Events/Workshops

 
  
    

On Demand

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

June

Tuesday, June 28, 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, June 28, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Business Basics
Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is sponsoring a workshop, Social Media for Small Business, at Marlboro Graduate Center, Room 2E, in Brattleboro on June 28, Tuesday, 10am to 11:30 am. Social Media is here to stay, yet with so many sites to choose from, determining which is best for your business and managing your presence on the platform can be a daunting task. Social Media is constantly evolving and every platform offers varying features, benefits and market reach. Frequently, small businesses have limited time and money to launch and support successful social media campaigns and online marketing programs, yet there are many ways to strengthen your online presence which all businesses can achieve. This workshop will offer tips and insights into how to maintain a consistent online presence for your small business or organization using social media, free tools, and website best practices. Gain information on mobile trends, get ideas for social media posts, and learn about the importance of location based social media. Registration is limited.
Speaker: Nancy Shuttleworth
Fee: $ 10.00

July

Thursday, July 14, 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 and Steve Paddock
Friday, July 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
This workshop will include a panel of marketing professionals who will discuss their own marketing experiences and answer your questions. What are your marketing goals for 2016 and beyond? Do you want to reach more customers? Do you have the capacity to expand? Do you want to grow your bottom line? You may be an expert in the product you make or the service you provide but without effective marketing you and your business are not reaching your full potential. Invest your valuable time by attending the Marketing Bootcamp for Small Business, a hand-on workshop to help you create your own, effective marketing plan. The program will consist of a 3-hour interactive workshop, plus two follow-up, 1 hour, facilitated small-group meetings to check in on your progress and receive feedback (dates to be given at the first meeting). The goal of the series is that you will develop your own one-page marketing plan that specifically identified goals, strategies, and tactics for implementation. See improved results in your 2016 bottom line?
Fee: $ 99.00
Friday, July 15, 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
Tuesday, July 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: Laurel Butler
Fee: $ 99.00
Friday, July 22, 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, July 26, 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