Events/Workshops

 
  
    

On Demand

On Demand, available until April 01
Topic: Environmental
2016 Vermont Green Hotel & Restaurant Rest Area & Information Center cards printing & distribution of 5000 cards listing with phone # and map location. Printing at end of April will be followed by distribution to all State of Vermont Tourist Welcome and Information areas in May.
Speaker: Peter Crawford
Location: Online
Fee: $ 40.00
On Demand, available until January 06
Topic: Business Basics
The WCEDP Loan Application is now open through the end of 2019. Once you have an approved LOI for the WCEDP (Windham County Economic Development Program) funding you will need to take the online class (which will be available until the application process is closed) on how to prep for a business loan application. Viewing the VIDEO of the Business Application Workshop is MANDATORY. IMPORTANT NOTE: you will receive via return email (24 hours within normal business hours) a folder containing a Welcome Letter (the LINK to the video is included in the that letter) and all of the forms you need to complete and submit your Application. Also note that free technical assistance by a VtSBDC advisor is available for you throughout the application process.
Speaker: Debra Boudrieau
Location: Online
On Demand, available until January 06
Topic: Business Basics
The WCEDP Loan Application is now open through the end of 2019. You must complete an LOI first (and the LOI video is available to watch as long as the application process is open). If you are considering submitting a Letter of Intent to Apply (LOI) for a business loan application for the Windham County Economic Development Program (WCDEP), watching the LOI Workshop Video is MANDATORY. The FREE video is provided in partnership with the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) and addresses the LOI process; provides information on the project description; and additional worksheets that will assist you in the process. IMPORTANT NOTE: you will receive via return email (24 hours within normal business hours) a folder containing a Welcome Letter (he LINK to the video is included in the that letter) and all of the forms you need to complete and submit your LOI. Also note that free technical assistance by a VtSBDC advisor is available for you throughout the application process. Speaker: Debra Boudrieau, Area Business Advisor
Speaker: Debra Boudrieau, Area Business Advisor

