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1 Million Cups Tampa

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

FAVOB - Doing Business with FDOT, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingSpeaker is Tony Espinosa, Minority Business Enterprise Specialist, FDOTSpeaker: Tony Espinosa, FDOTCo-Sponsor: FAVOBFee: No CostLink

Ignite Your Online Marketing, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesStuck in "the web?" Online marketing doesn't have to be so frustrating. Attend this seminar to learn how you can take advantage of incredible online marketing tools that will enable your business to have a successful online presence. You'll learn about the four Google resources that can help you attract customers as well as how to get local exposure with Google Places; how to increase productivity with Google Apps; and how to measure success with Google Analytics. Speaker: Gina Smith *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 45.00Link

Using SEO to Improve Your Google Rankings, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesSearch engine optimization is a major component of any successful online marketing. This seminar will teach you how to develop a SEO strategy, based on methods of the book, "SEO: 2015 & Beyond," by industry expert, Dr. Andy Williams. You'll learn how to select keywords that are proven performers, combine the keywords into site content and boost site popularity. More specifically, attendees will master: * Basic SEO terms * Understanding Google Search results * How to use several free SEO tools * How to build quality content into your site * How to measure results using free tools, such as Google Analytics All attendees get a copy of Williams's, ""SEO: 2017 & 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

Digital Marketing, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMGo 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 keep them coming back. Speaker: Chris LawsonIf you have any special ADA needs, please contact us in advance. Fee: No CostLink

Government Contracting 101, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Where: Gardens Branch Library, Palm Beach Gardens When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingWhether you're already selling to the government or want to find out how to do it, join the FAU PTAC ( Procurement Technical Assistance Center) for a very special workshop. You'll learn the role of small business with regard to government contracting, how to develop a process to find bid opportunities, and gain a better understanding of the SBA's certification programs.Speaker: FAU PTAC will present at this seminar Co-Sponsor: Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA)Fee: No CostLink

AAEA Black History Month Event: Harlem Renaissance

Please join us for our 2nd Annual Black History Event. The theme for this year's event is "Wealth Development," from the Harlem Renaissance until now. We are so excited to have the renowned, Dr. George C. Fraser, as our Guest Speaker. Attire for this years event is 1920's (optional). Come and enjoy an evening of entertainment, food, and networking! COST: Members $25/Guests $35/Student Nonmembers $10

Design Systems for Mobile Applications

South Florida iOS Developers Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 PM Design systems provide a framework for design and a source of truth for product development teams. They are critical in helping to establish standards... https://www.meetup.com/South-Florida-iOS-Developers/events/258334047/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/South-Florida-iOS-Developers/events/258334047/

Digital Marketing: Driving Traffic to Your Website, Thursday, February 21, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, February 21, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesDigital Marketing: Driving Traffic to your Website Digital Marketing is a broad, constantly changing business discipline. In this seminar, you will learn how to develop an up-to-date digital marketing strategy that helps drive traffic to your most important digital asset - your website. In this session we will discuss features every successful website should have, the fundamentals impacting SEO, and the different Pay-Per-Click options and how to get the most out of them. Speaker: Chuck Wheeler, Jairo BatistaFee: $ 30.00Link

Understanding Business Cash Flow Management, Thursday, February 21, 2019

Where: Robert R. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, Tampa When: Thursday, February 21, 2019 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: 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: Marvalene KingIf you have any special ADA needs, please contact us in advance. Fee: No CostLink

Financing When It Counts, Thursday, February 21, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMFinancing Your Business as a prospective or existing business owner? learn how to acquire an existing business, finance a start-up business and/or finance the expansion or growth of your existing business. Fee: No CostLink

SBM #1 - Big Picture Focus, Thursday, February 21, 2019

Where: Pensacola SocialDesk, Pensacola When: Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessThis dynamic, limited enrollment program is an intensive 9-month course offered at both your place of business and the classroom. Participants will benefit from comprehensive business education, peer-to-peer interaction and ongoing business coaching. To ensure the quality of your experience, only 12 businesses will be selected to participate. Successful applicants will demonstrate their willingness to commit the time and resources necessary for their success. Classroom curriculum will include The Big Picture and Goal Setting; Protecting Your Corporate Veil; Creating your Entrepreneurial Operating System; Basics of Financial Analysis; Understanding Your Numbers; Effective Time Management Strategies; Success with Internet Marketing; Banking and Budgeting and The Art of Negotiating. If you are ready to take your company to the next level, please contact Glenn McDuffy at 850-474-2528 to apply for the 2019 SBM program.Speaker: Glenn McDuffy, Business Consutant, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 plus BBVA Compass Bank.9-month program: with classes on the third Thursday every month from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., February 21 - October 17 and monthly personal visits by your SBDC consultant at your place of business.Fee: $ 599.00Link

Market Research: Know Your Market, Industry, and Options for Growth, Thursday, February 21, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Clermont Campus, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, February 21, 2019 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesThe success of your business depends heavily on external factors - changes in customer preferences, economic trends, the demographics of your market, and many other elements. What do you really know about these factors? Market research can give you deep insights into your business ecosystem, help you make better decisions, and plan moves now to get you ahead of the competition.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

AAEA Black History Month Event: Harlem Renaissance

Please join us for our 2nd Annual Black History Event. The theme for this year's event is "Wealth Development," from the Harlem Renaissance until now. We are so excited to have the renowned, Dr. George C. Fraser, as our Guest Speaker. Attire for this years event is 1920's (optional). Come and enjoy an evening of entertainment, food, and networking! COST: Members $25/Guests $35/Student Nonmembers $10

Data Science for Data-Driven Targeted Marketing by Eugene Geis

Palm Beach Data Science Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 PM The statistics of marketing is pretty straightforward, but working with 200 million people’s data (a few thousand columns) is much more difficult. Pre... https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Data-Meetup/events/258859693/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Data-Meetup/events/258859693/

Social Media Marketing, Friday, February 22, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, February 22, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMBe more effective with your use of social media. Get an overview of successful strategies for Facebook, Instagram, Google My Business, YouTube, Trip Advisor, Yelp, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Fee: $ 20.00Link

Establishing a Home-Based Business, Friday, February 22, 2019

If you have ever dreamed of starting your own business that you can run right out of your home, this workshop is for you! Just as building a home requires a solid foundation, starting your home-based business requires that you have built a foundation for its success. This workshop will give you that foundation and let you pursue your dream. There is a registration fee of $15 for this workshop and you can register a guest for free. Register now at: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=phd7eddab&oeidk=a07efxk4zzad408574f

Product Design (UX/UI) Bootcamp for Beginners

Interested in User Experience and Design? This is your chance to test your skills and level of expertise; participate in our one-day boot camp for UX / UI Design Fundamentals. This immersive experience is designed for individuals who have little to no experience in design. Join us and learn from Wyncode Head Instructors as well as the rest of our teaching team. You will also have the opportunity to engage with alumni, get insights from designers, and hear directly from hiring managers at partner companies. By the end of the day, you will have your first completed project! Price: 15-25 Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/product-design-uxui-bootcamp-for-beginners-tickets-54620598681

Workshop: Axure 101

SOFLUX — The South Florida UX Meetup & UXPA Int'l Chapter Saturday, February 23 at 10:00 AM Axure (http://www.axure.com/) is a prototyping tool that not only allows you to provide electronic sketches, and interactive wireframes, but also supp... Price: 45.00 USD https://www.meetup.com/SOFLUX/events/258481213/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/SOFLUX/events/258481213/

Code & Coffee

Girl Develop It West Palm Beach Sunday, February 24 at 11:00 AM Please join us for our WPB chapter re-launch! This will be a chill Code & Coffee event to kick-off 2019! We'll laugh, network, hangout, and talk about... https://www.meetup.com/Girl-Develop-It-West-Palm-Beach/events/258718060/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Girl-Develop-It-West-Palm-Beach/events/258718060/

Business Plans, Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Where: FSBDC at Seminole State College, Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center, Port of Sanford When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 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

Social Media Marketing Strategies, Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Where: Bruton Memorial Library, Plant City When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesIt's time to go beyond simply posting updates and images to your business' social media. In this workshop we will show you how to use the tools provided by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn to help you reach your target audience. We'll point out hidden features that can support your social media strategy and make it easier to increase brand awareness and drive sales. Speaker: Ebony Grimsley-VazIf you have any special ADA needs, please contact us in advance. Fee: No CostLink

Clay County Improve Your Business Performance, Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Where: Clay County Chamber of Commerce, Fleming Island When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 5:00 PM to 7:00 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessIn this no-cost seminar, attendees will learn simple techniques on how to improve their business operations and increase online visibility. Presented by your Florida SBDC consultant in Clay County, Chris Abetz and Jacksonville consultant and resident online guru, Blake Stockton, this class will walk you through the vital best practices for small business. Highlights include: --Learn how to resolve pain points in your business --Ways to operate to minimize business challenges and maximize customer satisfaction --Leverage your existing accountants, banks, insurance agents, etc. to provide relief --Optimize your Google My Business listing to get more customers --Best practices to manage your online presence Fee: No CostLink

