Rhode Island Small Business Training Events For The Weeks Of February 4 - February 17

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SBA Rhode Island District Office

Monday, February 4

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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Tuesday, February 5

The Strategy & Profits Program (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):

Achieving the results you want!  If you are a small business owner and you are looking to increase your profits by doing what you love to do while working less.  Then the Strategy & Profits Program could be for you.

The Strategy & Profits Program will meet every 90 days with a group of entrepreneurs who participate in focusing exercises, review prior progress and plan for the next 90 days and more.  You will share your visions with your peers who will hold you accountable and give you great advice.  You will work with business owners in a variety of industries who will help you transform your business and personal life and help you achieve the following:

• Increase your profits on a regular basis
• Learn to delegate and focus on your best activities
• Achieve your personal and work goals
• Break thru your ceiling of complexity
• Plan great time off activities
• Increase your away from work time to enjoy a balanced life
• Learn how to navigate through these difficult ever changing times

Individuals must be in business and quarterly attendance is mandatory. Space is limited.

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Wednesday, February 6

Business Development:  Develop The First Time Supervisor/Manager (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – East Bay Chamber of Commerce, 16 Cutler Street, Suite 102 in Warren from 12:00 – 1:30pm and is free of charge.  For more information or to register please call 401-598-2702 or visit www.risbdc.org ):

• Providing a Structure for Growing the Individuals from Staff to Supervisor
• “Developing the Necessary Skills for Your Right Hand Person”

Program Offers an Opportunity for Assistants and Staff to:  Gain exposure to the knowledge and skill base required to begin the process of becoming an effective manager; Acquire the techniques used by experienced managers when they move up through the ranks of any successful organization.; Learn how in helping their organizations succeed, they will succeed.

This program is valuable to those individuals who have recently been promoted to a role of manager, assistant manager or supervisor.  In addition the development work covered would benefit those people who are being considered for management positions in the future.

Program” Takeaways”…
• Acquiring a framework for new responsibilities
• Ensuring clear expectations, roles and responsibilities
• Establishing Objectives and Measuring Performance
• Integrating experiences into your new role requirements
• Redefining the new role with previous co-workers, now “reports”
• Training needed, you think you need, they think you need
• Understanding benefits and the use of the “management structure”
• Understanding and utilizing the organization culture, “the way we have done it before” our history
• Keeping others in the organization updated benefits of asking for input, easy ways to ask for help

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Monday, February 11

1-to-1 Communication:  How To Communicate With Different People, Differently (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):

To most consumers, “a mass communication” is interrupted as “mass indifference”.  Marketing is truly becoming a one-to-one equation.  Different customers want to be treated (and spoken to) differently.  Put simply, one size does not fit all.  Consumers, already inundated with 4,000 marketing messages per day, are only responding to personal and relevant messaging that gets through this clutter.  Marketing communication is truly becoming a one-to-one equation.

In this two-hour presentation, marketing communication specialist Bob Salvas will discuss the new and powerful one-to-one tools that can effectively cut through the marketing clutter and instill your message in the minds of your prospects and customer.

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Tuesday, February 12

CEP Phase One:  Visioning (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence.  Workshop consists of 4 classes that will meet every Tuesday through March 5 from 6:00 – 9:00pm.  Fee for classes is $195.  Partial scholarships may be available.  For more information or to register please visit www.cweboston.org or email ngirard@cweonline.org ):

If you’re considering entrepreneurship, this is the first step in turning your dreams of owning your own business into a reality!  Register for these classes to be able to:
* Explore the challenges and rewards of self-employment
* Build definition around your business concept
* Consider your short- and long-term goals
* Discover the inner-workings of starting your own business through course topics such as “Clarifying your Business Idea,” “Developing a Mission Statement,” “Analyzing the Strengths and Weaknesses of your Business Idea,” “Creating Long and Short-Term Business Goals,” and “Developing a Business Start-up Action Plan”

 

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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Wednesday, February 13

Exploring Self Employment Clinics (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 402 in Lincoln from 8:30 – 10:30am 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.

