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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

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

Doing Business With The City of Pensacola, Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Wednesday, June 26, 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 requested. Speaker: Presenter: Hosea Goodwyn, City of Pensacola Assistant Purchasing ManagerCo-Sponsor: John DiGiacomo, Procurement Specialist, Florida SBDC at UWF; Cat Country 98.7, News Radio 1620 and 92.3; ESPN Radio 94.5 and 1330/99.1 Talk WEBY Additional parking located behind the building.Fee: No CostLink

Strategic Planning and Instagram Hacks for Growth in 2019 - Clay Co., Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Where: Clay County Chamber of Commerce, Fleming Island When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 12:30 PM to 2:30 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessStrategic Planning and Instagram Hacks for Growth in 2019 In this no-cost seminar, attendees will learn the easy approach to strategic planning and how to use Instagram to engage with customers. Presented by your Florida SBDC consultant in Clay County, Chris Abetz and Jacksonville consultant and resident online guru, Blake Stockton, this class will walk you through the vital best practices for growth. Highlights for this seminar include: . Strategic planning simplified . Goal setting and business planning as support . Ready resources to help . Instagram algorithm explained . Hashtag strategies for success . How to engage with your audience effectively . How to get customers and sales from InstagramFee: No CostLink

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

Small Business Disaster Preparedness Workshop, Thursday, June 27, 2019

Where: WeWork, Miami Beach When: Thursday, June 27, 2019 9:30 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Disaster Assistance & MitigationBusiness interruptions and disasters affect every business at some stage in their growth. With this in mind, there are key steps you can take today to reduce down-time or keep operations running if you are impacted. Attend this workshop to learn more about disaster preparedness tips and local resources available to you. Topics include: . How to turn business continuity into a competitive advantage . Learn about City of Miami Beach resources on sustainability and emergency preparedness . Free disaster planning tools/resources . Review of disaster recovery programs Co-Sponsor: City of Miami Beach, Florida SBDC at FIU in association with Pino Global Entrepreneurship CenterFee: No CostLink

Starting a Business, Thursday, June 27, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Thursday, June 27, 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; ESPN Radio 94.5 and 1330/99.1 Talk WEBY Second floor - additional parking located behind the building.Fee: $ 50.00Link

SBA Workshop - DCAA Overview, Thursday, June 27, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, June 27, 2019 12:00 PM to 5:00 PMThis is an informative session where you can learn about: . DCAA Introduction and Overview . Accounting System Requirements . Contract Briefs . Proposal Adequacy The workshop is free. Reservations are required. RSVP to leticia.clark@sba.gov NLT June 24, 2019. Include your name, business name, phone number and number of seats. Limited seating. You are welcome to bring your lunch. There are fast food restaurants in the immediate area. Bring your business cards. Fee: 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

Understanding QuickBooks, Monday, July 01, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL When: Monday, July 01, 2019 9:00 AM to 10:45 AMThis is a BASIC introduction to QuickBooks. This class is taught on a demonstration screen and not individual computers. This workshop is being presented in partnership with Operation Startup.Speaker: Dennis LaRueIf you require any ADA accommodations, please contact us in advance.Fee: No CostLink

Intermediate QuickBooks, Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL When: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 9:00 AM to 10:45 AMThis course expands your knowledge about QuickBooks and builds on the Introduction to QuickBooks workshop. This will also teach tips and tricks about QuickBooks. This workshop is being presented in partnership with Operation Startup.Speaker: Dennis LaRueIf you require any ADA accommodations, please contact us in advance.Fee: No CostLink

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

How to Start Your Business, Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Where: Lady Lake Public Library, Lady Lake When: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 11:30 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceIf you're thinking of starting a business, it's important to take the right steps. This course will give you an overview of what to know, actions to take, and how to avoid common missteps to give your company its greatest chance of success.Speaker: Eddie HillOnly preregistered attendees will receive parking information before the event. If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

Masterclass for CEOs

The CWCF Masterclass exists to facilitate networking and exchanges that lead to better practices. The CWCF Masterclass also provides a unique forum to share advice and exchange experiences in an atmosphere of trust, mutual support, and a non-competing peer group environment. Our round table will serve as a place to be unapologetically ambitious, expand your networks, and help each other achieve business goals. During our meetings/gatherings we will discuss business development, progress, and accountability. We meet the first Tuesday of every month at the Daytona Beach Police Department from 6pm to 7:30pm.

