CLARKSTON, Ga.—Georgia State University students and community members can learn the ins and outs of starting a new business during the free program, “What I Wish I Knew Before I Started my Business.”
During the March 27 entrepreneurial event at Georgia State’s Clarkston Campus, local business owners and entrepreneurs, including those from the high tech, food and marketing sectors, will share the successes — and failures — they experienced as they learned to build up their new business.
The event, hosted by the Center for Community Engagement at Clarkston Campus, will be led by Brandy Nagel, program manager and faculty researcher with Georgia Institute of Technology’s Innovation Ecosystems. In her role at Georgia Tech, Nagel works with students, faculty and staff on spinning up technology-based startups and nurtures mentor networks focused on entrepreneurship and innovation.
“I hope that people who are starting a business will be encouraged to learn about the realities and resources that are available out there,” Nagel said about the event. “I also hope to debunk some myths. There is a lot of bad information about there, (about starting a business). And there are also low (financial) risk ways to start your own business — sometimes only with a business card.”
The event is set for 6-8 p.m., March 27, in the Jim Cherry Learning Resource Center auditorium, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston. It is sponsored through the federal Economic Development Administration and State Farm.
Nagel also hosts free group and one-on-one consulting on business development on Wednesdays, 9 a.m. -5 p.m. in Building CN Room 2210, Clarkston Campus. For information, contact Nagel at 678-644-4748. Consulting services are free and confidential, said Nagel.
Photo: Panther Activities President Micah Ford works with Brandy Nagel during a one-on-one session on the Clarkston Campus. Ford is studying business administration and has developed his own line of clothing.