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Free Small Business Workshops Set for September


Senator Wielechowski sponsors workshops to help Alaskans start and run successful small businesses


ANCHORAGE-Senator Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, is teaming up with the Alaska Small Business Development Center and the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation to sponsor two workshops in September aimed at helping Alaskans to start their own businesses and existing business owners to overcome the unique challenges faced in the 49th state.

"Small businesses are key to expanding and diversifying our economy," said Senator Wielechowski.  "Small businesses often grow into much bigger, more profitable operations, creating jobs for Alaskans and invaluable training opportunities."

The first workshop will focus on how Alaskans can launch their own business.  A variety of topics will be covered, including a self assessment for prospective business owners which will outline the demands and challenges of running a business.  Experts will also provide guidance on how new business owners can calculate their start-up, variable and fixed costs, how to find a unique market niche, how to write a business plan, and where to get start-up money.

The first workshop will be held on September 5th at the Northeast Boys and Girls Club on Muldoon Road in Anchorage from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.  The workshop is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  Anyone interested in participating can call 269-0120 or 321-1944 to register or show up at the door.

The second workshop will be held on September 20th and will consist of a roundtable for existing East Anchorage businesses, during which they will have the opportunity to discuss their common challenges and opportunities and brainstorm business strategies with experts from the Small Business Administration, the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and other leading professionals.  This workshop is also free and open to the public.  It will be held at the Begich Middle School from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in room B104.

For more information on either workshop, please call Senator Wielechowski's office at (907) 269-0120.

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