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

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Tech Talks | Palm Beach Gardens Monday, July 8 at 6:00 PM Palm Beach Tech Talks are monthly happy hours to network, learn and engage with local technology & entrepreneurial leaders that have experiences to sh... https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks-PBG/events/261494275/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks-PBG/events/261494275/

Cash Flow - The Life of Your Business, Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Where: Sumter County Office, Sumter Service Center, WildWood When: Tuesday, July 09, 2019 9:30 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Cash Flow ManagementWhen your Accountant states that you are making a profit but you are having difficulty making ends meet - you might be experience a cash flow problem. In business, you need a flow of cash to pay your expenses. How do you stay in business when sales are made, statements sent, but the payment has not been received? This NO-COST seminar will show you ways to address this problem before it has a negative impact on your business.Speaker: Miguel Nieves, Area Manager of the Sumter County SBDC in Wildwood, FLPlease call Joanne Howard, Program Assistant, at 352-689-4698 if you need assistance with registration.Fee: No CostLink

Starting Your Business, Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, July 09, 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, July 09, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, July 09, 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., July 9 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., July 11 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., July 16 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., July 18 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., July 23 from 5:30-8:30 PM Learn how to properly classify and record basic business transactions. . Financing Your Business- Thurs., July 25 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: 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 North & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 199.00Link

Branding Your Business, Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Where: Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, Perry When: Tuesday, July 09, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMHaving 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: Chauncey Jones, ConsultantFee: No CostLink

Women/Minority & Veteran Certification, Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, July 10, 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

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

Subcontracting & Teaming, Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, July 10, 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. This Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.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

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

Marketing Your Business, Thursday, July 11, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, July 11, 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

Starting A Business, Thursday, July 11, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF/Emerald Coast Campus, UWF Emerald Coast, Building 8 - Library 2nd Floor, Fort Walton Beach When: Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:30 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) 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

Steps to Starting a Business, Thursday, July 11, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs & Advisors, Suite 200, Panama City When: Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 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 CoordinatorCo-Sponsor: SynovusFee: $ 25.00Link

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

PTAC-SBA Woman-Owned Small Business Program, Monday, July 15, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Emerald Coast Campus, Library, Room 836, UWF Emerald Coast Campus When: Monday, July 15, 2019 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingFind out how the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and their resource partners help small businesses start, grow, expand and recover after disaster strikes! In order to help provide a level playing field for women business owners, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the women's contracting program. These contracts are for industries where Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) are underrepresented. Some contracts are restricted further to Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB). Do you know about the U.S. Small Business Administration? Are you a woman-owned small business looking to grow? Do you market your product and/or service to the federal government? Benefits of attending this workshop: learn how the SBA and our entrepreneurial ecosystem can help you and your business advance; learn how women-owned companies compete for, and win, federal government contracts; become knowledgeable about the WOSB certification process; learn how the WOSB, 8(a), HUBZone and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) Programs help agencies achieve contracting goals (5% of its prime contracting dollars must be awarded to WOSBs). The workshop will focus on how the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and their resource partners like the Florida SBDC help small businesses start, grow, and expand, and recover after disaster. The government provides specific opportunities for women business owners who participate in the women's contracting programs. These programs are for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB). If you are a woman-owned small business looking to grow, and you market your product or service to the federal government, or would like to, this workshop will show you how to compete for, and win, federal government contracts. Discover just how many prime contracting dollars must be awarded to WOSBs. Become knowledgeable about the WOSB certification process, and learn how the SBA and Florida SBDC can help your business advance in this entrepreneurial ecosystem. Speaker: Thaddeus Hammond, Economic Development Specialist, SBACo-Sponsor: Synovus; Community Broadcasters LLC (103.1 The Blaze, Hwy 98.1 Country, 102.1 The Wave, & Q92) and SynovusNo fee, but pre-registration is required.Fee: 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