7 Ways to Export Jira Issues + Managing cross-project releases in Jira

Atlassian User Group Palm Beach County Meetup Tuesday, February 26 at 5:15 PM THIS IS A FREE EVENT - PLEASE FINISH YOUR RSVP IN THE LINK BELOW ... https://www.meetup.com/Atlassian-User-Group-Palm-Beach-County-Meetup/events/258913046/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Atlassian-User-Group-Palm-Beach-County-Meetup/events/258913046/

Hacker Hours

SoFlo Cyber District Tuesday, February 26 at 5:30 PM A more informal, personal meetup on all things tech related. Originally sponsored by Palm Beach Tech, we are now expanding to host other types of even... https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/qzdpfqyzdbjc/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/qzdpfqyzdbjc/

Marketing Your Small Business, Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at FAMU, FAMU Foundation Building, Tallahassee When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesLaunching a well thought out marketing plan ensures the success of your business by attracting more customers and keeping them coming back. This fun, interactive workshop will layout the foundation of a comprehensive marketing plan and provide you with the tools needed to implement a comprehensive marketing strategy. Whether your are just starting your business, or if you have been in business for years, you will leave this workshop prepared to take your marketing efforts to the next level!Speaker: Keith Bowers, Regional DirectorFee: No CostLink

How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis workshop will give you an overview of the seven basic requirements for business STARTUP: Selecting an idea, Testing the market, Acquiring capital, wRiting a plan, Turning for help, Understanding legal requirements, and Putting it all together. Registration includes a workbook and start-up kit for NE Florida counties. Fee: $ 40.00Link

Monthly JavaScript Meetup

Palm Beach JavaScript Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 PM Talking all things JavaScript (node, react, etc) https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Javascript/events/bnhwjpyzdbjc/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Javascript/events/bnhwjpyzdbjc/

Legal Issues for Small Business - How to work with an Attorney and Questions to Ask, Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Business BasicsParticularly for entrepreneurs, Legal Issues and Entity Selection are important decisions one has to make. A long time attorney will cover the following: liability, ease of formation and operation, taxation, suitability for business, expansion and exit strategy. This class will update startup and seasoned businesses on the importance of proper legal structure, entity selection and necessary steps to protect you and your assets. Reservations are required. Speaker: Jim O'Brien - Loundes LawPark in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

1 Million Cups Tampa

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

Food Industry Basics, Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Where: Brandon Regional Library, Brandon, Florida When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceFocused 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 WareIf you have any special ADA needs, please contact us in advance.Fee: No CostLink

Social Media Strategies - The Basics, Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesWant to utilize social media to grow your business but not sure where to start? Join us to learn the basics of how to use the most popular social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube - as an essential addition to your marketing mix. This seminar will touch on the basics of utilizing the most successful platforms and show real-world examples of how to use them effectively. Speaker: Stacey Dadd*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 25.00Link

Bids and Business, Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Where: Greenacres Branch Library, Greenacres When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 2:30 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingThe objectives for this presentation will include the following: Provide the "how to's" of using the Internet for registration processes Explain the bid response process (using Palm Beach County) as an example Present a short resource list for Small Business background reading Utilization of the internet to locate web sites for potential business opportunities Speaker: Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA) and FAU PTAC guest speakerCo-Sponsor: Office of Small Business Assistance(OSBA)Fee: No CostLink

February Xero Hour: Measure success and learn what clients really think of you

Xero Hour - West Palm Beach Wednesday, February 27 at 6:00 PM Feedback from both clients and staff provides you with vital knowledge and insights. To start, ask yourself these key questions: Does your culture enc... https://www.meetup.com/Xero-Hour-West-Palm-Beach/events/257877946/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Xero-Hour-West-Palm-Beach/events/257877946/

Technology + Golf

Palm Beach Tech Meetup Wednesday, February 27 at 6:00 PM Details coming soon https://www.meetup.com/PalmBeachTech/events/252440593/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/PalmBeachTech/events/252440593/

Growing a Successful Federal Contracting Small Business, Thursday, February 28, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:45 AM to 9:00 AMTopic: Government Contracting"Growing a Successful Federal Small Business Contractor" Speaker: Lauren Weiner, is CEO and founder of Wittenberg Weiner Consulting (WWC), a company that was founded in 2004 and has been increasing their federal footprint over the years. WWC was recently awarded the largest contract to a women-owned small business in the history of the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The five-year, $200 million Enterprise-Wide Training and Exercise Program Support (UEWTEP II) contract provides management and subject matter expert support to USSOCOM worldwide. With this award, WWC is set to become the largest defense contractor headquartered in Tampa, based on the latest published numbers in the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Federal GovCon Roundtable Breakfasts are hosted by the Florida PTAC at USF in partnership with the Florida SBDC at USF. Speaker: Karen Krymski, Business Consultant, Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center USFFee: $ 15.00Link

What is the Business Worth? Getting the Highest Return on Your Investment, Thursday, February 28, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, February 28, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessWHAT IS THIS BUSINESS WORTH? GETTING THE HIGHEST RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT Interested in buying a business? Or do you want to sell your business? Either way, you want to make sure you are getting the most out of your investment. How do you answer the key questions: What is it worth? How much should I ask? This comprehensive seminar will help you obtain a better understanding of the value of the business and the best practices to maximize value. Presented by an experienced business broker and banker who will guide you through the complex process of understanding the value of a business, you will leave this seminar with a strong grasp of business buying or selling and the tools necessary to be successful. Speaker: Pauline Davis, Asst. DirectorFee: $ 30.00Link

How To Start Your Own Business and Business Plan, Thursday, February 28, 2019

Where: UCF Valencia Osceola Campus, Building 4, Kissimmee When: Thursday, February 28, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis seminar will help business owners learn the essentials for getting started in business. Topics include: business evaluation, business entities, licensing, capital/finance sources, start-up cost, sales forecasting, cash flow, and an introduction to business plans and the importance of preparing one. This session is guaranteed to take the mystery out of starting a business and help you to be the entrepreneur you always dreamed about! Writing a successful business plan requires preparation and, most importantly, getting started. This seminar provides a 'hands-on approach' for the serious entrepreneur or business owner who is ready to write that winning business plan. From identifying your target market to financial projections, this seminar will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan, making the writing process easy.Speaker: Elly Membreno, Business Consultant ***Parents Note: We ask you not to bring children to workshop sessions who can be a distraction to others. Your cooperation can help us serve you more e?ectively.Fee: No CostLink

AXA Advisors: The 6 Major Business Killers, Thursday, February 28, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at FIU Workshops, FIU Downtown on Brickell, Miami When: Thursday, February 28, 2019 11:30 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessProgram for Business Owners with 10-500 employees. We never plan to make mistakes. As business owners, we're focused on running our business. Every day brings new challenges, opportunities and decisions. But there are six mistakes that consistently cause businesses to fail. And we need to know what they are and how to avoid them! Learn how to protect yourself and build a firewall around your business and your personal assets. This is part of a Lunch & Learn series.Co-Sponsor: AXA Advisors, Florida SBDC at FIU in association with the Pino Global Entrepreneurship CenterFee: No CostLink

Subcontracting Success for Small Business, Thursday, February 28, 2019

Where: Gardens Branch Library, Palm Beach Gardens When: Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingUnderstand the basics of subcontracting Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of subcontracting Find business opportunities for the small business subcontractor Define the responsibilities of the subcontractor Speaker: FAU PTAC Co-Sponsor: Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA)Fee: No CostLink

Starting A Business, Thursday, February 28, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Fort Walton Beach, Building 8 - Library 2nd Floor, Fort Walton Beach When: Thursday, February 28, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: Business BasicsYou have an idea for a business. What's the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no-cost) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please pre-register as seating is limited.Speaker: Ayesha Haider, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Community Broadcasters, LLC (103.1 The Blaze, Hwy 98.1 Country, 102.1 The Wave, & Q92) and BBVA Compass BankFee: $ 50.00Link

Front End Developer Meeting

Palm Beach Front End Developers Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 PM Our next meeting will be on the 28th. Come join us and meet other Front End Developers and learn something new. https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Front-End-Developers/events/258677438/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Front-End-Developers/events/258677438/

Gainesville | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Friday, March 01, 2019

Where: SBDC at UNF - Gainesville, Gainesville When: Friday, March 01, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceDo you have a great idea for a business but just don't know where to begin? Our course can provide you with a comprehensive introduction on how to start your own business. Some of the topics covered in this course include idea generation, the legal environment, business structures etc. In addition, this workshop gives the aspiring business owner an understanding of realistic tools and resources for business startup selecting an idea, testing the market, acquiring capital, writing a business plan, turning for help, understanding legal requirements, and projecting cash flow. Includes workbook.Speaker: SBDC Professionally certified consultantFee: $ 40.00Link

