Dr. Bob Tosterud, professor of economics and Freeman chair of entrepreneurial studies at the Beacom School of Business, University of South Dakota, will lead the seminar. Dr. Tosterud says "My guess is that there are many people in the Vermillion area who have the desire to own and grow their own businesses. What they lack is a commercializable idea. the goal of this seminar is to assist people in discovering hat life-changing million-dollar idea."
Gene Lunn, business consultant for the Small Business Development Center and director of the Three Rivers Business Resource Center, says, " 'Idea Generation: the First Step in Starting Your Own Business is the first workshop in a series hat will focus on the development of business skill sets and small business operation."
Three Rivers Business Resource Center is a division of the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company in partnership with the South Dakota Small Business Development Center and the Beacom School of Business at The University of south Dakota. The center will be sponsoring seminars and workshops on a regular basis focusing on helping area citizens develop the necessary skill sets to start and expand businesses. In addition, the center will provide small business consulting services through the South Dakota Small Business Development Center and help develop a resource base of information that can be accessed by area businesses, students and citizens.
The two-part seminar will be held Jan. 22 and 24, 2008, at the Three Rivers Business Resource Center, 116 Market St., Vermillion, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $25. Preregistration is recommended, as space is limited. A Certificate of Completion will be presented to all attendees. Aspiring entrepreneurs, high school and college students, business owner who want to diversify and strengthen their business, people seeking a secondary income, home-based business owners, lenders, government officials and anyone interested in pursing opportunities in solving challenges are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register, please contact Gene Lunn at 677-6465.