Events/Workshops

  
  
    

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, June 30, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Do you know what it takes to run a restaurant? Learn some tips for making it a success! Find out which licenses are required and how to obtain them in the correct order, quickly. Discover what the industry standards are that you should use to compare your expense percentages to. Obtain an easy formula for calculating the price of new menu items. Examine how often you should measure benchmark expenses. Instructor/CPA has operated a profitable Panama City restaurant for over thirty years. He is also a mentor for "Chef's" in downtown Panama City. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Consultant/GA Consultant/PD Coordinator
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, August 04, 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, recordkeeping and identifying risks that can challenge success.
Speaker: Angela Grant
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, September 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, recordkeeping and identifying risks that can challenge success.
Speaker: Angela Grant
Fee: $ 35.00

Business Basics

Tuesday, June 28, 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 of his/her proposed venture. Learn the essentials for developing your business concept and leave with a foundation for moving forward. No fee, but pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: Presenter: Dorian Zwierewicz, Growth Business Consultant, FSBDC at UWF
Thursday, July 07, 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
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, July 14, 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. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Speaker: Len Eichler, Consultant and Growth Acceleration Specialist
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, July 21, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Do you need a grant or loan to start or expand your business? Many options are available, but the criteria for each can be confusing. This workshop will give you no-nonsense information you need to start or grow your business. We will cover the process and the paperwork that is needed for each type of application. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Len Eichler, Consultant and Growth Acceleration Specialist
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, July 28, 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.
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, July 28, 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
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
How do you put your small business in the news? Do you need help with writing a press release? Do you need help identifying the various local media outlets to pitch your business news story? Let the marketing experts with the Greater Pensacola Chamber and the Florida SBDC at UWF walk you step by step through the process and offer ideas on how to help your business venture receive media coverage. An option to purchase a media contact listing will be available at the workshop. No fee for this workshop, but please pre-register on the Greater Pensacola Chamber's website using this link: http://web.pensacolachamber.com/events/Seminar-Series-Put-Your-Business-in-the-News-2727/details
Speaker: Rebecca Stauffacher, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Greater Pensacola Chamber and Mandy Fernandez, Marketing and Training Specialist for the Florida SBDC at UWF
Wednesday, August 10, 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 of his/her proposed venture. Learn the essentials for developing your business concept and leave with a foundation for moving forward. No fee, but pre-registration is recommended. Attendance limited to 25.
Speaker: Presenter: Dorian Zwierewicz, Growth Business Consultant, FSBDC at UWF
Thursday, August 11, 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
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
A business plan is an essential road-map for business success. Learn the basics for creating your business plan. Very important document to track growth in your business or for obtaining a loan. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Larry Strain, SBA Product Specialist, SYNOVUS | Government Guaranteed Lending
Fee: $ 40.00
Thursday, August 18, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn the benefits of exporting; basic steps to exporting; how to develop an export strategy; and key resources for international sales. No fee, but please pre-register.
Speaker: Julia Montgomery, International Trade Specialist, FSBDC at UWF
Thursday, August 18, 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, August 23, 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.
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, August 25, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
In the next five years, because of excessive Baby Boomers retiring, there will be a glut of businesses for sale all competing for a limited number of buyers in an environment of more restrictive financing and economic uncertainties. The excess supply of small businesses entering the "For Sale" market will drive prices down and make it much more difficult for owners to successfully leave their businesses and meet their financial goals. With a little planning now, you can actually increase the value of your business - maybe significantly! You will be able to increase the number of real opportunities to exit your business and possibly gain thousands of dollars more in additional "cash-to-the-seller". No fee, but pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Consultant/GA Consultant/PD Coordinator
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Commercial leases can be overwhelming! They can be lengthy, full of confusing language and written to ultimately favor the landlord. Learn tips to move it back to the tenant's favor. There is no fee for this workshop, but please pre-register as seating is limited. Feel free to bring your lunch and eat during the presentation.
Speaker: Presenter: Carl Quesinberry, Growth Consultant, FSBDC at UWF
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Friday, September 09
Estimating future financial predictions for your business may seem like a daunting task. You will need these start-up projections to build and grow your business. Established businesses need them to expand and develop into new areas. Let Dan Cavanaugh take the guesswork out of 'predicting the future' by implementing a step-by-step approach to calculating your financial framework. The second day of the workshop asks you to consider exactly how you will fund your business. There are actually several options you may want to consider. Join us to discuss six of these options and decide which one (or more) may be right for you. Fee: $60 for this 2 day workshop. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Dan Cavanaugh, Manager, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 60.00
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Learn how to get your business on the map with Google My Business. We will also cover mobile website design that makes sure you are showing up in Google searches, plus give an overview of other Google services such as AdWords and Analytics. No fee, but please pre-register.
Speaker: Adam McCloskey
Monday, September 12, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Wednesday, September 21
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 (Sept. 12, 14, 19 & 21) 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
Tuesday, September 13, 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 of his/her proposed venture. Learn the essentials for developing your business concept and leave with a foundation for moving forward. No fee, but pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: Presenter: Dorian Zwierewicz, Growth Business Consultant, FSBDC at UWF

