Rhode Island Small Business Seminars and Trainings for September 6 - September 24

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SBA Rhode Island District Office


Wednesday, September 13

Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Session I - (SEED - Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Blvd, Providence RI 02903 from 9:00am to 12:00pm and is free of charge. To register call 508-822-1020 x318, registrations are open until September 6, 2017.)

Learn the fundamentals of planning, preparing for and financing your small business.

Basic Entrepreneurial Workshop: Sesson II - (SEED - Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Blvd, Providence RI 02903 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and is free of charge. To register call 508-822-1020 x318, registrations are open until September 6, 2017.)

Learn to understand financial statements and how they help to determine the health of your business.


Thursday, September 14

Steps to Starting a Business - (Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Blvd, Providence, RI 02903 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and is free to attend. To register visit http://www.cweonline.org/NewsEvents/ViewArticle/tabid/164/ArticleId/2434/Steps-to-Starting-a-Business-CWE-Rhode-Island-Sep-14.aspx )

If you are planning to start a business or are in the early stages of launching one, then this workshop is for you.

In this workshop, you will learn to:

- Develop your business ideas and planning

- Consider your legal structure

- Discuss choosing a name and entity

- Learn how to obtain an employer identification number, licenses, permits, and insurance

Leave the session with an A-to-Z overview and 
specific tools and tips that will help you get started quickly.

The Right Foot - (RI SBDC - Millrace Kitchen, 40 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02985 from 8:30am to 11:00am and is free to attend. To register visit https://www.risbdc.org/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=20370008)

Test your dream 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. Also, learn about what it takes to start a food business. Millrace Kitchen, a NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley initiative, will share case studies on how to start a food business from their new incubator kitchen program. Our advisers are available to customize these lessons to your business at no cost.


Friday, September 15

Simple Steps to a Well-Run Business - STEP THREE: Communicate - (RI SCORE - Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, #402, Lincoln, RI 02865 from 10:00am to 12:00pm  and is free to attend. To register visit http://tinyurl.com/SSWRBcommunicateLincoln2

The next step is to COMMUNICATE. When it comes to communicating, the most important thing is to communicate your ‘Core-Value’. Think about this; what does Starbucks really offer beyond their products? The most enlightening thing about understanding “Core-Value” is realizing the products and services you deliver are not the primary reason you have customers. It’s the value you add beyond the products and services.


Saturday, September 16

Grow Your Book of Business: Marketing for Start-ups and Established Businesses - (RI SCORE - Providence Public Library (Central Library), 150 Empire Street, Providence RI 02903 from 9:30am to 12:30pm and is free of charge. To register visit http://tinyurl.com/growbizPVD)

Local businesses today are competing both with local and non-local businesses for a share of the market.  In order to not waste your valuable resources, you must learn the three most important areas to focus on.


Tuesday, September 19

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - (Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Blvd, Providence, RI 02903 from 9:00am to 11:00am and is free to attend. To register http://www.cweonline.org/NewsEvents/ViewArticle/tabid/164/ArticleId/2435/Legal-Considerations-for-New-Business-Owners-CWE-Rhode-Island-Sep-19.aspx)

This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal issues that entrepreneurs should be aware of when starting a new company. Attend this workshop to learn how to avoid common mistakes and employ preventative measures that can protect and ensure the success of your new business.

This workshop will be presented by an attorney with business law experience.

Topics will include:

Entity formation

- Contract basics

- IP considerations

- Licenses and regulations

After the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one consultation regarding their specific business legal concerns through the Center for Women and Enterprise’s consulting program

Exploring SBA Resources - (Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Blvd, Providence, RI 02903 from 11:00am to 1:00pm and is free to attend. To register visit http://www.cweonline.org/NewsEvents/ViewArticle/tabid/164/ArticleId/2436/Exploring-SBA-Resources-CWE-Rhode-Island-Sep-19.aspx

This workshop will help you understand the various SBA programs and services that are available to entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to start or expand a business.

The workshop is presented by a representative from the 
RI District office of the US Small Business Administration. 

