Events/Workshops

 
  
    

February

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
This class focuses on improving your probability of being “found” by Federal contracting offices and large Federal Prime Contractors. The discussion includes: - Which website is used by contracting entities to source contractors - Which NAICS codes and how many should you use - What is a good “Capability Statement” - What is most important to a Contracting Officer and Selecting Official - How to improve your website Cost is $25 and includes lunch course Number is 71166 Call the SBDC at 433-5570 or 433-5514 or register online at www.easternflorida.edu/go/sbdc
Speaker: Lonnie Koyama, U.S. Small Business Administration & Patricia Simpson, FSBDC at UCF, Government Contracting Specialist
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Are you -Entrepreneurial? -Always thinking about how to create value and build a business? -Trying to find better and new ways to do business? Then the business model canvas is for you - a fresh new way of migrating through the scope, design, & feasibility of your business. We will provide you the most powerful tool you need to start a business (or not). Let’s research and explore the feasibility of your business idea together. We will map and test your business idea and give you the tools to make well-informed decisions for your business. During the session we will provide you with resource documents, industry research, and a plethora of tools tailored to your business. Be sure to email us at sbdc@fgcu.edu with your proposed business type, location, and other pertinent details to help us pull industry reports needed for this session. Note: Advance registration is required for this session; registration is not complete until payment is received. Pay online or by phone via Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Requirements: Please email us at sbdc@fgcu.edu right after you register for the class with information about the type business you are considering starting and your thoughts on initial location (specific also if you are going to be an online business). We need this information so we can provide resource and research documents to you during class for the hands-on exercises.
Speaker: Amanda Stirn, Certified Marketing Strategist and FSBDC @ FGCU Marketing Director
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop will give you an overview of the seven basic requirements for business STARTUP: Selecting an idea, Testing the market, Acquiring capital, wRiting a plan, Turning for help, Understanding legal requirements, and Putting it all together. Registration includes a workbook and start-up kit for NE Florida counties.
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Have a working knowledge of QuickBooks and are ready to step-up to the next level? Learn how to improve internal controls, spot and correct common errors and produce more accurate & useful reports in this easy to understand hands-on class. Laptop with fully operating software will be provided to each attendee to utilize during the class. Classes will use desktop version of QuickBooks for PC Seating is limited - pre-registration is required.
Speaker: Barbi Coyne, CEO, HR Business Connection & Intuit QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor.
Fee: $ 75.00
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Workshops will be held on Wednesday, February 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. View pdf here: http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/mcob/sbdc/resources/usamatchmaker.pdf
Speaker: Various
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Credit plays an important role in our society. It is often misunderstood and misused, which can have a negative impact on our lives for many years. This interactive workshop will provide students a basic understanding of credit reports. Participants will learn about the importance of credit, budgeting and a resource listing and tips to local professionals and specialists that can help them achieve their goals.
Speaker: Artricia James-Heard
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Business owners gather to chat and discuss business issues and network. Program is no cost and a light lunch is provided. Program is formatted for aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
You've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. Starting Your Business is a class that teaches just that. From how to determine feasibility and legal structure to the type of license you will need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started. This seminar is customized for start-ups in DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands County; including the cities of Lake Placid, Sebring, Avon Park, Arcadia, and Wauchula.
Speaker: David Noel
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
The 8(a) Certification program was developed by the SBA to support business owners who were searching for a government contracting vehicle for further growth of their firm. This session will concentrate on the requirements before you apply such as principal ownership, size standards, required documentation (tax receipts) and other important facts. This program also mandates that your firm is registered within the Supplier for Award Management (SAM) portal prior to entering into this program. Note: this meeting will be held in the Board Room of the Library.
Speaker: Jackie Rule, Consultant Palm Beach State College Small Business Development Center
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This seminar provides a simple and realistic approach for the serious entrepreneur who is ready to write that winning business plan. From identifying your target market to financial projections, this workshop will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan, making the writing process easy.
