Rhode Island Small Business Training Events For The Weeks Of October 1 - October 14

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SBA Rhode Island District Office
Tuesday, October 2

Rhode Island National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day (U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP of Rhode Island – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 2:00 – 4:00pm and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, please visit www.sba.gov/ri , call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov):
Who:  Mark S. Hayward, District Director, Rhode Island District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration; Kathleen Connell, Rhode Island State Director, AARP
Also speaking on available resources will be:  Adriana Dawson, State Director, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center; Bill Welsh, Chapter Chairman, SCORE; Carmen Diaz-Jusino, Program Director, Center for Women & Enterprise.  Speaking on his personal experience of starting a business after the age of 50 will be Steven Gareau, SCORE counselor, author, and successful entrepreneur.
What:  The SBA and AARP invite existing and potential entrepreneurs over the age of 50 and the public to this event to network with mentors that can provide technical assistance and savvy business advice to help start and grow a small business.  National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day is a nationwide effort to meet the Small Business Administration’s goal of training 100,000 new and existing encore entrepreneurs as a result of the agency’s partnership with the AARP.
Currently, there are more than 76 million people as part of the Baby Boomer generation, and many are interested in and poised to be entrepreneurs; one in four between the ages of 44 and 70 are interested in starting their own business or non-profit in the next five to 10 years. Nearly half report a desire to be encore entrepreneurs, a business with a positive social aspect.  For many Baby Boomers, entrepreneurship training is the toolkit empowering them to use their experience, knowledge and skills to become job creators in our state. This event is designed to leverage the partnership between SBA and the network provided by AARP to introduce existing and future entrepreneurs to existing resources in Rhode Island.
In addition, as part of the effort to guide encore entrepreneurs, SBA has set up a dedicated web page for Americans over the age of 50 featuring: an online self-assessment tool that will help potential small business owners understand their readiness for starting a business as well as information to help with business planning, shaping a winning business idea, professional counseling, financial services and information to find local resources in Rhode Island. This web page can be found at: http://www.sba.gov/content/50-entrepreneurss
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Wednesday, October 3
HUBZones 101 (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Johnson & Wales University, TACO Center, 10 Abbott Park Place in Providence from 10:00am – 12:00pm and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, please visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):
This workshop will help you understand the programs and services available from the U. S. Small Business Administration.  Learn about government contracting opportunities that are available through the SBA’s HUBZone program.
The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.  The Federal Government buys everything from paperclips to aircraft carriers.  There are 44 designated “HUBZones” in Rhode Island, of which, 27 reside in the city of Providence, 5 are in Woonsocket, 4 in both Pawtucket and Central Falls, and 2 in Newport.  The entire Narragansett Indian Reservation is also a HUBZone.
Benefits of the HUBZone Program
* Competitive and sole source contracting
* 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities
* The federal government has a goal of awarding 3% of all dollars for federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small business concerns
To see if your business is located in a HUBZone, simply visit http://map.sba.gov/hubzone/maps/
The Federal HUBZone Program certifies small businesses located in eligible urban and rural areas gain access to federal contracts.  Eligibility for both certifications will be discussed along with information on free technical assistance available from the Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center (RIPTAC).
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Thursday, October 4
Losses & Fraud (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Johnson & Wales University, TACO Center, Room 417, 10 Abbott Park Place in Providence from 6:00 – 9:00pm and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, please visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):
Fraud is a continuing concern of business owner and financial professionals, whose jobs are to protect businesses’ payment transactions from traditional and emerging fraud schemes?  Research by the Fed, the Association for Financial Professional, and others will be summarized and reviewed to identify what payment types are most vulnerable to fraud attacks and losses, and what schemes are most prevalent today.  Participants to this seminar will gain a better understanding of their payment fraud risks and actions available to mitigate those risks.
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Friday, October 5
HOW TO:  Explore Entrepreneurship (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard, Providence from 9:00 – 10:30am and is free of charge.  To register, please visit www.cweboston.org , call 401-277-0800 or email ngirard@cweonline.org):
Attend this workshop and decide 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
* Discuss your specific business ideas and needs with a program manager
* Get an overview of various resources at CWE and elsewhere to help you succeed
* Hear success stories of women who have worked with CWE and are now thriving in the business world

