Rhode Island Small Business Training Events For The Weeks Of February 18 - March 3

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SBA Rhode Island District Office

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

U.S. Commercial Service China Breakfast Briefing (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, Chafee Center for International Business, and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation – Bryant University, Bryant Center, Room 2AB, 1150 Douglas Pike in Smithfield from 8:30 – 10:30am and is free of charge.  To register or for more information email hsanbent@bryant.edu or call 401-232-6409):

This breakfast briefing by a senior officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing will provide valuable insights into doing business in China, whether you are already doing business there or considering expanding into this rapidly growing market.  This briefing will also serve as an introduction to the upcoming trade mission to China scheduled for April.  Learn more about doing business in China and the services offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Chafee Center and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation which support exports to this region.

Learn more about our upcoming Trade Mission to China and Hong Kong and consider joining other local businesses on this trip! April 19 to May 1, 2013!

China:
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.  In 2011 U.S. companies exported $100 billion to China, up from $91 billion in 2010, which followed a 32 percent increase in 2010 over 2009.  China is the U.S.’s second largest trading partner after Canada, posing significant opportunities for U.S. businesses. However, China is an extremely complicated and challenging market and many U.S. companies will benefit from the assistance provided through the U.S. Commercial Service as well as through the upcoming trade mission and other services offered by the RIEDC and the Chafee Center.

 

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.

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Monday, February 25

Media Relations:  Understand The Inner Workings Of A Newsroom & Learn How To Communicate With Media (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Slade’s Business Center, 3280 Post Road in Warwick from 9:00 – 11:30am.  Fee for workshop is $15.00.  To register visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

The media can have a positive and/or a negative impact on your product and/or company, if you are featured in a news story.  This, directly impacts your bottom line.  Stellar news coverage can make your product fly off the shelves, a bad one... can put you out of business.  The key, is to attract positive media attention to your product/company, which will then promote your company to the masses! Learn from a media expert in television, radio, and print, how to make your product so appealing to the media, they will be CALLING YOU to cover your story!       Ca-ching!!!

 

Starting And Running A Construction Company (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – Centerville Seminar Center, 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 6:30 – 8:30pm and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):

There are many advantages to running a small business - independence, satisfaction.  In this two hour workshop we will discuss all aspects of starting a construction company as well as how to increase profits in an existing one.  The following are some of the concepts we will cover:

Niche marketing, Costing, Strategy and Profits, Project Management, Sub Contractor, Financial Statements, Bonding, % of Completion, Unions, Overhead, Business Planning, Personnel, Finances, Operations, Cash Flow, Entity Choice.

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Tuesday, February 26

Building Constructive Solutions:  Human Resources Essentials Media (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 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 assist participants with the growth of their business by teaching them how to manage employees, as well as maintaining state and federal HR compliance laws.

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Wednesday, February 27

Understanding AES And Other Export Basics (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, Chafee Center for International Business, and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation – Bryant University, Bryant Center, Room 2AB, 1150 Douglas Pike in Smithfield from 8:30 – 11:30am.  Fee for seminar is $50.  To register please visit http://www.regonline.com/aesandexporting or for more information call 401-232-6525 or email lwoulfe@bryant.edu ):

What exactly is needed to export my products?  Have you ever asked that question?  If so, you are not alone!  Exporting is a process that is constantly being adapted to changes in regulations and new technology.  This seminar is designed to help both beginners and current exporters gain a better understanding of the export process for actually moving product to a foreign country.  The sales people have done their job, production has been completed and it’s time to ship. What’s next?

This seminar will get down to basics and talk about:
¨ What exactly does a Freight Forwarder do?
¨ How do I decide whether to ship by ocean or air and the cost/benefit?
¨ How do I calculate the delivered cost of my product?
¨ What kind of paperwork am I going to need?
¨ What exactly is AES and how does it work?
Bring your team and come learn from the experts!

 

Internet Marketing:  How To Generate And Analyze Website Traffic Media (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.  To register visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

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.

 

The 7 Secrets Of Overnight Success Stories:  How To Get Your Business Featured In The News (Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program – Centerville Seminar Center, 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5 in Warwick from 9:00 – 11:00am and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, visit www.rismallbusinessrecovery.com or call 401-447-8000):

Are you a small business owner who is struggling to find customers?  Have you poured hundreds or thousands of dollars into ads and direct mail marketing that didn’t cause more than a tiny “blip” in your sales figures?  Are you frustrated with the sluggish, time-consuming process of person-to-person sales that go nowhere… and would love to reach hundreds of “hot and ready-to-buy” customers all at once?  If so, you are going to love what we are going to share with you!

We’ve all seen it before.  A small business receives a glowing feature story in the newspaper, on TV, the radio or the Web, and the next day it is flooded with customers, ready to buy!  But what if I told you I have discovered a way to duplicate the process, step-by-step, and transform your business into a success story too?  Now you can learn the closely guarded secrets of these overnight successes and know precisely how to mine your business for news “gold” that will get you featured prominently in the media and drive customers to your door.

For 10 years, I have been helping average, “boring” businesses capture a journalist’s attention and get their stories published, over and over again!  In this one-of-kind introductory seminar, you will learn my proven step-by-step techniques for how to reveal the type of stories already hiding in your business, which will make journalists salivate… enticing them to feature you in their next BIG story!  These methods are proven to work for almost ANY small business, even if you are in a highly competitive market and have the same menu of products and services as everyone else.
And here’s a little know benefit… When you are featured in the news and become famous in your industry, your advertising and marketing work even better! So you can SPEND LESS MONEY on paid placements and direct mail and enjoy MORE new customers.

In this rare seminar, you will learn:
- The 5 Keys to a “newsworthy” story that will grab the attention of local reporters and get them calling you for more information!
- The 7 Success Secrets that you can use to mine your business for news "gold" that will earn you thousands of dollars-worth of free publicity and drive customers to your door!
- A secret tool that only the publicity experts know (and that a PR agency won’t dare tell you about!) that acts like a “fortune-telling crystal ball,” which reveals to you exactly what stories journalists are looking for so that you can swoop in with your pitch at precisely the right time!

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Thursday, February 28

HOW TO:  Explore The SBA 8(a) Government Contracting Program (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 9:00am – 11:00am, and is free of charge.  For more information or to register please visit www.cweboston.org 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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Friday, March 1

HOW TO:  Explore Entrepreneurship (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 9:00am – 10:30am, and is free of charge.  For more information or to register please visit www.cweboston.org 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 10:45 – 11:45am, and is free of charge.  For more information or to register please visit www.cweboston.org 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 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


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: 2/13/2013