Workshops > Is It For You: Starting Your Own Business?

Workshop Description and Goals


Attend the five-day Is It For You: Starting Your Own Business workshop on June 8-12, 2015 at a cost of $500, at RIT/NTID in Rochester, NY. The workshop will be held daily from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.


This workshop provides participants with an introduction to starting, organizing and managing their own business. The primary focus of this workshop is to provide the necessary skills and tools to develop an effective business plan.



  • Starting the process of building your business

  • Business plan components:
  • Description of the business
  • Marketing analysis and assessment
  • Operations initiatives
  • Management & organization
  • Financial statements and analysis
  • Executive summary
  • Miscellaneous considerations
  • Putting the plan to work




This workshop is designed for individuals who are considering starting their own business. Participants who attend this workshop should have an idea of their product or service that they intend to sell. A background in business is helpful but not required.

CEUs: 3.0



Instructor: Mark J. Pfuntner



photo of Mark Pfunter


Mark J. Pfuntner is an Associate Professor and has been an NTID faculty member for more than fourteen years. He has an MBA degree from RIT and has taught courses World of Business & Innovation, Small Business Organizations, Management, Principles of Marketing, and Business Software Applications. He has been involved in offering series of workshops to the deaf community focusing on owning a small business for potential entrepreneurs and NTID’s President Roundtable on Deaf Entrepreneurship.


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