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eMerge America Tech Event

At the crossroads of the Americas is the world’s premier technology event, eMerge Americas. Connecting Latin America, North America and Europe, the eMerge Americas journey is about people, ideas and innovation. eMerge gathers the brightest minds to discuss the digital revolution and how it’s impact on companies, economies and society is reinventing Innovation in the Americas. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience for business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and government officials who are looking to learn about creative technologies that solve the world’s most pressing business issues, open doors to new markets and form lucrative partnerships. More information at: https://www.gflalliance.org/events/events/23/4410/04/detail/emerge-america-tech-event/2018/#.WrllFIjwaM8

QuickBooks Roundtable for Online Users - Palatka, Monday, April 23, 2018

Where: Palatka Welcome Center, Palatka When: Monday, April 23, 2018 10:00 AM to 11:30 AMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetWhat to Expect: Quickbooks Roundtable for online users. Must bring your own computer and specific questions you would like answers to. We will provide answers and best practices specific to your business. Facilitated by: . Cheryl Lynch, QuickBooks Pro Advisor and consultant with the Florida SBDC in Putnam County . Marge Cirillo, consultant with the Florida SBDC in St. Johns County Cost | Free* * $10 registration fee to be refunded to those who attend at end of class Space is limited to the six seats-so register today! Fee: $ 10.00Link

Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Certification Recruitment Seminar, Monday, April 23, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at FAMU, Morgan Building, Tallahassee When: Monday, April 23, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government Contracting"HUBZone - Creating Jobs Where They are Needed Most" The Historically Underserved Business Zones (HUBZone) Program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. Come learn about the HUBZone eligibility requirements, submission process and best practices!Speaker: Jay ChoiFee: No CostLink

QuickBooks Roundtable for Online Users - St. Johns Co., Monday, April 23, 2018

Where: St Johns County, St Augustine When: Monday, April 23, 2018 2:00 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetPLEASE NOTE LOCATION -- ST. JOHNS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 1 News Place, St. Augustine, FL 32086 What to Expect: Quickbooks Roundtable for online users. Must bring your own computer and specific questions you would like answers to. We will provide answers and best practices specific to your business. Facilitated by: . Cheryl Lynch, QuickBooks Pro Advisor and consultant with the Florida SBDC in Putnam County . Marge Cirillo, consultant with the Florida SBDC in St. Johns County Cost | Free* * $10 registration fee to be refunded to those who attend at end of class Fee: $ 10.00Link

How to Be Certified as a Disadvantaged,Minority,or Woman owned Business, Monday, April 23, 2018

Where: Summit (Main) Library, West Palm Beach When: Monday, April 23, 2018 2:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThe objectives of this seminar are to demonstrate how to register as a provider of goods or services and to discuss options to become a certified supplier within the County,State and Federal levels. Speaker: Carole Hart, PTAC Program ManagerCo-Sponsor: OSBA-Office of Small Business Assistance Fee: No CostLink

AAE Club Workshop: "It Starts With You"

Sandra Shank, MS, is an anointed woman of God, her ministry mission is to motivate, encourage and provoke you to fulfill your God-ordained purpose. Sandra is a graduate of Florida International University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.S., in Urban Education. She firmly believes that education is not an option, it is a privilege that should be taken full advantage of. She is the CEO & Founder of Abundant Life Ministries-Hope House, Inc., a residential group home for teen boys who have been abandoned, abused, orphaned or neglected. A woman of vision and believer in the power of determination.

SWFL MicroEnterprise Program

We offer a six week class that will help you determine if your business idea is feasible and help you develop a solid plan for your start up. Classes are Monday and Thursday nights starting on April 23rd - May 31st

Code for Miami Civic Hack Night

Join for Code for Miami's weekly civic hack sessions @ Cambridge Innovation Center. Anyone interested in civic hacking and engagement is welcome. You can contribute to an existing Code for Miami Project or come share your idea, and maybe start a new collaboration. As always, bring a laptop; beginners are always welcome! We ask that participants at Code for Miami events follow our Code of Conduct to ensure that our group is a safe and welcoming space. Price: free Link: https://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Miami/

Food Industry Basics, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Where: East Tampa Redevelopment Office, Tampa When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMFocused on the food industry? Get the information you need to run a small business food enterprise. This course will cover the basic requirements for starting your own restaurant, catering business, or a mobile food dispensing cart.Speaker: Janette Blanco Fee: No CostLink

360° Marketing: Driving Results In A "Noisy" Economy

REGISTER NOW  It's called "The Times Square Effect." Your prospects are bombarded DAILY with 16,000 branding messages, 4,000 ads and 275+ emails.A 360° Marketing Plan cuts through that "noise" by leveraging a company’s differentiators - it’s story, team and talent. Learn how to develop a strategy around a company’s "why," reverse the sales funnel to shake-out the best "who,” and execute a 5 - 12 point communication plan to maximize the company’s "what."About Our Speaker Sheila Neisler, Owner, Catalyst - A Marketing Company For more than 15 years, Sheila Neisler, owner of Catalyst – A Marketing Company, has helped small and mid-size businesses achieve double-digit sales results. Sheila is a graduate of USF and FSU, with experience and expertise in start-ups and scale-ups in the hospitality, insurance, medical practice, manufacturing, not-for-profit, retail and professional services sectors. Her philosophy: “it’s not about spending more, it’s about spending more effectively."

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

Business Plans: Research & Writing, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:30 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

How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Where: SBDC at the University of North Florida, University Center, Jacksonville When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 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

Building a Better Small Business: Being a Leader, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Where: Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMWhat sets a leader apart from a manager? Is it personality, skill, or experience? An opportunity to discuss what makes a leader, and if done well, the impact it makes in a workplace. Discover that one step you can take to make a difference. Speaker: Jacqueline Ramirez, SBDCCo-Sponsor: Delray Beach CRAFee: No CostLink

Discover the Hidden Templates Behind Award-winning Ads

While creative ideation is a highly complex process, certain patterns tend to emerge. Research suggests that successful advertisements share and are characterized by creativity templates. Evaluation of 200 award-winning ads showed they could be explained by six creativity templates.Once you understand these templates, you’ll never look at ads the same way again, and you can apply these lessons to your own communications.We will be having pizza and drinks at the meetup so be sure to mark yourself as going so we can get enough for everyone. Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2033049593575495/

Gainesville Hackerspace Tuesday Open House

Tuesday nights are open to all. Doors open at 7pm, it's fine to show up later, people will still be around. Feel free to bring a project to work on! Price: Free Link: https://www.meetup.com/gainesville-hackerspace/events/241347950/

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

Market Research: The Key to Growing Your Business, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesUnderstanding your customers and the market for your product/service is important for every business. And market research is the tool that can give you the deeper and broader grasp of your market you want to maximize business success. It can help you evaluate business opportunities and guide key decisions and plans. In this seminar you will learn about the two types of market research, the methodologies you can use and the steps to take to organize and analyze the information for maximum benefit to your business.Speaker: Hal Thayer, Asst Director, Danielle Gal, Marketing SpecialistFee: $ 30.00Link

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

Business Plans 101, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Where: FSBDC at Seminole State College, Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center, Port of Sanford When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMThis seminar provides a simple and realistic approach for the serious entrepreneur who is ready to write that winning business plan. From identifying your target market to financial projections, this workshop will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan, making the writing process easy.Speaker: Moses Ayiku, Consultant - Florida SBDC at Seminole State College Fee: No CostLink

Starting Your Business, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceYou've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures to the types of license you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started. Speaker: Kyle King *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

Tallahassee NPEP Class VI - Second Class Meets

The Nonprofit Executive Program (NPEP) is a 12-hour training for nonprofit Executive Directors, CEOs, CFOs and COOs hosted by FSU’s Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. Via a small group setting, participants are exposed to the “Lean Nonprofit Model” as well as other frameworks for executive decision-making. NPEP takes place over three, 4-hour sessions, and participants are expected to attend all three. 10-12 seats available.

UWF Business Academy: #5-A Banker's Perspective - Question and Answer Session, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Where: Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsDuring this workshop, you will have the opportunity to ask commercial bankers what they consider important when considering a business plan and a loan package. They will provide information about what loan guaranty programs are available for small businesses as well. Cost: $50. Please pre-register as seating is limited. Part of the UWF Business Academy series for new & pre-venture businesses.Speaker: John Gormley, BBVA Compass BankCo-Sponsor: Greater Pensacola Chamber, Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3.Additional parking located behind the building.Fee: $ 50.00Link

Cybersecurity: The Invisible Threat to Your Business, Thursday, April 26, 2018

Where: Lake Sumter State College Clermont Campus, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, April 26, 2018 8:30 AM to 10:00 AMTopic: CybersecurityThe threats to your business from hackers now go far beyond losing personal data and banking information. Complete customer details, intellectual property, contract documents, and other critical data sets are all at risk. The tools to hack your systems are cheap and easily available. We'll help you understand the size and nature of threats today, and discuss steps you can take immediately to make your company a more difficult target.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

Winning the Contract: Marketing & Selling to the Government, Thursday, April 26, 2018

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, April 26, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Government ContractingSuccess in government contracting is still rooted in marketing best practices such as research, target markets, target accounts, differentiation, value proposition, and effective pricing strategies. This session will present best practices in marketing and pricing your business including a marketing framework for you to use in your business and a review of the basic pricing considerations. Jenny is also a Defense Contract Audi Agency (DCAA) expert so she will address pricing from a compliance perspective as well. Speaker: Jenny Clark, President, SolvabilityFee: $ 30.00Link

Small Business Resources Workshop

Learn more about local resources available to help you start and grow your business in Indian River County. Featuring representatives from: IRSC Small Business Development Center; CareerSource Research Coast; Small Business Administration Finance; Treasure Coast SCORE; and FL Virtual Entrepreneur Center. Seating is limited; call the Chamber office for reservations at 772-567-3491.

AXA Advisors: Retirement Plans For Small Business Owners, Thursday, April 26, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at FIU, FIU Downtown on Brickell, Miami When: Thursday, April 26, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessProgram for Business Owners with 10 - 500 employees There are several types of retirement plans to choose from, and each type of plan has advantages and disadvantages. This workshop covers the most popular plans. You should also know that the lay may permit you to have more than one retirement plan, and with sophisticated planning, a combination of plans might best suit your business needs. If you are considering a retirement plan for your business, this Lunch & Learn workshop will be help you determine what works best for you and your business needs. Presented by Florida SBDC at FIU & AXA Advisors in association with Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center Co-Sponsor: AXA AdvisorsFee: No CostLink

How to Certify as a Minority Business with Hillsborough County

This workshop provides an overview of the certification process for Disadvantaged Minority/Disadvantaged Woman Business Enterprise and Small Business Enterprise offered by Hillsborough County. The program benefits businesses in construction, professional consultant services, service contracts, and SBE set-asides. Please Register Here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4426811224013038082

Subcontracting Success for Small Business, Thursday, April 26, 2018

Where: Greenacres Branch Library, Greenacres When: Thursday, April 26, 2018 2:30 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingThis seminar will provide understanding of the basics of subcontracting; the advantages and disadvantages of subcontracting and the opportunities it provides for the small business.Speaker: Carole Hart,PTAC Program ManagerCo-Sponsor: OSBA Office of Small Business Assistance Fee: No CostLink

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

SFBJ 2018 Business of the Year Awards

South Florida Business Journal 2018 Business of the Year Awards. This awards program was created to give recognition to organizations that build the South Florida economy through solid business practice, dedication to our community and financial growth. More information available at: https://www.gflalliance.org/events/events/26/4486/04/detail/sfbj-2018-business-of-the-year-awards/2018/#.WromhIjwaM8

