Sunday, October 10, 1999

SMALL-BUSINESS DIARY


Seminars focus on strategy

        Small-business seminars are planned in Clermont County on topics including financing, taxes, start-up and managing growth.

        The Clermont Chamber of Commerce Small Business Development Center and National Bank & Trust are bringing a Small Business Owners Conference to the University of Cincinnati's Clermont College in Bata via 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 23.

        The conference is structured to appeal to any small-business owner who is thinking about starting, buying, selling, expanding or financing a business. U.S. Small Business Administration loan programs and alternative sources of financing will be discussed at the conference, with examples and directions on how to apply for federal loan guarantees.

        Jeffrey L. Wyler, chief executive officer of the Jeff Wyler Dealership Group, will be keynote speaker at the luncheon.

        Preregistration is required and can be made by calling the Clermont chamber's small-busi ness development center at 753-7141.

        Succession planning is the topic of a Nov. 4 conference from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. by Mr. Wyler at the Clermont College Eastgate location.

        A registration fee of $49 will include breakfast. Forging ties between generations, successor development plans and business continuity strategies will be discussed. For more information, contact the chamber at 753-7141.

Y2K problem addressed at forums
        For all the small businesses out there that are not doing a thing about the Y2K bug, a series of seminars has been planned at The Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Sciences, 1111 Edison Drive, Carthage, to heighten the urgency of the problem and explain alternatives.

        The sessions, which are free, target small manufacturers and small businesses that have still not addressed Y2K issues. Contingency planning will be the topic from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday and Nov. 19. Disaster recovery is scheduled for the same time Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

        Greg Hume, project manager at the institute and a small-business expert on Y2K problems, will present information at the seminars. All attendees will receive a free copy of a manual to help companies determine how to identify and solve Y2K issues.

Business bookshelf
        From Peter Drucker: Shaping the Managerial Mind by John E. Flaherty (Jossey-Bass Publishers; $27): “Drucker felt it astonishing that the behavioral scientists paid so much attention to the factor of motivation when the real problem was "not to motivate people but to keep from turning them off. The quickest way to quench motivation is not to allow people to do what they've been trained to do.'”

       



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- SMALL-BUSINESS DIARY