Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


May 7, 2009

Want to start a business, but don't know how?: Community college offers help

Community college offers free session on its entrepreneur program

Do you have an idea for a new business, but don't know where to start to get it off the ground? Northern Essex Community College encourages you to attend its Entrepreneurial Training Program information sessions, which review all aspects of the 20-week program designed for would-be-business people

The sessions are free and will be held May 12 and May 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the NECC Corporate and Community Education Center at Osgood Landing, 1600 Osgood St. (Route 125), North Andover.

The program assists students in preparing and implementing a comprehensive business plan. This intensive, non-credit, 20-week program covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, according to the college. The curriculum includes sessions on market research, marketing tools, product/service differentiation, networking, sales techniques, presentation skills, financial management, as well as legal and insurance issues, human resources, time management, and more.

Instructor Paul Jermain of Jermain and Co., combines intensive classroom work, guest presenters and one-on-one consulting to assist each entrepreneur during the start-up phase of the business. Classroom training is followed by business plan presentations, independent work and one-on-one consulting to assist in implementing the business plan.

The next session will begin July 14, with classes at the Northern Essex Corporate and Community Education Center in North Andover. All interested individuals must attend an information session, complete an application and interview for acceptance into the program.

Some dislocated workers and others may qualify for tuition assistance. This program is MA Section 30 approved; MA course ID#1023705. The program is approved for federal education benefits for eligible veterans, selected reservists and eligible dependents. Call Diane Zold-Gross at 978-659-1221 or e-mail at, or Dianne Lahaye at 978-659-1222 or e-mail for details, directions and to reserve seats. Residents may also call Workforce Development and Community Education about this program and other non-credit courses and programs at 978-659-1200, or visit

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