Below are various educational offerings from partners in the entrepreneurial industry. Please visit our EVENTS page for educational offerings from the Florida Veterans Business Outreach Center.
- SBA’s Online Learning Platform, VIEW HERE
- Florida’s SBA District Offices’ events: North Florida and South Florida
- SCORE webinars, courses, and workshops, VIEW HERE
- SCORE for Black Small Business Owners, SCORE is here to support all small business owners. Black entrepreneurs face unique barriers to business success. SCORE is working to change that by providing Black small business owners with access to personalized support. Browse the comprehensive collection of resources that address the specific challenges Black business owners face in today’s world. SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs
- National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship: They serve as a strong advocate for AAPI business interests. VISIT HERE
- National Women’s Business Council: Visit HERE to view upcoming topics for Webinar Wednesdays, webinars to support women entrepreneurs in starting and growing your business.
- LGBTQ+ Business: SBA’s Network for LGBT Businesses aims to bring focus on economic empowerment in the LGBT business community by providing access to the SBA’s programs and services. VIEW HERE
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS ARE UPDATED FREQUENTLY TO PROVIDE YOU WITH TIMELY, QUALITY INFORMATION
Marketing Your Business, January 24, 6:00pm Eastern. You will learn Branding your business – Steps to creating your brand; Developing your marketing plan – Crafting a plan to communicate your marketing message; Marketing your business with social media – What you need to know to use social media effectively; and Pricing your product or service – Learning to properly price your product for business success. Register Here.
Introduction to the Tampa Bay Women’s Centre, January 25th, 11am. Eastern. Learn more about the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre and all of the wonderful services that we offer to female entrepreneurs to launch and grow successful businesses. Register Here.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program – Is it right for you?, January 25, 9am, Central. The USDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program aims to increase the participation of minority and women-owned businesses in state and local transportation projects that are funded by the Department through the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Transit Administration. Representatives for the DBE programs in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota will discuss program requirements, benefits to contractors, and opportunities for businesses that participate. Register Here.
2022 Oak Ridge Small Business Innovation Conference, January 25, 9:00am Eastern. SBIR/STTR are the nation’s largest source of early stage, high-risk research and development funding for small businesses. These programs provide more than $3.5 billion annually in competitive awards, enabling entrepreneurs to develop new technologies and ultimately facilitate their commercialization. Learn: Tips regarding Proposal strategies for SBIR/STTR funding; Understand how to find research and development opportunities; Hear from early stage investors about commercializing technology; Learn how to leverage research capabilities with Federal partners; Learn from a legal expert on how to handle intellectual property; and Connect with Department of Energy and Department of Defense SBIR/STTR program experts. Register Here.
Federal Government Contracting 101, January 25th, 10am. Eastern. Ready…set…sell to the federal government! This workshop provides information on registering with the federal government, how to locate federal opportunities, who to market to within the federal government, and so much more! Register Here.
Investment Funding I: Finding the Right Investor, January 25, 3:00pm Eastern. Funding is the fuel that helps drive the commercialization of innovation. This two-part workshop will cover a variety of topics related to seeking and obtaining an investment. Topics will cover dilutive versus non-dilutive funding, types of investors and investment capital, capitalization tables and term sheets. The first part of the workshop will help you understand the various types of investors and help you identify the right investor for your business. Register Here.
Website Planning 101: Take your first step to website success!, January 25th, 6pm. Eastern. Ready for a new website? Whether you’re building it yourself or you decide to work with a pro, getting organized is the key to your website’s success! In this webinar you’ll learn how too. Define your audience. Set your website’s goals. Determine key functionality and features. Plan your website content. Get your accounts and logins in order. After this webinar, you’ll have a comprehensive plan in place for your business’s website. Attendees may also request the free workbook upon completion of the webinar. Register Here.
Estimating Start-Up Expenses, January 26, 12:00pm Eastern. Nearly everyone who has ever started a business has underestimated the costs, and then faced the danger of running with inadequate capital reserves. The key to avoiding this pitfall is to adopt a rigorous approach to your research and planning. Register Here.
Tampa Bay WBC Virtual Networking, January 26th, 1pm. Eastern. Enjoy this wonderful opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs via our new monthly virtual networking series. The Tampa Bay WBC virtual networking series will take place the last Wednesday of each month. Register Here.
Banking Services, January 26, 2:00pm Eastern. After completing this class, participants will be able to understand the following: The benefits of building effective long-term relationships with bankers (branch managers and lenders) and business advisors; Factors to consider when selecting a financial institution; Features, advantages, and risks associated with the financial services and products under consideration; Types of small business financing options and lenders; Factors to consider when evaluating financing options; Ways to improve their chances of getting a loan, including building a strong personal and business credit history, keeping accurate business records, and understanding the Five C’s of Credit; and Ways to recognize and avoid small business fraud, scams, and cybersecurity risks. Register Here.
Leveraging LinkedIn to Enhance Your Business Profile, January 26th, 6pm. Eastern. This interactive webinar is designed to help business owners find new customers using LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network. Register Here.
