Events/Workshops

  
  
    
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 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, May 14, 2015 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 cost, but pre-registration is recommended. Attendance limited to 25.
Speaker: Presenter: Dorian Zwierewicz, Growth Business Consultant, FSBDC at UWF

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 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. No charge for this workshop because it is part of the Century Business Challenge competition. It is also open to the general public at no charge if seating is available. Please pre-register. For information about the Business Challenge, visit the website: http://centurybusinesschallenge.com/application.htm
Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
A business plan is an essential road-map for business success. Learn the basics for writing your business plan. Pre-register as space is limited.
Speaker: Len Eichler, MBA
Fee: $ 30.00
Friday, April 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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. (2.5 hours)
Speaker: Speaker: Johnny Branch CPA, MBA
Friday, April 10, 2015 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, April 23, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:30 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. (2.5 hours)
Speaker: Speaker: Johnny Branch CPA, MBA
Thursday, May 07, 2015 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
Friday, May 08, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Tell Your Story- Learn how to use the Free SBA Business Planning tool to write your business plan narrative. What to say and how to support your plan with facts and research.
Speaker: Tom Hermanson
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, May 08, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Developing Financial Projection. Learn what goes into the financial plan, how to explain the numbers, and how to forecast your profit.
Speaker: Thomas Hermanson
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, May 21, 2015 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. (2.5 hours)
Speaker: Speaker: Johnny Branch CPA, MBA
Thursday, June 04, 2015 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

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A business plan is an essential road-map for business success. Learn the basics for creating your business plan. No charge for this workshop because it is part of the Century Business Challenge competition. It is also open to the general public at no charge if seating is available. Please pre-register. Visit website for more information: http://centurybusinesschallenge.com/application.htm
Speaker: Larry Strain, VP, United Bank
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Learn the differences in these three types of agreements and why they should be used to protect your business. There is no cost for this workshop. Please pre-register as seating is limited. Feel free to bring your lunch and eat during the presentation.
Speaker: Speaker: Carl Quesinberry, Consultant FSBDC at UWF
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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. No fee for this workshop. Feel free to bring your lunch. Please pre-register as space is limited.

Financing

Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Crowdfunding sites did over $5 Billion in transactions last year. Currently crowdfunding allows peer-to-peer loans, future purchase transactions, and outright donations. The number of options increases daily. The SEC is reviewing options to allow equity investments from anyone, not just qualified investors. Learn more about crowdfunding and possible ways you can use crowdfunding to raise money for your project.
Speaker: Mr. Eichler has over 20 years of experience in assisting businesses with business planning, financial projections and marketing. He has worked in retail, wholesale and manufacturing as owner, manager and as sales director. He has an MBA from the University of South Dakota.
Fee: $ 30.00
Friday, May 22, 2015 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: $ 20.00

Managing a Business

Friday, May 15, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the world, because everyone is a target. Get an understanding on elements of identity theft, and how serious identity theft is for your business. Get guidelines for your business and writing an identity theft policy.
Speaker: Bob Hollingshead

Managing Employees

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This training will provide an overview of the many aspects of human resources management. During this session, we will provide training on the following topics: Fair Labor Standards Act, effective recruiting, effective hiring, drug testing, employee motivation, costs of employee turnover, and effective communication. Part of the “Amplify Your Business Through Fundamentals” training series sponsored by the Town of Century and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; there is no charge for attendance. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Kelly Massey, Director, FSBDC at UWF

Business Accounting and Budget

Thursday, April 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
During this workshop, attendees will learn how to use market research and data to help them prepare believable financial projections to start or grow their business. Market research and financial projections are a very important part of a business plan as it shows a lending institution how your business should perform financially. Attendees are asked to bring a calculator. No charge for this workshop because it is part of the Century Business Challenge competition. It is also open to the general public at no charge if seating is available. Please pre-register. Visit website for more information: http://centurybusinesschallenge.com/application.htm
Speaker: Dan Cavanaugh, Manager, FSBDC at UWF
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Thursday, April 30
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 is $55 for the public and free for students and employees of the University of West Florida who present a Nautilus card.
Fee: $ 55.00
Friday, May 15, 2015 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, LLC
Fee: $ 50.00
Friday, May 15, 2015 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. Please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Martha Cobb King, Advanced Certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor, Simple Accounting Solutions
Fee: $ 50.00
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 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. Training covers the basics of bookkeeping with the software.
Speaker: Carr, Riggs, and Ingram, LLC. Adam Dieterich
Fee: $ 50.00

