Here in Rensselaer County, we are proud to be a home to the entrepreneurial spirit. As you experience the energy, innovation and spirit of success that make up our small business community, we believe you too will find that "life looks good from here" for you and your company.
2013 Session Schedule: Sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for 10 consecutive weeks at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. The first session will take place on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
"The success of our local economy and vital creation of jobs depends in large part upon the ability of our small businesses to succeed and expand, and to create and keep jobs our residents seek. SmartUp helps provide our local entrepreneurs the knowledge that is essential to becoming a successful small business person. I am certain that SmartUp has made a difference helping foster success for our local small businesses, and I am proud that Rensselaer County and the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide this great program." - Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino
The goal of SmartUp is to give you a broad understanding of business operation and to help you develop your professional business plan-one of the most important aspects of any business start up, and a requirement for most lenders and venture capitalists.
Each session is led by experienced business professionals with expertise in the particular topic. During this ten-week course you will learn about:
"Working with a member of the SmartUp program has been very rewarding for me as I have been able to not only suggest ideas as a mentor, but witness and experience the growth of an individual's enterprise as well as watching and being a pert of their personal growth. It is a truly rewarding experience for both mentor and mentee. I encourage all to use this program to set their future course in their business and career life. I only wish a program of this type and benefit was available when I launched my business over 23 years ago." - Dan Moran, President & Founder, Next-Act and SmartUp Presenter
"The SmartUp program was incredibily useful in a number of ways. The building of a solid business plan was a great overall and necessary enhancement to our organization. I'd recommend this initiative to anyone who is looking for a template for operating a small business."
- Angela McNeary, President, Tech Valley Connect, 2012 SmartUp Participant
This program is brought to you in partnership with Rensselaer County Economic Development and Planning. We would also like to thank our media sponsor, the Troy Record.