Rhode Island Small Business Training Events For The Weeks Of January 14 - January 27

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SBA Rhode Island District Office

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.

How To Fine Tune Your Business:  A Step-By-Step Tune-Up For Your Existing Business (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 9:00am – 12:00pm and is free of charge.  To register please visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):

Is your business sputtering…not quite running on all cylinders?  Are you not yet producing the profits you envisioned?  Do you believe that unless you get a professional tune-up, your business could quit running some day?  Is 2013 the year to grow to new levels of success fueled by increased profits?  This free three-hour seminar is the simple solution to your immediate growth.  During this program, we’ll fix four major problems that lead to business failure.  We’ll fix the four business problems that prevent you from achieving the business of your dreams.

First, we’ll evaluate your business idea and show you how to capture your targeted audiences’ attention so you can sell more stuff.  Next, we’ll take you through the step-by-step process of building a powerful brand identity that penetrates the minds of your prospects.  Thirdly, we’ll fix your content and show you how to tell your story so that customers and prospects clearly understand the benefits of doing business with you rather than the competition.
Finally, we’ll fine tune your performance to assure that your customers not only walk away with your products or services, but they walk away with a unique experience that they share with others.

This program will provide you with the tools to fix your problems and develop a clear pathway to growth. The advice you receive can be implemented with the tiniest of budgets.  And, we’ll offer you an optional program to further help implement the tactics and strategies you will learn during this program.

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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.

 

Birth Of A Business:  A Step-By-Step Process Of Creating A Successful New Business (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 6:30 – 9:30pm and is free of charge.  To register please visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):

Conception:  We'll begin with a review of your business concept, and then help you differentiate your business from the competition, and then help you choose a relevant and memorable name for your new baby.

Gestation:  There are reproducible tactics and strategies that when diligently applied will increase your probability of success from 15% to 80%.  In three hours, we'll explore these tactics and strategies, including ten marketing tactics designed to attract a steady stream of pre-qualified and pre-sold customers, eighteen ways to differentiate your company from your competition, four ways to enhance your referral network, three components that must be in every marketing message, and much, much more!

Labor:  Your birthing process won't be without a little pain.  At the conclusion of the seminar, there'll be homework assignments including the completion of meaningful exercises.  But remember, our goal is not to simply provide you with knowledge, but to guide you to take positive action toward success.

Delivery:  In three-hours, you'll have all of the know-how, confidence, and tools you'll need to successfully launch your new business.  And, you'll have the option to attend follow-up classes to help you implement all you learn.

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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, 9 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.  Cost for workshop is $40.  Partial scholarships may be available.  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 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!

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Monday, January 21

Effective Business Plan Writing And Finance Bootcamp (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 6:30 – 9:30pm 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 participant will receive a work book to organize your ideas and put them into action.

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Wednesday, January 23

Internet Marketing:  How To Generate And Analyze Website Traffic (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – TACO Center, Room 405, 10 Abbott Park Place in Providence from 8:00 – 10:00am and is free of charge.  For more information please call 401-598-2702 or visit www.risbdc.org ):

Do you have a website that’s not helping generate new business leads?  Discover how a well-structured internet marketing plan consisting of search engines, email and social media can increase targeted website traffic.  We will take an in depth look at how search engines work as well as review Google Analytics to help understand our websites traffic.

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Friday, January 25

The Economics Of Renewable Energy (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Quonset Development Corporation, 95 Cripe Street in North Kingstown from 8:00 – 10:00am.  Fee is $15.00.  For more information please call 401-598-2702 or visit www.risbdc.org ):

State lawmakers created the Distributed Generation Program in 2011.  What does the new law mean to Rhode Island businesses considering installing renewable energy systems?  Join a panel of experts talking about the impact of this law including the opportunities and risks.  Coffee and muffins will be served.

Who Should Attend
- “C” Level Executives
- General Managers
- Facility Engineers
- Energy Managers

What Will Be Covered
- State Program Overview
- Economics of Ceiling Prices and Incentives
- Examples of Cash Flow Analysis
- Interconnection: National Grid and Local Issues

Speaker(s): Chris Kearns, RI Office of Energy Resources
Craig Huntley, Solect Energy Development
John Kennedy, National Grid
Moderator: Dennis McCarthy, Solect Energy Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: 1/9/2013