Events/Workshops

 
  
    
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
For more information: Contact Paula Wittekind, Director – Mentor Program 2014-15 Email: paula@CDQLearning.com Phone: 480-759-2989
Speaker: Paula Wittekind, Director

Start-up Assistance

On Demand, available until December 31
Take this quick Assessment to find out if you have what it takes to start and run a successful business.
Speaker: On-line Quiz
Location: Online
On Demand, available until December 31
HP-Life Small Business Skills Training Series. Learn how to run your business from A-Z in 30 minute self paced modules. Topics include: Social Media, Marketing, Cash Flow, Technology, Running a more Efficient Business, Hiring Employees, Leadership and so much more! Certifications are given at the end of each module. This program is to be used in conjunction with the one - to - one counseling services available free to you at the SBDC's across Arizona. Click on the link below to start the training modules. You can begin anytime and the software will mark where you left off. Print out certificates of completion for your own use or to share with your SBDC counselor. Have fun!
Speaker: HP-Life
Location: Online
On Demand, available until December 31
Myownbusiness.org is a free website that can help you build your business plan within 15 modules and includes video and audio training. Complete this training, print out your certificate and then schedule an appointment to finalize your plan with your SBDC advisor. The course is offered free of charge.
Location: Online
Thursday, April 09, 2015 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Have you been considering starting your own small business but are unsure of where to begin? Don't miss out on this This NO COST seminar that is designed to help entrepreneurs understand what it takes to start a business! You will be provided with information about Startup Fundamentals, Marketing and Business Planning, Financing, Licenses, Business Structures, Regulations and more. Once you have successfully completed this session, you will be better able to decide if your business idea is worth pursuing, and you will be armed with the information necessary to continue onward with your business endeavor!
Speaker: Dorothy Wolden, SBDC Business Analyst Learn more about her: http://maricopa-sbdc.com/dorothy-wolden/
Thursday, April 23, 2015 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Have you been considering starting your own small business but are unsure of where to begin? Don't miss out on this This NO COST seminar that is designed to help entrepreneurs understand what it takes to start a business! You will be provided with information about Startup Fundamentals, Marketing and Business Planning, Financing, Licenses, Business Structures, Regulations and more. Once you have successfully completed this session, you will be better able to decide if your business idea is worth pursuing, and you will be armed with the information necessary to continue onward with your business endeavor!
Speaker: Jenny Herschaft, SBDC Business Analyst Learn more about her: http://maricopa-sbdc.com/virginia-herschaft/

Business Basics

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 6 sessions ending Thursday, April 30
NxLevel for Entrepreneurs Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 6 sessions ending Thursday, April 30th Two sessions per week Tuesdays & Thursdays Fee: $195.00 (Materials included) NxLevel for Entrepreneurs is a 3-week intensive training program designed to encourage business expansion in a community. The course focuses on teaching the art of better business practices while producing a comprehensive business plan to guide business expansion decisions and activities. NxLeveL comprises a dedicated group of professional authors, marketers and training professionals with decades of expertise in small-business education and development. In addition, we are experts in the field of adult education, with curricula rooted in adult learning characteristics, preferences and collaborative techniques. Entrepreneurs will learn: * How and when to start business planning * How to organize and better manage their business * How to identify opportunities and market their business * How to understand and get the business' financial in order and much more! Class dates are: April 14th, April 16th, April 21st, April 23rd, April 28th and April 30th; Every class will meet from 9 Am to 11 Am.
Speaker: Katie Boddy, SBDC Business Analyst
Fee: $ 195.00

Business Accounting and Budget

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Thursday, April 30
You don't need a background in accounting to use QuickBooks for your business?! Learn how to use QuickBooks for all your business needs in just three nights! **This event will take place at the EAC South Campus, Room #5, on College Ave., across from the EAC Guitteau Gymnasium in Thatcher, AZ. Contact the SBDC office for further directions at (928) 428-8590.
Speaker: Petrea Kunz, Certified Advanced Pro Advisor for QuickBooks & Enrolled Agent & Owner of "You Can Relax Tax & Accounting Service"
Fee: $ 149.00