How To Use YouTube To Grow Your Business, January 27th. 10am. Eastern. Join us and learn how to tap into the power of YouTube and learn best practices for creating a YouTube Channel. Register Here.
Keys to Business Growth in 2022: Lead Your Team, Manage Yourself and Execute Your Strategic Plan, January 27th, 11am Central. The New Year brings myriad opportunities to take your business to the next level. While many entrepreneurs are excellent at creating a strategic plan, putting that plan into action is a completely different challenge. And we have the solution to that challenge. Join us for a free webinar, Keys to Business Growth in 2022: Lead Your Team, Manage Yourself and Execute Your Strategic Plan, presented by Oracle NetSuite and Entrepreneur. Jill Schiefelbein, author of Dynamic Communication, will lead us through an insightful conversation with From Start-Up to Grown-Up author Alisa Cohn. Named the Top Startup Coach in the World at the Thinkers50/Marshall Goldsmith Global Coaches Awards in London, Cohn has been coaching startup founders to grow into world-class CEOs for nearly 20 years. A one-time startup CFO, strategy consultant, and current angel investor and advisor, Cohn was named the number one “Global Guru” of startups in 2021, and has worked with startup companies such as Venmo, Etsy, DraftKings, The Wirecutter, Mack Weldon, and Tory Burch. Together, Schiefelbein and Cohn will discuss: The top considerations to keep in mind when executing your 2022 strategic plan. The biggest pitfalls to avoid when attempting to scale and grow. The systems and technologies that businesses need to keep an eye on as they level up. The best techniques for leading your team through growing pains. The most important person to manage–yourself–and how to do that more effectively. Register Here.
Choosing the Right Business Type, January 27, 12:00pm Eastern. There are so many options when choosing a business entity and making the wrong decision can cost you greatly. Sara Castro Potts explains the options and helps you decide which is best for your business. Register Here.
Getting the Most Out of a SCORE Mentorship to Help Your Business Soar, January 27th, 1pm Eastern. Insights from SCORE mentor and mentee regarding mentorship, best practices for working with and becoming a mentor, and real-life challenge and success stories. Register Here.
Nonprofit Marketing & Storytelling — The latest techniques!, January 27th. 6pm. Eastern. In this webinar dedicated to philanthropy and nonprofit marketing, we’ll explore how branding, storytelling, and communications helps shape your brand mission and brand perception, and how it can help fuel your fundraising efforts. Register Here.
Revenue and Profit Projections, January 31, 6:00pm Eastern. You will learn about financial planning, understanding and using financial statements, marketing your business with social media, and finding financing. Register Here.
SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program, February 1st, 3pm, Central. WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING PROGRAM: To help provide a level playing field for women business owners, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting program. These contracts are for specific industries where WOSBs are underrepresented. Some contracts are restricted further to economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs). Register Here.
Branding 101, February 1st, 6pm. Eastern. Hear about different tools and techniques that will help you build your brand! Learn: How to start with branding. Brand elements and associations. Brand building truths. Building brand and brand equity. Benchmark. Register Here.
Organizational Types, February 2, 2:00pm Eastern. We will review the advantages and disadvantages of each of these organizational types for small businesses: Sole proprietorship; Partnerships (general partnership, limited partnership and limited liability partnership); Limited liability company (LLC); C-corporation; and S-corporation. Register Here.
Federal Government Contracting: Is It Right For You?!, February 2nd, 3pm, Central. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING: Small businesses can benefit greatly with federal government contracts. For four years, the government has exceeded its goal of 23 percent of its contract spending going to small businesses. In FY 2019, nearly $120B was awarded to small businesses, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and business expansion. Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 SB spend was $96.4B, but still exceeded the SB Goal of 23%. Small businesses are more easily competing for and winning these contracts because we are working to eliminate unnecessary paperwork, reduce regulations and cut red tape so a small business’ effort to grow and scale can be via contracts with the government. Attend this workshop and learn about our four socio-economic federal government contracting programs, the importance of relationships, partnerships and alliances, how to market to the federal government, the registration and certification process, and helpful tips. Register Here.
Intellectual Property: Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law, February 2nd. 6pm. Eastern. Are you in a creative business? Designers, illustrators, painters, software engineers, writers, authors can all create works with long lasting value. Are you an inventor? How do you establish proof of ownership of your invention? Attend this workshop and learn: Whether or not you need protection for your intellectual property. If so, which methods are appropriate to your situation. What processes are involved? How much you can do yourself and at what point a lawyer might be needed?
The timelines involved. Register Here.
Understanding Banking Services, February 3rd. 6pm. Eastern. The Banking Services available for a Small Business presentation provides an overview of business banking services. Identify the banking services commonly available to a small business. Explain how these banking services work. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of each of the banking services. Explain how a small business owner decides which banking services are best for his or her business. Register Here.
SBA Veteran Small Business Resource Brief, February 4th, 10am, Central. This brief goes over the different resources and resource partners the SBA provides for active duty, reservists, and all era veterans and the family members. Register Here.
