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YCDA to host business classes

YAKIMA - Several business development classes will be offered this month and in October by New Vision, the Yakima County Development Association.

The latest round of classes is part of a continuing effort by New Vision to start an entrepreneur network to be used as a tool to work with other businesses.

Tammy Everts, business development director at New Vision, said that by building up the number of entrepreneurs in the area New Vision hopes to help diversify the local economy. That's why New Vision came up with the working lunch series.

She said that research showed four basic topics are what people looking to start their own business most need. Everts added that although there are places in the Yakima Valley where these types of workshops are offered, most are not that affordable. This led New Vision to get involved.

All classes take place at the Central Washington Business Resource Center, located at 10 North Ninth Street in Yakima, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each class is a working lunch style and the cost is $10 when pre-registering or $15 at the door. Lunch and materials will be provided.

The first workshop will be Wednesday, Sept. 9. The title of the class is "Thinking about Starting a Business?"

The workshop will give a general overview of starting a business, including responsibilities of owning a business, corporate structure, financing, licensing and getting started.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the working lunch series will continue with a workshop titled "Business Plan Basics."

Participants will learn the basic requirements for building a business plan and finding out about target markets, sales projections and cash flow statements.

The third workshop in the working lunch series is "Financing your Business," and will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The workshop will help participants learn financing options for getting their business off the ground, how to prepare a loan package and the truth about grants and free money.

The last workshop in the series will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and is titled "Marketing your Business."

The workshop will teach entrepreneurs to discover how to identify their target market. Participants will also learn strategies to reach their customers and increase their market share.

Everts said New Vision will also offer a workshop that's not part of the working lunch series titled "Selling to the Government 101." Although this workshop is generally designed for people who already have a business, anyone is welcome.

The workshop is an introduction to government contracting and will teach business owners what it takes to sell to the government and if their business is ready for such an endeavor.

The workshop will be offered twice. The first is in Yakima at the Central Washington Business Resource Center on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Cost to attend the event will be $10 if pre-registered. This price includes coffee and materials.

The second workshop will be held in Sunnyside at Snipes Mountain Microbrewery & Restaurant, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 25. Cost to attend the event is $15 if pre-registered. This price includes lunch and materials.

For further information about any of these classes contact Everts at 509-575-1140 or e-mail at tammy@ycda.com.

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