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March 2020

Restaurant Benchmarks-Metrics to Maximize Profits

March 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
free

Industry Benchmarks allow restaurant owners to understand what their costs should be and how to optimize operations. This workshop will review the industry benchmarks that all restaurants should be tracking to maximize profits. Presenter:Barney Santos *The workshop will be moved over to webinar format. We will e-mail all registered attendees a ZOOM link to get connected to the webinar. REGISTER NOW

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Creating an Effective Business Plan

March 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
free

Having a business planning process is a necessity for your business whether you are trying to build an internal roadmap for your business concept or you are looking for funding. This workshop will cover all aspects of creating a business plan, as well as emphasize the importance of setting measurable strategies and tactics to help achieve these goals. Presenter: Andrew Cohen *The workshop will be moved over to webinar format. We will e-mail all registered attendees a ZOOM link to get…

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Start your Business in 2020

March 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Learn all the info and resources that you need to start your business in 2020. - What licenses and permits you need? - Do you know the type of entity you want to start? - Start your business plan   REGISTER NOW

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Business Planning Webinar – Part 1

March 31 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Come ready to work on your business in this two-part training. Business planning is a tool to help your business! It’s an opportunity to create a road map and tell the story of the business with a focus on key elements. Feel free to bring your device to work on the Business Plan during the training. Highlighted Topics: -Creating a Business Plan -Goal Development -Business Development -Marketing Plans -Advertising Strategies -Financials – Overview   REGISTER NOW

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April 2020

Webinar – Introduction to Entrepreneurship

April 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Some are entrepreneurs or naturally entrepreneurial. The Entrepreneurship Series is an opportunity to explore the “entrepreneur in you”. This featured webinar will highlight entrepreneurship as an option to generate income and cash flow, provide steps to start a formal business, and explore how to develop a business model to bring your vision to life. Participants will also be introduced to resources to help you take the next step in starting or growing your business, or transitioning from current activity into…

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Webinar – How to Use Facebook Live to Grow Your Retail Sales

April 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Remember QVC and how live TV was able to move products out the door? Now you can be an authentic video salesperson using the power of Facebook Live to grow your retail sales.  In this webinar, we will explore Facebook Live, how to promote your Facebook live event, key sales strategies for live video selling and how to use your E-Commerce channel to easily close each sale. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – How to Use Facebook Live to Grow Your Retail Sales

April 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Remember QVC and how live TV was able to move products out the door? Now you can be an authentic video salesperson using the power of Facebook Live to grow your retail sales.  In this webinar, we will explore Facebook Live, how to promote your Facebook live event, key sales strategies for live video selling and how to use your E-Commerce channel to easily close each sale. REGISTER NOW

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QuickBooks Level 1 Webinar

April 2 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
$59.00

In this hands-on beginners, detailed workshop you will learn the Quickbooks basics that will allow you to begin using Quickbooks for your business. Introduction to Quickbooks: – Accounting Basics: Profit and Loss Report, Balance Sheet Report, Assets and Liabilities, Cash v. Accrual Accounting – Company Set–Up – Chart of Accounts: Banks, Equity, Credit Cards, Income, Cost of Goods Sold, Expenses. – Lists: 1. Vendor Center (Database Set-Up) 2. Items/Products and Services (Set-Up) 3. Customer Center (Database Set-Up)   REGISTER NOW

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New Client Orientation Webinar

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

This orientation will give insight into starting and running a successful small business. You will learn all about what the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has to offer and how we can assist you in establishing or maintaining your small business through one-on-one consultation and training seminars. We offer the New Client Orientation free of charge to all new clients.   REGISTER NOW

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Webinar- Learn to Manage Commercial Business Risks – Insurance Options and More

April 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Come ready to learn how to manage potential business risks using commercial business insurance options and more for new and existing businesses. -Learn Different Policy Types to Consider – Need to Have versus Nice to Have -Learn How to Evaluate Policy Options -Feel Free to Ask Questions   REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – How to Find International Customers

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Exploring global trade can be challenging when trying to find international customers. Learn tips and techniques including market research to help: -Attract International Customers -Identify Potential Direct/Indirect Distributors REGISTER NOW

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Entrepreneur/Business Owner Tools Webinar

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Lots to do and not enough time? Come ready to explore tools and resources to help improve your business.   REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – How to Integrate Your E-Commerce and Brick & Mortar Businesses

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Thinking about E-Commerce for your business, tested it and not quite sure how to move forward? Learn how to integrate your E-Commerce and brick & mortar businesses. REGISTER NOW

