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

February

Tuesday, February 09, 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, February 10, 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: Brian DeClue
Fee: $ 99.00
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Growing your business with email marketing is one of the most cost-effective ways to spend your marketing dollars ever invented and can be used by any business no matter what products you sell or services you provide. Studies have shown that the average Return on investments is 43 to 1. That means for every dollar you spend, on average, you will get back $43! So get busy! It's a great way to reach your audience on a regular basis to share what you've been up to and any news or offers you have to make. This workshop will cover: What is email marketing/what isn't email marketing *how to grow a healthy list *how to write great content *What factors to consider when designing your emails *What makes people open your emails *Tracking results *Using automated list-building tools *Design elements that work and those that don't. The workshop presenter is Elisa Clancy, Owner of 3W Promotions in Morrisville and Hyde Park, a full-service Internet Marketing and Web Design Agency.
Speaker: Elisa Clancy
Fee: $ 49.00
Friday, February 19, 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, February 23, 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
Tuesday, February 23, 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
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Participants will be guided through a fun and intensive branding workshop. Using real life examples and workshopping through concepts, you'll discover branding for small business from the foundations to the extras. You will walk away energized and tooled to make profitable changes to your branding approach. Bring your organizaton's mission and/or vision statement, tagline, logo and a willingness to laugh and learn.
Speaker: Maria Lara Dailey
Fee: $ 49.00
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
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 challange to deterime where to focus your energy. That, coupled with time and budgeting constraints, make it easy to make a wrong turn when it comes to decisions regarding your 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 VtSBDC Director of e-Comerce Patrick Ripley at pripley@vtsbdc.org.
Speaker: Pat Ripley
Monday, February 29, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
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 challange to deterime where to focus your energy. That, coupled with time and budgeting constraints, make it easy to make a wrong turn when it comes to decisions regarding your 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.
Speaker: Patrick Ripley
Fee: $ 49.00

March

Monday, March 07, 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, March 08, 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, March 09, 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