St. Johns County EDC Quarterly Breakfast

St. Johns County Chamber EDC Quarterly Breakfast with a focus on Cyber-security. Price is $40 for Chamber members, $50 for non-members. Register at: https://sjcchamber.com/Visit-Relocate/Community-Calendar/ctl/EventView/id/3494/rsv/true/mid/5562?returnUrl=%2fVisit-Relocate%2fCommunity-Calendar

TheStartupBus

This summer the best and the brightest will come together to compete in the most epic competition the Americas has ever seen – combing the magic of a hackathon and a road trip to create the ultimate adventure on wheels.TheStartupBus will depart from Tampa Florida and go head to head with buses from 9 other cities to see who can create the most innovative business. Once you arrive in New Orleans, you’ll get the chance to make your final pitch to kickass StartupBus alumni and incredible judges that we’ll be bringing in. Link: https://www.startupbus.com/florida

Introduction to Government Contracting, Friday, April 27, 2018

Where: UCF Kissimmee Business Incubator, UCF Kissimmee Business Incubator, Kissimmee When: Friday, April 27, 2018 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingIntroduction to Government Contracting Spring into April 2018 with a fresh sales strategy! If your business has generated little to moderate sales and you would like to explore new revenue sources, government contracting could become your new long-term growth strategy. Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Florida PTAC) at the University of Central Florida (UCF), offers no-cost, confidential, one-on-one consulting to help businesses prepare, research, and bid on government contracts. Florida PTAC's Procurement Specialist, Patricia Simpson and Lonnie Koyama, Lead Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will present an information session to teach business owners the fundamentals of how to market their products or services to government entities. Speaker: Patricia Simpson, MBA Lonnie Koyama, SBA Parents Note: We ask you not to bring children to workshop sessions who can be a distraction to others. Your cooperation can help us serve you more efectively.Fee: No CostLink

Test Event Do not register, Friday, April 27, 2018

Where: Crestview Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce, Crestview When: Friday, April 27, 2018 10:30 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessIs your business model generating profit or has the market shifted and your existing model is no longer working? The session will cover the 9 building blocks of your business model including: Customer Segments, Value Propositions, Channels, Customer Relationships, Revenue Streams, Key Resources, Key Activities, Key Partnerships and Cost Structure. If you registered for the special Boot Camp this workshop is automatically included.Speaker: Sharon TriplettFee: $ 1.00Link

Grow Your Circle: Use Social Media to Reach Customers, Friday, April 27, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Panama City Mall, Suite 2196, Panama City When: Friday, April 27, 2018 11:00 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsDo you know how to post videos to Facebook? How to make sure you're hitting the target with your social media and internet presence? Learn who is using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and more, and how to be a part of their social circle. Please pre-register as space is limited. You may call 850-818-0570 or 850-474-2528 to reserve your seat. Cost: $25 Speaker: Adam McCloskey, Associate Director, Florida SBDC at UWF/Fort Walton BeachCo-Sponsor: iHeartMedia, Inc. and BBVA Compass BankLocated near the center of the mall. Fee: $ 25.00Link

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Pitch in the Park

Pitchers will have 5 minutes to convince you that they have the best idea and then there is another 5 minutes of Q&A. You can also visit each of the 20 pitchers and talk one-on-one with them about their idea. As an attendee, you will be given three votes and a large chunk of the power to decide who is going to win the top prizes. The other 3 judges will have the remaining votes.  Link: http://pitchinthepark.com/

Business Plan Series, Monday, April 30, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL When: Monday, April 30, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis is a six-part series that will take you through all the components of creating a fully developed business plan. At the conclusion of the series you will have completed a draft of your business plan. *Please note this is the first class of a six part series. Speaker: James ChittendenFee: No CostLink

Code for Miami Civic Hack Night

Join for Code for Miami's weekly civic hack sessions @ Cambridge Innovation Center. Anyone interested in civic hacking and engagement is welcome. You can contribute to an existing Code for Miami Project or come share your idea, and maybe start a new collaboration. As always, bring a laptop; beginners are always welcome! We ask that participants at Code for Miami events follow our Code of Conduct to ensure that our group is a safe and welcoming space. Price: free Link: https://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Miami/

Byte Size: Protecting Your Business Against Cyber Attacks, Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at FIU, FIU Downtown on Brickell, Miami When: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 7:30 AM to 10:00 AMTopic: CybersecurityThe theft of digital information has become the norm in today's society. Participants will receive key insights on the cyber threat landscape and learn best practices on how to protect their businesses from cyber attacks. Topics that will be covered: . Discussion of Cyber Threats . Cybersecurity Best Practices . Identifying & Protecting Critical Records . Accessing Cybersecurity Tools & Resources . Cyber InsuranceSpeaker: Florida SBDC at FIUThe Florida SBDC Network is state Designated as Florida's Principal Provider of Business Assistance [§ 288.001, Fla. Stat.] The Florida SBDC at FIU is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America's SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network's lead host institution. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. To request accommodation or language assistance, please contact Briana Williams, briawill@fiu.edu / 305.779.9233Fee: No CostLink

Human Resource Strategies for Today's Small Business, Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL When: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 8:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessTopics will include: . Understanding Recruiting Best Practices and Strategies . Putting Technology to work for you . Developing Average Employees into Great Employees . HR Compliance or HR Compliance and On-Boarding Techniques . Talent Engagement and Retention Fee: No CostLink

Broward County SBEP Spring 2018 - Training Day 8

These programs were designed with for-profit and non-profit businesses in mind and created to be a world-class learning experience that accommodates the busy schedule of small business owners. It is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, and presidents of small businesses. Through learning the Lean Business Model, graduates emerge as stronger leaders, ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into strategic advantage. Closed event - only for admitted participants.

How to Start A Business, Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 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

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

Gainesville Hackerspace Tuesday Open House

Tuesday nights are open to all. Doors open at 7pm, it's fine to show up later, people will still be around. Feel free to bring a project to work on! Price: Free Link: https://www.meetup.com/gainesville-hackerspace/events/241347950/

5th Annual Entrepreneurship & Small Business Conference, Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Where: SBDC at Indian River State College, Fort Pierce When: Tuesday, May 01, 2018 7:30 PM to 4:00 PMOpening Speaker: Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist & Director of Research Florida Chamber Foundation Lunch Keynote Speaker: Knight Kiplinger, Kiplinger Publications Emerging Breakout sessions: Increase your profits Manager Cyber Security Marketing/Public Relations Government Contracting HR Trends and Emotional Intelligence Register today!Fee: No CostLink

Broward County NPEP Spring 2018 - Training Day 8

The Nonprofit Executive Program (NPEP) is a world-class learning experience that accommodates the busy schedule of nonprofit organization executives. It is ideal for CEOs, presidents and executive directors. Through learning the Lean Organizations Model, graduates of the program emerge as stronger leaders, who are ready to capitalize on opportunities and turn challenges into strategic advantages.

Ocala | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Where: SBDC at UNF - Ocala, Ocala When: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 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

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

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

Advanced Digital Marketing, Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL When: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesGo beyond the marketing basics. This class will build on marketing fundamentals to help you clarify your business' target markets and competition, develop marketing strategies, and learn techniques to enhance your business by attracting more customers and keeping them coming back.Speaker: Amanda Kelly Fee: No CostLink

GSA and e-Library Overview, Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Fort Walton Beach, Coastal Bank & Trust Building, Fort Walton Beach When: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 11:00 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThis workshop will give you an overview of GSA, What GSA does and all about our GSA solutions. Attendees will look at the GSA e-Library (the GSA google search engine) and will go "Live" to review/explain how the system works, how to locate the GSA schedule programs and other GSA solutions. Learn how to locate your competitors via the directory (their contracts, pricing, hourly rates, pricing of items on GSA Advantage, etc), and how to run reports via Schedules Sales Query to see what your competitors are or are not doing. Q&A session provided after presentation. Pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.Speaker: Todd D. Cook, Customer Service Director, GSA Federal Acquisition Service, Region 4 CASECo-Sponsor: John DiGiacomo, Government Contracting SpecialistFee: No CostLink

Start-up Basics - Simple Steps for Starting your Business, Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Where: St. Lucie Chamber, Fort Pierce When: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMThis introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources. Attend this comprehensive workshop series to help you test your new business idea and get started on the right path. Join us for five three-hour sessions that help you understand the basics of: . The concepts involved with assessing a business idea . Marketing your product or service . Understanding business financials and how they work . How to fund and finance your business.Fee: No CostLink

Starting a Business, Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Where: Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office, Milton, Florida When: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 12:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsYou have an idea for a business. What's the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no cost to you) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Pre-registration recommended. Please arrive early to park and receive your packet. Speaker: Glenn McDuffy, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office, Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 plus BBVA Compass BankLocated directly behind the McDonalds in MiltonFee: $ 50.00Link

Social Media Strategies - The Basics, Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:30 PMWant 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 DaddFee: $ 25.00Link

Fireside Chat with John Adams, President of Adams Cameron & Co., Realtors

Startup Grind Ormond Beach is a new evening entrepreneurship education and networking event. Come meet Volusia County's innovators, influencers and professionals and hear a local success story featuring John Adams, President of Adams, Cameron & Co. John has lead his firm to become the undisputed real estate leader in the area. The event is free but does require advance registration as only 75 seats will be available. Sorry, no walk-ups at the door so reserve your seat as soon as possible. Tantalizing appetizers crafted by La's Bistro will be provided and a cash-bar will be available. For more information and to reserve seat visit: http://bit.ly/StartupGrindMay2

International Marketing and Market Research, Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 5:30 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: International Trade5:30-7:00pm: International Marketing: In this seminar, learn how to develop a Product-Market Profile and an Export Marketing Plan. Mike will discuss what is and is not international marketing, marketing mix decisions and elements of an effective marketing plan. Presented by Mike Poliquin, MBA, Adjunct Faculty at St. Pete College and Owner, E4 Tactical Development, LLC. Mike has been teaching marketing courses for more than 20 years. His vast knowledge encompasses sales, management, hospitality, tourism and international marketing, and he enjoys sharing his business experiences. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-poliquin-1b36906/ 7:00-8:30pm: Market Research: In this seminar, learn about the Harmonized System for product classification, trade flow data, and sources of information for finding markets with the greatest potential for sales. Selma will share the indicator spreadsheet she uses to analyze and rank data gathered from the market research. Presented by Selma Canas, CGBP, Florida SBDC at USF. As one of the international trade specialists at the Florida SBDC Network, Selma is responsible for consulting, training and developing export marketing plans for small and medium sized enterprises. Selma has developed over 22 plans during the past four years and has participated in trade missions to Brazil, Chile, Canada, and the Dominican Republic. https://sbdctampabay.com/selma-canas/*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

Dinner at the Square: A Free Market for Education (Broward College)

Charter schools vs. public schools vs. private schools. It’s a constant discussion of who does it better and more cost effectively. With vouchers expanding, charter schools on the rise and free education online (Khan academy), does our education need to revamp itself? We’re taking a dive into the economics of education. What is the impact of the privatization on the public education system and what effects does it have on the different types of population it’s serving. More information available at: https://www.gflalliance.org/events/events/02/4489/05/detail/dinner-at-the-square-a-free-market-for-education-broward-college/2018/#.WronpIjwaM9

Palm Beach County SBEP Spring 2018 - Training Day 8

This program was designed with for-profit and non-profit businesses in mind and created to be a world-class learning experience that accommodates the busy schedule of small business owners. It is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, and presidents of small businesses. Through learning the Lean Business Model, graduates emerge as stronger leaders, ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into strategic advantage.

