New, existing business workshops offered

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own business, but don’t know how to get started? Do you already own a business that has room for improvement or has unmet growth potential and you would take it to the next level? Then you are invited to one or both of two upcoming workshops that offer some innovative tools and strategies that will help you turn your dream for a successful business into reality. A workshop for owners of startup and early stage businesses will be held from 1-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the “The Center” at TSTC West Texas in Sweetwater. Discussion will focus on the basics of business development including identifying successful ideas, evaluating feasibility, formulating a model for making money, funding your business and fundamentals of marketing, financial and operations management.A workshop for owners of existing businesses offering tips and tools for improvement, for growth, for accessing capital and for surviving tough economic times will be held from 5-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at “The Center” at TSTC West Texas in Sweetwater. Discussion will focus on assessing the current status of your business, prescriptions for remediating weak areas, building on strengths and mitigating risk. Participants will learn how to implement the Business Assessment Matrix (BAM), a new innovative, one of a kind management tool. The BAM includes 17 keys to business success that help you better evaluate your business plan, establish baselines, set standards of performance and make management decisions that lead to improved company performance. “The first workshop covers the basics of getting a business off the ground while the second addresses more advanced management issues,” explained the instructor, Dr. Greg Clary, Economist with Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Chairman of the Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. “These are one-time opportunities so serious business owners should consider investing time to attend both workshops if possible.” You are welcome to attend both events as they will cover similar but different information.All participants will receive a CD with entrepreneurship business development curriculum authored by Dr. Clary and will be eligible for follow-up technical assistance following these workshops."This workshop is sponsored by the West Texas Innovation Network ( and the Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development (SEED). Funding for the West Texas Innovation Network was provided through a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission."To sign up for the sessions, you may contact SEED and ask for Ken at 325-235-0555 or by email at