A seminar “Build your business from scratch: the basics of business” was held on 21 – 22 November 2016. The event took place in the town of Lida. The Department of labor, employment and social protection of the Lida district Executive Committee was the co-organizer of the seminar. The residents of Lida showed themselves to be surprisingly active! There were more people wanting to participate in the seminar than we expected. There were also many successful entrepreneurs who responded to our invitation to share experiences.
As usual, the seminar opened with a meeting. Then the chief specialist of the section of employment assistance of the Department of labor employment and social protection of the Lida district Executive Committee Victor Mulyarchik familiarized the participants with the state program of support of self-employment and the opportunity to receive grants to start their own business.
Then our regular speaker and motivator Alexander Makhortov shared his business experience and “life-hacks” for beginners. Every time Alexander talks about his company, he mentions new useful facts and cases from his own experience. And he always has many questions from the audience to answer.
A businessman from Lida Andrey Gurin spoke about the peculiarities of running business in Lida. Andrew has a tiles and sanitary ware store. The businessman told about the specifics of working with customers and partners and about how to maintain demand responding to the market changes.
The day continued with a study of the legal aspects of non-commercial activities. The lawyer of the Center “Uzel” Alesya Umirzokova spoke about crafts, rural tourism and private farming.
The second day was full of many interesting meetings. Our guest was a public figure, the chairman of Lida Association of invalids, Alexander Avdevich. Public initiatives in the sphere of entrepreneurial activities for people with disabilities were the main theme of his speech. He also talked about motivation and dreams in business.
Our next guest was a businessman from Berezovka Artem Najden. The young man has his clothing store. He told the participants of the seminar about the diversify of goods and the system of bonuses and discounts, about the role of courteous staff and high quality products. Artem shared his plans for the near future: he wants to open a shop in Lida.
Well, then, according to the event schedule, the lawyer of the Center “Uzel” spoke about the single tax and individual entrepreneurship, choosing areas for business, fundamentals of marketing and promotion of goods and services in social networks.
In general, we spent the two days in the regime of hard work. But we really did a good job. According to the analysis of the survey, which was held among the participants, the workshop was highly useful. We thank all the speakers and listeners. The seminar was productive and interesting!