SBDC is offering the following classes for free.  Register now and take advantage of these valuable sessions at no cost to you. Registration is required for all free classes.

Tod Wilson, Mr. Tod's Pie Factory“The SBDC at RVCC has been a blessing to my business. My recent SBA loan approval was a direct result of my involvement with the SBDC. I can’t say enough about the assistance I received. I would urge any entrepreneur who is serious about taking their business to the next level to explore the mentorship and counseling opportunities available at the SBDC.”

Tod Wilson, Mr. Tod’s Pie Factory
2009 ABC Shark Tank Winner

Upcoming Classes…

Sep
10
Tue
How to Purchase a Business or Franchise
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
How to Purchase a Business or Franchise @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

How to Purchase a Business or Franchise
SB435 – 3 hours

Learn how to identify and then research a credible franchise or existing business.
Instructor: Charles Mizejewski, Sun Belt Business Brokers/FranNet NJ

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50176, Tue, Sep 10, 6-9pm
CRN 50110, Wed, Oct 16, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Sep
12
Thu
(NEW) The Side Hustle – How to Start a Business While Working Fulltime
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Side Hustle – How to Start a Business While Working Fulltime
SB474 – 3 hours

Are you building a business while working fulltime? Don’t quit your day job until you learn the key elements you need to have in place to transition to self-employment and make your business a success.
Instructor: Karen Auld, KCA Coaching Services

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50116 Thu, Sep 12, 6-9pm
CRN 50117 Wed, Oct 30, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Sep
16
Mon
Entrepreneur Assessment
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Entrepreneur Assessment @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Entrepreneur Assessment
SB043 – 3 hours

Are you considering becoming a business owner? Do you have the characteristics and fundamental skills to run a business? And, what are the types of qualities that may offer a better chance for business success? Find out if entrepreneurship is right for you. During the session, complete a self-assessment questionnaire to determine if you have the personal characteristics, the financial fitness and the business readiness skills to own a business. We’ll score, interpret and discuss results to provide a better understanding of your entrepreneurial profile.
Instructor: Karen Katcher, MBA, Katcher Associates

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50085 Mon, Sep 16, 6-9pm
CRN 50086 Mon, Oct 21, 6-9pm
CRN 50087 Mon, Nov 11, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Sep
17
Tue
Building Blocks to Starting a Business
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Building Blocks to Starting a Business @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Building Blocks to Starting a Business
SB737 – 3 hours

Questions! So many questions. This course is designed to help you ask the right questions, and find the right answers to starting your own business. We identify the basic planning you’ll need to tackle as you start to shape your business idea into reality and help you understand how to prioritize the steps you’ll be taking including naming your business, determining the type of legal entity you’ll select, developing a business plan, marketing, insurance, financial considerations and more. This course also provides information about valuable resources available to budding entrepreneurs.
Instructor: Ed Dolan

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50088 Tue, Sep 17, 6-9pm
CRN 50089 Tue, Oct 22, 6-9pm
CRN 50090 Tue, Nov 12, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Sep
18
Wed
Business by the Numbers
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Business by the Numbers @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Business by the Numbers
SB738 – 2 hours

This course offers foundational information about important financial practices and planning, including key accounting and tax considerations, for the new business owner. Don’t be caught by surprise. This practical overview provides an understanding of how to strategically manage the financial aspect of your operation form the start, as you plan for your new business.
Instructor: Karen Katcher, MBA, Katcher Associates

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50091 Wed, Sep 18, 6-8pm
CRN 50092 Wed, Oct 23, 6-8pm
CRN 50093 Wed, Nov 13, 6-8pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Create Your Local Business Listing on Google & Bing
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Create Your Local Business Listing on Google & Bing @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Create Your Local Business Listing on Google & Bing
SB450 – 3 hours

Getting found in the search engines is critical for your business. We will show you how to create your free Local Business Listing on Google and Bing, and discuss other opportunities. This workshop is intended for small business owners with an office or retail address (not work from home).
Instructor: Roland Reinhart, Reinhart Marketing

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
Attend in-person: CRN 50096 Wed, Sep 18, 6-9pm
Attend online: CRN 50118 Wed, Sep 18, 6-9pm
Attend in-person: CRN 50097 Wed, Oct 23, 6-9pm
Attend online: CRN 50119 Wed, Oct 23, 6-9pm

Virtual seats are also available for this class and others. Please view our SBDC Webinars.