Getting Paid: Effective Collection Tactics for Growth Stage Companies , Thursday, May 03, 2018

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Thursday, May 03, 2018 8:30 AM to 10:00 AMTopic: Cash Flow ManagementYou made the sale. You delivered the goods. But the payment is four months overdue! Getting paid is essential to your business' survival, but few small businesses handle collections well. Learn how to collect more of the money owed you and deal with difficult situations, while keeping your valued clients intact.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.Fee: No CostLink

Success is No Accident: Strategic Planning for Small Business, Thursday, May 03, 2018

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, May 03, 2018 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. A strong, effective strategic plan is the culmination of a series of building blocks including a financial plan, a marketing plan, and a business plan. While most planning courses tackle 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. At the end of this seminar, you will have the basis upon which to build a strategic plan that enables you to design your company's future and supports its sustainable growth and success.Speaker: Steve SouthFee: $ 30.00Link

Smart Start Your Business, Thursday, May 03, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL When: Thursday, May 03, 2018 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceYou've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures, to the types of licenses you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that help you get started.Speaker: Danielle MoredaFee: No CostLink

CEO & Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: How to Lead with Grit and Grace

REGISTER NOWThis event was rescheduled from April 11th. Hosted by: USF Student Innovation IncubatorCost: $10 paid at the door (lunch included)FREE for Tampa Bay Technology and Student Innovation Incubator companiesAbout Our SpeakerPhillipa Greenberg is CEO and Co-Founder of Next Machine, a supercomputing firm which brings Supercomputing and machine learning to the forefront. An early pioneer in commercializing computation, Phillipa co-founded a supercomputing app which provides a 'Single Source of Truth' for distributed computation.Phillipa Greenberg obtained her B.S. degree in Biology and double minor in chemistry and psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University with High Honors.Right out of college she was Chief flavor chemist for a private laboratory and transitioned to clinical research in 2013. She joined an Alzheimer's clinical research firm as Quality Assurance Director, overseeing the Regulatory/Biometrics & safety division for three years prior to making the transition to big pharma as a leader in Portfolio Bio-Asset Analytics.FIERCELY committed to sharing transformational systems and methodology and inspirational stories to audiences around the world, she is a huge advocate for women in science & tech. 

Made in Brevard Expo

Space Coast EDC 5th Annual Made in Brevard Expo. Celebrate and experience Space Coast Products and Technology at Brevard's Premiere Manufacturing Expo. Connect with 400+ attendees! Venue is the Radisson Resort at the Port, 8701 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral, FL 32920. More information available at: https://secure.spacecoastedc.org/np/clients/spacecoastedc/event.jsp;jsessionid=E3D12C5B2FCF10E1E9D1FB5FB61E2B56-n1?event=188

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

2018 Distinguished Entrepreneur, Thursday, May 03, 2018

Where: Bonita Bay Club, Bonita Springs, FL When: Thursday, May 03, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMJoin us as we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit. The 2018 Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards Dinner will be hosted at Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, FL. We will announce the Distinguished Entrepreneur, Distinguished Innovator, and Business Advocate of the Year. This is a must-attend business event with networking, fine dining, and a celebration of small business in SW Florida.Co-Sponsor: Hallmark Sponsor: Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & CompanyPayment must be made in advance; seating is limited - register early.Fee: $ 75.00Link

31st Annual Government Small Business Conference, Friday, May 04, 2018

Where: Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore, Tampa, FL When: Friday, May 04, 2018 8:00 AM to 5:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThe 31st Annual Government Small Business Conference, titled Strategy & Acquisition: Success in Federal Contracting is a unique conference for small business owners to learn how to optimize business opportunities through informative workshops, panel discussions, and a Business Opportunity Expo featuring federal agencies. In addition to workshops and panel discussions, the afternoon will feature a Small Business Awards luncheon, with a prominent keynote speaker, to be announced. The road to securing federal government contracts can be a tough one. This conference will assist small business owners in creating a game plan to increase their contracting opportunities via education and networking. PHOTOGRAPHY NOTICE Please be aware that by participating in this Florida SBDC (FSBDC) Network event, you are authorizing the FSBDC and its employees and agents to use your name, photograph, voice, or other likeness for purposes related to the SBDC mission, including, but not limited to, publicity, marketing, Web sites, other electronic forms of media, and FSBDC promotions of specialized programs. Speaker: Several SpeakersEarly Registration is $149.00 per person for the one-day event until April 13, 2018 Registration will increase to $225.00 per person for the one-day eventFee: $ 149.00Link

Gainesville | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Friday, May 04, 2018

Where: SBDC at UNF - Gainesville, Gainesville When: Friday, May 04, 2018 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

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Understanding Business Cash Flow, Monday, May 07, 2018

Where: Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Brandon When: Monday, May 07, 2018 8:00 AM to 10:00 AMTopic: Cash Flow ManagementEver wished you had a crystal ball to help predict your business outcomes? Well, you do! And, it's probably sitting on a shelf collecting dust. Get rid of the excuses that keep you from looking at the numbers. We'll teach you how to comprehend your business' financial statements so you can focus on the big picture. After this course, you'll be able to use the numbers to evaluate the condition of your business and effectively manage its financial performance by learning how to: . Read, review and understand your statements in as little as one hour per month . Use your statements to recognize negative trends before it's too late . Speak the same language as your banker and CPA . Perform vertical & horizontal comparative analyses . Ask financially intelligent questions Speaker: Maravlene King Fee: No CostLink

Code for Miami Civic Hack Night

Join for Code for Miami's weekly civic hack sessions @ Cambridge Innovation Center. Anyone interested in civic hacking and engagement is welcome. You can contribute to an existing Code for Miami Project or come share your idea, and maybe start a new collaboration. As always, bring a laptop; beginners are always welcome! We ask that participants at Code for Miami events follow our Code of Conduct to ensure that our group is a safe and welcoming space. Price: free Link: https://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Miami/

Broward County NPEP Spring 2018 - Training Day 9

The Nonprofit Executive Program (NPEP) is a world-class learning experience that accommodates the busy schedule of nonprofit organization executives. It is ideal for CEOs, presidents and executive directors. Through learning the Lean Organizations Model, graduates of the program emerge as stronger leaders, who are ready to capitalize on opportunities and turn challenges into strategic advantages.

Broward County SBEP Spring 2018 - Training Day 9

These programs were designed with for-profit and non-profit businesses in mind and created to be a world-class learning experience that accommodates the busy schedule of small business owners. It is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, and presidents of small businesses. Through learning the Lean Business Model, graduates emerge as stronger leaders, ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into strategic advantage. Closed event - only for admitted participants.

Business Start Up Info Session, Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 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. The program is NO Cost. Reservations are required. Call the FSBDC at 433-5570 or 433-5514 or register online: http://floridasbdc.org/get-training/ Speaker: Larry SmithFee: No CostLink

Record Keeping in Small Business, Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Pensacola, Building 8, Pensacola When: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsDuring this 4-part workshop series, attendees will learn how to keep records, develop financial statements, asset depreciation schedules, understand tax records and plan for business continuity. Attendance fee for all four sessions (Tuesdays/Thursdays, May 8, 10, 15 & 17) is $100 for the public and no charge for students and employees of the University of West Florida with a Nautilus card. Please pre-register as seating is limited.Speaker: Dan Cavanaugh, Associate Director, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 & BBVA Compass BankCorner of University Parkway and Hillview DriveFee: $ 100.00Link

Accounting and Tax Prodedures, Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 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

Broward County SBEP & NPEP Spring 2018 - Closing Reception

These programs were designed with for-profit and non-profit businesses in mind and created to be a world-class learning experience that accommodates the busy schedule of small business owners. It is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, and presidents of small businesses. Through learning the Lean Business Model, graduates emerge as stronger leaders, ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into strategic advantage. Closed event - only for admitted participants.

Business Startup Series, Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 5:30 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceAfter working with thousands of business owners each year, we've put together six courses that make up the critical business foundation all entrepreneurs need to know before starting a business. The series will take you through determining feasibility and legal structures; developing financial projections; obtaining a loan; accounting and bookkeeping processes; and attracting customers. Don't be intimidated, go ahead and take the first step. Learn from the experts. Week 1 . Starting Your Business- Tues., May 8 from 5:30-8:00 PM You've got the idea. Now, learn the essentials you need to get started. Course covers taxes, licenses and entity selection for forming partnerships, LLCs and corporations. . Marketing Your Business- Thurs., May 10 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 . Bookkeeping Basics- Tues., May 15 from 5:30-8:30 PM Learn how to properly classify and record basic business transactions. . Building Your Business Plan with LivePlan- Thurs., May 17 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 . Basic Business Taxes- Tues., May 22 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 . Financing Your Business- Thurs., May 24 from 5:30-8:00 PM In this course, an experienced SBA business loan specialist will teach you how to ask for a loan, get prepared for the bank and find money in a tight-fisted economy. Included: 6 classes over 3 week period, 17 hours of instruction, handouts and software. Plus: By taking the course as a series you're getting the Financing Your Business Seminar for free. Speaker: Several Consultants*Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only Fee: $ 199.00Link

Starting Your Business, Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 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 *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

Building a Smarter Small Business Series: Launching a Small Business, Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Where: Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach When: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 5:30 PM to 6:30 PMTopic: Business BasicsLearn the steps necessary to put your business on the right course, including ideas from companies that have successfully taken this path, and resources that can be of help.Speaker: Jacqueline Ramirez, SBDC ConsultantCo-Sponsor: Delray Beach CRAFee: No CostLink

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

How to STARTUP Your Own Business - Clay County, Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Where: Clay County Chamber of Commerce, Fleming Island When: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:30 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: $ 10.00Link

The CEO Forum -Tampa Bay

REGISTER NOWUSF Connect and GrowFL cordially invite you to the CEO Forum, a program series that brings together leaders of established growth-stage businesses setting to meet and learn from CEO peers who have grown their companies into more advanced stages of development. The CEO Forum provides new perspectives on management techniques through the eyes of established business owners. C-level executives discuss the issues and challenges that confront growing companies. This program is provided on a quarterly basis in the Tampa Bay, Central Florida and South Florida regions.  Guest speaker Tony DiBenedetto, Tech Executive & Entrepreneur will discuss leading Tampa-based Tribridge from a startup in 1998 to a $175 million software, services and cloud business before being acquired in July 2017 by DXC, the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company. He will share his journey on growing Tribridge and its spin-off company, Concerto Cloud Services, through outside capital as well as strategic investments in developing culture, talent and innovation.About Our Speaker  Tony DiBenedetto, Tech Executive & EntrepreneurTony DiBenedetto has 30 years of experience in the technology industry, with a focus on executive management, business innovation and high-impact growth. Tony is the former CEO of Tribridge, a technology company specializing in software, services and cloud solutions, where he led the strategic direction, development and vision for 19 years. He also served as CEO of Concerto Cloud Services, a fully managed cloud services provider owned by Tribridge. In July 2017, Tony led the acquisition of Tribridge and Concerto by DXC Technology Company, (NYSE: DXC), the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company.Tony co-founded Tribridge in 1998 and led the company through the successful acquisition and integration of several companies, resulting in a compounded annual growth rate of over 40 percent each year. Under his guidance, Tribridge grew from a start-up to a $175 million technology company with 750 team members across the U.S. and EMEA. He led the development of Concerto Cloud Services and its virtual private cloud in 2011, growing that spin-off business to $32 million in six years.The recipient of numerous leadership awards, including the Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in Technology and induction into the Florida State University College of Business Hall of Fame, he was most recently recognized with the Community Dedication and Leadership Award by Tampa Bay Tech and named among the Top 25 Technology Disrupters in the country by CRN magazine.