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SBDC Orientation (Webinar)

April 7 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
free

This workshop will provide attendees with information about the program requirements and the different services and training offered at the center. Attendance is required for pre-venture and early start-up businesses. Orientation is offered two-three times per month so check the calendar for future dates. NOTE: Late admittance is not permitted, please arrive early. Instructor: Larry Johnson REGISTER NOW

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Business Planning Webinar – Part 2

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Come ready to work on your business in this two-part training. Business planning is a tool to help your business! It’s an opportunity to create a road map and tell the story of the business with a focus on key elements. Feel free to bring your device to work on the Business Plan during the training. Highlighted Topics: -Creating a Business Plan -Goal Development -Business Development -Marketing Plans -Advertising Strategies -Financials – Overview   REGISTER NOW

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The Basics of Starting a Business (Webinar)

April 7 @ 10:45 am - 12:45 pm
free

Learn the fundamentals of what it takes to get your business started. Topics for discussion determining the feasibility of your business, the importance of business planning, understanding financial and licensing requirements and more. Instructor: Charlie Lowe REGISTER NOW

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Creating Financial Projections Webinar

April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Have you tried to create detailed start-up costs, key assumptions and financial projections? Ran into a few obstacles along the way? Learn how to easily create your own.   REGISTER NOW

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I M P U E S T O S – WEBINAR

April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

QUE DEBEMOS TENER EN CUENTA DURANTE LA PREPARACION DE IMPUESTOS BAJO LA NUEVA LEY TRIBUTARIA, RECURSOS, VENTAJAS Y MAS Este será un taller en línea.   Registrarse ahora

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Social Media From Likes to Sales (Webinar)

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
free

You’ve started using social networks for your organization and now you want to use them more effectively in 2020. This seminar will give you a closer look at these popular social media networks and what they can achieve: Look closer at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram. Learn the market for each platform and how companies use them to grow How to create your company’s online personas for customers and contacts to follow and trust & move traffic. Do’s &…

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Webinar – How to Start your Business

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Learn to start, run and grow your business. This webinar covers critical topics such as business development, market research, business entities and so much more. Don’t waste another minute, join us in learning how to bring your entrepreneurial idea life. REGISTER NOW

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How to Start Your Business Financials in Excel (Webinar)

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Overcome your fear of starting with an empty Excel spreadsheet and become proficient to create your own Profit and Loss statement for your business. This workshop will cover the basic Excel functions necessary to develop your financials and then build a basic Profit and Loss statement. For maximum learning you may bring your laptop to follow along, but it is not required. Basic computer knowledge is required for this class. Instructor: Andrew Strachan REGISTER NOW

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Webinar-E-commerce: Selecting the E-commerce Platform and Marketplaces

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Come ready to explore Platform and Marketplaces in this two-part webinar bundle: 4/8 & 4/9 -Overview of hosted vs. self-hosted platforms -Learn about writing site requirements -Overview of the top marketplaces (e.g., Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Houzz, Etsy) -How to build an effective marketplace strategy REGISTER NOW

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Making Facebook Ads Work For You (Webinar)

April 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

This workshop will go over the ins and outs of using Facebook Ads to attract new customers. Whether you’re brand new or have tried Facebook Ads before, this training will give you the insight to stand out from your competitors and get more from your advertising budget. In this workshop you will discover: -The difference between a Facebook Ad and Boosting a Facebook Post -The basics of setting up a Facebook Ad -The strategy behind setting up a Facebook Ad -The entire…

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QuickBooks Level 2 Webinar

April 9 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
$59.00

Students must have completed Level 1 to be eligible to take this class. Level 2: A recap of Level 1: Chart of Accounts, Vendor List, Customer List and Items List. The continuation of Quickbooks Training to include: -Accounts Payable: Entering and Paying Bill -Accounts Receivable: Client Invoices and Statements, Cash Receipts, -Receipt of Payment -Credit Card Charges and Payment -Reconciliation of Bank Account and Credit Card Reports.   REGISTER NOW

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Pitch Perfect 101 (Webinar)

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Entrepreneurs seeking equity (angel and venture) funding must prepare and submit pitches to potential investors. The vast majority of SBDC clients do not have the experience and presentation skill set to engage investors. This lack of familiarity with the proper preparation of pitches often leads to failed attempts and hard lessons learned. Pitching investors and lenders is one of the greatest challenges facing entrepreneurs seeking to build and expand their businesses. High impact communications about investment derived from the value driven…

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Webinar – Comience su Negocio en el 2020