SBA Women-Owned SB Program, Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingFind out how the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and their resource partners help small businesses start, grow, expand and recover after disaster strikes! In order to help provide a level playing field for women business owners, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the women's contracting program. These contracts are for industries where Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) are underrepresented. Some contracts are restricted further to Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB). Do you know about the U.S. Small Business Administration? Are you a woman-owned small business looking to grow? Do you market your product and/or service to the federal government? Benefits of attending this workshop: learn how the SBA and our entrepreneurial ecosystem can help you and your business advance; learn how women-owned companies compete for, and win, federal government contracts; become knowledgeable about the WOSB certification process; learn how the WOSB, 8(a), HUBZone and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) Programs help agencies achieve contracting goals (5% of its prime contracting dollars must be awarded to WOSBs). Speaker: Thaddeus Hammond, Economic Development Specialist/WBC DOTR, SBACo-Sponsor: John DiGiacomo, Procurement Specialist; Cat Country 98.7, News Radio 1620 and 92.3; ESPN Radio 94.5 and 1330/99.1 Talk WEBY and Synovus.Additional parking located at the back of the building.Fee: No CostLink

Basic Business Taxes, Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, July 16, 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: 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: $ 15.00Link

"Building a Resilient Business" Workshop, Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at FIU, FIU Downtown on Brickell, Miami When: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 8:30 AM to 10:30 AMTopic: Disaster Assistance & MitigationBusiness interruptions and disasters affect every business. There are key steps you can take today to reduce down-time or keep operations running if you are impacted. RSVP today for your seat at a no-cost workshop focused on helping you build a more resilient business. Topics include: . Best practices to get better prepared . How to turn business continuity into a competitive advantage . Free disaster planning tools/resources . Review of disaster recovery programsCo-Sponsor: Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, Florida SBDC at FIU in association with Pino Global Entrepreneurship CenterFee: No CostLink

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

Advanced QuickBooks, Thursday, July 18, 2019

Where: Cooper Memorial Library, Cooper Memorial Library, Located at the Lake-Sumter State College, South Lake Campus, Clermont When: Thursday, July 18, 2019 8:30 AM to 10:30 AMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetFor current users of QuickBooks Online. Build upon the skills you already have by learning new tips, features, and tactics. You'll become more productive, get better information from your financial data, and grow your financial management abilities. Take the next step towards becoming a QuickBooks power user.Speaker: John DoramusOnly preregistered attendees will receive parking information before the event. If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

Disaster Planning for Small Businesses, Thursday, July 18, 2019

Where: Eastern Florida State College Palm Bay Campus Auditorium, Bldg. 1 Room 107G, Palm Bay Campus When: Thursday, July 18, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Disaster Assistance & MitigationDisaster planning is critical for businesses to survive. Learn what you can do prior to any situation to protect your business, assets and get up and running as soon as possible after a natural or other disaster. Reservations are required. Speaker: Martin Duffy - SBDC Director and Various other community membersFee: No CostLink

Building Your Business Plan With LivePlan, Thursday, July 18, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, July 18, 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: Mitch Lairmore *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

How To Start Your Own Business and Business Plan, Friday, July 19, 2019

Where: SBDC at UCF - Kissimmee, Kissimmee/Osceola County COC, Kissimmee When: Friday, July 19, 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

Accounting and Tax Prodedures, Friday, July 19, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, July 19, 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

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

Where: Career Source Southwest Florida, Fort Myers When: Friday, July 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

Florida Startup Association

Networking and discussion event for State-wide Startup founders, employees, and small business owners throughout the region.

