Rhode Island Small Business Training Events For The Weeks Of November 5 - November 18

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SBA Rhode Island District Office

Monday, November 5

QuickBooks:  Enhancing Your Skills (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Xaviers Academic Center, Room 204, 259 Pine Street in Providence from 6:00 – 9:00pm.  This is a two-part workshop that will conclude on 11/12.  Fee for workshop is $75.  To register or for more information, please visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

Have you already been using QuickBooks and want to know more?  Then come learn all the things you didn’t know QuickBooks was capable of and take your financial management to the next level!  In this workshop participants will learn the ins and outs of inventory and payroll.

* Inventory
* Payroll with QuickBooks

A generous packet of information pertaining to the workshop is provided.  Participants should have a basic knowledge of QuickBooks.

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Wednesday, November 7

Disaster Preparedness Workshop (Code Red Business Continuity Services and Providence UASI – Quonset Development Corporation (conference room), 95 Cripe Street, Annex Building in North Kingstown from 9:00 – 11:00am and is free of charge.  Attendees may register at www.providenceri.com/PEMA/business-resilience  Space is limited):

Learn how to effectively protect you people, profit, reputation and operations. 
Workshop Overview…

* Understanding and Performing Risk Assessments, Developing Emergency Response Plans, Creating and Implementing Business Continuity Plans and overview of the Testing and Maintenance Process.

What the Workshop Offers…

* Key elements for a Business Continuity Plan, Effective emergency plan guidelines and checklists, Interactive discussions for your industry needs and concerns, Essential industry knowledge from subject matter experts, the ability to be proactive, taking charge of planning and preparedness for your company.

Course Takeaways…

* A business continuity template for your business;
* A Strategy Assessment that will provide a review of your readiness and resiliency. An executive report will outline your strengths and weakness around twelve disciplines valued at $700; and
* A small business will receive a full Business Continuity Plan free of charge (valued at $10,000+)!

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Thursday, November 8

Business Basics:  Ten Steps To Starting A Business (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  Fee for workshop is $35 and partial scholarships may be available.  To register or for more information, please call 401-277-0800 or email ngirard@cweonline.org ):

If you are thinking about owning a business are in the early stages of starting one, then this workshop is for you.  Register for this class to:

* Develop your business ideas and planning
* Consider your legal structure
* Discuss choosing a name and entity
* Learn how to obtain an employer identification number, licenses, permits and insurance
* Leave the session with an A to Z overview and specific tools and tips that will help you get started quickly

 

Understanding/Maximizing The Use Of Accounting & Treasury Technology (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – TACO Center, Room 321, 10 Abbott Park Place in Providence from 6:00 – 8:00pm and is free of charge.  To register or for more information, please visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

One of the biggest challenges facing today’s Business owner, Accountants and Treasurers is identifying and implementing the most appropriate technology solution to meet their organizations’ needs.  As in many areas, the range of technology available to organizations has become more complicated in current years.  Levels of functionality and service that were unimaginable a few years ago are now standard.  As a result, understanding the most appropriate options for you and your organization is very important.

The purpose of this seminar is to provide you and your organization with the tools to identify, understand, and implement the most appropriate technology solution.

 

7 Ways To Get More Business Today & Plan For An Abundant Future! (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):

In these challenging times how can you get more business now and plan for a steady flow of business in the future?   Bring us your most pressing Business Development question and we will answer it in this lively and interactive workshop.  We will not only answer your question and show you how to get more business today, but we’ll provide you with a step by step process to do it and show you how to build your business development plan for the future. Is collecting an impressionable stack of business cards working for you?  Have you been able to turn those contacts into customers with whom you have a meaningful relationship?  Do you even want to?  It’s not just about the fishing or the bait that you use or how often you fish.  You need to be fishing in the right pond!

Successful business development begins with Vision, Strategy, and Finance; and is followed by Marketing, Networking, Relationship Building, & Contact Management.  Your goal is to attract healthy and mutually rewarding business relationships with your customers so that they become life-long, raving fans!

 

It’s In “The Cards” (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):

There is no shortage of places to put your marketing message these days, but the bigger issue is whether or not your message is actually being seen by the people you are targeting.  With all the clutter in the computer, a place where it may be easier to get noticed is actually in the mailbox.  But to be successful today, you can’t use yesterday’s direct mail ideas.  The flyer and self-mailer are on the way out (for more than one reason) and today’s success comes more frequently from “The Cards” (post cards and greeting cards). Bob Salvas, a marketing and direct mail expert, will lead this up-to-date discussion on what is working and why.  As a bonus, for those interested in staying after the seminar, an online hands-on demo of a new service will be available.  Please bring your laptop, iPad or iPhone to participate in the demo.

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Saturday, November 10

Accounting & Financial Management For The Small Business (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, November 13
Everybody Sells (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – TACO Center, 10 Abbott Park Place in Providence from 8:00 – 10:00am and is free of charge.  To register or for more information, please visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

This Workshop Offers an Opportunity to…

Get the most out of each contact with customers and prospects.  Have everyone in your organization believing that “SELLING IS ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE MEET THEIR NEEDS AND SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS”   “SALES IS ABOUT PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY SERVICE AND ONGOING CUSTOMER SATISFACTION”

Audience:  Broadly speaking the program is valuable to anyone in any size organization responsible for any contact with customers and prospects.  Inside and outside service providers communicating with clients and prospects.  Supervisors and staff who are directly responsible for customer service.  Extremely beneficial for all individuals working for smaller organizations where a variety of skills and multitasking is required;

Course Takeaways…to provide “all” members of the organization with the knowledge and skills to enhance their ability to:
- Develop rapport;
- Anticipate and identify needs - solutions;
- Provide the appropriate service by “recommending / selling” the best solution;
- Capitalize on this opportunity to create “total customer satisfaction”
- Expand opportunities for enhanced business referrals and revenue growth

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Wednesday, November 14

HOW TO:  Explore The SBA HUBZone Program (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 10:00am – 12:00pm and is free of charge.  To register or for more information, please call 401-277-0800 or email ngirard@cweonline.org ):

The federal government spends over $2 billion on goods and services each year. Are you getting your share? A SBA small business certification may make the difference for your company. Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Center for Women & Enterprise to learn more about the government contracting certification HUBZone program (Historically Underutilized Business Zones).

