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The Richard Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center (DEC)

Phone: 440-366-4370
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Center Director: Kimberly Plzak

Comprehensive business management and education services.
Free, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling and low- or no-cost training.

  • Strategic Planning
  • eCounseling
  • Technical Assistance
  • Quality-Based Assessments
  • Information about Federal, State and Local Programs
  • Loan Packaging Assistance

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Business Start-Up

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Overview covers basics of entrepreneurship, business planning and research, regulatory overview, financing and record keeping. This workshop will help you determine key areas to focus on as you start your business. This workshop is also a pre-requisite for pre-venture businesses to schedule a confidential one-to-one business advising session.
Speaker: Lisa Hutson


Friday, March 13, 2015 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Back by popular demand! The 5 Ways helps you and your team measure your actual results and progress as often as you need. It is the basis of a dash board that will focus everyone on retaining your best customers as well as the new customers you are targeting. The 5 Ways will also allow you to clearly see the progress on revenues and profits and help you decide which activities are impacting the key numbers in your Profit & Loss statement.
Speaker: Dennis Willis - Action Coach

Accounting/Budget/Inventory Setup

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Limit of 12 attendees for this NEW Business Basics Start-Up workshop! Learn the basics of business bookkeeping. Learn the basics of a Balance Sheet, a Profit & Loss Statement, keeping track of your business revenue and expenses, using accounting software vs. spreadsheets and how to set up a basic chart of accounts. This workshop is designed to help the newer business owner or pre-venture business owner organize and keep track of their financials.
Speaker: Suzie Dills - SBDC

Business Start-Up

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn how to get started in selling your goods and services to state and local governmental agencies: -Where to find opportunities on state and local levels -Registration requirements -Set-aside certifications and how to get them -No-cost PTAC services to help
Speaker: Jane Stewart
Thursday, March 26, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Learn the basics on how to project your true start-up costs, your potential sales figures, costs and estimate your potential profits. This workshop will assist you with designing the financial section of your Business Plan.
Speaker: Lisa Hutson
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The Richard Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center (DEC)151 Innovation Drive
Elyria, OH 44035
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