Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Web Chat

A record number of Americans - and people around the world - started their own businesses in 2011. The number was up so much in the U.S. that the researchers initially thought their data was faulty!

If you're considering a new venture, it's important to get prepared. A very successful entrepreneur I interviewed recently took two full years between dreaming up a dynamite business idea and launching it. As she told me, "You don't plant a seed and harvest it the same day. It takes time to cultivate that seed, and you can't rush it."

Here's a way to get off on the right foot and get some expert advice on what you should be thinking about with business startup. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Janice Washington, an experienced business consultant and former business owner, will be featured Feb. 16 in a web chat on “New Year, New Business: How to Start it Right."

It doesn't cost anything and the hour you spend learning could improve your business skills and help you get training to boost your business ideas. Participants can join the live web chat, and also post questions before the chat takes place, by going online to SBA.gov and clicking on the web chat event under "What’s New." To check out the archives and read written transcripts of past web chats, go here.

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