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ISBDC announces small business offerings for February

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McHENRY – Learn how to market your business, develop a business plan or improve your company’s cash flow at seminars offered by the Illinois Small Business Development Center at McHenry County College. Classes are held at the Shah Center, .4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry.

Registration is under way for the following seminars:

• 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 5 – Starting A Business In Illinois: An information-packed evening for anyone interested in starting their own business. An ISBDC experienced instructor will discuss many of the basics pertaining to entrepreneurship, as well as distribute various handouts with agencies and resources available to help small business owners. Fee: $25.

• 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 13 – How to Develop a Business Plan: Whether your business is going out for capital or is simply looking to drive a greater margin, a business plan is essential. Learn what to include in a good business plan and the method to project your cash flow. Learn what to include in the narrative and financials achieving your company’s goals and objectives. Find out what your banker thinks is essential for your business plan. Fee: $35.

• 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 19 – Marketing 101: Learn how to successfully market your small business. This seminar introduces business owners to the core fundamentals of marketing and how to apply them to your business in creative and effective way. Learn the elements of marketing that will lead to the formation of a comprehensive marketing plan. Fee: $35.

• 9 to 11 a.m., Feb. 21 – Introduction to Profit Mastery: Learn how the Profit Mastery process will help business owners to improve the profitability and cash flow of their businesses. This workshop will provide an overview of the tools needed to take financial concepts and turn them into powerful decision-making tools needed to manage financial statements, pricing strategies, cash flow access to capital and business growth. Clients of the ISBDC will be provided access to the entire online course offering provided by Profit Mastery. No fee to attend, but call to reserve your seat.

6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27 – Social Media for Small Business: Have questions about social media? Want hands on help? Bring your questions to our computer classroom and work with our social media expert. Learn new ways to reach and engage an online audience and boost your bottom line through the use technologies like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus. Fee: $35.

For more information or to register, contact the Illinois Small Business Development Center at 815-455-6098 or

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