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Central Community College workshops prepare entrepreneurs for real world challenges

Tuesday, December 21, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
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Taking a class on how to successfully start a business won’t alwaysyield all the answers to questions startup companies face. However, when those classes are combined with speakers and mentors with first-hand knowledge of all the intricacies of the business world, it’s easier to walk away with something more than just an idea for a business. Lisa Tschauner, business instructor and entrepreneurship coordinator at Central Community Collegein Hastings,believes combining a classroom with real-world advice is vital for a successful entrepreneurial program.

Tschauner has first-hand experience with the challenges small businesses face. Tschauner is a small business owner herself, and her knowledge in entrepreneurship has helped her create workshops through Central Community College that guide entrepreneurs to success.

The workshopsbring togetherparticipants, professionals, mentors and Tschauner as the instructor for an eight-week program (one workshop, 10 individual sessions) called "Becoming An Entrepreneur: Starting and Developing Your Small Business.” Tschauner believes this program helps entrepreneurs take appropriate risks and figure out how to take the next step.

"Being an entrepreneur has helped me a lot,” Tschauner said. "I understand the biggest hiccup. That’s where I myself have gotten hung up. I don’t have that trait of being a risk taker and I’ve seen that with a lot of people.

"When people are at that point whether they should take it to the next level or let it go, that’s a scary point. I’m very familiar with that.”

According to Tschauner, the workshop’s focus is on starting and developinga small business. If it’s just an idea, the workshopfocuses on how to transform ideas into feasible plans. From that point, theprogram then focuses on development by highlighting different organizations available to help startups get their footing. Other topics include how to find investors, business ventures and forecasting sales. The program also covers branding and logos and an overview of legal issues. By the end of the workshop,aspiring entrepreneurs havebusiness plans ready, Tschauner said.

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