Events/Workshops

  
  
    

March

Monday, March 27, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Participants will expand their knowledge about business finances and what financiers and banks are looking for when it comes to extending business loans. This workshop is for new or established businesses and designed for the business owner or accounting staff. This seminar is sponsored by The Fort Myers Regional Library.
Speaker: Suzanne Specht, MBA and Lisa Portnoy, Bank United

April

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Who is thinking of you today? People want refer you to and they forget. Make sure they keep you in mind by staying in front them as much as possible, without being bothersome. LinkedIn can help you - it is the number #1 social site for business. Deepen established relationships, create new one’s, generate leads, & learn the best ways to build your business via social connections during this seminar.
Speaker: Theresa Ayers, Social Media Specialist and FSBDC Consultant
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, April 06, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
This workshop is ideal for the business owner taking the next big step to grow their businesses. LEARN TRIED AND TRUE STRATEGIES FOR: MARKET AND PRODUCT EXPANSION DIVERSIFICATION ACQUISITION We will explore how to accelerate growth in your company and help you take your business to the next level. We will cover industry research, key factors, driving purchase of your goods and services, marketing, financial monitoring, and structuring of your business. Learn how to set goals, define changes needed to meet goals, and prioritize business activities to grow your company and create a better bottom line.
Fee: $ 35.00
Friday, April 07, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Part 1 Introduction to Contracting with the Federal Government. An overview of the process such as Methods of Procurement, Types of Contacts and Social Economic Interests. Part 2 Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). An overview on Objectives, Chapters, Parts and Forms.
Speaker: Dan Telep, FSBDC PTAC Consultant
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Risk Management for your Business – A discussion of the risks your business faces and how you should prepare
Speaker: Consultant, Duane Hoversten
Thursday, April 13, 2017 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Business Basics
Risk Management for your Business – A discussion of the risks your business faces and how you should prepare
Speaker: Consultant, Duane Hoversten
Friday, April 14, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Part 3 Reading Solicitations. An overview of What the Government wants? How they communicate? The solicitations, Format and Amendments. Part 4 Successful Proposal Writing. An overview on Submitting a successful proposal, The Process, Lets Go for It and Wining contracts.
Speaker: Dan Telep, FSBDC PTAC Consultant
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Why you and not them? Why them and not you? This session focuses on a modernized marketing tactics for developing a compelling offering with a competitive advantage. Amanda Stirn, FSBDC Consultant and Marketing Director will present exploring the creation of instant clarity headlines and tips on breaking down competitive and unfair advantages, to strengthen your marketing approach. A light lunch and refreshments are provided by both the FSBDC and SW Florida Enterprise Center.
Speaker: Amanda Stirn, FSBDC@FGCU Marketing Director
Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
THIS WILL BE A WALK IN QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION WITH NO PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. WE WILL TALK ABOUT ISSUES YOU MAY BE FACING DURING YOUR FIRST YEAR IN BUSINESS.
Speaker: Consultant, Duane Hoversten
Friday, April 21, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Part 5 Subcontracting Opportunities. An overview on Opportunities, Government’s Role, Prime Contractor’s Role and Payments. Part 6 Pricing your Product or Service. An overview of Pricing, Profit, Cost Realism and Best Value.
Speaker: Dan Telep, FSBDC PTAC Consultant
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Business owners gather to chat and discuss business issues and network. Program is no cost and a light lunch is provided. Program is formatted for aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners.

May

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Join us as we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit. The 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards Dinner will be hosted at SW Florida Performing Arts Center in Bonita Springs this year. We will announce the Distinguished Entrepreneur, Distinguished Innovator, and Business Advocate of the Year. This is a must attend business event with networking, fine dining, and a celebration of small business in SW Florida.
Fee: $ 75.00
Friday, May 12, 2017 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Financing
Learn tried and true strategies for: market and product expansion, diversification, acquisition & more. We’ll cover industry research, key factors, driving purchase of your goods and services, marketing, financial monitoring, & structuring of your business. Learn how to set goals, define changes needed to meet goals, and prioritize business activities to grow your company and create a better bottom line.
Monday, May 22, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Participants will expand their knowledge about doing business with local, state, and federal government agencies. Find out how to get started in government contracting today.
Speaker: Dan Telep Jr., Government Contracting Specialist
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Business owners gather to chat and discuss business issues and network. Program is no cost and a light lunch is provided. Program is formatted for aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners.

June

Tuesday, June 06, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Join us at The News-Press in downtown Fort Myers to learn how to engage LIVE with your Facebook friends -- and best practices for creating smart and thoughtful Facebook Live videos to enhance your brand. In addition to hands-on learning from this class, attendees will receive tools and tips on how to convert Facebook Live to build your brand and convert followers to customers. This is a must go to event to discover how to expand you marketing outreach and create value for you customers and potential customers.
Speaker: Cory O'Donnell Andrea Melendez Shelby Reynolds Ashley Collins
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Disaster Mitigation
Preparing and Recovering from a Cyber-Attack is more than just technology; everything in your business is as risk. Did You Know: •43% of all attacks worldwide were targeted at small businesses with less than 250 employees; that's up from 34% in 2014? •79% of small businesses do not have a cyber-attack response plan even though 83%have been the victim of a cyber-attack? •$20k is the average cost of a cyber-attack on a small business? Marc Farron, consultant with the Florida SBDC will provide you with essential information to help get your business prepared against a cyber-attack and things to do should your company be compromised. A light lunch and refreshments are provided by both the FSBDC and SW Florida Enterprise Center.
Speaker: Marc Farron, FSBDC Consultant
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Business owners gather to chat and discuss business issues and network. Program is no cost and a light lunch is provided. Program is formatted for aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners.

