One of the best ways to prepare for starting your own business is to understand how similar businesses operate. Sometimes they'll be your direct competitors, but often your best resource. It’s both easy and practical to learn what they’re doing by talking openly with the owners and managers of those businesses. Beyond that, there is an enormous amount of free information available online about competitors from business websites, trade associations, and government records.
In this free workshop, you’ll learn how to find owners and managers who will be happy to talk with you, and what to ask them. A reference librarian will tell you how to get started using online sources and we'll review how you can use what you learn when you start your own business.
This workshop is co-sponsored by SCORE Boston and the Harvard Ed Portal. It will be presented by SCORE mentors, Mike Sandman and Karen Vagts.