Speaker: Amy Kirkland, CGBP - Manager, Florida SBDC at Seminole State College
Thursday, February 23, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Digital Marketing is a broad, constantly changing business discipline. In this seminar, you will learn how to develop an up-to-date digital marketing strategy that will enable your prospects and customers to reach you in new, digitally-creative ways. The session will also make you current with some of the latest trends in social media. Learn what social networks your customers are on and the best strategy to reach them, keep them, and get them to share your content and drive your marketing message.
Speaker: Chuck Wheeler, Jairo Batista
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, February 23, 2017 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
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
Thursday, February 23, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
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. You may call 850-818-0570 or 850-474-2528 to reserve your seat. Cost: $25
Speaker: Adam McCloskey
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, February 23, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
You’ve got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures to the types of license you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started.
Speaker: Bill Burnham
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Understanding your customers and the market for your product/service is important for every business. And market research is the tool that can give you the deeper and broader grasp of your market to maximize business success. It can help you evaluate business opportunities and guide key decisions and plans about, for example, the feasibility of a new business or product, expansion into new markets or the causes of a decline in revenues, to name a few. In this seminar you will learn about the two types of market research, the methodologies you can use and the steps to take to organize and analyze the information for maximum benefit to your business.
Speaker: Eddie Hill
Friday, February 24, 2017 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Cash Flow Management
Financial records describe history for IRS purposes, the status quo for reality checks, and are the basis for the sorts of predictions that smart business owners make to ensure they are on top of their enterprises. For instance: Woe betide the small business owner who takes on more sales than cash flow can support. Simple statements, kept and utilized, enable a small business owner to head off this sort of problem and numerous others. Then there’s the not-so-small matter of the IRS requiring coherent records. Phil Scruton of the Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College reviews basic statements, how to maintain them and how to use them to predict – and provide for – the future.
Speaker: Phil Scruton
Friday, February 24, 2017 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Looking to obtain financing for your business? Having no luck at your bank? Join us at this workshop and learn about financing options to start or grow your business, special purpose loan programs for businesses, loan processes for lenders and how to approach your lender for financing.
Speaker: Mercy McCall | Sunshine Bank Rodrigo Cerveira | ACCION Lonnie Koyama & Sandro Murtas | U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Monday, February 27, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This will cover marketing fundamentals, help clarify target markets, competition, develop marketing strategies, and learn techniques to enhance your business.
Speaker: Corey McCaster
Monday, February 27, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: International Trade
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
Monday, February 27, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
No matter what the purpose - to assess the feasibility of starting a business, to present to a bank for financing, or to serve as a roadmap for the future – a business plan is a critical tool for successful small businesses. In this session, attendees will get an overview of the format of a business plan and learn about all the key components of a plan and resources to help get them started.
Fee: $ 10.00
Monday, February 27, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics
No matter what the purpose - to assess the feasibility of starting a business, to present to a bank for financing, or to serve as a roadmap for the future – a business plan is a critical tool for successful small businesses. In this session, attendees will get an overview of the format of a business plan and learn about all the key components of a plan and resources to help get them started.
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
The program is NO Cost. Reservations are required. Call the SBDC at 433-5570 or 433-5514
Speaker: Dave Krigelman, Krigelman & Associates
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:30 PM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
TBD
Fee: $ 10.00

March

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, March 02
Topic: Start-up Assistance
You must have current access to Patrick AFB to attend. Call AFRC at 321-494-5676 to register The program is No Cost
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Thinking of starting your own business? This workshop gives the aspiring entrepreneur an understanding of realistic tools and resources for business startup: Selecting an Idea, Testing the Market, Acquiring Capital, Writing a Business Plan, Turning for Help, Understanding Legal Requirements, Projecting Cash Flow.
Speaker: SBDC Certified Business Consultant
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Business Basics
A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues. At the same time the plan identifies and incorporates risks that the enterprise might face, so the small business owner is prepared. Business planning tools, examples and outlines are provided. The program is NO Cost Reservations are required Call the FSBDC at 433-5570 or 433-5514
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
This workshop is about how to do business with Tyndall Air Force Base. The workshop will cover the different types of contracts, contacts, policies on visits and website information for Tyndall AFB. No fee , but pre-registration is recommended.
