Events/Workshops

  
  
    

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, February 09, 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. Fee: $40. This workshop was cancelled due to few pre-registrations. It will be offered again on March 12th. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Larry Strain, VP, United Bank
Fee: $ 40.00
Thursday, February 11, 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. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Speaker: Johnny Branch CPA, MBA
Fee: $ 20.00
Monday, February 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 1 sessions ending Thursday, February 18
Learn how to create and use profit and loss statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements to manage a small business. February 15 & 18. $45 covers both sessions. Free for students, faculty, or staff of UWF with Nautilus Card. Please pre-register; seating is limited.
Speaker: Dan Cavanaugh, Manager, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 45.00
Tuesday, February 16, 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. Fee: $20. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Julia Montgomery, International Trade Specialist, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, February 23, 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 with Nautilus card and also any Service-connected Disabled Veterans. Please pre-register.
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, February 24, 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 cost, but pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: Presenter: Dorian Zwierewicz, Growth Business Consultant, FSBDC at UWF
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Participants will gain knowledge on the types of foods that can be produced from their home kitchen, the licensing and labeling requirements, and how the products can be sold. No fee for this workshop. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Dorothy C. Lee, CFCS, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, UFL/IFAS, Escambia County
Thursday, March 03, 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, recordkeeping and identifying risks that can challenge success.
Speaker: Angela Grant
Fee: $ 35.00
Friday, March 04, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Learn natural pitfalls and advantages of a home-based business. Discover the requirements to set up your business legally and what organization to watch out for, which licenses are required and if you should collect State Sales Tax. Learn different areas in which to market, then sell your home-made or grown products for the cheapest price. Finally, look at examples of types of home-based businesses. No fee for this workshop, but please pre-register.
Speaker: Speaker: Johnny Branch CPA, MBA
Friday, March 04, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Tell Your Story- Learn how to use the Free SBA Business Planning tool to write your business plan narrative. What to say and how to support your plan with facts and research.
Speaker: Tom Hermanson
Fee: $ 20.00
Friday, March 04, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Developing Financial Projection. Learn what goes into the financial plan, how to explain the numbers, and how to forecast your profit.
Speaker: Tom Hermanson
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, March 10, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Find out which licenses are required and how to obtain them in the correct order, quickly. Learn quick tools for tracking your major expenses in order to increase net income. What are the industry standards 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 should you measure benchmark expenses. Instructor has operated a profitable Panama City restaurant for over thirty years and is a CPA. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Speaker: Johnny Branch CPA, MBA
Fee: $ 20.00
Monday, March 14, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Buying a franchise involves thorough investigation, planning and analysis of your options. Ask yourself important questions such as what the business is, who is the franchiser, what is the franchise package, and be sure to research the disclosure document. Determine if you are qualified physically, financially and also by experience, education and learning capacity. Part of the Franchise Basics Series, involving 3 workshops covering different aspects of buying a franchise. Sign up for the whole series under "Franchise Basics" and save $15!
Fee: $ 25.00
Monday, March 14, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Friday, March 18
Franchise Basics Series, involving 3 workshops covering different aspects of buying a franchise: Which Franchise is Right for You?"; "How to Evaluate a Franchise"; "Is Franchising Right for You?". Sign up for the whole series here and save $15! Find out information you need to know about owning a franchise. Workshops will be held on 3 different days, March 14, 16, and 18. Each workshop individually costs $25, but you may sign up for the whole series here for $60; a cost savings of $15.
Speaker: Dan Cavanaugh, MBA, CBA
Fee: $ 60.00
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM
In order to evaluate a franchise, you must determine your interests and expertise, gather information from the UFOC, Meet with current franchises, visit their headquarters, and more. Also, obtain financial statements and review all contracts for the franchise before signing anything. Find out how to check the market research done by the franchiser before they offered the new outlet. Part of the "Franchise Basics Series" - attendees can sign up for an individual workshop or sign up for the series of 3 workshops and save $15.
Speaker: Dan Cavanaugh, MBA, CBA
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, March 18, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
If purchasing an existing business or starting a business from scratch seems too confusing or intimidating, then franchise ownership may be right for you. Franchising offers many advantages that are not available to the entrepreneur starting a business from scratch. Before taking the ;lunge, learn how to prepare a cash-flow projection yourself or with the help of a CPA, how long it will take to turn a profit and the amount of salary you may realistically be able to pay yourself. Discover how to review costs, advertising fees, state laws, etc. Learn the 100 questions to ask before buying a franchise! This workshop may be taken by itself, or you may sign up for the entire "Franchise Basics Series" (total of 3 workshops) for a savings of $15.
Speaker: Dan Cavanaugh, MBA, CBA
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, March 22, 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 with Nautilus card and also any Service-connected Disabled Veterans. Please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Thawanna Keaton, Manager, SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, March 24, 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 cost, but pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: Presenter: Dorian Zwierewicz, Growth Business Consultant, FSBDC at UWF

