BIG RAPIDS — Becoming an entrepreneur can be an exhilarating, scary thought. Concerns, such as, “I’m a too old to get started now” or “I have zero start-up money” run through the minds of those who dream of building their own business around something their passion.

“These thoughts shouldn’t hinder one from learning more about becoming an entrepreneur,” said Ron Steiner, Entrepreneurship Development Educator of Michigan State University Extension in Hart. “If you have a passion about something, but you don’t know how to get started, I can help you.”

Steiner will lead a “Launching Your Entrepreneurial Future” workshop for Mecosta and Osceola county residents looking to go into business for themselves. The goal of the seminar — which is being offered at no cost through Michigan Works! West Central and its sponsors — is to teach local business people about the entrepreneurial process and how to identify the “dreams and monsters under the bed” associated with building your own business. The workshop also will enable attendees to see if they have what it takes to build a successful business.

The workshop’s date and time will be determined based on the number of people who sign-up and where they live. Michelle Herron, business services director at Michigan Works! West Central, hopes to hold the workshop in mid-November.

“We’re trying to generate interest in the workshop,” Herron said. “Based on where those folks are from, we’ll pick a date and time that’s convenient for them.”

Steiner, a retired businessman and entrepreneur, is certified through the Kauffmann Foundation to teach introductory workshops designed to give budding entrepreneurs the mindset to see the challenges and problems of entrepreneurship and turn them into change and innovation.

“We are very excited to have Ron’s expertise come to Mecosta and Osceola counties to help those who may be interested in starting their own business,” Herron said. “This workshop is designed for anyone in the community who has an idea, an invention or a service to offer people and would like to turn their passion into a full-time job. ... It’s also open to people who already have an established business and are looking to take their business to the next level.”

The Big Rapids Downtown Business Association, Eagle Village, Evart Downtown Development Authority, Evart Local Development Finance Authority, Ferris State University Career Services, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Hope Network, Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce, Mecosta County Development Corporation, Mecosta Osceola Career Center, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, Michigan State University Extension and the Workforce Development Agency-Veterans Service Division are partnering with Michigan Works! to provide this initiative.

Those interested in attending the free workshop can contact Herron at (231) 660-0253.