Speaker: John DiGiacomo, Government Contracting Specialist, Florida SBDC at UWF/FWB
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
In many ways, there has never been a better time to start a business. Learn how to properly launch your business to ensure success. Understand the critical pieces of the puzzle and how they all fit together. We will discuss the legal forms of ownership, licensing and tax requirements, capital and labor, rent versus purchase, insurance and various other business start-up issues.
Speaker: Moses Ayiku, Consultant - Florida SBDC at Seminole State College
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
You have an idea for a business. What’s the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no-cost) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please pre-register as seating is limited.
Speaker: Glen McDuffy, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, March 02, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
There are several types of retirement plans to choose from, and each type of plan has advantages and disadvantages. This workshop covers the most popular plans. You should also know that the law may permit you to have more than one retirement plan and, with sophisticated planning, a combination of plans might best suit your business's needs. If you are considering a retirement plan for your business, this Lunch & Learn workshop will help you determine what works best for you and your business needs. Program for Business Owners with 10 - 500 employees. FIU Downtown Brickell Campus North Tower 19th Floor 1101 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131 No cost to Attend!!! Lunch will be provided Space is limited!!! To register: go.fiu.edu/retirement For more information: (305) 779-9230 / sbdc@fiu.edu
Thursday, March 02, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Which reports can really help me run my business? Where did all the cash go? These reports are demonstrated and more questions are explained in detail by a QuickBooks Proadvisor with a Florida CPA license during the Florida SBDC QuickBooks Advanced seminar. Pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.
Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Business Consultant, Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, Certified Pro Advisor for QuickBooks Desktop and Online
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, March 02, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Does your company provide services or products? Are you interested in expanding your market and increasing your profit? Every year, government agencies spend billions of dollars purchasing goods and services from American businesses. This workshop and roundtable discussion will cover: - Required registrations - Preferred small business preference programs - Finding the right opportunities for your business - Submitting a bid - Winning work Whether you’re a prime contractor, subcontractor, or just curious, this workshop will give you everything you need to start, grow, and succeed with government contracting!
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Looking to start a business? Or did you recently start a business and would like help taking it to the next level? This workshop gives entrepreneurs the tools and resources essential to a business startup. Learn about fundamental aspects of starting a business, including: • What it takes to operate and start a business • Types of business structures • Resources available for starting a business • Franchising To register: go.fiu.edu/startupworkshop 11200 SW 8th St College of Business Complex (CBC 241) Miami, FL 33199 For more information, contact Jesus Padilla: (305) 779-9232 / jpadilla@fiu.edu
Speaker: Florida SBDC at FIU Business Consultant George Ray
Thursday, March 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This is a “Basic” Marketing class. Come find out about the four “P’s” of Marketing. Learn what a feature, benefit and value statement are and know when and where to express each. Learn about the new emerging marketing mediums so you will be better prepared for the future!
Speaker: Stan Austin
Friday, March 03, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
How to Start Your Own Business This seminar will help business owners learn the essentials for getting started in business. Topics include: business evaluation, business entities, licensing, capital/finance sources, start-up cost, sales forecasting, cash flow, and an introduction to business plans and the importance of preparing one. This session is guaranteed to take the mystery out of starting a business and help you to be the entrepreneur you always dreamed about! **No-Cost** Writing the Business Plan Made Easy Writing a successful business plan requires preparation and, most importantly, getting started. This seminar provides a ‘hands-on approach’ for the serious entrepreneur or business owner who is ready to write that winning business plan. From identifying your target market to financial projections, this seminar will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan, making the writing process easy. **No-Cost**
Speaker: Elly Membreno, Business Consultant Rafael Pratts, Business Consultant
Friday, March 03, 2017 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Do you have a great idea for a business but just don't know where to begin? Our course can provide you with a comprehensive introduction on how to start your own business. Some of the topics covered in this course include idea generation, the legal environment, business structures etc. In addition, this workshop gives the aspiring business owner an understanding of realistic tools and resources for business startup selecting an idea, testing the market, acquiring capital, writing a business plan, turning for help, understanding legal requirements, and projecting cash flow. Includes workbook.