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Este taller es ideal para que los dueños de negocios que quieren comenzar un Si usted ya tiene uno y quiere saber si cumple con todos los requisitos, es bienvenido. – Hablaremos de licencias y permisos – Estructuras de negocio – Plan de negocio y mucho más REGISTER NOW

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Finding Funding Webinar

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Explore a variety of funding types for your business. Capital is critical for all businesses. The type of business, your capital needs, and additional factors may influence what you explore. There are many types of capital including owner investment, profit reinvestment, loans from a bank, loans from an alternative financial resources(non-banks), equipment financing, tax credits, supplier credit, credit lines, equity lines, Angel Investors, Venture Capital Investors, money invested by family & friends, Crowd Funding, etc.   REGISTER NOW

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How to Start Your Business Webinar

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Learn to start, run and grow your business. This workshop covers critical topics such as business development, market research, business entities and so much more. Don’t waste another minute, join us in learning how to bring your entrepreneurial idea to life.   REGISTER NOW

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Webinar-E-commerce: Selecting the E-commerce Platform and Marketplaces

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Come ready to explore Platform and Marketplaces in this two-part webinar bundle: 4/8 & 4/9 -Overview of hosted vs. self-hosted platforms -Learn about writing site requirements -Overview of the top marketplaces (e.g., Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Houzz, Etsy) -How to build an effective marketplace strategy REGISTER NOW

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Podcasting for Small Businesses (Webinar)

April 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
free

With more time in the car stuck in traffic commuting and the decline of good music on the radio we are forced with a dilemma of what to do in the car. Like any productive entrepreneur we want to do something that will grow our business. According to Edison Research, online radio including podcasts has grown 61% in the past ten years and NPR data reported in last two years has risen from 3.5 to 5.4 million listeners. It is…

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Marketing 101 (Webinar)

April 9 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Understanding the basics of marketing is vital to the success of your business. This workshop provides an overview of the principles of marketing and how to develop a marketing plan aimed at the needs and desires of your target market. Instructor: Debbie Goldfarb REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Finding Funding for Veterans, Military and Spouses

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Explore a variety of funding types for your business. Capital is critical for all businesses. The type of business, your capital needs, and additional factors may influence what you explore. There are many types of capital including owner investment, profit reinvestment, loans from a bank, loans from an alternative financial resources(non-banks), equipment financing, tax credits, supplier credit, credit lines, equity lines, Angel Investors, Venture Capital Investors, money invested by family, friends, Crowd Funding, etc. REGISTER NOW

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Accounting: The Basics of the Language of Business (Webinar)

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Accounting is the system of tracking the income, expenses, assets and liabilities of business. Owners, managers, bankers, investors – use accounting terms and concepts to describe the events that make up the “story”. This workshop will explain the basics of how to make journal entries including debits and credits, the structure of financial statements, important financial ratios, and, more importantly, how to “account” for the transactions in your business. Instructor: Andrew Strachan REGISTER NOW

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Aumenta tus ventas con un BUEN Logo – WEBINAR

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Zitlalic Ley de Latina Nerdas, dictará este WEBINAR acerca de un buen LOGO   Registrarse ahora  

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Facebook Live – Cómo funciona

April 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Este es un WEBINAR Aprenda cómo funciona un facebook Live y cómo usted lo puede usar correctamente con las herramientas adecuadas.   Registrarse ahora

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Webinar – Entrepreneur/Business Owner Tools

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Lots to do and not enough time? Join this webinar to explore tools and resources to help improve your business. REGISTER NOW

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Facebook Live

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

In this Webinar, you will learn with Xavier Lannes how to do a successful FACEBOOK LIVE, what tools do you need, and many more tricks and info. - Learn what type of equipment will help you do a better live event - How to create content - and Much more VIA ZOOM. Please download the app before the meeting.   Register Now  

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Business Loans 101 (Webinar)

April 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
free

This class will teach what you need to know to apply for a business loan. Topics include: What documents and paperwork you will need to use for the application process from major banks, which banks are currently loaning money and what you will need to qualify, why a business may need financing, sources of credit, and what you should know about credit. Instructor: Larry Johnson REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Introduction to Certifications and Contracting Opportunities for Veterans, Military and Spouses

April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

The session will feature certifications and contracting opportunities as an option for Veteran, Military and Spouse entrepreneurs and business owners who want to diversify and expand their customer base. Participants will be introduced to resources to help with become certified to do business with the Federal, State and Local government and an overview of the process. REGISTER NOW

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Business Model Webinar– Part 1

