Small Business Workshops and Classes Offered

Business owners and entrepreneurs need assistance from time to time.  Education is key and vital to making sure you are up-to-date in your business realm.  The SBA provides workshops, webinars and mentorship.  Please see the calendar for upcoming events in South Florida for April 16-22, 2016 as provided via newsletter from the SBA.

Webinars

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 2:00 P.M., Targeting in the Government Market 

Targeting is a critical element (probably the most critical element) of winning in the federal market. Poor targeting creates many of the problems we discuss on the Contracting Officer Podcast – from miscommunication between buyer and seller, (i.e. hundreds of Q&As for an RFP) to frustration on both sides, to adversarial debriefs, and yes, even to protests. Regardless of where you sit in the federal buying and selling process, it is critical that you understand the importance of targeting. Contractors: are you finding lots of ‘great opportunities’ through search terms, key words, socio-economic set-asides, etc? So is every other company. Targeting lots of “great opportunities” costs you precious time and money. However, if you find and chase only the ideal opportunities, you can cut your capture and proposal costs by up to 90%. Yup, 90%. The value of targeting is clear. This webinar explains: – How to find your Target Market – How to build guardrails so you avoid distracting opportunities – The steps you can take now to improve your targeting. This webinar will be conducted by the Florida 8(a) Alliance CDC.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 11:00 A.M., SBA Programs and Services 

Understanding how the Small Business Administration works is the first step towards receiving assistance. Charles Long, with SBA will provide and in-depth discussion on the various programs that are available. If you are a potential or existing entrepreneur who needs assistance in starting or expanding your small business venture, this workshop is a must attend! Presenter: Charles Long, Lead, Economic Development Specialist with the Small Business Administration. Cost: FREE (Advance Registration Required) After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This webinar will be conducted by the Women’s Business Center. 

Wednesday, April 20 2016, 7:00 P.M., Passion: I am…Who do you say you are?

Creating “Personal Passion” begins by knowing who you are… The goal of this portion of the workshop is to begin the process by? 1. Identifying personal core values as they relate to business objectives. 2. Identify core values as they relate to creating a business “vision” and “mission” statement for your business plan. 3. Identify core values needed to maintain passion momentum in order to keep our businesses viable and sustainable. Activities used include Journaling and the use of pattern identification and story telling in order to identify values most important to us. Presenter: Maxine Logan, Owner of Gracewalks LLC Cost: FREE (Advance Registration Required) After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This webinar will be conducted by the Women’s Business Center.

In-Person Events

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 10:00 A.M., West Palm Beach, Introduction to Business Ownership 

Introduction to Business Ownership is a workshop that will help you decide if you are ready to start your own business – or if you have already started your small business you’ll find out what it will take to be successful, the risks, rewards, obstacles, and myths about business ownership and more. Have all of your questions answered. This event is held by the Palm Beach SCORE Chapter.

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 10:15 A.M., Coral Springs, Thinking of Owning a Business . . .

Do you dream about starting a business? You are not alone – millions of Americans share that dream. And yet, not everyone has the courage to get started. But if you are reading this you have already taken the first steps towards turning your dream into a reality. This interactive three-hour seminar will deal with the key information you need to be considering as you move forward. This event will be conducted by the Broward SCORE Chapter.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 3:00 P.M., Melbourne, Social Media for Your Small Business http://www.easternflorida.edu/academics/workforcetrainingandcertifications/sbdc/

From a business perspective, there are few communications tools that hold the power of effective social media messaging. Learn the basics of which social media platforms are the right fit for your business and how to leverage your company’s key messages within each platform to boost your own business brand exposure and sales. The program is NO Cost. Reservations are required. This event is being held by the FSBDC at Eastern Florida State College.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 5:30 P.M., West Palm Beach, QuickBooks 101: A Comprehensive Introduction & Much, Much More 

