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 Date: February 19, 2009 Contact:  Paula Cobler, 361-570-4350

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Free seminar teaches even more people how to be own boss


Donít find a new boss. Become the boss.


Learn how at ďBe Your Own Boss,Ē a free seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Workforce Solutions Golden Crescent, 120 S. Main St. The event will be presented by the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center.


ďA similar event we presented in January was so successful, we decided to offer this material again,Ē SBDC Director Joe Harper said. ďMany people just donít realize their own potential to start their own businesses, and this seminar will help open their eyes to new possibilities.Ē  


The seminar will cover topics including:

  • Discovering what it takes to be an entrepreneur
  • Determining the feasibility of a business idea
  • Creating a business plan
  • Constructing a marketing plan
  • Securing financing for a new business


The event is free, but advanced registration is required.


The slowing economy has many people looking for work, said Henry Guajardo, executive director of the Texas Workforce Solutions Golden Crescent.


Many affected people donít realize that the skills they used in their old jobs are transferable to new careers, he said. For example, a pipe fitter with years of chemical plant experience could start a plumbing business. The same is true for electricians, welders, millwrights, carpenters and many others.


In addition to solving immediate employment woes, successful new businesses will grow the area economy from within and provide future jobs in the region, Guajardo said.For more information about the seminar or to register, call Workforce Solutions at 361-578-0341. For more information about the UHV SBDC, call 361-575-8944 or visit



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.