Events/Workshops

  
  
    

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, August 06, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 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, August 06, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Selling a few hand-made items is pretty easy on a very small scale. Trying to ramp this up to a full or part-time, profitable venture on a larger scale is more challenging. We will investigate strategies that may work for this unique business model. We will discuss ideas to fund the growth and concepts that take this from a kitchen table to a commercial venue. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Speaker: Len Eichler, MBA
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, August 19, 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.
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, August 20, 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, August 25, 2015 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 as seating is limited.
Speaker: Presenter: Dorian Zwierewicz, Growth Business Consultant, FSBDC at UWF
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

Business Basics

Thursday, August 06, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, 7 sessions ending Friday, August 14
Jump into action at the Business Boot Camp this August and gain an understanding of how to move your idea from concept to reality! Participants in this two-week training course will learn how to plan, fund, market and effectively manage a business. This price for the entire boot camp is $99, a great savings off the total cost of taking all 7 workshops separately. Save the dates for the month of August! Titles and dates are: Small Loan & Peer to Peer Lending and Do You Have the Right Business Model? on August 6th, Creating Wealth in Your Business and Marketing-Social Media on August 7th, How to Write a Business Plan on August 13th and Human Resource Management on August 14th. Sign up for the entire Boot Camp Series and be well on your way to moving your business forward. Pre-registration is strongly suggested to reserve your spot. If you wish to register for single classes please do so by title on our website. To register for this Boot Camp Series at the discounted rate of $99 select the Boot Camp Series. Our website is www.sbdc.uwf.edu. Location: UWF Fort Walton Beach Campus
Speaker: Various
Fee: $ 99.00
Thursday, August 06, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn about SBA Mico Loans and why peer-to-peer lending is the most rapidly growing segment of small business lending. If you registered for the special Boot Camp this workshop is automatically included.
Speaker: Tom Hermanson
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, August 07, 2015 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn critical indicators of downturns and additional profit potential in your company's income statement and balance sheet to more effectively run your business and create wealth for your future. If you registered for the special Boot Camp this workshop is automatically included.
Speaker: Sharon Triplett
Fee: $ 20.00
Friday, August 07, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
What is the Real Purpose of Marketing Anyway? 1. Mapping Out the Buyer's Journey: Learn the Keys to successful marketing and receive a step by step guide to reaching your best potential customer. Attendees will be introduced to the key demographic groups in the local area. 2. Strategic Marketing: Learn what strategic marketing is and how it will affect your bottom line. Attendees will learn how to make themselves stand out from the competition by using strategic marketing and solving the problems of their customers. 3. Applying Strategic Marketing to the Social Media Marketing Channels and Other Tactics that work. Attendees will learn how to create marketing that works without investing more than an hour per week. If you registered for the special Boot Camp this workshop is automatically included.
Speaker: Deanna Wharwood
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, August 13, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Tell Your Story- Learn how to use the Free SBA Business Planning tool to write your business plan narrative. How to support your plan with market research, demographics and benchmarks. If you registered for the special Boot Camp this workshop is automatically included.
Speaker: Tom Hermanson
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, August 13, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn what goes into the financial plan, how to explain the numbers, and how to forecast your profit. If you registered for the special Boot Camp this workshop is automatically included.
Speaker: Tom Hermanson
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, August 14, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This training will provide an overview of the many aspects of human resources management. During this session, we will provide training on the following topics: Fair Labor Standards Act, effective recruiting, effective hiring, drug testing, employee motivation, costs of employee turnover, and effective communication. If you registered for the special Boot Camp this workshop is automatically included.
Speaker: Kelly Massey, Director, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 25.00
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, August 06, 2015 3:00 PM to 4:30 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. If you registered for the special Boot Camp this workshop is automatically included.
Speaker: Sharon Triplett
Fee: $ 20.00

Managing Employees

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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 and retain employees. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Kelly Massey, Director, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, August 27, 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.
Speaker: Kelly Massey, Regional Director, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 35.00

Business Accounting and Budget

Tuesday, August 04, 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. 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, LLC
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 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. Please pre-register.
Speaker: Martha Cobb King, Advanced Certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor, Simple Accounting Solutions
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 4 sessions ending Thursday, August 27
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 (August 18, 20, 25 & 27) is $55 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, FSBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 55.00

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

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Learn the importance of using social media to market your business. Find out how to set up your social media pages and how to push traffic to your social media pages. No fee. Pre-registration recommended as seating is limited. Please feel free to bring your lunch.
Speaker: Kathryn Cariglino, Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert
Thursday, August 27, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Do you have a website, but maybe you have not done much with it lately? It's time to upgrade! The landscape has chaged and websites that were once at the top may not show up in the new search algorithms. There are some new design considerations, but it's mostly about marketing. Your web designer can change the structure, but it is up to you to provide viable content. Good marketing integrates all of the pieces and it is not a onetime thing - you will need to add, change and update your site frequently. We will discuss a whole range of marketing strategies that will help people find you. Pre-registration recommended.
Speaker: Speaker: Len Eichler, MBA
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Successful businesses and salespeople are built on generating referrals. Learn some tried-and-true ways to start the referral pipeline going for you and your business. No charge for this workshop, but please pre-register. Feel free to bring your lunch.
Speaker: Kolleen Edwards Chesley, Junior Advisor, Mainstay Financial Group, Director, Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast

Government Contracting

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop delivered by experts from Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) will discuss all aspects of pricing proposals including: direct labor rates, materials, subcontracts, other direct costs, indirect costs, and much more that apply to seasoned or prospective contractors. Pre-registration recommended as seating is limited. (The afternoon session was cancelled, so the morning session only [9:00 a.m. - Noon] is available.)
Speaker: Defense Contract Audit Agency Staff, Fort Walton Beach
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This workshop delivered by experts from Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) will discuss all aspects of pricing proposals including: direct labor rates, materials, subcontracts, other direct costs, indirect costs, and much more that apply to seasoned or prospective contractors. (This is a repeat of the morning workshop for your scheduling convenience.) The afternoon workshop was cancelled because of too few attendees. The morning session is still open.
Speaker: Defense Contract Audit Agency Staff, Fort Walton Beach
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop will discuss how to do business with Gulf Power Company, how to register as a vendor and locate bid opportunities. No fee for this workshop; please pre-register.
Speaker: Dan Bates. Senior Contract Agent, Supply Chain Management, Gulf Power Company
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

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