Tuesday, November 27
Opening The Doors To Your Business: Start-Up Clinic (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Newport Chamber of Commerce, 35 Valley Road in Middletown from 6:00 – 9:00pm and is free of charge. For more information or to register, visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):
Have you been over your checklists multiple times, and everything seems to be in place? Then it is time to take that big step and open your doors for business. Entrepreneurs can often overlook critical steps in the startup process, so to ensure they position their businesses efficiently, legally, and soundly, the RISBDC is offering this comprehensive clinic.
Participants will learn:
• How to register your business
• Market research & analysis
• Legal structures for your business
• Estimating start-up costs and cash flow projection
• Failure factors and business planning
Since lack of planning is one of the top reasons new businesses fail, attending this workshop may be one of the most important decisions you make prior to opening your doors.
Financial Management (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – 3 sessions, running each Tuesday through December 11 from 6:00 – 9:00pm and is free of charge. Please check back for location information. For more information or to register, visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):
Participants will learn the building blocks of financial statements in this two-session program. Topics to be covered include how to read and interpret financial statements and how knowledge of business accounting can improve one’s bottom line. The program also covers income and expense recordkeeping, cash accounting versus accrual accounting, essential records for small businesses, all-important financial statements and how to analyze them, and recordkeeping for tax purposes. At no additional cost, all participants receive a free book for future reference. This is a critical class for start-up business owners whether you keep the books yourself, hire someone to do it, or rely only on your accountant.
How To Start Or Run A Profitable Small Business (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – Centerville Conference Center, 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 6:30 – 9:00pm and is free of charge. To register please visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):
There are many advantages to running a small business: independence, satisfaction, sheltering income and profits. Did you know that 89% of incomes over $50,000 a year are earned by owners of small businesses? However, four out of five businesses don’t last five years and few ever earn the profits they should. What is the difference between success and failure? Knowledge!
Who should not attend? Anyone who is truly happy working for somebody else.
What will you learn? Ten hottest businesses of 2012…How to slash hundreds off your taxes…Why most businesses waste 90% of their advertising dollars…Twenty biggest pitfalls in starting and running a small business…How to price your product or service…How to start with very little cash…How to differentiate or business from the competition…and much more!
Wednesday, November 28
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 class is $35 and partial scholarships may be available. For more information or to register visit www.cweboston.org or call 401-277-0800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ):
If you are thinking about owning a business or are in the early stages of starting one, then this workshop is for you. Register for this class to:
* Further develop and refine your business ideas
* 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
Six Steps To Small Business Success (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):
In this two hour seminar we will discuss starting, running and selling a highly profitable small business. The following will be discussed:
1. Pre-business planning
2. Start-up – Financing, budgets and numbers
3. Human resources – Managing people
4. Operations – Work flow, customers, sales
5. Building a salable business and the sale
6. Transitioning to life after business
You will receive the book “Six Steps to Small Business Success” by David J. Lucier, CPA
for free, a $21.95 value.
Thursday, November 29
Opening The Doors To Government Contracting: The SBA’s HUBZone Program (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. There will be two sessions available. The first from 9:00 – 11:00am and the second from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Both sessions are free of charge. To register, please call 401-528-4561 or email email@example.com ):
The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program is designed to introduce your business to the pro-gram, help determine whether your business is eligible for the program, and support your business' efforts to participate in the program. Every year, the federal government awards over $500 billion in contracts, and a significant share of those contracts are specifically allotted to small businesses. SBA works with federal agencies to assist them in identifying and awarding contracts in order to meet the 23% statutory goal of government-wide small business prime contracting. Agencies are also required to award 3% of contracts to small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones). SBA encourages small businesses to learn more about the HUBZone program and take advantage of this federal contracting opportunity.
The session is designed for all small businesses considering HUBZone certification or looking for more information on the HUBZone program. For more information, please visit http://www.sba.gov/HUBZone and to see if your business is located in a HUBZone, visit http://www.sba.gov/content/hubzone-maps
Wednesday, December 5
Advanced Strategy And Profits…Business Accelerator (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – Centerville Conference 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
Thursday, December 6
HOW TO: Explore The SBA 8(a) Government Contracting Program (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 10:00am – 12:00pm and is free of charge. For more information or to register please visit www.cweboston.org , or call 401-277-0800, or email firstname.lastname@example.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. Named for Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act, this program was created to help small and disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. It also helps these companies gain access to federal and private procurement markets.
Opportunities In China and Hong Kong Webinar (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Webinar from 8:00 – 9:30am and is free of charge. For more information or to register, visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):
U.S. Commercial Service Webinar: Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about both of these countries in this free webinar on December 6, 2012. Presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce, you will hear from industry experts about the opportunities, challenges and potential rewards in each region and how U.S. companies can successfully compete in these markets.
Consider joining our upcoming Trade Mission to China and Hong Kong scheduled for April 2013! More information to follow.
Since adopting market reforms in 1978, China has been among the world’s fastest growing economies. China’s GDP has shown impressive growth in recent years, which has been accompanied by a dramatic increase in US exports to China of over 32 percent in 2010. There are serious opportunities for growth, accompanied by significant challenges that this webinar and Trade Mission can assist companies with.
Hong Kong is an ideal base for doing business in Asia, especially for mainland China. Hong Kong is a free port that does not levy any customs tariff and has limited excise duties. It’s strong rule of law and respect for property rights make it a strategic platform for U.S. companies, especially small and medium sized firms seeking to expand into the Asian markets.
Our Holiday Gift To You…Success! (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – West Warwick Country Club, 335 Wakefield Street in West Warwick from 6:00 – 9:00pm and is free of charge. To register please visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):
Okay, we admit it; the Recovery Program cannot provide you with a gift wrapped package of success. But, it can give you a free opportunity to learn how to succeed from Doug Campbell, the Success Coach!
Doug Campbell is a nationally renowned author, speaker, and strategic team builder who works with business owners and talented independent professionals to reach the next level of success. He has launched five successful businesses, was a marketing manager for a Fortune 100 and taught business to MBAs and undergrads for 10 years.
There is no charge to attend this special holiday celebration of learning. You may bring your whole office staff, spouse, colleagues, and customers…but reservations are essential and space is limited.
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.