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Some Wine Will Do the Trick

wine bottleIt takes more than grapes to open a winery — it takes business savvy.

Rick Black, owner of Wildcat Creek Winery in Lafayette, got a leg up on other small businesses when he began utilizing the resources provided by Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

SBDC, supported by the Purdue Center for Regional Development, assists business growth by aiding in the development of business plans and providing information about accounting, business insurance and general legal issues. They offer one-day classes, as well as an Entrepreneurship Academy focused on the details of business startup and operations.

"The classes removed the fear of the unknown for me, lighting the path that I would eventually travel," Black says.

Prior to his winery, Black had never owned a business. "Starting your own business is pretty scary, unless you have someone on your team who has been down that road before," he says. "From idea to implementation, our SBDC director, Susan Davis, was there to help us."

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