AMARILLO–Wondering how to do well in a home-based business? Then you should attend the conference, “Success at Home: How To Prosper In A Home- Based Business,” planned here on Aug. 19 at the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Blvd. West.
This fourth annual how-to’ event is designed to help the small and home-based entrepreneur achieve success in business. Real world experiences and tested ideas from the home front’ will be offered by four area small- and home-based business operators for those already in business or wanting to start one.
The conference will begin with a sign-in registration at 8:30 a.m and adjourn by 5 p.m. Registration is $40. Reservations are encouraged, and the fee includes all conference materials, refreshments, lunch and the closing Taste of Texas reception at 4:30 p.m.
The first 50 to register will receive an autographed copy of Don Taylor’s books: “Solid Gold Success Strategies for Your Business” and “Up Against the Wal-Marts.”
Dr. Taylor is a nationally recognized small business development and marketing expert who’s syndicated column “Minding Your Own Business” appears is newspapers across the country. He is the director of the West Texas A&M University Small Business Development Center.
The keynote speaker will be Bob “Tumbleweed Smith,” Lewis, a successful home-based business owner whose syndicated radio show, “The Sound of Texas,” is carried by stations throughout the region. He also writes a weekly newspaper column and speaks across the Southwest.
Tumbleweed Smith’s presentation will feature “Texas Stories” and include many of his own experiences on how to be successful in a home- based environment. His wife, Susan Lewis, will offer her unique perspective of their business partnership in a segment entitled “The Other Side of the Desk.”
Don Taylor will open the morning segment with a discussion of the “Ten Commandments for Being Home-Based.” He will cover selecting and evaluating ideas, creating a plan, finding money, record keeping, tax requirements, marketing, promotion and pricing.
Dr. Greg Clary, an economist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service from Overton, will address the potential of “The Virtual Office.” He will discuss the basics of setting up an effective and efficient office at home. Clary’s talk will focus on the use of computers, internet access, and the potential of creating virtual storefronts on the World Wide Web as a means to market products and services globally.
Pamela Brown, assistant professor and Extension Service consumer science specialist at Texas A&M’s Lubbock Center, will present ways to create a powerful and professional image in the segment, “You Are What Your Customers See and Hear.”
Brown’s career includes faculty positions in Texas Tech University’s merchandizing, environmental design and consumer economics department. She holds a doctorate degree from Iowa State University’s Department of textiles and clothing, with a second specialty in technology and social change.
Four, high-volume, very profitable, home-based business owners will share their secrets to success in an Experts Power Panel segment. A Taste of Texas Reception will feature hors d’oeuvres and product samples provided by local home-based companies.
The event is being sponsored by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Potter and Randall Counties, in cooperation with Southwestern Public Service Company, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas Department of Agriculture, and West Texas A&M University Small Business Development Center.
To register, call the Potter County Extension Service Office at (806) 373-0713 or your local County Extension Office.