Events/Workshops

 
  
    

June

Thursday, June 02, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Technology Commercialization Workshops - Workshop 4: TechGrowth Thursday, June 2, 2016 11:00 am - 1:00 pm GateWay Community College 108 N 40th Street Small Business Development Center in the South Building Phoenix, AZ 85034 FREE Description: Overwhelmed at the prospect of selling to the Government? Here’s the help you need. Learn about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and federal contracting opportunities through Fed Biz Opps, as well as selling to city and state purchasing departments. Also, presented will be information on registering with the federal System for Award Management (SAM) and getting on bidder’s lists for city and state procurement opportunities. Specific objectives include: • How to locate funding opportunities within the Federal Government. • Registrations necessary to do business with the Federal Government. • What the SBIR/STTR programs are and how they work.
Speaker: Sanjay Dhole is a Technology Program Coordinator for Maricopa SBDC. He works with tech startups by helping them put together business plan, feasibility analysis, SBIR/STTR proposal preparation, investor readiness and other activities. Prior to joining SBDC, Sanjay founded and operated two Arizona based businesses in the area of IT Software and Finance. Sanjay holds Masters in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology. He worked for Microchip Technology and Intel Corp. as Product and Design Engineer prior to starting his entrepreneurial career. You may contact Sanjay at sanjay.dhole@domail.maricopa.edu
Thursday, June 02, 2016 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Business 101: How to Start a Small Business Thursday, June 2, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Estrella Mountain Community College 3000 N. Dysart Road ROOM: Business Institute located in Estrella Hall Avondale, AZ 85392 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: Mike Pineda, SBDC Business Analyst
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Grow Your Business Using Email and Social Media Tuesday, June 7, 2016 9:00 am - 10:30 am GateWay Community College 108 N 40th Street Small Business Development Center in the South Building Phoenix, AZ 85034 FREE Lots of small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies, tools and tactics to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible, but between Facebook and Twitter, email and mobile deals, and whatever new social network is rolling out that month—there’s a lot to keep up with. There are only so many hours in each day. The number of possibilities can feel overwhelming. This session will help make sense of the noise. In this workshop, you're going to learn how to make the most of the combination of email and social media for your business. When the session is done you’ll: • Understand some marketing basics like goals and objectives. • Learn what a “campaign” is and what to write about and offer in that campaign. • Be given some simple but powerful tips regarding how to get your messages opened and read, shared and socially visible. • Discover some great tools you can use to help engage with your existing customers and supporters as well as expand your reach to new prospects. Best of all, during the session you will write the outline of your own “next great campaign” that you can then go and implement. So join us and start to build a plan that will help you grow your business by eliciting the responses you want from your customers or supporters.
Speaker: Lynn Ruby, Ruby Marketing Systems
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Social Media Marketing
One of the keys to getting on Google's page 1 is to create content which is SEO-rich and meets Google's criteria. Your instructor built a Corporate Facebook from 0 to over 9,500 likes in 2 1/2 years and built a blog which garnered over one 100 visits a day from organic (free) searches — converting into sales for the company. Let her show you how to do the same!
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Rocket Business Launch Workshop Series - Session 1 - Business Concept GateWay Community College 108 N. 40th Street Small Business Development Center in the South Building Phoenix, AZ 85034 June 8, 15, 30, and July 7, 2016 8:30 am– 12:00 pm Fee: $150.00 payable by check at first session. Fee covers all materials for all four sessions. The Rocket Business Launch Workshop Series provides the essential building blocks for launching a new business. In four course sessions participants will address the critical elements required for business success: Business Concept, Customer Relations, Business Operations, and Business Finance. The target audience for this program is small business owners who are currently launching a new business or are in an advanced pre-launch phase. Course sessions are designed to be highly interactive with participants using GrowthWheel worksheets to capture information specific to their new business. June 8, 2016 Session 1 - Business Concept = value proposition, product description, business description, business model June 15, 2016 June 15, 2016 Session 2 - Customer Relations = target market, marketing, sales, customer service, PR June 30, 2016 Session 3 - Business Operations = Employees, HR, business processes, key partners, legal issues July 7, 2016 Session 4 - Business Finance = Financial management, accounting, financial projections, capital acquisition
Speaker: Katie Boddy, SBDC Busienss Analyst and Sanjay Dhole, SBDC Business Analyst
Fee: $ 150.00
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This 2-hour class provides a cost effective overview of all aspects of starting a business. From testing your business idea, determining your unique selling position, evaluating the ideal business legal structure, to low cost marketing strategies, this class covers all topics that should be considered in starting a business. In addition, how to identify start-up costs, model cash flow, statements of profit and loss, and the balance will be covered.
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, June 09, 2016 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Friday, June 10
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
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 two days! **This event will take place at the Gila Community College-Gila Pueblo Campus, Room #700, in Globe, 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
Thursday, June 09, 2016 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Business 101: How to Start a Small Business Thursday, June 9, 2016 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm GateWay Community College 108 N 40th Street Small Business Development Center in the South Building Phoenix, AZ 85034 FREE 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: Rand Weiskittel, SBDC Business Analyst
Monday, June 13, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Social Media Marketing
