Course offers advice for new businesses

Starting a business in the midst of an economic recession might sound like a bad idea, but renowned companies like CNN, Dell and Microsoft did it and succeeded.

Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center will show how they did it — and how others can do it as well — at a three-hour class to be held 5 p.m. Wednesday at Clayton State East on Trammell Road in Morrow.

The class, entited “Starting a Business,” will cover topics like planning, market research, financing, and the traits of successful entrepreneurs.

“A recession forces small businesses to accomplish more with less. But it may mean less competition as larger firms go out of business or merge with other companies to stay afloat,” said Heather Chaney, program coordinator for Clayton State’s Small Business Development Center.

“While there is no foolproof formula for selecting the best time to start a business, with the proper planning and financial resources your small business has a good foundation for success,” she said.

Cost of the class is $69, with a 50-percent discount for Clayton State students and staff. A detailed business start-up book and other handouts will be provided.

Registration is online at www.georgiasbdc.org. For more information, call (678) 466-5100.