Starting a business can be a scary proposition, especially for those people who aren't quite sure they have the knowledge or the ability to take the leap.
The decision can be made a little easier, however, if the prospective entrepreneur has the opportunity to talk with people who have successfully started their own businesses.
That's the concept behind Project Bootstraps, which will begin its third season Wednesday night.
Presented by the nationally recognized Students in Free Enterprise chapter at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Bootstraps is designed to inspire area residents to follow their dreams and open their own business. According to Thomas Kelly, the SIFE adviser, the seminars offer proof that you can make it in business in Steubenville and the Tri-State Area.
The panel for Wednesday's discussion, which will begin at 7 p.m in the St. Joseph Center seminar room on the university's campus, will include Bob Chapman of Choice Brands of Ohio, Tracy McManamon of One Source Benefits, Arieh Ordronneau of Anytime Fitness, Nino Scaffidi of Scaffidi's Pasta, Phillip Rook of Professional Lawn and Landscape and Rob Runkel of Rehab Plus.
Those six panelists will bring a wide variety of experience to the room. Their businesses come in all sizes, from just a few workers to several hundred employees. They are willing to share what they have learned, detail their successes and failures and explain what it has taken for their firms to reach where they are today.
Remember, that information is being offered at no charge.
Joining with SIFE to sponsor Bootstraps are the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Progress Alliance, the Community Foundation of Jefferson County, the Herald-Star and Valley Ventures Inc.
We hope everyone who is considering starting his or her own business will take advantage of the opportunity to hear people who have been successful in their own businesses and be a part of Project Bootstraps.