Gainesville Hackerspace Tuesday Open House

Tuesday nights are open to all. Doors open at 7pm, it's fine to show up later, people will still be around. Feel free to bring a project to work on! Price: Free Link: https://www.meetup.com/gainesville-hackerspace/events/241347950/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

How To Do Business With Santa Rosa County Purchasing, Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Where: Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office, Milton, Florida When: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:30 AMTopic: Government ContractingThe presenter will discuss how to do business with Santa Rosa County Purchasing. No fee. Pre-registration is recommended.Speaker: James Walters, Santa Rosa County Procurement OfficerCo-Sponsor: Laura Subel, Procurement Specialist; Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 plus BBVA Compass BankLocated directly behind the McDonald's on Hwy 90 in Milton.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

Start-Up Basics -, Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Where: St. Lucie Chamber, Fort Pierce When: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMThis introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources. Attend this comprehensive workshop series to help you test your new business idea and get started on the right path. Join us for five three-hour sessions that help you understand the basics of: . The concepts involved with assessing a business idea . Marketing your product or service . Understanding business financials and how they work . How to fund and finance your business.Fee: No CostLink

Business Startup 101, Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Where: SBDC at Seminole State College - Seminole County Public Library, Jean Rhein Central Branch, Casselberry When: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceLearn how to properly start your business to ensure success. Understand how all the critical pieces of the puzzle fit together. We discuss the various legal forms of ownership, licensing and tax requirements, capital and labor, rent versus purchase, and various other business start-up issues.Speaker: Moses Ayiku, Consultant - Florida SBDC at Seminole State College Co-Sponsor: Seminole County Public LibraryFee: No CostLink

Start-up Basics - Simple Steps for Starting your Business - Module 1

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources.

Start-up Basics - Simple Steps for Starting your Business, Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Where: Blake Library, Stuart When: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 10:00 AM to 1:00 PMThis introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources. Attend this comprehensive workshop series to help you test your new business idea and get started on the right path. Join us for five three-hour sessions that help you understand the basics of: . The concepts involved with assessing a business idea . Marketing your product or service . Understanding business financials and how they work . How to fund and finance your business.Fee: No CostLink

Pricing Your Product, Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Where: SouthShore Chamber of Commerce, Apollo Beach When: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMKnowing what to charge for you product is an important aspect of going into business. We will discuss costs, pricing strategies and market research in order to determine an answer.Speaker: Charles Young Fee: No CostLink

How to Start Your Own Business and Business Plan, Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Where: SBDC at UCF - Kissimmee, Kissimmee/Osceola County COC, Kissimmee When: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 5:00 PM to 8:00 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

GovLEADer Series: Miami 2018, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center Ballrooms When: Thursday, May 10, 2018 8:00 AM to 4:00 PMAre you ready to grow your business through government contracting? ? Learn what it takes to become a successful government contractor from industry professionals, local resource partners, and state/local/federal government officials ? Meet with other successful small businesses, large prime contractors and government resources ? Interact with the decision makers at our LEAD Connections Matchmaking ? Receive the advice on next steps during our LEAD Mentoring Round Tables ? Participate in our plenary sessions and absorb a plethora of useful knowledge designed to help your company grow through government contractingCo-Sponsor: Florida SBDC at FIU in association with Pino Global Entrepreneurship CenterFee: $ 95.00Link

Cash Flow: Finding Cash in Your Business, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where: Lake Sumter State College Clermont Campus, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, May 10, 2018 8:30 AM to 10:00 AMTopic: Cash Flow ManagementA simple goal is to have more cash coming into the company than paid out each month. It's one way we define business success. But if you're regularly short of cash, it may be time to review your cash management tactics. We'll help you sharpen your cash management skills and find more free cash from current operations. What could you achieve if your company had more cash each month?If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

Women/Minority & Veteran Certification, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, May 10, 2018 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*Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

Subcontracting & Teaming, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, May 10, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingFor many small businesses, entry into government contracting will or should begin as a subcontractor. This seminar will provide the small business owner with an understanding of the overall subcontracting process, including the format for a Subcontract and Teaming agreement, how to protect your company during the relationship and the overall benefits of subcontracting. This seminar will also provide the suggested rules of engagement and the contractual relationship between prime contractor, subcontractor and the government, for small businesses in the Tampa Bay region. Speaker: Karen Krymski *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 20.00Link

Starting A Business, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Fort Walton Beach Campus, Library, Room 836, Fort Walton Beach When: Thursday, May 10, 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsYou have an idea for a business. What's the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no-cost) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please pre-register as seating is limited.Speaker: Ayesha Haider, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Community Broadcasters, LLC (103.1 The Blaze, Hwy 98.1 Country, 102.1 The Wave, & Q92) and BBVA Compass BankFee: $ 50.00Link

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Marketing Your Business, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, May 10, 2018 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 *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 25.00Link

How to Write a Business Plan - Clay County, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where: Clay County Chamber of Commerce, Fleming Island When: Thursday, May 10, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessNo matter what the purpose - to assess the feasibility of starting a business, to present to a bank for financing, or to serve as a roadmap for the future - a business plan is a critical tool for successful small businesses. Get an overview of the format and content of a business plan and the key components of a plan and resources to help get them started. Fee: $ 10.00Link

Business for the Arts of 2018 Cultural Tour

Hosted by Business for the Arts of Broward, the Cultural Tour takes a select group of Broward’s business executives on a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of some of Broward’s best cultural treasures. The Cultural Tour strengthens the connection between the business and culture community in Broward County by educating the business community on the importance of the arts and its economic impact to Broward County. More information available at: https://www.gflalliance.org/events/events/11/4448/05/detail/business-for-the-arts-of-2018-cultural-tour-may-11-2018/2018/#.WrookojwaM9

Understanding Personal & Business Credit, Friday, May 11, 2018

Where: HCC at The Regent, Riverview When: Friday, May 11, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Access to CapitalCredit plays an important role in our society. It is often misunderstood and misused, which can have a negative impact on our lives for many years. This interactive workshop will provide students a basic understanding of credit reports. Participants will learn about the importance of credit, budgeting and a resource listing and tips to local professionals and specialists that can help them achieve their goals.Speaker: Artricia James HeardFee: No CostLink

SFBJ 2018 Influential Business Women Awards

South Florida Business Journal 2018 Influential Women in Business. Join us as our honorees share their 15 second "Pearls of Wisdom" and accept their awards for their leadership and contributions to the South Florida community. More information available at: https://www.gflalliance.org/events/events/11/4487/05/detail/sfbj-0-2018-influential-business-women-awards/2018/#.WroqCIjwaM9

Grow Your Business with Google, Friday, May 11, 2018

Where: Clermont City Center, Conference Room B, Clermont When: Friday, May 11, 2018 11:30 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesJoin us to learn how to leverage Google as an important part of your online marketing strategy including ensuring that your business shows up in searches and on maps. We all know how important it is for your business to be recognized in Google. This workshop covers: - How to claim, verify and update your free Google Business listing. - How to increase your chances of getting higher ranking in Google's organic (free) search listings. - How to target people who are truly interested in your business with Google AdWords Express. - How to help ensure your business shows up on Google maps. Led by Pamela Starr, one of Google's professional national trainers. There is a registration fee of $15 for this workshop and you can bring a guest for free. Lunch is included. Please arrive by 12:15 to sign in and select your lunch since the presentation will begin at 12:30 sharp. ---- Register here (copy and paste the following): http://conta.cc/2ETFduo ----Speaker: Google Expert, Pamela StarrCo-Sponsor: Mid-Florida SCOREIf this class is full, please contact Cesar Gomez to be placed on a wait list. Email: Cesar.Gomez@ucf.edu Phone: 352.404.7338Fee: $ 15.00Link

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Code for Miami Civic Hack Night

Join for Code for Miami's weekly civic hack sessions @ Cambridge Innovation Center. Anyone interested in civic hacking and engagement is welcome. You can contribute to an existing Code for Miami Project or come share your idea, and maybe start a new collaboration. As always, bring a laptop; beginners are always welcome! We ask that participants at Code for Miami events follow our Code of Conduct to ensure that our group is a safe and welcoming space. Price: free Link: https://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Miami/

SBA Lenders Roundtable, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetVince 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. The program is NO Cost. Reservations are required. Call the FSBDC at 433-5570 or 433-5514 or register online: http://floridasbdc.org/get-training/ Speaker: Vince LoPrestiFee: No CostLink

SBA Loans & Services, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 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: $ 20.00Link

Understanding Your Credit Report

REGISTER NOWThis seminar will cover what information is in a credit report, what it is used for, and how it can affect you financially. Learn who the 3 major credit reporting agencies are and what they do with your information. Recognize which factors usually increase your credit risk in the eyes of the reporting agencies. Learn to read a credit report, find and correct errors on your report, and improve your credit score. Find where you can get help and better control your credit today!About Our SpeakersLisa KeeneyVP Financial Wellness, Regions BankLisa Keeney has been serving the Tampa Bay area for the past 5 years by bringing advice and guidance to the community. She supports individuals and businesses on their financial journey with a variety of relevant financial topics. Lisa has a passion for investing in her community and changing the lives of those that she meets. 

Bookkeeping Basics, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 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 *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 45.00Link

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

Gainesville Hackerspace Tuesday Open House

Tuesday nights are open to all. Doors open at 7pm, it's fine to show up later, people will still be around. Feel free to bring a project to work on! Price: Free Link: https://www.meetup.com/gainesville-hackerspace/events/241347950/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

Business Plans 101, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Where: SBDC at Seminole State College - Seminole County Public Library, Jean Rhein Central Branch, Casselberry When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis seminar provides a simple and realistic approach for the serious entrepreneur who is ready to write that winning business plan. From identifying your target market to financial projections, this workshop will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan, making the writing process easy. Speaker: Moses Ayiku, Consultant - Florida SBDC at Seminole State College Co-Sponsor: Seminole County Public LibraryFee: No CostLink

Marketing to the Federal Government, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Panama City Mall, Suite 2196, Panama City When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 11:00 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingKnowing how to market to the federal government is important because it's not "selling", it's knowing your target market, finding the right opportunities and getting the right connections to show your business capabilities. If you are a business that is entering the federal market or a mature business that is not satisfied with where you are in winning government contracts, you need to attend this workshop. Pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.Speaker: John DiGiacomo, Procurement Specialist, Florida PTAC at UWFCo-Sponsor: iHeart Media Panama City and BBVA Compass BankLocated near the center of the mall.Fee: $ 20.00Link

Tallahassee SBEP Class VIII - Third Class Meets

The SBEP is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners and presidents of small businesses. Through learning the business canvas model, graduates emerge as stronger leaders, who are ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into strategic advantage. Twenty-five, non-competing, applicants are accepted into the program. Closed event - only for admitted participants.

