PUBLISHED: 4:56 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Free business class offered
A free business class, "Six-Week Business Start-Up," will be offered by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska and the Sitka Business Resource Center. Beginning Sept. 4, the weekly classes will be held on Tuesdays, from 6:30-9 p.m., through Oct. 9.

The course will help participants learn to establish, purchase, or grow a small business.

Weekly sessions will focus on 1) Laying the foundation, 2) Getting the information you need, 3) Cutting through red tape, 4) Taking care of operations, 5) Dealing with money issues, and 6) Opening a business. In addition to the six class sessions, participants may earn vouchers for free start-up services from local bookkeeping and marketing specialists.

The classes will be facilitated by Sheila Finkenbinder, Director of the Business Resource Center at Sitka Works with assistance from Frea Hillaire, Tribal Career Counselor at STA.

In addition, each week, local business owners and other professionals will present useful information and unique stories from their experiences.

This project is funded through a Rural Business Enterprise Grant that the Sitka Tribe of Alaska received from the USDA Rural Development, whose aim is to facilitate business growth and job development in rural communities. The course is being offered free of charge to the public.

The organizers simply request that those registering have the desire and capacity to start, purchase, or grow a small business in the near future.

For more information, call Frea at STA, 747-7133 or Sheila at Sitka Works, 966-3066.