Events/Workshops

 
  
    
Wednesday, May 06, 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, May 07, 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 FREE 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: Sanjay Dhole, SBDC Business Analyst Learn more about him: http://maricopa-sbdc.com/sanjay-dhole/
Thursday, May 21, 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 Basics

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
NxLevel for Entrepreneurs Wednesdays Starting May 13th, 2015 9:00 to 11:00am Fee: $195.00 (Materials included) Scholarships are available for this course. For information, please contact Katie Boddy, katherine.boddy@domail.maricopa.edu NxLevel for Entrepreneurs is a 6-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. Class dates are: May 13th, May 20th, May 27th and June 3rd, June 10th & June 17th 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!
Speaker: Tom Swann, 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

Managing a Business

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 4 sessions ending Thursday, May 28
Four week course - May 19th, May 21st, May 26th and May 28th. 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: Michael D'hoostelaere, SBDC Business Analyst and Thomas Schumann
Fee: $ 195.00
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
NxLevel for Entrepreneurs Wednesdays Starting May 13th, 2015 Fee: $195.00 (Materials included) 9:00 to 11:00am NxLevel for Entrepreneurs is a 6-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. Class dates are: May 13th, May 20th, May 27th and June 3rd, June 10th & June 17th 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!
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
NxLevel for Entrepreneurs Wednesdays Starting May 13th, 2015 9:00 to 11:00am Fee: $195.00 (Materials included) Scholarships are available for this course. For information, please contact Katie Boddy, katherine.boddy@domail.maricopa.edu NxLevel for Entrepreneurs is a 6-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. Class dates are: May 13th, May 20th, May 27th and June 3rd, June 10th & June 17th 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!
Speaker: Katie Boddy
Fee: $ 195.00

Marketing and Sales

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.

Social Media Marketing

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
This presentation is a guide for small businesses or nonprofits who have been using social media marketing, but need some tips to take them to an intermediate level and/or add new channels to their marketing efforts. You’ve thought about what social networks to use for your business or nonprofit, and you’re ready to take the next step. Where do you go from there? This seminar will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. We’ll show you the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some dos and don’ts of each channel. You’ll also get tips on how to tell if your social media activity is working. Core concepts introduced include: * A closer look at the 5 most popular social networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest * Within each network: - How to tell if it’s right for your business - What kind of content to create and post - Etiquette - How to tell if your content is working - Suggestions on what to do next * Why social media & email marketing must be used together
Speaker: Lynn Ruby of Ruby Marketing Systems a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert
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