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Understanding Business Budgeting, Friday, April 19, 2019

Where: HCC at The Regent, Riverview When: Friday, April 19, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMBudgeting plays a vital role in your organization's future. Your budget enables you to pinpoint critical variables that impact profit so your company can successfully pursue business goals and create value. In this workshop, you will learn how to work with, develop and present budgets aligned with business strategic goals. At the conclusion of this workshop, you will understand important budgeting concepts, budgeting strategies, and be able to see and easily implement savings for your company. This is your opportunity to gain the tools and insights to craft the budget your company needs to overcome obstacles and achieve success. Speaker: Carol MinorFee: No CostLink

Email Marketing Success, Friday, April 19, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, April 19, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMAn effective Email marketing campaign can be the best way for you to build customer relationships and increase sales. Using an online Email management system like Constant Contact makes the process much easier. Let us show you how.Fee: $ 20.00Link

Doing Business with the Government Series(Part 5 and 6), Friday, April 19, 2019

Where: Career Source Southwest Florida, Fort Myers When: Friday, April 19, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingPart 5 Subcontracting Opportunities. An overview on Opportunities, Government's Role, Prime Contractor's Role and Payments. Part 6 Pricing your Product or Service. An overview of Pricing, Profit, Cost Realism and Best Value. Speaker: Dan Telep, FSBDC PTAC ConsultantFee: No CostLink

Financing Your Business, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Access to CapitalAre you looking for money for your business? Are you considering a SBA loan? This seminar will help you zero in on the right funding choices for your business and avoid money scams. Learn how to ask for a loan, get prepared for the bank, and where to fi nd money. You'll explore: . SBA loans: when, where and how to apply . How to plan your financing request to banks . Which banks are making loans . Angel investors and venture capitalists . Six Cs of credit and how credit scores efect your business . Busting the myths about small business grantsSpeaker: Corey McCasterFee: No CostLink

Introduction to Cash Flow Management, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Where: Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMTopic: Cash Flow ManagementUnderstanding your financials is crucial in establishing business acumen and stability. The financials reveal the health of the business and can reveal common business mistakes - such as taking on more sales than cash flow can support.Speaker: Jacqueline Ramirez, Consultant SBDC at FAU Division of ResearchFee: No CostLink

Atlassian Team in Town and After the Summit Recap

Atlassian User Group Palm Beach County Meetup Tuesday, April 23 at 5:15 PM THIS IS A FREE EVENT - PLEASE FINISH YOUR RSVP IN THE LINK BELOW ... https://www.meetup.com/Atlassian-User-Group-Palm-Beach-County-Meetup/events/259679993/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Atlassian-User-Group-Palm-Beach-County-Meetup/events/259679993/

Branding Your Business, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at FAMU, FAMU Foundation Building, Tallahassee When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesHaving a strong brand in today's market place is essential to the success of your business, but most business owners struggle with building their brand. Many business owners think that their brand is their logo, or slogan or their product. During this workshop, you will receive valuable insight on what a brand really is and; how to establish and protect your brand. Don't miss this opportunity to put your brand on the map!Speaker: Keith Bowers, Regional DirectorFee: No CostLink

Hacker Hours

SoFlo Cyber District Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30 PM A more informal, personal meetup on all things tech related. Originally sponsored by Palm Beach Tech, we are now expanding to host other types of even... https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/vjdbqqyzgbfc/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/vjdbqqyzgbfc/

Grow Your Business with Email & Social Media Marketing

Between Facebook and Twitter, email and mobile, and whatever new social network is rolling out that month, the number of possibilities can feel overwhelming. This workshop will make sense of the noise. We’ll show you how to make the most of the combination of email and social media for your business. You will learn how to develop your own marketing "campaign" and what to write about and offer in that campaign. Ken Countess is an award winning marketer, public speaker, trainer, presenter, and internationally recognized, accredited expert on Email Marketing and Social Media Marketing. Register at https://conta.cc/2E9tnKf

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

Smart Start Your Business, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Where: SouthShore Regional Library, Ruskin, FL When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMYou've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures, to the types of licenses you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that help you get started.Speaker: Dottie MinnickFee: No CostLink

Doing Business With The City of Pensacola, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Where: Florida PTAC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 11:00 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingFind out how to do business with the City of Pensacola: how to register as a vendor, find bid opportunities. Plus get information about the new initiative to have more minority and woman-owned businesses submit bids. There is no cost for this workshop, however, pre-registration is recommended. Speaker: Presenter: Hosea Goodwyn, City of Pensacola Assistant Purchasing ManagerCo-Sponsor: John DiGiacomo, Procurement Specialist, Florida SBDC at UWF; Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3; ESPN Radio 94.5Corner of University Parkway and Hillview DriveFee: No CostLink

Introduction to QuickBooks, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Where: Bloomingdale Regional Library, Valrico When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMCreating invoices, writing checks and managing customers, QuickBooks makes it all easier. This introductory class takes you through the basics of the software program. This course gets you started on making your company's bookkeeping simpler.Speaker: Michael Carlisle EAFee: No CostLink

Budgeting, Forecasting & Projections, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Where: Courtyard by Marriott - Miami Downtown/Brickell, Miami When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetMBF Certificate Series: Financial Literacy (Workshop #4 of 5) How do you measure the financial success of your business? Are you planning for future growth? The workshop provides business owners with an understanding of how to: 1) Plan the future growth of their business 2) Be better prepared for revenue swings After taking the workshop, business owners will be able to better manage growth via the company's finances. Attend all five financial workshops and receive a Certificate of Completion from FSBDC at FIU!Co-Sponsor: Miami Bayside Foundation, Florida SBDC at FIU in association with Pino Global Entrepreneurship CenterFee: No CostLink

Growing a Successful Federal Contracting Small Business, Thursday, April 25, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:45 AM to 9:00 AMTopic: Government ContractingPlanning for profit in Government Contracting . How your pricing can affect your overall profitability . Think Carefully about Impact to your future . Be realistic about G & A . Other factors you may not have considered that can affect your taxes/profit For many providing goods and services to the government, they are unsure or unaware as to price so that they not only "pay the bills", but how can they be in the government game and make money for future company growth? Many think they should always show a "loss" for tax purposes, but is that really wise? Should your company buy that piece of equipment at year's end so you use up your excess cash? How do you develop a winning contracting strategy and retain profitability? While finance is not the most entertaining topic, learning how to manage your company's financial growth could result in your company having successful growth or simply treading water. Speaker: Dorothy Tucker, CPA Warren Averett Ms. Tucker has been practicing in the public accounting profession in the Tampa Bay area since 1995. Her industry experience includes government and defense contractors, transportation, logistics, wholesale distribution, construction, development, retail and manufacturing. She has provided audit and accounting services to public and privately held local, national and international companies. Ms Tucker holds the AICPA and IFRS certificates. Speaker: Dorothy Tucker, CPA Warren Averett. Facilitator: Karen Krymski, Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center, University of South Florida Co-Sponsor: ServisFirst, Gulfcoast Underwriters, & Bass Berry Sims*Registration will open /13/2019 *Full Breakfast Included with Fee *Pre-Registration Required. No Walk-InsFee: $ 15.00Link

Winning the Contract: Marketing & Selling to the Government, Thursday, April 25, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Government ContractingThis seminar will provide you with suggestions on how to market your products/services to Government agencies and we'll provide links to a current list of government purchasing activities. We'll commence with a brief overview of selling to and doing business with the federal government including registration, and principles and practices of contracting. Then will transition and provide you with suggestions on how to market your products/services to the government including market targeting (who are the agencies and what do they buy), what to say, capabilities statements, the use of social media and specific recommendations on who do I contact/visit and what to say.Fee: $ 30.00Link

Front End Development Topic Discussion

Palm Beach Front End Developers Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 PM This month we'll be gathering together to hold a discussion-based meeting. Bring your best ideas and questions and learn from (and share with) your fe... https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Front-End-Developers/events/260308459/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Front-End-Developers/events/260308459/

How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Friday, April 26, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Friday, April 26, 2019 1:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis workshop will give you an overview of the seven basic requirements for business STARTUP: Selecting an idea, Testing the market, Acquiring capital, wRiting a plan, Turning for help, Understanding legal requirements, and Putting it all together. Registration includes a workbook and start-up kit for NE Florida counties. Fee: $ 40.00Link

Introduction to Government Contracting, Friday, April 26, 2019

Where: SBDC at UCF - Kissimmee, Kissimmee/Osceola County COC, Kissimmee When: Friday, April 26, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingIntroduction to Government Contracting Spring into April 2019 with a fresh sales strategy! If your business has generated little to moderate sales and you would like to explore new revenue sources, government contracting could become your new long-term growth strategy. Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Florida PTAC) at the University of Central Florida (UCF), offers no-cost, confidential, one-on-one consulting to help businesses prepare, research, and bid on government contracts. Florida PTAC's Program Manager, Steven South and Lonnie Koyama, Lead Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will present an information session to teach business owners the fundamentals of how to market their products or services to government entities. Speaker: Steven South, PTAC Lonnie Koyama, SBA Blanca Barnes - Osceola County ***Parents Note: We ask you not to bring children to workshop sessions who can be a distraction to others. Your cooperation can help us serve you more effectively.Fee: No CostLink

Starting a Business, Friday, April 26, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Friday, April 26, 2019 12:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsYou have an idea for a business. What's the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no cost to you) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please arrive early to park and receive your packet. There are no refunds, so make sure you can attend. (Arrangements will be made for credit toward another workshop if we are notified at least 48 hours in advance due to an emergency.)Speaker: Glenn McDuffy, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Greater Pensacola Chamber, Cat Country 98.7, News Radio 1620 and 92.3 and ESPN Radio 94.5Second floor - additional parking located behind the building.Fee: $ 50.00Link

Social Media Marketing, Friday, April 26, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, April 26, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMBe more effective with your use of social media. Get an overview of successful strategies for Facebook, Instagram, Google My Business, YouTube, Trip Advisor, Yelp, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Fee: $ 20.00Link

Starting Your Business, Monday, April 29, 2019

Where: Gulf Gate Library, Sarasota, Florida When: Monday, April 29, 2019 4:30 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceYou've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures to the types of license you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started. Limited time offer: The cost of this class is normally $15, but thanks to our sponsor, BankUnited, there is no cost for the class, This class will fill up quickly. Register now! Co-Sponsor: BankUnitedFee: No CostLink

Bookkeeping Basics, Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Where: North Tampa Branch Library, Tampa, FL When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetProper bookkeeping is essential to managing your business. Learn how to classify and record basic business transactions, enter data into an account, chart accounts, and many basic accounting terms. You'll also learn what you must hold on to for tax compliance and find out what accounting software might be useful to help make your bookkeeping easier.Speaker: Michelle JamesFee: No CostLink

Legal Aspects of Setting Up Your Business

How you structure your business from a legal perspective is important so that you can protect your assets, minimize your taxes, and maximize your profits. Also learn what to look for when you want to hire a lawyer for your business. Even if your business is already up and running, it is not too late to take advantage of the ideas from this workshop. Register at https://conta.cc/2JFSPNF

Hacker Hours

SoFlo Cyber District Tuesday, April 30 at 5:30 PM A more informal, personal meetup on all things tech related. Originally sponsored by Palm Beach Tech, we are now expanding to host other types of even... https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/vjdbqqyzgbnc/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/vjdbqqyzgbnc/

Financing Your New Business, Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at FAMU, FAMU Foundation Building, Tallahassee When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMEvery new business idea needs financing to start. Where do these funds come from? This course is designed to explore the avenues that are available to entrepreneurs who desire to start a new business. It takes a practical, realistic look at a new business owner's options. It will point out what will be required from each of these sources to utilize them to fund your business. Speaker: Aundra' L McGlockton, Sr.Fee: No CostLink

PB JS - Battle of the Developers + Learning GitHub

Palm Beach JavaScript Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 PM WE HAVE PIZZA! - Come hungry! See 2 senior developers code a full working website in 5 minutes... ON ONE COMPUTER! Oh you think what you see on the TV... https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Javascript/events/259854385/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Javascript/events/259854385/

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

Government Contracting: Overview, Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingFederal, State, and Local Government procurement is the largest target market in the world. The question is usually not "Does the government buy what you are selling?"...it is more "Can you be competitive enough and relentless enough to position your business to win government contracts?". If you think you can be competitive, then government contracting may be a good growth opportunity for your business. The Florida SBDC at UCF's "Government Contracting: Overview" seminar is designed for established small business owners with some commercial momentum that are curious about government contracting, as well as business owners that may already be involved in government contracting. The workshop is based on a 10-step framework that helps newer contractors understand the process and helps more experienced contractors identify opportunities to 'backfill' best practices in their efforts. The ten steps that will be discussed are: . Is Your Business Ready? Strategic planning priorities for government contractors. . Target Markets. What agencies are buying what you are selling? . Registration. You need to register as a vendor at the federal, state, and local levels. . Certifications. Position your business to take advantage of 'set-aside' opportunities. . Embrace Education. You have to become a student of government contracting. . Core Marketing Tools. Five (5) basic marketing tools for government contracting. . Networking Plan. If you learn about a bid when it's posted - it's likely you'll lose. . Capture Plan. How will you define what to pursue and what to ignore? . Bid Response Strategy. It takes time and resources to prepare a response. . Contract Management. Best practices to keep in mind as you start a new contract. You will also have the opportunity to network with other small business owners and learn about the Florida PTAC's "Bid-Match" service that can be a helpful marketing research tool. Join us for this great learning opportunity.Speaker: Steve South Fee: No CostLink

