At Rider: Learn Japanese

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Entrepreneur Training Institute

`I had an idea, but the idea was

abstract,"

says Terri McNichol, proprietor of a home-based consulting business.

"The Entrepreneurial Training Institute helped me get into the

nuts and bolts of what I really had in mind and make the idea more

concrete."

McNichol learned how to be an entrepreneur in eight not-so-easy

lessons

at a government-sponsored course that starts again next month in

Trenton

and Mt. Laurel. The Entrepreneurial Training Institute (ETI) is

sponsored

by the New Jersey Development Authority (NJDA) for Small Businesses,

Minorities, and Women’s Enterprises and covers such topics as business

planning, financing, and marketing. Graduates are prime candidates

to qualify for monies from a revolving loan fund established by the

NJDA. Nearly 400 people have graduated from the training program in

the past eight years — 77 of them last season.

In this area sessions will be conducted at Human Resource Development

Institute at 200 Woolverton Avenue in Trenton, starting Thursday,

September 14, at 6 p.m., and also at the Burlington County High-Tech

Incubator on Route 38 in Mt. Laurel on Wednesday, September 20, at

6 p.m. Other courses are in Lakewood and Asbury Park. The three-hour

classes run for seven weeks and cost $225 including a textbook,

"Business

Planning Guide" by David H. Bangs Jr. Enrollment is limited

to 20 per class, and registration has begun. Call 609-292-9279, E-mail

to cti@njeda.com, or go to the website (www.njeda.com).

McNichol, a Trenton native, has years of experience as educator and

director of a small museum and attracted very favorable notice in

the artistic community as the director of Ellarslie, the City Museum.

Knowing that small museums must contract out many functions that are

done by staff people at larger institutions, she decided to open a

home-based business, REN Associates, to specialize in museum program

design, community outreach, and building audience and revenue.

Though the NJDA operates under the supervision of the New Jersey

Economic

Development Authority, the NJDA has its own funds derived from casino

revenues. It offers loans for start-up and micro businesses to spend

on real estate, fixed assets, and working capital. For fixed assets

and working capital, the same pool can provide loan guarantees.

The curriculum has been set by Paul Belliveau (908-232-6480)

and Ronald Cook of Rider University. Belliveau has a 20-year-old

consulting business, is an adjunct professor at Rutgers’ Graduate

School of Management, and gives seminars at the Small Business

Development

Centers of Rutgers and Kean University. Cook is an associate professor

in Rider’s College of Business Administration, where he teaches

courses

in entrepreneurship, venture planning, family business, and small

business consulting. He also directs the Small Business Institute

at Rider.

To graduate, students must attend six of the eight classes and

complete

all written work, including a business plan. These plans will be

subjected

to a "panel review" by lawyers, bankers, and accountants on

the last night. And in this course, an "A" might represent

a start-up loan of from, say $20,000, all the way up to $100,000.

"This program is very professional," says McNichol, "and

the instructor in the program were accessible and supportive. It

really

made the entire process very enjoyable."

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At Rider: Learn Japanese

Princeton Community Japanese Language School offers

courses for adults, high school students, and children at the Rider

University campus in Lawrenceville. The fall semester begins on

Sunday, September 10, at which time walk-in registrations will be

permitted. With registration, the fees for adults are $330 for each

course.

The first-level adult course, Japanese 1-1, is designed to teach

students

how to communicate at a basic level, and introduce them to Hiragana,

the Japanese alphabet. The follow-up class is designed for students

who have knowledge of reading and writing skills in Hiragana and

Katakana,

basic language skills, and some Kanji. Japanese 3-1 focuses on

practicing

reading and writing, while further developing conversational skills.

Children take Japanese as a Second Language (JASL) classes.

Registration

is $100, and tuition is $66 a month. JASL 1 teaches basic

communication

skills, while emphasizing pronunciation, and introduces Hiragana,

the Japanese alphabet.

The next course in the program, is designed to help students acquire

speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills in modern Japanese.

JASL 3 and 4 expand student’s speaking, listening, writing, and

reading

skills, while JASL 4 emphasizes grammar and linguistics, and requires

students to hold conversations in Japanese.

Call Yoshiko Hurley at 732-294-0993, or Sakiko Ono at

609-683-7624.


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