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

This is the ideal workshop where business owners at all levels will learn how to build, design, and define a business model. A business model is what defines a business and its practice. In this workshop attendees will learn how to first define their business model. They will be introduced to a business model canvas as a tool. Topics are below: -Business Idea to Business Model -Introduction to the Business Models -Steps to Define, Design and Build a Business Model…

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How to Brand Your Business to Success (Webinar)

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

In this class you will learn the basics of branding including the key components.  We will discuss the importance of establishing a unique brand and brand promise in the marketplace including the need to maintain the consistency of your brand among all key online, in-person & printed customer communication touchpoints (Website, email/social media campaigns, network events, store front signage & printed ads) PLEASE NOTE: LINK WILL BE EMAILED ONE DAY PRIOR TO WORKSHOP. Instructor:Debbie Goldfarb REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Tools and Tips to Providing the Best Customer Service for Your E-Commerce Business

April 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Learn the tools and tips necessary to provide the best customer service experience for your online store. REGISTER NOW

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Websites 103: How to Hire a Professional Web Designer (Webinar)

April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Once you’ve planned out your website strategy and content, it’s time to hire a web designer. We will give you an introductory course in locating and hiring the perfect fit for your needs and your budget. We will cover: -The difference between a web designer and a web developer -How much you should expect to pay for a website -Where to find great web designers -The selection process, including important questions to ask the designer -10 Common mistakes that can…

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Business Plan Overview (Webinar)

April 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
free

Developing a business plan is one of the most valuable activities you can undertake. A good business plan provides a roadmap for success, gives you a sense of control over your future and is essential to attract funding. Business planning might be time consuming and daunting but the good news is you don’t have to start with a blank sheet of paper! The Business Plan Overview workshop guides you through the process of creating a solid, well-structured business plan, tailored to…

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Webinar – Idea Validation: Assessing your Ideas in the Market

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Idea Validation and assessing your idea in the market is crucial groundwork for entrepreneurs and business owners. This webinar will provide basics to consider for validating your idea. We will also provide tips and resources to develope validation methods for ideas and evaluate the results of validation. REGISTER NOW

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New Client Orientation Webinar

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

This orientation will give insight into starting and running a successful small business. You will learn all about what the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has to offer and how we can assist you in establishing or maintaining your small business through one-on-one consultation and training seminars. We offer the New Client Orientation free of charge to all new clients.   REGISTER NOW

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Entrepreneurship Series Webinar: Session 1

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Some are entrepreneurs or naturally entrepreneurial. The Entrepreneurship Series is an opportunity to explore the “entrepreneur in you”. The featured one-hour sessions on 4/21, 4/28 and 5/5, will highlight entrepreneurship as an option to generate income and cash flow, provide steps to start a formal business, and explore how to develop a business model to bring your vision to life. Participants will also be introduced to resources to help you take the next step in starting or growing your business, or transitioning…

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Networking 101- 15 Second Elevator Pitch (Webinar)

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
free

Would you like to improve your ability to communicate what you do to increase clients and customers? Do you have your 15 second pitch? NEWSFLASH: With the internet info overload attention spans have decreased and now we have less than 15 seconds to engage potential customers attention. Deborah Deras, SBDC Marketing Consultant with give you a 4 step simple system to be able to create your elevator pitch and speak it with conviction to increase opportunities for sales, investors and…

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Digital Marketing Automation-Grow your Business on Autopilot (Webinar)

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
free

This workshop will go over how you can set up an automated Digital Marketing system to grow your business on autopilot. If you have a restaurant, a retail business, a service business or an e-commerce business, you will learn how to take advantage of automation to beat your competitors. In this workshop you will discover: -How to double your sales -How to attract potential customers and where you should be looking for them -How to turn those potential customers into…

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SBDC Orientation (Webinar)

April 21 @ 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
free

This workshop will provide attendees with information about the program requirements and the different services and training offered at the center. Attendance is required for pre-venture and early start-up businesses. Orientation is offered two-three times per month so check the calendar for future dates. Instructor: Larry Johnson REGISTER NOW

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Legal Structure (Webinar)

April 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

One of the first decisions that you will have to make as a business owner is how the company should be structured. Topics include: Permit processes, reviewing how to apply for the permits needed to operate a business, business licensing requirements, and a brief discussion on the implications of legal structures. This decision will have long-term implications, so consult with an accountant and attorney to help you select the form of ownership that is right for you. In making a…

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Webinar – Tips for Importing

