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Business classes offered

New Vision of the Yakima County Development Association recently completed Blueprint Yakima Valley, a strategic five-year plan designed to strengthen the Yakima County economy.

The blueprint identifies target industries that represent the region's best prospects for attraction or growth.

The action plan also lays out a number of recommendations to spur regional economic growth.

Part of the plan calls for assisting local businesses and encouraging new business owners. To that end New Vision announced last week a series of "Working Lunch" workshops.

All of the workshops take place on a Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Central Washington Business Resource Center at 10 N. Ninth Street in Yakima. The workshop fees are $10 for those who are pre-registered and $15 at the door. The fee includes lunch and materials.

The first workshop is Feb. 3 and will focus on starting up a new business. It will give a general overview of starting a business, including responsibilities of owning a business, corporate structure, financing, licensing and getting started.

"Business Plan Basics" is the theme of the second workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The class will teach the basic requirements for building a business plan. Participants will find out about target markets, sales projections and cash flow statements.

The third workshop focuses on "Financing your Business," is set for March 3. Participants will 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 final workshop is March 17 and is titled "Marketing your Business." Participants will learn to discover how to identify the target market for their businesses. They will also learn strategies to reach customers and increase their market share.

For more information about the workshop series or to register, call Tammy Everts at 509-575-1140, or email tammy@ycda.com.

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