A free seven-week course designed for local entrepreneurs will be offered starting in May by Otsego County Economic Development, in partnership with Otsego area chambers and banks. The classes will be held at the offices of Executive Services Corps at 12 Dietz St. in Oneonta.

The course will begin May 6 and run through June 19, with classes held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is designed for people who are considering starting a new business and for those who have an existing small business in Otsego County.

This course is being sponsored by Otsego County Economic Development, The Otsego County Chamber, The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, NBT Bank and Wilber Bank. It is being facilitated by instructors from local colleges, consultants from the Executive Service Corps and other area professionals.

Each class will provide guidance on a particular topic including advertising, marketing, sales and distribution, product development, financial management, legal and accounting information, human resources, workforce and tax issues, insurance, loan applications and other related issues. Each student will be given a workbook, printed resource material and will be offered a personal mentor to help them develop their business plan.

The seven-week course is limited to 16 qualified students and applications must be received by Wednesday.

For more information or to receive an application, call Otsego County Economic Development at 432-8871 or e-mail keiters@otsegocounty.com.

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