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Lakeville, CT - March 15, 2012

Starting your own business can be an exciting and rewarding experience that offers numerous advantages, such as the ability to be your own boss, set your own schedule and make a living doing something you enjoy. However, becoming a successful entrepreneur requires sound planning, creativity and hard work. It also involves taking risks. To begin evaluating whether or not owning a business is right for you, Salisbury Bank has partnered with the Berkshire Regional Office of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, to offer a free workshop series, An Introduction to Starting and Operating a New Business.

The first workshop, “So You Want to Start a Business?” will be held March 28, 2012, at Salisbury Bank’s Sheffield Branch, 640 North Main Street, Sheffield, MA. Designed for individuals exploring small business ownership, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to look at the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. By examining the pros and cons of owning a business, participants will gain a realistic understanding of the demands, challenges, and skills necessary for success

The second workshop, “Writing a Business Plan: Your Company’s Roadmap” will also be held a Salisbury Bank’s Sheffield Branch on April 4, 2012. This workshop focuses identifying important issues vital to developing a business plan. A well-prepared plan can be an effective tool used to communicate your venture. Important topics will include: marketing and sales, preparing financial statements, staffing and facilities, selecting a solid management team, how to conduct a market analysis, and preparing a budget.

Space is limited so register early at

Salisbury Bank is a full-service community bank headquartered in Lakeville, Connecticut and presently operates full service branches in Canaan, Lakeville, Salisbury and Sharon, Connecticut, Sheffield and South Egremont Massachusetts as well as Dover Plains and Millerton, New York. The Bank has been serving families and businesses for more than 160 years and offers a full range of consumer and business banking products and services as well as trust and investment services.

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