Funding Options for Small Business Owners, Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Where: Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Fort Walton Beach When: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 11:30 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Access to CapitalDo you have a business idea that needs funding? Or are you looking to expand your business, but need capital? This Lunch and Learn Event will review the funding options for new and existing businesses, including commercial loan eligibility. Find out what you need to do before you seek assistance from a bank to finance your business venture. Learn the steps on the SBA loan checklist. Gain insight into the funding process, and discover alternative sources of financing. The format offers networking, a presentation, and a Q & A session with a business consultant and a lending representative. No charge, but pre-registration is required. Lunch will be served courtesy Synovus Bank.Speaker: Ayesha Haider, Business ConsultantCo-Sponsor: Jill Kendall, Synovus Bank; Community Broadcasters, LLC (103.1 The Blaze, Hwy 98.1 Country, 102.1 The Wave, & Q92).No charge, but registration is required.Fee: No CostLink

Make Your Business Bankable, Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Where: International Finance Bank, Miami When: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Access to CapitalMBF Certificate Series: Financial Literacy (Workshop #5 of 5) Why do some businesses easily obtain loans while others don't? The answer starts with you, the business owner. Learn how to make your business loan-worthy and receive key insights from a panel of loan officers. From the importance of the business owner's personal credit to understanding how lenders evaluate your business, this workshop will put you on the right path to having a bankable business. Attend all five financial workshops and receive a Certificate of Completion from FSBDC at FIU!Co-Sponsor: Miami Bayside Foundation, International Finance Bank, Florida SBDC at FIU in association with Pino Global Entrepreneurship CenterFee: No CostLink

QuickBooks 2018, Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Where: SBDC at Daytona State College, Bldg 150 Suite 300, Daytona Beach When: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMSpeaker: Stan SchmidtFee: No CostLink

Government Contracting Reverse Trade Show 2019 8:30-10:15am, Thursday, May 02, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, May 02, 2019 8:30 AM to 10:15 AMTopic: Government ContractingOur annual Government Contracting Reverse Trade Show is back. Meet with as many agencies as you can within a 90 minute time span. NO AGENCY APPOINTMENTS! You will not have a schedule of meetings but instead you will be assigned to a 'networking window' where you will be able to move from agency to agency much like you would at a trade show. We expect this format to sell out quickly so register for an available session TODAY! More than 25 agencies and prime contractors will be available No scheduled meetings. Just come and speak with the agencies of your choice! Customize your meeting strategy - try to meet with as many agencies as you can. .OR target specific agencies to meet (this strategy may require waiting in queue) No limit to the number of agencies. Meet as many as time, and your strategy, allow! Great opportunity to start new agency relationships or advance existing ones. Agencies scheduled to attend this year include: Amtrak Brevard County Government City of Orlando Florida Office of Supplier Diversity General Dynamics - Ordinance and Tactical System Leonardo DRS Lockheed Martin NASA Naval Supply Systems Command Northrup Grumman Orange County Government Orange County Public Schools Orion Technologies Osceola County Government Patrick Air Force Base Skanska United Launch Alliance U.S. Customs and Border Protection U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Program and agency participation is subject to change. Visit website for complete up to date listing. How this Event Works Unlike previous years, there will be no exiting the room between agency meetings and no appointments. Each person will meet with their desired agencies on a first come, first served basis. Each person will register for 1 of 3, one hour forty-five minute time windows Each 'time window' will consist of - 15 minutes of overview and debrief with the Florida PTAC team and 90 minutes to meet with agencies. The overview and debrief are mandatory components. Additional time windows will require additional registrations The cost is $50 per person per time window. You are more than welcome to register for more than one time window. During the event, you can present your customized 'elevator speech', offer your Capabilities Statement, explore the agency's buying forecast, or advance an already existing relationship. We will ask that you be respectful of everyone's time by promptly moving to the next agency after each meeting and being mindful of others in line. When your time window is complete, you are done - no need to come back for appointments later in the day. (Unless you have registered for more than one time window). Please come to the event at least 20 minutes before your time window begins. If you're time window isn't the first time window, there is no need to be at the matchmaking event at 8:00 am. Only registered individuals that are registered for their corresponding time windows will be allowed to be in the rooms. All others will wait in the waiting area. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. "No walk-ins" allowed under any circumstances. Is this Event for Me? This event is designed for more experienced government contractors. Businesses that are new to government contracting may get frustrated and find the process ineffective. Three questions to ask yourself are: 1 - Has your business been generating revenue for at least the past two (2) years? 2 - Is your business a registered vendor in some combination of SAM, or MFMP, or local agencies? 3 - Do you have a "Capability Statement"? If you answered "yes" to each of these questions then this event could be a great next step in your government contracting efforts! Registration: https://sbdcorlando.com/reverse-trade-show-2019/ $50 per person per session. Location Located at the National Entrepreneur Center inside the Orlando Fashion Square Mall 3201 East Colonial Drive #20 Orlando, FL 32803 This Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. The Florida SBDC at the University of Central Florida is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America's SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network's lead host institution. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. To request accommodation or language assistance, please contact the FSBDC at UCF at 407-420-4850.Fee: $ 50.00Link

Women/Minority & Veteran Certification, Thursday, May 02, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, May 02, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMIt's no myth.women, minority and veteran certification could present opportunities for your business. But there is a process to becoming certified. In this class, you will learn how to complete the State of Florida certification application and discover how you can use it to seek business with the private sector and government. Speaker: Yanina Rosario *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

Government Contracting Reverse Trade Show 2019 10:30-12:15pm, Thursday, May 02, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, May 02, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:15 PMTopic: Government ContractingOur annual Government Contracting Reverse Trade Show is back. Meet with as many agencies as you can within a 90 minute time span. NO AGENCY APPOINTMENTS! You will not have a schedule of meetings but instead you will be assigned to a 'networking window' where you will be able to move from agency to agency much like you would at a trade show. We expect this format to sell out quickly so register for an available session TODAY! More than 25 agencies and prime contractors will be available No scheduled meetings. Just come and speak with the agencies of your choice! Customize your meeting strategy - try to meet with as many agencies as you can. .OR target specific agencies to meet (this strategy may require waiting in queue) No limit to the number of agencies. Meet as many as time, and your strategy, allow! Great opportunity to start new agency relationships or advance existing ones. Agencies scheduled to attend this year include: Amtrak Brevard County Government City of Orlando Florida Office of Supplier Diversity General Dynamics - Ordinance and Tactical System Leonardo DRS Lockheed Martin NASA Naval Supply Systems Command Northrup Grumman Orange County Government Orange County Public Schools Orion Technologies Osceola County Government Patrick Air Force Base Skanska United Launch Alliance U.S. Customs and Border Protection U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Program and agency participation is subject to change. Visit website for complete up to date listing. How this Event Works Unlike previous years, there will be no exiting the room between agency meetings and no appointments. Each person will meet with their desired agencies on a first come, first served basis. Each person will register for 1 of 3, one hour forty-five minute time windows Each 'time window' will consist of - 15 minutes of overview and debrief with the Florida PTAC team and 90 minutes to meet with agencies. The overview and debrief are mandatory components. Additional time windows will require additional registrations The cost is $50 per person per time window. You are more than welcome to register for more than one time window. During the event, you can present your customized 'elevator speech', offer your Capabilities Statement, explore the agency's buying forecast, or advance an already existing relationship. We will ask that you be respectful of everyone's time by promptly moving to the next agency after each meeting and being mindful of others in line. When your time window is complete, you are done - no need to come back for appointments later in the day. (Unless you have registered for more than one time window). Please come to the event at least 20 minutes before your time window begins. If you're time window isn't the first time window, there is no need to be at the matchmaking event at 8:00 am. Only registered individuals that are registered for their corresponding time windows will be allowed to be in the rooms. All others will wait in the waiting area. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. "No walk-ins" allowed under any circumstances. Is this Event for Me? This event is designed for more experienced government contractors. Businesses that are new to government contracting may get frustrated and find the process ineffective. Three questions to ask yourself are: 1 - Has your business been generating revenue for at least the past two (2) years? 2 - Is your business a registered vendor in some combination of SAM, or MFMP, or local agencies? 3 - Do you have a "Capability Statement"? If you answered "yes" to each of these questions then this event could be a great next step in your government contracting efforts! Registration: https://sbdcorlando.com/reverse-trade-show-2019/ $50 per person per session. Location Located at the National Entrepreneur Center inside the Orlando Fashion Square Mall 3201 East Colonial Drive #20 Orlando, FL 32803 This Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. The Florida SBDC at the University of Central Florida is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America's SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network's lead host institution. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. To request accommodation or language assistance, please contact the FSBDC at UCF at 407-420-4850.Fee: $ 50.00Link

GSA and e-Library Overview, Thursday, May 02, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - FWB, Synovus Bank Building, Fort Walton Beach When: Thursday, May 02, 2019 11:00 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThis workshop will give you an overview of GSA, What GSA does and all about our GSA solutions. Attendees will look at the GSA e-Library (the GSA google search engine) and will go "Live" to review/explain how the system works, how to locate the GSA schedule programs and other GSA solutions. Learn how to locate your competitors via the directory (their contracts, pricing, hourly rates, pricing of items on GSA Advantage, etc), and how to run reports via Schedules Sales Query to see what your competitors are or are not doing. Q&A session provided after presentation. No Fee. Pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.Speaker: Todd D. Cook, Customer Service Director, GSA Federal Acquisition Service, Region 4 CASECo-Sponsor: John DiGiacomo, Government Contracting Specialist; Community Broadcasters, LLC (103.1 The Blaze, Hwy 98.1 Country, 102.1 The Wave, & Q92)Fee: No CostLink

Subcontracting & Teaming, Thursday, May 02, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, May 02, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingFor many small businesses, entry into government contracting will or should begin as a subcontractor. This seminar will provide the small business owner with an understanding of the overall subcontracting process, including the format for a Subcontract and Teaming agreement, how to protect your company during the relationship and the overall benefits of subcontracting. This seminar will also provide the suggested rules of engagement and the contractual relationship between prime contractor, subcontractor and the government, for small businesses in the Tampa Bay region. Speaker: Karen Krymski *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 20.00Link

Government Contracting Reverse Trade Show 2019 1:30-3:15PM, Thursday, May 02, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, May 02, 2019 1:30 PM to 3:15 PMTopic: Government ContractingOur annual Government Contracting Reverse Trade Show is back. Meet with as many agencies as you can within a 90 minute time span. NO AGENCY APPOINTMENTS! You will not have a schedule of meetings but instead you will be assigned to a 'networking window' where you will be able to move from agency to agency much like you would at a trade show. We expect this format to sell out quickly so register for an available session TODAY! More than 25 agencies and prime contractors will be available No scheduled meetings. Just come and speak with the agencies of your choice! Customize your meeting strategy - try to meet with as many agencies as you can. .OR target specific agencies to meet (this strategy may require waiting in queue) No limit to the number of agencies. Meet as many as time, and your strategy, allow! Great opportunity to start new agency relationships or advance existing ones. Agencies scheduled to attend this year include: Amtrak Brevard County Government City of Orlando Florida Office of Supplier Diversity General Dynamics - Ordinance and Tactical System Leonardo DRS Lockheed Martin NASA Naval Supply Systems Command Northrup Grumman Orange County Government Orange County Public Schools Orion Technologies Osceola County Government Patrick Air Force Base Skanska United Launch Alliance U.S. Customs and Border Protection U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Program and agency participation is subject to change. Visit website for complete up to date listing. How this Event Works Unlike previous years, there will be no exiting the room between agency meetings and no appointments. Each person will meet with their desired agencies on a first come, first served basis. Each person will register for 1 of 3, one hour forty-five minute time windows Each 'time window' will consist of - 15 minutes of overview and debrief with the Florida PTAC team and 90 minutes to meet with agencies. The overview and debrief are mandatory components. Additional time windows will require additional registrations The cost is $50 per person per time window. You are more than welcome to register for more than one time window. During the event, you can present your customized 'elevator speech', offer your Capabilities Statement, explore the agency's buying forecast, or advance an already existing relationship. We will ask that you be respectful of everyone's time by promptly moving to the next agency after each meeting and being mindful of others in line. When your time window is complete, you are done - no need to come back for appointments later in the day. (Unless you have registered for more than one time window). Please come to the event at least 20 minutes before your time window begins. If you're time window isn't the first time window, there is no need to be at the matchmaking event at 8:00 am. Only registered individuals that are registered for their corresponding time windows will be allowed to be in the rooms. All others will wait in the waiting area. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. "No walk-ins" allowed under any circumstances. Is this Event for Me? This event is designed for more experienced government contractors. Businesses that are new to government contracting may get frustrated and find the process ineffective. Three questions to ask yourself are: 1 - Has your business been generating revenue for at least the past two (2) years? 2 - Is your business a registered vendor in some combination of SAM, or MFMP, or local agencies? 3 - Do you have a "Capability Statement"? If you answered "yes" to each of these questions then this event could be a great next step in your government contracting efforts! Registration: https://sbdcorlando.com/reverse-trade-show-2019/ $50 per person per session. Location Located at the National Entrepreneur Center inside the Orlando Fashion Square Mall 3201 East Colonial Drive #20 Orlando, FL 32803 This Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. The Florida SBDC at the University of Central Florida is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America's SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network's lead host institution. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. To request accommodation or language assistance, please contact the FSBDC at UCF at 407-420-4850.Fee: $ 50.00Link

