Moraine Park looks at demand for entrepreneurs with free workshop

by speitz30. September 2011 07:11

Is becoming an entrepreneur right for you? Identifying and evaluating the right opportunity is an important process to go through when developing your business plan. The demand for entrepreneurship is rapidly growing across the United States, and Moraine Park Technical College is meeting this growth by offering a free workshop on what it takes to start up a business.

Filled with valuable information and top-notch instructors to guide participants, the workshop will take place on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. in Room O-103.

Passion for the business is the number one characteristic shared by entrepreneurs. Just ask local entrepreneur Sara Cujak, owner of Cujak’s Wine Market in Downtown Fond du Lac. “I love my job even five years later,” Cujak said. “A ten-hour work day flys by, and I can’t wait get back to work when I get home. It’s wonderful to be my own boss, and I enjoy learning how to run my business.”

Guiding the workshop is facilitator Laurie Barz and instructor Randy Melzer. Barz is an Economic and Workforce Development Representative for Moraine Park. She has held the titles of Executive Director, Business Services Team Leader, Vice President, and Owner of a small construction company employing 20 skilled tradespeople. As cofounder of the company, she directed all aspects of the business.

Melzer has held the titles of Branch Manager, Mortgage Loan Officer, Financial Planner, Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Operations. He also has extensive sales experience in insurance, brokerage and financial products. His sales training also included recruiting for a major online university and business-to-business sales of communications and security equipment. Melzer is also a SCORE volunteer and has served as the Chapter Chair for the Fox Cities Chapter. He currently has his own marketing consulting firm, teaches business classes at local technical colleges and works with entrepreneurs and startup businesses as an active SCORE mentor.

For more information or to register for the free workshop on jumpstarting a small business, call 262-335-5825.