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Learn tips for importing into the U.S. Do you want to start or expand an import business? It’s important to follow all laws and regulations to avoid an import business nightmare. The following will be covered: -Do I need an import license? -What are the necessary documents? -How to classify the merchandise -What is the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)? -How can a licensed customs broker help your business? -What is the role of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)?…

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Aumenta tu visibilidad con Google mi Negocio/Get Your Business Online with Google Webinar

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Free

This workshop will be offered twice. First in Spanish and then in English. 10:00 am – 11:00 am Aumenta tu visibilidad con Google mi Negocio Con un Perfil de mi negocio en Google, tu empresa puede destacarse de manera gratuita en Maps y Búsqueda de Google. Con las funciones que enseñaremos, podrás interactuar con los clientes existentes o encontrar nuevos. Trae to laptop o tablet para poder crear tu información rápidamente. — 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Get Your Business…

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Business Model Webinar– Part 2

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

This is the ideal workshop where business owners at all levels will learn how to build, design, and define a business model. A business model is what defines a business and its practice. In this workshop attendees will learn how to first define their business model. They will be introduced to a business model canvas as a tool. Topics are below: -Building Blocks for the Business Model -Introduction to Business Model Tool   REGISTER NOW

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Get Your Business Online with Google Webinar

April 23 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Free

With Google my Business profile you help searchers find and learn more about your business. We will help you setup your profile so you can help your business stand out in search results and find new clients. Bring your laptop or tablet so you can set up your page faster.   REGISTER NOW

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How to Estimate Start-Up Costs & Cash Flow (Webinar)

April 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

How much will it cost to start your business? It is important to know this figure so that you can plan ahead in starting your new venture. Topics include: Steps needed to calculate start-up expenses, start-up cost categories, calculating initial costs, calculating the first 90 days projected monthly costs, conducting a break-even analysis, and initial cash flow projection will be reviewed and presented in this hands-on session. Please bring a hand held calculator for your convenience. Instructor: Andrew Strachan REGISTER…

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Webinar – SEO Tools to Conduct Keyword Research and Find Growth Opportunities

April 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

SEO is one, if not the most, important marketing initiatives for E-Commerce businesses. We will explore several valuable tools available to entrepreneurs that will help create a successful SEO strategy. REGISTER NOW

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Export Workshop (Webinar)

April 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
free

This workshop will provide new-to-export and new-to-market clients with information on getting started in international trade. International trade basics will be provided as we walk through to the four export development stages and are introduced to trade assistance resources on the federal, state and local level. Attendees will receive a FREE online copy of Braddock’s The World Is Your Market: Exporting Made Easier for Small Businesses. Instructor: Charlie Lowe REGISTER NOW

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Finding Funding Webinar

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Explore a variety of funding types for your business. Capital is critical for all businesses. The type of business, your capital needs, and additional factors may influence what you explore. There are many types of capital including owner investment, profit reinvestment, loans from a bank, loans from an alternative financial resources(non-banks), equipment financing, tax credits, supplier credit, credit lines, equity lines, Angel Investors, Venture Capital Investors, money invested by family & friends, Crowd Funding, etc.   REGISTER NOW

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How to Survive AB5 and Independent Contractors (Webinar)

April 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
free

Are you an independent contractor? Do you engage independent contractors? Are you confused or unaware of the new law governing the engagement of independent contractors? To avoid fines and penalties, there are technicalities that are important to understand. Topics will include: -Explanation of the new Independent Contractor law (AB5) -Which businesses, professions and trades are exempt from AB5 -Discussion of the criteria to be an independent contractor -Ramifications for violation of AB5 Instructor: Michael DeDonato REGISTER NOW

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Entrepreneurship Series Webinar: Session 2

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Some are entrepreneurs or naturally entrepreneurial. The Entrepreneurship Series is an opportunity to explore the “entrepreneur in you”. The featured one-hour sessions on 4/21, 4/28 and 5/5, will highlight entrepreneurship as an option to generate income and cash flow, provide steps to start a formal business, and explore how to develop a business model to bring your vision to life. Participants will also be introduced to resources to help you take the next step in starting or growing your business,…

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Webinar – Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Veterans, Military and Spouses

April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Some are entrepreneurs or naturally entrepreneurial.  This is an opportunity to explore the “entrepreneur in you”.  The session will highlight entrepreneurship as an option to generate income and cash flow and how to bring your vision to life.  Participants will also be introduced to resources to help you take the next step in starting or growing your business, or transitioning from current activity into a formal business. Featured Topics: – Common Characteristics of an Entrepreneur – Types of Entrepreneurs –…

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Webinar – Handling Your First International Order