How To Start Your Own Business and Business Plan, Friday, May 03, 2019

Where: SBDC at UCF - Kissimmee, Kissimmee/Osceola County COC, Kissimmee When: Friday, May 03, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis seminar will help business owners learn the essentials for getting started in business. Topics include: business evaluation, business entities, licensing, capital/finance sources, start-up cost, sales forecasting, cash flow, and an introduction to business plans and the importance of preparing one. This session is guaranteed to take the mystery out of starting a business and help you to be the entrepreneur you always dreamed about! Writing a successful business plan requires preparation and, most importantly, getting started. This seminar provides a 'hands-on approach' for the serious entrepreneur or business owner who is ready to write that winning business plan. From identifying your target market to financial projections, this seminar will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan, making the writing process easy.Speaker: Elly Membreno, Business Consultant ***Parents Note: We ask you not to bring children to workshop sessions who can be a distraction to others. Your cooperation can help us serve you more e?ectively.Fee: No CostLink

Gainesville | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Friday, May 03, 2019

Where: SBDC at UNF - Gainesville, Gainesville When: Friday, May 03, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceDo you have a great idea for a business but just don't know where to begin? Our course can provide you with a comprehensive introduction on how to start your own business. Some of the topics covered in this course include idea generation, the legal environment, business structures etc. In addition, this workshop gives the aspiring business owner an understanding of realistic tools and resources for business startup selecting an idea, testing the market, acquiring capital, writing a business plan, turning for help, understanding legal requirements, and projecting cash flow. Includes workbook.Speaker: SBDC Professionally certified consultantFee: $ 40.00Link

How to Start A Business, Friday, May 03, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, May 03, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThe best way to get started! Receive information on the necessary licenses permits, legal documents and requirements to do business in the State of Florida. Learn to refine your ideas into a plan for success.Fee: $ 10.00Link

Starting A Business, Friday, May 03, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Fort Walton Beach, Building 8 - Library 2nd Floor, Fort Walton Beach When: Friday, May 03, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsYou have an idea for a business. What's the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no-cost) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please pre-register as seating is limited.Speaker: Ayesha Haider, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Community Broadcasters, LLC (103.1 The Blaze, Hwy 98.1 Country, 102.1 The Wave, & Q92)Fee: $ 50.00Link

Financing Your Business, Monday, May 06, 2019

Where: Gulf Gate Library, Sarasota, Florida When: Monday, May 06, 2019 4:30 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Access to CapitalAre you looking for money for your business? Are you considering a SBA loan? This seminar will help you zero in on the right funding choices for your business and avoid money scams. Our financing veteran will educate you on how to ask for a loan, get prepared for the bank and where to find money in a tight-fisted economy. You'll explore: . SBA loans: when, where and how to apply . How to plan your financing request to banks . Which banks are making loan . Angel investors and venture capitalists . Six Cs of credit and how credit scores affect your business . The fundamentals of royalties, licensing and supplier credit . Busting the myths about small business grants Limited time offer: The cost of this class is normally $15, but thanks to our sponsor, BankUnited, there is no cost for the class, This class will fill up quickly. Register now! Co-Sponsor: BankUnitedFee: No CostLink

Nick Mohnacky (bNotes) | Leveraging Collective Intelligence

Tech Talks | West Palm Monday, May 6 at 6:00 PM Palm Beach Tech Talks are monthly happy hours with the sharpest & most witty folks in our tech community! GUEST SPEAKER:Nick Mohnacky | Founder @ bNot... https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks/events/258808815/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks/events/258808815/

Business Planning, Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Business BasicsA business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues. At the same time the plan identifies and incorporates risks that the enterprise might face, so the small business owner is prepared. Business planning tools, examples and outlines are provided. Reservations are required. Speaker: Vince LoPresti, US SBA Park in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

Marketing Essentials Mastermind, Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Where: The Naples Accelerator, Naples When: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesIf there's one cardinal sin in marketing, it's being ignored. The lifeblood of your company depends on marketing; but, your marketing strategy and campaigns are only as strong as their foundation. Optimize your marketing essentials to breath new life into your campaigns with the SBDC's newest offering, the Marketing Essentials Mastermind (MEM). MEM is a unique combination of classroom learning, one-to-one guidance from a consultant and business networking with one goal: making your marketing sticky, memorable & unmissable to your ideal customer. Get solid on the critical few marketing fundamentals to: > Build stronger, higher converting marketing strategies > Craft key messaging that will result in measurable revenue growth > Construct the integrated building blocks of marketing to supercharge your overall marketing strategy > Get action plans, templates, frameworks and pro-tips to help attract, capture and convert more of your ideal clients > Improve the effectiveness and value of your marketing investments The Marketing Essential Mastermind builds the formative building blocks a strong marketing core with step-by-step simplicity in 7 deep-dive sessions. Apply using this application: https://goo.gl/forms/OWRlH59Zd5gKAZYe2 SESSION OVERVIEWS: YOUR BUSINESS VS. YOUR BRAND (02/05/19): Making the critical difference between what you do to make a living vs. what you and your work mean to the people who buy from you. (Hint: we'll be talking about buyer psychology). PITCH PERFECT PHRASE (03/05/19): Develop a rock solid one-liner. It's one part elevator pitch and one part unique value proposition. Learn to speak about your product/service in a simple, relevant, and repeatable way. It will make your ideal people curious to buy your product/service WEBSITE WIREFRAMES (04/02/19): Learn the form, function & phraselology of a high converting website. LEAD GENERATORS AND LANDING PAGES (05/07/19): Creations that captures email addresses and increases the percentage of your qualified leads. An email sequence that onramps customers/people response: A sales email that makes phones ring, shopping baskets full and closes sales. EMAIL SEQUENCES (06/04/19): An email sequence that onramps customers/people response and a sales email that makes phones ring, shopping baskets full and closes sales 10 SQUARED CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGY (07/02/19): a content marketing strategy that also happens to be a 'white hat' SEO hack and Content Territories for Social Media SOCIAL MEDIA VS. SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (08/06/19): Either, or--both, and? Discover which strategy is the best of these two powerhouses to boost your marketing ROI. This course goes way beyond identity pieces and gets to the core of what needs to be done first, before you launch your next marketing campaign. Real Action Plans, Real Momentum: Every session comes with classroom instruction, a framework, hands-on practice and an action step so that you can gain and sustain momentum. First Tuesdays, February - August 2019 at the Naples Accelerator 1-on-1 business consulting: 1-3 hours per month Interactive classroom learning - 3 hours, once per month. Business tools - we teach them and coach you on how to use them. Exchange of ideas - share your experiences with other small business owners. Accountability & Encouragement - we help you keep accountable to what you say is important with moral support if you get stuck--you might end up with a business bestie for life ?? WHO SHOULD ATTEND? If you send emails, run ads, write website content, post on social media, or run any sort of marketing campaigns to grow your business...this is for you. The Marketing Essentials Mastermind is specially designed for business owners, new to mid-level marketing representatives and managers. As well as sales managers, sales representatives and other company employees who impact or interact with the marketing function. This course assumes no previous background in marketing. We only have 15 spots available. Apply using this application: https://goo.gl/forms/OWRlH59Zd5gKAZYe2 YOUR FACILITATORS: Theresa Ayers I teach you how to transform social media trends into a tried and true social footprint that drives qualified traffic to your product or service. LaShaun Collier I help clients engineer an impossible-to-ignore business presence by leveraging the art of branding and the science of systems to generate traffic, subscribers and customer conversions. Andrea Robinson I help you establish a cohesive marketing strategy for your business that creates trust and recognition, so you can find and keep more customers while growing the marketing metrics that matter to your bottom line. INVESTMENT: $250 - $200 SBDC Scholarship= $50 (Your Cost) Course Certificate, upon completion Only 15 spots available, by application only.Speaker: Theresa Ayers, Andrea Robinson, LaShaun Middlebrooks CollierCo-Sponsor: The Naples AcceleratorThe Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America's SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners with the University of West Florida serving as the network's lead host institution. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited Englisch proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. To request accommodation or language assistance, please contact Alison Bryant, Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Lutgert Hall, Room 2311, Fort Myers, FL 33965, or via email at abryant@fgcu.edu.Fee: $ 50.00Link

FAU Tech Runway Launch Competition and Demo Day

FAU Tech Runway is a core entrepreneurship hub that incubates and accelerates early-stage and startup companies. The annual Launch Competition provides the most promising ventures and talented entrepreneurs the opportunity to join the Venture Program. A class of 21 venture companies is selected once per year. Companies may apply to one of three separate tracks: community-based entrepreneurs, FAU undergraduate students, and FAU faculty, staff and graduate students.

2019 Business Awards Celebration Luncheon, Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Where: Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, Tampa When: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 11:30 AM to 1:30 PMTopic: Customer RelationsFor more than 40 years the Florida SBDC at University of South Florida has provided the individual consulting and business technical assistance entrepreneurs need to help their businesses grow and succeed. On May 7, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will join the Florida SBDC at USF, in celebration of National Small Business Week, to recognize area businesses with the Florida SBDC at USF Awards and U.S. SBA Awards. The 2019 Business Awards Celebration luncheon will feature U.S. SBA Administrator Linda McMahon as the keynote speaker, as we celebrate entrepreneurship in the Tampa Bay region. Fee: $ 35.00Link

Pinellas County Contract Compliance Management System - B2G, Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMAn introduction to the new Pinellas County the Supplier Diversity Management System for vendors. This course will cover system functions including using the dashboard, system navigation and purpose by entering sub-contractors information, payments and reporting. Fee: No CostLink

Starting Your Business, Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceYou've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures to the types of license you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started. Speaker: Brad Owens *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

Business Startup Series, Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, May 07, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceAfter working with thousands of business owners each year, we've put together six courses that make up the critical business foundation all entrepreneurs need to know before starting a business. The series will take you through determining feasibility and legal structures; developing financial projections; obtaining a loan; accounting and bookkeeping processes; and attracting customers. Don't be intimidated, go ahead and take the first step. Learn from the experts. Week 1 . Starting Your Business- Tues., May 7 from 5:30-8:00 PM You've got the idea. Now, learn the essentials you need to get started. Course covers taxes, licenses and entity selection for forming partnerships, LLCs and corporations. . Marketing Your Business- Thurs., May 9 from 5:30-8:30 PM "Build it and they will come" is NOT a marketing strategy! This pivotal seminar will help you avoid the "Big Mistake" made by unsuccessful start-ups. Week 2 . Basic Business Taxes- Tues., May 14 from 5:30-8:30 PM Every business must report taxes but how you pay depends on the type of business you have. Taught by a CPA . Building Your Business Plan with LivePlan- Thurs., May 16 from 5:30-8:30 PM Business planning is the foundation to starting a new venture. Receive all the tools necessary to complete a practical business plan. Registration includes a six-month subscription of the LivePlan web-based business planning software. Week 3 . Bookkeeping Basics- Tues., May 21 from 5:30-8:30 PM Learn how to properly classify and record basic business transactions. . Financing Your Business- Thurs., March 23 from 5:30-8:00 PM In this course, an experienced SBA business loan specialist will teach you how to ask for a loan, get prepared for the bank and find money in a tight-fisted economy. Included: 6 classes over 3 week period, 17 hours of instruction, handouts and software. Plus: By taking the course as a series you're getting the Financing Your Business Seminar for free. Speaker: Several Consultants*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in North & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 199.00Link

Hacker Hours

SoFlo Cyber District Tuesday, May 7 at 5:30 PM A more informal, personal meetup on all things tech related. Originally sponsored by Palm Beach Tech, we are now expanding to host other types of even... https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/vjdbqqyzhbkb/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/vjdbqqyzhbkb/

Ocala | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Where: SBDC at UNF - Ocala, Ocala When: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThinking of starting your own business? This workshop gives the aspiring entrepreneur an understanding of realistic tools and resources for business startup: Selecting an Idea, Testing the Market, Acquiring Capital, Writing a Business Plan, Turning for Help, Understanding Legal Requirements, Projecting Cash Flow.Speaker: SBDC Certified Business ConsultantNo Refunds will be issued for No Shows, however, pre-paid attendees will be accommodated at a future workshop. The SBDC at UNF reserves the right to cancel workshops if attendance requirements are not met. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.Fee: $ 40.00Link

