Tuesday, May 23
Marketing Yourself to the Government (RI Procurement Technical Assistance Center – Quonset Business Park, QDC Annex Facility, 95 Cripe Street in North Kingstown from 9:00 – 11:00am and is free of charge. To register, Click Here , or call 401-278-9199):
Learn how to identify your target market and develop an overall marketing strategy that also supports a government contracting strategy. Identify the most practical and cost effective strategies, channels, and solutions to meet your marketing and growth objectives.
Thursday, May 25
The Right Foot (RI Small Business Development Center – Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, 1 Chamber Way in Westerly from 9:00 – 11:30am and is free of charge. To register, Click Here , or call 401-714-9177):
Test your dreams in this intensive 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 the 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.
Tuesday, May 30
Understand, Manage and Improve Your Credit (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 1:30 – 3:30pm. Fee for seminar is $20. To register, visit www.cweonline.org , or call 401-277-0800):
The first step to planning and launching a new business is ensuring you, yourself are financially stable. This workshop will help you understand the importance of managing your credit and how it can affect your personal financial health. You will learn the costs of having poor credit and the advantages of investing time into improving and managing it.
In this session, you will learn:
• About credit reports and what they contain
• How credit scores are calculated
• What predatory lending practices are and how to watch out for them
• Debt reduction strategies
• How to avoid identity theft
This workshop is recommended for those who are interested in improving their credit or building a credit history. Those clients who are unsure what their credit report contains will also benefit by attending the workshop.
Wednesday, May 31
Financing Strategies: Learn From the Experts (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 12:00 – 2:00pm and is free of charge. To register, visit www.cweonline.org , or call 401-277-0800):
If you are in the process of launching a new business, or thinking about starting one, this panel discussion will help you understand the variety of financing options available to new business owners. The discussion will focus on strategies for raising funds as well as what lenders and investors look for when making financing decisions.
The panel may include, but not be limited to, the following experts:
• Micro-credit lender
• Crowd-funding expert
• Angel investor
• An entrepreneur with experience raising funds
We will begin with a brief introduction and overview of services from each panelist followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the audience.
Friday, June 2
Retirement Planning for Women (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 9:30 – 11:30am. Fee for seminar is $10. To register, visit www.cweonline.org , or call 401-277-0800):
Yes, retirement planning is necessary because that "day" will arrive and you will need a detailed path to be successful. The good news for women: they live longer, so they will have longer to enjoy their retirement. The bad news: they live longer, so their retirement will be more expensive than for their male counterparts.
A solid financial plan will take you from where you are today and establish a guided timeline for your life. What are IRA’s, Roth IRA’s, 401K, 457, etc. etc.
In this workshop, you will take into account paying off student loans, starting and raising a family, starting and running a business, all to establish a retirement exit strategy. You will come away with a strong understanding of what is do-able in your plan.
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.