April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Just starting with global trade and waiting for your first customer? Learn how to prepare your business for your first international order: -Identifying an International Customer -Locating a Courier Service or Freight Forwarder -Packaging and Shipping Options -Required Documentation -Insurance Options -Payment Terms REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Veterans, Military and Spouses

April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Some are entrepreneurs or naturally entrepreneurial.  This is an opportunity to explore the “entrepreneur in you”.  The session will highlight entrepreneurship as an option to generate income and cash flow and how to bring your vision to life.  Participants will also be introduced to resources to help you take the next step in starting or growing your business, or transitioning from current activity into a formal business. Featured Topics: – Common Characteristics of an Entrepreneur – Types of Entrepreneurs –…

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May 2020

YouTube 101 for Business (Webinar)

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$20

Topics Covered: -Understanding Youtube as a Social Media Marketing platform -What content can you put on Youtube -How to optimize and monetize Youtube videos -Simple steps you can do to increase Subscribers -How to integrate with Social Media to increase revenue -How to use Youtube as a Marketing Strategy. Instructor: Deborah Deras REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – New Client Orientation

May 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar orientation will give insight into starting and running a successful small business. You will learn all about what the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has to offer and how we can assist you in establishing or maintaining your small business through one-on-one consultation and training seminars. We offer the New Client Orientation free of charge to all new clients. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Plan de Negocio Simplificado

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Este taller es ideal para que los dueños de negocios en todos los niveles aprendan cómo construir, diseñar y definir un modelo de negocio. Un modelo de negocio es lo que define un negocio y su práctica. En este taller, los asistentes aprenderán cómo definir primero su modelo de negocio y se les presentará una plantilla como herramienta. Los temas a tratar: – Idea de negocio a modelo de negocio. – Introducción a los modelos de negocio. – Pasos para…

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Webinar – Localization of E-Commerce and Why It’s Important to Your Business

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Knowing which customers can benefit from your business and making the user experience optimal for engagement, is critical. Learn about localization of E-Commerce and why it’s important to your business. REGISTER NOW

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Pitch Perfect 101 (Webinar)

May 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$10

Why this workshop is important: Entrepreneurs seeking equity (angel and venture) funding must prepare and submit pitches to potential investors.  The vast majority of SBDC clients do not have the experience and presentation skill set to engage investors. This lack of familiarity with the proper preparation of pitches often leads to failed attempts and hard lessons learned. Pitching investors and lenders is one of the greatest challenges facing entrepreneurs seeking to build and expand their businesses. High impact communications about…

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SBDC Orientation (Webinar)

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Free

This workshop will provide attendees with information about the program requirements and the different services and training offered at the center. Attendance is required for pre-venture and early start-up businesses. Orientation is offered two-three times per month so check the calendar for future dates. NOTE: Late admittance is not permitted, please arrive early. Instructor: Larry Johnson REGISTER NOW

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The Basics of Starting a Business (Webinar)

May 12 @ 10:45 am - 12:45 pm
Free

Learn the fundamentals of what it takes to get your business started. Topics for discussion determining the feasibility of your business, the importance of business planning, understanding financial and licensing requirements and more. Instructor: Charlie Lowe REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Finding Funding

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar session will highlight financing options for small business including alternative lenders, crowd funding, merchant services, suppliers, investors, etc. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar-E-commerce: Top E-commerce Metrics to Watch and Understanding Google Analytics

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Come ready to explore marketing options in this two-part webinar bundle: 5/13 & 5/14 -Learn the key e-commerce metrics you’ll need to grow your business -Overview of Google Analytics -Monitoring the important KPIs -How to build useful dashboards REGISTER NOW

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How to Start Your Business Financials in Excel (Webinar)

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$10

Overcome your fear of starting with an empty Excel spreadsheet and become proficient to create your own Profit and Loss statement for your business. This workshop will cover the basic Excel functions necessary to develop your financials and then build a basic Profit and Loss statement. For maximum learning you may bring your laptop to follow along, but it is not required. Basic computer knowledge is required for this class. Instructor: Andrew Strachan REGISTER NOW

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Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar (Webinar)

May 14 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free

Attend these free workshops to learn: -California payroll reporting requirements, including forms, employer obligations, reporting, and payment requirements. -About independent contractor reporting requirements. -Electronic filing and payment requirements and options. -Federal payroll reporting requirements, including Forms 940, 941, 1099, W-2, W-4, W-9, and alternative filing. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – How to Start Your Business for Veterans, Military and Spouses

