Events/Workshops

  
  
    

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, October 06, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This workshop will review business planning areas such as financing, selecting a business legal structure, identifying your market, record keeping and identifying risks that can challenge success. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Angela Grant
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, October 06, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Take the first step in starting your business! Engage in important discussions focusing on organizational requirements, licensing for a business, financial assessments, insurance, marketing, loans, defining your customer, location and employee requirements. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Consultant/GA Consultant/PD Coordinator
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Selling a few hand-made items is pretty easy on a very small scale. Trying to ramp this up to a full or part-time, profitable venture on a larger scale is more challenging. We will investigate strategies that may work for this unique business model. We will discuss ideas to fund the growth and concepts that take this from a kitchen table to a commercial venue. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Speaker: Len Eichler, MBA
Fee: $ 20.00
Friday, October 21, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Do you know how to post videos to Facebook? How to make sure you're hitting the target with your social media and internet presence? Learn who is using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and more, and how to be a part of their social circle! Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited.
Speaker: Speaker: Adam McCloskey
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, October 27, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Do you receive 1099s and have to pay an extremely large tax bill every year? If your answer is yes, there is a legal way to change your taxable status and avoid some of the self-employment taxes at 15.3%. Come and learn the legitimate loophole that the government allows for small businesses. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Speaker: Johnny Branch, Consultant/GA Consultant/PD Coordinator
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, November 03, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This workshop will review business planning areas such as financing, selecting a business legal structure, identifying your market, record keeping and identifying risks that can challenge success. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Angela Grant
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, December 01, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This workshop will review business planning areas such as financing, selecting a business legal structure, identifying your market, record keeping and identifying risks that can challenge success. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Angela Grant
Fee: $ 35.00

