Unemployed Workers Can Transition into Entrepreneurship through Special Program

Unemployed workers in the area can learn to create their own jobs as entrepreneurs through a new program offered by Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Qualified individuals in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties will be assisted in a free program offered by the SBDC. The first class will be offered from Monday, April 20, through Thursday, April 23, on the Duquesne campus, with other sessions planned in coming months. The Venturing Into Entrepreneurship (VIE) program is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Portable Assistance Project and is designed to increase small business success and viability in communities suffering economic hardship.

Through the program, participants will learn specific strategies to help them transition from unemployed to entrepreneur.
"The displaced workers in our region need assistance to successfully transition into self-employment and business ownership," said Dr. Mary McKinney, SBDC director. "People who are out of work and want to start a business should contact us; we already have helped hundreds of people transition from unemployment to entrepreneurship over the past 15 years."

VIE members will receive 20 hours of training as well as follow-up consulting sessions to learn how to:

  • Register a business
  • Write a business plan
  • Craft a marketing strategy
  • Understand social media
  • Create marketing materials
  • Prepare financial projections
  • Seek financial resources
  • Think like an entrepreneur.

For more information on the VIE program, which will be in Room 108 Rockwell Hall, or to register for any program, contact 412.396.1633 or visit www.duq.edu/sbdc.

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