The app of the Week: Excellentable for Confluence

Atlassian User Group Palm Beach County Meetup Friday, March 1 at 12:00 PM THIS IS A FREE EVENT - PLEASE FINISH YOUR RSVP IN THE LINK BELOW ... https://www.meetup.com/Atlassian-User-Group-Palm-Beach-County-Meetup/events/258913237/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Atlassian-User-Group-Palm-Beach-County-Meetup/events/258913237/

How to Start A Business, Friday, March 01, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, March 01, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThe best way to get started! Receive information on the necessary licenses permits, legal documents and requirements to do business in the State of Florida. Learn to refine your ideas into a plan for success.Fee: $ 10.00Link

One Day Coding Bootcamp for Beginners

During Wyntroduction you will be immersed in a one-day boot camp experience that is designed for individuals who have little to no experience in programming. All you'll need for this event is a computer that is able to access the internet. Write your first lines of code, using JavaScript, mingle with aspiring developers and technology enthusiasts, and learn from Wyncode Head Instructors as well as the rest of our tech team. You will also have the opportunity to engage with alumni and hear from both developer and hiring partner panels. By the end of the day, you will have your first completed project! Price: 15-25 Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-day-coding-bootcamp-for-beginners-tickets-54805429515

Boots to Business Reboot, March 4 - 5, 2019, in Clermont, FL

The Boots to Business Reboot course is available to Veterans of all eras, service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses. Instruction is provided by skilled business advisors from SBA and SCORE. It is a two-step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation. Check out this video for more info. Step one is this free 2-day intensive workshop which will assist participants in understanding the steps, stages, and activities related to launching and growing a business as a post-military career. This is an opportunity to understand how business ownership might, or might not, align with your personal strengths and life goals. You will receive training on the fundamental approaches and strategies to develop and execute plans for a business, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources. Step two is online follow-on courses instructed by a consortium of professors and skilled business advisors from the SBA Network. Register at https://conta.cc/2FN7ZwP

Michael Fowler (VP @ FPL) | Fireside Chat

Tech Talks | West Palm Monday, March 4 at 6:00 PM Palm Beach Tech Talks are monthly happy hours with the sharpest & most witty folks in our tech community! GUEST SPEAKER:Michael Fowler | VP IT @ Flori... https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks/events/258477509/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks/events/258477509/

Marketing Essentials Mastermind, Tuesday, March 05, 2019

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

Patents & Trademarks, Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessSpeaker specializing in patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and related litigation. His firm includes experienced patent attorneys and a patent agent which specialize in all patentable technology areas. Brian Steinberger has personally prosecuted over 1,500 patents and has prosecuted over 1,400 federal trademarks through the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Brian was formerly a Senior Primary Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent Office for many years before starting his practice in Brevard County. He has taught intellectual property classes for the University of Central Florida Small Business Development Center for over 18 years and also the UCF Incubation Program, and has authored many articles for newspapers and technical journals on intellectual property over the years. Intellectual Property is a key legal component of any small business. Come learn how you can protect your ideas, symbols, names, images, designs, etc. Reservations are required. Speaker: Brian Steinberger, The Law office of Brian S. Steinberger, PA, Registered Patent Attorneys Park in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

Pricing Your Product, Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL When: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:30 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 / Albert LeeIf you have any special ADA needs, please contact us in advance. Fee: No CostLink

Pinellas County Contract Compliance Management System - B2G, Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMAn introduction to the new Pinellas County the Supplier Diversity Management System for vendors. This course will cover system functions including using the dashboard, system navigation and purpose by entering sub-contractors information, payments and reporting. Fee: No CostLink

Starting Your Business, Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceYou've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures to the types of license you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started. Speaker: Dorina Hart, Florida SBDC at USF Business Consultant *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

Hacker Hours

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

Financing Your New Business, Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at FAMU, FAMU Foundation Building, Tallahassee When: Tuesday, March 05, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMEvery new business idea needs financing to start. Where do these funds come from? This course is designed to explore the avenues that are available to entrepreneurs who desire to start a new business. It takes a practical, realistic look at a new business owner's options. It will point out what will be required from each of these sources to utilize them to fund your business. Speaker: Aundra' L McGlockton, Sr.Fee: No CostLink

Forgot Password? Yes I Did!

Boca JS Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 PM Every month, we hear about a new data breach and billions of user passwords are being shared as we speak. How can we stop this? There is a simple so... https://www.meetup.com/BocaJS/events/257521754/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/BocaJS/events/257521754/

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, March 06, 2019

Where: SBDC at UNF - Ocala, Ocala When: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThinking of starting your own business? This workshop gives the aspiring entrepreneur an understanding of realistic tools and resources for business startup: Selecting an Idea, Testing the Market, Acquiring Capital, Writing a Business Plan, Turning for Help, Understanding Legal Requirements, Projecting Cash Flow.Speaker: SBDC Certified Business ConsultantNo Refunds will be issued for No Shows, however, pre-paid attendees will be accommodated at a future workshop. The SBDC at UNF reserves the right to cancel workshops if attendance requirements are not met. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.Fee: $ 40.00Link

How To Do Business With Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA), Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 9:00 AM to 10:30 AMTopic: Government ContractingLearn how to do business with the ECUA, how to register as a vendor and how to locate bid opportunities. No fee for this workshop, but pre-registration is recommended as seating is limited.Speaker: Jim Roberts, Public Information Officer, ECUACo-Sponsor: Greater Pensacola Chamber, Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 Additional parking is located behind the building.Fee: No CostLink

Government Contracting: Overview, Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingFederal, State, and Local Government procurement is the largest target market in the world. The question is usually not "Does the government buy what you are selling?"...it is more "Can you be competitive enough and relentless enough to position your business to win government contracts?". If you think you can be competitive, then government contracting may be a good growth opportunity for your business. The Florida SBDC at UCF's "Government Contracting: Overview" seminar is designed for established small business owners with some commercial momentum that are curious about government contracting, as well as business owners that may already be involved in government contracting. The workshop is based on a 10-step framework that helps newer contractors understand the process and helps more experienced contractors identify opportunities to 'backfill' best practices in their efforts. The ten steps that will be discussed are: . Is Your Business Ready? Strategic planning priorities for government contractors. . Target Markets. What agencies are buying what you are selling? . Registration. You need to register as a vendor at the federal, state, and local levels. . Certifications. Position your business to take advantage of 'set-aside' opportunities. . Embrace Education. You have to become a student of government contracting. . Core Marketing Tools. Five (5) basic marketing tools for government contracting. . Networking Plan. If you learn about a bid when it's posted - it's likely you'll lose. . Capture Plan. How will you define what to pursue and what to ignore? . Bid Response Strategy. It takes time and resources to prepare a response. . Contract Management. Best practices to keep in mind as you start a new contract. You will also have the opportunity to network with other small business owners and learn about the Florida PTAC's "Bid-Match" service that can be a helpful marketing research tool. Join us for this great learning opportunity.Speaker: Steve South Fee: No CostLink

Grow with Google: Give Your Website A Refresh, Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Clermont Campus, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 12:00 PM to 1:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesRefresh your website as part of your spring cleaning to-do list. In this livestream workshop, you'll learn about search engine optimization and best practices for creating a search-friendly site.Fee: No CostLink

How to Be Certified as a Disadvantaged,Minority or Woman-owned Business, Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Where: Gardens Branch Library, Palm Beach Gardens When: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 3:00 PM to 4:00 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 County, State and Federal levels.Speaker: FAU PTAC will present the seminar Co-Sponsor: OSBA (Office of Small Business Assistance)Fee: No CostLink

Byte-Sized Cybersecurity for Small Businesses, Thursday, March 07, 2019

Where: Doral Government Center, Doral When: Thursday, March 07, 2019 9:30 AM to 11:30 AMTopic: CybersecurityThis workshop focuses on providing cybersecurity resources and tools to small business owners. TOPICS .The Cyber Threat Landscape for Small Businesses .How to Best Protect Your Business Against A Cyber-Breach .How to Identify Data or Information From Your Business That is Most at Risk .A Discussion of Available Tools and Resources Available to Strengthen Cyber DefensesSpeaker: UDT, Florida SBDC at FIUCo-Sponsor: Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Florida SBDC at FIU in association with Pino Global Entrepreneurship CenterFee: No CostLink

Intro to Exporting, Thursday, March 07, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Thursday, March 07, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: International TradeAre you looking across US borders for potential customers? This is the class for you! International markets represent huge opportunities for increased sales, and yet approximately 99% of small and medium-sized businesses do not export. And 70% of those that do export sell to only one country, and the majority to only one client. If you are not exporting, why not? Particularly with a struggling US economy, the facts speak for themselves... Small and medium-sized companies that export: --Have higher sales per employee and pay higher wages per employee --Tend to be more flexible in the marketplace --Have higher growth rates --Find it easier to add or retain employees --Tend to innovate at a faster rate This class does not discuss importing or finding overseas manufacturers Fee: $ 20.00Link

Social Media 101

Social Media 101 This is a crash course in today’s social media landscape, overviewing the essentials of the main platforms, purposes of each, typical user demographics, and other information designed to give attendees a solid grasp of the social media options available to them.   Presented by Grace Everitt of Grace Everitt Consulting Thursday, March 7, 2019 9:00 am –1 1:00 am 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona State College Building 150, Room 305   There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required as seating is limited to 30 attendees Please call SBDC at DSC at (386) 506-4723 to register.

