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, March 12, 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: Tom Schumann, SBDC Business Analyst Learn more about him: http://maricopa-sbdc.com/tom-schumann/
Thursday, March 26, 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: Katie Boddy, SBDC Business Analyst Learn more about her: http://maricopa-sbdc.com/katie-boddy/

Business Accounting and Budget

Tuesday, March 31, 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 Financials Workshop will cover these key areas: Cash Management: Find ways to improve short-term and long-term cash flow; Cash Flow Budget: Manage payments with an overview of all incoming and outgoing transactions; Sales Forecast: Budget your revenue per customer and per product; Cost Budget: Estimate Costs and Reduce Expenses
Speaker: Tracy Mancuso, Venessa Beecroft
Fee: $ 25.00

Financing

Thursday, March 26, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 AM
Challenge Criteria InnovateHER provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase products or services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families (30%), have the potential for commercialization (40%), and fill a need in the marketplace (30%).

Managing a Business

Tuesday, March 10, 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 Networking/Communications & PR Workshop will cover these key areas: Network Activities: Plan participation in networking opportunities; Network Mapping: Map current personal and professional network; Media Opportunities: Map relevant media and decide key messages for media opportunities; Press Release: Release news stories that are interesting to the media and the readers.
Speaker: Tracy Mancuso
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, March 19, 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 Business Processes Workshop will cover these key areas: Process Mapping: Map important business processes that create value to customers; Process Documentation: Describe the most effective workflow for key processes and routines.
Speaker: Venessa Beecroft, Tracy Mancuso
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
There are numerous options for retirement plans for the small business. This seminar will help the owners decide which plan is best for their businesses. Deciding on the right retirement plan is not overwhelming and can be done by asking themselves a series of questions. Jim Van Houten will explain the questions specific to their businesses.
Speaker: Jim Van Houten - BS in Finance; Masters in Financial Services; Master in Management; Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant; Certified Financial Planner. 46 years in financial services business
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 4 sessions ending Thursday, April 09
Four week course - May 13th, May 15th, May 20th and May 22nd. The program is designed to help owners and managers of small business better understand financial management and increase their chances of success in today's difficult economic times. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll cover: *Overcoming common business problems *Understanding your financial position *Making effective pricing decisions *Evaluating cost patterns *Making your business bankable *Avoiding cash crunches
Speaker: Alicia Marseille, SBDC Business Analyst
Fee: $ 195.00

Managing Employees

Tuesday, March 17, 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 Employees Workshop will cover these key areas: Job Description: Produce detailed job profiles to clarify role and responsibilities; Staff Cost/Benefit: Estimate value and expenses for the next employees; Employee Profile: Describe the ideal profile of the next employee
Speaker: Tracy Mancuso, Venessa Beecroft
Fee: $ 25.00

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, March 05, 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 Sales & Service Workshop will cover these key areas: Sales Chain: Find ways to strengthen each part of the sales process; Sales Volume: Make a plan for different types of monthly sales activities; Elevator Pitch: Decide key messages when presenting the company to customers; Sales Arguments: Phrase key sales points for the customer dialogue; Sales Objections: Prepare responses to expected customer objections; Service Offering: Deliver great service throughout the buying process
Speaker: Tracy Mancuso, Venessa Beecroft
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, March 12, 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 Marketing Workshop will cover these key areas: Marketing Mix: Choose media and message for separate customer segments; Customer Persona: Get a better understanding of customers by describing typical profiles Customer Survey: Design questionnaire to collect information about potential customers
Speaker: Tracy Mancuso, Venessa Beecroft
Fee: $ 25.00
Saturday, March 28, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn the importance of having a website, how to build it, and how to easily manage it! **This event will take place at the EAC High Tech Center, Room #116, on Church St. in Thatcher, AZ. Contact the SBDC office for further directions at (928) 428-8590.
Fee: $ 20.00

Tax Planning

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) and Arizona’s Cities and Towns continue to work together to achieve the goal of simplifying the manner in which taxpayers report and pay their Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT). In this seminar you will learn: What is TPT Simplification/HB 2111 Why do we need TPT simplification? Who is impacted? When does this start? What changes will business owners expect?
Speaker: Amy Benesch - Arizona Dept. of Revenue
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