Entrepreneur training class has 17 graduates

Central Valley Business Incubator graduated 17 budding entrepreneurs from its popular Entrepreneurial Training Program on Nov 17.

The nine-week program was offered for the first time in the evenings to accommodate would-be entrepreneurs and business owners unable to attend day classes.

ETP is designed to help business owners and people with a feasible idea to develop the skill set necessary to sustain and operate a successful business.

During this intensive program, participants attend classes two nights a week in subjects including marketing, accounting and finance, industry analysis, business operations, legal analysis and computer applications. The classes, coupled with peer group brainstorming, facilitate a process to assist the entrepreneur in creating a comprehensive business plan.

"We are pleased to have been able to offer this opportunity to make our ETP course available to more people in the community," said Marie Baker, CVBI's Program Director.

"After listening to the feedback from past graduates of the program and receiving a multitude of requests from people interested in attending ETP at night, we believe that we will be doing a great service. The next course will start on Feb. 7, 2005.

Those that are interested in enrolling or learning more about the program are invited to attend an information session held at the incubator at 2555 Clovis Ave. (one block east of Shaw) on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 4 2005 at 5:30 p.m.

To register for an orientation, call 292-9033.

The Central Valley Business Incubator is a non-profit economic development program designed to create jobs through entrepreneurship.

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