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Sep
19
Thu
Mastering the Mental Side of Building a Business
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mastering the Mental Side of Building a Business @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Mastering the Mental Side of Building a Business
SB427 – 3 hours

The way you think will impact the way you run your business. In this class, we will teach you how to set goals and create achievable plans, how to handle the inevitable challenges and setbacks you’ll face along the way building your business. Confidence is key to your success. Learn how to build your confidence in any situation, work through habits and fears that can hold you back, and create a support system that will help lead you to success.
Instructor: Karen Auld, Certified Success Coach

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
Virtual seats are available for the September 19 session
Attend In-Person = CRN 50094 — Thu, Sep 19, 6-9pm
Attend Via Webinar = CRN 50120 — Thu, Sep 19, 6-9pm
Attend In-Person = CRN 50095 — Wed, Oct 16, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Sep
23
Mon
Maximize Your Trade Show Investment
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Maximize Your Trade Show Investment @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Maximize Your Trade Show Investment
SB730 – 3 hours

Don’t underestimate the value of trade show and event marketing – the most powerful tools in your marketing mix for uncovering and landing new business opportunities. Find out what you don’t know about trade shows and how to choose your exhibit space, budget time and resources, promote your participation (before, during and after), increase booth traffic, capture the interest of those passing by (in less than 7 seconds), qualify visitors, and get the best follow-up results.
Instructor: Vicki Lynne Morgan, Russmor Mentoring Group

Registration is required.
Course fee: FREE
CRN 50113 Mon, Sep 23, 6-9pm
CRN 50114 Mon, Oct 28, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Oct
3
Thu
Doing Business with the Federal Government
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Doing Business with the Federal Government
SB279 – 3 hours

The US Federal Government is the largest buyer of goods and services in the world. Learn the types of products and services it procures and how to tell if the government is buying what your business is selling.
Instructor: Small Business Administration (SBA)

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
Thu, Oct 3, 10am-1pm
Attend In-Person = CRN 50098
Attend Via Webinar = CRN 50125

Virtual seats are also available for this class and others. Please view our SBDC Webinars.

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Oct
16
Wed
Basics of Small Business Insurance
Oct 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Basics of Small Business Insurance @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Basics of Small Business Insurance
SB448 – 3 hours

Are you a small business owner who is operating without insurance, or under-insured, and needs to learn the basics of both insurance and risk management techniques to protect your company from catastrophic loss? Learn about the types of insurance coverage needed to build a basic insurance program and different ways to buy insurance or to self-insure.
Instructor: Sal Ricciardone, CPCU

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50133 Wed, Oct 16, 6-9pm
CRN 50136 Wed, Nov 6, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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How to Purchase a Business or Franchise
Oct 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
How to Purchase a Business or Franchise @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

How to Purchase a Business or Franchise
SB435 – 3 hours

Learn how to identify and then research a credible franchise or existing business.
Instructor: Charles Mizejewski, Sun Belt Business Brokers/FranNet NJ

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50176, Tue, Sep 10, 6-9pm
CRN 50110, Wed, Oct 16, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

Search / Register for a Course
Mastering the Mental Side of Building a Business
Oct 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mastering the Mental Side of Building a Business @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Mastering the Mental Side of Building a Business
SB427 – 3 hours

The way you think will impact the way you run your business. In this class, we will teach you how to set goals and create achievable plans, how to handle the inevitable challenges and setbacks you’ll face along the way building your business. Confidence is key to your success. Learn how to build your confidence in any situation, work through habits and fears that can hold you back, and create a support system that will help lead you to success.
Instructor: Karen Auld, Certified Success Coach

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
Virtual seats are available for the September 19 session
Attend In-Person = CRN 50094 — Thu, Sep 19, 6-9pm
Attend Via Webinar = CRN 50120 — Thu, Sep 19, 6-9pm
Attend In-Person = CRN 50095 — Wed, Oct 16, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Oct
17
Thu
Federal Small Business Certifications
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Federal Small Business Certifications @ Raritan Valley Community College

Federal Small Business Certifications
SB280 – 3 hours

This seminar will discuss the federal procurement 8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program and Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) set-aside programs.
Instructor: Small Business Administration (SBA)

Registration is required.
Course fee: FREE
Thu, Oct 17, 10am-1pm
Virtual seats are also available for this class.
Attend In-Person = CRN 50099
Attend Via Webinar = CRN 50128

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Oct
18
Fri
NJ Division of Revenue & Taxation Small Business Tax Workshop
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
NJ Division of Revenue & Taxation Small Business Tax Workshop @ Raritan Valley Community College

