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 Date: May 29, 2008 Contact:  Paula Cobler, 361-570-4350

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Free seminar teaches how to work for yourself


Take the first step in becoming your own boss.

The University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center will present the free seminar "Business Start-Up Basics" from 10 a.m. to noon on June 5 at the SBDC office, 3402 N. Ben Wilson St.

"If you've ever thought about starting your own business and working for yourself, this is a great chance to find out how the SBDC can help you make that dream a reality," SBDC Director Joe Harper said.

The seminar will offer an overview of what's required to start a business. The event will cover topics like how to determine if a business idea is feasible, how to create a business plan and what financing options are available to get a business going.

Perspective entrepreneurs can sign up to be SBDC clients at the event. The center's business counselors work with clients one-on-one to help perspective business owners and operators in a variety of business situations. Many services are available free of charge.

Space in the June 5 workshop is limited, so participants are asked to register in advance by calling the SBDC at 877-895-7232 or 361-575-8944. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.

The center plans to offer two similar seminars in July. The SBDC also offers free online business classes at



The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelorís and masterís degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.