Events/Workshops

  
  
    

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, May 05, 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, May 06, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
**This workshop has been cancelled due to schedule conflicts with the college** 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. Fee $20 (checks only) for the public; free for students and employees of GCSC, Chipola College or Florida State University who present a Name Tag or student ID.
Speaker: Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Consultant/GA Consultant/PD Coordinator
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, May 19, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 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
Thursday, June 02, 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. Attendance fee is $20 (checks only). Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Consultant/GA Consultant/PD Coordinator
Fee: $ 20.00
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

Business Basics

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Social Media is the new word-of-mouth. Learn which social media network might be right for your business and simple tips for getting started. No fee, but pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: Kathryn Cariglino / Marketing & Management Consultant, Never Give Up Enterprises
Wednesday, May 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, record keeping and identifying risks that can challenge success.
Speaker: Angela Grant
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, May 10, 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, May 12, 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, LLC
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, May 12, 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, May 19, 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. Low fee of $20. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Julia Montgomery, International Trade Specialist, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, May 24, 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. No charge for students, faculty & staff of UWF (bring Nautilus Card). Please pre-register.
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, June 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.
Speaker: Angela Grant
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, June 14, 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
Tuesday, June 21, 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, 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

Managing a Business

Thursday, May 26, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Examine in detail the different types of corporations and how they can be of benefit. The CPA/instructor explains in practical terms with necessary details for you to truly learn the circumstances and consequences of your decisions. Upon completion, attendees should have the tools needed to more effectively determine under which type business entity the owner should operate his business. Understand the income tax ramifications for each type of corporation and how you as the owner could take full advantage. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Consultant/GA Consultant/PD Coordinator
Fee: $ 20.00

Business Accounting and Budget

Wednesday, June 15, 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. Training covers the basics of bookkeeping with the software.
Speaker: Carr, Riggs, and Ingram, LLC. Adam Dieterich, CPA
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, June 16, 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, May 04, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Self-Certification? Verification? Certification? Learn about federal, VA and state policies for Veteran-owned and Service Connected Disabled Veteran-owned businesses. No fee, but please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Laura Subel, Government Contracting Specialist, FSBDC Govt Contracting Services
Thursday, May 05, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This presentation will provide an overview of the program and steps Woman Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) need to follow to self-certify or obtain third party certification to get into the program. Also, workshop will do a walk-through of the new https://certify.sba.gov system where WOSB's represent their status and upload qualification documentation.
Speaker: Presenter: Ken Hamilton, Assistant Director, Business Development Division, SBA North Florida District Office, Jacksonville, FL
Friday, May 06, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Purchasing representatives from area government agencies (county, municipal, education, etc.) will staff information booths while vendors move from booth to booth making new contacts, networking with current customers and learning more about the products and services these public purchasing professionals need and purchase. REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT ARE REQUIRED. Fee: $100 (each additional attendee per company - up to 5 total - is an additional $25. To register and pay, go to www.cgccnigp.org Make sure to stop at the UWF Visitor's Center for a parking pass to park on campus.
Speaker: Booths staffed with various government agency representatives.
Fee: $ 100.00
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
This presentation is to familiarize contractors, subcontractors, laborers and mechanics working as contracting agencies (as well as other interested parties) about the requirements of the Davis Bacon Act and projects funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (AARA). This presentation summarizes key issues and pitfalls working under these acts as understood by the Department of Labor as well as other government agencies purchasing work on federal works projects.
Speaker: Joseph Passeretti, BCS, Beggs & Lane, RLLP
Thursday, May 19, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Find out who are your BFFs (Best Friends Forever) in the Federal Government, why and how to meet them. Register by calling the Navarre Chamber at (850) 939-3267. There is no fee for this workshop, but please call the Navarre Chamber to pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Laura Subel, FSBDC Government Contracting Specialist

International Trade

Thursday, June 23, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:30 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