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Apr 20, 2014

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Upcoming Rhode Island Small Business Training Events

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Posted by: Craig
 

Upcoming Rhode Island Small Business Training Events

 

Wednesday, April 23

The SBA and City of Woonsocket’s Guide To Small Business Resources (U.S. Small Business Administration, City of Woonsocket, SCORE, the Center for Women & Enterprise, Bank RI, and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce – Woonsocket City Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 169 Main Street in Woonsocket from 9:00 – 11:00am and is free of charge.  To register, please Click Here or call 401-334-1000 x160):

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, the City of Woonsocket, CWE, and SCORE, 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!

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Thursday, April 24

Business Development Strategies for Government Contracts:  Build a Strategy to Win (U.S. Small Business Administration and RIPTAC – 315 Iron Horse Way in Providence from 8:30 – 11:00am and is free of charge.  To register, please visit www.riptac.org/trainingor call 401-278-9173):

This training will focus on using the results of "Government Market Research" training.  It will help you to identify potential government customers, find the correct target markets, and develop a working strategy to market your competencies in a focused and effective campaign.  Learn how to build capabilities through teaming and partnerships, with advice on establishing good relationships for future success.  Focus will be on being ready to play when the opportunity presents itself, documenting relevant past performance, and demonstrating added value and the procurement readiness to gain a competitive advantage.

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Friday, April 25

LinkedIn For Your Business (U.S. Small Business Administration, City of Providence, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 10:00am – 12:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, email providence.ri@sba.gov or call 401-528-4561):

LinkedIN is a great social network for connecting with other business professionals, but are you using it to its full potential?  This workshop will teach you the basics of LinkedIN in addition to:
• How to use LinkedIN for prospecting
• Setting up and promoting your company page
• How to successfully setup and use groups
• Understanding analytics

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Tuesday, April 29

Exploring Entrepreneurship (U.S. Small Business Administration, North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, 8045 Post Road in North Kingstown from 8:00 – 9:00am and is free of charge.  To register, email info@northkingstown.com or call 401-295-5566):

Attend this workshop and decide whether starting your own business is right for you.  As part of this workshop, you will:
• Explore the process and learn about the risks and rewards of starting up your own business
• Discuss your specific business ideas and needs with a program manager 
• Get an overview of various resources at CWE and elsewhere to help you succeed

 

Business Basics: Ten Steps to Starting a Business (U.S. Small Business Administration, North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and SCORE – North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, 8045 Post Road in North Kingstown from 9:00 – 10:00am and is free of charge.  To register, email info@northkingstown.com or call 401-295-5566):

If you are thinking about owning a business are in the early stages of starting one, then this workshop is for you.  Register for this class to:
• Develop your business ideas and planning 
• Consider your legal structure
• Discuss choosing a name and entity
• Learn how to obtain an employer identification number, licenses, permits and insurance

Leave the session with an A to Z overview and specific tools and tips that will help you get started quickly

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Wednesday, April 30

HOW TO:  Understand, Manage & Improve Your Credit (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 2:00 – 4:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, visit www.cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800):

Attend this workshop to learn the fundamentals of credit and how your personal credit impacts your business goals.  This class will cover:
• What is a credit score and why does it matter; 
• How credit scores can help (and hurt) you; 
• How you can find out your credit information; 
• How you can improve your credit score; 
• How banks use credit scores in determining your business loan eligibility.

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Thursday, May 1

The A-Z Guide to Financing for Your Small Business (U.S. Small Business Administration, City of Pawtucket, the Pawtucket Foundation, the Center for Women & Enterprise, SCORE, the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, and TD Bank – Pawtucket Visitors Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 175 Main Street in Pawtucket from4:00 – 6:00pm and is free of charge.  .  To register, Click Here , emailjsandmann@pawtucketfoundation.org or call 401-725-4400):

There are seemingly countless options out there when it comes to financing for your business.  Join us as a panel of experts from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as area lenders sit down and walk you through all your options and help you decide what is best for your business.  Hear what each has to offer your small business as well as what lending institutions are looking for from borrowers.

 

The Experience Economy:  Winning The Hearts And Minds Of Your Customers To Grow Your Business (U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE – Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 4, Suite 402 in Lincoln from 9:30 – 11:30am and is free of charge.  To register, email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov or call 401-528-4561):

Retaining your existing customers and growing your business through word-of-mouth are considered two of the strongest ways to grow your business today.  The most powerful way to do this is by providing your customers with an exceptional experience.

Technology has taken us from ‘making things’ economy to a ‘delivering services’ economy.  With more and more goods to choose from with no discernable difference, we often end up purchasing on price.  A price reduction strategy is not a healthy one for long term business growth.  Those businesses that understand that we are entering the ‘experience’ economy are emerging as the winners.  Starbucks, Disney, Nordstrom’s and others all understand this. 

Join marketing consultant Bob Salvas for ideas about making your customers’ buying experience an extraordinary one and how that alone can help take your business to the next level.

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Friday, May 2

HOW TO:  Explore Entrepreneurship (Center for Women & Enterprise – Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 9:00 – 10:30amand is free of charge.  To register, visit www.cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800):

Attend this workshop and decide whether starting your own business is right for you.  As part of this workshop, you will:
• Explore the process and learn about the risks and rewards of starting up your own business
• Discuss your specific business ideas and needs with a program manager 
• Get an overview of various resources at CWE and elsewhere to help you succeed
• Hear success stories of women who have worked with CWE and are now thriving in the business world

 

HOW TO:  Obtain Bank Financing (Center for Women & Enterprise – Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 10:45 – 11:45am and is free of charge.  To register, visit www.cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800):

If you are considering loan financing as a way to start or grow your business, then join a banking expert for this free session that will help you:
• Understand how loan financing can be a way to start or grow your business 
• Find out more about lenders’ primary considerations when reviewing a loan request 
• Master key loan lingo of the financing world and discover a range of loan types, and their respective terms and conditions 
• Feel confident and secure in your financing decisions

 

HOW TO:  Choose Your Legal Entity (Center for Women & Enterprise – Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 12:00 – 1:00pm and is free of charge.  To register, visit www.cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800):

Make it legal!  A legal designation can significantly impact the future of your business, so come to: 
• Learn the advantages and disadvantages of various business structures (sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporate, non-profit)
• Better understand your business in the legal sense
• Be able to ask questions to our legal advisors in order to make this important business decision regarding legal entity