Events/Workshops

 
  
    

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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

Business Basics

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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
Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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 19, 2015 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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, May 20, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In this lively, interactive workshop you will be given the tools to assist you in planning for a successful exit from your business. The two most difficult decisions for any entrepreneur are when to start a business and when to sell it. If your timing and planning are off as you start your business, success may be made difficult if not impossible. If your timing and planning are off as you comtemplate selling your business, you may be compromising the price you get, the amount of money you get to hang onto, and even your ability to sell the business at all. John Mandeville, the Executive Director for the LEDC and a two-time business owner himself says, "The best time to start planning to sell a business is the day you start it. Most entrepreneurs fail to think that far ahead and may find themselves making business decisions or taking courses of action in their businesses that end up detracting from the marketability of what for most is their largest single asset, their business. This workshop is meant to identify some of the hard realities that must be faced when maximizing market value for any business and when structuring a sale to ensure that the taxes you pay are minimized."
Speaker: Robert Bloch has had an almost forty-year business career and he has been a successful senior marketing executive for Fortune 500 companies, an entrepreneur himself, and an angel investor and business advisor.
Fee: $ 49.00
Friday, May 22, 2015 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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 26, 2015 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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

Managing Employees

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
In surveys, 78% of managers report that they don't like or hate conducting employee reviews. Yet employee surveys indicate one of the top reasons employees disengage and leave their job is because they do not get adequate feedback and coaching. In this workshop, this important performance appraisal process is broken into components, demystified and then reconstructed so as to be functional, motiviating and an enjoyable dialogue - thereby taking away the fear usually associated with the performance review process and allowing it to deliver positive results. You will learn how to develop productive partnerships with your employees by building a meaningful performance appraisal process that can be implemented within any organization. You're invited to bring one of your own job descriptions with you to the workshop (if you have one) - so you can work on developing your process using your own materials.
Speaker: Deb Eibner
Fee: $ 49.00

Technology

Thursday, May 21, 2015 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
As the digital landscape continues to change and what worked 18 months ago may not be paying off like it once had. Several changes to social media outlets, mobile marketing tools, search engine systems and various other online platforms in recent months have forced small businesses to change their digital marketing strategies in order to remain effective. This session will explore some of those changes and provide steps and strategies small business owners can take to stay ahead of the game. For more information contact VtSBDC Director of e-commerce Patrick Ripley at pripley@vtsbdc.org
Speaker: Patrick Ripley

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Three hours of hands-on training with marketing expert Amy Mattinat who has a real 'brick and mortar' small business and doesn't just spout marketing jargon - she walks the walk. Amy will share her targeted marketing methods so you too can find and retain the top-quality customers you need to build a profitable business. You will walk out of the door with the information you need to take your business to the next level - like a pro! Learn how to make your business stand out and outperform your competition. Discover how to identify who your top-quality, profitable customers are and how to hang onto them. Find out how to create a loyalty program that keeps your best customers coming back for more. Create a system to get your A+ customers to help you grow your business. THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING FURTHER REGISTRATIONS. Thank you for your interest.
Speaker: Amy Mattinat
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Three hours of hands-on training with marketing expert Amy Mattinat who has a real 'brick and mortar' small business and doesn't just spout marketing jargon - she walks the walk. Amy will share her targeted marketing methods so you too can find and retain the top-quality customers you need to build a profitable business. You will walk out of the door with the information you need to take your business to the next level - like a pro! Learn how to make your business stand out and outperform your competition. Discover how to identify who your top-quality, profitable customers are and how to hang onto them. Find out how to create a loyalty program that keeps your best customers coming back for more. Create a system to get your A+ customers to help you grow your business. THIS WORKSHOP IS FULLY RESERVED AND WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ADDITIONAL REGISTRATIONS. Thank you for your interest.
Speaker: Amy Mattinat
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Three hours of hands-on training with marketing expert Amy Mattinat who has a real 'brick and mortar' small business and doesn't just spout marketing jargon - she walks the walk. Amy will share her targeted marketing methods so you too can find and retain the top-quality customers you need to build a profitable business. You will walk out of the door with the information you need to take your business to the next level - like a pro! Learn how to make your business stand out and outperform your competition. Discover how to identify who your top-quality, profitable customers are and how to hang onto them. Find out how to create a loyalty program that keeps your best customers coming back for more. Create a system to get your A+ customers to help you grow your business.
Speaker: Amy Mattinat
Friday, May 15, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Which marketing tools are the right fit for your business? Hear from experts and business users on the front lines. Join us for an interactive training session on how to establish a social media presence for your business and how to best use social media to accomplish your business goals. Participants will be introduced to various social media outlets and provided instruction on how to use these online tools.
Speaker: Sarah Kearns, Nancy Shuttleworth, Emily Blisstein (Clementine Store), Sarah Kaeck (Beeswrap)
Fee: $ 49.00
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Three hours of hands-on training with marketing expert Amy Mattinat who has a real 'brick and mortar' small business and doesn't just spout marketing jargon - she walks the walk. Amy will share her targeted marketing methods so you too can find and retain the top-quality customers you need to build a profitable business. You will walk out of the door with the information you need to take your business to the next level - like a pro! Learn how to make your business stand out and outperform your competition. Discover how to identify who your top-quality, profitable customers are and how to hang onto them. Find out how to create a loyalty program that keeps your best customers coming back for more. Create a system to get your A+ customers to help you grow your business.
Speaker: Amy Mattinat