Understanding Cultural Differences, International Travel Safety and Legal Considerations, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 5:30 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: International Trade5:30-6:30pm: Understanding Cultural Differences presented by Eileen Rodriguez, MBA, CGBP, Regional Director, Florida SBDC at USF. In this session, learn how understanding different cultures prepares exporters to do business and adapt in other countries. A fun and interactive class discussion on the cultural iceberg, individual vs. collective society, the power distance, non-verbal communication and negotiating across cultures. Rodriguez started out as the International Trade Specialist at the Florida SBDC at USF more than 20 years ago and has since traveled to approximately 35 countries including: Iceland, Turkey, Russia, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, and Finland, as well as almost every country in Latin America and the Caribbean. She will share personal experiences from different parts of the world during this engaging session. https://sbdctampabay.com/eileen-rodriguez/ 6:30-7pm: International Travel Safety presented by Adam Barlow, Founder and CEO, Axiom Solutions Network. In this session, learn about the myths and realities of traveling abroad and what security considerations need to be taken as a business owner traveling to other countries. Gain insight into the key elements of security awareness, common forms of attacks, and how to plan and prepare for travel. Barlow's 30+ years' experience encompasses the national intelligence community, military special operations, federal law enforcement investigations, and crisis negotiations. He has been directly engaged with planning, implementing and utilizing Personnel Recovery Plans. https://www.axiomsolutionsnetwork.com/ 7-8:30pm: Legal Issues and Documentation in International Sale Transactions presented by Olga Pina, Partner, Shutts & Bowen, LLP. In this session, learn about legal issues that often present themselves with export transactions and different types of legal protection needed. Pina will review the various types of contracts for indirect and direct exporting, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and contract terms to consider. Pina practices in the areas of corporate, securities, international business transactions and export compliance, including compliance with U.S. Treasury (OFAC) regulations related to embargoed countries and customs seizures. She has extensive experience in corporate transactions, including cross-border joint ventures and securities issues in Latin America, and serves as a member of the firm's Cuba Task Force. https://shutts.com/lawyer/olga-m-pina/ Speaker: Eileen Rodriguez, MBA, CGBP, Regional Director, Florida SBDC at USF, Adam Barlow, Founder and CEO, Axiom Solutions Network, Olga Pina, Partner, Shutts & Bowen, LLP*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

Financial Management: The Power Behind the Numbers, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetIt's difficult to make smart decisions about your business without intelligent, timely feedback on how you're performing and what is happening internally. Our expert will demonstrate the value of setting up accounting systems that fit, give you exactly the information needed, and help you utilize this feedback to be the intelligent leader your company needs.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.Fee: No CostLink

Palm Beach County SBEP Spring 2018 - Training Day 9

This program was designed with for-profit and non-profit businesses in mind and created to be a world-class learning experience that accommodates the busy schedule of small business owners. It is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, and presidents of small businesses. Through learning the Lean Business Model, graduates emerge as stronger leaders, ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into strategic advantage.

Cash Flow Management: Tapping into a Hidden Resource, Thursday, May 17, 2018

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 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

Cybersecurity: Protect Your Business - Ocala, Thursday, May 17, 2018

Where: SBDC at UNF - Ocala, Ocala When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMTopic: CybersecuritySecuring client data is a significant business risk that affects all firms. This "how-to" session will describe practical, economical and effective safeguards firms can employ to protect their business from cyberattacks. We will explore why keeping client information safe and confidential is essential; learn cybersecurity risks and ways to employ defensive strategies and safeguards. The cost of this class is being underwritten by the Florida SBDC Network through a contract with the Florida Center for CybersecuritySpeaker: Presented by Luisa Russoman, Director of Client Services for Boxmeta; a company established in 2001 by engineers in networking design and implementation for enterprise financial services.Fee: No CostLink

Palm Beach County SBEP Spring 2018 - Closing Reception

This program was designed with for-profit and non-profit businesses in mind and created to be a world-class learning experience that accommodates the busy schedule of small business owners. It is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, and presidents of small businesses. Through learning the Lean Business Model, graduates emerge as stronger leaders, ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into strategic advantage.

Nonprofit Startup 101, Thursday, May 17, 2018

Where: Beaver Street Enterprise Center, Jacksonville When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThe process of transforming your idea into an operating organization can be complicated. This workshop will provide the information you need to start a nonprofit organization in Northeast Florida - begin with an understanding of why you may or may not want to start a nonprofit organization and what opportunities may be available to you.Fee: $ 20.00Link

Starting Your Business, Thursday, May 17, 2018

Where: South Florida State College, Bldg H-110, Avon Park When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:00 PM to 4:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceYou've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. Starting Your Business is a class that teaches just that. From how to determine feasibility and legal structure to the type of license you will need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started.Speaker: Michael NoelTo register call 863-784-7405; refer to CRN 30320Fee: No CostLink

Food Industry Basics, Thursday, May 17, 2018

Where: Bruton Memorial Library, Plant City When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMFocused on the food industry? Get the information you need to run a small business food enterprise. This course will cover the basic requirements for starting your own restaurant, catering business, or a mobile food dispensing cart.Speaker: Andrew WareFee: No CostLink

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Building Your Business Plan With LivePlan, Thursday, May 17, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 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 *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 99.00Link

Marketing Basics: Find and Connect With Customers, Thursday, May 17, 2018

Where: Lake Sumter State College Clermont Campus, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesDo you really know who your customers are? What is important to them? Learn how to find customers, communicate the value of your business, and cultivate long term relationships with people in your target market.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

Florida Early Stage Capital Conference (Tampa)

Conference Schedule Registration Presenter Application Company Selection Criteria Prize Eligibility Information 2018 Sponsorship Information Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition Collegiate Business Plan Competition Sponsorship Levels Hotel Information Investor Firms In Attendance Compliance Waiver 2018 Florida Early Stage Conference 2018 FLORIDA EARLY STAGE CAPITAL CONFERENCE Join the Florida Venture Forum for the 11th Annual Florida Early Stage Capital Conference and the 8th Annual Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition on May 18, 2018. The Forum will be hosting at the The Westshore Grand in Tampa, Florida. Listen to pitches from some of the most dynamic Florida based early stage companies and network with investors. The 11th Annual Florida Early Stage Capital Conference is one of the largest gatherings of angel and early stage investors in the Southeast, and features panel discussions, speakers, and presentations by some of Florida’s fastest growing private companies. Also, hear from students representing the top universities throughout the state as they compete to win the 2018 Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition. The Florida Early Stage Capital Conference highlights early stage investment opportunities throughout the State of Florida. Past Presenters have attracted more than $76.5 Million in funding! In addition to the opportunity to present before an audience of active equity investors, presenting companies meeting designated criteria will compete for the Accelerating Innovation (AI) Award, offered by Space Florida. The AI Award offers cash prizes totaling $50,000 (Two $25,000 prizes for each winner totaling $50,000) to eligible Florida companies and out-of-state companies seeking to relocate or establish a presence in Florida. Presenter applications will be reviewed and companies chosen by a selection committee made up of active angel and early stage equity investors. To view the Prize Eligibility Criteria, click here. THE FINAL PRESENTER APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 18, 2018. Early submissions are welcomed and encouraged.   THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO REACH THE NEXT LEVEL OF EXPANSION! Network and Pitch to Potential Investors Learn From Experienced Service Providers Connect With Other Successful Entrepreneurs Showcase Your Company Opportunity to Win Prize Money

QuickBooks-Desktop Version, Friday, May 18, 2018

Where: SBDC at Seminole State College, Center for Economic Development at Heathrow, Heathrow When: Friday, May 18, 2018 9:00 AM to 4:00 PMThis one day QuickBooks seminar is packed full of information from set-up to reports! You will learn basic accounting concepts, how to keep your check book balanced, how to track who owes you money and who you owe among other topics. Great for beginners to intermediate users! We will cover: . Basic Understanding of Accounting . Setting Up Your Company File . Keeping Track of Who Owes You Money . Keeping the Check Register Balanced . Knowing Who You Owe . Job Costing . Using Reports for Better Business Decisions Laptop not necessary for class, but welcomed if you have QuickBooks. Workbook provided.Speaker: Rhonda H Smith, Your QuickBooks CoachRegistration fees are non-refundable. No cash accepted. No payment accepted day of event. Thank you. Free parking. Lunch will be provided.Fee: $ 199.00Link

Business Plan In A Day, Friday, May 18, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL When: Friday, May 18, 2018 10:30 AM to 3:00 PMBusiness planning is the foundation to starting a new venture, raising funds or growing your business. Receive all the tools necessary to complete a practical business plan. Our expert advice simplifies conducting necessary research to make decisions and develop financial projections. Don't be intimidated, take the first step.Speaker: Corey McCaster & Dottie Minnick Fee: No CostLink

Starting a Business, Friday, May 18, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Panama City Mall, Suite 2196, Panama City When: Friday, May 18, 2018 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsTake the first step 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 recommended. Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Consultant/GA Consultant/PD CoordinatorCo-Sponsor: iHeart Media, Panama City and BBVA Compass BankLocated near the center of the mall.Fee: $ 25.00Link

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Smart Start Your Business, Monday, May 21, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL When: Monday, May 21, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 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 licenses you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that help you get started.Speaker: Dottie MinnickFee: No CostLink

Overview of Doing Business with the Federal Government, Monday, May 21, 2018

Where: Fort Myers Library, Fort Myers When: Monday, May 21, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Access to CapitalOverview on contracting, grants and pricing with the Federal Government. Federal Government Contracting is a $600 billion dollar a year market. Mr. Daniel Telep, Jr. a Procurement Specialist from Florida Gulf Coast University, Lutgert College of Business, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will present the topic in an open-question format.Fee: No CostLink

Bids and Business, Monday, May 21, 2018

Where: Lantana Branch Library, Lake Worth When: Monday, May 21, 2018 2:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThis seminar will provide an overview on how to conduct businesss with Palm Beach County as well as information about the County's SBE Certification program.Speaker: Carole Hart, PTAC Program ManagerCo-Sponsor: OSBA Office of Small Business Assistance Fee: No CostLink

Code for Miami Civic Hack Night

Join for Code for Miami's weekly civic hack sessions @ Cambridge Innovation Center. Anyone interested in civic hacking and engagement is welcome. You can contribute to an existing Code for Miami Project or come share your idea, and maybe start a new collaboration. As always, bring a laptop; beginners are always welcome! We ask that participants at Code for Miami events follow our Code of Conduct to ensure that our group is a safe and welcoming space. Price: free Link: https://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Miami/

Introduction to QuickBooks, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Where: Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Brandon When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 8:00 AM to 10:00 AMCreating invoices, writing checks and managing customers, QuickBooks makes it all easier. This introductory class takes you through the basics of the software program. This course gets you started on making your company's bookkeeping simpler.Speaker: Dottie MinnickFee: No CostLink

How to Apply for an SBA Loan, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Where: South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Access to CapitalLearn how to prepare to apply for a business loan, what lenders look for, and how they rate your loan application. Receive a review of U.S. Small Business Administration loan programing and what SBA looks for in a loan application.Speaker: Charles LongFee: No CostLink

WANT TO TUNE UP YOUR BUSINESS? Plug it into the SBDC-Sumter County, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Where: Sumter County Office, Sumter Service Center, WildWood When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsThis NO COST seminar focuses on identifying typical pain points in any existing business and how to find relief. Highlights include: understanding ways to operate to minimize business challenges and maximize customer satisfaction,and how to leverage your existing accountants, banks, insurance agents, etc. to provide relief.Speaker: Chris Abetz, SBDC - Sumter Area ManagerCall Joanne at (352) 689-4698 with questions or difficulty in registering.Fee: No CostLink

Basic Business Taxes, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 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: TBD*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

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

Building a Smarter Small Business: Key Elements of Business Planning, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Where: Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceLearn a method to map your business strategy in preparation for creating a business plan. We'll use a Business Model Canvas to either envision your new start-up or check your progress in the business you currently run. Leave with both your map, as well as resources to take the next step of creating a full business plan documentSpeaker: SBDC ConsultantCo-Sponsor: Delray Beach CRAFee: No CostLink

Business Startup 101, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Where: OnlineWhen: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceLearn how to properly start your business to ensure success. Understand how all the critical pieces of the puzzle fit together. We discuss the various legal forms of ownership, licensing and tax requirements, capital and labor, rent versus purchase, and various other business start-up issues.Speaker: Moses Ayiku, Consultant - Florida SBDC at Seminole State College Fee: No CostLink

Gainesville Hackerspace Tuesday Open House

Tuesday nights are open to all. Doors open at 7pm, it's fine to show up later, people will still be around. Feel free to bring a project to work on! Price: Free Link: https://www.meetup.com/gainesville-hackerspace/events/241347950/

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

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

How To Do Business With Gulf Power Company, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Pensacola, Building 8, Pensacola When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingDiscusses how Gulf Power conducts business with vendors. No fee for this workshop, but please pre-register as seating is limited.Speaker: ECUA StaffCo-Sponsor: Laura Subel, Florida PTAC Procurement Specialist; Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3; BBVA Compass BankLocation: Corner of Hillview Drive and University ParkwayFee: No CostLink

