A series of seminars this spring could be invaluable for people looking to start a business or improve one that's already in business in the Drumheller area.
They're presented by Community Futures Big Country as part of their pledge to help local entrepreneurs.
The first seminar is called 'Business Planning: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail.'
"This is going to be real examples and hands on learning on how to make your business plan," outlined board chair Chris Curtis. "Your business plan isn't just for your banker, it's for you: it's to help you decide where you want to go, not to try to get money from the bank."
"We've been talking to the other financial institutions and there hasn't been a lot of people wanting to start a business," noted Curtis. "I think the business planning piece is for you to really focus and decide what you want to do, not what someone else is telling you you should do."
It's the first of three seminars over the next couple of months: the next one is Creative Resourcefulness.
"Everyone thinks 'I have to buy everything,' but there's all kinds of ways to get what you need to start a business without spending money," stated Curtis. "The one that I think will be a lot of fun is Dealing With People: having been an entrepreneur I know that dealing with people can be your biggest strength and also your biggest weakness."
The Community Futures business seminars are free, but you must pre-register by following this link.