Government Contracting 101, Thursday, March 07, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs & Advisors, Suite 200, Panama City When: Thursday, March 07, 2019 11:00 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThis workshop will provide you access to how the procurement process works and how your company will need to offer their goods and services. We will go over the process and the 10 steps you will need to follow to become successful in marketing to the federal government. Capture some of the one billion dollars spent by the federal military bases in the area. This class is aimed at business owners who are beginning to think about doing business with the federal government. Pre-registration with payment required.Speaker: John DiGiacomo, Procurement Specialist, Florida PTAC at UWFCo-Sponsor: BBVA Compass BankFee: $ 20.00Link

Food Industry Basics, Thursday, March 07, 2019

Where: Robert R. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, Tampa When: Thursday, March 07, 2019 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceFocused 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 WareIf you have any special ADA needs, please contact us in advance.Fee: No CostLink

Responding to Government Solicitations, Thursday, March 07, 2019

Where: Summit (Main) Library, West Palm Beach When: Thursday, March 07, 2019 2:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingObjectives of this seminar include: how to develop marketing techniques, understand the differences between RFP / RFQ, how to search for a proposal opportunity, understand the various sections within a proposal and how to construct a winning bidSpeaker: FAU PTAC Guest Speaker Co-Sponsor: Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA)Fee: No CostLink

Starting a Business, Thursday, March 07, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Thursday, March 07, 2019 5:30 PM to 9:30 PMTopic: Business BasicsYou have an idea for a business. What's the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no cost to you) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please arrive early to park and receive your packet. There are no refunds, so make sure you can attend. (Arrangements will be made for credit toward another workshop if we are notified at least 48 hours in advance due to an emergency.)Speaker: Glenn McDuffy, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Greater Pensacola Chamber, Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 & BBVA Compass BankSecond floor - additional parking located behind the building.Fee: $ 50.00Link

Marketing Your Business, Thursday, March 07, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, March 07, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesYou know why your business rocks. Does anyone else? Take this class to uncover the characteristics that make up your business' DNA. Soon, you'll be able to boost consumer loyalty and company profits. After answering the two most important questions in all of marketing, you'll be ready to skillfully implement customer-winning strategies and face the competition. SBDC Quick Tip: Marketing Your Business is a must-take class to attend before launching that website, product or new business! Speaker: Kyle King *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 25.00Link

How To Start Your Own Business and Business Plan, Friday, March 08, 2019

Where: SBDC@UCF Kissimmee, Veteran Memorial St Cloud Library When: Friday, March 08, 2019 10:00 AM to 1:00 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

QuickBooks - Basics, Friday, March 08, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs & Advisors, Suite 200, Panama City When: Friday, March 08, 2019 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsA simple overview of how to install QuickBooks Pro desktop and answer setup questions to begin your bookkeeping process. Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Business Consultant, Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, Certified Pro Advisor for QuickBooks Desktop and OnlineCo-Sponsor: BBVA Compass BankFee: $ 25.00Link

Business Plans: Research & Writing, Friday, March 08, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, March 08, 2019 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

Business Startup 101, Monday, March 11, 2019

Where: SBDC at Seminole State College -- Seminole County Public Library, West Branch, Longwood When: Monday, March 11, 2019 2:00 PM to 3:30 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

Myles Lewis (Miami Marlins) | Analytics in Baseball

Tech Talks | Palm Beach Gardens Monday, March 11 at 6:00 PM Palm Beach Tech Talks are monthly happy hours to network, learn and engage with local technology & entrepreneurial leaders that have experiences to sh... https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks-PBG/events/255373051/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks-PBG/events/255373051/

Selling for the Non Salesperson, Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Where: Sumter County Office, Sumter Service Center, WildWood When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 9:30 AM to 11:30 AMTopic: Business BasicsMost small business owners find themselves as the only sales person in the beginning years of their company's existence. This NO COST seminar offers the business owner knowledge of the essential steps in the sales process and key concepts of selling. At the seminar you will learn proven tips and action steps, as well as the traps to avoid in order to drive higher revenue in 2019. Seminar Facilitator, Glenn Downer is a seasoned sales trainer, manager and executive who will help you identify the key changes in your sales process to have the highest impact on your top line. Speaker: Glenn Downer, Sales Trainer and CoachIf you need assistance to register, please contact Program Assistant, Joanne Howard at joanne.howard@ucf.edu or call (352) 689-4698.Fee: No CostLink

Smart Start Your Business, Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Where: South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 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 MinnickIf you have any special ADA needs, please contact us in advance.Fee: No CostLink

Doing Business With Pinellas County, Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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

Hacker Hours

SoFlo Cyber District Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30 PM A more informal, personal meetup on all things tech related. Originally sponsored by Palm Beach Tech, we are now expanding to host other types of even... https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/qzdpfqyzfbqb/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/qzdpfqyzfbqb/

Basic Business Taxes, Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: Tax PlanningThere's no way to get around it-every business must report taxes. But how you pay your taxes all depends on the type of business you have. This class explores the taxation process and filing requirements for sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations. Speaker: Special Guest: Todd Unbehagen, EA, Unbehagen Advisors*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

How to Start a Business, Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at FAMU, FAMU Foundation Building, Tallahassee When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThinking about starting a business? Have you just started out or committed to the idea of starting a business? This workshop will outline and discuss the basics of starting. This workshop scratches the surface of what it takes to run a business and gives you a good introduction to some of the services the SBDC offers that you may need to utilize in the future. Sample topics include starting out right and what is involved in running a business with a brief discussion on legal formations, licenses and permits.Speaker: Stephane D. KonanFee: No CostLink

How to Choose a Theme

WordPress Users of the Palm Beaches Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 PM »»»»»»»» Welcome!Our monthly Meetup is held on the second Tuesday of every month7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. RSVP's open 6 days prior to meetup. ͏»»»»»»»» Word... https://www.meetup.com/WordPressPB/events/257313687/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/WordPressPB/events/257313687/

Sales for the Non Salesperson- Session 2, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Clermont Campus, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 8:30 AM to 10:00 AMTopic: Marketing and SalesMost company founders will be their company's only salesperson for the first few years in business. Sales skills are vital to the company's success, but most founders admit they could be better. Our expert will give you proven tips and action steps to help you set more meetings, close more deals, and drive higher revenue in 2019. This session will review the results of your activities and the changes you made since the first meeting. Lessons learned will be shared to benefit everyone, and you'll get advice on course corrections to accelerate your results.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

1 Million Cups Tampa

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

Social Media for the Rest of Us, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMOut of the hundreds of sites that are online vying for your attention, there are 21 top social media sites. TWENTY-ONE! Some of these will be a great help to your business and others not so much. In this class, attendees will explore the demographics, uses and practical applications of the major players. We will also discuss who, what, when, where and the ever popular "WHY!" Keep your customers wanting more by using social media effectively! Fee: $ 25.00Link

Women/Minority & Veteran Certification, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMIt's no myth.women, minority and veteran certification could present opportunities for your business. But there is a process to becoming certified. In this class, you will learn how to complete the State of Florida certification application and discover how you can use it to seek business with the private sector and government. Speaker: Eileen Rodriguez*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

Subcontracting & Teaming, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingFor many small businesses, entry into government contracting will or should begin as a subcontractor. This seminar will provide the small business owner with an understanding of the overall subcontracting process, including the format for a Subcontract and Teaming agreement, how to protect your company during the relationship and the overall benefits of subcontracting. This seminar will also provide the suggested rules of engagement and the contractual relationship between prime contractor, subcontractor and the government, for small businesses in the Tampa Bay region. Speaker: Karen Krymski *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 20.00Link

SBA Workshop: Joint Ventures 101, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMMost new federal government contractors are seeking new ways to perform larger, more complex and more lucrative requirements, and the use of a joint venture can be the answer. However, pursuing federal government contracts with a joint venture can be tricky and full of risk for the participants of a joint venture. When structuring the relationship, if you get the details wrong, and if you are protested, the SBA may legally decide against your joint venture and you may end up ineligible for award, after spending all the time and effort to capture the opportunity. This work will attempt to provide, in the short-time allotted, a detailed look at the rules and regulations for government contracts joint ventures, including size and socioeconomic requirements, mandatory joint venture provisions, performance of work requirements, and much more. While we can not guarantee you will leave the workshop a subject matter expert, you will be conversant on key topics needed to negotiate with your potential joint venture partner.Speaker: Ed Ramos, Senior Area Manager, US Small Business AdministrationFee: No CostLink

SBA Export Financing and Other Programs, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Where: SouthShore Chamber of Commerce, Apollo Beach When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 1:30 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: Access to CapitalLearn 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 LongIf you have any special ADA needs, please contact us in advance. Fee: No CostLink