Speaker: SBDC Professionally certified consultant
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Identify and understand successful business practices needed to be a "GREAT" company - The Hedgehog Effect.
Speaker: Christopher Andon
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
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
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
The best way to get started! Receive information on the necessary licenses permits, legal documents and requirements to do business in the State of Florida. Learn to refine your ideas into a plan for success.
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Jumpstart your networking efforts and social media presence by understanding the basics of building relationships with your customers. This workshop will introduce you to blogging and why it is a popular and cost-effective way to get your business noticed. Begin by learning what blogs are and the various ways they can be used. Attendees will also learn about the newly revamped Blogger Weblog Service and quickly set up a weblog by the end of the class.
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
After working with thousands of business owners each year, we’ve put together six courses that make up the critical business foundation all entrepreneurs need to know before starting a business. The series will take you through determining feasibility and legal structures; developing financial projections; obtaining a loan; accounting and bookkeeping processes; and attracting customers. Don't be intimidated, go ahead and take the first step. Learn from the experts. Week 1 • Starting Your Business- Tues., March 7 from 5:30-8:00 PM You’ve got the idea. Now, learn the essentials you need to get started. Course covers taxes, licenses and entity selection for forming partnerships, LLCs and corporations. • Marketing Your Business- Thurs., March 9 from 5:30-8:30 PM “Build it and they will come” is NOT a marketing strategy! This pivotal seminar will help you avoid the “Big Mistake” made by unsuccessful start-ups. Week 2 • Basic Business Taxes- Tues., March 14 from 5:30-8:30 PM Every business must report taxes but how you pay depends on the type of business you have. Taught by a CPA • Building Your Business Plan with LivePlan- Thurs., March 16 from 5:30-8:30 PM Business planning is the foundation to starting a new venture. Receive all the tools necessary to complete a practical business plan. Registration includes a six-month subscription of the LivePlan web-based business planning software. Week 3 • Bookkeeping Basics- Tues., March 21 from 5:30-8:30 PM Learn how to properly classify and record basic business transactions. • Financing Your Business- Thurs., March 23 from 5:30-8:00 PM In this course, an experienced SBA business loan specialist will teach you how to ask for a loan, get prepared for the bank and find money in a tight-fisted economy. Included: 6 classes over 3 week period, 17 hours of instruction, handouts and software. Plus: By taking the course as a series you’re getting Financing Your Business for free.
Speaker: Several Consultants
Fee: $ 199.00
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
You’ve got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures to the types of license you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started.
Speaker: Eileen Rodriguez
Fee: $ 15.00
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
A feasibility study involves a critical analysis and evaluation of a proposed business or project to determine if it has a reasonable chance of success within the constraints of the proposed market, scope of operations and financial resources, logistics, environmental and regulatory restrictions. Feasibility suggests a self-imposed test to show that the project is rational, methods are practical, and results are achievable. Cost: $50. Pre-registration recommended. This is part of the Business Boot Camp for new & pre-venture businesses; for a cost of $199, you may take this and five other pertinent workshops in the boot camp to help start and grow your business. This is a savings of $101 for the six workshops it covers.
Speaker: Tom Hermanson, Associate Director, Florida SBDC at UWF
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, 6 sessions ending Wednesday, April 26
Topic: Business Basics
Spring into action at the Business Boot Camp this March/April and gain an understanding of how to move your business idea from concept to reality! Participants in this six week training course will learn how to start, plan, market and effectively manage a business. The price for the entire boot camp is $199, a savings of $101 off the total cost of taking all 6 workshops separately. Save the dates for the months of March and April! Titles and dates are: Preparing a Feasibility Study, March 7, 5:30 - 8:00 pm; Business Model Canvas, March 28, 5:30 - 7:00 pm; Marketing Your Business, April 4, 5:30 - 7:00 pm; Financial Forecasting Your Business Income, April 11, 5:30 - 8:00 pm; Human Resources Mgt, April 18, 5:30 - 8:00 pm; Optional Track TBD after Boot Camp starts, April 25, 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Attend the Boot Camp Series and be well on your way to starting your business! Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Call us at 850-474-2528 to register for this Boot Camp Series at the discounted rate of $199. Location: 9999 University Pkwy, Pensacola 32514. Take all six sessions for the discounted price of $199, or sign up for one or more of the individual workshops at $50 each.