SBA Mentor-Protege Connection Event 2019, Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF, College of Business, Building 76a, University of West Florida When: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 11:30 AM to 5:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingJoin potential mentors, small businesses, Federal Prime Contractors, Federal Agency representatives, Resource Partners, the SBA Procurement Center Representative, the North Florida SBA Staff, and the Florida PTAC at UWF for education and Mentor-Connection opportunities. Through cooperative meetings with an array of firms, SBA North Florida is creating a local database of potential mentors who are interested in meeting with small businesses to discuss the possibilities of establishing Mentor-Protege (MP) relationships. This database of potential mentors will ONLY be made available to those that are in attendance at this event. Priority placement will be given to companies located in the SBA North Florida District service area. The benefits of attending this conference are many. Firms that are in the developmental stage (years 1-4) of the 8(a) Business Development program are strongly encouraged to attend this event! However, this event is open to ONLY small businesses registered in System for Award Management (SAM) and actively pursuing federal contract opportunities. No cost. Space is limited. If you are interested in becoming a potential mentor or would like more information on this event, please contact Procurement Specialist John DiGiacomo at jdigiacomo@uwf.eduSpeaker: Jane Dowgwillo, PTAC Statewide Program Manager; Ken Hamilton, Supervisory Business Opportunity Specialist, SBA; John DiGiacomo, Procurement Specialist, PTAC at UWF; Arnette Mayhew, CMR, SBA Office of Government Contracting, Atlanta Regional Office;Co-Sponsor: Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 Fee: No CostLink

Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

In business, capturing the interest of a prospective buyer, investor, supplier, or potential hire must be done quickly. And right, from the start. Often, you have only a few seconds to convey a message that will engage the listener and leave them wanting to know more. This workshop will help you create and perfect what is commonly called your “elevator pitch”. Your "pitch" needs to be succinct, but it must clearly convey your main value proposition, enthusiastically. It should end with an offer to follow up with more information. Remember, you do not get a second chance to make a good first impression. Register at https://conta.cc/2JCjV8l

SBA Workshop: 'All Small' Mentor-Protege Program, Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMOn October 1, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) started the recently expanded Mentor Protégé Program, which was previously only open to 8(a) socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses! Now ALL OTHER SMALL BUSINESSES can participate in the SBA's Mentor Protégé Program and take full advantage of Joint Venturing and other Business Development Opportunities previously only available to 8(a) businesses. The new program also opens up opportunities to large business contractors to participate as Mentors. Importantly, under this initiative SBA-approved Mentors can provide assistance and resources to Protégés (and joint venture with them for set-aside procurements) WITHOUT any size or affiliation concerns. During this session, an SBA representative will explain - in plain language - how to take advantage of the NEW Small Business Mentor Protégé Program. The workshop will address how to create a Mentor Protégé Agreement that complies with the regulations, and attendees will learn all the information they need to prepare and apply for the Small Business Mentor Protégé Program. We will also provide information on Joint Venturing requirements which allow a Large Mentor and a Small Protégé to Joint Venture together on set-aside contracts. You will learn the criteria for: . Who can participate as a Protégé and/or a Mentor . Program specifics: duration, business development assistance, etc. . Preparation of a business plan for your Mentor-Protégé proposal . How the SBA will evaluate your Mentor-Protégé plan . In addition, you will be invited to participate where in the Fall 2019 Mentor-Protégé Connect Event sponsored by UCF PTAC, and more. Speaker: Ed Ramos, Senior Area Manager, US Small Business AdministrationFee: No CostLink

Marketing After Certification, Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Where: Summit (Main) Library, West Palm Beach When: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 2:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThe objective of this seminar is guidance in how to market the small business after minority,women or veteran owned certification is achieved. Speaker: PTAC Guest Speaker Jackie RuleCo-Sponsor: OEBO Office of Equal Business OpportunityFee: No CostLink

Protect Your Small Business Property: Know Your Rights, Thursday, May 09, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Thursday, May 09, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsYou have developed a business name, designed a logo, invented a product, or created a unique service or tool. Now how do you protect it? What steps should you take for obtaining a patent, trademark and copyright? Should you consider an employee agreement or non-disclosure agreement? There are so many things to consider. Let Nevin Shaffer, Patent Attorney, Intellectual Property Law Professor, and Florida Board Certified IP Specialist, guide you through the "do's" and "don'ts" when it comes to your business venture. Pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.Speaker: J. Nevin Shaffer, Jr., Patent Attorney, Intellectual Property Law Professor, and Florida Board Certified IP SpecialistCo-Sponsor: FSBDC at UWF, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3.Additional parking is located behind the building.Fee: $ 50.00Link

Success is No Accident: Strategic Planning for Small Business, Thursday, May 09, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, May 09, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessMake your future happen; don't let it happen to you. With a strategic plan, you will be able to establish your company's direction, make better business decisions and have a source of increased market share and profitability. Strategic planning is a series of building blocks including: . Financial Plan, . Marketing Plan, . Business Plan, leading to the . Strategic Plan While most planning workshops address these plans separately, this seminar will present these four complementary planning events as a series of activities that build on each other to create an effective, long-term strategic plan for your business that enables you to design your company's future and supports its sustainable growth and success. Speaker: Steve SouthFee: $ 30.00Link

Marketing Your Business, Thursday, May 09, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, May 09, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesYou know why your business rocks. Does anyone else? Take this class to uncover the characteristics that make up your business' DNA. Soon, you'll be able to boost consumer loyalty and company profits. After answering the two most important questions in all of marketing, you'll be ready to skillfully implement customer-winning strategies and face the competition. SBDC Quick Tip: Marketing Your Business is a must-take class to attend before launching that website, product or new business! Speaker: Kyle King *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 25.00Link

Financial Management: The Power Behind the Numbers, Thursday, May 09, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Clermont Campus, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, May 09, 2019 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetIt's difficult to make smart decisions about your business without intelligent, timely feedback on how you're performing and what is happening internally. Our expert will demonstrate the value of setting up accounting systems that fit, give you exactly the information needed, and help you utilize this feedback to be the intelligent leader your company needs.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338. Fee: No CostLink

SoFloPHP Boca (Monthly Meetup)

South Florida PHP User Group (SoFloPHP) Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 PM A subject for this meetup not firm yet, but it is bound to be good even if we simply get together and chat about what we are all up to lately. Most o... https://www.meetup.com/South-Florida-PHP-Users-Group/events/260525431/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/South-Florida-PHP-Users-Group/events/260525431/

Business Continuity and Personal Wealth Management Strategies for Small Business, Friday, May 10, 2019

Where: Navarre Beach Visitor's Center, Navarre, FL When: Friday, May 10, 2019 11:30 AM to 1:00 PMThis Munch and Learn Event will offer business continuity strategies for small business, including risk management. Included in this seminar is a discussion of personal wealth management for the small business owner. Join us for lunch, a presentation, the opportunity for networking, and a Q & A session with a business consultant and a financial adviser. Lunch courtesy Edward Jones; registration is required. .Speaker: Ayesha Haider, Florida SBDC Business Consultant & Monica Meyer, Edward Jones Financial AdvisorCo-Sponsor: Navarre Beach Chamber of Commerce; Edward Jones; Community Broadcasters, LLC (103.1 The Blaze, Hwy 98.1 Country, 102.1 The Wave, & Q92) Fee: No CostLink

Accounting and Tax Prodedures, Friday, May 10, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, May 10, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetAn overview of tax requirements needed satisfy IRS regulations and the generally accepted accounting procedures your business needs to manage your growth. Guest presenter John Gordos, Enrolled Agent.Fee: $ 20.00Link

Marketing Your Business, Monday, May 13, 2019

Where: Gulf Gate Library, Sarasota, Florida When: Monday, May 13, 2019 4:30 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesYou know why your business rocks. Does anyone else? Take this class to uncover the characteristics that make up your business' DNA. Soon, you'll be able to boost consumer loyalty and company profits. After answering the two most important questions in all of marketing, you'll be ready to skillfully implement customer-winning strategies and face the competition. Florida SBDC Quick Tip: Marketing Your Business is a must-take class to attend before launching that website, product or new business! Limited time offer: The cost of this class is normally $25, but thanks to our sponsor, BankUnited, there is no cost for the class, This class will fill up quickly. Register now! Co-Sponsor: BankUnitedFee: No CostLink

How to Start Your Business, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceA three-hour seminar designed to help entrepreneurs understand what it takes to start a business. Topics included business plans, legal forms of business, and licensing requirements.Speaker: Chuck WheelerFee: $ 30.00Link

Doing Business With Pinellas County, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMPinellas County's Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program gives local small businesses opportunities to participate in the competitive process for County contracts. You'll learn about the County purchasing system and receive personal assistance to help you register to do business with Pinellas County Government. Fee: No CostLink

Basic Business Taxes, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: Tax PlanningThere's no way to get around it-every business must report taxes. But how you pay your taxes all depends on the type of business you have. This class explores the taxation process and filing requirements for sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations. Speaker: Special Guest: Todd Unbehagen, EA, Unbehagen Advisors*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

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How Use (mostly) Free Data To Improve Your Online Marketing

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Your 20 Minute Business Plan: The Business Model Canvas--Business Plans Made Easy, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Where: The Naples Accelerator, Naples When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 8:30 AM to 10:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceTraditionally, a business plan can take several weeks or months (and sometimes even a few tears) to complete. But, what if I told you the old way isn't the only way. The Business Model Canvas class will help to you to quickly develop a portable, 1-page business plan structured to validate your business model, prioritize where to start and understand the key metrics that will keep your business on track. When you attend this workshop you will quickly develop and leave with the majority of your business plan DONE. You will capture the essence of your company and shortcut your way to more probable success: Here's what that workshop will do for you: > Help you determine and focuses on your unfair advantage, that can help to win the market; > Create a plan that is entrepreneurs-focused and serves your business vs. a lender-focused that might never get read; > Assess your revenue streams and how to capitalize on them for better financial grounding; > Understand who to market to first, because your ideal customer is lifeforce of your company; It's the best business plan hack of the decade- A FRESH NEW WAY OF MIGRATING THROUGH THE SCOPE, DESIGN, & FEASIBILITY OF YOUR BUSINESS. WE WILL PROVIDE YOU THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL YOU NEED TO START THE BUSINESS OF YOUR DREAMS (or pursue a more monetizable goal). During the session we will provide you with resource documents, specific industry research and a plethora of tools individually tailored for YOUR business. Be sure to email us at sbdc@fgcu.edu with your proposed business type, location, and other pertinent details to help us pull industry reports needed for this session. Requirements: Please email us at sbdc@fgcu.edu right after you register for the class with information about the type business you are considering starting and your thoughts on initial location (specific also if you are going to be an online business). We need this information so we can provide resource and research documents to you during class for the hands-on exercises.Speaker: Dorothy Browning Please, payment must be received to complete registration and do email us at sbdc@fgcu.edu with your proposed business type, location, and any other details to help us pull industry reports needed for this session. Thank You. The session will be held in the " Green Room" in the annex. The Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America's SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners with the University of West Florida serving as the network's lead host institution. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited Englisch proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. To request accommodation or language assistance, please contact Alison Bryant, Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Lutgert Hall, Room 2311, Fort Myers, FL 33965, or via email at abryant@fgcu.edu.Fee: $ 20.00Link

SBA Money Smart: Finance Management for Small Businesses, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Cash Flow ManagementIn this business education course, Vince LoPresti from the Small Business Administration (SBA) will discuss the fundamentals of Financial Management for Small Businesses. * Start-up financing * Financing for a growing business * Financing working capital * Financial fixed assets Financial management practices, rules, and tools commonly used in business finance. Reservations are required. Speaker: Speaker - Vince LoPresti, US SBAPark in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

Nonprofit Startup 101, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Where: Beaver Street Enterprise Center, Jacksonville When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThe process of transforming your idea into an operating organization can be complicated. This workshop will provide the information you need to start a nonprofit organization in Northeast Florida - begin with an understanding of why you may or may not want to start a nonprofit organization and what opportunities may be available to you. Fee: $ 20.00Link

Cash Flow Management: Tapping into a Hidden Resource, Thursday, May 16, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, May 16, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Cash Flow Management"Cash is King (place a Crown)". Every business has a hidden store of cash and hidden cash leaks. Utilizing the cash flow management strategies of large corporations, learn how to find, preserve, and use cash to manage and grow your business and increase profits. By applying these tactics you can vastly reduce the need for outside financing. You may never need to borrow money again!! Speaker: Presented by Pauline Davis, Asst. DirectorFee: $ 30.00Link

Don't Sit On Your 8(a), Thursday, May 16, 2019

Where: Westland Gardens Park, Hialeah Gardens When: Thursday, May 16, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Government ContractingWhat does it take to successfully use your 8(a) certification? Whether you are looking to apply for the SBA-run 8(a) business development program, or you are already certified and are wondering what to do next, this workshop will give you actionable steps to move you forward. For those 8(a) businesses that currently have their 8(a) certification their success lies in marketing their services to the right people at the right time to get sole source contracts. This workshop will focus on: . Research to find your target audience in the federal government . Marketing strategies to get sole source contracts . Where to network to meet the right people and what to say to them . Partnering and teaming effectively Also, you will hear from current 8(a)s and other panelists who have been navigating the Government contracting maze to win contracts. Bring your questions and problems because we will have Q&A! Speaker: Karen Vieira and Orlando EspinosaCo-Sponsor: Emineo Media, the MedWriters, Florida SBDC at FIU in association with the Pino Global Entrepreneurship CenterFee: No CostLink

