The Lamar State College-Port Arthur Small Business Development Center
will present two business pre-venture orientation workshops in

 SBDC director Linda Tait also will begin a four-session seminar on the
QuickBooks Pro 2007 software program, starting Thursday, February 21,
from 6-9 p.m. in Room 101 of the Madison Monroe Building, 1500 Procter
St. on the Lamar State campus.

 The first session covers getting started with QuickBooks by setting up
lists and accounts for your business.

 The other sessions of the seminar will meet March 6, March 20 and
April 3.

 Admission to the all of the sessions costs $100. Admission to
individual session is $30. A QuickBooks manual is included in the price.
SBDC business consultant Kasey Taylor will lead the Tuesday, February
12, pre-venture workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at the Nederland EDC
Office, 1903 Atlanta Ave.

 SBDC business consultant Conrad Cooper will lead the Tuesday, February
26 workshop from 6-9 p.m. in the conference room of the Gates Memorial
Library, 317 Stilwell Blvd. on the Lamar-PA campus.

 The free pre-venture orientation workshops cover business plans,
funding, employees and taxes for first-time business owners. Attendance at
one workshop is required prior to a new business owner’s first
one-on-one meeting with a SBDC business consultant.
The SBDC offers individual consulting for small business owners at no

 Reservations are required for all events. For reservations or
information, call 984-6531, or send e-mail to: