Rhode Island Small Business Training Events For The Weeks Of March 18 - March 31

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SBA Rhode Island District Office

Monday, March 18

How To Start A Non-Profit (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Slade’s Business Center, 3280 Post Road in Warwick from 9:00 – 11:00am and is free of charge.  To register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

This workshop will provide the necessary information and steps on starting a non-profit organization.  Learn from Deb & Richard Siravo, Founders of The Matty Fund, as they will outline their journey from a grassroots effort to a nationally acclaimed non-profit.

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Tuesday, March 19

How To Put The “Cash” Back In Your Cash Flow (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Salve Regina Satellite Campus, 144 Metro Center Boulevard in Warwick from 8:00 – 10:00am and is free of charge.  To register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

This workshop will provide a guide to helping you keep the cash flowing in to your small business instead of just out!

Building Constructive Solutions:  Project Managemnt (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, Center for Women & Enterprise, and Rhode Island PTAC – 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 focus on the principles of effective supervision, planning and scheduling processes, job safety procedures and more.

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Wednesday, March 20

Doing Business With Government (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, Center for Women & Enterprise, and the City of Providence - Providence Municipal Building, 444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room from 3:00 - 5:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, please email providence.ri@sba.gov or call 401-528-4561):

Mayor Angel Taveras, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, and the Center for Women & Enterprise are presenting an information-packed workshop that will provide valuable tips on getting contracts with the City of Providence, the state and federal governments.

Take Your Business Global:  An Exporting Workshop (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Bryant University, Bryant Center, 1150 Douglas Pike in Smithfield from 8:30 – 11:00am and is free of charge.  To register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

96% of the world’s markets are outside the borders of the U.S.  Join us for the unique and innovative workshop that will help you ready your business to explore the international markets and take your business global!

ROI Of Social Media (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Salve Regina 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):

By now, most people have heard about the benefits of using Social Media as a marketing tool for business.  But how do we measure its effectiveness?  Does Social Media in fact increase revenue and if so, how do we measure the results?  This workshop will take a look at what your expectations should be when using social media and how to effectively measure its results.

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Thursday, March 21

Need A Business Loan?  Is The SBA Right For You? (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Larry Friedman Center for Entrepreneurship, 10 Abbott Park Place in Providence from 8:00 – 10:00am and is free of charge.  To register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

Join lending experts from the SBA as they guide you through the various loan programs offered.  From working capital 7(a) loans, to 504 and Micro-loans, come see what the SBA has to offer your small business and if one of these loan programs is right for you.

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Friday, March 22

HUBZones 101 (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 12:30 – 1:30pm and is free of charge.  To register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program is designed to introduce your business to the pro-gram, help determine whether your business is eligible for the program, and support your business' efforts to participate in the program.  Every year, the federal government awards over $500 billion in contracts, and a significant share of those contracts are specifically allotted to small businesses. SBA works with federal agencies to assist them in identifying and awarding contracts in order to meet the 23% statutory goal of government-wide small business prime contracting.  Agencies are also required to award 3% of contracts to small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones).  SBA encourages small businesses to learn more about the HUBZone program and take advantage of this federal contracting opportunity.

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Monday, March 25

Get Connected:  Online Tools For Your Small 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.  To register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

Attend this workshop to get a comprehensive look at the resources available to you and your business to become more online savvy and visible.  In this day and age, small businesses must be highly visible and active online to keep up.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see how you can do just that.

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Tuesday, March 26

How To Write A Business Plan (class taught in Spanish) (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.  To register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

This workshop will walk participants through the basics of putting together a business plan and will be taught entirely in Spanish.

Building Constructive Solutions:  QuickBooks For Small Contracting Firms (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, Center for Women & Enterprise, and Rhode Island PTAC – 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 course is designed to provide owners with an understanding of the basic principles of QuickBooks and how to use the program for Government Contracting Accounting.

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Wednesday, March 27

How To Market Your Business On A Shoe String (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Salve Regina Satellite Campus, 144 Metro Center Boulevard in Warwick from 6:00 – 8:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

Competition in the marketplace and in the media is tough.  Work smart, be savvy, be creative –it makes a difference.  Learn how to make the most of the products and services you offer, as well as the resources you have to get them seen and heard.  Find out how to market your product, determine and refine your target audience, and reach customers with the right message in the right media.  Learn effective, cost-efficient means of connecting with your audience.  Lots of examples, ideas, and an opportunity to work on your own business needs.

Business Development:  Develop People You Can Rely On (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, visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

This workshop will be valuable for …Business Owners, Senior Managers or those individuals who maintain the role of “Principle Person” (PP) in their organization and have the ultimate responsibility for most if not all functions and outcomes.  Like all (PPs) you are generally stretched thin with limited time for managing, planning and a personal life… the only means of leveraging your previous experiences and successes is -

1) Through the professional development of assistants, team members, staff and employees

2) With delegation and hands-on management of those team members

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Thursday, March 28

Disaster Planning And Recovery (U.S. Small Business Administration, Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Salve Regina Satellite Campus, 144 Metro Center Boulevard in Warwick from 8:00 – 10:00am and is free of charge.  To register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

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

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Friday, March 29

 

Hiring Employees:  What Tax Credits Can You Apply For? (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.  To register, call 401-528-4561 or email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov ):

Join experts from the RI DLT as they walk you through the process of hiring new employees and the tax credits you are eligible for when doing so.

The SBA is pleased to announce that we will be presenting workshops at "A Beacon for Small Business Expo" on April 23, 2013.  The workshops will include SBA Programs & Services and Financing Your Small Business.  The expo and workshops are free to attend.  If you would like more information about the Expo, workshops, or to register, call (401) 825-2731 or email seminars@beaconmutual.com   Space is limited so please register early.

 

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.