Feb 06 2019

Series Starts Tomorrow, 2/6! Module 1 - Business Smart Toolkit at the Microsoft Store in Dallas - February 6, 7 & 8

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Series Starts Tomorrow, February 6

Business Smart Toolkit 

Microsoft Store - NorthPark Mall

8687 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1612

Dallas, Texas


February 6, 7 & 8, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Free Workshops for Entrepreneurs and Those Wanting to Start a Business



Linda Williams, Economic Development Specialist for the Small Business Administration is presenting these important mini-workshops for the business owner.  The sessions are held at the Microsoft Store at the NorthPark Mall, Dallas, TX. Learn important information about starting and growing a business today! The workshops are free, but registration is required.   Attend one or attend them all - registration is separate for each workshop.  Seating is limited so reserve today!  

Program Overview:  Business Smart Toolkit Series (February 6, 7 & 8)

Join SBA’s Linda Williams at the Microsoft Store at the North Park Mall for the Business Smart Toolkit presentations, a mini-workshop series on entrepreneurship.  There are three stand-alone modules of 1 ½ hour duration that can be taken in sequence, or taken individually without the others.  The modules are titled Ready, Set, Go.  Module 1 (Ready) includes tips on Starting Your Business such as understanding your competitive market and business plan development.  Module 2 (Set) moves into credit-worthiness and financing strategies.  In Module 3 (Go) you will gain valuable information about free and low cost resources available to every business owner as well as ways to find and start using them!  

The Business Smart Toolkit series is an eye-opener for many entrepreneurs who think they have the ticket for success, but actually lack basic information very critical for survival and growth.  Ready, Set, Go – are you ready to start and grow your small business into optimal success?  Don’t miss these workshops – it is time you “know what you don’t know” about business ownership and success.  

Module Descriptions:

Module 1 – “Ready” – Wednesday, February 6

This workshop is the first of a three part series that can be taken individually or with the other workshops.  The “Ready” module provides an Entrepreneurship Readiness Assessment and instruction on Steps to Starting a Small Business, Determining Your Offering and Market Demand, Understanding Your Competition, Determining Your marketing Strategy, Determining Your Start-up Costs, Meeting Your Legal Requirements, Preparing Yourself Financially, Developing a Business Plan and Getting Help.  Click link to register for Module1: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-ready-to-start-your-business-module-1-business-smart-toolkit-tickets-55731425193

Module 2 – “Set” – Thursday, February 7

This workshop is the second of a three part series, the Business Smart Toolkit that can be taken individually or with the other two workshops.  The “Set” module covers steps getting ready to seek financing for your business (either a new business or existing business).   Topics include the 5 C’s of Credit (5 Things Lenders Need to Know About You), Sources of Funding for Small Businesses, Getting Introduced to a Business Lender, What You Need to Know about Traditional Lenders, Non-Traditional Lenders including Microlenders, Preparing to Ask for a Loan, the Basics of Your Loan Request, Preparing Financial Reports, and Unfair Lending Practices to name a few.  To register for Module 2, click this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-set-to-start-your-business-module-2-business-smart-toolkit-tickets-55732066110 

Module 3 – “Go” – Friday, February 8

This workshop is the last of a three part series, SBA’s Business Smart Toolkit that can be taken individually or with the other two workshops.  The “Go” module covers information on organizations that can assist small business owners in realizing their dream of business ownership.    This module introduces common technical assistance and financing resources for small businesses.  Resources include information offered through the Small Business Administration’s Website and through the SBA Resource Partners.  Learn about the SCORE Mentoring Program and Educational Workshops, Women's Business Center, Small Business Development Center Programs, the Veterans Business Outreach Center at UTA and SBA’s Lending Partners such as national banks, community banks, microloan lenders, Community Advantage lenders and the SBA 7(a) Small Business Loans.  Did you know that SBA has a matching service for lenders and borrowers?  It is called Lender Match and you can learn all about it in this workshop.  To Register for Module 3, click this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/go-for-the-gold-but-dont-go-it-alone-module-3-business-smart-toolkit-tickets-55732551562 

Register Today, But Don't Delay - Seating is Limited.  Click the links above for the workshops you plan to attend.  Each workshop will be presented again on a schedule to be announced.  If you are unable to attend all three now, just register for those that you can attend and catch the others at a later time.  This information is valuable and the time is now to get focused on your business dreams for success.  Make your dreams a reality!

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