Rhode Island Small Business Training Events For The Weeks Of October 22 - November 4

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SBA Rhode Island District Office

Wednesday, October 24

Business Law For Small Business Owners (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – TACO Building, Room 317, 10 Abbott Park Place in Providence from 8:00 – 10:00am and is free of charge.  To register, please visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

So, you want to start your own business, or perhaps you already have.  What should you be concerned about?  Come hear an experienced small business attorney address a variety of subjects that can help you to be better protected for potential problems or concerns.  Some of the topics to be discussed include: Inc. vs. LLC, Agreements with Partners, Leases, Preventing Fraud, Purchasing Real Estate and Closing your Business.

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Thursday, October 25

Basic Entrepreneurial Workshops (South Eastern Economic Development Corporation – Johnson & Wales Culinary Archives and Museum, 315 Harborside Boulevard in Providence from 8:30am – 4:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, please visit www.risbdc.org or call SEED at 508-822-1020 no later than October 18):

Registration:  8:30 a.m.
Session I:  9:00 a.m. – Noon
Session II: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided.

SESSION I:
* LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PLANNING, PREPARING FOR AND FINANCING YOUR BUSINESS.

SESSION II:   
* LEARN TO UNDERSTAND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND HOW THEY HELP TO DETERMINE THE HEALTH OF YOUR BUSINESS. 

These workshops are brought to you by SEED Corporation and Rockland Trust in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, SCORE, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, and the Rhode Island Economic Development Council.

 

Effective Business Plan Writing & Finance Boot Camp (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – Centerville Seminar Center, 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 8:00am – 12:00pm and is free of charge.  To register please visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):

Starting a new business is a daunting task.  Many questions need to be answered.  Where and how will I get financing?  What is my best option?  Should I be registered as an S Corp or a C Corp?  What information should be included in a business plan?  In this FREE boot camp, David Lucier, CPA will help provide answers to these questions and point you in the right direction towards financing your dream business.  David will help guide you through this process and give you the best advantage possible on your new business venture.  This seminar will help you effectively prepare a business plan and figure out the best means of financing.

These topics and more will be covered in depth:

•Business Planning, Strategic Marketing Plan, Managing marketing and sales
•Capital vs. Loans
•Angel, Venture capital, friends and family, SBA, PEDC, CED, RIEDC, Private equity, other
•Entity Choice
•S Corp, LLC, C Corp, Partnership, Sole Proprietor
•Insurance
•Tax
•Legal and other
•How to Read Financial Statements
•Six easy steps to reading financial statements

Each participate will receive a work book to organize your ideas and put them into action.

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Saturday, October 27

Marketing & Sales Planning (SCORE – Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street in Providence from 9:30am – 12:30pm and is free of charge.  To register please call Ann Poulos at 401-455-8027 or email pplref@provlib.org and put “Attention: Ann P” in the subject line)

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Tuesday, October 30

Do-It-Yourself Website Workshop (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – Centerville Conference Center, 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 6:30 – 8:30pm and is free of charge.  To register please visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):

WordPress is a powerful personal publishing platform, and it comes with a great set of features designed to make creating your own website (or blog) as easy, pleasant and appealing as possible.  In this hands-on WordPress training class, you’ll learn to use WordPress to set-up and manage your website.  You’ll discover how to organize and manage your content, install themes, and add functionality through the use of important plugins.  No experience with computer graphics or coding is required!

You will leave this 2 hour class with a thorough understanding of WordPress’s powerful capability. And, you’ll learn how to:

• Acquire a web host
• Install WordPress
• Choose a WordPress theme (there are thousands to choose from)
• Understand the WordPress dashboard
• Configure basic settings
• Write powerful, attention grabbing content
• Create pages and blogs and Add content (we’ll supply fictitious content that you can replace with authentic copy)
• Insert images and links into posts and pages
• Use widgets, Install and use plugins

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Wednesday, October 31

How To Increase Website Traffic (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – Centerville Conference Center, 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 2:00 – 4:00pm and is free of charge.  To register please visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):

Are you looking to increase your website traffic?  This seminar explores how search engines work and how to gain better visibility.  There are both free and paid ways to have your site noticed and we will go in depth on both.  After this seminar you will better understand how:

Search engines work and how organic rankings are established
Google “Local Business” search works
Pay per click advertising campaigns work
To setup and implement email marketing campaigns
To best utilize social media to generate website traffic

This seminar is for anyone interested in a low cost way to promote their website or anyone looking to transition traditional marketing budgets to the Internet.