Business Basics

Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Take the first step in starting your business! Learn the essentials for getting started including: idea evaluation; legal business structures; regulations and licensing; taxation and more. Please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Thawanna Keaton, Manager, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The state of Florida is a world leader in international trade. Exporting companies in Florida experience a resilience to economic fluctuations and attain higher growth rates than those that do not. Thousands of Florida small businesses have expanded into the international marketplace by exporting their goods and services to countries worldwide. In this workshop you will learn about the benefits and basic steps involved in exporting, how to develop an export strategy, and about key resources that can help you along the way to the going global! Pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: Julia Montgomery, International Trade Specialist, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
You've taken the leap to start your own business. You left that comfortable job. Now what? What are the most important things to consider now that you're an entrepreneur? Christine Yerkes will share her do's and don'ts and the decisions she made to have her venture be in the best position to thrive in this ever-changing, competitive market. She'll have you laughing from her mishaps and admiring her courage. Join us for this one-hour, no-cost session to hear what you can do to be in a right path. No fee. Pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: Christine Yerkes, PE, MBA, President of Yerkes South, Inc.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
See how QuickBooks financial software helps you take control of your business finances. Find out which QuickBooks product is right for you before you buy. Cost for the workshop is $50 payable by cash or check at the door. Please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Martha Cobb King, Advanced Certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor, Simple Accounting Solutions
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Find out how to use QuickBooks for complex tasks such as payroll, sales tax, estimating and job-costing. Advanced may be taken after Basics or by itself. Pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: Martha Cobb King, Advanced Certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor, Simple Accounting Solutions
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Take the first step in starting your business! Learn the essentials for getting started including: idea evaluation; legal business structures; regulations and licensing; taxation and more. Free for students, faculty & staff of UWF (bring Nautilus card/student ID). Please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Thawanna Keaton, Manager, SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
You have developed a business name, designed a logo, invented a product, or created a unique service or tool. Now how do you protect it? What steps should you take for obtaining a patent, trademark and copyright? Should you consider an employee agreement or non-disclosure agreement? There are so many things to consider. Let Nevin Shaffer, Patent Attorney, Intellectual Property Law Professor, and Florida Board Certified IP Specialist guide you through the "do's" and "don'ts" when it comes to your business venture. Pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: J. Nevin Shaffer, Jr., Patent Attorney, Intellectual Property Law Professor, and Florida Board Certified IP Specialist
Fee: $ 40.00
Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
A business concept is a bridge between an idea and a business plan. It helps the entrepreneur identify the specifics for a venture. Learn the essentials for developing your business concept and leave with a foundation for moving forward. No fee. Registration is recommended.
Speaker: Dorian Zwierewicz, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Is your small business strapped for cash? How can you closely examine the money being spent for and on your business? Business owner Mike "Butch" Kissick has a decade of ownership experience and has learned many ways to cut corners and save money. From renting to close cash-flow monitoring, let Butch share his stories of how to pinch pennies when it counts the most. No cost for this workshop, but pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: Mikal "Butch" Kissick LCDR, USN (Ret) Owner, Wings Aviation
Thursday, November 03, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Starting Your own business is a dream for many who have worked at dead-end jobs, or at jobs where supervisors were not qualified. We feel your pain! But, before you take off on this journey, let's craft a winning strategy. Your Business Model - the way you make money - is critically important to your success. You want to stand out; you want to reach a profitable market segment, but you don't want to go through a bunch of trial and errors to find that "sweet spot". Developing a Profitable Business Model is a great place to start. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Len Eichler, MBA, Consultant and Growth Acceleration Specialist
Fee: $ 20.00
Friday, November 04, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Every business today is facing competition from across the street and across the world. Why do some businesses stay on top, while others just fade away? Using real-life examples from brands you know, learn the importance of defining who you are, creating a position, and communicating to your customers the value of your business. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Adam McCloskey
Fee: $ 25.00
Monday, November 07, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Wednesday, November 16
During this 4-part workshop series, attendees will learn how to keep records, develop financial statements, asset depreciation schedules, understand tax records and plan for business continuity. Attendance fee for all four sessions (Nov. 7, 9, 14, 16) is $55 for the public and free for students and employees of the University of West Florida who present a Nautilus card. Please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Dan Cavanaugh, Manager, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 55.00
Thursday, November 10, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Do you know how to post videos to Facebook? Are you aware how to make sure you're hitting the target with your social media and internet presence? Learn who is using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and more, and how to be a part of their social circle. Pre-registration is recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: Adam McCloskey
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Take the first step in starting your business! Engage in important discussions focusing on organizational requirements, licensing for a business, financial assessments, insurance, marketing, loans, defining your customer, location and employee requirements. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Speaker: Johnny Branch CPA, MBA, GA Consultant, PD Coordinator
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Take the first step in starting your business! Learn the essentials for getting started including: idea evaluation; legal business structures; regulations and licensing; taxation and more. Free for students, faculty & staff of UWF with Nautilus card and also any Service-connected Disabled Veterans. Please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Thawanna Keaton, Manager, SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 35.00
Friday, November 18, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Learn why peer-to-peer lending is the most rapidly growing segment of small business lending. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Tom Hermanson
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
A business concept is a bridge between an idea and a business plan. It helps the entrepreneur identify the specifics for the venture. Learn the essentials for developing your business concept and leave with a foundation for moving forward. No fee. Pre=Registration is recommended.
Speaker: Dorian Zwierewicz, Business Consultant
Thursday, December 01, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Take the first step in starting your business! Engage in important discussions focusing on organizational requirements, licensing for a business, financial assessments, insurance, marketing, loans, defining your customer, location and employee requirements. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Speaker: Johnny Branch CPA, MBA, GA Consultant, PD Coordinator
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
The end of the year is near and tax season will be here before you know it. Let the representatives from Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon go over the important tax information your business needs to know! From gross taxes to withholding taxes and how to file reports, our speaker will address proper small business agency reporting in this workshop. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Mr. Van P. Geeker, Attorney, Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon Attorneys at Law
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Now that you have started your business, who do you connect with? What are the most important things to do when you first begin? Take some tips from a new entrepreneur, Brooke Johnson. She will share from real-life stories as they are currently unfolding for her. Join us for this 1 hour, no-cost session to hear candid truth from a new business owner. Pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: Brooke Johnson, Managing Partner, Crunch Time Cleaning
Thursday, December 08, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
A business plan is an essential road-map for business success - a very important document to track growth in your business or for obtaining a loan. Learn the basics for creating your business plan. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Larry Strain, SBA Product Specialist, Synovus Government Guaranteed Lending
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Thousands of Florida small businesses have expanded into the international marketplace by exporting their goods and services to countries worldwide. Learn about the benefits and basic steps involved in exporting, how to develop an export strategy, and about key resources that can help you along the way to going global! No fee.
Speaker: Julia Montgomery

Business Accounting and Budget

Thursday, December 08, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
When you buy and sell products, the profit margin is fairly easy to understand. Service Businesses are a bit more complicated - especially when you have employees. Bidding jobs and charging for the actual work can sometimes be a guessing game. Are you making money? Are you making enough on each job or are you leaving money on the table? How do you know? There are ways to make the process a bit less frustrating ans more accurate. This workshop may give you some ideas that will help you make more money. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Len Eichler, MBA, Consultant and Growth Acceleration Specialist
Fee: $ 20.00

