Connellsville, Seton Hill set classes

| Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, 8:56 p.m.

Downtown Connellsville and its partnership with Seton Hill University E-Magnify will present a four-part series on “Core Four Business Planning” course.

The classes will be held on four consecutive Tuesdays — Nov. 13, 20, 27 and Dec. 4 — from 6 to 9 p.m. at ArtWorks Connellsville, 139 W. Crawford Ave.

E-Magnify is a women's business center funded through the federal Small Business Administration.

“We target women business owners; however, we have male clients as well. We help start and grow small businesses,” said Debra Mason, education and training manager at Seton Hill University E-Magnify.

“My job is to put together education and training programming that will help these people either to start their business or to grow and expand their business. The first week of the downtown Connellsville program, we will deal with various topics, what is needed to become a successful entrepreneur with an overview of what we will be discussing the four weeks.”

The topics for each week are:

• First week — “What Do You Need To Be A Successful Entrepreneur?”

• Second week — “Market Planning”

• Third week — “Cash Flow”

• Fourth week — “Operations”

“As we go through the discussion, I will be giving tips on writing a business plan and all the components that are needed. The participants can take the information, do their research and be off to a good, solid start,” Mason said.

The discount cost of all four classes is $100 because the program is being underwritten by Chevron and the Community Foundation of Fayette County; the typical cost is $300. The cost covers registration, all class materials and light dinners at 5:30 p.m.

The Seton Hill E-Magnify program is open to all entrepreneurs. Registration must be made in advance by calling 724-626-0141 or by emailing

“The Fayette County Cultural Trust is grateful for the grant and proud of the partnerships that are being built,” said Michael Edwards, president of Fayette County Cultural Trust of which downtown Connellsville is a part.

“Whether you currently own a business or whether you are planning on starting a new business, this workshop is for you. The success of your business could depend on it. Many, many business owners have so many great ideas in their heads. Once their business takes off, it is so hard to sit down and organize them all. This series of workshops will help you do just this. Get your plans organized to build a successful business,” said Susan McCarthy, downtown Connellsville program liaison.

“Connellsville is starting to happen. If you have an idea for a new business, come to this series of workshops and get a plan. Most banks will require a business plan before approving a business loan,” McCarthy noted.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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