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TRENTON, N.J. - The County of Mercer has teamed up with UCEDC, a statewide small business lender and training provider, to offer an intensive six-week workshop for start-up businesses -- those in the idea/planning phase or in operation less than a year. The next session of Entrepreneurship 101 will run from July 23 through Aug. 27 at the Mercer County Connection, Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, in the Acme Shopping Center, Hamilton.

Participants will be guided through a real-world assessment of their business idea and market feasibility as well as their own ability to handle the demands of business ownership.  The steps to opening a business in New Jersey, choosing a legal structure, developing a business plan and establishing cost, revenue and cash flow projections will be addressed in a variety of interactive exercises.

“Being a business owner is hard work and this workshop is equally demanding,” said Erich Peter, UCEDC Director of Training. “But we’re going to work with you both in and outside of the classroom to make sure that the class material is relevant to your specific needs. And, we stick with our graduates for 12 months, providing mentoring and counseling services.”

Entrepreneurship 101 is a component of UCEDC’s Entrepreneurial Training Initiative, an ongoing small-business training effort, offered in partnership with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Sessions for start-ups and established businesses are held throughout the state.

Registration is now open for Entrepreneurship 101. The program has a fee of $112 with a full reimbursement upon the completion of the six-week course. Complete information can be found on the UCEDC website at or by calling 908-527-1166.