Topics covered include:

- Technical Assistance Programs

- SBA loan Guarantee Program

- 8(a) Business Development Program

- HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) Program

- Government Contracting Opportunities

CEP: Visioning and Business Planning *12 Week Course - (Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Blvd, Providence, RI 02903 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and is cost $495.00 for the 12 weeks. To register visit http://www.cweonline.org/NewsEvents/ViewArticle/tabid/164/ArticleId/2437/CEP-Visioning-and-Business-Planning-12-weeks-CWE-Rhode-Island-Sep-19.aspx)

Visioning :

If you’re contemplating entrepreneurship, this is the first step in turning your dreams of owning your own business into a reality! 
During this program, you will:

Explore the challenges and rewards of self-employment

- Build definition around your business concept

- Consider your short- and long-term goals

Discover the inner-workings of starting your own business through course topics such as:

Clarifying your Business Idea

- Developing a Mission Statement

- Analyzing the Strengths & Weaknesses of your Business Idea

- Creating Long and Short-Term Business Goals

- Developing a Business Start-up Action

Business Planning :

This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming an independent business owner, while gaining confidence in yourself and your knowledge of small business management.

In this business planning course, you will:

Explore and assess the financial and market viability of your business concept

- Learn how to market yourself and your business to target customers

- Explore options for funding the start-up and ongoing costs of operating your business

- Actively participate in class time and in one-on-one consulting sessions

- Build a network of fellow entrepreneurs that can support you in launching and growing your new enterprise

At the end of this program, you will leave with a completed business plan to guide you in the launch and growth of your new company.

This course does not require any previous experience or education in business management. However, access to a computer and knowledge of MS Word and Excel is strongly recommended.


Wednesday, September 20

Understanding Cash Flow Management - (Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Blvd, Providence, RI 02903 from 9:30am to 11:30am and cost $20 to attend. To register visit http://www.cweonline.org/NewsEvents/ViewArticle/tabid/164/ArticleId/2438/Understanding-Cash-Flow-Management-CWE-Rhode-Island-Sep-20.aspx)

Many new business owners feel intimidated by the financial aspects of running their new venture, however, it is vital to the success of any business strategy. This workshop will help you to understand the importance of proper cash flow management and how it can help 
your business survive and thrive during the first years of operation.

In this session, you will:

-Learn the basics of cash flow projections and how it can help you avoid risks associated with cash flow shortages

- Understand how a cash flow projection can be used as a tool to project cash needs and resources.

- Understand the key drivers of cash in your business

- Learn about some of the financial products available that may be able to support managing your business’s cash flow

- Build a 12-month cash flow projection for your business using MS excel

A template for the cash flow projection will be provided in this workshop. Students will need to have basic level of proficiency in MS Excel in order to participate in the interactive portion of the workshop

Power Forward! - (Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Blvd, Providence, RI 02903 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and is free to attend. To register contact Michelle Miller to register at mmiller@cweonline.org  or 617-532-0248)

This accelerator program is designed for established business owners who have not yet grown their firms to substantial levels of revenue or employment. If you are an ambitious entrepreneur ready to lead your business to the next phase, this program is for you!

This 13-week program will cover:

- Strategy and strategic planning

- Leadership

- Financials and accounting

- Products and customers

- Resource management

- Business growth strategies

- Marketing

- Reliance on the ever-evolving business plan

Power Forward! is based on developing and executing an evolving business plan that better reflects the experience of the business and the adjustments needed to get to the next level both financially and in terms of business maturity. As a result of participating, program graduates will grow their business revenues and create jobs.


Friday, September 22

Coffee and Connections - (Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Blvd, Providence, RI 02903 from 7:30am to 9:30am and is free to attend. To register visit  http://www.cweonline.org/NewsEvents/ViewArticle/tabid/164/ArticleId/2439/Coffee-and-Connections-CWE-Rhode-Island-Sep-22.aspx)

This must-attend morning breakfast event is for women who want to be inspired and connect with other inventive, resourceful, and highly-productive business owners and experts. Come enjoy a continental-style breakfast and unlimited coffee!