Grow Your Circle: Use Social Media to Reach Customers, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Where: Crestview Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce, Crestview When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 11:00 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsAmong Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the seemingly hundreds of other networks, managing your social media can be a job by itself. And with 50 million businesses on Facebook alone, it's hard to stand out. In this workshop, you'll learn to better identify the platforms your customers are using, the best practices for posting and how to help build customer loyalty. Pre-registration is strongly recommended as seating is limited. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Pre-registration recommended. Speaker: Adam McCloskey, Associate Director, Florida SBDC at UWF/FWBCo-Sponsor: Community Broadcasters, LLC (103.1 The Blaze, Hwy 98.1 Country, 102.1 The Wave, & Q92) plus BBVA Compass BankFee: $ 25.00Link

SBA Workshop: How SBA Can Help Achieve Your Contracting Goals, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingWhen you think of the Small Business Administration (the SBA), you probably think of business loans. But there are also other things the SBA can do to help your business before and after you start-from training on effective day-to-day management and/or expansion of your business to obtaining very lucrative federal contracts. Here are 5 specific ways the SBA helps you: . SBA offers business education and training, counseling and other assistance . SBA provides access to capital via different loan guarantee programs. o Microloans, regular guaranteed loans up to $5M, loans for veterans and spouses, loans for exporters, home-based businesses, etc o In addition, we can guarantee Surety Bonding up to $10M o Most SBA lenders available via online lender matching program . SBA can help you register, get trained and become a government contractor o Certification as 8(a), WOSB/EDWOSB, HUBZone open doors for federal contracts o Access to Mentor-Protégé programs that help you better position your company by building capacity, and providing size and affiliation exemptions for larger companies o Access to SBA Joint Ventures o Assistance from SBA Procurement and Commercial representatives . SBA works with FEMA to provide disaster assistance to all. . SBA advocates for the SBIR and/or STTR grants for research and development as well as other special federal initiatives, including the SBA National Ombudsman Most SBA activities are available to all businesses, but loans and some programs are available only to small businesses. As part of our efforts to maintain program integrity, we ensure firms are compliant with program/federal regulations so they stay in good standing and can enjoy continued program participation. Speaker: Ed Ramos, Senior Area Manager, US Small Business AdministrationFee: No CostLink

Tallahassee NPEP Class VI - Third Class Meets

The Nonprofit Executive Program (NPEP) is a 12-hour training for nonprofit Executive Directors, CEOs, CFOs and COOs hosted by FSU’s Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. Via a small group setting, participants are exposed to the “Lean Nonprofit Model” as well as other frameworks for executive decision-making. NPEP takes place over three, 4-hour sessions, and participants are expected to attend all three. 10-12 seats available.

Starting Your Business, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceYou've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures to the types of license you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started. Speaker: Kyle King *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

The WOSB (Woman-owned Small Business)Certification Program, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Where: Summit (Main) Library, West Palm Beach When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThis seminar focuses on the SBA's Women Owned Small Business Program including requirements and program overview.Speaker: Carole Hart,PTAC Program ManagerCo-Sponsor: OSBA( Office of Small Business Assistance)Fee: No CostLink

Understanding Florida Sales & Use Tax, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Where: Morgade Library, Stuart When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMThis is a workshop designed for just about anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of Florida's Sales Tax. Consumers, business owners and operators will benefit from this course. Students will learn about a "Reseller's Certificate", the responsibilities that come along with it, and what the procedures are for collecting and filing.Fee: No CostLink

Cybersecurity: Protect Your Business - Palatka, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Where: Palatka Welcome Center, Palatka When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMTopic: CybersecuritySecuring client data is a significant business risk that affects all firms. This "how-to" session will describe practical, economical and effective safeguards firms can employ to protect their business from cyberattacks. We will explore why keeping client information safe and confidential is essential; learn cybersecurity risks and ways to employ defensive strategies and safeguards. Presented by Luisa Russoman, Director of Client Services for Boxmeta; a company established in 2001 by engineers in networking design and implementation for enterprise financial services.Fee: No CostLink

Getting the Most out of Your Digital Marketing Strategy, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesDigital 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 will enable your prospects and customers to reach you in new, digitally-creative ways. The session will also make you current with some of the latest trends in social media. Learn what social networks your customers are on and the best strategy to reach them, keep them, and get them to share your content and drive your marketing message. Speaker: Chuck Wheeler, Jairo BatistaFee: $ 30.00Link

Social Media Basics, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where: Temple Terrace Public Library, Temple Terrace When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesTwitter, Facebook, Google Plus and LinkedIn are all relationship building tools you can use to win the hearts and minds of your customers (so they think of you first when it comes time to buy). These tools also serve as a way to help prospective customers discover your business. This seminar focuses on what you need to know to use social media to promote your business.Speaker: Danielle Moreda Fee: No CostLink

Practical Guide for Inventors, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Panama City Mall, Suite 2196, Panama City When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceYou have an idea - you know it works and believe that others will find it as useful as you do. Is this something that could be developed and brought to the market? How can you determine the market potential? What will it cost? How many can you sell? Will it make money? We will touch on patents and trademarks, but those details are best left to attorneys. Our focus in this workshop is on a feasibility analysis of a new product or service. Pre-registration recommended.Speaker: Dr. Len Eichler, MBA, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF/Panama City Laura Nelson, MBA A-List Accounting Co-Sponsor: iHeart Media, Panama City and BBVA Compass BankFee: $ 25.00Link

How to Start Your Business, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 3:00 PM to 6:00 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

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Financing Your Business, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 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*Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

WANT TO TUNE UP YOUR BUSINESS? Plug it into the SBDC-Sumter County, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where: Sumter County Office, Sumter Service Center, WildWood When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Business BasicsThis NO COST seminar focuses on identifying typical pain points in any existing business and how to find relief. Highlights include: understanding ways to operate to minimize business challenges and maximize customer satisfaction,and how to leverage your existing accountants, banks, insurance agents, etc. to provide relief.Speaker: Chris Abetz, SBDC-Sumter County Area ManagerCall Joanne at 352-689-4698 with questions about registrarionFee: No CostLink

How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where: SBDC at the University of North Florida, University Center, Jacksonville When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 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

Starting a Business, Friday, May 25, 2018

Where: Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Friday, May 25, 2018 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 pay and receive your packet. Speaker: Glenn McDuffy, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Greater Pensacola Chamber, Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 & BBVA Compass BankSecond floor - additional parking located behind the building.Fee: $ 50.00Link

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Code for Miami Civic Hack Night

Join for Code for Miami's weekly civic hack sessions @ Cambridge Innovation Center. Anyone interested in civic hacking and engagement is welcome. You can contribute to an existing Code for Miami Project or come share your idea, and maybe start a new collaboration. As always, bring a laptop; beginners are always welcome! We ask that participants at Code for Miami events follow our Code of Conduct to ensure that our group is a safe and welcoming space. Price: free Link: https://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Miami/

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

Gainesville Hackerspace Tuesday Open House

Tuesday nights are open to all. Doors open at 7pm, it's fine to show up later, people will still be around. Feel free to bring a project to work on! Price: Free Link: https://www.meetup.com/gainesville-hackerspace/events/241347950/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

Bookkeeping Basics, Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL When: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetProper bookkeeping is essential to managing your business. Learn how to classify and record basic business transactions, enter data into an account, chart accounts, and many basic accounting terms. You'll also learn what you must hold on to for tax compliance and find out what accounting software might be useful to help make your bookkeeping easier.Speaker: Michelle James Fee: No CostLink

Financing Your Business, Thursday, May 31, 2018

Where: Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library, Tampa When: Thursday, May 31, 2018 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Access to CapitalAre you looking for money for your business? Are you considering a SBA loan? This seminar will help you zero in on the right funding choices for your business and avoid money scams. Learn how to ask for a loan, get prepared for the bank, and where to fi nd money. You'll explore: . SBA loans: when, where and how to apply . How to plan your financing request to banks . Which banks are making loans . Angel investors and venture capitalists . Six Cs of credit and how credit scores efect your business . Busting the myths about small business grantsSpeaker: Corey McCaster Fee: No CostLink

The Capabiity Statement-A Must for Small Business, Thursday, May 31, 2018

Where: Greenacres Branch Library, Greenacres When: Thursday, May 31, 2018 2:30 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingTha Capability Statement is a must have if a business wishes to contract with the government entities. Join us for an overview of this important document and how to develop one for your business.Speaker: Carole Hart,PTAC Program ManagerCo-Sponsor: OSBA Office of Small Business AssistanceFee: No CostLink

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Gainesville | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Friday, June 01, 2018

Where: SBDC at UNF - Gainesville, Gainesville When: Friday, June 01, 2018 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

Introduction to Marketing, Friday, June 01, 2018

Where: 5508 Coworking & Collaboration Exchange, Tampa, FL When: Friday, June 01, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 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.Speaker: Janette Blanco Fee: No CostLink

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Code for Miami Civic Hack Night

Join for Code for Miami's weekly civic hack sessions @ Cambridge Innovation Center. Anyone interested in civic hacking and engagement is welcome. You can contribute to an existing Code for Miami Project or come share your idea, and maybe start a new collaboration. As always, bring a laptop; beginners are always welcome! We ask that participants at Code for Miami events follow our Code of Conduct to ensure that our group is a safe and welcoming space. Price: free Link: https://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Miami/

Byte-Size CyberSecurity, Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Where: FGCU Continuing Education Center, Punta Gorda When: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 8:30 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: CybersecurityCyber-attacks are on the rise and, increasingly, small businesses are at risk. According to Symantec's 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, 43 percent of attacks worldwide were targeted at small businesses with fewer than 250 employees. Looking to enhance your business' cybersecurity measures? The Florida SBDC is excited to announce this new no-cost workshop that will provide the education and resources to protect your business, customers, employees, and profits from cyber-attacks. The Byte-Size Small Business Cybersecurity Program workshop will cover four topics: basic cybersecurity threats, security, remediation, and cybersecurity resources. A key takeaway and the foundation for these workshops is a new in-depth resource guide, which offers user-friendly information to help your business become more cyber-secure. Find out what you can do to protect yourself and your business. Schedule for the day: 8:30 - 9:00 AM: Breakfast & Networking 9:00 - 10:00: Presentation on Cybersecurity for Small & Midsize Companies 10:00 - 10:30: Q &ASpeaker: Marc FarronFee: No CostLink

Building a Smarter Small Business: Introduction to Cash Flow Managment, Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Where: Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach When: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 10:00 AM to 11:30 AMTopic: Cash Flow ManagementUnderstanding your financial records crucial in establishing business acumen and stability. The financials reveal the health of the business, can reveal common business mistakes- such as taking on more sales than cash flow can support. Speaker: SBDC ConsultantCo-Sponsor: Delray Beach CRAFee: No CostLink

Doing Business With Pinellas County, Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMPinellas County's Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program gives local small businesses opportunities to participate in the competitive process for County contracts. You'll learn about the County purchasing system and receive personal assistance to help you register to do business with Pinellas County Government. Fee: No CostLink

SBA Export Financing and Other Programs, Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Where: East Tampa Redevelopment Office, Tampa When: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMLearn about SBA Export Loans to finance your Exporting operation and how to qualify, the State of Florida Trade and Export Promotion Program STEP Program, as well as other SBA Programs.Speaker: Charles Long Fee: No CostLink

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

Gainesville Hackerspace Tuesday Open House

Tuesday nights are open to all. Doors open at 7pm, it's fine to show up later, people will still be around. Feel free to bring a project to work on! Price: Free Link: https://www.meetup.com/gainesville-hackerspace/events/241347950/

