Thursday, July 26, 2012

How to become an entrepreneur in 7 steps

Artist. Musician. Doctor. Landscaper. Writer. Forester. Scientist. Retailer. Public speaker. Web designer. Plumber.
There's a common thread in all these occupations.
The career can be a solo venture, and out of necessity, an entrepreneur is born.
Entrepreneurs can be made as well.
"Most people pursuing these careers are self-employed," said economic developer Bill King. "Few, if any receive even the most basic training before launching their business."
King is president/CEO of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO), which is teaming up with Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) this fall to assist budding entrepreneurs sharpen their business skills.
The first 30 people accepted will receive a full scholarship for the $25 fee.
University students are encouraged to participate - but the classes are for everyone.
There's even a certification for those who complete the seven evening sessions from September 10 through December 10.
Topics will include writing a business plan, market analysis, finding resources, financing, customer development, communication, operations and human resources. Discussions will include strategies of start-ups vs purchasing an existing business.
Sessions will be held on the second and fourth Mondays at the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus in Nacogdoches, Texas.
The meeting room is on the second floor, room 2.106, next to Starbucks and the movie theatre.
Call Bill King at NEDCO - 936-559-1255 or email for more information.
Details on each class available here.
-- posted by Bruce R. Partain

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Changes in the cost of communicating

Time to review your mobile device plan, especially if you've added a tablet to the mix and you have a family plan. The big carriers are anticipating falling voice usage and are adjusting their business model. Younger customers in particular text and surf more than chat on their devices.  AT&T and Verizon are trying different approaches, with AT&T trying to keep customers from switching by letting them choose from their existing plan or go with the newer higher-cost plans for heavy data use. Here's more: