IEWBC Offers Free And Low Cost Workshops For Those Looking To Start A Business

By Nikki Metzger

(Victor Valley)Recently High Desert residents interested in starting their own business were invited to attend a free workshop from the Inland Empire Women’s Business Center (IEWBC) on the “ABCs of Starting Your Own Business” in Adelanto.

“The IEWBC offers workshops in order to educate people about the key aspects of business and to help them launch and grow a successful business,” explained Rachel Wolfinbarger, Training Coordinator at IEWBC.

The IEWBC offers training, business counseling, and mentoring services. Some examples of the workshops that the IEWBC provides include “the ABC’s of Starting Your Own Business”, “Writing A Winning Business Plan”, “Introduction to QuickBooks”, “How to Read and Understand Your Financial Statements”,  “Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights: The Benefits of Protecting Your Idea”, and many more.

Ms. Wolfinbarger also explained, “Furthermore, the free and confidential one-on-one business counseling gives people pin pointed advice regarding the business they have, or plan to start.”

She continued, “The IEWBC’s mission is to counsel, teach, encourage, and inspire you at every stage of business development and expansion.  We strive to enrich the community by providing free and low cost business counseling, training, and mentoring that will ideally create economic impact like jobs, and new businesses.”

At the workshop participants were given valuable information on business financing and loans, they were told about some of the legal aspects of being in business for themselves, and some of the government regulations were explained.  Participants also had the opportunity to explain what their business is, network, and ask questions.

The wide selection of seminars and workshops are presented by industry experts. When asked about these experts, Miss Wolfinbarger said, “Instructors connect with the IEWBC through referrals from current strategic partners. The IEWBC developed a strategic partner base from community involvement and involvement in organizations such as the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). For example, the ‘Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights: The Benefits of Protecting Your Idea’ workshop is taught by an intellectual property attorney.”

The full calendar of upcoming workshops plus other services they provide can be found on the website:

“The IEWBC will continue to provide the valuable business support services. Thinking like the clients who utilize our services we have to continue to change and adapt to the trends of the business cycle. That means continuing to offer exciting, cutting edge training services, and seeking out additional funding sources who will help the center achieve its goals of long term sustainability,” Ms. Wolfinbarger concluded.

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