Sales Tactics for Small Business, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 3:00 PM to 5:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesParticularly for entrepreneurs, getting a handle on basic sales strategies can be more critical to the success of a venture than the development of its products and services. The truth is so many businesses have gone under because they don't know how to sell. You can have the greatest product or service on the market, but without sales strategies, you'll never get it off the ground. Reservations are required. Park in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

Google Solutions: Google Analytics, Thursday, March 14, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesTake advantage of free marketing and business productivity tools and learn how to use internet marketing to increase sales in an easy-to-understand training program for small business developed by Google. The first half of this valuable three hour seminar will show to use internet marketing tools, such as Google Places, Google Adwords and Google Webmaster Tools, to drive sales. In the second half of the program, you will learn how to leverage free Google Analytics to see what your website is telling you and how to get powerful consumer insights. This program is full of easy-to-implement tips that can have a fast, positive impact on your business. Taught by Google Partner and National Trainer Matt Weber.Speaker: Matt WeberFee: $ 30.00Link

Government Contracting: Overview, Thursday, March 14, 2019

Where: Eastern Florida State College Cocoa Campus Classroom, Building 12, Room 205 conf room, Cocoa When: Thursday, March 14, 2019 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingFederal, State, and Local Government procurement is the largest target market in the world. The question is usually not "Does the government buy what you are selling?"...it is more "Can you be competitive enough and relentless enough to position your business to win government contracts?". If you think you can be competitive, then government contracting may be a good growth opportunity for your business. The Florida SBDC at UCF's "Government Contracting: Overview" seminar is designed for established small business owners with some commercial momentum that are curious about government contracting, as well as business owners that may already be involved in government contracting. The workshop is based on a 10-step framework that helps newer contractors understand the process and helps more experienced contractors identify opportunities to 'backfill' best practices in their efforts. The ten steps that will be discussed are: . Is Your Business Ready? Strategic planning priorities for government contractors. . Target Markets. What agencies are buying what you are selling? . Registration. You need to register as a vendor at the federal, state, and local levels. . Certifications. Position your business to take advantage of 'set-aside' opportunities. . Embrace Education. You have to become a student of government contracting. . Core Marketing Tools. Five (5) basic marketing tools for government contracting. . Networking Plan. If you learn about a bid when it's posted - it's likely you'll lose. . Capture Plan. How will you define what to pursue and what to ignore? . Bid Response Strategy. It takes time and resources to prepare a response. . Contract Management. Best practices to keep in mind as you start a new contract. You will also have the opportunity to network with other small business owners and learn about the Florida PTAC's "Bid-Match" service that can be a helpful marketing research tool. Join us for this great learning opportunity.Speaker: Steve South and/or Kara VernonFee: No CostLink

Financial Management: The Power Behind the Numbers, Thursday, March 14, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:30 AM to 1:00 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

Getting Started in Government Contracting - PTAC, Thursday, March 14, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Thursday, March 14, 2019 1:00 PM to 2:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingDoes your company provide services or products? Are you interested in expanding your market and increasing your profit? Every year, government agencies spend billions of dollars purchasing goods and services from American businesses. This workshop and roundtable discussion overviews: - Required registrations - Preferred small business preference programs - Finding the right opportunities for your business - Submitting a bid - Winning work Whether you're a prime contractor, subcontractor, or just curious, register today for this event, this workshop will give you everything you need to start, grow, and succeed with government contracting! Speaker: FSBDC Government Contracting Specialist Don ZaveskyFee: $ 20.00Link

Social Media Basics, Thursday, March 14, 2019

Where: West Tampa Branch Library, Tampa When: Thursday, March 14, 2019 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: London JamesIf you have any special ADA needs, please contact us in advance.Fee: No CostLink

Bids and Business, Thursday, March 14, 2019

Where: Gardens Branch Library, Palm Beach Gardens When: Thursday, March 14, 2019 3:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThe objectives for this presentation will include the following: Provide the "how to's" of using the Internet for registration processes Explain the bid response process (using Palm Beach County) as an example Utilization of the internet to locate web sites for potential business opportunities Speaker: FAU PTAC will present at this seminarCo-Sponsor: Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA)Fee: No CostLink

Building Your Business Plan With LivePlan, Thursday, March 14, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, March 14, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:30 PMBusiness planning is the foundation to starting a new venture, raising funds or growing your existing business. Receive all the tools necessary to complete a practical business plan. Seminar registration includes a six-month subscription of the LivePlan web-based business planning software. Our expert advice simplifies conducting the research necessary to make decisions and develop financial projections. Don't be intimidated, take the first step today! Speaker: Mitch Lairmore *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 99.00Link

Steps to Starting a Business, Thursday, March 14, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs & Advisors, Suite 200, Panama City When: Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: Business BasicsTake the first steps in starting your small business! Attendees will learn the essentials for getting started in business including: idea evaluation, legal business structures, regulations & licensing, taxation, finding capital and more. Pre-registration required.Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Consultant/GA, Consultant/PD CoordinatorCo-Sponsor: BBVA Compass BankFee: $ 25.00Link

Understanding Financial Statements, Friday, March 15, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, March 15, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMDo you want to make more profit? Improve your cash flow? Profit Mastery will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to help your business achieve financial success. Learn how to use your balance sheet and income statements and a few simple ratios to benchmark success and make decisions that will improve your bottom line.Fee: $ 20.00Link

QuickBooks - Advanced (Keeping Your Business Records), Friday, March 15, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs & Advisors, Suite 200, Panama City When: Friday, March 15, 2019 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsWhich reports can really help me run my business? Where did all the cash go? These reports are demonstrated and more questions are explained in detail by a QuickBooks Proadvisor with a Florida CPA license during the Florida SBDC QuickBooks Advanced seminar. Pre-registration required; seating is limited. Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Business Consultant, Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, Certified Pro Advisor for QuickBooks Desktop and OnlineCo-Sponsor: BBVA Compass BankFee: $ 25.00Link

Business Plans 101, Monday, March 18, 2019

Where: SBDC at Seminole State College -- Seminole County Public Library, West Branch, Longwood When: Monday, March 18, 2019 2:00 PM to 3:30 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

Visual Communication with Confluence & Jira

Atlassian User Group Palm Beach County Meetup Monday, March 18 at 5:30 PM THIS IS A FREE EVENT - PLEASE FINISH YOUR RSVP IN THE LINK BELOW ... https://www.meetup.com/Atlassian-User-Group-Palm-Beach-County-Meetup/events/258964666/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Atlassian-User-Group-Palm-Beach-County-Meetup/events/258964666/

Ryan Teixeira (Blazecore) | Microservices in PHP

Tech Talks | Boca Raton Monday, March 18 at 6:00 PM Palm Beach Tech Talks are monthly happy hours with the sharpest & most witty folks in our tech community! GUEST SPEAKER:Ryan Teixeira | Strategist @ B... https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks-Boca-Raton/events/258082833/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Palm-Beach-Tech-Talks-Boca-Raton/events/258082833/

How to Start Your Business, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceA three-hour seminar designed to help entrepreneurs understand what it takes to start a business. Topics included business plans, legal forms of business, and licensing requirements.Speaker: Chuck WheelerFee: $ 30.00Link

Build Your Marketing Toolkit, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Where: FSBDC at Seminole State College, Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center, Port of Sanford When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMMany small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important. This presentation is designed to uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing knowledge can go a long way. Speaker: Ken Countess, Countess Group Fee: No CostLink

Pinellas County Contract Compliance Management System - B2G, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMAn introduction to the new Pinellas County the Supplier Diversity Management System for vendors. This course will cover system functions including using the dashboard, system navigation and purpose by entering sub-contractors information, payments and reporting. Fee: No CostLink

Fireside Chat Between Founder

Startup Grind Palm Beach Tuesday, March 19 at 3:00 PM March 21, at 3 PM For this Fireside Chat, we're having two successful founders talk about their journey and recommendations on how to start your own c... https://www.meetup.com/Startup-Grind-Palm-Beach/events/258872184/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Startup-Grind-Palm-Beach/events/258872184/

How to be Certified as a Disadvantaged, Minority or Woman-owned Business, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Where: Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingThis seminar will discuss options to become a certified supplier to the county, state and federal levels of government. We'll demonstrate how to register your company as well as the Florida PTAC services we offer in partnership with the Florida SBDC to guide you through the process. This class is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. Speaker: Carole Hart, MA, Government Services ConsultantCo-Sponsor: Florida Procurement Technical Assistance CenterFee: No CostLink

Bookkeeping Basics, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:30 PMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetProper bookkeeping is essential to managing your business. Learn how to classify and record basic business transactions, enter data into an account, chart accounts, and many basic accounting terms. You'll also learn what you must hold on to for tax compliance and find out what accounting software might be useful to help make your bookkeeping easier. Speaker: Pearl Dahmen*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 45.00Link

Hacker Hours

SoFlo Cyber District Tuesday, March 19 at 5:30 PM A more informal, personal meetup on all things tech related. Originally sponsored by Palm Beach Tech, we are now expanding to host other types of even... https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/vjdbqqyzfbzb/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/vjdbqqyzfbzb/