Business Plan Writing, Thursday, May 16, 2019

Where: Sumter County Office, Sumter Service Center, WildWood When: Thursday, May 16, 2019 9:30 AM to 11:30 AMTopic: Business BasicsThis NO-COST seminar will introduce you to business plans and the importance of preparing a good one. A business plan is a formal written document containing business goals, the method of attaining these goals, and the time required to achieve these goals. Writing a business plan is an opportunity to think through every step of starting and growing your company. It requires preparation. More importantly, you must get started! This seminar will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan and making the writing process easier.Speaker: Miguel Nieves, Area Manager for Florida SBDC at UCF in Sumter CountyPlease contact Joanne Howard at (352) 689-4698 or joanne.howard@ucf.edu if you need assistance.Fee: No CostLink

Building Your Business Plan With LivePlan, Thursday, May 16, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:30 PMBusiness planning is the foundation to starting a new venture, raising funds or growing your existing business. Receive all the tools necessary to complete a practical business plan. Seminar registration includes a six-month subscription of the LivePlan web-based business planning software. Our expert advice simplifies conducting the research necessary to make decisions and develop financial projections. Don't be intimidated, take the first step today! Speaker: Brad Owens *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 99.00Link

Marketing Basics: Find and Connect With Customers, Thursday, May 16, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Clermont Campus, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesDo you really know who your customers are? What is important to them? Learn how to find customers, communicate the value of your business, and cultivate long term relationships with people in your target market.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

How To Start Your Own Business and Business Plan, Friday, May 17, 2019

Where: SBDC at UCF - Kissimmee, Kissimmee/Osceola County COC, Kissimmee When: Friday, May 17, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis seminar will help business owners learn the essentials for getting started in business. Topics include: business evaluation, business entities, licensing, capital/finance sources, start-up cost, sales forecasting, cash flow, and an introduction to business plans and the importance of preparing one. This session is guaranteed to take the mystery out of starting a business and help you to be the entrepreneur you always dreamed about! Writing a successful business plan requires preparation and, most importantly, getting started. This seminar provides a 'hands-on approach' for the serious entrepreneur or business owner who is ready to write that winning business plan. From identifying your target market to financial projections, this seminar will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan, making the writing process easy.Speaker: Rafael E. M. Pratts - Business Consultant***Parents Note: We ask you not to bring children to workshop sessions who can be a distraction to others. Your cooperation can help us serve you more e?ectively.Fee: No CostLink

Business Startup 101, Friday, May 17, 2019

Where: SBDC at Seminole State College - Seminole County Public Library, North Branch, Sanford When: Friday, May 17, 2019 10:00 AM to 11:30 AMLearn how to properly start your business to ensure success. Understand how all the critical pieces of the puzzle fit together. We discuss the various legal forms of ownership, licensing and tax requirements, capital and labor, rent versus purchase, and viarious other business startup issues.Speaker: Moses Ayiku, Consultant - Florida SBDC at Seminole State College Co-Sponsor: Seminole County Public LibraryFee: No CostLink

Intro to Marketing, Friday, May 17, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, May 17, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMWe can show you how to find more of the right customers and increase sales using the most cost effective marketing strategies. Fee: $ 20.00Link

Steps to Starting a Business, Friday, May 17, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs & Advisors, Suite 200, Panama City When: Friday, May 17, 2019 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsTake the first steps in starting your small business! Attendees will learn the essentials for getting started in business including: idea evaluation, legal business structures, regulations & licensing, taxation, finding capital and more. Pre-registration required.Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Consultant/GA, Consultant/PD CoordinatorFee: $ 25.00Link

Overview of Doing Business with the Federal Government, Monday, May 20, 2019

Where: Cape Coral CRA When: Monday, May 20, 2019 8:30 AM to 10:30 AMTopic: Government ContractingLearn what it takes to win contracts with the federal government and more!Fee: No CostLink

Building Your Business Plan With LivePlan, Monday, May 20, 2019

Where: Gulf Gate Library, Sarasota, Florida When: Monday, May 20, 2019 4:30 PM to 7:30 PMBusiness planning is the foundation to starting a new venture, raising funds or growing your existing business. Receive all the tools necessary to complete a practical business plan. Seminar registration includes a six-month subscription of the LivePlan web-based business planning software. Our expert advice simplifies conducting the research necessary to make decisions and develop financial projections. Don't be intimidated, take the first step today! Limited time offer: The cost of this class is normally $99, but thanks to our sponsor, BankUnited, there is no cost for the class which includes a six-month subscription to LivePlan Business Plan software. This class will fill up quickly. Register now! Co-Sponsor: BankUnitedFee: No CostLink

Flavio Villanustre (LexisNexis) | 'Open Source Big Data Analytics'

Tech Talks | Boca Raton Monday, May 20 at 6:00 PM Palm Beach Tech Talks are monthly happy hours with the sharpest & most witty folks in our tech community! GUEST SPEAKERFlavio Villanustre | VP & CISO ... https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks-Boca-Raton/events/259073877/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks-Boca-Raton/events/259073877/

Pinellas County Contract Compliance Management System - B2G, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMAn introduction to the new Pinellas County the Supplier Diversity Management System for vendors. This course will cover system functions including using the dashboard, system navigation and purpose by entering sub-contractors information, payments and reporting. Fee: No CostLink

Strategic Proposal Development: Cost Buildup Simplified for Small Contractors, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Where: Florida PTAC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingSubject: Bid and Proposal - Cost Buildup Simplified for Small Contractors doing business with the Government. This course is designed for small contractors to understand actual costs and indirect rates. We will discuss the relationship between your accounting system setup and indirect rates. This discussion will include accounting software and time keeping systems. You will be introduced to a simplified rate template to assist you with the process of projecting costs to determine indirect rates for a contract proposal. No fee, but pre-regstration is requested. Speaker: Denise Fitzpatrick, Accountant and Consultant, Carr, Riggs and Ingram, LLCCo-Sponsor: John DiGiacomo, Procurement Specialist; Cat Country 98.7, News Radio 1620 and 92.3 and ESPN Radio 94.5Additional parking located behind the buildingFee: No CostLink

Key Elements of Business Planning, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Where: Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsLearn a method to map your business strategy in preparation for creating a business plan. We'll use a Business Model Canvas to either envision your new start-up or check your progress in the business you currently run. Leave with both your map, as well as resource to take the next step of creating a full business plan document.Speaker: Jacqueline Ramirez, Consultant SBDC at FAU Division of ResearchFee: No CostLink

Bookkeeping Basics, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetProper bookkeeping is essential to managing your business. Learn how to classify and record basic business transactions, enter data into an account, chart accounts, and many basic accounting terms. You'll also learn what you must hold on to for tax compliance and find out what accounting software might be useful to help make your bookkeeping easier. Speaker: Bill Burnham *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 45.00Link

Hacker Hours

SoFlo Cyber District Tuesday, May 21 at 5:30 PM A more informal, personal meetup on all things tech related. Originally sponsored by Palm Beach Tech, we are now expanding to host other types of even... https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/vjdbqqyzhbcc/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/vjdbqqyzhbcc/

The British Invasion

Palm Beach Tech Meetup Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 PM Palm Beach Tech Meetups are held regularly for tech professionals, enthusiasts, and stakeholders. PANELAndy Parry | Vice President, IT @ Office DepotK... https://www.meetup.com/PalmBeachTech/events/260148896/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/PalmBeachTech/events/260148896/

How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis workshop will give you an overview of the seven basic requirements for business STARTUP: Selecting an idea, Testing the market, Acquiring capital, wRiting a plan, Turning for help, Understanding legal requirements, and Putting it all together. Registration includes a workbook and start-up kit for NE Florida counties. Fee: $ 40.00Link

Tax and Accounting Issues for the Small Business, Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Tax PlanningMake sure your business tax and accounting systems are set up properly so you can focus on managing and growing your business. We will cover how to choose the type of tax entity that will benefit you and meet your business goals. We will also discuss business accounting and how it can help you effectively and efficiently manage your business. Reservations are required. Speaker: Lee Garner, CPAPark in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

Steps to Business Ownership (SCORE)

Want to start your own business? Not sure what it takes or where to begin? Let SCORE guide you in the right direction. SCORE is offering a 3-session workshop series spread over 3 weeks. Each workshop is interactive with examples, and supporting resources. Presenters are seasoned business people who want to see you succeed. SCORE mentors will attend and be available to work with you for free outside of class. Register at https://conta.cc/2JOFSAW

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

Using Data to Drive Growth, Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Where: FSBDC at Seminole State College, Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center, Port of Sanford When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesLearn about tools that can help you understand customer behavior with your online presence. We'll show you how you can use this info to make informed decisions about your ongoing online marketing strategy. In this session we'll introduce talk about: Identifying business goals (and how you plan to use your online presence to achieve them) Incorporating data into your plan Selecting tools to help you find the answers you need Speaker: Taught by Google Partner and National Trainer: Matt Weber, President, ROAR! Internet MarketingCo-Sponsor: Seminole County Public LibraryFee: No CostLink

Strategic Proposal Development: Cost Buildup Simplified for Small Contractors, Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Where: Florida PTAC at UWF/Fort Walton Beach, Synovus Bank Building, Fort Walton Beach When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingSubject: Bid and Proposal - Cost Buildup Simplified for Small Contractors doing business with the Government. This course is designed for small contractors to understand actual costs and indirect rates. We will discuss the relationship between your accounting system setup and indirect rates. This discussion will include accounting software and time keeping systems. You will be introduced to a simplified rate template to assist you with the process of projecting costs to determine indirect rates for a contract proposal. No fee, but pre-registration is requested. Speaker: Denise Fitzpatrick, Accountant and Consultant, Carr, Riggs and Ingram, LLCCo-Sponsor: John DiGiacomo, Procurement Specialist; Community Broadcasters, LLC (103.1 The Blaze, Hwy 98.1 Country, 102.1 The Wave, & Q92).Fee: No CostLink

Digital Marketing: Getting the Most Out of Your Email, Social Media and Content Marketing Strategies, Thursday, May 23, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesDigital Marketing: Getting the Most Out of Your Email, Social Media and Content Marketing Strategies Thanks to the accessibility of the Internet, businesses have more opportunities to get in front of the eyes of potential customers. However, with so many websites, social media platforms and businesses competing with each other it can be difficult to get the exposure and engagement you're looking for. In this workshop, you will learn how to increase engagement in your email and social media activities, and learn how an effective Content Marketing Strategy may benefit your business. Speaker: Chuck Wheeler, Jairo BatistaFee: $ 30.00Link

The Veteran Certification & Verification Program, Thursday, May 23, 2019

Where: Summit (Main) Library, West Palm Beach When: Thursday, May 23, 2019 2:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThe objectives of this seminar are to learn the process of how to certify your small business as Veteran owned under the Department Of Veteran Affairs Certification and Verification Program.Speaker: Guest Speaker Jackie RuleCo-Sponsor: OEBO Office of Economic Business OpportunityFee: No CostLink

Financing Your Business, Thursday, May 23, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:00 PMTopic: Access to CapitalAre you looking for money for your business? Are you considering a SBA loan? This seminar will help you zero in on the right funding choices for your business and avoid money scams. Our financing veteran will educate you on how to ask for a loan, get prepared for the bank and where to find money in a tight-fisted economy. You'll explore: . SBA loans: when, where and how to apply . How to plan your financing request to banks . Which banks are making loan . Angel investors and venture capitalists . Six Cs of credit and how credit scores affect your business . The fundamentals of royalties, licensing and supplier credit . Busting the myths about small business grants Speaker: Mitch Lairmore TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

Starting a Business, Thursday, May 23, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:30 PM to 9:30 PMTopic: Business BasicsYou have an idea for a business. What's the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no cost to you) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please arrive early to park and receive your packet. There are no refunds, so make sure you can attend. (Arrangements will be made for credit toward another workshop if we are notified at least 48 hours in advance due to an emergency.)Speaker: Glenn McDuffy, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Greater Pensacola Chamber, Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3Second floor - additional parking located behind the building.Fee: $ 50.00Link

Nicholas Mohnacky: Understanding Collective Intelligence

Startup Grind PB | Boca Raton - West Palm Beach Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 PM Understanding collective intelligence is key for every company. Hear the journey of someone who has created a service around this concept, absorb all ... Price: 10.00 USD https://www.meetup.com/Startup-Grind-Palm-Beach/events/260254436/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Startup-Grind-Palm-Beach/events/260254436/

