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OPEN for business
Real-world lessons taught in Chamber business class, starting Feb. 7
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Some topics addressed by OPEN speakers include:

•Legalities of starting a business
•Performance management
•Handling expenses, managing revenues
•Marketing your business
•Retirement planning for the small businessperson
•Business liability insurance
•Community involvement
•Computer/Technology Resources
•Website Marketing

Business owners and entrepreneurs looking to get a leg up or those thinking of owning their own business won’t want to miss this upcoming opportunity. The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce OPEN (Opportunities for Promoting Entrepreneurship and Networking) program is accepting applicants for the spring class, which begins Feb. 7 until March 14.

Now in its seventh year, the six-week long program teaches lessons learned from the real-world by bringing successful business men, women and owners to share their experiences and explain the advantages, challenges and pitfalls to be expected in business ownership.

“The speakers have ‘been there and done that,’ and the students are able to benefit form the speakers’ experiences,” said Chamber President Fred Boscarino.

The program also allows attendees to meet and network with like-minded individuals in the business community.

The program has graduated more than 200 people and many alumns are now successfully running their own businesses. Other students have gone through the course and realized that owning a business was not for them, saving them the money and time they would have invested in the effort, Boscarino pointed out.

The class takes place on Monday evenings, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and preregistration is $150. Class size is limited and is filled on a first come, first served basis. 

Those who wish to learn more about O.P.E.N. should contact the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce at (770) 483-7049.