Eight weeks of free Saturday mornings and $35 are all you need to enroll in the York Business Academy.

Twice a year, York City and York College collaborate to host the eight-week program for businesspeople and budding entrepreneurs who want to know more about opening a business in York County.

No previous business experience or knowledge is required. Anyone who lives in York County is welcome to sign up.

But seats in the class are going fast.

Of 15 available slots, only five are still open, Tonya Thompson-Morgan, who works in the city's community and economic development department, said Tuesday.

The ultimate goal of the program, which has been around more than a decade, is to attract new businesses to York City.

York College graduate students, professors and other business professionals teach the classes.

The latest installment of the York Business Academy will kick off Saturday, Feb. 8, and continue each Saturday for eight weeks. The classes will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the J.D. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship, 410 Kings Mill Road.

A second 2014 academy is tentatively scheduled for late September, Thompson-Morgan said.

The $35 enrollment fee will be refunded to participants who attend a majority of the sessions.

To register, contact Thompson-Morgan at (717) 843-4948 or visit City Hall, 101 S. George St.

-- Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.