STRONG – The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Franklin County office will be conducting a free workshop series for small and home-based businesses in November. The three-part series, “Starting a Home Based Business: Steps to Success,” is designed for people thinking about the possibilities or who have recently started a small or home-based business.

Participants are encouraged to register for the entire three-part series. All sessions will be held at the Forster Memorial Building on Main Street in Strong.

Part I, Nov. 18 from 6-9 p.m., “Starting Your Own Business: Planning for Success.” Attendees can learn about a business plan from Cooperative Extension’s business and economics specialist Jim McConnon.

Part II, Nov. 20 from 6-9 p.m., “Understanding Your Market.” Explore tips and strategies for conducting a practical market research. McConnon will help attendees plan how to access and use the information to target customers in creative ways.

Part III, Nov. 25 from 6-8:30 p.m., “Resources for a Growing Business.” Explore the options and sources of good information, advice and financing for small business. Connect with a panel of knowledgeable resource people from area business assistance agencies.

Space is limited and registration is required by Nov. 14. For more information or to register, call 778-4650 or 1- 800-287-1478.

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