OpEd: Failure Is Not an Option

By Linda Robredo, Frazier Park

I have watched the opening and quick closing of so many businesses on the hill for the past 30 years. It is very sad. What I kept asking myself is what is so broken up here that this keeps happening?

I urge you to take action to sign up on Thursday, March 25 at Cuddy Hall at noon to learn how to do the footwork, brainwork and paperwork to develop your business venture. This is a call to learn before investing your hard-earned money, other people’s money or taking out other loans.

Learning how to run a business, how to research, where to purchase required insurance and quality products, how to write a plan and then follow it, how to do the basic books, have a mentor to bring questions to—maybe this is what has been missing here all these years.

The public school system does not have a class to teach this information. But now we must move toward solutions.

With the opening of the Small Business Development Center here on the mountain, I think we now have reason to be excited for the future of our local business community to grow, provide local employment, and establish long term stable businesses right here on the hill.

If you have an idea and the want to open or improve your private business venture don’t miss this learning opportunity.

This is part of the February 26, 2010 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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