Starting a new business? You really need to have a plan.

Do you have a plan?

If you do, congrats! You’re ahead of many of your colleagues who don’t.

If you don’t….

While success may be found by taking a stab in the dark, it’s more often than not a careful and calculated goal.

That means lots of hard work, perseverance, thoughtful consideration, goal setting, assessments and the occasional tweak along the way.

For small businesses in particular, having a business plan can mean the difference between weathering that all important first year, and remaining vibrant well into a second, third or fifth decade of operation, and going belly up.

Any one thinking about starting their own business can take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of professionals from Lehigh University’s Small Business Development Center during a free seminar titled, “Develop Your Business Plan!” from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, inside the newly renovated chamber offices. In this workshop, attendees will outline their business plan using the Lehigh University SBDC’s Business Planning Workbook. Bring a pen/pencil and expect to write! This workshop is designed to get your plan on paper and to understand what lenders are looking for. Those who have already started a business plan can benefit from advice, tips, and a discussion of common mistakes.

The Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce is located at 21 N. Main St., Quakertown.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has at its mission to help new start ups begin business, and to nurture and sustain them on the road to success, the organization’s website said.

Ongoing consulting and educational opportunities are available through SBDC, the website said.

While the chamber sponsored seminar is free, registration is required.

To register online visit the Small Business Development Center’s website here.

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