NJ Division of Revenue & Taxation Small Business Tax Workshop
SB209 – 4 hours

NJ Division of Taxation personnel will explain proper procedures for collecting and remitting various New Jersey taxes. A focal point of each workshop is the sales tax responsibilities of small businesses including the description of taxable and exempt sales and services.
Instructor: NJ Division of Taxation

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
Fri, Oct 18, 10am-2pm
Virtual seats are also available for this class.
Attend In-Person = CRN 50100
Attend Via Webinar = CRN 50129

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Oct
21
Mon
Entrepreneur Assessment
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Entrepreneur Assessment @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Entrepreneur Assessment
SB043 – 3 hours

Are you considering becoming a business owner? Do you have the characteristics and fundamental skills to run a business? And, what are the types of qualities that may offer a better chance for business success? Find out if entrepreneurship is right for you. During the session, complete a self-assessment questionnaire to determine if you have the personal characteristics, the financial fitness and the business readiness skills to own a business. We’ll score, interpret and discuss results to provide a better understanding of your entrepreneurial profile.
Instructor: Karen Katcher, MBA, Katcher Associates

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50085 Mon, Sep 16, 6-9pm
CRN 50086 Mon, Oct 21, 6-9pm
CRN 50087 Mon, Nov 11, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Oct
22
Tue
Building Blocks to Starting a Business
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Building Blocks to Starting a Business @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Building Blocks to Starting a Business
SB737 – 3 hours

Questions! So many questions. This course is designed to help you ask the right questions, and find the right answers to starting your own business. We identify the basic planning you’ll need to tackle as you start to shape your business idea into reality and help you understand how to prioritize the steps you’ll be taking including naming your business, determining the type of legal entity you’ll select, developing a business plan, marketing, insurance, financial considerations and more. This course also provides information about valuable resources available to budding entrepreneurs.
Instructor: Ed Dolan

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50088 Tue, Sep 17, 6-9pm
CRN 50089 Tue, Oct 22, 6-9pm
CRN 50090 Tue, Nov 12, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Oct
23
Wed
Business by the Numbers
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Business by the Numbers @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Business by the Numbers
SB738 – 2 hours

This course offers foundational information about important financial practices and planning, including key accounting and tax considerations, for the new business owner. Don’t be caught by surprise. This practical overview provides an understanding of how to strategically manage the financial aspect of your operation form the start, as you plan for your new business.
Instructor: Karen Katcher, MBA, Katcher Associates

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50091 Wed, Sep 18, 6-8pm
CRN 50092 Wed, Oct 23, 6-8pm
CRN 50093 Wed, Nov 13, 6-8pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Create Your Local Business Listing on Google & Bing
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Create Your Local Business Listing on Google & Bing @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Create Your Local Business Listing on Google & Bing
SB450 – 3 hours

Getting found in the search engines is critical for your business. We will show you how to create your free Local Business Listing on Google and Bing, and discuss other opportunities. This workshop is intended for small business owners with an office or retail address (not work from home).
Instructor: Roland Reinhart, Reinhart Marketing

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
Attend in-person: CRN 50096 Wed, Sep 18, 6-9pm
Attend online: CRN 50118 Wed, Sep 18, 6-9pm
Attend in-person: CRN 50097 Wed, Oct 23, 6-9pm
Attend online: CRN 50119 Wed, Oct 23, 6-9pm

Virtual seats are also available for this class and others. Please view our SBDC Webinars.

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Crowdfunding: A New Alternative to Raising Working Capital
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Crowdfunding: A New Alternative to Raising Working Capital @ Raritan Valley Community College

Crowdfunding: A New Alternative to Raising Working Capital
SB731 – 3 hours

Crowdfunding has become a great alternative for small business owners to raise working capital for their business ventures. Our workshop will help participants understand the principles associated with building successful Crowdfunding campaigns and will show you how to use Crowdfunding to finance your goals.
Instructor: Carla Fallone, MBA, Fallone Business Resources

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50115 Wed, Oct 23, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Oct
25
Fri
Online Businesses and NJ Sales Tax
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Online Businesses and NJ Sales Tax @ Raritan Valley Community College

Online Businesses and NJ Sales Tax
SB282 – 2 hours

Do you have an Online Business that sells taxable products? The Division of Taxation personnel will explain the tax laws applicable to your business. They will define what products and services are taxable, collecting NJ Sales Tax on sales inside and outside NJ, shipping products, and how to file Sales and Use Tax returns.
Instructor: NJ Division of Taxation

Registration is required.
Course fee: FREE
Fri, Oct 25, 10am-12pm

Attend In-Person = CRN 50101
Attend Via Webinar = CRN 50130

Virtual seats are also available for this class and others. Please view our SBDC Webinars.