Pay it foward: Youth Conference

Pay it Forward Youth conference is an event that will provide school age children the basics of life, The goal is to empower the youth, and help give them a head start at life with knowledge. We will provide mentoring, help with careers, financing as well as college admissions, long term goals, entrepreneurial and much more. This is a dress to impress casual event. we will have guest speakers, a talent showcase, gift give away, most important Knowledge. Please check eventbrite for more information and ticket pricing.

Disaster Planning for Small Businesses, Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Where: Port Canaveral, Maritime Commission Meeting Room, Maritime Center, Commission Room, Port Canaveral Commission Room When: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Disaster Assistance & MitigationDisaster planning is critical for businesses to survive. Learn what you can do prior to any situation to protect your business, assets and get up and running as soon as possible after a natural disaster. Reservations are required. Speaker: Martin Duffy - SBDC DirectorFee: No CostLink

Bookkeeping Basics, Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, July 23, 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

How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Tuesday, July 23, 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

Subcontracting and Teaming, Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Government ContractingFor many small businesses, entry into government contracting will begin as a subcontractor. This seminar will provide the small business with an understanding of the process including the format of the subcontract and teaming agreement and how to protect your company during the relationship, as well as the benefits of subcontracting. The class will also provide a review of the rules of engagement, the relationship between prime contractor, subcontractor and the governmentFee: $ 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

Successful Social Media Marketing Solutions for Beginners, Thursday, July 25, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Thursday, July 25, 2019 3:00 PM to 5:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesSocial media has changed the marketing footprint for small businesses and nonprofits. In this seminar learn which social media platform is the right fit for your business/nonprofit, how to drive new and repeat business to your organization via social media, knowing what to say, where to say it and how to grow your following to boost your brand exposure, sales and donations. Reservations are required. Speaker: Richard and Cheri Martin - WCN Interactive Park in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

Financing Your Business, Thursday, July 25, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, July 25, 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: 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

Financing Your New Business, Thursday, July 25, 2019

Where: Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, Perry When: Thursday, July 25, 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: Chauncey Jones, ConsultantFee: No CostLink

QuickBooks, Friday, July 26, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, July 26, 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

Intro to Exporting, Friday, July 26, 2019

Where: Beaver Street Enterprise Center, Jacksonville When: Friday, July 26, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: International TradeAre you looking across US borders for potential customers? This is the class for you! International markets represent huge opportunities for increased sales, and yet approximately 99% of small and medium-sized businesses do not export. And 70% of those that do export sell to only one country, and the majority to only one client. If you are not exporting, why not? Plan your export strategy now, while the economy is strong so you don't wish you had when money gets tight. Small and medium-sized companies that export: . Have higher sales per employee and pay higher wages per employee . Tend to be more flexible in the marketplace . Have higher growth rates . Find it easier to add or retain employees . Tend to innovate at a faster rate In this introductory class, attendees will explore export readiness, export marketing planning, cost and pricing consideration and other opportunities and resources available. Speaker: Julia Montgomery, FSBDC at UNF International Trade Specialist Fee: $ 20.00Link

4th Annual International NodeBots Day 2018

Boca JS Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 AM It's July again and time for making JavaScript-controlled robots. It's South Florida's 3rd annual International NodeBotsDay! The focus of NodeBots Day... https://www.meetup.com/BocaJS/events/261562000/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/BocaJS/events/261562000/

Responding to RFP's / RFI's & RFQ's, Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMGain insight into the bid writing process and discover proven tools for responding to proposals. In this seminar you will learn the do's and don'ts in writing and submitting a proposal.Fee: $ 20.00Link

Winning the Contract: Marketing & Selling to the Government, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, July 31, 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

Scaling a Service Business, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessThis workshop is designed for companies that have been in business for three or more years and would like to understand what the most successful companies know - how to create a business model that scales to generate significant increases in revenue without adding significant costs. Scaling a service business can be more complicated because of the inherent nature of services and their unique characteristics compared to products: In this three-hour workshop, attendees will learn: --The difference between growing and scaling --Management gaps often overlooked in service businesses --How to "productize" your service --What people processes must be put in place to allow a company to achieve scale --Reducing technical work and automation --The relationship between cash and scale Fee: $ 20.00Link

