SBA's November training events

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11-01-17

Georgia District Office Events

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Top Ways to Grow Your Business on a Shoestring Budget

  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. EDT

You will leave with a set of tools, resources and techniques to increase leads, sales and profits with less time and money. We live in a different world and there are faster, more efficient ways to get things done that you might not know existed! Startups and existing companies have no choice but to leverage time, money and resources to survive and grow.

Registration required

SBDC GrowSMART

  • Friday, Nov. 3. 2017 - 9:00 a.m. EDT

Whether in business for two years or twenty years, many small business owners are so busy working IN the business, they neglect working ON it. 


If your business is ready for growth, SBDC GrowSmart gives you the tools and strategies to reach your goals. GrowSmart was developed by the UGA SBDC to meet the needs of growing businesses. Combining the latest ideas with timeless principles, GrowSmart will propel your business forward! UGA SBDC training has helped thousands of business owners build a foundation for growth. 


GrowSmart is the product of our experience and commitment to Georgia’s small businesses. This program gets results! In full or half day weekly sessions, learn to analyze and manage your business like a seasoned CEO. 


35 hours of class time covering all areas of business operation; Evaluate your business, competition, and target markets; Hands-on, interactive program promotes sharing of best practices; Expert speakers add insights to the topic of the day; Step-by-step development of your company’s strategies for growth combined with long term one-on-one consulting with SBDC professionals, learn to apply course principles and build a business for today’s challenging times. 


SBDC GrowSmart is a dynamic program for owners and senior managers of growing businesses.


Registration required

 

 


Maker and Micro Business Conference

 

  • Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. EDT

Use promo code: earlybird to save $10 on admission for this GREAT event! (Promo code expires in one week or after the first 50 uses---whichever comes first---so act fast!) This year's ticket includes lunch at Big Chow Grill! Don't miss out!

 Registration required

 


SBDC GrowSMART

 

  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. EDT

WORK ON YOUR BUSINESS, NOT JUST IN YOUR BUSINESS! Whether you’ve been in business for 20 years or 2, SBDC GrowSMART™ can align your business vision and create a framework to improve the performance of your business and shape the success of your business for years to come.


The UGA SBDC GrowSmart™ provides the tools to: • A step-by-step evaluation of your business and markets. • A hands-on, interactive forum that promotes sharing of best practices. • Tools to build your business, both now and for the future. 


Program Outline: 1. Foundations for a Successful Business 2. Marketing Research & Analysis 3. Capturing the Market 4. Efficient Operations 5. Financial Foundations 6. Financial Plan 7. Bringing it All Together 8. Implementing and Presenting the Plan 

ENROLLMENT: The price of the program is $895 and requires the application acceptance. Applicants MUST be accepted before they can enroll. (Applications are reviewed to ensure competitive conflicts are minimized.) Tuition includes the textbook, materials, continental breakfast and lunch for each class and a certificate of completion from 


Registration required


8(a) & HUBZone Workshop

 

  • Friday, Nov. 8, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. EDT

This workshop is an overview of the requirements for eligible small businesses to participate in the 8(a) and the HUBZone programs, as well as other procurement-related information.

Registration required

 


Digital Marketing

 

  • Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 - 5:30 p.m. EDT

What is the most effective and efficient way to build both your personal and business brand? Through Digital and Social Media Marketing of Course! 

You should know Digital Marketing can significantly impact businesses ability to be competitive, build relationships, create brand loyalty and achieve a higher ROI. 

Digital Marketing encompasses mobile, e-mail, video, social platforms, and they all promote a 2-way communication process which is imperative for building brand value thru 24-7 engagement. 

In this workshop, you will learn: Why you should focus on your bran Why social media a key driver to business success What is an Integrated Communications Plan Why data analytics are important to your business

Registration required

 


Small Business Expo 2017

 

  • Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. EDT

Network with thousands of businesses • Get leads & new customers • Build your business • Attend FREE business-critical workshops & seminars • Shop for new products & services to help your business! • Learn from cutting-edge presentations on the Inspiration2020 Showcase Theater Stage • Participate in FREE Speed Networking sessions!

Registration required

 


Women and Veterans Federal Contracting Program

 

  • Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. EDT

Government wide procurement goals encourage opportunities for small businesses. This workshop will provide information on each program to become a successful entrepreneur in the contracting arena. 


Who should attend: Women and Veterans who are interested in doing business with the federal government. Topics to be covered: • Eligibility requirements for service disabled veteran-owned small businesses • Veterans Advantage Loan Program • Eligibility requirements for the Women-Owned Small Business Contracting Program • How the WOSB Program can provide significant opportunities for women entrepreneurs


Registration required

 


All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (Webinar)

 

  • Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. EDT

About the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program: The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 provided authority for the Small Business Administration to establish mentor-protégé programs for all small businesses. 


Rather than creating separate programs for each constituency – Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses, Women Owned Small Businesses, Historically Underutilized Business Zones - the SBA chose to create a single, all-inclusive mentor-protégé program modeled on the successful mentor-protégé program available to participants in its 8(a) program. 


The purpose of the new program is to develop strong protégé firms through mentor-provided business development assistance, and to help protégés successfully compete for government contracts.


Registration required

 


GrowSMART™ In Columbus

 

  • Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. EDT

WORK ON YOUR BUSINESS, NOT JUST IN YOUR BUSINESS! Whether you’ve been in business for 20 years or 2, SBDC GrowSMART™ can align your business vision and create a framework to improve the performance of your business and shape the success of your business for years to come. 


