Rhode Island Small Business Training Events For The Weeks Of January 7 - January 20

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SBA Rhode Island District Office

Monday, January 7

Linkedin Lunch & Learn (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 12:00 – 1:00pm and is free of charge.  To register please visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):

Linkedin has become an incredibly powerful tool for professional networking.  Join us to gain the big picture overview as well as tactical tips and strategies on how to get the most out of this exceptional online resource.  Featured topics will include: what to include in your profile, how to connect with others, groups you might want to consider, making contributions to discussions, and researching/following both companies as well as industry trends.  Feel free to bring your lunch to snack on as you learn how to leverage Linkedin.

How To Start Or Run A Profitable Small Business (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – 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 $100,000 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!
What will you learn?

The unknown secret formula to earning substantially higher profits than others…10 Hottest Businesses…How to slash hundreds off your taxes…20 biggest “pitfalls” in starting and running a small business…How to price your product or service…How to start with very little cash…Strategic Marketing Planning…Small Business versus Traditional Marketing and Advertising…10 Website Basics and 10 SEO Tips…and much more!  Free workbook included

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Friday, January 11

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.  For more information or 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

 

HOW TO:  Obtain Bank Financing (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 10:40 – 11:45am and is free of charge.  For more information or to register please visit www.cweboston.org , 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.  For more information or to register please visit www.cweboston.org , 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

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Tuesday, January 15

Planning 2013 Priorities For Your Business (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Larry Friedman International Center for Entrepreneurship, TACO Center, 10 Abbott Park Place in Providence from 8:30am – 12:00pm each week and is free of charge.  For more information please call 401-598-2702 or visit www.risbdc.org ):

Realistic priorities are key to preparing for a successful 2013.  They are tied to objectives which are essential to meeting your business goals.  This workshop provides participants with a 2013 plan draft, focused on their projected work, that will set them up to meet their goals.  Practical planning techniques, proven time management tools, and a review of reasonable objectives will be provided as part of the workshop.

Speaker(s): Greg Enos helps people increase their productivity.  He has facilitated productivity workshops over the past four decades in financial services, healthcare, high technology, manufacturing, military, and public sector organizations.  His highly interactive style of facilitation has been effective in developing thousands of professionals.  He is the author of the Investing Time Wisely, Creating Energized Teams, and Sharpening Your Listening Skills training programs.

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Wednesday, January 16

HOW TO:  Explore The SBA’s 8(a) Government Contracting Program (Center for Women & Enterprise – 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.cweboston.org , 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. 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.

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Thursday, January 17

In-Transition:  Market Yourself The Right Way (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 1:00 – 3:00pm and is free of charge.  For more information or to register please visit www.cweboston.org , call 401-277-0800, or email ngirard@cweonline.org ):

Advance your job search using personal branding!  This workshop explores adapting business marketing strategies to the job search process. By uncovering what is unique about your individual strengths and passions, you can begin to build a personal brand that will set you apart from other candidates.

 

SEED Small Business Loan Seminar (South Eastern Economic Development Corporation and Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – 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):

The South Eastern Economic Development Corporation (SEED) is a non-profit corporation certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide loans from $1,000 to $50,000 to start-up and existing businesses under the Micro Loan Program.  Working in conjunction with lending institutions, SEED provides loans to small business before they are ready to obtain bank financing.
In this workshop, Tamarah Bacon, Business Development and Assistance Manager of SEED will be describing in detail the loans that are available to small businesses.

 

Business Planning Class (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Location TBD, 8 classes ending March 14, from 6:00 – 9:00pm each week and is free of charge.  For more information please call 401-598-2702 or visit www.risbdc.org ):

Starting a business without a plan is like going on a trip without a map.  A business plan is essential to helping you start, build and manage your business.  This eight sessions/eight week course guides the small business owner/potential owner through the development of a business plan in order to develop and grow their business.  Even if you don’t need financing, a business plan will help you formulate your ideas, recognize your strengths and weaknesses, and consolidate your business model.  In order to gain the highest benefit of this hands-on practical, step by step approach to develop a first draft of your business plan participants should already know their targeted business industry.

Topics covered include: the Mission and Vision statement, market research (conducted by a research specialist to be held at the Providence Public Library), the organizational plan, the target market, competition within the market, product, service and pricing, financial analysis and documentation (knowledge of Excel needed), exit strategy and/or succession planning. T he last class will be a presentation of your completed plan.
Seats are limited – Register TODAY!

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Friday, January 18

Accounting For Non-Accountants (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 1:00 – 3:00pm and is free of charge.  For more information or to register please visit www.cweboston.org , call 401-277-0800, or email ngirard@cweonline.org ):

Many entrepreneurs detest the financial piece of their business.  But, they don’t discount its importance.  In this workshop, participants will learn:

* How to read and understand basic financial statements
* How to use the numbers to make well informed operational decisions

The numbers tell a story; do you know how to read it?

 

Start-Up Clinic (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – East Bay Chamber of Commerce, 16 Cutler Street in Warren from 8:30 – 10:00am each week and is free of charge.  For more information please call 401-598-2702 or visit www.risbdc.org ):

This workshop will examine a host of topics that an entrepreneur must address when evaluating whether or not they should start a business.  Issues of personal commitment, risks, rewards, capitalization and financial issues, marketing/promotion, and legal issues are discussed in this class.  The session will provide entrepreneurs with information regarding resources available to them from The Small Business Development Center (RISBDC) and other service providers.  Great place to test out your ideas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: 1/3/2013