Government Contracting

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is for the company that is required to write formal Request for Proposals, Request for Information and other proposals for the Federal Government. It will address what is in the opportunity, what to look for in the RFP or FRQ, what to do and what not to do. Learn where to find opportunities and productive matches from a bid service. Some of the topics covered will include: Getting the bid package; Reviewing the bid; Pricing it out; Writing your proposal; Submitting you bid. No fee for this workshop; pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, FSBDC at UWF Government Contracting Specialist
Tuesday, October 04, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is for businesses who wish to become certified with the federal government. The process can seem daunting, but there is a way to do it without having to pay someone else to do it for you. Learn the steps in the process of becoming certified. Some of the certification programs discussed will include: Small Disadvantaged Business; Pilot Program; R&D Funding Programs; Veteran Owned Business; 8(a) Business Development. No fee for this workshop; pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, FSBDC at UWF Government Contracting Specialist
Monday, October 10, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop will provide you with the basics on what you need to know to prepare for entering the federal government market. You will learn the procurement process, how to register and the basics on how to sell to federal government agencies. This workshop will also cover the requirements for certification of small, disadvantaged, women, veteran and service disabled veteran owned businesses. This class is aimed at business owners who are beginning to think about doing business with the federal government. No fee; pre-registration is recommended for this workshop.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, FSBDC at UWF Government Contracting Specialist
Monday, October 17, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop will provide you with the basics on what you need to know to prepare for entering the federal government market. You will learn the procurement process, how to register and the basics on how to sell to federal government agencies. This workshop will also cover the requirements for certification of small, disadvantaged, women, veteran and service disabled veteran owned businesses. This class is aimed at business owners who are beginning to think about doing business with the federal government. No fee; pre-registration is recommended for this event.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, FSBDC at UWF Government Contracting Specialist
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn how to do business with the ECUA, how to register as a vendor and how to locate bid opportunities. No charge for this workshop, but pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: Emerald Coast Utilities Authority Staff- Sponsored by Laura Subel, Government Contracting Services
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is for businesses who wish to become certified with the Federal Govt. Becoming certified with the govt. is a process that can be daunting, but there is a way to do it without having to spend money on a consultant. Learn all the steps you need to go through in the process of becoming certified. Some of the programs discussed will include: Small Business Set-aside; Pilot Program; R&D Funding Programs; SBA Programs; Veteran Program; SDB/8a Certification. No fee for this workshop; pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, FSBDC at UWF Government Contracting Specialist
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop will discuss how to do business with Gulf Power Company, how to register as a vendor and locate bid opportunities. No fee for this workshop; please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Dan Bates, Contract Agent, Supply Chain Mgt./Purchasing, Gulf Power Company- Sponsored by Laura Subel, Government Contracting Services
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
This workshop will discuss how to do business with Gulf Coast State College. No fee for this workshop; please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Fred Brown, Director of Procurement, Gulf Coast State College, Panama City
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop will discuss details of the Miller Act and when it is included as part of a government (federal, state and local) contract. No charge, but please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Ryan Hatler, Founder of the firm Hatler Law, PLLC
Thursday, November 03, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop will discuss how to register as a vendor, obtain certifications and locale bid opportunities. Pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: Laura Subel, Government Contracting Specialist
Monday, November 07, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is for businesses looking for effective strategies to enter the federal or state government marketplace. The workshop will address how to get to the “right people”, things you need to know before you talk to a potential buyer, who is the contracting officer, the buyer, the end user? This workshop will address marketing aspects you need to know for targeting the government marketplace. No fee for this workshop; pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, FSBDC at UWF Government Contracting Specialist
Monday, November 14, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is for businesses looking for effective strategies to enter the federal or state government marketplace. The workshop will address how to get to the “right people”, things you need to know before you talk to a potential buyer, who is the contracting officer, the buyer, the end user? This workshop will address marketing aspects you need to know for targeting the government marketplace. No fee for this workshop; pre-registration recommended. No fee for this workshop; pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, FSBDC at UWF Government Contracting Specialist
Thursday, November 17, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Workshop will discuss different types of contracts, contacts, policies on visits and website information. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Christopher Wentworth, Small Business Specialist, Hurlburt AFB
Thursday, December 08, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Workshop will discuss different types of contracts, contacts, policies on visits and website information for Eglin AFB. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Cherri Duval, Director of Small Business Office, Eglin AFB
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop will explain the different types of set-asides, when they are used and benefits to businesses. No fee. Pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: Speaker: Laura Subel, Government Contracting Specialist