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Released February 19, 2003

SMALL BUSINESS COURSES SET AT SOUTHERN MISS GC

LONG BEACH, Miss. -- Anyone who is thinking about going into business for themselves will be able to get started next month with a variety of courses offered by The University of Southern Mississippi Small Business Development Center.

The courses are offered at various locations along the Gulf Coast. Course offerings include the following:

• "QuickBooks Pro for Beginners" will be offered from 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. March 12 and 19 at the SBDC, which is adjacent to the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. QuickBooks is a software program that teaches the participant how to create financial statements, invoices and other additional information. The fee is $159 before March 5 or $169 thereafter.

• "Starting and Operating a Business in Biloxi" will be offered from 8:30 a.m.-noon March 13 at the City of Biloxi Department of Community Development, 676 Martin Luther King Blvd., Biloxi. This course is geared to anyone wanting to start a business in the city of Biloxi and will cover licensing, zoning, building permits, home-based businesses, and legal and insurance issues. The fee is $20 if paid by March 6 or $25 thereafter.

• "Writing a Winning Business Plan" will be offered from noon-3 p.m. March 20 at the Biloxi Port Commission Building, 693 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. A business plan is required in order to seek financing to start or expand a small business. The fee, which includes lunch, is $20 before March 13 or $25 thereafter.

• "Be Your Own Boss" will be offered from 6-8:30 p.m. March 25 at the Gulf Coast Business Technology Center, 1636 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi. The participants will have the opportunity to learn about licensing, taxes, zoning, business planning and financing. The fee is $20 in advance.

• "Show Me the Money" will be offered from noon-3 p.m. March 27 at the Biloxi Port Commission Building. The participant will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of sources of financing from local, state and federal agencies. The fee is $20 before March 20 or $25 thereafter.

To prepay course fees, mail a check made payable to Southern Miss SBDC to the Southern Miss

Small Business Development Center, 136 Beach Park Place, Long Beach, MS 39560.

For more information, contact the SBDC at (228) 865-4578.

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