogers State University's Center for Economic and Community Development will be hosting a series of small business workshops this fall designed to assist area small businesses and entrepreneurs in developing successful enterprises.

The five workshops, to be held this fall at the RSU campus in Claremore, are free and open to interested business owners, managers and entrepreneurs. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.

"This series of business workshops can be valuable for area business owners and operators who want to be exposed to new entrepreneurial ideas, or for those who want to sharpen their skills needed to successfully run a business," said Dr. Ray Brown, RSU vice president for community and economic development.

The workshops will be presented by state and area business specialists, as well as the Center for Economic and Community Development's professional staff.

The series schedule will be:

  • "Developing a Business Plan," Tuesday, Sept. 16, Herrington Hall, Room 130, 6 to 9 p.m. Bob Price of RSU's Center for Economic and Community Development, will address the importance of developing and maintaining a workable business plan.
  • "Role of Innovation and Entrepreneurship," Wednesday, Oct. 1, Post Hall Board Room, 2 to 5 p.m. Representatives from the Oklahoma Technology Commercialization Center will discuss the relationship between innovation and business success, and show ways that your business can make the most of innovative ideas.
  • "Federal and State Taxes For Small Business," Tuesday, Oct. 14, Herrington Hall, Room 130, 6 to 9 p.m. Bob Fitzgerald, a CPA from Sand Springs, discusses tax basics and recent developments of interest to small business owners and operators.
  • "Census Data and Practical Applications," Thursday, Nov. 6, Herrington Hall, Room 206, 1 to 5 p.m. Dr. Ray Brown of RSU's Center for Economic and Community Development reviews how entrepreneurs, city planners, grant writers and small businesses can gather valuable information from the census data and successfully utilize it.
  • "Boot Camp For Entrepreneurs," Wednesday, Nov. 12, Post Hall Board Room, 1 to 5 p.m. Presented by the Oklahoma Technology Commercialization Center, this "boot camp" is designed to provide information on current market conditions and tools for raising capital, as well as informative strategies for maximizing business goals. Participants in this session must have attended the Oct. 1 workshop on the Role of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

For more information or to register, call the RSU Center for Economic and Community Development at (918) 343-7533.