May 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Learn to start, run and grow your business. This workshop covers critical topics such as business development, market research, business entities and so much more. Don’t waste another minute, join us in learning how to bring your entrepreneurial idea life. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar-E-commerce: Top E-commerce Metrics to Watch and Understanding Google Analytics

May 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Come ready to explore marketing options in this two-part webinar bundle: 5/13 & 5/14 -Learn the key e-commerce metrics you’ll need to grow your business -Overview of Google Analytics -Monitoring the important KPIs -How to build useful dashboards REGISTER NOW

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How to Speak with Confidence on Camera (Webinar)

May 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Would you like to use Social Media tools like YouTube, Facebook Live or Snapchat but are shy to get on camera? Does the thought of being on camera make you anxious? Would you like to learn tools to master -How to release your fear of speaking. -How to connect with your audience on camera -How to memorize content and speak naturally -How to get business from your videos -Q&A Instructor: Deborah Deras REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Value Proposition and Competitive Advantage

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

This webinar will help you identify the Competitive Advantage to convey the benefits you provide to your target market.  The four levels of a Value Proposition will be explored: 1) Primary; 2) Prospect; 3) Product; and 4) Process. You will learn the following: -Differences in framing a Value Proposition for a business versus a non-profit/social enterprise entity -Value Proposition versus Competitive Advantage -Effective length of a Value Proposition -Competitive Advantage – the key to outperforming other entrepreneurs and business owners…

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How to Survive AB5 and Independent Contractors (Webinar)

May 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Are you an independent contractor?  Do you engage independent contractors? Are you confused or unaware of the new law governing the engagement of independent contractors?  To avoid fines and penalties, there are technicalities that are important to understand. Topics will include: -Explanation of the new Independent Contractor law (AB5) -Which businesses, professions and trades are exempt from AB5 -Discussion of the criteria to be an independent contractor -Ramifications for violation of AB5 NOTE: Late admittance is not permitted, please arrive…

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Networking 101- 15 Second Elevator Pitch (Webinar)

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Would you like to improve your ability to communicate what you do to increase clients and customers? Do you have your 15 second pitch? NEWSFLASH: With the internet info overload attention spans have decreased and now we have less than 15 seconds to engage potential customers attention. Deborah Deras, SBDC Marketing Consultant with give you a 4 step simple system to be able to create your elevator pitch and speak it with conviction to increase opportunities for sales, investors and…

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Webinar – Intro to Certifications and Contracting Opportunities for Veterans, Military and Spouses

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

The session will feature certifications and contracting opportunities as an option for Veteran, Military and Spouse entrepreneurs and business owners who want to diversify and expand their customer base. Participants will be introduced to resources to help with become certified to do business with the Federal, State and Local government and an overview of the process. REGISTER NOW

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Accounting: The Basics of the Language of Business (Webinar)

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$10

Accounting is the system of tracking the income, expenses, assets and liabilities of business. Owners, managers, bankers, investors – use accounting terms and concepts to describe the events that make up the “story”. This workshop will explain the basics of how to make journal entries including debits and credits, the structure of financial statements, important financial ratios, and, more importantly, how to “account” for the transactions in your business. Instructor: Andrew Strachan REGISTER NOW

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Business Loans 101 (Webinar)

May 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

This class will teach what you need to know to apply for a business loan. Topics include: What documents and paperwork you will need to use for the application process from major banks, which banks are currently loaning money and what you will need to qualify, why a business may need financing, sources of credit, and what you should know about credit. Instructor: Larry Johnson REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – How to Find International Customers

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Exploring global trade can be challenging when trying to find international customers. Learn tips and techniques including market research to help: -Attract International Customers -Identify Potential Direct/Indirect Distributors REGISTER NOW

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Joint AVTA and SBDC Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Outreach and Training Webinar

May 21 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free

Join the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to learn about resources available to help your business prepare, explore and pursue Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) procurement opportunities. The goal is to help the Small Business Community participate in the local economy where local businesses can provide their services and/or supplies to the AVTA for a contract or other procurement opportunity. Opportunity examples  include construction, specialty contractors, manufacturing, digital signage, wholesalers, furniture, architectural services, landscaping and other…

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Webinar – Explore Starting Your Home Based Business

May 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This informational Webinar, will give you a good overview of what it takes to Start Your Own Home-Based Business. Having this knowledge will nurture your dream of being self-employed and doing what you want to do in life. From selecting a business and getting it registered to how to balance your home life with our work life, this introduction will help you move forward towards entrepreneurship! REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Tips for Importing