Business Planning, Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Business BasicsA business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues. At the same time the plan identifies and incorporates risks that the enterprise might face, so the small business owner is prepared. Business planning tools, examples and outlines are provided. The program is NO Cost Reservations are required Call the SBDC at 433-5570 or 433-5514 or register online: http://floridasbdc.org/get-training/ Speaker: Vince LoPresti, US SBA Fee: No CostLink

Government Contracting 101, Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Where: Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office, Milton, Florida When: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:30 AMTopic: Government ContractingThis workshop will provide you with the basics on what you need to know to prepare for entering the federal government market. You will learn the procurement process, how to register and the basics on how to sell to federal government agencies. This class is aimed at business owners who are beginning to think about doing business with the federal government. Pre-registration recommendedSpeaker: Laura Subel, Procurement Specialist, Florida PTAC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 plus BBVA Compass BankLocated directly behind McDonalds in MiltonFee: $ 20.00Link

Ocala | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Where: SBDC at UNF - Ocala, Ocala When: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 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

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

Business Startup Basics. Where do I Start?, Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Where: FSBDC at Seminole State College, Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center, Port of Sanford When: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceIn many ways, there has never been a better time to start a business. Learn how to properly launch your business to ensure success. Understand the critical pieces of the puzzle and how they all fit together. We will discuss the legal forms of ownership, licensing and tax requirements, capital and labor, rent versus purchase, insurance and various other business start-up issues.Speaker: Moses Ayiku, Consultant - Florida SBDC at Seminole State College Fee: No CostLink

Tax Awareness and Your Business, Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL When: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Tax PlanningThis workshop provides an overview of business taxes, including employment taxes, business deductions, record keeping and electronic filing.Speaker: Jerry JoyceFee: No CostLink

International Trade: Is It Right for Your Business?, Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: International TradeIs international trade right for your business? If you have a thriving domestic business, maybe it's time to consider exporting to take it to the next level. Companies that export grow faster, are more profitable and are less affected by downturns in domestic demand for their products and services. This course will provide you with a comprehensive overview on what it takes to go international. You will learn how to: Determine if you are export ready Identify indicators for potential markets Utilize research tools Identify necessary costs for international transactions Note: Businesses new to export or entering new export markets.Speaker: Selma Canas*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

Government Contracting Matchmaking Event/Reverse Trade Show, Thursday, June 07, 2018

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, June 07, 2018 8:30 AM to 4:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingSpeaker: Steven South and Patricia SimpsonFee: $ 45.00Link

Getting Started in Government Contracting - PTAC, Thursday, June 07, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Thursday, June 07, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingDoes your company provide services or products? Are you interested in expanding your market and increasing your profit? Every year, government agencies spend billions of dollars purchasing goods and services from American businesses. This workshop and roundtable discussion overviews: - Required registrations - Preferred small business preference programs - Finding the right opportunities for your business - Submitting a bid - Winning work Whether you're a prime contractor, subcontractor, or just curious, register today for this event, this workshop will give you everything you need to start, grow, and succeed with government contracting! Speaker: FSBDC Government Contracting Specialist Don ZaveskyFee: $ 20.00Link

Marketing Your Business, Thursday, June 07, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, June 07, 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

How Quickly Can Your Business Recover from a Disaster?, Thursday, June 07, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Panama City Mall, Suite 2196, Panama City When: Thursday, June 07, 2018 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsBusiness disasters can happen at any time -- it's not just hurricanes, but fires, floods, theft, transportation interruptions, or any number of other unforeseen calamities that can befall your business. Do you have a plan for recovery? Can you set up a temporary operation? Will you be able to get supplies? Can you rapidly train new employees? It's a lot to consider! This workshop can help you anticipate and plan for the next disaster. Pre-registration recommended as seating is limited. Speaker: Dr. Len Eichler, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF/Panama CityCo-Sponsor: iHeartMedia, Inc; BBVA Compass BankLocated near the center of the mall.Fee: $ 25.00Link

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Starting Your Business, Thursday, June 07, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, June 07, 2018 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: 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

Cybersecurity Basics for Small Business, Friday, June 08, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Friday, June 08, 2018 8:30 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: CybersecurityCyber-attacks are on the rise and, increasingly, small businesses are at risk. According to Symantec's 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, 43 percent of attacks worldwide were targeted at small businesses with fewer than 250 employees. Looking to enhance your business' cybersecurity measures? The Florida SBDC at USF is excited to announce this new workshop that will provide the education and resources to protect your business, customers, employees, and profits from cyber-attacks. The Byte-Size Small Business Cybersecurity workshop will cover four topics: * basic cybersecurity threats * security * remediation * cybersecurity resources The event will also feature a panel of experts, including: Robert Lindsey of Regions Bank; Adam B. Brouillet of Trenam Law; and Doug Stopper of Cyber Risk Consulting. A key takeaway and the foundation for these workshops is a new in-depth resource guide, which offers user-friendly information to help your business become more cyber-secure.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: No CostLink

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Code for Miami Civic Hack Night

Join for Code for Miami's weekly civic hack sessions @ Cambridge Innovation Center. Anyone interested in civic hacking and engagement is welcome. You can contribute to an existing Code for Miami Project or come share your idea, and maybe start a new collaboration. As always, bring a laptop; beginners are always welcome! We ask that participants at Code for Miami events follow our Code of Conduct to ensure that our group is a safe and welcoming space. Price: free Link: https://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Miami/

Tax and Accounting Issues for the Small Business, Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Tax PlanningMake sure your business tax and accounting systems are set up properly so you can focus on managing and growing your business. We will cover how to choose the type of tax entity that will benefit you and meet your business goals. We will also discuss business accounting and how it can help you effectively and efficiently manage your business. The program is NO Cost. Reservations are required. Call the FSBDC at 433-5570 or 433-5514 Speaker: Lee Garner, CPAFee: No CostLink

QuickBooks, Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 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

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

Gainesville Hackerspace Tuesday Open House

Tuesday nights are open to all. Doors open at 7pm, it's fine to show up later, people will still be around. Feel free to bring a project to work on! Price: Free Link: https://www.meetup.com/gainesville-hackerspace/events/241347950/

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

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Starting Your Business, Thursday, June 14, 2018

Where: South Florida State College, Bldg H-110, Avon Park When: Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceYou've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. Starting Your Business is a class that teaches just that. From how to determine feasibility and legal structure to the type of license you will need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started.Speaker: Michael NoelTo register call 863-784-7405; refer to CRN 30346Fee: $ 10.00Link

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Bids and Business, Monday, June 18, 2018

Where: Summit (Main) Library, West Palm Beach When: Monday, June 18, 2018 2:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThis seminar will provide an overview on how to conduct business with Palm Beach County as well as information on the County's SBE ( Small Business Enterprise) Certification Program.Speaker: OSBA (Office of Small Business Assistance) Staff and Mike Bell, PTAC Procurement Specialist Co-Sponsor: FAU Small Business Development Center Fee: No CostLink

Code for Miami Civic Hack Night

Join for Code for Miami's weekly civic hack sessions @ Cambridge Innovation Center. Anyone interested in civic hacking and engagement is welcome. You can contribute to an existing Code for Miami Project or come share your idea, and maybe start a new collaboration. As always, bring a laptop; beginners are always welcome! We ask that participants at Code for Miami events follow our Code of Conduct to ensure that our group is a safe and welcoming space. Price: free Link: https://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Miami/

Ignite Your Online Marketing, Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 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

Smart Start Your Business, Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Where: 78th Street Library (Palm River), Tampa When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMYou've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures, to the types of licenses you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that help you get started.Speaker: Danielle Moreda Fee: No CostLink

Minority Certification, Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMGet Certified! Learn the benefits and how to become certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Small Business Enterprise (SBE) or Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) to best access government contracts and purchasing opportunities. Learn how to find and identify potential bids and improve your position in the bid evaluation process.Fee: $ 20.00Link

Using SEO to Improve Your Google Rankings, Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 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 Williams's, ""SEO: 2015 & Beyond." 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

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

Gainesville Hackerspace Tuesday Open House

Tuesday nights are open to all. Doors open at 7pm, it's fine to show up later, people will still be around. Feel free to bring a project to work on! Price: Free Link: https://www.meetup.com/gainesville-hackerspace/events/241347950/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

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 Plans, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Where: FSBDC at Seminole State College, Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center, Port of Sanford When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessThis seminar provides a simple and realistic approach for the serious entrepreneur who is ready to write that winning business plan. From identifying your target market to financial projections, this workshop will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan, making the writing process easy.Speaker: Moses Ayiku, Consultant - Florida SBDC at Seminole State College Fee: No CostLink

SBA Workshop: Federal Certifications Managed by SBA, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingEvery 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

Tallahassee SBEP Class VIII - Fourth Class and Closing Reception

The SBEP is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners and presidents of small businesses. Through learning the business canvas model, graduates emerge as stronger leaders, who are ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into strategic advantage. Twenty-five, non-competing, applicants are accepted into the program. Closed event - only for admitted participants.

Starting Your Business, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceYou've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures to the types of license you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started. 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

Understanding Personal & Business Credit, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Where: New Tampa Regional Library, Tampa When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Access to CapitalCredit plays an important role in our society. It is often misunderstood and misused, which can have a negative impact on our lives for many years. This interactive workshop will provide students a basic understanding of credit reports. Participants will learn about the importance of credit, budgeting and a resource listing and tips to local professionals and specialists that can help them achieve their goals.Speaker: Artricia James HeardFee: No CostLink

How to Start Your Business, Thursday, June 21, 2018

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, June 21, 2018 3:00 PM to 6:00 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

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Steps to Starting a Business, Thursday, June 21, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Panama City Mall, Suite 2196, Panama City When: Thursday, June 21, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsTake the first step 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 recommended. Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Consultant/GA Consultant/PD CoordinatorCo-Sponsor: iHeart Media, Panama City and BBVA Compass BankLocated near the center of the mall.Fee: $ 25.00Link

How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Thursday, June 21, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Thursday, June 21, 2018 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

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

The Veteran's Certification & Verification Program, Monday, June 25, 2018

Where: Lantana Branch Library, Lake Worth When: Monday, June 25, 2018 2:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThis seminar will provide an overview of the requirements needed to be compliant with the Department of Veteran Affairs Verification and Certification Program.Speaker: Carole Hart,PTAC ManagerCo-Sponsor: OSBA Office of Small Business Assistance Fee: No CostLink

Code for Miami Civic Hack Night

Join for Code for Miami's weekly civic hack sessions @ Cambridge Innovation Center. Anyone interested in civic hacking and engagement is welcome. You can contribute to an existing Code for Miami Project or come share your idea, and maybe start a new collaboration. As always, bring a laptop; beginners are always welcome! We ask that participants at Code for Miami events follow our Code of Conduct to ensure that our group is a safe and welcoming space. Price: free Link: https://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Miami/

Women/Minority & Veteran Certification, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMIt's no myth.women, minority and veteran certification could present opportunities for your business. But there is a process to becoming certified. In this class, you will learn how to complete the State of Florida certification application and discover how you can use it to seek business with the private sector and government. Speaker: Eileen Rodriguez*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

Basic Government Contracting 101, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingReady.set.sell to the federal government! This workshop provides information on registering with the federal government, how to locate federal opportunities, who to market to within the federal government, and so much more! Speaker: Karen Krymski *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

Social Media Marketing, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMDoes not have to be difficult. Online marketing offers small businesses an easy and usually no-cost way to take control of their reputation and gain new customers. You will receive an overview of several different social media platforms and how to plan out your success online. Suitable for novices but experts will find a few new tips as well. Fee: $ 20.00Link

Gainesville Hackerspace Tuesday Open House

Tuesday nights are open to all. Doors open at 7pm, it's fine to show up later, people will still be around. Feel free to bring a project to work on! Price: Free Link: https://www.meetup.com/gainesville-hackerspace/events/241347950/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