Cash Flow Management

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 1 sessions ending Thursday, May 14
Learn how to create and use profit and loss statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements to manage a small business. Part of the “Amplify Your Business Through Fundamentals” training series sponsored by the Town of Century and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; there is no charge for attendance. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Dan Cavanaugh, Manager, FSBDC at UWF
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 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

Tax Planning

Thursday, April 02, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Are you considered self-employed? Do you receive 1099 MISCs? Have you registered as an LLC in Florida? If you answered "YES" to any of these questions then there is a legal way to limit your self-employment taxes.
Speaker: Johnny Branch CPA, MBA
Fee: $ 40.00
Thursday, April 16, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
How to determine if your workers are sub-contractors or really employees. Who makes the final decision? What are the potential consequences of incorrectly reporting employees wages as sub-contract labor?
Speaker: Johnny Branch CPA, MBA
Fee: $ 15.00

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Discover the power of having a social media strategy. Learn to implement new marketing techniques, unlock the secret of the top social media sites and establish your business online presence. Focus your marketing efforts with search engine optimization, monitor website effectiveness, make your website-mobile friendly for free, connect with your customers and revitalize your image.
Speaker: Honey Nixon
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn practical, cost-effective strategies for marketing your small business. Not sure where to begin with social media or why you should bother? Businesses of all sizes are using online tools like Facebook, Twitter and Constant Contact to connect with customers. Let us show you low-cost ways social media can bolster your current marketing efforts and you will leave with your own social media marketing plan. Learn which social media are a good fit for you, where your target customers are looking online, and what it could mean for your business if your are not involved in social networking. Part of the “Amplify Your Business Through Fundamentals” training series sponsored by the Town of Century and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; there is no charge for attendance. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Kelly Massey, Director, FSBDC at UWF
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Successful businesses and salespeople are built on generating referrals. Learn some tried-and-true ways to start the referral pipeline going for you and your business. No charge for this workshop, but please pre-register. Feel free to bring your lunch.
Speaker: Kolleen Edwards Chesley, Junior Advisor, Mainstay Financial Group, Director, Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast
Thursday, May 07, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
If you have heard of Google Ad Words, Alerts, or Analytics and wonder how they could benefit your marketing efforts, this workshop is for you! Learn how to track website visits, research keywords, find articles relevant to your business, and most importantly, manage your brand online. In addition, customer reviews through online sites such as TripAdvisor and Yelp are crucial to the success of a small business. Don’t overlook this vital tool for marketing your small business. Discover the various online customer review sites, how to create compelling business listings for the most popular sites, and tips for getting great customer reviews! Part of the “Amplify Your Business Through Fundamentals” training series sponsored by the Town of Century and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; there is no charge for attendance. Please pre-register. Location: Century Business Center, Century, FL.
Speaker: Kelly Massey, Director, FSBDC at UWF
Thursday, May 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Discover the power of having a social media strategy. Learn to implement new marketing techniques, unlock the secret of the top social media sites and establish your business online presence. Focus your marketing efforts with search engine optimization, monitor website effectiveness, make your website-mobile friendly for free, connect with your customers and revitalize your image.
Speaker: Honey Nixon
Fee: $ 35.00

Government Contracting

Friday, April 17, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn the different types of bonding, qualifications, how they are used, and their relations to contracts/subcontracts and the bidding process. No fee. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Presenter: Ed Wonders, CRIS, CWCU, Insurance Consultant/Bond Specialist, Fisher Brown Insurance
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
This workshop will explain the qualifications, the verification process and the documents required for submission to VA. No cost. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Martin Schmieder, Government Contracting Specialist
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This workshop will explain the qualifications, the verification process and the documents required for submission to VA. No cost. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Martin Schmieder, Government Contracting Specialist
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Learn how to do business with NWFSC, how to register as a vendor and how to locate bid opportunities. Please Pre-Register.
Speaker: Dedria Lunderman, Purchasing Coordinator, NWFSC, Niceville, FL
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Self-Certification? Verification? Certification? Learn about federal, VA and state policies for Veteran-owned and Service Disabled Veteran-owned businesses. No cost. Please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Laura Subel, Government Contracting Specialist, FSBDC Govt Contracting Services
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 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 cost. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Emerald Coast Utilities Authority Staff

International Trade

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 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. Fee: $20. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Julia Montgomery, International Trade Specialist, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 20.00