Ayers says people at the workshops have a lot of questions about how to finance a business and the government regulations they’ll have to follow. And what about the economy? She’s convinced there’s never a bad time to start a good business.
“Sometimes, the challenging economies create opportunity that smart people can leverage to make money. And the reverse is true; I’ve seen lots of smart people waste money on ideas that they had a real passion for but they didn’t really fully explore or think through.”
Ayers says the $25 fee covers attendance for two at the workshop, and people are urged to bring a friend, business partner or spouse. She says each person tends to hear different points, and it’s important to have that extra support and feedback.
The next Start Smart workshop is Monday, and you don’t have to live in the Tri-Cities to attend. Pre-registration is required at 509-372-7606 or tricity.wsu.edu/links. Other workshop dates are Feb. 11 and March 11. The course is taught at Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick.
– Chris Thomas