The UGA SBDC GrowSmart™ provides the tools to: • A step-by-step evaluation of your business and markets. • A hands-on, interactive forum that promotes sharing of best practices. • Tools to build your business, both now and for the future. Program Outline: 1. Foundations for a Successful Business 2. Marketing Research & Analysis 3. Capturing the Market 4. Efficient Operations 5. Financial Foundations 6. Financial Plan 7. Bringing it All Together 8. Implementing and Presenting the Plan 


DATES & TIMES: Fridays (7 mixed half/full day modules) Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 8


ENROLLMENT: The price of the program is $895 and requires the application acceptance. Applicants MUST be accepted before they can enroll. (Applications are reviewed to ensure competitive conflicts are minimized.) Tuition includes the textbook, materials, continental breakfast and lunch for each class and a certificate of completion from The University of Georgia for all graduates. 


Registration required

 


Mini Business Plan

 

  • Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. EDT

A workshop focusing on the components of a successful business plan: Clear, succinct writing style Compelling business description Importance of market research Effective development of meaningful financial projections .


The plan consists of four sections: Business Description, Management and Operations, Marketing and Sales and Financial Projections. Also included is an application for funding along with a discussion of funding resources, both conventional and alternative.

Registration required

 


Starting a Business

 

  • Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. EDT

Lack of planning is one of the top reasons new businesses fail. Topics to be discussed include: personal, market and financial feasibility; legal obligations for your business; estimating start-up costs and cash flow projections; financing alternatives, failure factors and business planning. Special pricing for multiple registrants.


Registration required

 


Develop an Import / Export Business

 

  • Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 - 9:45 a.m. EDT

 

Small businesses looking to increase sales and profit, reduce dependence on the domestic market and stabilize seasonal fluctuations should consider importing and exporting. 

With nearly 96 percent of consumers living outside the U.S. and two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power in foreign countries, opportunities await U.S. small business. Go where the customers are. 

There is significant opportunity for small businesses to profit through importing and exporting operations. Do you have what it takes to become a successful international business? Are you ready to make international sales?

Importing / Exporting offers great opportunities but requires preparation and planning. This is a two part series taught by international experts from the Georgia Small Business Development Center, a resource partner of the SBA. 

Module I will aid you in assessing your readiness, understanding what you need to know and consider before pursuing an international strategy. 

Module II will introduce you to those topics needed to develop and implement your strategy: international pricing and costing issues, proforma export quotations, payment terms, and risk assessment. The workshops will help you gain the knowledge to develop and implement an international plan. 

You will become acquainted with the key components of an effective import / export plan. The instructors will raise questions you should answer to complete your plan and provide the resources to help you answer those questions. * organizational and product readiness, * market research, * guidance for developing your strategy and marketing plan, * promoting your products in target market, and * complying with US and foreign regulations. 

Fee for Module I is $50 per person and is taught 9:30am - 12:30pm 

Fee for Module II is $50 per person and is taught 1:15pm - 4:30pm Both modules can be attended as a full day event for a single fee of $89 per person

Registration required

 

 


Writing an Effective Business Plan

 

  • Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. EDT

Who should attend? New businesses, growth businesses and expansion startups. Topics for discussion include: Sections of a business plan Format of a business plan Balance Sheet Financial Projections Capital Equipment List Sources of Capital


Registration required

 


Becoming A Camera-Ready Vendor

 

  • Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. EDT

Do you own a small business? Are you interested in expanding your target market to serve the entertainment industry? 


Film and TV production companies need everything from lodging and transportation to catering and hair. Come and learn how your small business can sell to film and television productions. 


We Will Cover: -An overview of the production ecosystem -The types of services and products purchased -How to adapt your product/service offering to meet the unique needs of this industry -How to engage with the entertainment Communities of Practice -How to market your business to the appropriate connectors, influencers & decision-makers -


The impact of east coast/west coast competition -How to handle purchase orders, invoices, and payments -Assigning dedicated personnel to serve entertainment accounts.


Registration required

 


SBDC GrowSMART

 

  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. EDT

Whether in business for two years or twenty years, many small business owners are so busy working IN the business, they neglect working ON it. 


If your business is ready for growth, SBDC GrowSmart gives you the tools and strategies to reach your goals. GrowSmart was developed by the UGA SBDC to meet the needs of growing businesses. 


Combining the latest ideas with timeless principles, GrowSmart will propel your business forward! UGA SBDC training has helped thousands of business owners build a foundation for growth. 


GrowSmart is the product of our experience and commitment to Georgia’s small businesses. This program gets results! In full-day, weekly sessions, learn to analyze and manage your business like a seasoned CEO. 


35 hours of class time covering all areas of business operation Evaluate your business, competition, and target markets Hands-on, interactive program promotes sharing of best practices Expert speakers add insights to the topic of the day Step-by-step development of your company’s strategies for growth 


Combined with long term one-on-one consulting with SBDC professionals, learn to apply course principles and build a business for today’s challenging times. SBDC GrowSmart is a dynamic program for owners and senior managers of growing businesses.


Registration required

 


FINANCING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

 

  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. EDT

You are ready to start or grow your small business, but don't know where to look for financing. Small business loans can be critical to your success as a business owner.


A small business loan can be instrumental in helping start or grow your business. Join me Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 10 a.m. (EST) to learn how the SBA can help you take your business to the next growth stage and assist you with one of the hardest decisions facing small business owners; how to obtain financing for your small business. 


You will learn: Uses of proceeds allowed Who qualifies Resources to help you prepare for the application process How to apply The participating lenders 


Contact: Melanie Bryant, Lender Relations Specialist 404-331-0131


Registration required