Free online resource walks through steps of starting a business

Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is excited to announce the launch of an online program for anyone thinking about starting a business.

The Start-Up Academy introduces participants to the start-up process and walks them through the steps, terminology and templates of starting a business. The program covers seven different modules – Assess Yourself, Assess Your Idea, Business Plan, Legal, Financing, Accounting and Marketing. Each module has an audio component and supplementary resources including templates, how-to guides and examples.

“Brookings has been success in building momentum within its entrepreneurial community,” said Jennifer Quail, BEDC’s Director of Entrepreneur Support and creator of the Start-Up Academy. “We did not want the coronavirus to impact the delivery of services these entrepreneurs need. Being able to offer the Start-Up Academy will support the continued growth of the Brookings area economy through new business development.”

To access the Start-Up Academy, visit startupbrookings.com. In-person, individual meetings are also available, and Quail encourages entrepreneurs at all stages of business development to contact her. She is a certified entrepreneur coach and offers free, confidential consultations. Quail can be reached at (605) 697-8103 or by email at jennifer@brookingsedc.com

The Start-Up Academy is funded in part through a grant from USDA Rural Development, which supports programs intended to improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. The Start-Up Academy is just one of BEDC’s many events and programs that are part of the Brookings Start-up Hub, supporting ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the Brookings region. These resources have helped establish Brookings as one of the top communities for entrepreneurs in the nation. For more information, visit startupbrookings.com.

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