Gainesville | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Friday, August 02, 2019

Where: SBDC at UNF - Gainesville, Gainesville When: Friday, August 02, 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

Ken Crawford (Total Wine & More) | Micro Front Ends

Tech Talks | West Palm Monday, August 5 at 6:00 PM Palm Beach Tech Talks are monthly happy hours with the sharpest & most witty folks in our tech community! GUEST SPEAKER:Ken Crawford | Senior Architec... https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks/events/258589433/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks/events/258589433/

Marketing Essentials Mastermind, Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Where: The Naples Accelerator, Naples When: Tuesday, August 06, 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

Business Marketing Series, Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, August 06, 2019 10:00 AM 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., August 6, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM & Using SEO to Improve Your Google Rankings - Tues., August 6, 2019 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM Week 2. Social Media Strategies - The Basics - Tues., August 13, 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: Gina R. Smith, Castro Communications & Stacie Dadd, Florida SBDC at USF*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

Ignite Your Online Marketing, Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, August 06, 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

Service Contracts, Fair Labor Standards and Davis-Bac Acts, Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at FAMU, FAMU Foundation Building, Tallahassee When: Tuesday, August 06, 2019 12:30 PM to 4:30 PMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetYou are invited to join us and learn more about Service Contract, Fair Labor Standards and Davis-Bacon Acts Service Contract Act: 12:30 - 2:00 pm Fair Labor Standards Act: 2:00-3:15 pm Davis-Bacon Act: 3:30- 4:30 pm This is an informative session where you can learn about: . Service Contract and Davis-Bacon Acts . Regulations . Compliance Principles . How the Acts pertains to federal contracting Speaker: William Richardson, Department of LaborThe workshop is free. Limited seating, so reservations are required. RSVP to leticia.clark@sba.gov. Include your name, business name, phone number and number of seats. Bring your business cards. Fee: No CostLink

Using SEO to Improve Your Google Rankings, Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, August 06, 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

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

Business Start Up Info Session, Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Wednesday, August 07, 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

Ocala | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Where: SBDC at UNF - Ocala, Ocala When: Wednesday, August 07, 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

How To Do Business With Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA), Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Where: Florida PTAC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Wednesday, August 07, 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 Additional parking is located behind the building.Fee: No CostLink

Online Review Strategy, Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Wednesday, August 07, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesCan your business afford to ignore online reviews? According to Social Media Link, 83% of shoppers discover new products and services every month through online reviews. Led by Blake Stockton, Florida SBDC at UNF consultant and resident online guru, this class will teach attendees how to boost business's online reputation and increase conversion, from online search to paying customer. Topics to be discussed include: . How to get more Google reviews . How to identify where you need more reviews . How to use online reviews to get more customers . How to effectively follow up with customers for reviews . How to use a software platform to automatically follow up with customersFee: $ 20.00Link

Government Contracting: Overview, Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, August 07, 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

Success is No Accident: Strategic Planning for Small Business, Thursday, August 08, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, August 08, 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

Nonprofit Startup 101, Friday, August 09, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Friday, August 09, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 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

SBA Loans & Services, Friday, August 09, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, August 09, 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

Rick Blalock (Pinpoint) | 'Ecosystem Thinking'

Tech Talks | Palm Beach Gardens Monday, August 12 at 6:00 PM Palm Beach Tech Talks are monthly happy hours to network, learn and engage with local technology & entrepreneurial leaders that have experiences to sh... https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks-PBG/events/261618079/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks-PBG/events/261618079/

Your 20 Minute Business Plan: The Business Model Canvas--Business Plans Made Easy, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Where: SBDC at FGCU - Charlotte County, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte County When: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 8:30 AM to 10:30 AMTopic: 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 Co-Sponsor: Lee County Economic Development OfficePlease, 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