Lunch & Learn:  How To Protect Your Brand (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard, Providence from 11:00am – 1:00pm.  Fee is $35 which includes lunch.  To register, please visit www.cweboston.org , call 401-277-0800 or email ngirard@cweonline.org):
This class will focus on protecting your company's name, product name and reputation using intellectual property rights such as trademarks, copyrights and patents.  Learn strategies that can be used to protect and leverage your company's brand using intellectual property rights.
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Saturday, October 6
Start Up Rhode Island Expo (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – Warwick Mall, 400 Bald Hill Road in Warwick from 10:00am – 9:00pm and is free of charge.  To register please visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):
New and emerging business entrepreneurs are invited to participate in the “Start Up Rhode Island Expo” on Saturday, October 6 at the Warwick Mall.  With over 3,000 shoppers per day is the ideal location for start-up or first-year entrepreneurs to sell their wares or test market their products and services.
There is no charge to participate in the Expo.  Pipe and drape booths will be provided along with an eight foot table.  Signage will be the responsibility of the exhibitors.  Applications are available by calling Dave Nash at 401-447-8000.  All applications are subject to approval.
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Tuesday, October 9
Business Continuity Planning (U.S. Small Business Administration, City of Providence, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, Center for Women & Enterprise – Providence Emergency Operations Center, 591 Charles Street in Providence from 4:00 – 6:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, please email providence.ri@sba.gov or call the SBA at 401-528-4561):
Did you know that 40% of companies that shut down for 3 days after a disaster strikes, fail within 36 months?  If a disaster strikes your business, are you prepared?  Join us for this innovative and information packed workshop where you will learn about what you need to do to protect your business and how to gain access to both local and federal resources.  SBA Rhode Island District Director, Mark S. Hayward, will guide through the resources available through the SBA is a disaster does strike your business.  Lori Adamo of Code Red Business Continuity Services will show you what you need to prepare your business, and Col. Pete Gaynor of the Providence Emergency Management Agency will speak about resources available on the local level.

Community Entrepreneurs Phase Two:  Business Planning (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard, Providence from 6:00 – 9:00pm and runs 14 weeks through January 22, 2013.  Fee is $550 for all 14 classes.  Partial scholarships may be available.  To register, please visit www.cweboston.org , call 401-277-0800 or email ngirard@cweonline.org):
The next step in CEP involves getting your business on the right track!  In this second phase, you will:
* Determine the feasibility of your business concept
* Work with other business owners and CWE experts to prepare a viable, funding-ready business plan
* Find options for financing your business and understand and organize your financial documents
* Learn how to market yourself and your business to target customers
* Identify solutions to typical start-up problems and challenges
* Learn step-by-step how to start and operate your own business efficiently and effectively
* Actively participate in class time and in one-on-one consulting sessions
* Access to a computer and knowledge of MS Word and Excel is recommended
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Wednesday, October 10
Advanced Strategy And Profits…Business Accelerator (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – Centerville Seminar Center, 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 6:00 – 8:00pm and is free of charge.  To register please visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):
Where will your business be in three to five years?  Are sales development and expense management priorities?  Marketing is expensive.  Public relations are unpredictable.  Are profits not as high as you like?  Interested in discovering what more can be done to proactively manage your business for greater success?  Then join us for “The Business Accelerator”  Workshop, where you’ll learn:
1. The Top Ten Pitfalls of Running a Small Business
2. Tax Management That Will Save You Money
3. Pricing Strategies to Retain Customers & Grow Margins
4. The Secret Formula of the 1,000 Top Businesses
5. Marketing Strategies That Will Triple Your Probability of Success
6. How to Get Clients Coming to You When They’re Ready to Buy More
7. Relationship Management Secrets for Being “Top of Mind”
8. New Business Development Strategies that Create the Best, Qualified Prospects
9. How to Eliminate “Unpaid Consulting” in the Business Development Process
10. How to Maintain Accountability for Business Development
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Thursday, October 11
Maintaining Trade Secrets For Business Inventions (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Johnson & Wales University, Johnson Hall, 59 Chestnut Street in Providence from 8:00 – 10:00am and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, please visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):
According to Rhode Island General Laws 6-41-1, a trade secret is defined as information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process, that: (i) Derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use; and (ii) Is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy.
This class will assist a business owner how to develop, protect, monetize, and maintain trade secrets within an organization. More particularly, this seminar will provide the following:
- Lean about the basics of what a trade secret comprises in contrast to a patent, trademark, or copyright
- Learn how to identify valuable trade secrets within your organization
- Learn how to protect your trade secrets using the law
- Learn how to setup a compliance program to maintain the legal protection of your trade secrets
- Lean how to monetize your trade secrets
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Friday, October 12
HOW TO:  Explore The SBA Loan Programs (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard, Providence from 10:00am – 12:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, please visit www.cweboston.org , call 401-277-0800 or email ngirard@cweonline.org):
SBA Loans 101.  Participants will learn the basics of SBA loan programs, as well as some helpful tips from a banker’s perspective about successful loan applications.






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.
Date: 9/26/2012