Rhode Island Small Business Seminars and Trainings for November 21 - December 4

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SBA Rhode Island District Office

Monday, November 21

Measure Your Marketing – How to Analyze Your Results and Improve on Your Success (SCORE – Cranston Chamber of Commerce, Garden City Center, 100 Midway Road in Cranston from 10:00am – 12:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, Click Here , or call 401-226-0077):

If you aren't measuring, you aren't marketing.  Once the campaign is designed and sent off to the social media platforms and inboxes, the last step is to watch how people engage with your content, respond to your offers, and take action.  If you want to see more results from your email marketing, now is the time to learn what data matters and how to improve the results you are already getting.


Monday, November 28

QuickBooks Basics Intensive (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 9:30 – 11:30am for 4 consecutive weeks.  Fee for 4 weeks is $195.  To register, visit www.cweonline.org , or call 401-277-0800):

Keeping track of your business's finances can be complicated, but a systematic approach with QuickBooks can make a world of difference.  In this 4-week intensive series, participants will learn the basics of navigating the QuickBooks program and have the opportunity to practice using it in real-time. Both beginners and business owners looking for a refresher course will find this class helpful.

During the 4 weeks, this course will cover:
• Setting up and maintaining a financial and bookkeeping system using QuickBook
• Understanding your company's basic financial statements and terms
• Understanding key reporting features of QuickBooks that are needed to make day-to-day financial decisions
• Common features including invoicing, entering and paying bills, entering credit card transactions, and managing loans

Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops with company QuickBooks, or a trial version of QuickBooks. This class is appropriate for QuickBooks Pro and Premier 2013, and is suitable for those business owners working with QuickBooks 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The class does not cover QuickBooks for MAC or QuickBooks Online.


Tuesday, November 29

Ways to Maximize LinkedIn for Your Business (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 9:30 – 11:30am.  Fee for seminar is $25.  To register, visit www.cweonline.org , or call 401-277-0800):

This is an intensive hands-on workshop designed for business owners who want to quickly master the business development potential through LinkedIn.

It's a packed agenda, including:
• Advanced network building strategies
• Using LinkedIn for lead generation & prospecting
• Become a LinkedIn group power user
• Anatomy of a company page
• Using LinkedIn Pulse to stay top of mind

This is an advanced LinkedIn workshop. Anyone may register, but it is suggested attendees:
• Have a nearly 100% completed (All Star, LinkedIn) profile
• Have a minimum of 150 connections
• Belong to at least 5 groups
• Participate on LinkedIn at least once a week


Thursday, December 1

VA Verification Certification Program Webinar (U.S. Small Business Administration – Webinar, from 2:00 – 3:30pm and is free of charge.  For registration information, email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov , or call 401-528-4574):

Are you a Veteran-owned or Service Disabled Veteran-owned Small Business?  Are you interested in doing business with the VA and gaining access to set aside and sole source awards?  Join us as Terrance Moultrie from the VA takes us through the VA Verification process in this information packed webinar.


Making a Digital First Impression – Branding Your Company in the Online World (U.S. Small Business Administration – Fuller Creative Learning Center, 260 Dover Avenue in East Providence from 6:00 – 8:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, email fullercreativelearning@gmail.com , or call 401-528-4574):

First impressions matter.  How are YOU doing with your emails? This seminar will help you avoid common mistakes and maximize your emails for powerful impact! You’ll learn about:  Branding beyond the logo, Readability, Using images properly, and Sharability.  Join us for this fast, info-packed seminar packed with tips, techniques and tools to help you navigate the do’s and the don’ts for your own marketing!

The Right Foot (RI Small Business Development Center – Center by Blackstone, 175 Main Street in Pawtucket from 8:30 – 10:30am and is free of charge.  To register, Click Here , or call 401-474-6998):

Test your dreams in this intensive 3 hour workshop designed to assess the feasibility of your business idea and provide you with the tools and tips needed to plan for entrepreneurship. Both traditional and progressive tools like The Big Idea and the Business Model Canvas will be utilized to help you target your customers, define your value proposition and estimate the resources and cash needed to be successful. You can extend this one time workshop by working with an RISBDC business counselor.

The focus of this workshop will be:
• Market Opportunity Recognition
• Nuts & Bolts: Government Requirements & Legal Considerations
• Elements of a Business Model

If you’re starting a business or need feedback on the essential steps and process of starting a business then this workshop is for you.


 Friday, December 2

Interviewing Skills and Strategies (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 9:00 – 11:00am.  Fee for seminar is $10.  To register, visit www.cweonline.org , or call 401-277-0800):

The journey of finding our ideal job can be exciting and rewarding, but you need to prepare yourself for the process. A resume may get you in the door, but the interview lands you the job.  An interview is an employer’s chance to evaluate you as a potential employee for the company, but remember that you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. 

In this workshop, you will learn to:
• Understand how to prepare for an interview
• Learn about different types of interviews and interview questions
• Develop a follow-up plan for after the interview
• Practice how to successfully answer questions in an interview situation


Google Business Tools – Understanding the Services That Google Has to Help Your Business (SCORE – The Momentum Club, 30 West Main Street in Wickford from 10:00am – 12:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, Click Here , or call 401-226-0077):

Understand the many products and services that Google offers that can help your business.










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