SBDC - Small Business Basics

Small Business Basics is a 20-hour non-credit course available through the Mohawk Valley SBDC. The course provides a mixture of entry- and intermediate-level business instruction and is suited for a wide range of participants from the newcomer preparing to start a business, to the seasoned business owner desiring to sharpen their business skills.

The Small Business Basics course is offered both independently and as a program to fulfill the 20-hour business course requirement of the Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP), which is a New York Department of Labor program that enables qualified unemployment compensation recipients to start their own business while maintaining their unemployment benefits.

The Small Business Basics course curriculum includes:

  • Small business record keeping
  • Internet marketing and social media
  • Market research, advertising, and media
  • Funding your project: fact vs. fiction
  • Building the business plan

The course is delivered in modular form and is typically offered as a daytime or evening program. All classes are held Monday-Friday at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica. Instruction is provided by SBDC business advisors and select outside consultants. The registration fee includes all course materials. Check the current schedule (PDF) and follow the instructions to register or call the center at 315-792-7547 for additional information.

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