Rhode Island Small Business Training Events For The Weeks Of February 11 - February 24

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SBA Rhode Island District Office

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

Business Continuity & Disaster Planning Workshop (Code Red Business Continuity Services and Providence UASI – Radisson Hotel Providence Airport, 2081 Post Road in Warwick from 8:30 – 10:30am and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, visit www.providenceri.com/PEMA/business-resilience ):

Workshop Overview:
Understanding and Performing Risk Assessments
* Developing Emergency Response Plans
* Creating and Implementing Business Continuity Plans
* Overview of the Testing and Maintenance Process

Takeaways:
* A free business continuity template for your business
* A “Strategy Assessment” may be completed for your business. This is an online tool that will provide a review of your readiness and resiliency. An executive report will outline your strengths and weakness around twelve disciplines.
* Selected businesses will receive a full Business Continuity Plan free of charge!

What We Will Offer:
* Key elements that should be considered when developing 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

What We Need From You:
* Two Hours to Attend a Training Workshop
* Commitment to your Company and Communities Resilience
* Open mindedness to the Importance of Business Continuity

 

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.

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Monday, February 18

Effective Business Plan Writing & Finance Boot Camp (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – Centerville Seminar Center, 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 6:30 – 9:30pm and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, 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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Tuesday, February 19

Understanding Financial Statements (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Larry Friedman Center for Entrepreneurship, 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):

In an effort to assist local contractors in building capacity and increasing annual revenues, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, and the Center for Women & Enterprise are presenting a series of FREE seminars covering topics critical to the success of small contracting firms.  This workshop will cover the basics of understanding, creating and maintaining good financial records for your business.

 

Proposal Preparation For Government Contracts (Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center – 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101 in Providence from 8:30 – 11:30am and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, please call 401-278-9173, visit www.riptac.org or email ssundberg@riedc.com ):

Proposal Preparation provides guidance to the process of reading, interpreting and responding to government Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and offers tips on preparing a responsive proposal using a controlled process.  Appropriate for those new to government contracting or grants as well as a refresher for experienced proposal writers.

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Wednesday, February 20

Financing Your Small Business (U.S. Small Business Administration, City of Providence, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, and the Center for Women & Enterprise – Providence Municipal Building, 1st Floor Conference Room, 444 Westminster Street in Providence from 8:30 – 10:30am and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, call 401-528-4561 or email providence.ri@sba.gov ):

Looking to start or expand your small business and need some additional money to do so?  Lending experts from the SBA, South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation, the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, and the City of Providence will guide you through available lending programs to help grow your business.

 

Seasonal Rentals:  How To Turn Empty Bedrooms Into Extra Cash! (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Bristol Visitor’s Center, Burnside Building, 400 Hope Street in Bristol from 6:00 – 9:00pm and is free of charge.  To register or for more information please visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

The first in a series of workshops, hosted by the RI Small Business Development Center, "Renting Guest Rooms" is designed to teach local Bristol residents how to utilize that "extra" guest room they may have in their own home as a "room for rent" and make some extra income during the height of the Summer season to visitors coming to Bristol for weddings, special events and to enjoy the outdoor activities our town has to offer.

The workshops' focus will be on:

• Rules and regulations/risks and liabilities
• Zoning ordinances - what is/is not allowed
• Insurance - does your current home policy cover your new venture?
• Financials - accounting, banking, taking credit cards, taxes (being state compliant)
• Advantages/Disadvantages
• Legalities/Licenses
• Marketing your new venture

 

Improving Financial Performance (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Location is TBD, 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):

Cash is king!  Without it, your business is going nowhere but under.  Improving financial performance is a major challenge that businesses face constantly but is essential to being successful.  This workshop uncovers the relationship between activities and financial performance helping you make the most of your organization’s assets and prevent cash leaks.

You will learn how to:
• Have effective measurements,
• Establish a solid financial position, and
• Execute “win-win” relationships.

Manage your cash flow. Don't let it manage you!

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Thursday, February 21

HOW TO:  Explore The SBA Loan Programs (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 11:00am – 1:00pm, and is free of charge.  For more information or to register please visit www.cweboston.org or email ngirard@cweonline.org ):

SBA Loans 101. Participants will learn the basics of SBA loan programs, as well as some helpful tips from a banker’s perspective about successful loan applications.

 

Maintaining Trade Secrets For Business Inventions (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – TACO Center, Room 201, 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):

According to Rhode Island General Laws 6-41-1, a trade secret is defined as information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process, that: (i) Derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use; and (ii) Is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy.

This class will assist a business owner how to develop, protection, monetize, and maintain trade secrets within an organization.  More particularly, this seminar will provide the following:

- Lean about the basics of what a trade secret comprises in contrast to a patent, trademark, or copyright
- Learn how to identify valuable trade secrets within your organization
- Learn how to protect your trade secrets using the law
- Learn how to setup a compliance program to maintain the legal protection of your trade secrets
- Lean how to monetize your trade secrets

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Friday, February 22

Drivers & Drawbacks Of Your Personality:  A Workshop For The Entrepreneurial Minded (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – Centerville Seminar Center, 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 2:00 – 4:00pm and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):

Using the Myers Briggs Personality assessment, you’ll have a unique opportunity to look at how your personality impacts the entrepreneurial components of your work.  This session is designed for those who are considering the entrepreneurial path, already running a business or managing a department, or have some entrepreneurial sides to their work.  Perhaps, for example, you work in sales and manage your own territory or you are responsible for brainstorming and developing new program ideas for your department.

After registering for the workshop, we’ll send you a link to complete a version of the Myers Briggs.  During the session, we’ll spend some time confirming the accuracy of your personality type, while learning and sharing what kind of impact it can have on your work.  Through group discussions and activities, you’ll learn about your strengths, as well as your weaknesses which will better prepare you for the challenges of running your own business, department or heading a project.


Can’t make it to one of these workshops?  Visit our online communities and access lots 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: 2/7/2013