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

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SBA Rhode Island District Office

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 you will 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 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.
· Much More…

 

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

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!

 

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 Rhode Island 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.

 

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

 

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 – 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, 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.  During this workshop, you will…
* Understand the research required and steps involved in developing a social media strategy
* Learn about the major components of a social media strategy
* Determine an effective way to integrate your website into your social media strategy 
* Realize how a social media strategy supports your overall business goals

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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 – Centerville Seminar Center, 875 Centerville Road in Warwick 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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Monday, March 11

Marketing Plans:  Who Needs One? (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence 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 workshop and see how to develop a marketing plan to make your business is reaching the right people more effectively.

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Tuesday, March 12

Building Constructive Solutions:  Writing A Contract Proposal (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 guide business owners through the steps to writing a thorough and complete contract proposal.

 

Starting An Online Business (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence 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 workshop and discover the tools you need to start a successful online business.

The 7 Secrets Of Overnight Success – How To Get Your Business Featured In The News (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Salve Regina University satellite campus, 144 Metro Center Boulevard in Warwick from 8:00 – 10:00am and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, please visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

What you get from this workshop:

*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 straight 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 and save the day with your pitch at precisely the right time!

*The 3 Types of Publicity - a simple system you can start using TONIGHT to plan your stories and get your business featured in the news in a matter of weeks!

*And much more!

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Wednesday, March 13

8(a) Business Development Program Overview Workshop Business (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – 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, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

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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Thursday, March 14

Business Law Basics (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Salve Regina University satellite campus, 144 Metro Center Boulevard in Warwick from 8:00 – 10:00am and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

So, you want to start your own business, or perhaps you already have.  What should you be concerned about?  Come hear an experienced small business attorney address a variety of subjects that can help you to be better protected for potential problems or concerns.  Some of the topics to be discussed include: Inc. vs. LLC, Agreements with Partners, Leases, Preventing Fraud, Purchasing Real Estate and Closing your Business.  This class does not constitute legal advice.

 

In-Transition: Know The Technology That Could Land You A Job (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M, Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 1:00 – 3:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, please call 401-277-0800 or email ngirard@cweonline.org ):

Where do you need to be to get noticed?  Marketing yourself online can be an effective tool during the job search.  Come learn more about social media outlets to increase your chance of obtaining employment.  This workshop will discuss social media sites such as:
* LinkedIn
* Facebook
* Twitter
* And educating you on how to use them effectively and productively in your job search.

 

Intellectual Property Protection For Small Business (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Salve Regina University satellite campus, 144 Metro Center Boulevard in Warwick from 8:00 – 10:00am and is free of charge.  For more information or to register, please visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

This workshop reviews common intellectual property protection issues including patents, trademarks, copyrights and how a small business can utilize these rights in the marketplace most effectively.  It is recommended that Intro to Patents Trademarks & Copyrights be attended beforehand.

 

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

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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Friday, March 15

Providing Good Customer Service (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence 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 ):

Attendees will learn tricks of the trade in providing top notch customer service that will have customers coming back for more and bringing their friends too!

 

 

 

 

 

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.