Hi-Ed offering free class on business planning

Warren Forest Higher Education Council, the College and University Center in Warren, today announced Charles Eurydice Gray, of SheGo and the Running Revolution, has joined the Hi-Ed staff as an instructor of four sections of a free Business Planning class for Entrepreneurs to be held over the next two years beginning this September.

Gray has been working in the non-profit and commercial sectors for more than 25 years, holding numerous executive positions while also teaching and volunteering in her spare time. Since launching her own business in 2011, Gray has participated in classes from Lean Launchpad for startups to Business Planning for Entrepreneurs. She has also availed herself of every webinar, teleconference and class from SEO optimization to grant writing she could find to hone her small business knowledge and skills.

“It is important that every student in this new class be prepared for today’s market realities. From robotics firm to hot dog cart owner, you have to deeply understand your market, your business goals, and your process to make it work,” says Gray.

“I am designing the class I would want to take. Subjects covered will range from business planning essentials to business law, accounting, brand development, funding, website design, social media, and presentation skills. This Business Planning class for Entrepreneurs will be information-packed and hands on.” An Open House for interested students will be held from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Hi-Ed office, 589 Hospital Drive, Suite F.

Business Planning for Entrepreneurs will be offered fall and spring for the next two years at the Hi Ed Council and has been made possible by a grant. “We worked together with Jim Decker of the WCCBI and were aware of the need for a new class that would assist entrepreneurs in establishing and/or building their businesses,” says Hi-Ed Executive Director Joan Stitzinger. “Receiving this grant made it possible for us to invest in a comprehensive class that will marry the challenges facing businesses today with the traditional skills necessary to run a business,” says Stitzinger.

All Hi-Ed class offerings from college to cooking may be accessed at www.hi-ed.org, or by calling 723-3222.