The Entrepreneurial Center announced the addition of personal computers, color printer, and an individual work station as it expands services to small business and entrepreneurs. The E-Center, located in the Fischer Building in Phillipsburg, was created to encourage, support, and assist entrepreneurs by providing seminars, classes, and access to online training opportunities. It houses a business training classroom equipped with computers, internet access, and overhead projector.
As a result of the expansion project, the forum style classroom has increased training capacity to 22 participants with access to personal computers and laptops. A few of the scheduled classes for the coming year include Microsoft Word and Outlook, Quick Books, and the Basics of Computers. Local businesses and governmental units have scheduled the E-Center for specialized training for employees in the coming months.
The new workstation provides a dedicated computer for an individual to access online training opportunities offered by the SBA and SCORE. Available are instructional videos, online webinars and courses with a wide range of current topics. Fillable templates are available for a Business Plan, Financial Projections, Marketing Plan, and Loan Application documents that can be printed upon completion. Morris Engle, Executive Director of the E-Center, said, “Small business competition is both local and world-wide in today’s economy. Updated training and information is essential for a business owner to remain competitive. The E-Center helps meet that challenge by providing a convenient, effective way for a small business owner or a startup to gain vital knowledge of issues.”
The expansion project was funded, in part, with grants from the PCED Special Request Program and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. Engle remarked, “The Hansen Foundation and PCED share our mission to promote economic development in Phillips County. Helping fund the expansion allows us to join forces to accomplish our common goal. We truly appreciate their support!”