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Become your own boss through LSCS’s new Entrepreneurial Certificate Program

It’s never been easier to own your own business and become your own boss. Lone Star College System is now offering an Entrepreneurial Certificate Program to jumpstart your dream of becoming a business owner.

“Working for yourself can help to keep you in control of your career destiny, which is essential in these tough economic times,” said Sal Mira, LSCS Small Business Development Center director.

Offered by all campuses within the LSCS, this program provides the fundamentals of business ownership, legal issues, finance, marketing taught by the 'pros', consultation with lawyers, bankers, CPA's, business brokers, as well as specialized one-on-one consulting with the LSCS SBDC.

“You'll also have an opportunity to meet local small business owners to further expand your understanding of real world business ownership issues,” added Mira.

Consisting of 40 hours; eight hours a week over five weeks for only $255, the Entrepreneurial Certificate Program is an investment opportunity in your business future. Classes begin in Oct.

Just need a crash course or refresher in business? LSCS SBDC is hosting a one-day Entrepreneurial Conference Sept. 12.

Conference topics will include a brief introduction to starting a business, finding the right type of business, legal issues, financing, sales, marketing, writing a business plan, and a panel discussion hosted by successful local business owners. Fred Caldwell, president and CEO of Caldwell Companies will serve as the keynote speaker for the conference.

"We are excited to report that the 2009 Entrepreneurial Conference will celebrate the launch of the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program-the most recent offering of the Lone Star College Continuing Education division," said Linda Leto Head, LSCS associate vice chancellor for workforce and corporate training. “It also serves as our first community offering at the new Lone Star Corporate College Conference Center, 20515 SH 249 at Louetta Road.”

The one-day conference will be hosted from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The conference fee is $99 and will include lunch. 

For more information regarding the Entrepreneurial Certificate Program or the Entrepreneurship Conference contact Cynthia.M.Schoppa@LoneStar.eduor http://www.lonestar.edu/sbdc or call 832.813.6674.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Center, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. LSCS recently acquired a 1.2 million square foot facility in northwest Harris County to serve multiple purposes, including a new university center, an instructional satellite campus, a Corporate College conference and training facility, and system administration and support space. With more than 51,000 students in credit classes last fall, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.