Events/Workshops

  
  
    

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, September 03, 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
Tuesday, September 15, 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, September 17, 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. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Speaker: Johnny Branch CPA, MBA
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 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. Fee: $40. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Larry Strain, VP, United Bank
Fee: $ 40.00
Thursday, October 01, 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, October 16, 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. Fee $35 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, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 35.00
Friday, November 06, 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, September 23, 2015 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. No cost 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

Managing a Business

Thursday, September 24, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
If you are in construction, home improvement, manufacturing, or a service business, you need a way to keep track of each individual job. Quarterly financials are great, but they don't tell you how much you made on the last project. This topic isn't really accounting, although your bookkeeper will appreciate the detail; this is really management. Managing time and resources and knowing what your real numbers are for each customer will help you be much more profitable. Pre-registration recommended.,If you are in construction, home improvement, manufacturing, or a service business, you need a way to keep track of each individual job. Quarterly financials are great, but they don't tell you how much you made on the last project. This topic isn't really accounting, although your bookkeeper will appreciate the detail; this is really management. Managing time and resources and knowing what your real numbers are for each customer will help you be much more profitable. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Speaker: Len Eichler, MBA,Speaker: Len Eichler, MBA

Cash Flow Management

Friday, September 11, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Business growth often requires access to capital. Are you still using personal credit cards for business purchases? Is your business seasonal? Gain tips on how you can establish and grow the company's business credit, effectively use a business Line of Credit, better manage cash flow and gain access to capital for your business. $35 for public; free for students and employees of GCSC, Chipola College or Florida State University who present a Name Tag or student ID.
Speaker: Shelly Wilson-Ayers, Financial Professional, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Fee: $ 35.00

Tax Planning

Thursday, September 10, 2015 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 most 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 CPA, MBA
Fee: $ 20.00

Government Contracting

Wednesday, September 30, 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 fee for this workshop. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Emerald Coast Utilities Authority Staff
Friday, November 20, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Are you looking for an opportunity to grow your sales? Government contracting may be an avenue to consider because it can provide long-term growth for a wide variety of businesses. Every level of government buys goods and services, spending billions of dollars annually, even during times of economic uncertainty and reduced spending. Our experienced Government Contracting Specialists provide a comprehensive service to best position you as a successful government contractor. Robert Reyes, a former Eglin AFB Contracting Officer with 26 years of procurement experience, will present this introduction to federal contracting workshop that will provide you with a general overview of the possibilities of government contracts. There is no fee for this workshop.
Speaker: Robert Reyes, Government Contracting Specialist

International Trade

Tuesday, September 29, 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