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March 12, 2015 8:15 AM

The Regional Business Accelerator (RBA) is calling on all entrepreneurial hopefuls for its March 17 to 18 workshop at the Lloydminster Public Library (LPL).

“People starting businesses, they’re usually so pumped on the idea and so caught up in the idea and the potential that they struggle to put together the plan,” said A.J. Mokelky, RBA business liaison. “So that’s kind of where we come in. We just give them industry connections and information and we walk them through the business plan.”

The RBA acts as a coach for people wishing to start up a business. They provide entrepreneurs with consultations and resources, working to ensure the success of new companies.

This month’s two-day workshop focuses on how to craft a business plan, whether for personal or commercial use. The workshop will take place in the library and will also include a presentation from the LPL about the market research resources that they have available.

Mokelky said that the current economic conditions in Lloydminster have attracted more people to the RBA. Many individuals want to take economic matters into their own hands by starting up a business. That’s fine, says Mokelky, as the RBA exists to support them.

“We’re here to serve the community and the surrounding area,” he said. “We’ll take meetings with anyone, we like to promote the economy in the region.”

The RBA puts on workshops throughout the year, often bringing in industry experts to provide clients with advice or resources. And while the upcoming workshop focuses on startup businesses, the RBA can also help develop and expand companies once they’re off the ground.

“If you have any issues with starting or running or expanding your business, we don’t have all the answers, but we have the connections to find the people that do,” Mokelky said.

For more information on the workshop or RBA’s available services, contact Christine Heath at 780-875-8881.

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