QuickBooks Beyond Basics, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetHave a working knowledge of QuickBooks and are ready to step-up to the next level? Learn how to improve internal controls, spot and correct common errors and produce more accurate & useful reports in this easy to understand hands-on class. Students will work in a computer lab with a QuickBooks Pro Advisor Instructor on examples for real experience using QuickBooks for PC. This class will cover the QuickBooks Desktop version, not to be confused with the QuickBooks Online version - they are different products. * Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required Speaker: Presented by: Lisa Rorvall, Hartman, Blitch & Gartside CPAs and Intuit QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor.Fee: $ 75.00Link

How to Start Your Business, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Tuesday, August 13, 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

Lenders Roundtable for Small Businesses, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Access to CapitalVince LoPresti from the Small Business Administration (SBA) will moderate a panel discussion from SBA Lenders throughout Brevard County. This is an interactive program featuring the top lenders. Reservations are required. Speaker: Vince LoPresti - SBAFee: No CostLink

Business Plan Writing, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Where: Sumter County Office, Sumter Service Center, WildWood When: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 9:30 AM to 11:00 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 or growing your company. It requires preparation. More importantly, you must get started! One highlight - Find out how a business plan can facilitate your business loan process.Speaker: Miguel Nieves, Area Manager of the Sumter County SBDC in Wildwood, FLPlease call Joanne Howard, Program Assistant, 352-689-4698 if you need assistance with registration.Fee: No CostLink

Social Media Strategies - The Basics, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, August 13, 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

Market Research for Small Businesses, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Where: Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, Perry When: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMMarket Research is an effective tool to assist your business planning. Arming yourself with solid data provides an insight into your customers' thinking, buying patterns and behaviors. Market research also keeps you in tune with market trends and your competitor's activities. During this workshop, you will have an opportunity to learn about the various resources available to small businesses conducting market research. The workshop will also give you the opportunity to conduct market research on your customers in real time. Don't miss exciting, informative workshop!Speaker: Chauncey Jones, ConsultantFee: No CostLink

Sales for the Non Salesperson-Session 1, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:30 AM to 10:00 AMTopic: Marketing and SalesMost company founders will be their company's only salesperson for the first few years in business. Sales skills are vital to the company's success, but most founders admit they could be better. Our expert will give you proven tips and action steps to help you set more meetings, close more deals, and drive higher revenue in 2019. This session will cover essential steps in the sales process and key concepts to know and use. As with manufacturing, missing a step means everything. Here's where to learn if you're getting the basics right and how you can improve immediately.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.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

Women/Minority & Veteran Certification, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, August 14, 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

Basic Government Contracting 101, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, August 14, 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! This Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. 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

SBA Workshop: Joint Ventures 101, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMMost new federal government contractors are seeking new ways to perform larger, more complex and more lucrative requirements, and the use of a joint venture can be the answer. However, pursuing federal government contracts with a joint venture can be tricky and full of risk for the participants of a joint venture. When structuring the relationship, if you get the details wrong, and if you are protested, the SBA may legally decide against your joint venture and you may end up ineligible for award, after spending all the time and effort to capture the opportunity. This work will attempt to provide, in the short-time allotted, a detailed look at the rules and regulations for government contracts joint ventures, including size and socioeconomic requirements, mandatory joint venture provisions, performance of work requirements, and much more. While we can not guarantee you will leave the workshop a subject matter expert, you will be conversant on key topics needed to negotiate with your potential joint venture partner.Speaker: Ed Ramos, Senior Area Manager, US Small Business AdministrationFee: No CostLink

Cash Flow Management: Tapping into a Hidden Resource, Thursday, August 15, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, August 15, 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

Business Plans: Research & Writing, Friday, August 16, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, August 16, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMDevelop the right plan for your business needs. Receive an overview which features easy financials, a simple pitch format, and performance tracking. Ideal for new or experienced business owners to manage business growth, communicate ideas, or borrow money. Fee: $ 20.00Link

