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MDC’s School of Business to Offer Free Workshops for Business Owners and Potential Start-Ups

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Miguel Gonzalez (assistant district director/customer services for the U.S. Small Business Administration, South Florida district office) speaks to participants during the 2011 Small Business Education Program workshop series.

Miami, January 24, 2012 - This spring, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed School of Business will offer free workshops to small and moderate size businesses in Allapattah, Overtown, downtown Miami and surrounding areas, as well as specific areas of Miami Beach as part of its Small Business Education Program sponsored by Citi Foundation.

Beginning in March, the five, free business seminars and workshops will be offered in English and Spanish for existing and potential entrepreneurs.

The first workshop series for existing businesses only will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 15 and 22 in English in room 3410; and from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 21, and 28 in Spanish in room 3208.

Topics covered will include finance, credit, marketing and selling techniques, funding sources, and more.

Due to the success of last year’s workshop for existing entrepreneurs, the 2012 program has been expanded to add a two-day event designed for potential entrepreneurs and is scheduled from 5:30 to 9 p.m., on Thursday, April 5 and April 12 in English in room 7128; and from 5:30 to 9 p.m., on Monday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 11 in Spanish in room 3208.

Additionally, a Business Forum event will be held for the general public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 in room 3210 – registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

All workshops will be held at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., in downtown Miami. Room numbers are listed above.

Participants must register online in advance for all workshops by visiting the Small Business Education Program’s website at:  www.mdc.edu/smallbusiness or www.mdc.edu/negocios.

“We are committed to the community and excited to be able to offer this wonderful program,” said Dr. Ana M. Cruz, chairperson of the MDC Wolfson Campus School of Business. “We are prepared to reach more business owners from these highly commercial areas, as well as potential entrepreneurs.”

MDC has been awarded multiple grants since 2007 from Citi Foundation which enables the College to offer these free technical workshops to hundreds of existing business owners.

For more information about these free business workshops, contact George Ray at 305-237-7102 (English) or Josie Lorenzo at 305-237-3822 (Spanish).

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