Speed Mentoring Clinic(Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Blvd, Providence, RI 02903 from 9:30am to 11:30am and is free to attend. To register visit http://www.cweonline.org/NewsEvents/ViewArticle/tabid/164/ArticleId/2440/Speed-Mentoring-Clinic-CWE-Rhode-Island-Sep-22.aspx

Get your questions answered FAST in this unique speed mentoring clinic.
Meet with experts with years of experience in a variety of disciplines. 30-minute one-on-one sessions in this fast-paced, high-impact, fun event. Topics include:

- Marketing

- Sales

- Legal

- Financing & Pitching

- Government Resources & Certifications

- Zoning

- Finance & Accounting

Register today! Limited appointments available.

Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution: Two Essential Skills Every Leader Needs - (RI SCORE - North Kingstown Public Library, 100 Boone Street, North Kingstown, RI from 10:00am to 12:00pm and is free to attend. To register visit http://tinyurl.com/effectivecommNK)

Learn the high level communication and conflict resolution skills and secrets used by the experts that increase both performance and profits. A valuable seminar for leaders of business, non-profit, or community groups of any size.

Jeffrey Deckman is the founder of Capability Accelerators and is an expert in leadership development and organizational transformation. He is an award winning entrepreneur and a thought leader in emergent leadership methodologies.


Saturday, September 23

It's Who They Know That Counts - The Art and Science of Power Networking - (RI SCORE - Providence Public Library, Central Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI from 9:30am to 12:30pm and is free to attend. To register visit http://tinyurl.com/powernetworkingPVD)

Face-to-face networking can grow your business but it not just about showing up at events (though that is part of it).  What you do when you are there and after you leave is where the rubber hits the road. 


Monday, September 25

Lunch & Learn: Marketing on a Shoestring - (Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Blvd, Providence, RI 02903 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and is cost $20.00 to attend. To register visit http://www.cweonline.org/NewsEvents/ViewArticle/tabid/164/ArticleId/2441/Lunch-and-Learn-Marketing-on-a-Shoestring-CWE-Rhode-Island-Sep-25.aspx

Competition for a spot in the marketplace and media is tough. Learn how to maximize your resources to gain visibility for your products and services. Find out how to market your product, determine and refine your target audience, and reach customers with the right message and the right media.

Join us to learn effective, affordable ways to connect with your audience.

** Bring your own lunch**


Tuesday, September 26

Defense Contract Audit Agency Compliance Webinar - (RI PTAC - Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence RI 02908 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and is free of charge. To register visit https://riptac.ecenterdirect.com/events/signup/4553)

Come learn from Sherry Kobus, Small Business Program Manager DCAA, Audit Liaison Division, about DCAA accounting system requirements and regulatory criteria for establishing an adequate accounting system.

Steps to Grow Your Small Business - (Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Blvd, Providence, RI 02903 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and is free to attend. To register visit http://www.cweonline.org/NewsEvents/ViewArticle/tabid/164/ArticleId/2442/Steps-to-Grow-Your-Business-CWE-Rhode-Island-Sep-26.aspx)

Have you recently launched your business and secured your first few clients, but want to take your business to the next level? This workshop will cover some basic strategies to grow your revenue base and formalize your company. It is suited for businesses in the first 1-3 years of operations with sales between $25-$100K/year.

During this session, you will:

- Identify where your business is today in its growth cycle

- Learn the 10 quickest, most effective ways to grow your business

- Understand the difference between business planning and strategic planning

- Begin to take an inventory of your company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats


Saturday, September 30

The World is Online - Effective Digital Marketing Strategies - (RI SCORE - Providence Public Library, Central Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI from 9:30am to 12:30pm and is free to attend. To register visit http://tinyurl.com/worldonlinePVD)

Even a brick and mortar business today cannot realize its full potential if it does not have an online presence. This session discusses the basics of digital marketing, including social media, email marketing and websites.


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.