Speaker: Various
Fee: $ 199.00
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn how to take advantage of Google’s free marketing and business productivity tools to grow your business. Google has a buffet of free tools that help small businesses attract new future customers. This workshop shows you where they are and how to use them with a special emphasis on using Google Analytics to uncover new markets, refine your marketing and get more results out of your existing efforts. In the Google Analytics portion of the workshop you see what you can do to improve your website. See what your website is trying to tell you about the effectiveness of your online marketing Get powerful consumer insight data that can change your entire marketing strategy See a live Google Analytics review of website data This program is full of easy-to-implement tips that can have a fast, positive impact on your business.
Speaker: Matt Weber
Fee: $ 30.00
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
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 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
For many small businesses, entry into government contracting will or should begin as a subcontractor. This seminar will provide the small business owner with an understanding of the overall subcontracting process, including the format for a Subcontract and Teaming agreement, how to protect your company during the relationship and the overall benefits of subcontracting. This seminar will also provide the suggested rules of engagement and the contractual relationship between prime contractor, subcontractor and the government, for small businesses in the Tampa Bay region.
Speaker: Karen Krymski
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
It’s no myth…women, minority and veteran certification could present opportunities for your business. But there is a process to becoming certified. In this class, you will learn how to complete the State of Florida certification application and discover how you can use it to seek business with the private sector and government.
Speaker: Yanina Rosario
Fee: $ 15.00
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
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 08, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
From a business perspective, there are few communications tools that hold the power of effective social media messaging. Learn the basics of which social media platforms are the right fit for your business and how to leverage your company’s key messages within each platform to boost your own business brand exposure and sales. The program is NO Cost Reservations are required Call the FSBDC at 433-5570 or 433-5514
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
A Discussion of Taxes a Business has to pay and what is an Employee vs a 1099 worker
Speaker: Consultant, Duane Hoversten
Thursday, March 09, 2017 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Business Basics
A Discussion of Taxes a Business has to pay and what is an Employee vs a 1099 worker
Speaker: Consultant, Duane Hoversten
Thursday, March 09, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
"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
Thursday, March 09, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
You know why your business rocks. Does anyone else? Take this class to uncover the characteristics that make up your business’ DNA. Soon, you’ll be able to boost consumer loyalty and company profits. After answering the two most important questions in all of marketing, you’ll be ready to skillfully implement customer-winning strategies and face the competition. SBDC Quick Tip: Marketing Your Business is a must-take class to attend before launching that website, product or new business!
Speaker: Karen Krymski
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, March 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This is a “Basic” Marketing class. Come find out about the four “P’s” of Marketing. Learn what a feature, benefit and value statement are and know when and where to express each. Learn about the new emerging marketing mediums so you will be better prepared for the future!
Speaker: Stan Austin
Thursday, March 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
It all starts with a website! Learn the basics of what needs to be in your website and how the search engines see you. Then what? Exploit the internet to the benefit of your business! What are the best practices for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and geo-locations? Topics include: strategy, return on influence, and keys to success. Come learn how to make electronic media work best for you!
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Are you -Entrepreneurial? -Always thinking about how to create value and build a business? -Trying to find better and new ways to do business? Then the business model canvas is for you - a fresh new way of migrating through the scope, design, & feasibility of your business. We will provide you the most powerful tool you need to start a business (or not). Let’s research and explore the feasibility of your business idea together. We will map and test your business idea and give you the tools to make well-informed decisions for your business. During the session we will provide you with resource documents, industry research, and a plethora of tools tailored to your business. Be sure to email us at sbdc@fgcu.edu with your proposed business type, location, and other pertinent details to help us pull industry reports needed for this session. Note: Advance registration is required for this session; registration is not complete until payment is received. Pay online or by phone via Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Requirements: Please email us at sbdc@fgcu.edu right after you register for the class with information about the type business you are considering starting and your thoughts on initial location (specific also if you are going to be an online business). We need this information so we can provide resource and research documents to you during class for the hands-on exercises.