Financing

Friday, July 15, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn why peer-to-peer lending is the most rapidly growing segment of small business lending.
Speaker: Tom Hermanson
Fee: $ 25.00

Managing a Business

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Is your business model generating profit or has the market shifted and your existing model is no longer working? The session will cover the 9 building blocks of your business model including: Customer Segments, Value Propositions, Channels, Customer Relationships, Revenue Streams, Key Resources, Key Activities, Key Partnerships and Cost Structure. If you registered for the special Boot Camp this workshop is automatically included.
Speaker: Sharon Triplett
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Understand building business wealth through the process of understanding and managing by financial statements. Learn critical indicators of downturns and additional profit potential in your company's income statement and balance sheet to more effectively run your business and create wealth for your future.
Speaker: Sharon Triplett
Fee: $ 20.00

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, July 06, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Learn how to get your business on the map with Google My Business. We'll also cover mobile website design that makes sure you're showing up in Google searches, and give an overview of other Google services such as AdWords and Analytics.
Speaker: Adam McCloskey
Friday, August 26, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
"Do you guys 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.
Speaker: Adam McCloskey
Fee: $ 25.00

Government Contracting

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you a company that is interested in getting more of your share out of the federal market? This workshop will provide you access to the procurement process that any company will need to offer their goods and services. We will go over the process and the 10 steps you will need to follow to become successful in marketing to the federal government. This workshop is for small to mid-sized businesses , new or established. Find out all the bid opportunities which may be available for your business; determine suitability and eligibility for contracting and securing various certifications; how to prepare bid proposals; and more. No fee, but pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, Government Services Specialist
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Find out how to do business with the City of Pensacola: how to register as a vendor, find bid opportunities. Plus get information about the new initiative to have more minority and woman-owned businesses submit bids. There is no cost for this workshop, however, pre-registration is recommended. Please register online or call us at 474-2528
Speaker: Presenter: Hosea Goodwyn, City of Pensacola Assistant Purchasing Manager
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you a company that is interested in getting more of your share out of the federal market? This workshop will provide you access to the procurement process that any company will need to offer their goods and services. We will go over the process and the 10 steps you will need to follow to become successful in marketing to the federal government. This workshop is for small to mid-sized businesses , new or established. Find out all the bid opportunities which may be available for your business; determine suitability and eligibility for contracting and securing various certifications; how to prepare bid proposals; and more. No fee, but pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, Government Services Specialist
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn how to do business with Escambia County, how to register as a vendor and how to locate bid opportunities. No fee for this workshop. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Claudia Simmons, Manager, Office of Purchasing, Escambia County Board of County Commissioners
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you a company that is interested in getting more of your share out of the federal market? This workshop will provide you access to the procurement process that any company will need to offer their goods and services. We will go over the process and the 10 steps you will need to follow to become successful in marketing to the federal government. This workshop is for small to mid-sized businesses , new or established. Find out all the bid opportunities which may be available for your business; determine suitability and eligibility for contracting and securing various certifications; how to prepare bid proposals; and more. No fee, but pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, Government Services Specialist
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Presenter will discuss how to do business with the National Park Service. No fee for this workshop. Please pre-register.
Speaker: E. Andre Ward, NPS Contracting Officer, W. Major Acquisition Buying
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you a company that is interested in getting more of your share out of the federal market? This workshop will provide you access to the procurement process that any company will need to offer their goods and services. We will go over the process and the 10 steps you will need to follow to become successful in marketing to the federal government. This workshop is for small to mid-sized businesses , new or established. Find out all the bid opportunities which may be available for your business; determine suitability and eligibility for contracting and securing various certifications; how to prepare bid proposals; and more. No fee, but pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, Government Services Specialist
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The presenter will discuss how to do business with Santa Rosa County Purchasing. No fee. Pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: David King, Santa Rosa County Procurement Officer
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you a company that is interested in getting more of your share out of the federal market? This workshop will provide you access to the procurement process that any company will need to offer their goods and services. We will go over the process and the 10 steps you will need to follow to become successful in marketing to the federal government. This workshop is for small to mid-sized businesses , new or established. Find out all the bid opportunities which may be available for your business; determine suitability and eligibility for contracting and securing various certifications; how to prepare bid proposals; and more. No fee, but pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, Government Services Specialist
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Discusses how Gulf Power conducts business with vendors. No fee for this workshop, but please pre-register.
Speaker: Dan Bates, Contract Agent, Supply Chain Mgt./Purchasing, Gulf Power
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop will discuss three recent revisions to SBA Regulations for small businesses. Revisions are 1) Limitations on Subcontracting by Small Business Concerns; 2) Rebuttable Presumption of Affiliation; 3) Recertification Following a Merger or Acquisition.
Speaker: Tom Rogers, SBA, PCR, Area III
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn how to do business with the University of West Florida. No fee for this workshop. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Angie Jones, UWF Procurement Director