QuickBooks software is one of the greatest tools for the small business owner and it’s not complicated. Learn the easy way to set up QuickBooks – Work with Lists, Memorized transactions, Chart of Accounts, Customers/Vendors, Receiving Payment/Making Deposits, Entering and Paying Bills, and much more. This event will be conducted by the Palm Beach SCORE Chapter.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10:30 A.M., West Palm Beach, WOSB Certification – SBA (including the application review) – West Palm Beach

The SBA serves entrepreneurs nationwide through its programs and services, including targeted resources to underserved communities, (women, minorities, veterans, boomers, etc.) Including, but not limited to Federal contracting opportunities, training, counseling, partners and more. This workshop will walk you through the complete WOSB certification process including the application process. We will discuss why you should consider becoming a certified business entity and the benefits of being certified as a women owned small business. It will include how to become certified and what to do once you’re certified in order to do business with the government and all levels. At the end of the day, you want to get paid and sell to solid customers with whom you have an excellent relationship. This seminar will paint a vision of what you can do and highlight the tools, resources and people that can help you achieve that vision. Resources, Opportunities, Connections & Knowledge will all be shared by the SBA. Don’t miss this OPPORTUNITY! This event is FREE and seating is limited, so REGISTER NOW! Although this event is free, we ask that if you do register for this event that you make every effort to attend; as we do incur costs for holding the event as well as put forth a great deal of time and energy to prepare this event. This event will be held by the Florida Women’s Business Center. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 11:30 A.M., Palm Beach Gardens, Top 10 HR Issues Small Businesses Face: Lunch Provided 

Now more than ever small businesses owners face the real challenges of protecting themselves and their company through creating and developing Human Resources procedures. This seminar highlights 10 of the most common HR/personnel issues many employers face. This event will be conducted by the Palm Beach SCORE Chapter.

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 10:00 A.M, Cocoa, Is Your DCAA Accounting System Compliant http://www.easternflorida.edu/academics/workforcetrainingandcertifications/sbdc/ 

The presentation will provide an overview of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), including the responsibilities and duties. The types of DCAA audits that can be performed throughout the various phases of a contract will be discussed. Finally, participants will learn about the DCAA Internet resources and presentations that are available. Part 1: Accounting System Requirements for Government Contractors | 10am – 12pm The presentation will provide an overview of the pre-award accounting system design review process. Participants will learn what occurs prior to the award of a cost-type contract, what is contained in the SF 1408, and what the applicable DFARS regulations say with regard to what comprises an acceptable accounting system. Additionally, DCAA presenters will cover many other topics including direct costs and indirect costs and FAR Part 31 clauses that cover allowability, allocability, and reasonableness. Part 2: Incurred Cost Submissions | 1 pm – 3pm The presentation will provide an overview of the requirements for submitting annual incurred cost submissions to the government. Additionally, participants will learn about the DCAA Incurred Cost Adequacy review process and the required schedules to be included within the incurred cost submission, together with the Incurred Cost Electronically (ICE) model that provides contractors with a standard user-friendly electronic package to assist in preparing timely and adequate incurred cost submissions. Cost: $40 per attendee. Cost includes workshop materials and lunch. This event will be conducted by the FSBDC at Eastern Florida State College.

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 1:00 P.M., Stuart, Financial Management for Small Business

The Financial Management for a Small Business module will take you on an important first step to building a better financial future for your business. After completing this training, you will be able to: Explain the concept of financial management and why it is important to a small business. Identify financial management practices, rules, and tools that are commonly available to a small business. Explain how these financial management practices, rules, and tools work. Explain financial management basics for a small business. Explain the basics of start-up financing. Explain the basics of financing for a growing business. Explain the basics of financing working capital. Explain the basics of financing fixed assets. This event will be conducted by Indian River State College SBDC.

Friday, April 22, 2016, 11:00 A.M., Hollywood, Federal 8(a) Mentoring Program – (including application process & review of benefits- Hollywood 

This program is a guided, mentoring program to support the growth of small businesses that need connections and introductions to opportunities. If you have been in business for 2 years or more, this may be the program to propel your business forward. This event will be conducted by the Florida’s Women’s Business Center.

Date: 04/14/2016 Author Information: Tina Davis, Economic Development Specialist

 

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