Small Business Jump Start group graduates

From staff reports

The Small Business Jump Start program held spring graduation for its Franklin group on May 21.

SBJS participants learned about business goals and plans, financial basics, marketing techniques and developed sales skills.

The SBJS class included Billie Jo Hawkins, who plans to open a counseling practice; Jimmy Ivell, who wants to open a bicycle shop; Kelly Johnson, who recently opened a women’s clothing store; Dan and Beth Prorok, who want to open a business that does small projects for people; and Elizabeth Yale, who wanted to learn more about marketing to help the church she leads.

“The overall goal of the program is to get all participants as ready as possible to run a business,” course instructor Gary Svetz said.

More than 700 people have graduated from the SBJS program since it began, according to Svetz.

There are SBJS classes in the fall and spring, and there is a class for military veterans.

For more information, contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce.