Central Virginia SCORE, mentors to America’s small business, introduces a series of business planning workshops for entrepreneurs on August 21, 2013 to address the many individuals interested in the idea of small business ownerships as an option to the unemployment crisis currently looming over the American economy. Still committed to creating 1 million small businesses by 2017, the workshop series entitled Simple Steps for Starting Your Business was designed to help entrepreneurs test a small business idea and create a business plan. The series includes one, free “Start-up Basics” workshop and three business planning sessions for just $75. Workshops focus on the business concept, marketing, and financial projections. Each session includes exercises to help the entrepreneur plan for success. Participants will also receive unlimited free and confidential mentoring sessions with SCORE mentors as part of the workshop series. “This program will help entrepreneurs understand the crucial components of starting a business,” says Tom Weaver, SCORE Chapter Chair. “Our goal is to help our community grow. Helping small business owners test their ideas and complete some initial planning for their start-up is essential to achieving success,” adds Weaver. These workshops will be held at the Albemarle County Office Building courtesy of the Albemarle County Economic Development Office. Interested participants can register online at www.centralvirginia.score.org The Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Workshop Series was developed by SCORE/Bank of America is a one-stop training program for small business start-ups. “At the end of the four workshops, attendees will have a solid understanding of start-up basics, marketing strategy, and financials,” says SCORE CEO Ken Yancey. He adds, “This is a blended learning model bringing workshops, learning exercises and mentoring to entrepreneurs in a one-stop training program to help entrepreneurs make a smart small business start.” Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 9 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through mentoring and business workshops. More than 12,400 volunteer business counselors in 364 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneurial education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses. For more information about starting or operating a small business, visit www,centralvirginia.score.org or call 434-295-6712.