After running around all day and doing about 50 different things at once, it’s nice to sit down and type a blog post. When I first started my business in 2008, I was really overwhelmed. Never in a million years did I ever, ever imagine that I would be an entrepreneur. But, after taking a leap of faith I decided to give it a go. I knew there was a million things to do and I didn’t have a clue where to start. My family suggested that I work with the Small Business Development Center at Lock Haven University. The SBDC is a group that works out of colleges and universities all across Pennsylvania. They provide consulting services, educational programs, and one-on-one guidance to help entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business.
I cannot say enough of good things about the service! Each center offers a set of core classes (how to start a small business, how to write a business plan, etc.) and a variety of specialized classes. The classes are usually very affordable and other times free. The SBDC helped me understand and complete all of the legal steps required to officially start a business. I could probably write 10 more pages praising the center, but I’ll spare everyone the excessive rambling. So, please check out the site. Unfortunately this service is only available for residents of Pennsylvania, but other states might offer a similar type of service. I’ve had success finding classes by searching Google, looking for press articles and write-ups in my local newspaper and advertisements and/or write-ups in my community newsletter.
I hope this post helps at least one aspiring future business owner. Check back on the week. I will be posting pictures from an engagement shoot this past weekend.