Local business training sessions will be offered

Local training sessions for those who want to start or strengthen a small business in Grays Harbor, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties will be offered this fall, with the possibility that some businesses will be eligible for micro loans. Several information sessions are being offered this summer, the first one is Friday, May 31.

These small business trainings are provided in-person with trainers and business coaches to guide participants through the process of developing a strategic business plan.

Designed and led by Enterprise for Equity, a nonprofit organization based in Olympia, these trainings have been made available through special funding by the Washington State Community Development Block Grant Program with federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Enterprise for Equity has been serving both start-up and existing business for over 15 years, supporting business owners in becoming more confident and strategic. Training participants learn ways to market a business, price products or services, develop operations and sustainable practices, get a handle on taxes, understand business finances, identify target customers, and so much more. One-on-one coaching is a key component of the training and is offered to support the specific needs of owners and their businesses.

The three parts of the training series include: a one-hour information session, a two-day business readiness workshop, and a one-evening-a-week business planning program (running Oct. 3 through Dec. 19). The only expense to the students will be a $150 fee for the business planning program. The information session and two-day workshop are free thanks to Enterprise for Equity’s partners.

Additionally, Enterprise for Equity provides an opportunity for low-to-moderate income earning graduates of the Business Planning Program to apply for micro-loans up to $25,000.

The first step in taking part in this opportunity is to attend a one-hour information session. These will take place from noon to 1 at Aberdeen and Hoquiam locations on Friday, May 31; June 7; June 28; July 12; and Aug. 23. In order to RSVP (or if you are unable to attend these dates, but would like to participate), please call Beth at 360-704-3375 or email her at beth@enterpriseforequity.org.

Those interested may also follow the Facebook page for updates and links to registration information: fb.me/coastalbizworks.