 

8 Steps To Successful Innovations (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Central RI Chamber of Commerce, Slade’s Business Center, 3280 Post Road in Warwick from 9:00 – 11:30am and is free of charge.  To register or for more information, please visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

So you want to turn your latest creative idea into a winning business venture... now what?  There is so much conflicting information out there, how do you know what to do and where to begin?  If these are your questions, and you want to save yourself time, money, aggravation and avoid the pitfalls, your first step is to join us for this workshop.  This information-rich, tip-filled session will fill in the blanks and address the pressing issues that separate successful ventures from those that fall by the wayside.

For inventors, entrepreneurs, start-ups, creative artists, anyone with a new idea for a product or service regardless of prior experience.  8 simple tried and true steps will help you navigate through the early stage idea validation process. Includes:

• Tips, case studies, lessons learned from years of being in the trenches.
• Things you can't learn in school... but need to know before you start investing.
• Straight talk... decoding the invention development process.
• Insights into the kinds of help you need to validate your concept.
• Avoiding the most common mistakes that can prematurely doom a venture.
• How to realistically evaluate your product and prospects.

 

Selling To The State Of Rhode Island (Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center – 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101 in Providence from 9:00am – 12:00pm and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, please visit www.riptac.org or contact the PTAC office by calling 401-270-8896 or email ptac@riedc.com ):

This workshop will provide a look at how to sell to the State of Rhode Island and the RI Division of Purchases.  It will take a look at the rules, regulations, registration process and opportunities.

 

The 7 Secrets Of Overnight Success Stories:  How To Get Your Business Featured In The News (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):

You’ve seen it before.  A local small business receives a feature story in the newspaper, TV, the radio or the Web, and the next day it is flooded with customers.  Overnight success stories are a shared fantasy of many business owners.  You’ve probably wondered how your business could grow if you received a story in the news.  Or perhaps you've had one or two stories in the news already, but you weren't sure how to transform your publicity into massive profits.
Here’s the key: sometimes it is blind luck, but more often these businesses achieve massive success because they used a targeted public relations strategy that accomplishes two things:

A) places customer-attracting stories in the news
B) transforms that publicity into profits!

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a glowing story about your business in the news that reaches thousands of potential customers overnight and drives them to your door?  Would you like to spend less time and money on advertising or marketing and more time watching your profits multiply?  In this one-of-a-kind seminar, you'll learn the closely guarded secrets of these overnight success stories and know exactly how to receive the media coverage that will propel your business from “startup” to “player” status.  You don't need to figure everything out alone!  Here’s a small sample of what you will learn in this seminar:

*The 5 critical elements of a compelling story that will grab the attention of local reporters and get them calling you for more information.
*The 7 Success Secrets that you can use to mine your business for story "gold" that will earn you thousands of dollars worth of free publicity and drive customers to your door.
*Mistakes to Avoid - Exactly where businesses go wrong, which wastes their time, money and effort (or worse, damages their reputations).
*Targeting - How to find the right people to contact with your story and how to avoid sending your news release into the infamous black hole.
*How to handle the surge - Exactly what to do the day before the story hits, so that you generate maximum profits from your publicity and NOT let your big break go to waste.
*And much more!

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Thursday, November 15

Social Media Marketing - Holiday Marketing Ideas (U.S. Small Business Administration, City of Providence, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 8:30 - 10:30am and is free of charge.  To register please call 401-528-4561 or email providence.ri@sba.gov ):

Social Media enables you to connect with current and prospective customers through online dialogue, and allows your customers to connect with each other and share their experience with your products or services.  Attend this workshop and learn how to use online networking outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogs to create an effective social media strategy for your business.  During this workshop, social media expert Gil Lantini will help guide you through…

* Understanding the research required and steps involved in developing a social media strategy
* Learning about the major components of a social media strategy
* Determining an effective way to integrate your website into your social media strategy 
* Realizing how a social media strategy supports your overall business goals

 

In-Transition:  Resume Writing/Interviewing Skills (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 10:00am – 12:00pm and is free of charge.  To register or for more information, please call 401-277-0800 or email ngirard@cweonline.org ):

Create a resume that is uniquely you.  Attend this workshop and:

* explore innovative and traditional techniques in resume writing
* address interviewing skills
* hear tips and advice to help you confidently navigate that next step

 

Exploring Self-Employment:  Pre-Venture Clinic (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 402 in Lincoln from 8:30 – 10:00am and is free of charge.  To register or for more information, please visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

Are you thinking about a career change to self-employment?  This clinic will provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the information needed to decide if self-employment is the right choice for them.  Also learn about resources available to you through the Small Business Development Center.  Participants will explore critical issues related to business planning in an interactive group setting.

The workshop provides tools and information to help participants learn:

• How to determine if you have a sustainable business idea
• Pros and cons of self-employment
• What running a business entails
• Is self-employment the right career choice for you?
• The four major forms of self-employment
• Introduction to market research and business planning

This clinic is appropriate for those individuals who are not yet in business and are interested in general information.

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Saturday, November 17

How To Write An Effective Business Plan (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: 10/31/2012