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Dec 29 2016
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Rhode Island Small Business Seminars and Trainings for January 2 - January 15


Upcoming Rhode Island Small Business Seminars and Trainings

Monday, January 9

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?
(Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 5:30 – 7:30pm and is free of charge. To register, visit www.cweonline.org , or call 401-277-0800):

Explore entrepreneurship and small business ownership in this information session, to help decide whether starting your own business is right for you.

During this workshop, you will:
• Learn about the common traits and characteristics of entrepreneurs
• Identify the risks and rewards of self-employment
• Conduct a self-assessment that will help you decide if business ownership is right for you
• Discuss the importance of a business plan
• Find out more about VBOC programs and resources that can help you move forward with your business idea

At the end of the session, you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a VBOC counselor

Tuesday, January 10

Exploring Small Business Administration Resources
(Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 11:00am – 1:00pm and is free of charge. To register, visit www.cweonline.org , or call 401-277-0800):

Are you interested in starting a small business but don’t know where to start? Do you already own a small business and need assistance with marketing, employee management, setting up financial statements? Interested in possibly getting a loan? Join us as experts from the SBA guide you through all the resources available to you and your small business. Let them show you where to go to get an expert help you draft a business plan for FREE, where to find financing for your business, exporting, how to get started in the world of government contracting, and more!

Topics covered will include:
• Technical Assistance Programs
• SBA Loan Guarantee Program
• 8(a) Business Development Program
• HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) Program
• Government Contracting Opportunities
• And more!


Dec 28 2016
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BUSINESS SUCCESS: LUCK OR SKILL?


Business Success: Luck or Skill?Newcastle Business Roundtable

Please Join Us!
When: January 10, 2017
11:45am - 1:00pm

Where: Weston County Library
Meeting Room
23 West Main
Newcastle, WY

RSVP: Register by Noon Monday, Monday, January 9, 2017 to: Susan Rezanina, susan.rezanina@sba.gov or 307-261-6520. PLEASE RSVP TO RESERVE YOUR LUNCH!!!!

Presenters: Susan Jerke, Regional Director, Small Business Development Center, and Steve Immel and Susan Rezanina of the Small Business Administration.

IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES


Dec 27 2016
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Veterans Business Battle - Application Deadline Jan 9, 2017


Veterans Business Battle



Join the Houston District Office, at the EO Houston - Veterans Business Battle at Rice University February 24-25, 2017. Stop by our booth and speak with a SBA representative about Veteran Small Business opportunities.

All honorably discharged or active military owning, starting or having the opportunity to buy a business and looking for capital, advice, resources or connections are invited to enter the Veterans Business Battle competition.

What makes a winning idea? A new solution, new product or new way of delivering a service. We welcome ideas from all industries. The finalists will be invited to compete in the EO Veterans Business Battle, where they will present their idea to potential investors and judges.

Semi-Finalists will be invited to the competition to attend the presentations, educational classes, set up a table top display, network and receive a ticket to the inspiring awards reception.

Qualifying individuals or teams must apply to participate in the competition by January 9, 2017. Finalists will be notified by February 1, 2017 and be invited to pitch their idea to investors and judges during the competition February 24-25, 2017.

For additional information and competition requirements, click the "Register Now" button.


Dec 23 2016
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SBDC offers free mentoring and workshops at Detroit Public Library


SBDC offers free mentoring and workshops at Detroit Public Library- Main

The Detroit Public Library is offering free Workshops in the month of January, please share the information with business minded individuals and entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of our services.

Location: Detroit Public Library - Main
Business, Science & Technology
5201 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
313-481-1391 or 313-481-1406

SBDC Mentor Counseling

January 11, 2017
5:00pm – 7:00pm

The Small Business Development center offers no-cost business counseling services to entrepreneurs. Whether you’re thinking about starting a business, need help with your business plan, or want to grow your current business, SBDC has you covered. By appointment only.
Contact the Detroit Public Library’s Business, Science & Technology department to reserve your seat or register by email.
313-481-1391  mkordyban@detroitpubliclibrary.org   or kcooper@detroitpubliclibrary.org


Dec 22 2016
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Marketing to the Government


Marketing to the Government

First Friday with SBA

You registered your firm in the System for Award Management (SAM) to get into government contracting. Your firm may have even qualified for one or more socio-economic contracting certifications, such as HUBZone or woman-owned; but how do you start getting federal government contracts?

