FLORENCE – There is no substitute for the knowledge entrepreneurs gain in the competitive trenches of starting and operating their own business. However, there are instances in which a return to the classroom is the best – if not the only – way to get ahead.
Francis Marion University and the Lake City Partnership Council are working together to bring the classroom to the business community of Lake City at no cost to participants.
“We are excited at the development that’s occurring in the Lake City community and we’re proud that the university can be a substantial part of it,” said FMU President Luther F. Carter. “In a very real way, the future of this community is the future of our university and our region.”
FMU and the Council are offering the Lake City Small Business Class, which is designed to accelerate the successful development of start-up and expansion of existing businesses. Participants will be able to complete a business plan and gain an understanding of the planning and marketing efforts needed not only to survive, expand, and diversify, but also to obtain additional funding for their business operations.
“We see FMU as an ideal education partner not only in increasing educational attainment, but also in promoting economic development opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for Lake City residents,” said Sue-Ann Gerald Shannon, director of research for the Palmetto Institute. “We view this opportunity as a means to increasing the economic competitiveness for the greater Lake City community.”
Classes for the 25-hour course will begin with a half-day session on Oct. 2 at the Lake City Library. Subsequent classes will be held on Tuesdays at Lake City High School in Room 221 from 6-8 p.m.
Susan Peters, Ph.D., director of the FMU Center for Entrepreneurship will teach the classes. Brianna Zhang, manager of the FMU Small Business Institute, will assist.
Business owners or potential business owners with a minimum of a high school education or equivalent are eligible to participate.
Contact Peters at email@example.com or by calling (843) 661-1102 for an application or additional information.