RICHLAND, Wash. – Learn how to start a business in Benton and Franklin counties at a workshop presented next Monday, Nov. 14, by the Washington State University Tri-Cities Business LINKS program.
The Start Smart workshop will answer questions focusing on business plan basics, such as:
• How much money will you need to start and run the business until it is profitable?
• What are your options for getting money for your business?
• What do you need to do to legally launch your business — licenses, taxes, and other issues?
• How will you market your business?

This practical and interactive workshop helps you save time and money by planning ahead. Participants develop an action plan and receive a step-by-step workbook.
The Start Smart workshop is at 6:30 p.m. at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Registration for this two-hour workshop costs $25 for up to two people. Pre-register online at or call 372-7101.
The Start Smart workshop is repeated the second Monday of each month — the next workshop is scheduled for Dec. 12. Start Smart is co-sponsored by the Small Business Development Center/Columbia Basin College, SCORE, the City of Richland, and the four Chambers of Commerce.

WSU Tri-Cities is located along the scenic Columbia River in Richland, Wash. Established in 1989 with upper division and graduate programs, WSU Tri-Cities expanded in 2007 to a full four-year undergraduate campus offering 18 bachelor’s, 10 master’s, and six doctoral degrees. Learn more about the most diverse campus in the WSU system at <>
Source contact:
LoAnn Ayers, WSU Tri-Cities, Business LINKS director, 509-372-7101,

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