Sales Training for Small Business Owners, Friday, May 24, 2019

Where: SBDC at UCF - Kissimmee, Kissimmee/Osceola County COC, Kissimmee When: Friday, May 24, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesLearn about the sales process. Help customers choose your products and services. How much is a customer worth? Why do you lose customers? How do we get more sales per transaction? You will learn these things and more. This class is taught by business professionals with many years of coaching and sales experience. Most of the sales knowledge passed on in this class applies regardless of your products or services... Grow your revenue, one customer at a time, increase your average sale,"close the sale," help an irate customer and create a better experience for your customersSpeaker: Lonnie Koyama, Business Consultant (SBA) Rafael E. M. Pratts - Business Consultant ***Parents Note: We ask you not to bring children to workshop sessions who can be a distraction to others. Your cooperation can help us serve you more efectively.Fee: No CostLink

Business Plans 101, Friday, May 24, 2019

Where: SBDC at Seminole State College - Seminole County Public Library, North Branch, Sanford When: Friday, May 24, 2019 10:00 AM to 11:30 AMThis seminar provides a simple and realistic approach for the serious entrepreneur who is ready to write that winning business plan. From identifying your target market to financial projections, this workshop will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan, making the writing process easy.Speaker: Moses Ayiku, Consultant - Florida SBDC at Seminole State College Co-Sponsor: Seminole County Public LibraryFee: No CostLink

QuickBooks, Friday, May 24, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, May 24, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMGet an overview of Quickbooks accounting software. Learn to set up the chart of account and the basic functions of the most popular software among accounting professionals today. Guest presenter Michael Carlisle, Enrolled Agent.Fee: $ 20.00Link

Minority Certification, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMGet Certified! Learn the benefits and how to become certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Small Business Enterprise (SBE) or Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) to best access government contracts and purchasing opportunities. Learn how to find and identify potential bids and improve your position in the bid evaluation process.Fee: $ 20.00Link

Hacker Hours

SoFlo Cyber District Tuesday, May 28 at 5:30 PM A more informal, personal meetup on all things tech related. Originally sponsored by Palm Beach Tech, we are now expanding to host other types of even... https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/vjdbqqyzhblc/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/vjdbqqyzhblc/

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

Social Media in a Day, Thursday, May 30, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:00 AM to 4:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesSocial media is probably the last thing on your to-do list at the end of a day or week. Yet, it probably also is the first thing on your mind. For most small business owners, these two things never sync up and it stays unfinished and becomes a stressor. In this one-day "Make and Take" workshop, Elizabeth Pampalone, owner of Web Design Chic, will show you her proven formula along with lab time to actually create six months of evergreen posts for social media. She will also show you some of her favorite tools and tricks on creating stunning images in no time. This 8-hour seminar is not for the faint of heart, however once you are done, you are done! Let's turn around your social media presence for the rest of 2018! Prerequisite: Bring your laptop and a Facebook Business Account with ability to login. Sponsored by Patrick & Raines, CPAs Fee: $ 80.00Link

What is the Business Worth? Getting the Highest Return on your Investment, Thursday, May 30, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesInterested in buying a business? Or do you want to sell your business? Either way, you want to make sure you are getting the most out of your investment. How do you answer the key questions: What is it worth? How much should I ask? This comprehensive seminar will help you obtain a better understanding of the value of the business and the best practices to maximize value. Presented by an experienced business broker and banker who will guide you through the complex process of understanding the value of a business, you will leave this seminar with a strong grasp of business buying or selling and the tools necessary to be successful.Speaker: Pauline Davis, Asst. DirectorFee: $ 30.00Link

SBA Loans & Services, Friday, May 31, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, May 31, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMMeet Charles Long, SBA Area Manager. Receive an overview of the Federal Small Business Administration's loan and services programs for small businesses.Fee: No CostLink

Luke Liscom (PATHOS) | 'Coding & Creativity'

Tech Talks | West Palm Monday, June 3 at 6:00 PM Palm Beach Tech Talks are monthly happy hours with the sharpest & most witty folks in our tech community! GUEST SPEAKER:Luke Liscom | Motion Designer ... https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks/events/258080979/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks/events/258080979/

Marketing Essentials Mastermind, Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Where: The Naples Accelerator, Naples When: Tuesday, June 04, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesIf there's one cardinal sin in marketing, it's being ignored. The lifeblood of your company depends on marketing; but, your marketing strategy and campaigns are only as strong as their foundation. Optimize your marketing essentials to breath new life into your campaigns with the SBDC's newest offering, the Marketing Essentials Mastermind (MEM). MEM is a unique combination of classroom learning, one-to-one guidance from a consultant and business networking with one goal: making your marketing sticky, memorable & unmissable to your ideal customer. Get solid on the critical few marketing fundamentals to: > Build stronger, higher converting marketing strategies > Craft key messaging that will result in measurable revenue growth > Construct the integrated building blocks of marketing to supercharge your overall marketing strategy > Get action plans, templates, frameworks and pro-tips to help attract, capture and convert more of your ideal clients > Improve the effectiveness and value of your marketing investments The Marketing Essential Mastermind builds the formative building blocks a strong marketing core with step-by-step simplicity in 7 deep-dive sessions. Apply using this application: https://goo.gl/forms/OWRlH59Zd5gKAZYe2 SESSION OVERVIEWS: YOUR BUSINESS VS. YOUR BRAND (02/05/19): Making the critical difference between what you do to make a living vs. what you and your work mean to the people who buy from you. (Hint: we'll be talking about buyer psychology). PITCH PERFECT PHRASE (03/05/19): Develop a rock solid one-liner. It's one part elevator pitch and one part unique value proposition. Learn to speak about your product/service in a simple, relevant, and repeatable way. It will make your ideal people curious to buy your product/service WEBSITE WIREFRAMES (04/02/19): Learn the form, function & phraselology of a high converting website. LEAD GENERATORS AND LANDING PAGES (05/07/19): Creations that captures email addresses and increases the percentage of your qualified leads. An email sequence that onramps customers/people response: A sales email that makes phones ring, shopping baskets full and closes sales. EMAIL SEQUENCES (06/04/19): An email sequence that onramps customers/people response and a sales email that makes phones ring, shopping baskets full and closes sales 10 SQUARED CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGY (07/02/19): a content marketing strategy that also happens to be a 'white hat' SEO hack and Content Territories for Social Media SOCIAL MEDIA VS. SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (08/06/19): Either, or--both, and? Discover which strategy is the best of these two powerhouses to boost your marketing ROI. This course goes way beyond identity pieces and gets to the core of what needs to be done first, before you launch your next marketing campaign. Real Action Plans, Real Momentum: Every session comes with classroom instruction, a framework, hands-on practice and an action step so that you can gain and sustain momentum. First Tuesdays, February - August 2019 at the Naples Accelerator 1-on-1 business consulting: 1-3 hours per month Interactive classroom learning - 3 hours, once per month. Business tools - we teach them and coach you on how to use them. Exchange of ideas - share your experiences with other small business owners. Accountability & Encouragement - we help you keep accountable to what you say is important with moral support if you get stuck--you might end up with a business bestie for life ?? WHO SHOULD ATTEND? If you send emails, run ads, write website content, post on social media, or run any sort of marketing campaigns to grow your business...this is for you. The Marketing Essentials Mastermind is specially designed for business owners, new to mid-level marketing representatives and managers. As well as sales managers, sales representatives and other company employees who impact or interact with the marketing function. This course assumes no previous background in marketing. We only have 15 spots available. Apply using this application: https://goo.gl/forms/OWRlH59Zd5gKAZYe2 YOUR FACILITATORS: Theresa Ayers I teach you how to transform social media trends into a tried and true social footprint that drives qualified traffic to your product or service. LaShaun Collier I help clients engineer an impossible-to-ignore business presence by leveraging the art of branding and the science of systems to generate traffic, subscribers and customer conversions. Andrea Robinson I help you establish a cohesive marketing strategy for your business that creates trust and recognition, so you can find and keep more customers while growing the marketing metrics that matter to your bottom line. INVESTMENT: $250 - $200 SBDC Scholarship= $50 (Your Cost) Course Certificate, upon completion Only 15 spots available, by application only.Speaker: Theresa Ayers, Andrea Robinson, LaShaun Middlebrooks CollierCo-Sponsor: The Naples AcceleratorThe Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America's SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners with the University of West Florida serving as the network's lead host institution. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited Englisch proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. To request accommodation or language assistance, please contact Alison Bryant, Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Lutgert Hall, Room 2311, Fort Myers, FL 33965, or via email at abryant@fgcu.edu.Fee: $ 50.00Link

Government Contracting 101: Set Asides-How Important Are They?, Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Where: Florida PTAC at UWF/Fort Walton Beach, Synovus Bank Building, Fort Walton Beach When: Tuesday, June 04, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingHave you ever wanted to get that "government contract" and wanted to know how to get started? Are you listed in SAMs and not finding the right things on which to bid? Have you heard that you need to be a "women-owned, veteran-owned or minority-owned business"? This is the class for you to take to learn if you are qualified for one of these set-asides, learn how to leverage your business and to get opportunities on which to bid. This class will answer all your basic questions, show you where to get assistance, and allow you to make knowledgeable decisions on doing business with the Federal Government. In addition, we will blow some of those myths of doing business with the Federal Government that you keep hearing out of the water! In this workshop, learn the real truth of what it takes to do business with the government. Speaker: John DiGiacomo, Procurement Specialist, Florida PTAC at UWFFee: $ 20.00Link

Ignite Your Online Marketing, Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, June 04, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesStuck in "the web?" Online marketing doesn't have to be so frustrating. Attend this seminar to learn how you can take advantage of incredible online marketing tools that will enable your business to have a successful online presence. You'll learn about the four Google resources that can help you attract customers as well as how to get local exposure with Google Places; how to increase productivity with Google Apps; and how to measure success with Google Analytics. Speaker: Gina Smith *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 45.00Link

Pinellas County Contract Compliance Management System - B2G, Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, June 04, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMAn introduction to the new Pinellas County the Supplier Diversity Management System for vendors. This course will cover system functions including using the dashboard, system navigation and purpose by entering sub-contractors information, payments and reporting. Fee: No CostLink

Business Marketing Series, Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, June 04, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesIn addition to the Business Startup Series, we've put together this three-course Business Marketing Series providing additional tools all entrepreneurs need to have to assist with marketing their business. Learn about online strategies, and be empowered to start implementing and improving on your client reach utilizing social media and other tools. Learn from the experts. Week 1. Ignite Your Online Marketing - Tues., June 4, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM & Using SEO to Improve Your Google Rankings - Tues., June 4, 2019 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM Week 2. Social Media Strategies - The Basics - Tues., June 18, 2019 from 1:00 - 3:30 PM Included: 3 classes in a two week period, 7.5 hours of instruction, handouts and textbooks. *Plus: By taking the course as a series you're getting Social Media Strategies - The Basics for only $15.00 (regular fee is $25.00) Speaker: Florida SBDC at USF Business Consultants*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 120.00Link

Using SEO to Improve Your Google Rankings, Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, June 04, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesSearch engine optimization is a major component of any successful online marketing. This seminar will teach you how to develop a SEO strategy, based on methods of the book, "SEO: 2015 & Beyond," by industry expert, Dr. Andy Williams. You'll learn how to select keywords that are proven performers, combine the keywords into site content and boost site popularity. More specifically, attendees will master: * Basic SEO terms * Understanding Google Search results * How to use several free SEO tools * How to build quality content into your site * How to measure results using free tools, such as Google Analytics All attendees get a copy of Dr. Andy Williams's, "SEO 2019", Actionable Step-By Step Visual Guide to Top 10 Rankings Speaker: Gina Smith *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 60.00Link

Ocala | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Where: SBDC at UNF - Ocala, Ocala When: Wednesday, June 05, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThinking of starting your own business? This workshop gives the aspiring entrepreneur an understanding of realistic tools and resources for business startup: Selecting an Idea, Testing the Market, Acquiring Capital, Writing a Business Plan, Turning for Help, Understanding Legal Requirements, Projecting Cash Flow.Speaker: SBDC Certified Business ConsultantNo Refunds will be issued for No Shows, however, pre-paid attendees will be accommodated at a future workshop. The SBDC at UNF reserves the right to cancel workshops if attendance requirements are not met. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.Fee: $ 40.00Link

Business Start Up Info Session, Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Wednesday, June 05, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis session will cover the basics of "How to start your business" as well as resources in the community. Reservations are required. Speaker: Larry SmithPark in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

Reach Customers Online With Google, Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Where: University of West Florida Conference Center, Pensacola When: Wednesday, June 05, 2019 9:00 AM to 10:00 AMTopic: Marketing and SalesLearn how customers find your business online and how to promote your online presence using a free business listing, search engine optimization (SEO) techniques, and online advertising. We'll introduce some tools that can help, including Google Analytics and Google Trends. In this FREE workshop we'll discuss best practices for: -Creating a free Google My Business listing -Improving your website's visibility in Google's organic search results, on all devices -Advertising your business on Google Speaker: Matt Weber, GoogleCo-Sponsor: Cat Country 98.7, News Radio 92.3/1620, ESPN Radio 94.5Fee: No CostLink

