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Entrepreneur Training Institute
`I had an idea, but the idea was
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
McNichol learned how to be an entrepreneur in eight not-so-easy
at a government-sponsored course that starts again next month in
and Mt. Laurel. The Entrepreneurial Training Institute (ETI) is
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,
Planning Guide" by David H. Bangs Jr. Enrollment is limited
to 20 per class, and registration has begun. Call 609-292-9279, E-mail
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
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
Centers of Rutgers and Kean University. Cook is an associate professor
in Rider’s College of Business Administration, where he teaches
in entrepreneurship, venture planning, family business, and small
business consulting. He also directs the Small Business Institute
To graduate, students must attend six of the eight classes and
all written work, including a business plan. These plans will be
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
made the entire process very enjoyable."
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
The first-level adult course, Japanese 1-1, is designed to teach
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
basic language skills, and some Kanji. Japanese 3-1 focuses on
reading and writing, while further developing conversational skills.
Children take Japanese as a Second Language (JASL) classes.
is $100, and tuition is $66 a month. JASL 1 teaches basic
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
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
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