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Oct
28
Mon
Maximize Your Trade Show Investment
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Maximize Your Trade Show Investment @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Maximize Your Trade Show Investment
SB730 – 3 hours

Don’t underestimate the value of trade show and event marketing – the most powerful tools in your marketing mix for uncovering and landing new business opportunities. Find out what you don’t know about trade shows and how to choose your exhibit space, budget time and resources, promote your participation (before, during and after), increase booth traffic, capture the interest of those passing by (in less than 7 seconds), qualify visitors, and get the best follow-up results.
Instructor: Vicki Lynne Morgan, Russmor Mentoring Group

Registration is required.
Course fee: FREE
CRN 50113 Mon, Sep 23, 6-9pm
CRN 50114 Mon, Oct 28, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Oct
30
Wed
(NEW) The Side Hustle – How to Start a Business While Working Fulltime
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Side Hustle – How to Start a Business While Working Fulltime
SB474 – 3 hours

Are you building a business while working fulltime? Don’t quit your day job until you learn the key elements you need to have in place to transition to self-employment and make your business a success.
Instructor: Karen Auld, KCA Coaching Services

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50116 Thu, Sep 12, 6-9pm
CRN 50117 Wed, Oct 30, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Nov
6
Wed
Basics of Small Business Insurance
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Basics of Small Business Insurance @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Basics of Small Business Insurance
SB448 – 3 hours

Are you a small business owner who is operating without insurance, or under-insured, and needs to learn the basics of both insurance and risk management techniques to protect your company from catastrophic loss? Learn about the types of insurance coverage needed to build a basic insurance program and different ways to buy insurance or to self-insure.
Instructor: Sal Ricciardone, CPCU

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50133 Wed, Oct 16, 6-9pm
CRN 50136 Wed, Nov 6, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Nov
11
Mon
Entrepreneur Assessment
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Entrepreneur Assessment @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Entrepreneur Assessment
SB043 – 3 hours

Are you considering becoming a business owner? Do you have the characteristics and fundamental skills to run a business? And, what are the types of qualities that may offer a better chance for business success? Find out if entrepreneurship is right for you. During the session, complete a self-assessment questionnaire to determine if you have the personal characteristics, the financial fitness and the business readiness skills to own a business. We’ll score, interpret and discuss results to provide a better understanding of your entrepreneurial profile.
Instructor: Karen Katcher, MBA, Katcher Associates

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50085 Mon, Sep 16, 6-9pm
CRN 50086 Mon, Oct 21, 6-9pm
CRN 50087 Mon, Nov 11, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Nov
12
Tue
Building Blocks to Starting a Business
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Building Blocks to Starting a Business @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Building Blocks to Starting a Business
SB737 – 3 hours

Questions! So many questions. This course is designed to help you ask the right questions, and find the right answers to starting your own business. We identify the basic planning you’ll need to tackle as you start to shape your business idea into reality and help you understand how to prioritize the steps you’ll be taking including naming your business, determining the type of legal entity you’ll select, developing a business plan, marketing, insurance, financial considerations and more. This course also provides information about valuable resources available to budding entrepreneurs.
Instructor: Ed Dolan

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50088 Tue, Sep 17, 6-9pm
CRN 50089 Tue, Oct 22, 6-9pm
CRN 50090 Tue, Nov 12, 6-9pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Nov
13
Wed
Business by the Numbers
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Business by the Numbers @ Raritan Valley Community College, Workforce Training Center

Business by the Numbers
SB738 – 2 hours

This course offers foundational information about important financial practices and planning, including key accounting and tax considerations, for the new business owner. Don’t be caught by surprise. This practical overview provides an understanding of how to strategically manage the financial aspect of your operation form the start, as you plan for your new business.
Instructor: Karen Katcher, MBA, Katcher Associates

Registration is required.

Course fee: FREE
CRN 50091 Wed, Sep 18, 6-8pm
CRN 50092 Wed, Oct 23, 6-8pm
CRN 50093 Wed, Nov 13, 6-8pm

Register securely online via the RVCC website.
Questions? Call the SBDC office at (908) 526-1200 x8516.

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Secure online registration is done through the RVCC website.

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