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Understanding business fundamentals is key to the success of a business. With that in mind, Harper College's Small Business Development Center is holding a series of free workshops this summer aimed at assisting both prospective and current business owners in their ventures.

In "Starting a Business: First Steps," budding entrepreneurs will learn whether they have the fundamentals to run a business. They'll complete self-assessment questionnaires to determine whether they have the necessary personal characteristics, financial fitness and business readiness skills. Sessions will be from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, and 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Students are then encouraged to move on to "Starting a Business: Next Steps," which is also geared toward existing business owners. The course provides an overview of critical tasks such as putting together a strategy, marketing plan, funding, legal registration and reporting requirements. Those sessions will take place from 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays on both July 9 and Aug. 6.

"The first session is really about a person's traits, and the bottom line is: Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?" Small Business Development Center manager Tom Cassell said. "Once you decide to pursue it, the second session is really about the meat and potatoes of what you need to do to start a business in Illinois."

Courses are held at the Harper Professional Center, 650 E. Higgins Road in Schaumburg. To register, email and include name, contact information, class name and class date.

For information about the SBDC, which offers a variety of low-cost seminars to manage your business and keep up-to-date on new business developments, visit