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TJC SBDC to offer Spanish business seminar

Published Tuesday, 7th February 2012

TJC SBDC to offer Spanish business seminar

The Tyler Junior College Small Business Development Center will offer a "Management Skills Certification Seminar" in Spanish, with the first course in the series beginning Tuesday, April 3.

The seminar consists of six entrepreneurial courses, all taught by bilingual instructors with expertise in their topic area.

An on-site registration and information session, with bilingual registration personnel, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., TJC West Campus, RTDC, 1530 SSW Loop 323, Room 134. Registration will continue until the first course date or until capacity is reached.

"Business skills are ultimately more critical to small business owners’ success than the service or product they are selling," said Robert Lewis, SBDC counselor. "Yet for one reason or another, people in small businesses tend to spend very little time honing their management skills. This six-week seminar will teach valuable skills in legal matters, business planning, accounting and taxes, banking, advertising and strategic thinking for small businesses."

Lewis said he was approached by Spanish-speaking East Texas business people about offering the seminar in Spanish last year. The SBDC has been providing the seminar in English for about 10 years, he said.

Instructors for each of the classes are accomplished business professionals in their area of experience. Participants in this seminar have the opportunity to question the instructors about the business topics covered.

This seminar has been designed for individuals who currently own a small business or individuals who are considering starting their own small business. Often business owners send their employees to this seminar to give them a better understanding of the business environment in which they are working. The classes are considered as information only classes with no outside reading assignments or tests given. A notebook containing material presented by each instructor will be made available to each participant.

Cost for the seminar is $99. To register or receive more information, in English or Spanish, call the TJC School of Continuing Studies at 903-510-2900.

"We are indebted to the community members who approached us about offering this seminar in Spanish. Many bilingual business people stand to benefit from the quality instruction to be provided by our core of bilingual subject experts," Lewis said.

Fred M. Peters


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