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‘Start Your Own Business’ Workshop Series in Boone Starts Nov. 27 at Appalachian Enterprise Center

Nov. 16, 2012. Have you ever thought about starting your own business, but didn’t know where to start? Working for yourself can open a new world of possibilities including financial independence, flexibility in scheduling, and the ability to make a living doing something that you enjoy.

The ASU Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting a “Start Your Own Business” workshop series to boost aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in the Watauga County community. The workshops are a series and therefore build upon each other. Space is limited so registration is required.

Two of ASU’s Walker College of Business entrepreneurship professors developed the course material and faculty and staff from ASU will lead the workshops. The workshops are sponsored by the Watauga County Economic Development Commission, Watauga Committee of 100, and Appalachian State University.

Series Description:

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6 to 8 p.m.
Workshop #1 – Business Idea Development – Evaluate the pros and cons of entrepreneurship and focus on business idea development. Participants will create and assess various business ideas according to their skills and interests along with how the ideas align with the needs of the community.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
Workshop #2 – Key Elements of Running a Business – Learn about the key components of running a business such as human resource management, marketing, finance, planning, and risk analysis and begin developing your own business strategy and plan.

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6 to 8 p.m.
Workshop #3 – Making It Happen! – Put knowledge, ideas, and skills to work to start your business! Participants will learn how to assess markets with the help of existing entrepreneurs and community leaders. Each participant will be paired with a mentor who will review and give constructive feedback on business plan drafts.

The workshop series is free to community members and is open to anyone wanting to start or grow their own business. All workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Appalachian Enterprise Center. We ask that you attend all workshops to complete the series.

For more information contact Lisa Redman at redmanlg@appstate.edu or call the ASU Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship at 828-262-6196. Register online at ww.entrepreneurship.appstate.edu or fill out the registration below and mail to ASU Box 32089, Boone, NC 28608.

“Start Your Own Business” Workshop Series

Watauga County – Summer 2012

 Participant Registration





Street Address:

What are your business interests/ideas?





Where are you in your business pursuit?


Idea Phase _______   Business Plan _______


Recent Start Up _______  In Business 1 – 5 Years _______  In Business 5 Years or More _______


What is most important for you to learn from this workshop?





How did you hear about the workshop?




Please mail this registration section to:

ASU Center for Entrepreneurship

ASU Box 32089

Boone, NC 28608