Tuesday, May 09, 2006

A two-day "Credit When Credit Is Due" workshop is scheduled for May 24 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Upshur County Business Center, Edmiston Way, Buckhannon, W.Va.

The event is sponsored by Chase Bank and the West Virginia Small Business Development Center at Fairmont State, in cooperation with the Upshur County Development Authority and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Consumer Credit Counseling Service of North Central West Virginia, Inc., will facilitate the training.

The total cost of the workshop is $35 per person, which includes a course workbook and lunch. Registration is required as class size is limited to 20; contact Melodie at the Upshur County Development Authority (304) 472-1757 or info@upshurda.com.

A strong personal credit history is the first step in ensuring that a business will be able to access the working capital necessary to remain competitive in today's market. "Credit When Credit Is Due" is a nationally accredited 12-lesson financial education program designed to give small business owners and entrepreneurs the information they need to understand how credit and debt works and to develop responsible money management strategies that will positively impact their future plans for growth and expansion.

In addition to the workshop agenda, participants will have the opportunity to meet several local, state and federal small business and economic development representatives to discuss financial programs and services designed to establish, expand and maintain local businesses.

The Small Business Development Center is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any of the co-sponsors or participants opinions, products or services. All Small Business Development Center workshops are co-sponsored by the West Virginia Development Office. Reasonable arrangements for handicapped individuals can be made by contacting the Small Business Development Center at (304) 367-4920 at least one week prior to the event.