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Opportunity Knocks Series to start Aug. 10 at Ivy Tech center

Saturday, August 3, 2013

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Celebrating success in the inaugural Opportunity Knocks Seminar Series are (from left) participant Mitch Myers; Ken Eitel, director of the BES Center; Tammy Amor, executive director of the Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce; participants Jody Crum and Stephanie Hogue; and Dick Pittelcow, ISBDC adviser and series facilitator. Myers, Crum and Hogue completed the four-part Opportunity Knocks Series and recently received a certificate of completion.
When opportunity knocks, be ready. And when it knocks for Jody Crum, Stephanie Hogue and Mitch Myers, they'll be ahead of the game.

Each has completed the Opportunity Knocks Seminar Series presented by the Ivy Tech Community College Business and Entrepreneurial Services Center (BES Center), the Greencastle Chamber of Commerce and the West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC).

The first seminar of the next four-part series, Launch Your Own Business, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. It costs $25 per seminar.

Subsequent seminars will meet in September, October and November.

"This four-part series was created to develop and enhance the business skills of individuals who are interested in starting a business, formalizing a business plan or developing a growth plan for an existing business," Ken Eitel, director of the BES Center, explained. "Each is designed to give participants the tools they need to get started on the right track to a successful business."

"The OK seminar series was an invaluable learning experience with outstanding resources," Myers said. "In addition, the BES Center, ISBDC and the Chamber provided support and encouragement to further pursue my dream of opening a business."

Crum, Hogue and Myers have aspirations to launch a business of their own in the future; one is well on the way to developing a viable business plan working with the BES Center and ISBDC counselors for "start-up" in the near future.

While Crum, Hogue and Myers have completed the inaugural series to receive certificates, others have taken one or more of the seminars with plans to complete the four-part series this fall.

Persons may contact the BES Center by calling 653-7410 x5031 with questions and to register. Additional information and registration is also available at IvyTech.edu/BES.

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