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START SMART – Gerlach-Empire
February 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
There are lots of resources and directions to go as you start a small business. In order to be smart about the process, we’d like you to START SMART!
Anyone who is considering owning their own business, or has already opened one in the last year, is encouraged to invest 2.5 hours inside our classroom to learn critical first-step basics that will save you both money and time. Discover who your local experts are that are both legitimate non-profit agencies, and who offer their services at no cost to you. Follow up one-on-one counseling appointments are available to all who attend, at no cost. Gain essential knowledge you need as a business owner, for success. Agenda items include:
- What a business owner MUST know
- Common pitfalls for business owners
- The compliance/legal issues of business
- How to understand financials
- The how-to’s of funding
- How to do market research
- Resources for the business owner
- Know how to develop a business plan the right way
- Schedule a free, one-on-one follow-up counseling session
LOCATION: Black Rock Incubator (BRINC) – see below for address and directions.
About your instructor
Kathy Halbardier has over 25 years of experience in small business development as a highly successful entrepreneur as well as a sought-after advisor by those in all stages of business ownership. Her areas of expertise include business plan counseling, marketing, strategic planning, economic development and business education and training. With over 10 years in banking and other types of financial institutions, Kathy has assisted businesses in financial planning and access to capital through alternative lending sources. Kathy is a certified NxLeveL instructor who has taught the 15-week business-planning course in Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Fallon, Minden, Gardnerville, Silver Springs, Ely, Winnemucca, and Virginia City. She also taught the Agriculture-themed curriculum to over forty ranchers and farmers in 8 Nevada locations. She successfully ran her own business operation in the wine industry taking the product from dirt to bottle, selling her product to a variety of local retailers, including Costco.
Kathy has special expertise in product manufacturing through the Lean process, business planning, growth and work-out strategies through Six-Sigma processes, product development, technology research, innovation and diversification. Special emphasis has evolved around the Nevada Food Forum, HACCP training, and regulation changes impacting the state administration code.
Kathy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton and an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno. She currently works part time for the Nevada SBDC as a trainer and counselor.