Mercer County partners with UCEDC to offer small-business training for start-ups

The Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability has teamed up with UCEDC, a statewide small business lender and training provider, to offer an intensive six-week workshop for start-up businesses (those in the idea/planning phase or in operation less than a year). The next session of Entrepreneurship 101 will run on Tuesday evenings, from Sept. 13 to Oct. 18, 2016, at CollaborationCore, a co-working facility in Lawrence.

“Having your own business may be the American dream, but there are many challenges that may impact your success,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “The guidance and skills that you can learn through the training series and subsequent counseling allows you to be better prepared to meet these challenges head on.”

Participants will be guided through a real-world assessment of their business idea and market feasibility as well as their own ability to handle the demands of business ownership. The steps to opening a business in New Jersey, choosing a legal structure, developing a business plan and establishing cost, revenue and cash flow projections will be addressed in a variety of interactive exercises.

“Being a business owner is hard work and this workshop is equally demanding,” said Erich Peter, UCEDC director of training. “But we’re going to work with you in and outside of the classroom to make sure that the class material is relevant to your specific needs. And we stick with our graduates for 12 months, providing free mentoring and counseling services.”

UCEDC offers Entrepreneurship 101 workshops several times a year throughout New Jersey. This session is made possible in part by a grant from Customers Bank. Upon successful completion of the six-week workshop, participants will be reimbursed for the initial program fee.

Registration is now open for Entrepreneurship 101. Complete information can be found on the UCEDC website at or by calling 908-527-1166.

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