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Posted on: March 21, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Trainings to Help Local Entrepreneurs Start and Grow Businesses

Ever thought about starting your own small business? Had questions about how to get started or wondered what you might need to know? The City of Eugene has partnered with NEDCO and FertiLab to help aspiring small business owners get the information and skills they need to succeed through micro-enterprise classes.
The upcoming micro-enterprise classes provide entrepreneurs the resources they need to develop a business, create sustainable incomes, and lay the foundation for future job creation. The focus of the classes will be to help micro- entrepreneurs start, stabilize or grow an existing microenterprise. The course is comprised of four, two hour classes, coupled with unlimited access to one-on-one business coaching. The course will be free of charge to Eugene residents of low to moderate income.

The first session of classes will be held on Tuesdays April 5th through 26th, and a second session will be held on Thursdayd June 2nd through 23rd.

Participants can register through NEDCO either online at or by phone at 541-345-7106.

Classes will cover topics such as:

• Business Concept & Plan Development
• Competitive Analysis
• Marketing Strategy & Branding Identity
• Understanding Financial Statements
• Business Tax Considerations
• Legal Entity Types & Legal Considerations

Micro-enterprises can help community members become more economically self-sufficient or earn extra income to supplement household income. These small businesses promote the unique character of the community, help diversify the local workforce, and contribute to the local economy through job creation.
NEDCO was founded in 1979 and provides a variety of educational services including first time home buyer classes, individual business coaching, personal financial counselling and business lending programs.

Fertilab “Thinkubator” empowers entrepreneurs by providing business incubation space alongside mentorship and educational programming.

City of Eugene business programs provide financing opportunities to underserved segments of Eugene’s business community. Programs include the Business Development Fund, Downtown Revitalization Loan Program, and the Arts & Business Loan.

Learn more at the NEDCO website
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