Press Release
August 15, 2007
3 minute read


Free Workshops, Classes Scheduled in Central Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (August 15, 2007) – Free informational workshops to familiarize aspiring and existing small-business owners with the popular Entrepreneurial Training Institute (ETI) and regional resources are scheduled in early fall at three Central Jersey locations. Fall Session classes have also been scheduled, and are designed to help existing and aspiring small-business owners learn the basics of entrepreneurship, create a detailed business plan and receive feedback, and facilitate introductions to lenders.

The innovative ETI program helps to advance Governor Corzine’s Economic Growth Strategy to foster the growth of small businesses, particularly woman-owned and minority-owned enterprises. It is sponsored by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). Approximately 1,300 people have graduated from the program since it was established in 1992, many of whom are either well on their way to establishing their own business or are already successful entrepreneurs.

The workshops will provide more detail about the ETI program and focus on how the program can provide the tools for a small-business owner to succeed. They will also explore the importance of having a detailed business plan, the broad range of resources available to help a business get off the ground and grow, and the mentoring assistance offered to ETI graduates. By attending one of the free workshops, interested individuals can decide if the ETI program is right for them before they register and pay a nonrefundable course fee. Local service providers and lender representatives will also present information about their technical assistance services and resources.

ETI classes are divided into ETI I and ETI II segments. In ETI I, “Get Set for Entrepreneurship,” students focus on small-business feasibility, examining their business ideas, evaluating skills and risks, and identifying the resources necessary to move forward. The cost of $145 will cover six classroom hours (two sessions), plus professional feedback, text materials and resources. ETI II, “Business Planning,” includes four highly structured three-hour sessions that help students develop a formal business plan with feedback and coaching. A fee of $295 will cover 12 classroom hours plus professional feedback, text materials and resources, guest speakers and presentation practice.

Primary sponsors of the ETI Program are Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, PNC Bank and the Wachovia Foundation. The EDA provides financing and technical support to encourage business and job growth in New Jersey.

Those interested in reserving a seat at one of the free workshops can call the ETI program at (609) 292-9279 or register on-line at Those interested in attending just the classes should visit the EDA on-line to complete the ETI Self-Assessment Tool to determine their personal and financial readiness for starting and growing existing businesses. Students enrolled in ETI I are strongly encouraged to complete the self-assessment and bring it to the first class for discussion.

Entrepreneurial Training Institute

Fall Session 2007

Free Information Workshops







Mercer County Library, Lawrence Branch
Rooms 1 & 2
Rt. 1 and Darrah Lane
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Thursday, August 30

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Perth Amboy*
Middlesex County Community College
60 Washington Street, B222
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Wednesday, October 24

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

North Branch
Raritan Valley Community College
Grand Conference Room A
Rt. 28 and Lamington Road
Somerville, NJ 08876

Wednesday, October 24

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Class Schedule


ETI I (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

ETI II (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

Mercer County Technical School,
Assunpink Campus, Room #A170
1085 Old Trenton Road
Trenton, NJ 08690

Sept. 20, 27

Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1, 8

Perth Amboy (Mondays)*
Middlesex County Community College
60 Washington Street, B222
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Nov. 7, 14


* ETI for Spanish-Speaking only