Speaker: Amanda Stirn, Certified Marketing Strategist and FSBDC @ FGCU Marketing Director
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
There’s no way to get around it-every business must report taxes. But how you pay your taxes all depends on the type of business you have. This class explores the taxation process and filing requirements for sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations.
Speaker: Pearl Dahmen
Fee: $ 15.00
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Learn ways that your business can effectively use video to gain new clients. Discover the elements and cost-effective uses of a good commercial, and get pointers on do-it-yourself video for social media. Look at some real-world examples and come away with some great ideas for your business. The program is NO Cost. Reservations are required. Call the FSBDC at 433-5570 or 433-5514
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
The ability for a business to raise funds, especially in its early days is strongly linked to the owner's credit score. This workshop will provide information on how the score is calculated. It will also provide guidelines for improving one's credit score.
Speaker: Moses Ayiku, Consultant - Florida SBDC at Seminole State College
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Search engine optimization is a major component of any successful online marketing. This seminar will teach you how to develop a SEO strategy, based on methods of the book, “SEO: 2015 & Beyond,” by industry expert, Dr. Andy Williams. You’ll learn how to select keywords that are proven performers, combine the keywords into site content and boost site popularity. More specifically, attendees will master: * Basic SEO terms * Understanding Google Search results * How to use several free SEO tools * How to build quality content into your site * How to measure results using free tools, such as Google Analytics All attendees get a copy of Williams’s, “”SEO: 2015 & Beyond.”
Speaker: Gina Smith
Fee: $ 60.00
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Objectives of this seminar include: how to develop government marketing techniques, understand the differences between RFP / RFQ, how to search for a proposal opportunity, understand the various sections within a proposal and how to construct a winning bid
Speaker: Carole Hart, Consultant, Regional Program Manager, Government Contracting Services , FSBDC @ Palm Beach State College
Thursday, March 16, 2017 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Business Basics
THIS WILL BE A WALK IN QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION WITH NO PRE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. WE WILL TALK ABOUT ISSUES YOU MAY BE FACING DURING YOUR FIRST YEAR IN BUSINESS.
Speaker: Consultant, Duane Hoversten
Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
An overview of tax requirements needed satisfy IRS regulations and the generally accepted accounting procedures your business needs to manage your growth.
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Business planning is the foundation to starting a new venture, raising funds or growing your existing business. Receive all the tools necessary to complete a practical business plan. Seminar registration includes a six-month subscription of the LivePlan web-based business planning software. Our expert advice simplifies conducting the research necessary to make decisions and develop financial projections. Don’t be intimidated, take the first step today!
Speaker: Bill Burnham
Fee: $ 99.00
Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
A three-hour seminar designed to help entrepreneurs understand what it takes to start a business. Topics included business plans, legal forms of business, and licensing requirements. Registering for How to Start Your Business also includes our Business Fundamentals Webinars: Financing Alternatives, Marketing for Business Success and Business Plan Writing Made Easy at no extra cost.
Speaker: Hal Thayer, Asst. Director
Fee: $ 30.00
Monday, March 20, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Do you have a great idea for a business but just don't know where to begin? This class will give you an overview of the seven basic prerequisites for business STARTUP: Selecting an idea Testing the market Acquiring capital wRiting a plan Turning for help Understanding legal requirements Projecting cash flow
Fee: $ 10.00
Monday, March 20, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop will give you an overview of the seven basic requirements for business STARTUP: Selecting an idea, Testing the market, Acquiring capital, wRiting a plan, Turning for help, Understanding legal requirements, and Putting it all together. Registration includes a workbook and start-up kit for NE Florida counties.