How To Do Business With Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA), Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Wednesday, June 05, 2019 9:00 AM to 10:30 AMTopic: Government ContractingLearn how to do business with the ECUA, how to register as a vendor and how to locate bid opportunities. No fee for this workshop, but pre-registration is recommended as seating is limited.Speaker: Jim Roberts, Public Information Officer, ECUACo-Sponsor: Greater Pensacola Chamber, Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 plus John DiGiacomo, Procurement Specialist, PTAC at UWFAdditional parking is located behind the building.Fee: No CostLink

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

Government Contracting: Overview, Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, June 05, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingFederal, State, and Local Government procurement is the largest target market in the world. The question is usually not "Does the government buy what you are selling?"...it is more "Can you be competitive enough and relentless enough to position your business to win government contracts?". If you think you can be competitive, then government contracting may be a good growth opportunity for your business. The "Government Contracting Overview" seminar, presented by the Florida PTAC at UCF in partnership with the Florida SBDC at UCF, is designed for established small business owners with some commercial momentum that are curious about government contracting, as well as business owners that may already be involved in government contracting. The workshop is based on a 10-step framework that helps newer contractors understand the process and helps more experienced contractors identify opportunities to 'backfill' best practices in their efforts. The ten steps that will be discussed are: . Is Your Business Ready? Strategic planning priorities for government contractors. . Target Markets. What agencies are buying what you are selling? . Registration. You need to register as a vendor at the federal, state, and local levels. . Certifications. Position your business to take advantage of 'set-aside' opportunities. . Embrace Education. You have to become a student of government contracting. . Core Marketing Tools. Five (5) basic marketing tools for government contracting. . Networking Plan. If you learn about a bid when it's posted - it's likely you'll lose. . Capture Plan. How will you define what to pursue and what to ignore? . Bid Response Strategy. It takes time and resources to prepare a response. . Contract Management. Best practices to keep in mind as you start a new contract. You will also have the opportunity to network with other small business owners and learn about the Florida PTAC's "Bid-Match" service that can be a helpful marketing research tool. Join us for this great learning opportunity.Speaker: Steve South Fee: No CostLink

Women/Minority & Veteran Certification, Thursday, June 06, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, June 06, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMIt's no myth.women, minority and veteran certification could present opportunities for your business. But there is a process to becoming certified. In this class, you will learn how to complete the State of Florida certification application and discover how you can use it to seek business with the private sector and government. Speaker: Eileen Rodriguez*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

Basic Government Contracting 101, Thursday, June 06, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, June 06, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingReady.set.sell to the federal government! This workshop provides information on registering with the federal government, how to locate federal opportunities, who to market to within the federal government, and so much more! Speaker: Karen Krymski *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

Getting Started in Government Contracting - PTAC, Thursday, June 06, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Thursday, June 06, 2019 1:00 PM to 2:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingDoes your company provide services or products? Are you interested in expanding your market and increasing your profit? Every year, government agencies spend billions of dollars purchasing goods and services from American businesses. This workshop and roundtable discussion overviews: - Required registrations - Preferred small business preference programs - Finding the right opportunities for your business - Submitting a bid - Winning work Whether you're a prime contractor, subcontractor, or just curious, register today for this event, this workshop will give you everything you need to start, grow, and succeed with government contracting! Speaker: FSBDC Government Contracting Specialist Don ZaveskyFee: $ 20.00Link

Gainesville | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Friday, June 07, 2019

Where: SBDC at UNF - Gainesville, Gainesville When: Friday, June 07, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceDo you have a great idea for a business but just don't know where to begin? Our course can provide you with a comprehensive introduction on how to start your own business. Some of the topics covered in this course include idea generation, the legal environment, business structures etc. In addition, this workshop gives the aspiring business owner an understanding of realistic tools and resources for business startup selecting an idea, testing the market, acquiring capital, writing a business plan, turning for help, understanding legal requirements, and projecting cash flow. Includes workbook.Speaker: SBDC Professionally certified consultantFee: $ 40.00Link

How to Start A Business, Friday, June 07, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, June 07, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThe best way to get started! Receive information on the necessary licenses permits, legal documents and requirements to do business in the State of Florida. Learn to refine your ideas into a plan for success.Fee: $ 10.00Link

Starting a Business, Friday, June 07, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF, Navarre Beach Chamber of Commerce, Navarre Beach, FL When: Friday, June 07, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsYou have an idea for a business. What's the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no cost to you) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please pre-register. Cost is $50 (cash or check at the door). Speaker: Ayesha Haider, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Community Broadcasters, LLC (103.1 The Blaze, Hwy 98.1 Country, 102.1 The Wave, & Q92) Fee: $ 50.00Link

Doing Business With Pinellas County, Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMPinellas County's Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program gives local small businesses opportunities to participate in the competitive process for County contracts. You'll learn about the County purchasing system and receive personal assistance to help you register to do business with Pinellas County Government. Fee: No CostLink

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

Legal Issues - How to work with an Attorney and Questions to Ask, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Business BasicsParticularly for entrepreneurs, Legal Issues and Entity Selection are important decisions one has to make. They need to consider the following: liability, ease of formation and operation, taxation, suitability for business, expansion and exit strategy. This class will update startup and seasoned businesses on the importance of proper legal structure, entity selection and necessary steps to protect you and your assets. Reservations are required. Park in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

Starting a Business, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Where: Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office, Milton, Florida When: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsYou have an idea for a business. What's the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no cost to you) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Pre-registration recommended. Please arrive early to park and receive your packet. Speaker: Christa Wilson, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office, Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 Located directly behind the McDonalds in MiltonFee: $ 50.00Link

SBA Workshop: How SBA Can Help Achieve Your Contracting Goals, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMWhen you think of the Small Business Administration (the SBA), you probably think of business loans. But there are also other things the SBA can do to help your business before and after you start-from training on effective day-to-day management and/or expansion of your business to obtaining very lucrative federal contracts. Here are 5 specific ways the SBA helps you: . SBA offers business education and training, counseling and other assistance . SBA provides access to capital via different loan guarantee programs. o Microloans, regular guaranteed loans up to $5M, loans for veterans and spouses, loans for exporters, home-based businesses, etc o In addition, we can guarantee Surety Bonding up to $10M o Most SBA lenders available via online lender matching program . SBA can help you register, get trained and become a government contractor o Certification as 8(a), WOSB/EDWOSB, HUBZone open doors for federal contracts o Access to Mentor-Protégé programs that help you better position your company by building capacity, and providing size and affiliation exemptions for larger companies o Access to SBA Joint Ventures o Assistance from SBA Procurement and Commercial representatives . SBA works with FEMA to provide disaster assistance to all. . SBA advocates for the SBIR and/or STTR grants for research and development as well as other special federal initiatives, including the SBA National Ombudsman Most SBA activities are available to all businesses, but loans and some programs are available only to small businesses. As part of our efforts to maintain program integrity, we ensure firms are compliant with program/federal regulations so they stay in good standing and can enjoy continued program participation. Speaker: Ed Ramos, Senior Area Manager, US Small Business AdministrationFee: No CostLink

The Worst Mistakes in Federal Contracting, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Where: Greenacres Branch Library, Greenacres When: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 2:30 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingThe objectives of this seminar are to understand the worst mistakes in federal contracting and how to avoid them. Speaker: Guest speaker Jackie Rule will be the instructor.Co-Sponsor: OEBO- the Office of Equal Business OpportunityFee: No CostLink

Government Contracting: Overview, Thursday, June 13, 2019

Where: Eastern Florida State College Cocoa Campus Classroom, Building 12, Room 205 conf room, Cocoa When: Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingFederal, State, and Local Government procurement is the largest target market in the world. The question is usually not "Does the government buy what you are selling?"...it is more "Can you be competitive enough and relentless enough to position your business to win government contracts?". If you think you can be competitive, then government contracting may be a good growth opportunity for your business. The Florida SBDC at UCF's "Government Contracting: Overview" seminar is designed for established small business owners with some commercial momentum that are curious about government contracting, as well as business owners that may already be involved in government contracting. The workshop is based on a 10-step framework that helps newer contractors understand the process and helps more experienced contractors identify opportunities to 'backfill' best practices in their efforts. The ten steps that will be discussed are: . Is Your Business Ready? Strategic planning priorities for government contractors. . Target Markets. What agencies are buying what you are selling? . Registration. You need to register as a vendor at the federal, state, and local levels. . Certifications. Position your business to take advantage of 'set-aside' opportunities. . Embrace Education. You have to become a student of government contracting. . Core Marketing Tools. Five (5) basic marketing tools for government contracting. . Networking Plan. If you learn about a bid when it's posted - it's likely you'll lose. . Capture Plan. How will you define what to pursue and what to ignore? . Bid Response Strategy. It takes time and resources to prepare a response. . Contract Management. Best practices to keep in mind as you start a new contract. You will also have the opportunity to network with other small business owners and learn about the Florida PTAC's "Bid-Match" service that can be a helpful marketing research tool. Join us for this great learning opportunity.Speaker: Steve South and/or Kara VernonFee: No CostLink

Steps to Starting a Business, Thursday, June 13, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs & Advisors, Suite 200, Panama City When: Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsTake the first steps in starting your small business! Attendees will learn the essentials for getting started in business including: idea evaluation, legal business structures, regulations & licensing, taxation, finding capital and more. Pre-registration required. Arrive before 6:00 to sign in and get seated.Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Consultant/GA, Consultant/PD CoordinatorFee: $ 25.00Link

How to Start Your Business, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceA three-hour seminar designed to help entrepreneurs understand what it takes to start a business. Topics included business plans, legal forms of business, and licensing requirements.Speaker: Chuck WheelerFee: $ 30.00Link

Pinellas County Contract Compliance Management System - B2G, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMAn introduction to the new Pinellas County the Supplier Diversity Management System for vendors. This course will cover system functions including using the dashboard, system navigation and purpose by entering sub-contractors information, payments and reporting. Fee: No CostLink

Social Media Strategies - The Basics, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesWant to utilize social media to grow your business but not sure where to start? Join us to learn the basics of how to use the most popular social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube - as an essential addition to your marketing mix. This seminar will touch on the basics of utilizing the most successful platforms and show real-world examples of how to use them effectively. Speaker: Stacey Dadd*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 25.00Link

How to be Certified as a Disadvantaged, Minority or Woman-owned Business, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Where: Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThis seminar will discuss options to become a certified supplier to the county, state and federal levels of government. We'll demonstrate how to register your company as well as the Florida PTAC services we offer in partnership with the Florida SBDC to guide you through the process. This class is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. Speaker: Carole Hart, MA, Government Services ConsultantCo-Sponsor: Florida Procurement Technical Assistance CenterFee: No CostLink

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

Government Contracting 101: Set Asides-How Important Are They?, Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Where: Florida PTAC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingHave you ever wanted to get that "government contract" and wanted to know how to get started? Are you listed in SAMs and not finding the right things on which to bid? Have you heard that you need to be a "women-owned, veteran-owned or minority-owned business"? This is the class for you to take to learn if you are qualified for one of these set-asides, learn how to leverage your business and to get opportunities on which to bid. This class will answer all your basic questions, show you where to get assistance, and allow you to make knowledgeable decisions on doing business with the Federal Government. In addition, we will blow some of those myths of doing business with the Federal Government that you keep hearing out of the water! In this workshop, learn the real truth of what it takes to do business with the government. Speaker: John DiGiacomo, Procurement Specialist, Florida PTAC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 plus ESPN Radio 94.5Additional parking is located behind the building.Fee: $ 20.00Link

Sales Tactics for Small Business, Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:00 PM to 5:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesParticularly for entrepreneurs, getting a handle on basic sales strategies can be more critical to the success of a venture than the development of its products and services. The truth is so many businesses have gone under because they don't know how to sell. You can have the greatest product or service on the market, but without sales strategies, you'll never get it off the ground. Reservations are required. Park in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

QuickBooks: Basics, Thursday, June 20, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsSee how QuickBooks financial software helps you take control of your business finances. Find out which QuickBooks product is right for you before you buy. Pre-registration with payment required. Speaker: Martha Cobb King, Advanced Certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor, Simple Accounting Solutions, LLCCo-Sponsor: Greater Pensacola Chamber; Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 plus ESPN Radio 94.5Additional parking located behind the building. Fee: $ 50.00Link

QuickBooks: Advanced, Thursday, June 20, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Thursday, June 20, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsFind out how to use QuickBooks for complex tasks such as payroll, sales tax, estimating and job-costing. Pre-registration required.Speaker: Martha Cobb King, Advanced Certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor, Simple Accounting Solutions, LLCCo-Sponsor: Greater Pensacola Chamber; Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 plus ESPN Radio 94.5Additional parking located behind the building. Fee: $ 50.00Link

Bids and Business, Thursday, June 20, 2019

Where: Gardens Branch Library, Palm Beach Gardens When: Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThe Bidding Process in Palm Beach County will be explained as well as the role of the Office of Equal Business Opportunity.Speaker: Staff from the Office of Equal Business Opportunity (Palm Beach County)Co-Sponsor: OEBO and FAU PTAC Fee: No CostLink

