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Start-up Assistance

Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This 3-hour workshop will give you an overall understanding of the steps you need to take to make your dream of owning your own business a reality.
Speaker: Mike Collins
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ever think of starting a restaurant, food truck, or catering business? Come to this informative seminar and learn such items as: industry analysis, food service choices, business planning, marketing tools, and funding!
Monday, October 19, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Question: "Can we get 501(c)(3) status without hiring an attorney or accountant?" The benefits of 501(c)(3) status and the ability to apply for government and foundation grants, can be vital to the success of your non-profit organization. IRS receives tens of thousands of them each year! In 2008, one IRS official estimated that organizations not represented by attorneys, accountants or other tax professionals account for 70% of the exemption applications submitted. (This is down from a similar estimate of 85% in 2002.) This seminar will carefully guide individuals through the 1023 form and provide vital information concerning how to respond to statements and questions needed to satisfy IRS reviewers. Required Materials: Participants should download form 1023 from www.irs.gov and bring it to the seminar. The Answer: "Yes, you CAN get 501(c)(3) status on your own."
Speaker: Sam Gore
Thursday, October 22, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM
This 3-hour workshop will give you an overall understanding of the steps you need to take to make your dream of owning your own business a reality.
Speaker: Mike Collins
Tuesday, December 01, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Many businesses require permits and licenses from local, county, state and even federal agencies. Federal and state tax requirements are not the only reason to keep good, up-to-date records in your business. While the last thing you want to do is have the IRS or State Depart. of Revenue hassling you, good record keeping habits will allow you to focus on generating revenue rather that worrying about catching up on your bookkeeping.

Business Basics

Thursday, August 20, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The business plan is a roadmap for your business whether you’re determining the feasibility for start-up, tracking your progress, planning for expansion, or applying for a loan. This workshop will discuss the narrative and financial aspects of the plan as well as give the student an opportunity to work with actual plans that have been prepared by others.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales
Thursday, October 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The business plan is a roadmap for your business whether you’re determining the feasibility for start-up, tracking your progress, planning for expansion, or applying for a loan. This workshop will discuss the narrative and financial aspects of the plan as well as give the student an opportunity to work with actual plans that have been prepared by others.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales

Financing

Thursday, August 06, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A good credit score is now considered to be 740 points or higher. This seminar will include information about the history of credit scoring, credit reports and how they are calculated, the importance of maintaining good credit, and more. Proven methods to increase your credit score by 50-100+ within 60 days will also be discussed.
Speaker: Robert Moore
Thursday, August 27, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
An entrepreneur goes into business to make money. In order to accomplish this goal, it is often necessary to borrow funds. This 3-hour seminar will cover determining how much you need, where the money will come from, the 5 C’s of Credit, and preparing your loan package.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales
Monday, September 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar is designed for the beginning grant writer, or a more seasoned fundraiser who is interested in picking up new tips and pointers. Seminar participants will examine all the elements of a grant application and have an opportunity to begin developing their own proposals.
Speaker: Sam Gore
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How would you like to pay off all your consumer debt, credit cards, car payments, and loans? Learn a simple yet effective method to start the process of making you debt free! Bring a calculator and a list of your debts with balances and monthly payments, and learn how to develop your own debt elimination plan that can be implemented immediately into your lifestyle.
Thursday, November 05, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
An entrepreneur goes into business to make money. In order to accomplish this goal, it is often necessary to borrow funds. This 3-hour seminar will cover determining how much you need, where the money will come from, the 5 C’s of Credit, and preparing your loan package.
Speaker: Ruben Gonzales

Managing a Business

Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Discover how to create 2+ more hours every day for who and what you love. Use Dr. Barnsley's HBDO formula to create a strategic marketing and self management plan that lets you focus on what is most essential in your small business development and life. In this fun, energizing keynote, you will learn how to leverage the help of interns and other professionals to grow your business, get off the hamster wheel, and get your life back NOW!

Tax Planning

Tuesday, September 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Do you know your product or service upside down and backwards, but the numbers just drive you up a wall? This seminar will help you understand the difference between cash basis and accrual basis of accounting and single versus double entry bookkeeping. We’ll talk about calculating and recording payroll taxes and sales tax and you’ll get hands-on experience in preparing financial statements, including cash flow, income and expense statements, and balance sheets.
Speaker: Jess McLamb
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Do you know your product or service upside down and backwards, but the numbers just drive you up a wall? This seminar will help you understand the difference between cash basis and accrual basis of accounting and single versus double entry bookkeeping. We’ll talk about calculating and recording payroll taxes and sales tax and you’ll get hands-on experience in preparing financial statements, including cash flow, income and expense statements, and balance sheets.
Speaker: Jess McLamb
Friday, December 11, 2015 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
This seminar will teach attendees how to get the most out of QuickBooks for their business. You will learn the basics to better understand your financial data. Topics include how to set your business, create invoices, pay bills, reconcile bank accounts, and create reports.
Speaker: Jess McLamb

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar covers tips for prospective and existing business owners on how to learn more about customers, competitors, and overall market opportunities. In addition to defining a target market, you will learn the 4 components of the marketing mix and inexpensive and effective market research design.
Speaker: Mike Collins
Monday, November 02, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hootsuite is a program that can be utilized to manage your social media accounts in one place. In Hootsuite Part 1 you will gain a foundation with a basic overview of the program and receive instruction on how to create a social media marketing plan for your business. You will also learn different ways that a company can cultivate an online image such as How to Articles, Industry Updates, Promoting Specials and Sales, Providing Coupons and Deals, Celebrating Company Anniversary's, Community Activities, Showcasing Company Culture etc. In Hootsuite Part II will execute your plan.
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Google’s Hummingbird algorithm update to its search engine is one of the most profound changes in years. It is a transition from a keyword driven search engine to a mobile natural voice recognition answer engine. You need to know how to optimize your website, reviews, video and social media to maximize your business success with these changes
Speaker: Martin Brossman
Monday, November 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hootsuite Part 2 builds on Part I and is a hands on seminar that allows participants to setup their accounts in the classroom. (You CAN attend this seminar without attending Part I, however Part I is highly recommended) There will be a brief review of Part I followed by setting up your account using Hootsuite. This includes: how to add social media accounts to Hootsuite, introducing participants to the dashboard, and to Tabs, Streams, and Applications that can be added to Hootsuite, walk through composing a message, assigning the message to different social media and attaching pictures, links, and tags, as well as using Hootlet, Hootsuite Mobile, Keyword and Hash tag searches. NOTE: participants may need to bring their laptops or tablets to the seminar.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
This seminar covers tips for prospective and existing business owners on how to learn more about customers, competitors, and overall market opportunities. In addition to defining a target market, you will learn the 4 components of the marketing mix and inexpensive and effective market research design.
Speaker: Mike Collins