Customer Relations

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
How do your employees treat your customers? Are they providing EXCEPTIONAL customer service? A vital seminar for business owners and employees! **This event will take place at the EAC High Tech Center, Room #124, on Church St. in Thatcher, AZ. Contact the SBDC office for further directions at (928) 428-8590.
Fee: $ 20.00

Financing

Thursday, April 02, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
GrowthWheel® is a tool for decision-making in start-up and growth companies. It helps entrepreneurs Get Focus, Set Agenda, Make Decisions, and Take Action! The Funding Workshop will cover these key areas: Financing Options: Review alternative ways to finance investments; Bank Information: Collect information which will give the bank insight into the business; Investment Catalogue: Map alternative future investment opportunities and their break-even; Risk Analysis: Assess probability and consequence of risks and take precautionary measures
Speaker: Tracy Mancuso
Fee: $ 25.00

Managing a Business

Thursday, April 02, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Evening Growth Wheel 2 hours workshops will be conducted in the Learning Center (LC) Building room 110 each Thursday evening between April 2nd and July 2nd from 5:30pm to 7:30pm This building is located South of the Cosmetology Building, Light snacks and water will be provided. Those who have prepaid for daytime sessions, may take evening session for no additional cost. Questions, please call Tracy Mancuso at 928-532-6170
Speaker: Tracy Mancuso
Fee: $ 150.00
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
The same old tired formula isn't working. Learn surprising ways to get more done. In this presentation you will learn how the traditional approach to time management is flawed, how to expand your view and definition of time management and how to use alternate approaches to master your to-do list. You have much more control over managing your time than you may currently imagine.
Speaker: Bob Wilson is a business coach, author and speaker. Through his business, Smartful Coaching, he helps you improve your business relationships with an approach that is open, energetic and fun. With a background in education, management, technology and coaching, Bob is uniquely qualified to help business owners with time management techniques.

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
This presentation will provide a deeper look into the importance and effectiveness of why email marketing with social media engagement can drives action. At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action – collections of marketing activities that help a small business or organization to achieve its goals and objectives. Newsletters and Announcements have become a core component of those campaign choices. Email is more important than ever – to the communication efforts of businesses and nonprofits everywhere; and to the customer, donor, client or supporter of those organizations. This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective. Attendees of this presentation will learn: * Campaigns in general: what is a campaign, types of newsletters * What to write about in your newsletter or announcement and how to consider using images * Subject line best practices, and when to send your newsletter * The importance of understanding how connected email and social media are…they have to be done together. * What types of additional tools might be useful Join us and learn some great new strategies to help your email and social media efforts be more effective components of one of the core campaign types, newsletters and announcements.
Speaker: Lynn Ruby - Ruby Marketing Systems an Authorized Local Expert of Constant Contact
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important. This presentation is designed to uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing knowledge can go a long way. Attendees of this presentation will learn: * What marketing really is (and isn’t). * How marketing has changed in ways that benefit small businesses. * The importance of setting goals and objectives for your marketing efforts. * The 4 Pillars or Marketing Success – a framework that shows how different marketing activities all fit together, and will help small businesses reflect on their own marketing program. * It’s ok to start small, to start where you already are. Join us and start to build a foundation marketing knowledge, from which you can build more and more effective campaigns to help your business or organization grow.
Speaker: Lynn Ruby of Ruby Marketing Systems a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Having consistent branding throughout the social media networks is crucial to keep a positive image of your company. Your brand is your online reputation. Having a fuzzy graphic or an incomplete social media business page is like having a sloppy lobby. In this workshop you will learn: • How Google changed the way we market • What is content marketing? • An overview of the major social media networks and the graphics • What is a hashtag and how do they work? • How content marketing works with social media to get you search engine optimization (SEO) • The steps to a successful inbound marketing strategy
Speaker: Giselle Aguiar, founder of AZ Social Media Wiz is a social media, inbound and content marketing strategist & trainer helping small to mid-sized business owners learn how to leverage the power of social media marketing, increase traffic to their websites, generate leads, increase brand awareness and establish themselves as experts in their fields. She’s worked in Internet marketing since 1995. She’s a trainer and the official Social Media, Newsletter and Blog Manager for Greater Phoenix SCORE and Adjunct Faculty at Phoenix College teaching Marketing and Social Networking.
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