Events/Workshops

  
  
    
Wednesday, March 04, 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. Pre-registration is recommended as seating is limited. Feel free to bring your lunch and eat during the presentation.
Speaker: Speaker: Carl Quesinberry

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, March 05, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
How to successfully develop a restaurant model from concept selection all the way to menu creation. What to look for in a location and how large does the building need to be? How to create a WOW for your new restaurant.
Speaker: Johnny Branch CPA, MBA owned independent restaurants for over 30 years
Fee: $ 20.00
Friday, March 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
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 8 sessions ending Thursday, April 02
Spring into action at the Start-up Business Boot Camp this March and gain an understanding of how to move your idea from concept to reality! Participants in this four-week training course will learn how to start, plan, market and effectively manage a business. This price for the entire boot camp is $150, a savings of $50 off the total cost of taking all 5 workshops separately. Save the dates for the month of March! Titles and dates are: Starting Your Business Basics, March 10th; Business Planning, March 12th; Human Resources, March 17th; Marketing, March 19th; and Record Keeping for Small Business (4 part workshop), March 24, 26, 31, & April 2nd. Sign up for the entire Boot Camp Series and be well on your way to starting your business. Pre-registration is strongly suggested as seating is limited. Call us at 850-474-2528 to register for this Boot Camp Series at the discounted rate of $150. Location: Gulf Coast Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Speaker: Various
Fee: $ 150.00
Tuesday, March 10, 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. (Part of the Start-up Boot Camp Workshop Series - take 5 workshops for a discounted rate - call us to register for the boot camp and get the discount pricing for the whole series.)
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, March 12, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 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. (Part of the Start-up Boot Camp Workshop Series - take 5 workshops for a discounted rate - call us to register for the boot camp and get the discount pricing for the whole series.)
Speaker: Larry Strain, VP, United Bank
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 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. Please pre-register as seating is limited. (Part of the Start-up Boot Camp Workshop Series - take 5 workshops for a discounted rate - call us to register for the boot camp and get the discount pricing for the whole series.)
Speaker: Kelly Massey, Regional Director, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, March 19, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn practical, cost-effective strategies for marketing your small business. (Part of the Start-up Boot Camp Workshop Series - take 5 workshops for a discounted rate - call us to register for the boot camp and get the discount pricing for the whole series.)
Fee: $ 35.00
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Thursday, April 02
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. Attendees are asked to bring a calculator. Please pre-register. Dates for each session are March 24, 26, 31 & April 2. Please plan to attend all 4 days. (Part of the Start-up Boot Camp Workshop Series - take 5 workshops for a discounted rate - call us to register for the boot camp and get the discount pricing for the whole series.)
Speaker: Dan Cavanaugh, Manager
Fee: $ 55.00
Thursday, March 26, 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, 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
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

Financing

Thursday, March 19, 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
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

Managing a Business

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 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.
Speaker: Sharon Triplett

Business Accounting and Budget

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

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, March 12, 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
Friday, March 13, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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
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
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

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
Speaker: Emerald Coast Utilities Authority Staff
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
This workshop is for those without sales experience to local government. Workshop will provide an educational view of local government purchasing and how to do business with cities, counties, districts, universities and colleges across Northwest Florida. Fee: $50. REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT ARE REQUIRED. To register and pay, go to www.cgccnigp.org Please stop at the Visitor's Center at UWF to obtain a Parking Pass for this event.
Speaker: Central Gulf Coast Chapter of NIGP and Florida SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, March 12, 2015 9:00 AM to 3:00 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. Fee: $100. REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT ARE REQUIRED. To register and pay, go to www.cgccnigp.org Please stop at the UWF Visitor's Center for a parking pass.
Speaker: Booths staffed with various government agency representatives.
Fee: $ 100.00
Friday, March 13, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Learn what is required to increase your bonding. Workshop will explain what is required and how to request. MUST PRE-REGISTER. Contact Julie Buckner at 850-438-0551 or julieb@alagc.org to pre-register and pay. Located at 201 South "F" St, Pensacola. Presented by: Ed Wonders, CRIS, CWCU, Insurance Consultant/Bond Specialist, Fisher Brown Insurance
Speaker: Ed Wonders, CRIS, CWCU, Insurance Consultant/Bond Specialist, Fisher Brown Insurance
Fee: $ 5.00
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
The workshop will explain the Florida Enterprise Zone program qualification and available incentives. The Florida Enterprise Zone Program is a state-funded tax incentive program which offers tax incentives for commercial and residential improvements and job creation for property located within the Enterprise Zone. Workshop location: 9999 University Pkwy, Pensacola. No cost for this workshop, but pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: Victoria D'Angelo, Re-developer/Enterprise Zone Coordinator for Escambia County
Tuesday, March 24, 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.
Speaker: Emerald Coast Utilities Authority Staff