Allamakee County Economic Development offers "Start-Up: An Introduction to Starting a Small Business"

Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED), through a Growing Small Business in Northeast Iowa grant, is offering the class “Start-Up: An Introduction to Starting a Small Business” in partnership with NICC-Waukon.

Thinking about starting a business but not sure how to begin? There are so many questions that need to be answered. What does it take to be an entrepreneur? Is the business idea a good one? Is there enough money to start the business or what are the financing options? All of these concepts, and perhaps more that haven’t been thought of yet, are discussed in this class.
Entrepreneurs will learn what is necessary to build a firm foundation for a new venture, determine business feasibility, choose a legal form of business, register and license a business, and learn to make cash flow projections. Get prepared to be the one out of five small business owners who actually succeed with a solid business plan to make it happen.

This class, instructed by business professional Steve Horman, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 from  9-11 a.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW, Suite 102, Waukon.

J. Steven Horman is an NICC Business and Community Solutions trainer and professional business consultant specializing in long range strategic planning for business, government and non-profit organizations. His background includes small business ownership and managing manufacturing and service industries.

Horman served 13 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, five years as the Executive Vice President of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, and 10 years in various staff management positions with the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. Gorman has served on state, regional and national associations including the National Board of Trustees of the Institute for Organization Management, Chairman of the University of Colorado’s Institute for Organization Management, and the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association.

Growing Small Business in Northeast Iowa grant partners include the Northeast Iowa Business Network (NIBN), Northeast Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). This solution is partially funded by a $35,500 grant to Winneshiek County Development, Inc. from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

To register online for “Start-Up: An Introduction to Starting a Small Business” (#50588) or for more information, visit, call NICC Business and Community Solutions at  800-728-2256, ext. 399, or call Val Reinke, Executive Director, Allamakee County Economic Development at 563-568-2624. Class size is limited and pre-registration for the class is required by September 20.