Events/Workshops

  
  
    

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 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: Dorian Zwierewicz
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 5:30 PM to 9:30 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.
Speaker: Glen McDuffy
Fee: $ 50.00

Business Basics

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 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. Pre-registration is recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: Presenter: Dorian Zwierewicz, Growth Business Consultant, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 5:30 PM to 9:30 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.
Speaker: Glenn McDuffy
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 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
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, February 01, 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. Cost: $25
Speaker: Adam McCloskey
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, February 07, 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
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 5:30 PM to 9:30 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.
Speaker: Glenn McDuffy
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, March 09, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
"Do you guys 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.
Speaker: Adam McCloskey
Fee: $ 25.00

Managing a Business

Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 9 sessions ending Thursday, October 19
This dynamic, limited enrollment program is an intensive nine-month course offered at both your place of business and the classroom. Participants will benefit from comprehensive business education, peer-to-peer interaction and ongoing business advising. To ensure the quality of your experience, only 20 businesses will be selected to participate. Successful applicants will demonstrate their willingness to commit the time and resources necessary for their success. Course will include: Basics of Financial Analysis; Effective Management Strategies; Creating a Successful Culture; Principles of Marketing; Internet Marketing; Principles of Sales; Leadership and Managing Change; Long-Term Financial Planning; Emerging Topic. If interested, please contact Glenn McDuffy at 850-474-2528 to apply.
Speaker: Glenn McDuffy
Fee: $ 499.00

Government Contracting

Wednesday, January 25, 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.
Speaker: Laura Subel, Government Contracting Specialist
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Small business owners will have an opportunity to attend training in the morning and conduct one-on-one sessions in the afternoon with various state and local agencies to market their products and services. On-site Certified Business Enterprise certifications can be obtained. No fee. MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE AND TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR CERTIFICATION. To register, go to: www.pensacolaexchange.eventbrite.com
Speaker: Various: City of Pensacola, Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, February 08, 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 and others.
Wednesday, February 15, 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 aimed at business owners who are beginning to think about doing business with the federal government.
Speaker: Laura Subel, FSBDC at UWF Government Contracting Specialist
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
W orkshops will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd. See the website for titles and times of the Wednesday workshops. There is no charge for the workshops, but YOU NEED TO PRE-REGISTER. Various speakers will present. Visit the website at www.southalabama.edu/sbdc for the times of the Wednesday workshops, details and registration. The Conference Matchmaker will be held on Thursday, Feb 23rd.
Speaker: Various
Thursday, February 23, 2017 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Procurement Opportunities Matchmaker. Set up like speed-dating. This gives the small business owners the opportunity to market their products/services one-on-one to government agencies and prime contractors. Fee: $50 for sellers (includes lunch). REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT. For information and to register, visit www.southalabama.edu/sbdc.
Speaker: Various
Fee: $ 50.00
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The vast majority of the $319,824,725 that Tyndall AFB spends will be funneled towards the military's base budget, which includes funding for the procurement of military equipment and the daily operations costs of U.S. bases. Learn how local businesses can find, work with and obtain contracts with Tyndall AFB. What steps do you take to be successful? learn what steps you need to do business with the Federal Government. Join us for this informative session. No fee , but pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: TBD
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
This workshop will provide you access to how the procurement process works and how your company will need to offer their goods and services. We will go over the process and the 10 steps you will need to follow to become successful in marketing to the federal government. Capture some of the one billion dollars spent by the federal military bases in the area. Fee: $20 Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, Government Contracting Specialist
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop will give a general review of the procurement procedures for the Escambia County Board of Commissioners. Specific topics will be the Local Preference in the Sealed Bid process and procedures for the Small Business Enterprise Initiative. There is no fee for the workshop. (This workshop will be repeated at 1:00 p.m. on the same day for the attendee's convenience.)
Speaker: Claudia Simmons, Manager, Escambia County Purchasing
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This workshop will give a general review of the procurement procedures for the Escambia County Board of Commissioners. Specific topics will be the Local Preference in the Sealed Bid process and procedures for the Small Business Enterprise Initiative. There is no fee for the workshop. (This workshop is a repeat of the morning one for the attendee's convenience in scheduling.)
Speaker: Claudia Simmons, Manager, Escambia County Purchasing
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 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, but pre-registration is recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: Emerald Coast Utilities Authority Staff
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

International Trade

Monday, February 27, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Learn the benefits of exporting; basic steps to exporting; how to develop an export strategy; and key resources for international sales.
Speaker: Julia Montgomery, International Trade Specialist, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 20.00