Events/Workshops

  
  
    

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, April 13, 2017 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
You have an idea for a business. What’s the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no-cost) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Glen McDuffy, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, May 11, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Speaker: Angela Grant
Fee: $ 50.00

Business Basics

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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 (Tuesdays/Thursdays Mar 28 & 30, April 4 & 6) is $100 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, Florida SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 100.00
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Is your business model generating profit or has the market shifted and your existing model is no longer working? This 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. Effectively using resources, strategic partnerships and delivering clear messages of your product value to customers can put more money into your pocket! Cost: $50. Pre-registration recommended. Part of the Business Boot Camp series for new & pre-venture businesses.
Speaker: Sharon Triplett, Senior Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 50.00
Friday, March 31, 2017 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
You have an idea for a business. What’s the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no cost to you) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please pre-register as seating is limited. Cost is $50.
Speaker: Glenn McDuffy, Growth Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
This workshop offers small business marketers a number of online tools to help manage and enhance their online presence. If you have heard of Google Ad Words, Alerts, or Analytics and wonder how they could benefit your marketing efforts, this is the class for you. The search engine giant leads the pack as a tool for small business owners and we want to help you leverage those tools! Learn how to track website visits, research keywords, find articles relevant to your business and, most importantly, manage your brand online. The course also covers identifying your target market, marketing messaging and marketing weapons. Cost: $50. Pre-registration recommended. Part of the Business Boot Camp series for new & pre-venture businesses.
Speaker: Adam McCloskey, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, April 06, 2017 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Calling all business owners! The Florida SBDC at UWF brings you a fresh, new series of training events designed to help small business owners grow their businesses! Attend this introductory meeting on April 6th to learn more about the Small Business Expansion Series, a series of workshops designed specifically to assist existing business owners, like yourselves, in expanding your businesses. Topics to be discussed at this initial meeting will be: Access to Capital & Financial Statement Analysis (getting small business loans to fund expansion strategies); Marketing (effective marketing strategies for growth); Government Contracting (increase sales & secure reliable contracts); International Trade (how to reach a multitude of potential customers around the globe). There is no cost for this introductory meeting, but please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Dorian Zwierewicz, Adam McCloskey, Laura Subel, Julia Montgomery
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Forecasting is the process used to estimate the future financial performance of the business, determine cash flow and estimate future loan or capital requirements. Forecasting is normally a two-step process: first, creating a demand forecast for sales; then, estimating other financial elements as a percentage of sales. The result is a set of Pro-forma financial statements that can be used for planning, funding and strategy to express goals and results in numerical form. Cost: $50. Pre-registration recommended. Part of the Business Boot Camp series for new & pre-venture businesses.
Speaker: Tom Hermanson, Associate Director, Florida SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
There is a lot more to being an employer than hiring staff. This seminar will provide an overview of the many aspects of Human Resources Management. Upon completion, attendees should have the tools needed to more effectively operate their business from an HR standpoint. Understand the Fair Labor Standards Act; learn how to recruit, interview, hire, compete for, motivate, discipline & retain employees; and discover how to properly institute a drug/alcohol testing policy. Cost: $50. Please pre-register as seating is limited. Part of the Business Boot Camp series for new & pre-venture businesses.
Speaker: Kelly Massey, Regional Director, Florida SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 50.00
Friday, April 21, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
You have an idea for a business. What’s the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no cost to you) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please pre-register as seating is limited. Cost is $50.
Speaker: Johnny Branch CPA, MBA, GA Consultant, PD Coordinator
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
This workshop will be determined after the start of the Business Boot Camp. Save the date! Cost will be $50. Part of the Business Boot Camp series for new & pre-venture businesses.
Speaker: TBD
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, April 27, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
A series of workshops for small business owners: this workshop will focus specifically upon the funding options available to small businesses that want to expand their business operations. Topics discussed will be: how to easily and quickly review your financial performance; preparing business financials for loan application; knowing available funding options; tips to know before applying for loans; choosing a loan and a repayment strategy that suits your capabilities and your needs. Pricing for the entire series will be $170 (savings of $30) for all four courses, or $50 each. Let us know at this session if you would like to attend the whole series of workshops to receive the cost savings.
Speaker: Dorian Zwierewicz, Growth Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 50.00
Friday, April 28, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 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. Please pre-register as space is limited. You may call 850-818-0570 or 850-474-2528 to reserve your seat. Cost: $25
Speaker: Adam McCloskey, Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF/Fort Walton Beach
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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 (Tuesdays/Thursdays May 9, 11, 16 & 18) is $100 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, Florida SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 100.00
Friday, May 12, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
For business owners: you will learn how to use social media tools, your website, and traditional forms of marketing that can help you reach target markets, growclient list, and encourage more spending amoung existing customers. This is part of the SBE series for business owners that can be taken together for a discounted rate of $170 for the whole series of 4 workshops or taken separately at a cost of $50.
Speaker: Adam McCloskey, Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
You have an idea for a business. What’s the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no cost to you) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please pre-register as seating is limited. Cost is $50.
Speaker: Glenn McDuffy
Fee: $ 50.00
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Increase your sales and secure reliable contracts by selling to the U.S. Government. This workshop will educate the business owner on the benefits of governemnt contracting and give a brief how-to. This is part of the SBE series for business owners that can be taken together for a discounted rate of $170 for the whole series of 4 workshops or taken separately for $50 each.
Speaker: Laura Subel, Florida SBDC at UWF Government Contracting Specialist
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, June 08, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
For business owners: reach a multitude of potential customers that want to buy U.S. goods and services. Find similar markets abroad, or take advantage of untapped market potential in other countries. This is part of the SBE series for business owners that can be taken together for a discounted rate of $170 for the whole series of 4 workshops or taken separately at a cost of $50.
Speaker: Julia Montgomery, International Trade Consutant, Florida SBDC at UWF Consultant
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 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, June 13, 2017 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
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 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 and Florida Board Certified IP Specialist
Fee: $ 50.00