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
This seminar provides a simple and realistic approach for the serious entrepreneur who is ready to write that winning business plan. From identifying your target market to financial projections, this workshop will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan, making the writing process easy.
Speaker: Moses Ayiku, Consultant - Florida SBDC at Seminole State College
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Develop the right plan for your business needs. Receive an overview which features easy financials, a simple pitch format, and performance tracking. Ideal for new or experienced business owners to manage business growth, communicate ideas, or borrow money.
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Proper bookkeeping is essential to managing your business. Learn how to classify and record basic business transactions, enter data into an account, chart accounts, and many basic accounting terms. You'll also learn what you must hold on to for tax compliance and find out what accounting software might be useful to help make your bookkeeping easier.
Speaker: Pearl Dahmen
Fee: $ 45.00
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop will give you an overview of the seven basic requirements for business STARTUP: Selecting an idea, Testing the market, Acquiring capital, wRiting a plan, Turning for help, Understanding legal requirements, and Putting it all together. Registration includes a workbook and start-up kit for NE Florida counties.
Fee: $ 40.00
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
The FSBDC at Florida International University (FIU), in partnership with USAID and FIU’s Extreme Events Institute, has developed a disaster-preparedness mobile app that allows business owners to better prepare their companies for disasters and to jump start operations post-event. The app includes customizable checklists, disaster simulations and assessments to help entrepreneurs identify risks to their business. This course will discuss overall small business risk management and how to effectively use this app. The program is NO Cost. Reservations are required. Call the FSBDC at 433-5570 or 433-5514
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
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
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
You've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. Starting Your Business is a class that teaches just that. From how to determine feasibility and legal structure to the type of license you will need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started. This seminar is customized for start-ups in DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands County; including the cities of Lake Placid, Sebring, Avon Park, Arcadia, and Wauchula.
Speaker: David Noel
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, March 23, 2017 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Are you looking for money for your business? Are you considering a SBA loan? This seminar will help you zero in on the right funding choices for your business and avoid money scams. Our financing veteran will educate you on how to ask for a loan, get prepared for the bank and where to find money in a tight-fisted economy. You’ll explore: • SBA loans: when, where and how to apply • How to plan your financing request to banks • Which banks are making loan • Angel investors and venture capitalists • Six Cs of credit and how credit scores affect your business • The fundamentals of royalties, licensing and supplier credit • Busting the myths about small business grants
Speaker: Special Guest Speaker: Paola Fuentes, MBA Business Relationship Manager, Business Banking Chase
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Operation Opportunity is an initiative of 38HOT: Helping Others Together, Team 4 of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Miami Class of 2016-2017. This program is focused on creating entrepreneurial and professional opportunities for Miami-Dade County veterans. As part of Operation Opportunity, 38HOT is hosting an entrepreneurship workshop to provide training and resources for veterans looking to start up a new business or grow an existing business. Attendees will hear from experts in the following areas: Starting a Business Accessing Capital Resources to Support Veteran Entrepreneurs This workshop will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6pm - 8pm at the United Way of Miami-Dade’s Ansin Building, located at 3250 Southwest 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33129-2712. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Registration is required. To attend the event, please register here: go.fiu.edu/operationopportunity There is no cost to attend, and for more information contact Brian Van Hook: (305) 779-9228 / bvanhook01@gmail.com.
Speaker: United Way Mission United The U.S. Small Business Administration The Beacon Council Florida SBDC at Florida International University
Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
Managing in today’s workplace is more complex than ever. With multi-generational employees, a focus on teamwork, and ever-changing rules and regulations, it’s hard to know what to do. Our experts will take a two-pronged approach to address this challenge. Our first speaker will cover Setting a Vision, Employee Roles and Teamwork with Diversity and Leadership.
Speaker: Nancy Muenzmay
Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
It all starts with a website! Learn the basics of what needs to be in your website and how the search engines see you. Then what? Exploit the internet to the benefit of your business! What are the best practices for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and geo-locations? Topics include: strategy, return on influence, and keys to success. Come learn how to make electronic media work best for you!