Market Research for Small Businesses, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at FAMU, FAMU Foundation Building, Tallahassee When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesMarket Research is an effective tool to assist your business planning. Arming yourself with solid data provides an insight into your customers' thinking, buying patterns and behaviors. Market research also keeps you in tune with market trends and your competitor's activities. During this workshop, you will have an opportunity to learn about the various resources available to small businesses conducting market research. The workshop will also give you the opportunity to conduct market research on your customers in real time. Don't miss exciting , informative workshop!Speaker: Keith Bowers, Regional DirectorFee: No CostLink

Xamarin - Mobile applications with C# on your PC or Mac

FlaDotNet Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30 PM This month we'll hear from an expert in Xamarin and Mobile apps. Having built mobile apps for the red cross and others we'll hear from Robert Hellest... https://www.meetup.com/FlaDotNet/events/258831226/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/FlaDotNet/events/258831226/

Cybersecurity Academy, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Where: Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI), Fort Myers When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 9:00 AM to 4:00 PMTopic: CybersecurityGain an understanding of a recognized framework for securing organization for implementing and Educating staff and management Discuss real-life issues and best practices on how to resolve them Gain tools for developing corporate risk assessment; security assessment, and cybersecurity plans Engage with local peers and experts Feel more secure in how to proceed with your organization, vendors, partners and staffSpeaker: Ralph Quarles, Andrew Cooper, Professor Robert Totterdale, Marc FarronThe Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America's SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners with the University of West Florida serving as the network's lead host institution. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited Englisch proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. To request accommodation or language assistance, please contact Alison Bryant, Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Lutgert Hall, Room 2311, Fort Myers, FL 33965, or via email at abryant@fgcu.edu.Fee: $ 125.00Link

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

SBA and How It Works, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Where: Brandon Regional Library, Brandon, Florida When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 2:00 PM to 4:00 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 LongIf you have any special ADA needs, please contact us in advance. Fee: No CostLink

Financing Your Business, Thursday, March 21, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, March 21, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:00 PMTopic: Access to CapitalAre you looking for money for your business? Are you considering a SBA loan? This seminar will help you zero in on the right funding choices for your business and avoid money scams. Our financing veteran will educate you on how to ask for a loan, get prepared for the bank and where to find money in a tight-fisted economy. You'll explore: . SBA loans: when, where and how to apply . How to plan your financing request to banks . Which banks are making loan . Angel investors and venture capitalists . Six Cs of credit and how credit scores affect your business . The fundamentals of royalties, licensing and supplier credit . Busting the myths about small business grants Speaker: Brad Owens, Florida SBDC at USF with Special Guest Speaker: Drew Holst, Vice President, Relationship Manager TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

How To Start Your Own Business and Business Plan, Friday, March 22, 2019

Where: SBDC at UCF - Kissimmee, Kissimmee/Osceola County COC, Kissimmee When: Friday, March 22, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis seminar will help business owners learn the essentials for getting started in business. Topics include: business evaluation, business entities, licensing, capital/finance sources, start-up cost, sales forecasting, cash flow, and an introduction to business plans and the importance of preparing one. This session is guaranteed to take the mystery out of starting a business and help you to be the entrepreneur you always dreamed about! Writing a successful business plan requires preparation and, most importantly, getting started. This seminar provides a 'hands-on approach' for the serious entrepreneur or business owner who is ready to write that winning business plan. From identifying your target market to financial projections, this seminar will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan, making the writing process easy.Speaker: Elly Membreno, Business Consultant ***Parents Note: We ask you not to bring children to workshop sessions who can be a distraction to others. Your cooperation can help us serve you more e?ectively.Fee: No CostLink

Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Friday, March 22, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, March 22, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMLearn how to generate more traffic to your website while maximizing the number of visitors, how to leverage engaging content to convert sales, and how to utilize your social media marketing to optimize your sites search engine. Presented by SEO Industry Expert, Chris Romero Fee: $ 20.00Link

Starting A Business, Friday, March 22, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Fort Walton Beach, Building 8 - Library 2nd Floor, Fort Walton Beach When: Friday, March 22, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsYou have an idea for a business. What's the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no-cost) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please pre-register as seating is limited.Speaker: Ayesha Haider, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Community Broadcasters, LLC (103.1 The Blaze, Hwy 98.1 Country, 102.1 The Wave, & Q92) and BBVA Compass BankFee: $ 50.00Link

Securing a Business Loan, Monday, March 25, 2019

Where: Downtown Fort Myers Library, Fort Myers When: Monday, March 25, 2019 2:00 PM to 4:30 PMParticipants will expand their knowledge about business finances and what financiers and banks are looking for when it comes to extending business loans. This workshop is for new or established businesses and designed for the business owner or accounting staff. This seminar is sponsored by The Fort Myers Regional Library.Speaker: Suzanne Specht, MBA and Lisa Portnoy, Bank UnitedCo-Sponsor: Fort Myers Regional LibraryFee: No CostLink

Responding to RFP's / RFI's & RFQ's, Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMGain insight into the bid writing process and discover proven tools for responding to proposals. In this seminar you will learn the do's and don'ts in writing and submitting a proposal.Fee: $ 20.00Link

Hacker Hours

SoFlo Cyber District Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 PM A more informal, personal meetup on all things tech related. Originally sponsored by Palm Beach Tech, we are now expanding to host other types of even... https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/vjdbqqyzfbjc/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/SoFlo-Cyber-District/events/vjdbqqyzfbjc/

Starting A Daycare Business, Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at FAMU, FAMU Foundation Building, Tallahassee When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PMThis workshop is presented to assist start-ups and existing business operations in the Day Care Service Industry. We will cover topics and challenges that are unique to day care facilities, especially State regulations, various supporting agencies and financial management and accounting issues. Childcare services continues to grow as a market segment and though many entrepreneurs view the opportunity because of low barriers to entry, there are a wide range of factors to consider. We are offering this workshop to explore and address the best ways to start-up a daycare center.Fee: No CostLink

Strategic Planning: Decide Now to Own Your Future, Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 8:30 AM to 10:00 AMTopic: Managing a BusinessWhere do you want your company to be in five years? In ten? How can you be sure you'll get there? Strategic planning is a process to help you turn dreams into goals, and give you a much greater chance of achieving the future you want. You'll learn how to devise a strategy that fits your goals, will transform your company, and how to develop a roadmap that works. Decide now whether you'll let your future happen or make it happen.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.Fee: No CostLink

1 Million Cups Tampa

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

L. Gale Lemerand Entrepreneurial Speaker Series – Charles Clark

CHARLES CLARK Charles Clark is a world-class athlete, international keynote speaker, writer, business coach and entrepreneur, and CEO of the business consulting firm Charles Clark International. He was a world-class track athlete who fought his way academically and physically to earn a spot on the Florida State University track team, achieving 3 – time NCAA national championship status. Although Charles initially struggled to get into FSU, he didn’t let go of his dream and went on to excel as a student and an athlete earning a degree with a 3.2 GPA. Tragically, Charles suffered an injury while training and never really recovered to be fully competitive again. However, while his plan of continuing as a world-class athlete was crushed, he never gave up. It was a pivotal time in Charles’ life and he made the decision to give back to the community. He founded the Charles Clark What Matters Foundation with a mission “To be a resource that advocates and teaches essential methods to prepare youth and young adults for the next level in their career through education, fitness, and health.” Charles’ expertise in leadership, passion, grit, and psychology has allowed him to effectively deliver speeches and trainings to an extensive range of organizations. He has provided over 500 event presentations over nine years for companies including Frontier Communications Corporation, Dicks Sporting Goods, Nike, iHeart Radio, Raymond James Financial, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and NCAA college sports teams. Scholarship Criteria: The L. Gale Lemerand Entrepreneurial Speaker Series Scholarship will be awarded to students interested in becoming entrepreneurs. Up to three $1,000 scholarships may be given, based on the following criteria: • One – Volusia or Flagler County high school student who plans to attend DSC; • One – DSC college-credit student; and • One – DSC Adult Education student. The scholarship application window will be open from January 28, 2019 through March 1, 2019. Please visit www.DaytonaState.edu/scholarships to submit your application by 5 p.m. on March 1, 2019.

