Rhode Island Small Business Seminars and Trainings for March 12 - March 25

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Rhode Island District Office  - March 7, 2018

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Upcoming Rhode Island Small Business Seminars and Trainings

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.

 

Understand How to Export to Mexico (U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service and UPS – Webinar from 1:00 – 2:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, Click Here ):

Speakers from the U.S Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration will provide an overview of existing programs supporting businesses looking to export. Furthermore, we will share current trends in e-commerce in Mexico and what products does UPS have available to support small, medium and large businesses looking to export into Mexico.

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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.

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Tuesday, March 20

Protect Your Business Brand with Copyright (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Fee is $ 25. To register, visit https://www.cweonline.org/About-CWE/CWE-Rhode-Island , or call 401-277-0800):

This workshop will outline ways you can avoid the common pitfalls related to copyright that could potentially spell trouble for your business brand. 

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
• Differentiate between plagiarism and copyright
• Avoid copyright infringement and the possible legal and financial consequences
• Appreciate the evolving relationships between copyright and new digital technologies (web pages, social media, streaming, etc.)
• Locate, identify, and select materials (images, photos, etc.) under various categories such as:
o Free to use
o Use with conditions
o Permission required

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Thursday, March 22

Intro to Tech Entrepreneurship (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence. Course runs 6 consecutive Thursdays from 6:00PM – 8:00PM.  Fee for 6 weeks is $149.  To register, visit https://www.cweonline.org/About-CWE/CWE-Rhode-Island , or call 401-277-0800):

Developing software that meets the need of the intended audience and is developed on time and on budget is crucial for your organization’s success. However, poor communication between stakeholders and the development team will put this at risk.

This course will walk you and your team through a methodology that will enable success.
You will learn how to:
• Describe the target users of a software application
• Evaluate the business model behind a software project (using the Value Proposition Canvas and Business Model Canvas, etc.)
• Effectively use the Value Proposition Canvas and the Business Model Canvas
• Design software at a high level
• Write an effective user story and create a high-level requirements specification
• Use the software design language rippl
• Use the Software Development Canvas to understand the development and launch of a software project
• Estimate the cost and time of developing a software product
• Manage the software development process using Agile SCRUM or Kanban

Deliverables
1. Value Proposition Canvas
2. Business Model Canvas
3. Software Development Canvas
4. Trello board with list of user stories

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Saturday, March 24

Getting a Plan Together – Starting Your Business Plan (RI SCORE – Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St, Providence from 9:30AM– 12:30PM and is free of charge. To register, visit https://ri.score.org/content/take-workshop-161 ):

You need to put all the aspects of your plan for your business onto a written document. This becomes your blueprint to future success.




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