Time Management, February 9, 1:00pm Central. The Time Management for a Small Business module provides an overview of time management and is designed to help participants to understand how time management can benefit their business. After completing this training, you will be able to: Explain the concept of time management and why is it important to a small business and Explain the time management practices which are commonly employed by a small business, including: ABC analysis, Pareto analysis, Eisenhower method, and POSEC method. Register Here.
Virtual Supplier Diversity Exchange, February 10th, 7am. Central. Miami Dade College (MDC), Minority and Small Business Enterprise (MSBE) Office has teamed with the State of Florida, Office of Management, Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) to do a Virtual Supplier Diversity Exchange. The MSBE Office and OSD have worked together in the past to showcase each agency’s Diversity efforts throughout Miami Dade County and have collaborated to have this Virtual Zoom Event. The focus of this event will be all Miami Dade County agencies that have served the minority community with their supplier diversity and economic development programs. The event will also have a “Ask the experts” roundtable featuring the Eric Knowles, President and CEO, Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce as the Moderator. Register Here.
Financial Management, February 16, 2:00pm Eastern. After completing this class, the participants will be able to: Identify financial management practices and tools that are commonly available to a small business; Explain how these financial management practices and tools work; Explain the concept of financial management and why it is important to a small business; 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; and Explain the basics of financing fixed assets. Register Here
Record Keeping, February 23, 2:00pm Eastern. After completing this training, you will be able to: Explain the concept of record keeping and why record keeping is important to a small business; Identify record keeping practices, rules, and tools which are commonly available to a small business; Explain how these record keeping practices, rules, and tools work; Identify benefits a small business derives from proper record keeping; Explain record keeping basics for a small business; and Identify software products available for small business record keeping. Register Here
Strong Business Credit, March 2, 2:00pm Eastern. Credit Reporting for a Small Business provides an overview of credit reporting and is designed to help small business owners understand the importance of reporting their credit and how it may benefit their business. Participants will gain an understanding of the following: How the personal and business credit reporting landscape relates to their business; What goes into the personal and business credit reports and scores used to assess credit profiles; How to establish and build strong personal and business credit histories to support the growth and sustainability of their business; How lenders and other businesses may use personal and business credit reports and scores to assess lending risk or evaluate other business-to-business opportunities; How the use of credit reporting services can help small business owners make sound decisions; How to leverage strong personal and business credit histories to obtain satisfactory financing terms; and How to recognize when business and personal credit history may become a bigger factor in seeking larger financing options. Register Here
Risk Management, March 9, 2:00pm Eastern. Risk Management is key for a Small Business to navigate the uncertainties of disasters, both manmade and natural and understand how risk management can benefit their business. Identify the common risks associated with a small business; Identify the external and internal factors which affect risk for a small business; Identify situations that may cause risk for a small business; Identify the common warning signs of risk for a small business; and Implement, monitor, and evaluate a risk management plan for a small business. Register Here
Insurance, March 23, 2:00pm Eastern. Insurance for a Small Business is an important aspect of any business owner and knowing how insurance can benefit their business. Identify the types of insurance required by a small business, Identify other types of insurance a small business should consider, and Explain why insurance is important for a small business. Register Here
Tax Planning and Reporting, March 30, 2:00pm Eastern. The Tax Planning and Reporting for a Small Business module provides an overview of tax planning and reporting and is designed to help participants to understand how taxes can benefit and affect their business. After completing this module, the participants will be able to: Identify the federal tax requirements of a small business and its owner, and to establish a plan to account and pay for federal taxes; Identify the general state and local tax requirements of a small business, and establish a plan to account and pay for these taxes; Identify methods for researching the local, municipal, and county reporting/licensing requirements for a small business; and Money Smart introduces core skills for successful small business management, and participants can chose a topic of their choice or to attend the entire series. Register Here
Selling Your Small Business & Succession Planning, March 30, 2:00pm Eastern. The Selling a Small Business and Succession Planning for a Small Business training provides an overview of selling a small business and succession planning and is designed to help participants to understand how selling a business can benefit their business. Participants at this workshop will learn about: How to change the ownership of a business through selling, closing, or transferring the business to successors; and How to establish an exit strategy for retirement which includes a succession plan, transferring ownership of the business, and paying taxes. Register Here
Managing Cash Flow, April 6, 2:00pm Eastern. The Managing Cash Flow module encourages the participants to focus on cash flow management as an essential competency of business ownership. After completing this training, the participants will be able to: Describe the purpose of cash flow management in a start-up small business; Assess a cash flow cycle and make some cash flow projections; Describe how a cash flow statement can help assess and improve the financial health of a start-up; Identify some ways to manage cash flow in terms of managing costs and potential income; and Identify ways to seek out expert technical assistance to improve cash flow management. Register Here
Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship’s Small Business Executive Program, offered in Broward County, Jacksonville, Orlando, Palm Beach County, Tallahassee, and Tampa Bay.
The Florida Veterans Business Outreach Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with Gulf Coast State College and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.