Understanding Business Cash Flow Management, Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL When: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: 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 If you have any special ADA needs, please contact us in advance. Fee: No CostLink

Growing a Successful Federal Contracting Small Business, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:45 AM to 9:00 AMTopic: Government ContractingTBD Facilitator: Karen Krymski, Procurement Specialist, Florida PTAC at USF Registration will open on February 4, 2019 Fee: $ 15.00 Topic: Tips to Successful Contracting with the Army Corps of Engineers Speaker: Facilitator: Karen Krymski, Business Consultant, Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center USF Speaker: Linda Spadoro, Chief, OSBP, ACOE*Registration will open on February 4, 2019 *Full Breakfast Included with Fee *Pre-Registration Required. No Walk-InsFee: $ 15.00Link

Digital Marketing/Social Media, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Where: SBDC at Seminole State College - Seminole County Public Library, Jean Rhein Central Branch, Casselberry When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceLearn 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. Our local panel of digital marketing experts will talk about various platforms, analytics, and share some of the latest trends in social media. Speaker: Moses Ayiku, Consultant - Florida SBDC at Seminole State College Co-Sponsor: Seminole County Public LibraryFee: No CostLink

10 Keys To A Successful Website

10 Keys To A Successful Website Whether you’ve built your own website or used a designer, there are a handful of key success markers you should know–10, to be precise.  This workshop addresses everything from mobile compatibility to marketing copy every business website owner should check for.   Presented by Grace Everitt of Grace Everitt Consulting Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:00 am –1 1:00 am 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona State College Building 150, Room 305   There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required as seating is limited to 30 attendees Please call SBDC at DSC at (386) 506-4723 to register.

Bookkeeping Basics, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Where: Temple Terrace Public Library, Temple Terrace When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 2:00 PM to 4:00 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 JamesIf you have any special ADA needs, please contact us in advance.Fee: No CostLink

The WOSB Program, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Where: Greenacres Branch Library, Greenacres When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 2:30 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: Government ContractingThis seminar focuses on the SBA's Women Owned-Small Business Program including requirements and program overview. Speaker: FAU PTAC Guest Speaker Co-Sponsor: Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA)no cost seminar.Fee: No CostLink

Successful Social Media Marketing Solutions, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 3:00 PM to 5:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesSocial media has changed the marketing footprint for small businesses and nonprofits. In this seminar learn which social media platform is the right fit for your business/nonprofit, how to drive new and repeat business to your organization via social media, knowing what to say, where to say it and how to grow your following to boost your brand exposure, sales and donations. Reservations are required.Park in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

Fireside w/ Jan Bednar, Founder and CEO of ShipMonk

Startup Grind Palm Beach Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 PM Let's welcome Jan Bednar, Founder and CEO of ShipMonk as our next guest speaker. Jan will be sharing his journey as an entrepreneur where he has faced... https://www.meetup.com/Startup-Grind-Palm-Beach/events/258882699/... Link: https://www.meetup.com/Startup-Grind-Palm-Beach/events/258882699/

How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis workshop will give you an overview of the seven basic requirements for business STARTUP: Selecting an idea, Testing the market, Acquiring capital, wRiting a plan, Turning for help, Understanding legal requirements, and Putting it all together. Registration includes a workbook and start-up kit for NE Florida counties. Fee: $ 40.00Link

Websites and Social Media: Amplify Your Marketing, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Clermont Campus, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesIf you're a business owner, it's all so confusing. You need to have an online presence, but where? Google, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Houzz, Angie's List, Snapchat, your website - too many options! In this event, you'll learn how to target your market using certain channels, the kinds of information and activities to promote, and how to maximize results from the investments of your time and money.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

LinkedIn for Business, Friday, March 29, 2019

Where: Hart Memorial Library, Roseada Room, Kissimmee When: Friday, March 29, 2019 10:00 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesWant to know how over 2,600,000 businesses are using LinkedIn to grow their business? Find out best practices at this seminar! LinkedIn, now owned by Microsoft, is always being updated. In this workshop, we'll show you how to take advantage of LinkedIn's newly refreshed desktop and mobile applications and see how to use its newest features. You'll benefit from an instructive overview about how to use LinkedIn to attract and retain quality clients - and monetize your LinkedIn presence. Join us to learn how to make the most out of your online marketing efforts!Speaker: Ken Countess, The Countess Group ***Parents Note: We ask you please not to bring children to the workshop who can be a distractions to others. Your cooperation can help us serve you more effectively.Fee: No CostLink

Starting a Business, Friday, March 29, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Downtown, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola, FL When: Friday, March 29, 2019 12:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsYou have an idea for a business. What's the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no cost to you) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please arrive early to park and receive your packet. There are no refunds, so make sure you can attend. (Arrangements will be made for credit toward another workshop if we are notified at least 48 hours in advance due to an emergency.)Speaker: Glenn McDuffy, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Greater Pensacola Chamber, Cat Country 98.7 and News Radio 1620 and 92.3 & BBVA Compass BankSecond floor - additional parking located behind the building.Fee: $ 50.00Link

Facebook for Business, Friday, March 29, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, March 29, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMLearn how to grow a community of Facebook followers to promote your business in ways that lead to increased sales!. Fee: $ 20.00Link

Marketing Essentials Mastermind, Tuesday, April 02, 2019

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

Business Startup 101, Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Where: SBDC at Seminole State College - Seminole County Public Library, Jean Rhein Central Branch, Casselberry When: Tuesday, April 02, 2019 10:00 AM to 11:30 AMTopic: 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

Pinellas County Contract Compliance Management System - B2G, Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, April 02, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMAn introduction to the new Pinellas County the Supplier Diversity Management System for vendors. This course will cover system functions including using the dashboard, system navigation and purpose by entering sub-contractors information, payments and reporting. Fee: No CostLink

International Trade: Is It Right for Your Business?, Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, April 02, 2019 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

Quickbooks Essentials- Session 2, Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Wednesday, April 03, 2019 8:30 AM to 10:00 AMTopic: Business Accounting and BudgetQuickbooks is a powerful tool to help you track financial activity and manage your business. But the decisions you make are only as good as the data you get. Often, companies don't know how to set up Quickbooks to make daily accounting easier and offer better information for operations and planning. We can help. This session will review results of your activities, changes you made, outcomes you saw, and address questions that developed since Session I. Expect a lively discussion of lessons learned and new contacts you can use to share information and offer support as neededIf the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.Fee: No CostLink

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

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

Cybersecurity Academy, Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Where: Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI), Fort Myers When: Wednesday, April 03, 2019 9:00 AM to 4:00 PMTopic: CybersecurityGain an understanding of a recognized framework for securing organization for implementing and Educating staff and management Discuss real-life issues and best practices on how to resolve them Gain tools for developing corporate risk assessment; security assessment, and cybersecurity plans Engage with local peers and experts Feel more secure in how to proceed with your organization, vendors, partners and staffSpeaker: Ralph Quarles, Andrew Cooper, Professor Robert Totterdale, Marc FarronThe Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America's SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners with the University of West Florida serving as the network's lead host institution. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited Englisch proficient individuals. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. To request accommodation or language assistance, please contact Alison Bryant, Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Lutgert Hall, Room 2311, Fort Myers, FL 33965, or via email at abryant@fgcu.edu.Fee: $ 125.00Link

Business Start Up Info Session, Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Wednesday, April 03, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis session will cover the basics of "How to start your business" as well as resources in the community. Reservations are required. Park in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

1 Million Cups Tampa

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

Government Contracting: Overview, Wednesday, April 03, 2019

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

Marketing 101

Learn about social media marketing, loyalty programs, bench-marking your competition, promotional and advertising theories, how to target your customers and differentiate your business, and how to price your product or service. Thinking of starting a small business? This workshop will give you ideas on how to develop your marketing plan and how to best market your small business for success.

Cybersecurity Basics for Small Business, Thursday, April 04, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, April 04, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:30 PMTopic: 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: Panelist: 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: $ 25.00Link

Gainesville | How to STARTUP Your Own Business, Friday, April 05, 2019

Where: SBDC at UNF - Gainesville, Gainesville When: Friday, April 05, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:30 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceDo you have a great idea for a business but just don't know where to begin? Our course can provide you with a comprehensive introduction on how to start your own business. Some of the topics covered in this course include idea generation, the legal environment, business structures etc. In addition, this workshop gives the aspiring business owner an understanding of realistic tools and resources for business startup selecting an idea, testing the market, acquiring capital, writing a business plan, turning for help, understanding legal requirements, and projecting cash flow. Includes workbook.Speaker: SBDC Professionally certified consultantFee: $ 40.00Link

How to Start A Business, Friday, April 05, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Friday, April 05, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThe best way to get started! Receive information on the necessary licenses permits, legal documents and requirements to do business in the State of Florida. Learn to refine your ideas into a plan for success.Fee: $ 10.00Link

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

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

Starting a Business, Friday, April 05, 2019

Where: Navarre Beach Visitor's Center, Navarre, FL When: Friday, April 05, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsYou have an idea for a business. What's the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this four-hour workshop we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture. We will also provide you with worksheets to take home and begin the process. After attending this workshop, if you decide to go forward with your business, you will have access to a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to provide assistance (at no cost to you) as you create your business plan and move toward your goals. Please pre-register. Cost is $50 (cash or check at the door). Speaker: Ayesha Haider, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWFCo-Sponsor: Community Broadcasters, LLC (103.1 The Blaze, Hwy 98.1 Country, 102.1 The Wave, & Q92) Fee: $ 50.00Link

