"Operation Jump Start" encourages local business in Paragould

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - If you're thinking about starting a business, an upcoming class in Paragould has just the jump start you need.

We're talking about "Operation Jump Start."  The Paragould Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Black River Technical College to teach residents about what it takes to start a business.  The program with feature everything from to acquire a loan, manage the accounting, and to how to sustain the business long term. 
Paragould Director of Economic Development Sue McGowan says they're even offering scholarships to five local high school students.  "We have so many young people in our high schools have a very entrepreneurs type spirit.  We would like to help those students make that idea to reality.," said McGowan.
McGowan says the hands-on program is even good for businesses who have already set the foundation.  "Say you're a small business and you need to know how to take your business to the next level, this is very good to get that information," says McGowan.
If you are interested, this is the time to take the class.  The class typically cost $650.00.  But with the help of grant provided through the Arkansas Women's Business Center & Winrock International, the course is available for $199.00.   
The class is October 2nd through November 8th on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00p.m to 9:00p.m.  To register, call (870) 239-0969 ext-104 or visit go to www.blackrivertech.edu/pcc
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