Is Franchising Right For Me?, Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Clermont Campus, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMIf you'd like to own your own business but are concerned about the risks of starting a new venture, consider owning a franchise business. We'll help you understand the potential benefits of franchising, how to evaluate franchise opportunities, and determine whether franchise ownership is best for you. Finding the right partner with a proven product, business model, and support system can make all the difference for a first-time entrepreneur.Speaker: John Doramus and Linda BelfordOnly preregistered attendees will receive parking information before the event. If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.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

Digital Marketing: Driving Traffic to Your Website, Thursday, August 22, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, August 22, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesDigital Marketing: Driving traffic to your Website Digital Marketing is a broad, constantly changing business discipline. In this seminar, you will learn how to develop an up-to-date digital marketing strategy that helps drive traffic to your most important digital asset - your website. In this session we will discuss features every successful website should have, the fundamentals impacting SEO, and the different Pay-Per-Click options and how to get the most out of them. Speaker: Chuck Wheeler, Jairo BatistaFee: $ 30.00Link

How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Thursday, August 22, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Thursday, August 22, 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

Market Research: Know Your Market, Industry, and Options for Growth, Thursday, August 22, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Clermont Campus, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesThe success of your business depends heavily on external factors - changes in customer preferences, economic trends, the demographics of your market, and many other elements. What do you really know about these factors? Market research can give you deep insights into your business ecosystem, help you make better decisions, and plan moves now to get you ahead of the competition.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

Automate Your Business, Friday, August 23, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Friday, August 23, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessAutomation. You have heard that it can be a wonderful thing. But it takes so long, right? You have to learn another new program, right? The answer to both of these is NOPE! Often our lack of automation is due to lack of knowledge about the concepts of how a certain software works. When we are unaware of the full potential of a product, we under-use it and waste money and time just by using something that is supposed to save us both time and money! Attendees should have in mind 2-3 manual administrative/marketing processes when they come to this class and together we will go over how to improve them and introduce automation to make them work for you. Stop being a slave to manual processes and bring a little automation into your life! Fee: $ 25.00Link

Understanding Financial Statements, Friday, August 23, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, August 23, 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

HR 101 for Small Businesses - Avoiding Human Resource Pitfalls, Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Managing EmployeesHuman Resources is about people, whether in regards to recruitment, management, or other forms of direction and assistance. It has a huge effect on the culture and environment in your workplace, setting the tone for how employees communicate, settle disputes, and work with each other. Your employees are one of your greatest assets. You must protect and manage that asset. In this seminar, you will learn what you need to know as a new or growing small business for managing HR in your workplace. We will cover staffing your business, from interviewing to retention to preventing attrition; why you need an employee handbook and what to include; employee relations and how to handle work disputes; how to set up employee files and display required Labor Law posters; best practices for everyday personnel (and self) management; and other topics helpful to your business. Reservations are required. Speaker: Alan Bernstein - HR Office SaversPark 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

What is the Business Worth? Getting the Highest Return on Your Investment, Thursday, August 29, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, August 29, 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 David, Asst. DirectorFee: $ 30.00Link

Business Plan Writing Made Easier, Thursday, August 29, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Thursday, August 29, 2019 11:30 AM to 1:30 PMTopic: Business BasicsYour business needs a roadmap for every stage of its growth, but never more than when you start. We'll remove the mystery of how to create a business plan, the information that should be included, and how to use it as a tool to keep your company on track for long term growth.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.Fee: No CostLink

Mastering Your start-Up, Monday, September 02, 2019

Where: SBDC at Indian River State College, Bldg Y RM: 303, Fort Pierce When: Monday, September 02, 2019 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMJoin us for a 6-week course designed to help you take your idea to market. Build a business plan, learn about your market and competition, understand financials, learn about financing options and much more! Register today. Fee: No CostLink

Jessica Grimm (Red Ventures) | 'Supercharge your Agile Retrospectives'

Tech Talks | West Palm Monday, September 2 at 6:00 PM Palm Beach Tech Talks are monthly happy hours with the sharpest & most witty folks in our tech community! GUEST SPEAKER:Jessica GrimmAgile Coach @ Red... https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks/events/261528945/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks/events/261528945/

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