Starting Your First Restaurant, Friday, April 05, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UWF - Panama City, Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs & Advisors, Suite 200, Panama City When: Friday, April 05, 2019 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsDo you know what it takes to run a restaurant? Learn some tips for making it a success! Find out which licenses are required and how to obtain them in the correct order, quickly. Discover what the industry standards are that you should use to compare your expense percentages to. Obtain an easy formula for calculating the price of new menu items. Examine how often you should measure benchmark expenses. Instructor/CPA has operated a profitable Panama City restaurant, the landmark "Tally-Ho Drive-In", for over thirty years. Pre-registration recommended as seating is limited.Speaker: Johnny Branch, CPA, MBA, Consultant/GA Consultant/PD CoordinatorCo-Sponsor: BBVA Compass BankFee: $ 25.00Link

SBA Cash flow, Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Tuesday, April 09, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Cash Flow ManagementGood cash flow management is critical for the success of your business. This workshop will describe the purpose of cash flow management. It will assist you in determining a business's cash flow cycle to make accurate cash flow projections. Reservations are requiredPark in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

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

Where: Sumter County Office, Sumter Service Center, WildWood When: Tuesday, April 09, 2019 9:30 AM to 11:30 AMTopic: Business BasicsYour business is growing and your Accountant states you are making a profit. So, why are you having difficulty making ends meet? You might be experiencing a cash flow problem. In this NO-COST seminar, Area Manager, Miguel Nieves, will show you ways to address this problem and ways to avoid the cash flow problem before it has a negative impact on your business. Join us to learn, grow, and take action for you business's success.Speaker: Miguel Nieves, Area Manager, SBDC at the University of Central Florida/Sumter CountyIf you need assistance to register for this seminar contact Joanne Howard, Program Assistant at (352) 689-4698 or e-mail joanne.howard@ucf.edu.Fee: No CostLink

Business Plans 101, Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Where: SBDC at Seminole State College - Seminole County Public Library, Jean Rhein Central Branch, Casselberry When: Tuesday, April 09, 2019 10:00 AM to 11:30 AMTopic: 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

Doing Business With Pinellas County, Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, April 09, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMPinellas County's Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program gives local small businesses opportunities to participate in the competitive process for County contracts. You'll learn about the County purchasing system and receive personal assistance to help you register to do business with Pinellas County Government. Fee: No CostLink

1 Million Cups Tampa

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

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

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

Growth Planning for Government Contractors, Thursday, April 11, 2019

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

Ignite Your Online Marketing, Thursday, April 11, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, April 11, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesStuck in "the web?" Online marketing doesn't have to be so frustrating. Attend this seminar to learn how you can take advantage of incredible online marketing tools that will enable your business to have a successful online presence. You'll learn about the four Google resources that can help you attract customers as well as how to get local exposure with Google Places; how to increase productivity with Google Apps; and how to measure success with Google Analytics. Speaker: Gina Smith *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 45.00Link

How to Start Your Business, Thursday, April 11, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Thursday, April 11, 2019 11:30 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceIf you're thinking of starting a business, it's important to take the right steps. This course will give you an overview of what to know, actions to take, and how to avoid common missteps to give your company its greatest chance of success.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.Fee: No CostLink

Using SEO to Improve Your Google Rankings, Thursday, April 11, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Thursday, April 11, 2019 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesSearch engine optimization is a major component of any successful online marketing. This seminar will teach you how to develop a SEO strategy, based on methods of the book, "SEO: 2015 & Beyond," by industry expert, Dr. Andy Williams. You'll learn how to select keywords that are proven performers, combine the keywords into site content and boost site popularity. More specifically, attendees will master: * Basic SEO terms * Understanding Google Search results * How to use several free SEO tools * How to build quality content into your site * How to measure results using free tools, such as Google Analytics All attendees get a copy of Williams's, ""SEO: 2017 & 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

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Get Started with Google My Business, Friday, April 12, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at UNF, University Center, Jacksonville When: Friday, April 12, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesDoes your business have a Google listing? Is that listing claimed? 53% of businesses haven't claimed their business on Google and it could be impacting their bottom line! Led by Blake Stockton, Florida SBDC at UNF consultant and resident online guru, this is the seminar you need to attend to learn how to boost your business by leveraging Google My Business in 2019. In this impactful seminar, attendees will learn: How to optimize your GMB Listing to get more customers Best practices to manage your GMB listing New trends for 2019 Added bonus--- Get your business approved, on-site, by a Google Verified Approver! Fee: $ 10.00Link

Business Plans: Research & Writing, Friday, April 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and your small businesses, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Where: Melbourne Campus, Bldg 10 Room 206 Classroom, Melbourne When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Managing a BusinessBy understanding how search engine marketing works, your business is staying competitive with those other guys while giving your brand name exposure 24 hours, 7 days a week and are sure to gain new customers - even while you sleep. Can your customers find you on Google? Reservations are requiredPark in King Center lot - entrance off of Post RoadFee: No CostLink

Women/Minority & Veteran Certification, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMIt's no myth.women, minority and veteran certification could present opportunities for your business. But there is a process to becoming certified. In this class, you will learn how to complete the State of Florida certification application and discover how you can use it to seek business with the private sector and government. Speaker: Eileen Rodriguez*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

Pinellas County Contract Compliance Management System - B2G, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Where: Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter, Clearwater When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMAn introduction to the new Pinellas County the Supplier Diversity Management System for vendors. This course will cover system functions including using the dashboard, system navigation and purpose by entering sub-contractors information, payments and reporting. Fee: No CostLink

Basic Government Contracting 101, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Government ContractingReady.set.sell to the federal government! This workshop provides information on registering with the federal government, how to locate federal opportunities, who to market to within the federal government, and so much more! Speaker: Karen Krymski *Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots OnlyFee: $ 15.00Link

Market Research: Know Your Market, Industry, and Options for Growth, Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 8:30 AM to 10:00 AMTopic: Marketing and SalesThe success of your business depends heavily on external factors - changes in customer preferences, economic trends, the demographics of your market, and many other elements. What do you really know about these factors? Market research can give you deep insights into your business ecosystem, help you make better decisions, and plan moves now to get you ahead of the competition.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.Fee: No CostLink

1 Million Cups Tampa

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

Grow With Google, Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Where: SBDC at Seminole State College - Seminole County Public Library, Jean Rhein Central Branch, Casselberry When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesExplore Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get hands-on help creating or updating your listing, and take advantage of a free website. In this session we'll show you how to: Create or claim your Google My Business listing Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers Create a free website using the info from your business listing Speaker: Taught by Google Partner and National Trainer: Matt Weber, President, ROAR! Internet Marketing Co-Sponsor: Seminole County Public LibraryFee: No CostLink

Search Engine Optimization

SEO makes it possible for businesses like yours to compete online by moving your website higher in local search rankings. Why is it important to rank well on sites like Google and Bing? Because over 80% of consumers search online before making a buying decision. This class will teach you how SEO works. Contact Mitchell Slater, Treasure Coast SCORE, at 772-489-0548 for more information.

Subcontracting and Teaming, Thursday, April 18, 2019

Where: SBDC at the University of Central Florida, National Entrepreneur Ctr, Orlando When: Thursday, April 18, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Government ContractingFor many small businesses, entry into government contracting will begin as a subcontractor. This seminar will provide the small business with an understanding of the process including the format of the subcontract and teaming agreement and how to protect your company during the relationship, as well as the benefits of subcontracting. The class will also provide a review of the rules of engagement, the relationship between prime contractor, subcontractor and the governmentFee: $ 30.00Link

Instagram 101 Workshop with Grace Everitt

  Have you heard of Instagram, but aren’t sure what it is or if you should be on it?     Is it only for individuals, or can businesses use it too? How much do you have to know about photography?     What are hashtags and how do they work?   We won’t be talking about complex multi-level Instagram strategy in this workshop – instead, you’ll walk out with a firm understanding of the mechanics of the platform, how it could benefit you, and how to post your very first great photo.   It is strongly suggested to download the free app to your mobile device before arriving at the workshop.

Social Media Strategies - The Basics, Thursday, April 18, 2019

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

Business Plan Writing Made Easier, Thursday, April 18, 2019

Where: Lake Sumter State College Clermont Campus, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, April 18, 2019 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMTopic: Business BasicsYour business needs a roadmap for every stage of its growth, but never more than when you start. We'll remove the mystery of how to create a business plan, the information that should be included, and how to use it as a tool to keep your company on track for long term growth.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

Email Marketing Success, Friday, April 19, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social Media Marketing, Friday, April 26, 2019

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

1 Million Cups Tampa

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

Government Contracting: Overview, Wednesday, May 01, 2019

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

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

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

Subcontracting & Teaming, Thursday, May 02, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Starting A Business, Friday, May 03, 2019

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

Marketing Essentials Mastermind, Tuesday, May 07, 2019

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

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

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

Starting Your Business, Tuesday, May 07, 2019

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

Business Startup Series, Tuesday, May 07, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marketing Your Business, Thursday, May 09, 2019

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

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

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

Accounting and Tax Prodedures, Friday, May 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Basic Business Taxes, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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

1 Million Cups Tampa

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

Nonprofit Startup 101, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Business Startup 101, Friday, May 17, 2019

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

Intro to Marketing, Friday, May 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1 Million Cups 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