Start Your Own Business

Start Your Own Business

Start Your Own Business

Start Your Own Business

As part of its many business services, the Vermont Small Business Development Center is offering several workshops for those thinking about starting their own business, taking their idea and turning it into a full-fledged venture. ‘How to Start Your Own Business’ will be held at various locations around the state. Locally, one will take place in Rutland on Wednesday, October 12. Conducted by experienced business advisors, the workshops are designed as a guide for the first-time business owner. Participants receive a comprehensive start-up workbook, handouts and resources in marketing, financing, management and operations. There is a registration fee of $99. Register at vtsbdc.org or email Vicki Blanchard at dblanchard@vtsbdc.org.

Business Problems Sought for BBA Entrepreneurship Program

Burr and Burton Academy teacher Jon Wilson is looking for real entrepreneurs with real problems. Wilson has revamped his Economics and Entrepreneurship course to make it more authentic and experiential for students, and is looking for businesses who are willing to share a real problem they are having. Students will immerse themselves in one problem at a time and at the end of  two weeks, present their recommendations and research to the entrepreneur and an audience.

“An example of a problem could be not knowing whether to expand… or how to market a product. There are are a whole range of possibilities. The only criterion are that the problem is real-life and that the model is business-to-customer, not business-to-business,” states Wilson.

Wilson has modeled this course using an Entrepreneurial Studies program developed by the Hawken School in Cleveland, Ohio. Unlike the Hawken program, half of the course will be dedicated to mastering principles of microeconomics. The other half will use the Hawken model by studying the real problems of entrepreneurs and conducting authentic research to recommend a solution. “I am very excited to have students take on real-life problem based learning,” Wilson said. “It is powerful for students to know that their hard work could actually make a positive impact. On the flip side of the coin, it is equally powerful for them to know that if they cut corners, then they could make a recommendation to an entrepreneur that could have detrimental effects.”

If you are an entrepreneur or a business owner with a real problem and who would like to participate, contact Wilson at jwilson@burrburton.org or 802-379-8472.

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