Startup 101: a mini-conference for entrepreneurs

'Open' sign: Start-Up 101Start-Up 101 is a one day mini-conference on September 26, 2011 for entrepreneurs and new small business owners. Presentations and panel discussions will cover financial and planning information as well as mentoring and training opportunities for business start-ups. Register online at http://store.hmcpl.org/tickets/startup101

Cost

Tickets are $15 (includes refreshments, box lunch, and door prize)

More info

Questions? Contact mmoore [at] hmcpl [dot] org (subject: Start-Up%20101) (Mary Wallace Moore), Reference & Adult Services Manager, at (256) 532-5972.

Schedule

Time Event
 
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. KEYNOTE: SBA Loan Programs
L. D. Ralph, Lead Lender Relations Specialist, U. S. Small Business Administration
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon Finding Your Customers
Learn the basics of business research as well as how to utilize “Demographics Now” and “ReferenceUSA” databases when writing business plans and developing marketing strategies.

Panelists: Rick White, InfoGroup; Mary Wallace Moore, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library; Rosalind Lett, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library

12:00-12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45-1:45 p.m. Business Mentors and Training
Panel discussion with representatives from Small Business Development Centers, the Women’s Business Center and Chambers of Commerce discuss their services to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Panelists: Stephanie Sellers, Women’s Business Center of North Alabama; Steve Briere, UAHuntsville Small Business Development Center; Jerry Mitchell, North Alabama African-American Chamber of Commerce

1:45-2:45 p.m. Seeking Professional Help
An attorney and a C.P.A. discuss the importance of utilizing professional legal and accounting services when starting a new business.

Panelists: Donna Berger, Crabtree & Berger; John Wyly Harrison, Attorney at Law