Rhode Island Small Business Training Events For The Weeks Of February 25 - March 10

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SBA Rhode Island District Office

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:

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Tuesday, February 26

The SBA Advantage (U.S. Small Business Administration – Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road in Cumberland from 9:30 – 11:30am and is free of charge.  For more information or to register please call 401-528-4561 or visit email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

This workshop will help you gain a better understanding of the various U.S. Small Business Administration programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses.

Building Constructive Solutions:  Human Resources Essentials (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and RIPTAC – 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):

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?

 

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):

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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.

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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.

 

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, this is a can't miss seminar! 

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

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Monday, March 4

How To Write A Business Plan (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Centerville Seminar Center, 875 Centerville Road in Warwick from 10:00am – 12:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

Join us as we take you through the process of creating an effective business plan for your small business.  A solid business plan will lay the foundation for your business, as well help position you for any potential loans.  Let our small business expert guide you through this process and start you down the road to success.

 

How To Start Or Run A Profitable Small Business (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):

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, March 5

Is Owning A Franchise Right For You? (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – TACO Center, Room # TBD, 10 Abbott Park Place in Providence from 9:00 – 11:00am and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

In corporate life, career advancement and dependability always depends on others, and almost never depends on performance.  What if you could control your own destiny, and create a future where you directly reap the rewards of your efforts? Join us, and take your first steps to controlling Your Future.

In this Workshop we will cover the following topics:

· How Small Business Ownership allows you to take control of your future, your earnings and your life.
· Learn the different ownership options, giving you flexibility and the lifestyle you want.
· Diversify your investment portfolio through business ownership
· Learn the differences between starting a business from scratch, buying an existing business, and buying a franchise
· Franchising Myths and Misconceptions
· Spectrum of Franchising and Small Business Ownership
· Understand tax benefits of self-employment
· Discover the reality of creating an asset for your future through a business
· Learn about funding options: 401K Rollovers, SBA Loans, Credit Lines, Private Equity, etc.

 

Building Constructive Solutions:  Bidding And Estimating A Job (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and RIPTAC – 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):

The focus of this workshop will be the prerequisites and proven techniques for accurate and competitive construction estimating & bidding.  Techniques may be used by both general contractors and specialty trades.

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Wednesday, March 6

Preparation For A Matchmaker (Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center – 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101 in Providence from 9:00 – 11:30am and is free of charge.  To register, call 401-278-9100 or email ssundberg@riedc.com ):

For RI Businesses registered to attend the DoD Northeast Regional Council’s Matchmaker Events, this in-depth guide is essential to getting the most from the 10 minute meetings with representatives from federal agencies and major prime government contractors.  Learn who’s there, what they are looking for, how to present your business, how to engage and follow up.

It’s Who You Know That Counts:  6 Keys To Power Networking (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 4, Suite 402 in Lincoln from 11:00am – 1:00pm and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

Networking has been recognized in recent years as a key to overall business success, but does it work really?  Don’t some people just show up at events and hand out business cards and then get no business for their time spent?  The answer to both questions is YES.  It really does work and some people do show up and just hand out business cards (the wrong approach, by the way).  Bob Salvas, a local director in BNI (Business Networking International) has been successfully networking for years.  Come to this seminar and learn the real benefits of networking, how to go about it and where you should look to invest your networking time.

 

Understanding How To Optimize Search Engine Optimization For Your Small Business (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Centerville Seminar Center, 875 Centerville Road in Warwick from 10:00am – 12:00pm and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

Attend this seminar to learn how to optimize your small business’ appearance in search engines using tools such as Google+.  Come see how you can make your business more visible on the internet overnight!

 

U.S. Commercial Service Webinar:  Korea (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Chafee Center for International Business, and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation – Online from 8:00 – 9:30am and is free of charge.  To register, call 401-232-6409 or email hsanbent@bryant.edu ):

The Republic of Korea presents tremendous opportunities for American businesses, especially with the new free trade agreement KORUS between the US and Korea.  Learn more about these opportunities in this free webinar presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce on March 6th, 2013.  The presentation will talk about the opportunities, challenges and potential rewards Korea offers and how U.S. companies can successfully compete .

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Thursday, March 7

Maximizing Your Business’ Social Media Presence (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Location TBD from 9:00am – 11:00am and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

Social Media enables you to connect with current and prospective customers through online dialogue, and allows your customers to connect with each other and share their experience with your products or services.

Attend this workshop and learn how to use online networking outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogs to create an effective social media strategy for your business. 

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Friday, March 8

How To Increase Your One-On-One Sales:  The Road Warrior’s Pathway To Sales Growth (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Location TBD from 9:00am – 11:00am and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

Whether you’re experienced or inexperienced, if you’re a sales road warrior looking to dramatically increase your sales, this is the seminar you should attend.  This workshop will provide you with the sales tools you need to identify more prospects, acquire more appointments, and close more sales.


 

 

 


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