Business Basics

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Learn how wealth is generated in your business by understanding and managing your financial statements. Learn to identify critical indicators that cause lost profit potential to effectively run your business, creating wealth for your future.
Speaker: Sharon Triplett
Fee: $ 20.00

Financing

Friday, February 19, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn why peer-to-peer lending is the most rapidly growing segment of small business lending.
Speaker: Tom Hermanson
Fee: $ 20.00

Managing a Business

Thursday, February 18, 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, Consultant/GA Consultant/PD Coordinator
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 12:00 PM to 1:30 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
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, March 24, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
When is your business liable for workmen's compensation benefits? You will be surprised by the answer. Learn how to obtain the right insurance coverage at the most affordable price. Hear the correct answers to all of your questions and concerns direct from the agency who offers the insurance. No charge for this workshop, but please pre-register.
Speaker: Representative, Norris Insurance Agency

Managing Employees

Thursday, March 03, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Kelly Massey, Director, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 35.00

Business Accounting and Budget

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Ask the questions you have about QuickBooks related to your business in this Q&A session. No fee for this workshop, but please pre-register.
Speaker: Johnny Branch and Laura Nelson
Thursday, March 31, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Why establish a business line of credit? Learn the advantages and gain knowledge for tips on using it.
Speaker: Len Eichler; over 20 years of experience in assisting businesses with business planning, financial projections and marketing.
Fee: $ 20.00

Government Contracting

Thursday, February 11, 2016 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM
Small business owners will have an opportunity to attend the Office of Supplier Diversity’s new Supplier Diversity Exchange. Florida-based woman, veteran and minority small business owners in the panhandle are invited and encouraged to attend this new and free event. The Supplier Diversity Exchange will provide training, workshops, and presentations by professionals from the SBA, SBDC, local Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) business owners, as well as representatives from state, local and regional government entities. The Business Exchange, one-on-one interview sessions in the afternoon, offers a unique opportunity for small business owners to network and meet with various state and local agencies to market their products and services. No fee for this workshop. Location: UWF Conference Center, 11000 University Pkwy, Bldg. 22, Pensacola, FL 32514 (Note: Please stop at the Visitor/Welcome Center when you arrive on campus to obtain a parking pass. Ask for directions to the Conference Center.) Registration: Registration will be open from Jan. 13 through Feb. 8. For the most current information, please visit the Supplier Diversity Exchange – Pensacola page on the Office of Supplier Diversity’s website, http://www.dms.myflorida.com/osd. You can also contact the OSD team at 850-487-1420 or osdevents@dms.myflorida.com.
Speaker: Various
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 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. No fee for this workshop. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Robert Reyes, Government Contracting Specialist
Thursday, February 25, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
This workshop will provide information on local government purchasing and how to do business with cities, counties, universities and colleges across Northwest Florida. No fee. Pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: Laura Subel, Government Contracting Specialist
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 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
Friday, March 25, 2016 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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. No fee for this workshop. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Robert Reyes, Government Contracting Specialist

International Trade

Tuesday, March 08, 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