 

Video & The Web…The Top 7 Reasons To Use Video On Your Website (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – Centerville Conference Center, 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 9:00 – 11:00am and is free of charge.  To register please visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):

Join David Sardinha of Pineapple Studios in a discussion of the “Seven Main Reasons to use Video on Your Website.”  The presentation will include several examples of different types of videos.  Learn the best way to present your information in a web video.  If you’re not using video on your website, or are thinking about having video on your website, this is a must attend for you.

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Thursday, November 1

Pros And Cons Of Social Media Marketing (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – Centerville Conference Center, 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 2:00 – 4:00pm and is free of charge.  To register please visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):

Is social media a cost-effective marketing tool that will drive customers to your business?  Or, is it a time-consuming drain that takes you away from more meaningful and measurable marketing activities.  It depends on whom you ask.

So, we asked social media advocate Betty Galligan, President of Newberry PR & Marketing and social media antagonist David Cordeiro, President of Cyber Technical to share their thoughts on this intriguing subject.  We strongly suggest that, before you jump on the social media bandwagon, you attend this entertaining debate, this demonstrative dispute, this entertaining argument; and, make sure you consider all of the social media marketing pros and cons.

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Friday, November 2

HOW TO:  Explore Entrepreneurship (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 9:00 – 10:30am and is free of charge.  To register or for more information, please 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

 

HOW TO:  Obtain Bank Financing (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 10:45 – 11:45am and is free of charge.  To register or for more information, please call 401-277-0800 or email ngirard@cweonline.org ):

If you are considering loan financing as a way to start or grow your business, then join a banking expert for this free session that will help you:

* Understand how loan financing can be a way to start or grow your business
* Find out more about lenders’ primary considerations when reviewing a loan request
* Master key loan lingo of the financing world and discover a range of loan types, and their respective terms and conditions
* Feel confident and secure in your financing decisions

 

HOW TO:  Choose Your Legal Entity (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 12:00 – 1:00pm and is free of charge.  To register or for more information, please call 401-277-0800 or email ngirard@cweonline.org ):

Make it legal!  A legal designation can significantly impact the future of your business, so come to:

* Learn the advantages and disadvantages of various business structures (sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporate, non-profit)
* Better understand your business in the legal sense
* Be able to ask questions to our legal advisors in order to make this important business decision regarding legal entity

 

Blog Your Business To Success…Insider Secrets To Do It Right (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – Centerville Conference Center, 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 8:00 – 10:00am and is free of charge.  To register please visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):

Here are a few of the things you can learn in this seminar:

• Why bother? A clear explanation of the benefits.
• What is the winning formula?
• Where do you start?
• Discover what is critical and what really works.
• What other critical components should you know for blogging?
• Where do I get content?
• How long do my articles have to be how often should I blog?
• Learn about free and paid services -- -- what are the differences?
• What role does back linking play?
• What is the most important benefit of back linking?
• Learn back linking techniques that actually work.
• How to build back links in a safe and smart manner.
• We will discuss the insider secrets on back links.
• What is the importance of keyword research?
• What is the formula to achieve higher rankings for your website?
• Discover the big myths about website ranking.
• Why the title of your blog is critical?
• The big insider secret about blogging and mistakes to avoid.
• One last critical tip.

You will come away from this seminar with a clear plan to create articles and blogs that will help build your business and begin to identify you as an authority in your market.

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Saturday, November 3

Social Media & Website Development (SCORE – Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street in Providence from 9:30am – 12:30pm and is free of charge.  To register please call Ann Poulos at 401-455-8027 or email pplref@provlib.org and put “Attention: Ann P” in the subject line)


 

 

 

 

 

 

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: 10/17/2012