May

Tuesday, May 03, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Customer Relations
Customer service can mean the difference between a "good" company and a "superior" company. Customers are lost for a variety of reasons. Keeping customers requires both efficiency and effectiveness. Customers may not demand perfection, but they do demand satisfaction. Our success will be a direct result of delivering this satisfaction. This will be an interactive workshop which gives participants an opportunity to discover tools and techniques that provide "knock your socks" off service to customers. We will: *uncover methods that make our customers feel important *transform complaints into valuable customer feedback *become the master in the art of listening *be aware that everyone is significant in providing exceptional customer service *learn how to out-service our competitors *recognize the value of first impressions *earn customer trust and *understand that our customers crave an "experience". We will explore the "secrets" of identifying and delivering this satifaction that will not only keep our customers, but delight them with exceptional customers service and keep them coming back.
Speaker: Carrie Gendreau
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, May 05, 2016 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Starting Your Own Business can be challenging...are you ready? This four-hour workshop is conducted by experienced business advisors and designed as a step-by-step guide for the first-time business owner. Your payment to attend the workshop includes a start-up workbook, handouts and access to 20 online courses in money, marketing and management. When you leave, you will be well-informed about the resources available and the steps involved in launching a successful business. Highlights of the workshop: - Evaluate whether there is a viable business in your good idea - Identify your target customers and explore how to conduct market research - Learn how to register your company, apply for tax numbers and protect your brand - Prepare to write an effective business plan - Find out about financing options and learn what a credible loan package looks like - Understand your "Next Steps" By the end of this workshop you will be well-informed about the resources available to you and the steps involved in launching a successful business.
Speaker: Ross Hart
Fee: $ 99.00
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is sponsoring an Introduction to QuickBooks, at Marlboro Graduate Center, Room 2E, in Brattleboro on Tuesday, May 10, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The workshop will focus on the basics of using QuickBooks to help you get control of your finances and win in the game of business. Choosing the right QuickBooks product, properly setting it up, and getting a solid understanding of how it works can make all the difference in your success. Learn the fundamentals of entering data accurately and how to run reports that will help you stay in tune with the financial health of your business. The presenter is Will Hepworth, a professional bookkeeper and Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor based in Springfield, Vermont, who enjoys helping business owners with accounting solutions that will make their day-to-day work easier.
Speaker: Will Hepworth
Fee: $ 10.00
Monday, May 16, 2016 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Starting Your Own Business can be challenging...are you ready? This four-hour workshop is conducted by experienced business advisors and designed as a step-by-step guide for the first-time business owner. Your payment to attend the workshop includes a start-up workbook, handouts and access to 20 online courses in money, marketing and management. When you leave, you will be well-informed about the resources available and the steps involved in launching a successful business. Highlights of the workshop: - Evaluate whether there is a viable business in your good idea - Identify your target customers and explore how to conduct market research - Learn how to register your company, apply for tax numbers and protect your brand - Prepare to write an effective business plan - Find out about financing options and learn what a credible loan package looks like - Understand your "Next Steps" By the end of this workshop you will be well-informed about the resources available to you and the steps involved in launching a successful business.
Speaker: Debra Boudrieau
Fee: $ 99.00
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Starting Your Own Business can be challenging...are you ready? This four-hour workshop is conducted by experienced business advisors and designed as a step-by-step guide for the first-time business owner. Your payment to attend the workshop includes a start-up workbook, handouts and access to 20 online courses in money, marketing and management. When you leave, you will be well-informed about the resources available and the steps involved in launching a successful business. Highlights of the workshop: - Evaluate whether there is a viable business in your good idea - Identify your target customers and explore how to conduct market research - Learn how to register your company, apply for tax numbers and protect your brand - Prepare to write an effective business plan - Find out about financing options and learn what a credible loan package looks like - Understand your "Next Steps" By the end of this workshop you will be well-informed about the resources available to you and the steps involved in launching a successful business.
Speaker: Ross Hart
Fee: $ 99.00
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Keeping accurate and up-to-date financial records for your business is without a doubt one of the most important aspects of starting and running a successful business. Unfortunately, many new and even seasoned business owners spend little time in selecting, setting up and utilizing a bookkeeping system that suits their business and their personal abilities and requirements. Many also decide to leave all this to someone else. Some do so because they suffer from “math anxiety” and some simply underestimate the importance of tracking and understanding the numbers their businesses generate. This workshop will introduce you to some of the options open to all businesses from the most common computer-based system, Quick Books, to Peachtree, a simple Excel spreadsheet, and what is usually called a manual One-Write system. Also covered will be some explanation of what you are looking at when using the most common system and the one preferred by most accountants, Quick Books. Using any system to its greatest value to you and your business entails much more than just data entry, producing invoices, accounting for deposits, etc. Some of the things that Quick Books can do for you including producing monthly Profit & Loss statements, Balance Sheets, Aged Receivables and more will also be covered in this workshop. An extended question and answer section will allow all attendees to find out even more directly from the experts. The presenters, accountants Julie Marckres, CPA and Deb Verzilli, CPA from Marckres Norder & Company, Inc. in Morrisville, each have over 20 years experience in the field. Come listen, watch and learn. Your business will thank you!
Speaker: Julie Marckres, CPS and Deb Verzilli, CPA from Marckres Norder & Company
Fee: $ 49.00
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT STARTING A BUSINESS? WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW WHAT STEPS COULD HELP YOU TURN YOUR IDEA INTO A PROFITABLE BUSINESS? This two-hour workshop will help you to understand what you need to do to begin to organize your business and how to develop your idea into a successful, sustainable business. In the first section of the workshop, we will discuss legal and tax registrations, tradename protection, insurance, risk management, employment taxes, the important points about getting a loan, and your accounting and bookkeeping needs. In the second half of the workshop, we will discuss the activities that successful businesses use to create a sustainable business: goal setting, developing an idea, validating your idea, finding your business model, market research, your business plan, implementation, and innovation. We will have plenty of time to answer your questions and we will give you some great material to help you continue planning after you leave. If you are thinking about starting a business, we can help you with your planning and development to get you started right.
Speaker: Brian DeClue, Steve Paddock
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Starting Your Own Business can be challenging...are you ready? This four-hour workshop is conducted by experienced business advisors and designed as a step-by-step guide for the first-time business owner. Your payment to attend the workshop includes a start-up workbook, handouts and access to 20 online courses in money, marketing and management. When you leave, you will be well-informed about the resources available and the steps involved in launching a successful business. Highlights of the workshop: - Evaluate whether there is a viable business in your good idea - Identify your target customers and explore how to conduct market research - Learn how to register your company, apply for tax numbers and protect your brand - Prepare to write an effective business plan - Find out about financing options and learn what a credible loan package looks like - Understand your "Next Steps" By the end of this workshop you will be well-informed about the resources available to you and the steps involved in launching a successful business.
Speaker: Brian DeClue
Fee: $ 99.00
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Starting Your Own Business can be challenging...are you ready? This four-hour workshop is conducted by experienced business advisors and designed as a step-by-step guide for the first-time business owner. Your payment to attend the workshop includes a start-up workbook, handouts and access to 20 online courses in money, marketing and management. When you leave, you will be well-informed about the resources available and the steps involved in launching a successful business. Highlights of the workshop: - Evaluate whether there is a viable business in your good idea - Identify your target customers and explore how to conduct market research - Learn how to register your company, apply for tax numbers and protect your brand - Prepare to write an effective business plan - Find out about financing options and learn what a credible loan package looks like - Understand your "Next Steps" By the end of this workshop you will be well-informed about the resources available to you and the steps involved in launching a successful business.
Speaker: Laurel Butler
Fee: $ 99.00
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Establishing a robust online presence for your small business is essential to a successful future. Today's customers expect to find your business quickly and easily when they look online. And if they don't, there are plenty of other options available to take your place. But with various website building tools and options, social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more, it can be a challenge to determine where constraints, make it easy to make a wrong turn when it comes to decisions regarding y our overall online business strategy. This workshop will help you learn the options, costs and risks associated with various digital platforms and website building strategies, as well as what online marketing tools to consider once your online presence has been established. We will cover website building, social media, paid online marketing, analytics and more. For more information contact Patrick Ripley at: pripley@vtsbdc.org
Speaker: Patrick Ripley
Fee: $ 25.00