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CREDC launches business accelerator

By , Columbian staff writer

Columbia River Economic Development Council announced this week that it is starting a pilot program for new entrepreneurs to learn strategies for success and to grow their businesses.

“It’s a great opportunity for local entrepreneurs to scale up their business by learning smart tools and strategies,” said Jennifer Baker, president of the council.

The program, which was launched with a $50,000 grant from the Small Business Administration, includes learning sessions for new entrepreneurs in key areas of first-stage businesses, like financial literacy, sales strategies, business operations, human resources and managing people and strategy and success visioning.

The council is looking for folks who are operating businesses with annual revenues of less than $1 million to apply. How to apply can be found at: www.credc.org/business-accelerator-program. The cost for the program is $500 per participant with possible scholarships available. The council says preference will be given to participant profiles that best align with the focus of the grant. Participants must be fully committed to four in-person learning days with assignments, reading and worksheet preparation, goal setting, accountability tasks, one-on-one mentoring and group discussions.

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