May 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Learn tips for importing into the U.S. Do you want to start or expand an import business? It’s important to follow all laws and regulations to avoid an import business nightmare. The following will be covered: -Do I need an import license? -What are the necessary documents? -How to classify the merchandise -What is the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)? -How can a licensed customs broker help your business? -What is the role of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)? -Important tips…

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Webinar – Accessibility: What Is It and Why Does It Matter to Your E-Commerce Business

May 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Learn about accessibility for your E-Commerce business, potential impacts to your business and opportunities to increase customer engagement. REGISTER NOW

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Website 101: How to Plan Your New Webiste (Webinar)

May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$10

This workshop is a starter course for business owners looking to build their first website. We will discuss what makes a good website and look at some things to consider before making an investment in one. We will compare and contrast the various options available in the marketplace for building a website, and cover the basics of search engine optimization, analytics and website security. Instructor: Omari Valentine REGISTER NOW

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Business Plan Overview (Webinar)

May 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Developing a business plan is one of the most valuable activities you can undertake. A good business plan provides a roadmap for success, gives you a sense of control over your future and is essential to attract funding. Business planning might be time consuming and daunting but the good news is you don’t have to start with a blank sheet of paper! The Business Plan Overview workshop guides you through the process of creating a solid, well-structured business plan, tailored to…

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Legal Structure (Webinar)

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$10

One of the first decisions that you will have to make as a business owner is how the company should be structured. Topics include: Permit processes, reviewing how to apply for the permits needed to operate a business, business licensing requirements, and a brief discussion on the implications of legal structures. This decision will have long-term implications, so consult with an accountant and attorney to help you select the form of ownership that is right for you. In making a…

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SBDC Orientation (Webinar)

May 26 @ 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
Free

This workshop will provide attendees with information about the program requirements and the different services and training offered at the center. Attendance is required for pre-venture and early start-up businesses. Orientation is offered two-three times per month so check the calendar for future dates. NOTE: Late admittance is not permitted, please arrive early. Instructor: Larry Johnson REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Veterans, Military and Spouses

May 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Some are entrepreneurs or naturally entrepreneurial.  This is an opportunity to explore the “entrepreneur in you”.  The session will highlight entrepreneurship as an option to generate income and cash flow and how to bring your vision to life.  Participants will also be introduced to resources to help you take the next step in starting or growing your business, or transitioning from current activity into a formal business. Featured Topics: – Common Characteristics of an Entrepreneur – Types of Entrepreneurs –…

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Webinar – Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Veterans, Military and Spouses

May 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Some are entrepreneurs or naturally entrepreneurial.  This is an opportunity to explore the “entrepreneur in you”.  The session will highlight entrepreneurship as an option to generate income and cash flow and how to bring your vision to life.  Participants will also be introduced to resources to help you take the next step in starting or growing your business, or transitioning from current activity into a formal business. Featured Topics: – Common Characteristics of an Entrepreneur – Types of Entrepreneurs –…

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How to Estimate Start-Up Costs and Cash Flow (Webinar)

May 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$10

How much will it cost to start your business? It is important to know this figure so that you can plan ahead in starting your new venture. Topics include: Steps needed to calculate start-up expenses, start-up cost categories, calculating initial costs, calculating the first 90 days projected monthly costs, conducting a break-even analysis, and initial cash flow projection will be reviewed and presented in this hands-on session. Please bring a hand held calculator for your convenience. Instructor: Andrew Strachan REGISTER…

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Webinar: Top 10 Ways To Help Grow Your Email Marketing List

May 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

You have been building your Email Marketing List a customer or a few at a time, but now you are ready to grow it with a goal to reach more people to learn about you and your business…Learn top 10 ways to grow your Email Marketing List. REGISTER NOW

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Marketing 101 (Webinar)

May 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$10

Understanding the basics of marketing is vital to the success of your business. This workshop provides an overview of the principles of marketing and how to develop a marketing plan aimed at the needs and desires of your target market. Instructor: Debbie Goldfarb REGISTER NOW

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June 2020

Webinar – Introduction to Entrepreneurship

June 3 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

Some are entrepreneurs or naturally entrepreneurial. The Entrepreneurship Series is an opportunity to explore the “entrepreneur in you”. This featured webinar will highlight entrepreneurship as an option to generate income and cash flow, provide steps to start a formal business, and explore how to develop a business model to bring your vision to life.  Participants will also be introduced to resources to help you take the next step in starting or growing your business, or transitioning from current activity into a formal…

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Webinar – The Rise of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Augmented Reality in E-Commerce

June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Augmented Reality, as tools to explore for your E-Commerce business. REGISTER NOW

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