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

August

Tuesday, August 30, 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

September

Thursday, September 08, 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, September 09, 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
Monday, September 12, 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, September 13, 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
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Technology
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 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. REGISTER EARLY AS SPACE IS LIMITED. ATTENDEES WILL NEED TO USE METERED PARKING ON MAIN STREET OR BEHIND KEY BANK DUE TO LIMITED PARKING AT CNB.
Speaker: Patrick Ripley
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, September 15, 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, September 16, 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, September 20, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Technology
Today's business takes place online with websites, email and a variety of electronic storage. What data in your organization is considered sensitive? Do you have Intellectual Property (industrial design rights, trade secrets, patents, etc.) or customer information (name, address, phone, image, social security, credit card transactions, etc.) and is it at risk for security breaches? Would such a breach be devastating to your business? Learn where you may be at risk and how to enhance your technology readiness and business resiliency through implementation of best practices to avoid intrusion. This workshop will also provide details about how to protect your information from the threat of internal employee carelessness as well as what to do if a breach occurs.
Speaker: John Burton, Founder and President of NPI Technology Management
Fee: $ 49.00
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Business Basics
The digital universe is constantly changing and many businesses find it challenging to keep up with new trends and tools that can help them be efficient and stay competitive. Get tips and insights into how to maintain a consistent online presence for your business organization. Frequently small businesses have limited resources to launch and support successful online marketing efforts, yet there are ways to maintain a strong online presence which all businesses can achieve. Gain information on mobile trends, ideas for social media posts, and evaluating your website for best practices.
Speaker: Nancy Shuttleworth
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, September 23, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Technology
This workshop could save you thousands and help keep your customers' confidence. Today's businesses are online with websites, email and all kinds of electronic storage. What Data in your organization is considered sensitive? Do you have intellectual Property (industrial design rights, trade secrets, patents, etc.), or customer information (name, address, phone, image, social security, credit card transactions, etc.) and is it at risk for security breaches? Would such a breach be devastating to your business? Learn where you may be at risk and how to enhance your technology readiness and business resiliency through implementation of best practices to avoid intrusion and how to protect your information from the threat of internal employee carelessness as well as what to do if a breach occurs.
Speaker: Kerin Stackpole and John Burton
Fee: $ 25.00