How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Thursday, June 20, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis workshop will give you an overview of the seven basic requirements for business STARTUP: Selecting an idea, Testing the market, Acquiring capital, wRiting a plan, Turning for help, Understanding legal requirements, and Putting it all together. Registration includes a workbook and start-up kit for NE Florida counties. Fee: $ 40.00Link

Understanding Financial Statements, Friday, June 21, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, June 21, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMDo you want to make more profit? Improve your cash flow? Profit Mastery will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to help your business achieve financial success. Learn how to use your balance sheet and income statements and a few simple ratios to benchmark success and make decisions that will improve your bottom line.Fee: $ 20.00Link

Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at FAMU, FAMU Foundation Building, Tallahassee When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 9:00 AM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingYou are invited to join us and learn more about Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) This is an informative session where you can learn about: . DCAA Overview (15 minutes) . Accounting System Requirements (2 hours) . Contract Briefs (30 minutes) . Proposal Adequacy (2 hours) Speaker: Joseph Greger, DCAASeats are limited. Reservations are required. RSVP to leticia.clark@sba.gov NLT June 24, 2019. Include your name, business name, phone number and number of seats.Fee: No CostLink

Grow With Google: Using Data to Drive Growth, Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Where: University of West Florida - Conference Center, Building 22, Pensacola When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:00 AM to 10:00 AMTopic: Marketing and SalesLearn about tools that can help you understand customer behavior with your online presence. We'll show you how you can use this info to make informed decisions about your ongoing online marketing strategy. In this FREE session we'll introduce talk about: -Identifying business goals (and how you plan to use your online presence to achieve them) -Incorporating data into your plan -Selecting tools to help you find the answers you need Speaker: Matt Weber, GoogleCo-Sponsor: Cat Country 98.7, News Radio 92.3/1620, ESPN Radio 94.5Fee: No CostLink

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

The Unsolicited Proposal:Contracting With the Federal Government, Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Where: Gardens Branch Library, Palm Beach Gardens When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 3:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingLearn how the use of the unsolicited propopsal can assist in the bidding process within the federal government contracting arena.Speaker: Guest Speaker: Jackie RuleCo-Sponsor: OEBO-Office of Equal Business OpportunityFee: No CostLink

Social Media Marketing, Friday, June 28, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, June 28, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMBe more effective with your use of social media. Get an overview of successful strategies for Facebook, Instagram, Google My Business, YouTube, Trip Advisor, Yelp, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Fee: $ 20.00Link

Marketing Essentials Mastermind, Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Where: The Naples Accelerator, Naples When: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesIf there's one cardinal sin in marketing, it's being ignored. The lifeblood of your company depends on marketing; but, your marketing strategy and campaigns are only as strong as their foundation. Optimize your marketing essentials to breath new life into your campaigns with the SBDC's newest offering, the Marketing Essentials Mastermind (MEM). MEM is a unique combination of classroom learning, one-to-one guidance from a consultant and business networking with one goal: making your marketing sticky, memorable & unmissable to your ideal customer. Get solid on the critical few marketing fundamentals to: > Build stronger, higher converting marketing strategies > Craft key messaging that will result in measurable revenue growth > Construct the integrated building blocks of marketing to supercharge your overall marketing strategy > Get action plans, templates, frameworks and pro-tips to help attract, capture and convert more of your ideal clients > Improve the effectiveness and value of your marketing investments The Marketing Essential Mastermind builds the formative building blocks a strong marketing core with step-by-step simplicity in 7 deep-dive sessions. Apply using this application: https://goo.gl/forms/OWRlH59Zd5gKAZYe2 SESSION OVERVIEWS: YOUR BUSINESS VS. YOUR BRAND (02/05/19): Making the critical difference between what you do to make a living vs. what you and your work mean to the people who buy from you. (Hint: we'll be talking about buyer psychology). PITCH PERFECT PHRASE (03/05/19): Develop a rock solid one-liner. It's one part elevator pitch and one part unique value proposition. Learn to speak about your product/service in a simple, relevant, and repeatable way. It will make your ideal people curious to buy your product/service WEBSITE WIREFRAMES (04/02/19): Learn the form, function & phraselology of a high converting website. LEAD GENERATORS AND LANDING PAGES (05/07/19): Creations that captures email addresses and increases the percentage of your qualified leads. An email sequence that onramps customers/people response: A sales email that makes phones ring, shopping baskets full and closes sales. EMAIL SEQUENCES (06/04/19): An email sequence that onramps customers/people response and a sales email that makes phones ring, shopping baskets full and closes sales 10 SQUARED CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGY (07/02/19): a content marketing strategy that also happens to be a 'white hat' SEO hack and Content Territories for Social Media SOCIAL MEDIA VS. SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (08/06/19): Either, or--both, and? Discover which strategy is the best of these two powerhouses to boost your marketing ROI. This course goes way beyond identity pieces and gets to the core of what needs to be done first, before you launch your next marketing campaign. Real Action Plans, Real Momentum: Every session comes with classroom instruction, a framework, hands-on practice and an action step so that you can gain and sustain momentum. First Tuesdays, February - August 2019 at the Naples Accelerator 1-on-1 business consulting: 1-3 hours per month Interactive classroom learning - 3 hours, once per month. Business tools - we teach them and coach you on how to use them. Exchange of ideas - share your experiences with other small business owners. Accountability & Encouragement - we help you keep accountable to what you say is important with moral support if you get stuck--you might end up with a business bestie for life ?? WHO SHOULD ATTEND? If you send emails, run ads, write website content, post on social media, or run any sort of marketing campaigns to grow your business...this is for you. The Marketing Essentials Mastermind is specially designed for business owners, new to mid-level marketing representatives and managers. As well as sales managers, sales representatives and other company employees who impact or interact with the marketing function. This course assumes no previous background in marketing. We only have 15 spots available. Apply using this application: https://goo.gl/forms/OWRlH59Zd5gKAZYe2 YOUR FACILITATORS: Theresa Ayers I teach you how to transform social media trends into a tried and true social footprint that drives qualified traffic to your product or service. LaShaun Collier I help clients engineer an impossible-to-ignore business presence by leveraging the art of branding and the science of systems to generate traffic, subscribers and customer conversions. Andrea Robinson I help you establish a cohesive marketing strategy for your business that creates trust and recognition, so you can find and keep more customers while growing the marketing metrics that matter to your bottom line. INVESTMENT: $250 - $200 SBDC Scholarship= $50 (Your Cost) Course Certificate, upon completion Only 15 spots available, by application only.Speaker: Theresa Ayers, Andrea Robinson, LaShaun Middlebrooks CollierCo-Sponsor: The Naples AcceleratorThe Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America's SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners with the University of West Florida serving as the network's lead host institution. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited Englisch proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. To request accommodation or language assistance, please contact Alison Bryant, Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Lutgert Hall, Room 2311, Fort Myers, FL 33965, or via email at abryant@fgcu.edu.Fee: $ 50.00Link

Ocala | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Where: SBDC at UNF - Ocala, Ocala When: Wednesday, July 03, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThinking of starting your own business? This workshop gives the aspiring entrepreneur an understanding of realistic tools and resources for business startup: Selecting an Idea, Testing the Market, Acquiring Capital, Writing a Business Plan, Turning for Help, Understanding Legal Requirements, Projecting Cash Flow.Speaker: SBDC Certified Business ConsultantNo Refunds will be issued for No Shows, however, pre-paid attendees will be accommodated at a future workshop. The SBDC at UNF reserves the right to cancel workshops if attendance requirements are not met. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.Fee: $ 40.00Link

Government Contracting: Overview, Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, July 03, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingFederal, State, and Local Government procurement is the largest target market in the world. The question is usually not "Does the government buy what you are selling?"...it is more "Can you be competitive enough and relentless enough to position your business to win government contracts?". If you think you can be competitive, then government contracting may be a good growth opportunity for your business. The "Government Contracting Overview" seminar, presented by the Florida PTAC at UCF in partnership with the Florida SBDC at UCF, is designed for established small business owners with some commercial momentum that are curious about government contracting, as well as business owners that may already be involved in government contracting. The workshop is based on a 10-step framework that helps newer contractors understand the process and helps more experienced contractors identify opportunities to 'backfill' best practices in their efforts. The ten steps that will be discussed are: . Is Your Business Ready? Strategic planning priorities for government contractors. . Target Markets. What agencies are buying what you are selling? . Registration. You need to register as a vendor at the federal, state, and local levels. . Certifications. Position your business to take advantage of 'set-aside' opportunities. . Embrace Education. You have to become a student of government contracting. . Core Marketing Tools. Five (5) basic marketing tools for government contracting. . Networking Plan. If you learn about a bid when it's posted - it's likely you'll lose. . Capture Plan. How will you define what to pursue and what to ignore? . Bid Response Strategy. It takes time and resources to prepare a response. . Contract Management. Best practices to keep in mind as you start a new contract. You will also have the opportunity to network with other small business owners and learn about the Florida PTAC's "Bid-Match" service that can be a helpful marketing research tool. Join us for this great learning opportunity.Speaker: Steve South Fee: No CostLink

Doing Business with the Government Series (Part 1 and 2), Friday, July 05, 2019

Where: Career Source Southwest Florida, Fort Myers When: Friday, July 05, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingPart 1 Introduction to Contracting with the Federal Government. An overview of the process such as Methods of Procurement, Types of Contacts and Social Economic Interests. Part 2 Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). An overview on Objectives, Chapters, Parts and Forms. Speaker: Dan Telep, FSBDC PTAC ConsultantFee: No CostLink

SBA Workshop: Federal Certifications Managed by SBA, Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMEvery year, the Federal government procures supplies and/or services to the tune of several hundred billion dollars. A whopping twenty-three (23) percent of those procurements are earmarked for smaller businesses. If you own a small business and have the potential to sell your product/service to the Federal government you ought to take the time to learn about these programs. At Federal level, our government is mandated to reserve a sizable percentage of all procurements dollars for small businesses; for certified socio-economically disadvantaged small businesses; for women-owned small businesses or; for business located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones. SBA manages all of these certifications. Certifying your business can definitely help you successfully compete for government contracts. As a certified entity, in addition to pursuing contracts, you may participate in executive level business training that helps to keep small businesses competitive. As part of our efforts to maintain program integrity, we ensure firms are compliant with program/federal regulations so they stay in good standing and can enjoy continued program participation. You will learn the eligibility criteria for the: . 8 (a) Business Development Program . Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program . Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program . New SBA Mentor Protégé program . In addition, you will learn where to find Federal Opportunities for your small business. Speaker: Ed Ramos, Senior Area Manager, US Small Business AdministrationFee: No CostLink

SBA Cash Flow, Thursday, July 11, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Cash Flow ManagementGood cash flow management is critical for the success of your business. This workshop will describe the purpose of cash flow management. It will assist you in determining a business's cash flow cycle to make accurate cash flow projections. Reservations are required. Park in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

Gainesville | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Friday, July 12, 2019

Where: SBDC at UNF - Gainesville, Gainesville When: Friday, July 12, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceDo you have a great idea for a business but just don't know where to begin? Our course can provide you with a comprehensive introduction on how to start your own business. Some of the topics covered in this course include idea generation, the legal environment, business structures etc. In addition, this workshop gives the aspiring business owner an understanding of realistic tools and resources for business startup selecting an idea, testing the market, acquiring capital, writing a business plan, turning for help, understanding legal requirements, and projecting cash flow. Includes workbook.Speaker: SBDC Professionally certified consultantFee: $ 40.00Link

How to Start A Business, Friday, July 12, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, July 12, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThe best way to get started! Receive information on the necessary licenses permits, legal documents and requirements to do business in the State of Florida. Learn to refine your ideas into a plan for success.Fee: $ 10.00Link

Doing Business with the Government Series(Part 3 and 4), Friday, July 12, 2019

Where: Career Source Southwest Florida, Fort Myers When: Friday, July 12, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingPart 3 Reading Solicitations. An overview of What the Government wants? How they communicate? The solicitations, Format and Amendments. Part 4 Successful Proposal Writing. An overview on Submitting a successful proposal, The Process, Lets Go for It and Wining contracts. Speaker: Dan Telep, FSBDC PTAC ConsultantFee: No CostLink

How to Start Your Business, Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceA three-hour seminar designed to help entrepreneurs understand what it takes to start a business. Topics included business plans, legal forms of business, and licensing requirements.Speaker: Chuck WheelerFee: $ 30.00Link

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

Growth Planning for Government Contractors, Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Government ContractingGrowth planning is an essential part of any business. This is particularly the case for small businesses targeting government contracting opportunities. A written strategic plan is a great way to sort through and organize the issues and opportunities in your business. Specifically, this class will help government contractors develop a strategic plan that addresses: . Process: Focus the Right Resources on the Right Priorities . Relationship: Government Contracting is STILL about Relationships . Data: Budgets. Metrics. Measurable Success! . Compliance: Is Your Business Ready? . Growth Planning: Define Your "Barriers to Scalability" This class is rooted in strategic planning experience and best practice but with a focus on small business government contractors. Speaker: Steve SouthFee: $ 30.00Link

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

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1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa

1 Million Cups Tampa

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/tampa