Attend January's First Friday with SBA session and learn how to sell to the government.

When: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017
3 to 4 p.m.
Where: SBA Alaska District Office
420 L St., Suite 300
Anchorage, AK 99501
Register: https://marketing2government.eventbrite.com


Dec 21 2016
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Enhancing Your Federal Procurement Marketing: SBA 8(a) Business Development Webinar


Enhancing Your Federal Procurement Marketing: the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program Webinar



Would You Like to know about Federal Contracting?

Join the SBA Houston District Office Business Opportunity Specialists for a webinar about Federal Contracting Basics. Register for this webinar to find out about federal contracting and the many tools available to help small businesses build and successfully compete in the federal sector.

You Will Learn:
• Overview of Federal Contracting and the Federal Government market
• How to apply for Federal Contracting Opportunities

*Wednesday, December 21, 2016*
*10 a.m – 11 a.m. (Central Time)*


Dec 20 2016
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SBA DFW 2017 Emerging Leaders Executive Training Program Recruitment Period is underway!


2017 SBA Emerging Leaders Executive Training Program Recruitment Underway



The SBA Dallas/Fort Worth District Office is currently recruiting candidates for the 2017 Emerging Leaders Class to be held in Dallas, TX starting in April 2017.

The SBA Emerging Leaders Executive Training Program is an innovative 7-month program designed specifically for established business owners. The key components of the training program are:

•Leadership
•Accessing Capital
•Financial Analysis
•Marketing & Sales
•Resource Management
•Securing Government Contracts
•CEO Mentoring Groups
•Strategic Growth Action Plan

At the end of the 7-month program, participants will walk away with a customized Strategic Growth Action Plan identifying the action steps required to achieve their business goals.

Is it right for you?

The ideal candidate is tired of the status quo, and looking to gain the business knowledge, skills and trusted networks needed to successfully grow and scale his or her business.

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

•$400,000- $10 Million in annual revenues
•At least one full-time employee besides the owner
•Been in business for at least 3 years

Cost: Participation in the Emerging Leaders series is totally free! The only cost to business owners is their time and commitment.


Dec 19 2016
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Opportunity for international trade training scholarship


Strengthen Your Business - Sell to Customers Outside the U.S.



Is your company taking advantage of the possibilities in the global marketplace?

Each year the Portland Community College Small Business Development Center and Global Trade Center offers its 10-month training program developed specifically for small business exporters or those new to export. The Global Trade Management program has limited scholarships available to small business owners (less than 500 employees) seeking to learn or enhance their knowledge around the requirements for selling to customers outside of the U.S.

Did you know U.S. companies that export grow faster and are 8.5% less likely to go out of business than non-exporting companies? In Global Trade Management at PCC Small Business Development Center, learn how to plan and manage global business, find the right markets, export your products and get paid.


Dec 16 2016
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12 January 2017 Small Business Tax Seminar 8:00 - noon




FREE Small Business
Tax Forum

HELPING YOU
GET IT RIGHT


Thursday, January 12, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

U.S. Small Business Administration 6501 Sylvan Road, Main Conference Room Citrus Heights, CA 95610


Participating Agencies Include

• U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

• BOARD OF EQUALIZATION

• INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

• FRANCHISE TAX BOARD

• EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

Welcome and Opening Remarks Joe McClure, District Director, SBA Sacramento District Office


Dec 15 2016
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Selling to the Federal Government


Selling to the Federal Government



Presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration

Learn how to sell your goods/services to the Federal Government. This seminar teaches small businesses about federal government contracting programs for small business. Seminar will include discussion about government contracting, 8(a) certification, Hubzone program information and more!

WHEN: Wednesday January 4th, 2017

TIME: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

LOCATION: 2828 North Central Avenue, Suite 800 Phoenix, AZ 85004

AGENDA: 1:00pm-2:15 pm SBA Presentation