Government Contracting

Thursday, March 30, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is about how to do business with Okaloosa County. The workshop will cover what types of products and services the county typically procures, how to register as a vendor and how to locate bid opportunities. No fee for this workshop, but pre-registration is recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: TBD
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Find out how to do business with the City of Pensacola: how to register as a vendor and find bid opportunities. No cost; pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Presenter: Hosea Goodwyn, City of Pensacola Assistant Purchasing Manager
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Don’t miss this informational workshop on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s flagship program: the 8(a) Business Development Program! The 8(a) Program is designed to help small businesses who are owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals compete in the federal marketplace. The 8(a) BD Program offers executive level business training that helps to keep your small business competitive! There are many benefits, requirements, and an online application process for the 8(a) BD Program. All will be discussed at this workshop. No fee; pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: Thaddeus D. Hammond, Business Opportunity Specialist, US SBA North Florida District Office
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Discusses how Gulf Power conducts business with vendors. No fee for this workshop, but please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Dan Bates, Contract Agent, Supply Chain Mgt./Purchasing, Gulf Power Company
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 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 class is designed for business owners who are beginning to think about doing business with the federal government. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, Government Contracting Specialist
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Find out how to do business with Santa Rosa County, how to register as a vendor, procurement rules and how to locate bid opportunities. No cost for this workshop, however, pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: James Walters, Santa Rosa County Procurement Officer
Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is about how to do business with Hurlburt Air Force Base. The workshop will cover the different types of contracts, contacts, policies on visits and website information for Hurlburt AFB. Learn how local businesses can find, work with and get contracts with Hurlburt AFB. No fee , but pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: TBD
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 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.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is about how to do business with Eglin Air Force Base. The workshop will cover the different types of contracts, contacts, policies on visits and website information for Eglin AFB. No fee , but pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, FSBDC at UWF Government Contracting Specialist