There really is a science behind how you improve your Google ranking from your current page to page 1. Google is looking for fresh, shiny new content. Does on-site SEO count for more than off-site SEO? What is an on-site SEO? (It's on your website, whether within the website, or in the on-site blog, or landing pages; it all counts) What is off-site SEO? (SEO in social media channels such as Facebook Twitter, Google Author, and others count towards your new content goal) Learn comprehensive strategies that you can use to help your site rank higher in Google searches...which brings you more customers who convert into more sales.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
PTAC Presents: Laying the Groundwork Tuesday, June 14, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm GateWay Community College 108 N 40th Street Small Business Development Center in the South Building Phoenix, AZ 85034 FREE Learn the basics of how government contracting work. Very basic introduction to government contracting and the services PTAC offers. We follow a Who, What, Why, When and How format followed by a group discussion. This course is for small business owners who know very little or nothing about government procurement. To register for this event contact: Nora Plonsky, Arizona PTAC Progam Assistant Nora.plonsky@domail.maricopa.edu or at (623)845-4700.
Speaker: Kate Hoy, AzPTAC Counselor, Maricopa County
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Rocket Business Launch Workshop Series - Session 2 - Customer Relations GateWay Community College 108 N. 40th Street, South Building Phoenix, AZ 85034 June 8, 15, 30, and July 7, 2016 8:30 am– 12:00 pm Fee: $150.00 payable by check at first session. Fee covers all materials for all four sessions. The Rocket Business Launch Workshop Series provides the essential building blocks for launching a new business. In four course sessions participants will address the critical elements required for business success: Business Concept, Customer Relations, Business Operations and Business Finance. The target audience for this program is small business owners who are currently launching a new business or are in an advanced pre-launch phase. Course sessions are designed to be highly interactive with participants using GrowthWheel worksheets to capture information specific to their new business. June 8, 2016 Session 1 - Business Concept = value proposition, product description, business description, business model June 15, 2016 Session 2 - Customer Relations = target market, marketing, sales, customer service, PR June 30, 2016 Session 3 - Business Operations = Employees, HR, business processes, key partners, legal issues July 7, 2016 Session 4 - Business Finance = Financial management, accounting, financial projections, capital acquisition
Speaker: Jenny Herschaft, SBDC Business Analyst
Fee: $ 150.00
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Understanding Government Solicitations and the Proposal Process Wednesday, June 15, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm GateWay Community College 108 N. 40th Street Phoenix, AZ 85034 Room: Small Business Development Center Training Room in the South Building Fee: $75.00 per attendee. Event contact: Nora Plonsky, Arizona PTAC Progam Assistant Nora.plonsky@domail.maricopa.edu or at (623) 845-4700. To register and pay for this event, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-proposals-tickets-25144818830 Basics of Proposal Writing This is a basic introduction to responding to government proposals. Topics to be presented are: • Understanding the parts of an RFP • Preparing to bid • Avoiding common mistakes • Q&A • Proposal coaching Each attendee will learn: * What the important parts to federal and state solicitations are. * What the appropriate response format is. * Where to go for more information. Attendees are encouraged to bring a current solicitation or an old one that they wish to dissect. Laptops are also highly recommended.
Speaker: Stephanie Parrish, Proposal and Grant Writer, Owner of Momentum Grant and Proposal Writing Services. Momentum offers opportunity research, proposal development, consulting, and review services. Background: Stephanie has worked as a technical writer since 2005. She specializes in grant and proposal writing. She is experienced in responding to international, federal, state, and local government solicitations for for-profit companies, as well as to private and corporate foundation grant programs for nonprofit organizations.
Fee: $ 75.00
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This 2-hour class provides a cost effective overview of all aspects of starting a business. From testing your business idea, determining your unique selling position, evaluating the ideal business legal structure, to low cost marketing strategies, this class covers all topics that should be considered in starting a business. In addition, how to identify start-up costs, model cash flow, statements of profit and loss, and the balance will be covered.
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, June 16, 2016 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Business 101: How to Start a Small Business Thursday, June 16, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Estrella Mountain Community College 3000 N Dysart Road ROOM: Business Institute located in Estrella Hall Avondale, AZ 85392 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: Mike Pineda, SBDC Business Analyst
Thursday, June 16, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Taking the Right Steps to Start Your Own Business. So, you want to start a business? SBA recognized 8 reasons why businesses fail in the first two years. Learn how you can combat these causes of failure! Don't miss this free, essential seminar! **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.
Speaker: Kevin Peck, Director of EAC Small Business Development Center
Monday, June 20, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Creating a Facebook business page is your key to unlocking markets and sales on the other side of the globe. Learn the secrets of a great Facebook page which develops friendships, increases your company's sales, and increases your profits.
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
There are three main financial statements that all business owners and managers need to understand: the balance sheet, profit and loss (income statement), and statement of cash flow. Each of these financial tools present different information that can be used in evaluating the health of the business. This information can be used to determine the business's performance as compared to the business's peer group. This 2-hour class will help the business owner make informed decisions in managing the business.
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Social Media Marketing
Your blog is powerful tool you can use to build a community of friends/fans who convert into being your customers. In this 2-hour workshop, you will learn about creating a comprehensive concept for your blog as well as the secrets to creating great content. Come and learn how you can succeed in the blogosphere from someone who has actually done it!
Fee: $ 10.00