Government Contracting 101, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Pensacola, Building 8, Pensacola When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:30 AMTopic: Government ContractingThis workshop will provide you with the basics on what you need to know to prepare for entering the federal government market. You will learn the procurement process, how to register and the basics on how to sell to federal government agencies. This class is aimed at business owners who are beginning to think about doing business with the federal government. Pre-registration recommended.Speaker: Laura Subel, Procurement Specialist, Florida PTAC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 plus BBVA Compass BankCorner of University Pkwy and Hillview DriveFee: $ 20.00Link

Growing vs. Scaling Your Business, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 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. In this three hour workshop, attendees will learn: --Why so few businesses achieve scale - 91% of businesses never make it out of the 'small' start up stage -The advantages and disadvantages of growing versus scaling -Whether or not your business model is scalable -Linear vs. exponential growth -Requirements of the owner/founder to move from growth to scale -Key strategic factors that are mandatory for scalability -The functional tactics that must constantly be managed to scale up the business -Key questions to ask yourself and/or your clients to determine whether or not you are ready to or capable of scalingFee: $ 20.00Link

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

Shoestring Marketing for Small Business, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesThis workshop is presented by a team of successful, local, small business entrepreneurs. They will discuss dozens of ways to grow your business without breaking the bank or your wallet. Through peer group discussion they will discuss shoestring marketing techniques that worked and did not work. The topics will apply to the selling of both a product and service, and include: -Techniques used to promote their businesses with limited funds. -Experiences using shoestring marketing for creating potential sales. -Time and effort versus the cost in overcoming marketing promotion obstacles. -Comprehensive listing of shoestring marketing ideas. The workshop is designed to help you help yourself. You already know the "WHATS" and "WHYS," now, it is time to learn the "HOWS" Just think, all you will spend is time. The program is NO Cost. Reservations are required. Call the FSBDC at 433-5570 or 433-5514Fee: No CostLink

Financing Your Business, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: Access to CapitalAre you looking for money for your business? Are you considering a SBA loan? This seminar will help you zero in on the right funding choices for your business and avoid money scams. Our financing veteran will educate you on how to ask for a loan, get prepared for the bank and where to find money in a tight-fisted economy. You'll explore: . SBA loans: when, where and how to apply . How to plan your financing request to banks . Which banks are making loan . Angel investors and venture capitalists . Six Cs of credit and how credit scores affect your business . The fundamentals of royalties, licensing and supplier credit . Busting the myths about small business grants 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: $ 15.00Link

What Wll Happen If I Raise Prices?, Thursday, June 28, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Panama City Mall, Suite 2196, Panama City When: Thursday, June 28, 2018 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsPricing decisions are critical for every business. Can you raise prices and make more per unit or should you lower prices to gain market share? A lot depends on your target market. This workshop will help you make strategic decisions related to pricing and making more profit. Pre-registration recommended. Speaker: Dr. Len Eichler, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF/Panama CityCo-Sponsor: iHeart Media, Panama City and BBVA Compass BankLocated near the center of the mall.Fee: $ 25.00Link

How to Be Certified as a Disadvantaged,Minority,or Woman owned Business, Thursday, June 28, 2018

Where: Greenacres Branch Library, Greenacres When: Thursday, June 28, 2018 2:30 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingThe objectives of this seminar are to demonstrate how to register as a provider of goods or services and to discuss options to become a certified supplier within the County,State and Federal levels.Speaker: Carole Hart,PTAC Program ManagerCo-Sponsor: OSBA Office of Small Business AssistanceFee: No CostLink

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

How to Start A Business, Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, July 03, 2018 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

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

Gainesville Hackerspace Tuesday Open House

Tuesday nights are open to all. Doors open at 7pm, it's fine to show up later, people will still be around. Feel free to bring a project to work on! Price: Free Link: https://www.meetup.com/gainesville-hackerspace/events/241347950/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

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

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Gainesville | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Friday, July 06, 2018

Where: SBDC at UNF - Gainesville, Gainesville When: Friday, July 06, 2018 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

Doing Business with the Government Series (Part 1 and 2), Friday, July 06, 2018

Where: SWFL Works, Fort Myers When: Friday, July 06, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingDescription of Seminar: Introduction to government contracting- Objective, Social Economic Interests, and Registration Federal Acquisition Regulation- 53 subjects related to the procurement process Speaker: Dan TelepFee: No CostLink

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Simple Steps for Starting your Business - Module 1, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Where: Morgade Library, Stuart When: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 10:00 AM to 1:00 PMThis introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources. Attend this comprehensive workshop series to help you test your new business idea and get started on the right path. Join us for five three-hour sessions that help you understand the basics of: . The concepts involved with assessing a business idea . Marketing your product or service . Understanding business financials and how they work . How to fund and finance your business.Fee: No CostLink

How to Be Certified as a Disadvantaged,Minority,or Woman owned Business, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Where: Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach When: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5:00 PM to 6:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThe objectives of this seminar are to demonstrate how to register as a provider of goods and services and to discuss options to become a certified supplier within the County,State and Federal levels.Speaker: Carole Hart,PTAC Program ManagerCo-Sponsor: Delray Beach CRA; the Delray Beach Public Library,and OSBA(Office of Small Business Assistance)Fee: No CostLink

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

Gainesville Hackerspace Tuesday Open House

Tuesday nights are open to all. Doors open at 7pm, it's fine to show up later, people will still be around. Feel free to bring a project to work on! Price: Free Link: https://www.meetup.com/gainesville-hackerspace/events/241347950/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

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

Ocala | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Where: SBDC at UNF - Ocala, Ocala When: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 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

Intro to Government Contracting, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Government ContractingFederal, State, and Local Government procurement is the largest target market in the world. The question is usually not "Does the government buy what you are selling?"...it is more "Can you be competitive enough and relentless enough to position your business to win government contracts?". If you think you can be competitive, then government contracting may be a good growth opportunity for your business. The Florida SBDC at UCF's "Introduction to Government Contracting" seminar is designed for established small business owners with some commercial momentum that are curious about government contracting, as well as business owners that may already be involved in government contracting. The workshop is based on a 10-step framework that helps newer contractors understand the process and helps more experienced contractors identify opportunities to 'backfill' best practices in their efforts. The ten steps that will be discussed are: . Is Your Business Ready? Strategic planning priorities for government contractors. . Target Markets. What agencies are buying what you are selling? . Registration. You need to register as a vendor at the federal, state, and local levels. . Certifications. Position your business to take advantage of 'set-aside' opportunities. . Embrace Education. You have to become a student of government contracting. . Core Marketing Tools. Five (5) basic marketing tools for government contracting. . Networking Plan. If you learn about a bid when it's posted - it's likely you'll lose. . Capture Plan. How will you define what to pursue and what to ignore? . Bid Response Strategy. It takes time and resources to prepare a response. . Contract Management. Best practices to keep in mind as you start a new contract. You will also have the opportunity to network with other small business owners and learn about the Florida SBDC's "Bid-Match" service that can be a helpful marketing research tool. Speaker: Steven South, Government Contracting SpecialistFee: $ 20.00Link

Federal Government Set-Asides: What Are They? When Are They Used? What Are Benefits To Businesses?, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Pensacola, Building 8, Pensacola When: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:30 AMTopic: Government ContractingThis workshop will explain the different types of set-asides, when they are used and benefits to businesses. Pre-registration is recommended.Speaker: Speaker: Laura Subel, Government Contracting SpecialistCo-Sponsor: Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 plus BBVA Compass BankCorner of University Parkway & Hillview DriveFee: $ 20.00Link

Tax and Accounting Issues for the Small Business, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Tax PlanningMake sure your business tax and accounting systems are set up properly so you can focus on managing and growing your business. We will cover how to choose the type of tax entity that will benefit you and meet your business goals. We will also discuss business accounting and how it can help you effectively and efficiently manage your business. The program is NO Cost. Reservations are required. Call the FSBDC at 433-5570 or 433-5514 Speaker: Lee Garner, CPAFee: No CostLink

Start-up Basics - Simple Steps for Starting your Business - Module 1

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources.

SBRN: HR 201: Recruitment, Onboarding and Training for Success!, Thursday, July 12, 2018

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, July 12, 2018 8:30 AM to 10:00 AMOne of the most difficult tasks for small business owners is finding the right employees for their business and keeping them engaged. Without the resources of large corporations, small business owners must do it all including recruiting, hiring and training. Let our experts guide you in how and where to find potential employees, implement systems for hiring, and develop options for on-going training.Fee: No CostLink

Business Startup Basics. Where do I Start?, Thursday, July 12, 2018

Where: FSBDC at Seminole State College, Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center, Port of Sanford When: Thursday, July 12, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceIn many ways, there has never been a better time to start a business. Learn how to properly launch your business to ensure success. Understand the critical pieces of the puzzle and how they all fit together. We will discuss the legal forms of ownership, licensing and tax requirements, capital and labor, rent versus purchase, insurance and various other business start-up issues.Speaker: Moses Ayiku, Consultant - Florida SBDC at Seminole State College Fee: No CostLink

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Steps to Starting a Business, Thursday, July 12, 2018

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Panama City Mall, Suite 2196, Panama City When: Thursday, July 12, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsTake the first step 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 recommended. Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Consultant/GA Consultant/PD CoordinatorCo-Sponsor: iHeart Media, Panama City and BBVA Compass BankLocated near the center of the mall.Fee: $ 25.00Link

Doing Business with the Government Series(Part 3 and 4), Friday, July 13, 2018

Where: SWFL Works, Fort Myers When: Friday, July 13, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingDescription of Seminar: Reading solicitations- Best Value or Lowest Price, Case Studies Writing Successful Proposals- 5 C's for Writing Proposal Proposal time line Speaker: Dan TelepFee: No CostLink

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

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

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

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

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

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

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

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

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

Jacksonville SBEP Class IV - Opening Reception

The SBEP is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners and presidents of small businesses. Through learning the business canvas model, graduates emerge as stronger leaders, who are ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into strategic advantage. Twenty-five, non-competing, applicants are accepted into the program. Closed event - only for admitted participants.

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

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

Jacksonville SBEP Class IV - First Class Meets

The SBEP is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners and presidents of small businesses. Through learning the business canvas model, graduates emerge as stronger leaders, who are ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into strategic advantage. Twenty-five, non-competing, applicants are accepted into the program. Closed event - only for admitted participants.

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

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

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

Start-up Basics - Simple Steps for Starting your Business - Module 1

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources.

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Jacksonville SBEP Class IV - Second Class Meets

The SBEP is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners and presidents of small businesses. Through learning the business canvas model, graduates emerge as stronger leaders, who are ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into strategic advantage. Twenty-five, non-competing, applicants are accepted into the program. Closed event - only for admitted participants.

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

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

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/

St. Pete: 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg

A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Pete. The coffee is highly encouraged. Price: FREE Link: http://www.1millioncups.com/stpete

Venture Cafe Miami | CIC Miami

There are tons of events every week at Venture Cafe, focused on enhancing the growth of Miami’s innovation community by working to make it more diverse, inclusive, accessible and better connected. We help innovators by enhancing and accelerating the growth of innovation in Miami through high-impact programming and events and by creating intentional spaces for entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to gather, connect, and build relationships. Price: free Link: https://cic.com/new-events-miami

Gainesville Front-end web development meetup

The Gainesville Front-end web development meetup is a place where newbies and veterans can come together in an informal setting to discuss, learn and laugh about front-end development. We meet every third Thursday to discuss JavaScript, CSS, HTML, web development tooling, and more. All skill levels are welcome! Afterwards, we'll head over to a bar for some socializing Price: Free

Evening Spark Tank

Evening Spark Tank and Networking Link: http://www.floridabusinessincubator.com/