 

Business Development:  Entrepreneurs – Benefitting From 360 Support (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – East Bay Chamber of Commerce, 16 Cutler Street, Suite 102 in Warren from 12:00 – 1:30pm and is free of charge.  To register or for more information please visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

This Program Offers an Opportunity to…

Maximize your “full potential” by tapping into all your resources.  As you know, to successfully manage a business it requires sacrifice in terms of time away from family and personal life.   Professional studies have proven that entrepreneurs find it extremely difficult to reach and maintain high levels of success without a “balanced life.”  Developing a life style that achieves a better balance between business and personal responsibilities requires…

A better understanding of the dynamics of the balance process, the joint effort required and a personalized plan a one day at a time, mutual commitment to work at making the new balance approach succeed.

Valuable for …

Business owners and operators, family members and significant others; Multi/generational/Family Businesses; partnerships made-up of individuals and their spouses/significant others and or siblings

Course Takeaways…
•Acquire a better understanding of the communication dynamics necessary to maintain an ongoing working relationship
•Understand and maintain a respectful sense of the feelings / emotions naturally associated with achieving this balance
•Create a frame work for establishing and agreeing on goals and plans to sharing responsibilities
•ID methods for problem solving and sources of help when needed
•Establish and agree on a common schedule that incorporates both business and personal activities
•Develop specific goals and strategies to increase specific amounts of time for “critical activities” everyone has agreed upon
•Incorporate within your planning process regular evaluation, discussion and adjustment where necessary

 

How To Cut Your Cell Phone Bill In Half (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 10:00 – 11:00am and is free of charge.  To register please visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):

Join us for a cup of coffee as we discuss simple ways to reduce your cell phone expense by half.  You’ll learn not only how to reduce your cell phone costs, but how keep your existing network.  There’s no contract, no obligation and no nonsense.  And, you can have the latest and greatest smart phones including the iPhone®.

Don't miss this free money saving opportunity!

 

Do-It-Yourself Website Workshop - The Basics (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):

Want to build your own website?  WordPress is a powerful website 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.  No experience with html coding is required!

In this Introductory to WordPress training class, you’ll learn how to:
Acquire a domain
Learn about web hosting
Choose a Wordpress theme
Navigate the Wordpress dashboard
Configure basic settings
Add and format web or blog pages, content, links and images
Configure menus
Add plugins
Add widgets
Market your website

CLASS FORMAT
Instructor will demonstrate how to build a basic WordPress website
This session is taught as a lecture, with an emphasis on questions and student participation

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Thursday, February 14

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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Friday, February 15

Start-Up Clinic (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Slade’s Business Center, 3280 Post Road in Warwick from 8:30 – 10:30am 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.

 

Lunch & Learn:  Pitfalls Of Intellectual Property:  How To Reduce Liability For Trademark And Copyright Infringement (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 11:00am – 1:00pm.  Fee for workshop is $55 which includes lunch.  For more information or to register please visit www.cweboston.org or email ngirard@cweonline.org ):

This workshop reviews common intellectual property protection issues involving trademarks and copyrights and how a small business can utilize these rights and reduce liability in the marketplace most effectively.

 

Can’t make it to one of these workshops?  Visit our online communities to access more small business trainings at your convenience!

U.S. Small Business Administration:  http://www.sba.gov/sba-learning-center

Center for Women & Enterprise:  http://www.cweonline.org/bStartbYourBusiness/OnlineLearning/tabid/172/Default.aspx
http://www.cweonline.org/bGrowbYourBusiness/OnlineLearning/tabid/191/Default.aspx

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center:  http://www.va-interactive.com/sbdc/ot/modules.php?state_name=RI

SCORE:   http://ri.score.org/onlineworkshops/tab-a

 

 

 

 

 


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: 1/30/2013