Rhode Island Small Business Seminars and Trainings For March 5 - March 18

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Rhode Island District Office  - February 28, 2018

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Monday, March 5

Steps to Start A Business (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM and is free of charge. To register, visit https://www.cweonline.org/About-CWE/CWE-Rhode-Island, or call 401-277-0800):

If you are considering starting a business or in the early stages of launching one, this workshop will outline everything you need to know.  In this workshop, you will:
• Develop your business idea and planning
• Review the importance of a business plan
• Gain an understanding of the process and requirements for starting a business, including;
• Legal structures
• How to choose and register a business name and entity
• How to obtain an employer identification number, licenses, permits and insurance
• Determining your financing needs
• Understanding employer responsibilities
• Learn about available resources and training

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

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Tuesday, March 6

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM and is free of charge. To register, visit https://www.cweonline.org/About-CWE/CWE-Rhode-Island , or call 401-277-0800):

Explore entrepreneurship and small business ownership in this information session, and decide whether starting your own business is right for you. 

During this workshop, you will:  
• Learn about the common traits and characteristics of entrepreneurs
• Identify the risks and rewards of self-employment
• Conduct a self-assessment that will help you decide if business ownership is right for you
• Discuss the importance of a business plan
• Find out more about CWE programs and resources that can help you move forward with your business idea

At the end of the session, you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a CWE counselor.

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Wednesday, March 7

Using Google Docs and Sheets Instead of the "Other" Applications (RI SCORE– Sprout RI, 166 Valley Street, Building 6M, Suite #103, Providence from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM and is free of charge.  To register, visit https://ri.score.org/content/take-workshop-161  ):

There are so many ways you can take advantage of technology to make your business grow. In this class, we will go over all the features that Google offers business owners. Learn how you can communicate, collaborate, create, edit, store, and backup with Google.

Topics for this class include:
• Setting up Google to work with your domain
• Using Gmail as your company’s domain system
• Managing your employee’s email
• Google Calendar integration
• Google Sheets, forms, docs, slides
• Collaborate and work together on projects
• Google Drive cloud storage for your documents
• Managing company owned mobile devices

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Thursday, March 8

Change Your Image, Change Your Future (Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Fee for seminar is $10. To register, visit https://www.cweonline.org/About-CWE/CWE-Rhode-Island, or call 401-277-0800):

Did you know that 55% of a first impression is based purely on appearance, and that an opinion is formed within seven seconds?  Whether you are a fashionista or know nothing about style, this workshop will help you discover your inner image and show you how to use it as a tool for your personal and professional success.

From the importance of grooming and first impressions, to the way clothing communicates, your image has an undeniable impact on your success. Discovering your image can change your life and this workshop will show you how.

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Friday, March 9

Computer Tips for Small Businesses - The Do's and Don'ts for Small Business Use of Technology (RI SCORE– East Providence Public Library, Champlain Rom, 41 Grove Ave, East Providence from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and is free of charge.  To register, visit https://ri.score.org/content/take-workshop-161  ):

 In order to be successful in business today, the use of some technology is an absolute must.  But sometimes, even the basics can be challenging if that is not your area of expertise.

Join computer expert Frank Anzivino as he discusses the three key areas in basic technology for business:
• Buying the right thing the first time around
• Optimize what you have -getting what you own to give you maximum results
• Solve common computer problems and fixes.

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Tuesday, March 13

Explore Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources (Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and is free of charge. To register, visit https://www.cweonline.org/About-CWE/CWE-Rhode-Island, or call 401-277-0800):

Are you interested in starting a small business but don’t know where to start?  Do you already own a small business and need assistance with marketing, employee management, setting up financial statements?  Interested in possibly getting a loan? 

Join us as experts from the SBA guide you through all the resources available to you and your small business.  Let them show you where to go to get an expert help you draft a business plan for FREE, where to find financing for your business, exporting, how to get started in the world of government contracting, and more!

Topics covered will include:
• Technical Assistance Programs
• SBA Loan Guarantee Program
• 8(a) Business Development Program
• HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) Program
• Government Contracting Opportunities
• And more!

 

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners (Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM and is free of charge. To register, visit https://www.cweonline.org/About-CWE/CWE-Rhode-Island, or call 401-277-0800):

This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware of when starting a new company. Attending this workshop will help you avoid common mistakes and employ preventative measures that can protect and ensure the success of your new business. 

Workshop topics will include:
• Different types of entity formations
• Contract basics
• Intellectual property 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 through the CWE consulting program.

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Thursday, March 15

Growing Your Business with Google (RI SCORE– Sprout CoWorking, 6M, 166 Valley St #103, Providence from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and is free of charge.  To register, visit https://ri.score.org/content/take-workshop-161):

Intro to Online Marketing
Learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence using search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising. We’ll also introduce tools that will help you run your business online, including GoogleAnalytics and Trends. 

Make your website work for you
If you’re launching a new business website (or sprucing up an old site), this workshop will help you. Learn how to create a search-friendly site that’s useful for customers and supports your business goals.

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Friday, March 16

Pasos Para Iniciar un Negocio (Center for Women & Enterprise - 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and is free of charge. To register, visit https://www.cweonline.org/About-CWE/CWE-Rhode-Island, or call 401-277-0800):

Si usted está pensando en ser dueño de un negocio o se encuentran en las primeras etapas de iniciar uno,  entonces este taller es para usted. Inscríbase  para que:
• Desarrolle sus ideas de negocio y la planificación del mismo.
• Considere su estructura legal.
• Discuta la elección de un nombre y una entidad.
• Aprenda cómo obtener un número de identificación patronal, licencias, permisos y seguros.

Al final de este taller usted tendrá una visión general de la A la Z, herramientas y consejos específicos que le ayudarán a empezar rápidamente

 

Getting The Most Out of a Tradeshow (RI SCORE– North Kingstown Public Library, 100 Boone St, North Kingstown from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and is free of charge.  To register, visit https://ri.score.org/content/take-workshop-161):

Tradeshows, expos, and conferences represent a great opportunity to sell your products or service, to gather a viable list of future prospects and to network with vendors, prospects and customers.  Most companies do not get the most out of these opportunities however.  Find out what you should do and maybe what you should stop doing.

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Saturday, March 17

Where Do I Begin – Administrative & Legal Considerations for Starting a Small Business (RI SCORE– Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St, Providence from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM and is free of charge.  To register, visit https://ri.score.org/content/take-workshop-161):

This general overview of starting a business looks at all aspects beginning with the legal requirements and how to start a business that makes sense.