Rhode Island Small Business Seminars and Trainings for the Weeks of September 1 - September 14

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SBA Rhode Island District Office

Thursday, September 4

Export Express Grant Program (U.S. Small Business Administration and Commerce RI – 315 Iron Horse Way in Providence from 8:30-10:30am and is free of charge.  To register, please email providence.ri@sba.gov or call 401-528-4561):

The Export Express Grant program provides funding to Rhode Island companies for customized export training programs, including business plan development, market entry strategies, export logistics, international trade show development, certification training and foreign language training.
Eligible Rhode Island companies may apply for up to $5,000 in matching funds to address their international training needs. Consortiums may receive additional funding.

The International Trade Office will work with businesses to develop customized training to fit their export needs. Companies may implement training in the following areas: International Business Plan Development; Market Entry Strategies; Export Logistics; International Business Development Mission/ Trade Show Development; Language Training.

 

Financing Strategies:  Learn from the Experts (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 4:00 – 6:00pm.  Fee for workshop is $50.  Partial scholarships may be available to those who qualify.  To register, visit www.cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800):

If you are in the process of launching a new business, or thinking about starting one, this panel discussion will help you to understand the variety of financing options available to you as a new business owner.  The discussion will focus on strategies to raise funds as well as what investors and lenders look for when making financing Decemberisions.  The panel can have but not limited to the following experts:
• Angel investor
• A micro-credit lender
• A banker
• A crowd-funding expert
• An entrepreneur with experience raising funds

We will begin with a brief introduction and overview of services from each panelist followed by a panel discussion and Q &A with audience.

 

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 6:00 – 8:00pm.  Fee for workshop is $50.  Partial scholarships may be available to those who qualify.  To register, visit www.cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800):

This workshop provides a high level overview of a range of legal issues that entrepreneurs should be aware of when starting their company.  Attend this workshop to learn how to avoid common mistakes and employ preventative measures that can protect and ensure the success of, your new business.  Workshop topics will include:
Entity formation
• Contract Basics
• IP Considerations
• Licenses and regulations

After the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a one on one consultation regarding their specific business legal concerns through the Center for Women and Enterprise’s one on one consulting program.

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Friday, September 5

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 6:00 – 8:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, visit www.cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800):

Attend this workshop and Decemberide whether starting your own business is right for you.  As part of this workshop, you will:
• Explore the process and learn about the risks and rewards of starting up your own business
• Conduct a self-assessment that will help you Decemberide if business ownership is right for you
• Hear success stories of women who have worked with CWE and are now thriving in the business world
• Get an overview of various resources at CWE and elsewhere to help you move forward with your business idea and succeed
• Have the opportunity to schedule an individualized consultation with a CWE Program Manager

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Tuesday, September 9

Community Entrepreneurs Program:  Visioning Boot Camp (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  Fee for workshop is $175.  Partial scholarships may be available to those who qualify.  To register, visit www.cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800):

If you’re considering entrepreneurship, then this is the first step in turning your dreams of owning your own business into a reality!  Register for this intensive boot camp to:
• Explore the challenges and rewards of self-employment
• Build definition around your business concept
• Consider your short and long-term goals

At the end of this course you will: Discover the inner-workings of starting your own business by clarifying your business idea, constructing your mission statement, and developing a start-up action plan.

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Wednesday, September 10

Rebuilding Your Credit (U.S. Small Business Administration, Town of Bristol, the Center for Women & Enterprise, SCORE, the East Bay Chamber of Commerce, BankNewport and People’s Credit Union – Bristol Rogers Free Library, Herreshoff Community Room, 525 Hope Street in Bristol from 9:30 – 11:30am and is free of charge.  .  To register, Click Here , email info@eastbaychamberri.org  or call 401-245-0750):

Sometimes life happens and things get out of control for us credit-wise.  Join us as experts sit with you and give you exclusive information on tricks of the trade to help you rebuild you personal or business credit!

 

Master Your Marketing Strategy (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 6:00 – 9:00pm.  Class runs for 6 consecutive weeks.  Fee for workshop is $450 for 6 weeks.  Partial scholarships may be available to those who qualify.  To register, visit www.cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800):

As an entrepreneur, everything you do is a marketing opportunity.  As more challenging competition and technical tools become the norm, it is essential to reach potential customers and develop loyalty in ways that are practical, convincing, clear, and urgent.  In this six-week intensive course, you will:
• Understand market research and how to identify and quantify your target
• Review the commonly referenced “4Ps and 3Cs” of marketing
• Know how new marketing tools such as: Social Media, Search Engine Optimization, Online Marketing and E-Marketing can work for you
• Gain clarity around how traditional marketing concepts such as: Branding, Advertising, Public Relations, Event Marketing, Collateral Development that can support you in growing your business
• Understand the importance and value of tracking and metrics as it relates to marketing
• Develop a tailored plan that you can start immediately, no matter how small your budget

Please bring, or send in advance, any marketing materials you have for your business that you would like to share, get feedback on, or improve (Advertisement, logos, brochures, business cards etc)


 

 

 

 

 

SBA’s participation or support of this event is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any co-sponsor or other person or entity.  All SBA programs or cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a non -discriminatory basis.