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Batavia workshops to assist business entrepreneurs

BATAVIA – The city of Batavia, in cooperation with the BEST Center at Genesee Community College and the Batavia Development Corp., is offering a series of workshops designed to help potential business owners gain access to a portion of a $200,000 grant from the state Office of Community Renewal.

The workshops, tabbed as the “Get Underway Small Business Ownership Series,” have been set up in three parts, with the last of the Part I series, “The Sniff Test,” assessing business ideas, scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.

Part II, comprised of five weekly evening sessions at Genesee Community College, runs from May 27 through June 24.

These sessions are mandatory if participants wish to access grant resources from the city. At the conclusion of the series, new and expanding businesses in Batavia having fewer than five employees may be eligible for grants up to $15,000.

As a federal grant recipient, the city is required to organize capacity building training in an effort to make funds available to entrepreneurs and those business owners willing to employ persons with low to moderate incomes.

“This grant enables the city to coordinate instructional training to help people develop their business ideas and learn what it takes to be successful from veteran business owners,” City Manager Jason R. Molino said.

For details about the current series of workshops, including fees and times, go to http://www.genesee.edu/best/.