July

Friday, July 07, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Part 1 Introduction to Contracting with the Federal Government. An overview of the process such as Methods of Procurement, Types of Contacts and Social Economic Interests. Part 2 Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). An overview on Objectives, Chapters, Parts and Forms.
Speaker: Dan Telep, FSBDC PTAC Consultant
Friday, July 14, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Part 3 Reading Solicitations. An overview of What the Government wants? How they communicate? The solicitations, Format and Amendments. Part 4 Successful Proposal Writing. An overview on Submitting a successful proposal, The Process, Lets Go for It and Wining contracts.
Speaker: Dan Telep, FSBDC PTAC Consultant
Friday, July 21, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Part 5 Subcontracting Opportunities. An overview on Opportunities, Government’s Role, Prime Contractor’s Role and Payments. Part 6 Pricing your Product or Service. An overview of Pricing, Profit, Cost Realism and Best Value.
Speaker: Dan Telep, FSBDC PTAC Consultant
Monday, July 24, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
During this session you will learn new approaches to tackling the daunting task of several aspects of marketing mix. This includes instant clarity headlines, compelling offering, value statement, knowing competitive risks and how to mitigate, marketing budgets, and how to put the pieces of the marketing puzzle together to get your business SEEN and HEARD.
Speaker: Amanda Stirn, Certified Marketing Strategist
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Business owners gather to chat and discuss business issues and network. Program is no cost and a light lunch is provided. Program is formatted for aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners.

August

Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
This workshop is ideal for the business owner taking the next big step to grow their businesses. LEARN TRIED AND TRUE STRATEGIES FOR: MARKET AND PRODUCT EXPANSION DIVERSIFICATION ACQUISITION We will explore how to accelerate growth in your company and help you take your business to the next level. We will cover industry research, key factors, driving purchase of your goods and services, marketing, financial monitoring, and structuring of your business. Learn how to set goals, define changes needed to meet goals, and prioritize business activities to grow your company and create a better bottom line.
Speaker: Cathy Haworth/Amanda Stirn
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Business owners gather to chat and discuss business issues and network. Program is no cost and a light lunch is provided. Program is formatted for aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners.

September

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
This workshop is ideal for the business owner taking the next big step to grow their businesses. LEARN TRIED AND TRUE STRATEGIES FOR: MARKET AND PRODUCT EXPANSION DIVERSIFICATION ACQUISITION We will explore how to accelerate growth in your company and help you take your business to the next level. We will cover industry research, key factors, driving purchase of your goods and services, marketing, financial monitoring, and structuring of your business. Learn how to set goals, define changes needed to meet goals, and prioritize business activities to grow your company and create a better bottom line.
Fee: $ 35.00
Monday, September 25, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Get a hands on understanding of just how your financial statements work. Learn how to use financial tools to help you manage your business. Stay on top of expenses and income. Walk away with some practical tools to help you understand how to financially manage your company. During this workshop attendees will learn the basics about profit and loss, balance sheets, forecasting, and cash flows.
Speaker: Karen Mosteller, CPA and Suzanne Specht, MBA
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Business owners gather to chat and discuss business issues and network. Program is no cost and a light lunch is provided. Program is formatted for aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners.

October

Friday, October 06, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Part 1 Introduction to Contracting with the Federal Government. An overview of the process such as Methods of Procurement, Types of Contacts and Social Economic Interests. Part 2 Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). An overview on Objectives, Chapters, Parts and Forms.
Speaker: Dan Telep, FSBDC PTAC Consultant
Friday, October 13, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Part 3 Reading Solicitations. An overview of What the Government wants? How they communicate? The solicitations, Format and Amendments. Part 4 Successful Proposal Writing. An overview on Submitting a successful proposal, The Process, Lets Go for It and Wining contracts.
Speaker: Dan Telep, FSBDC PTAC Consultant
Friday, October 20, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Part 5 Subcontracting Opportunities. An overview on Opportunities, Government’s Role, Prime Contractor’s Role and Payments. Part 6 Pricing your Product or Service. An overview of Pricing, Profit, Cost Realism and Best Value.
Speaker: Dan Telep, FSBDC PTAC Consultant
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Business owners gather to chat and discuss business issues and network. Program is no cost and a light lunch is provided. Program is formatted for aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners.

November

Monday, November 20, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Considering doing business with Lee County? This workshop is for you. You will receive information on opportunities and gain an understanding of the process of how to do business with Lee County.