Events/Workshops

 
  
    

Business Basics

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Morrisville - If you are a local business owner or manager, chances are there are times when you need help, advice, mentoring, financing or just another person in the know with whom to bounce ideas around. And, chances are, you don't know where to seek out this sort of assistance. Never fear, help is on the way. Representatives from the following organizations will be making short presentations on the nature of the assistance available to you: *Small Business Administration - small business financing and technical assistance *Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center - LEAN procedures used in all businesses, innovation and export training *Vermont Training Program - financial assistance for employee training programs. *Vermont Global Trade Partnership - import/export and the EB-5 investment program *Vermont Economic Development Authority - business financial services *Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program - economic incentives for business recruitment, expansion and growth *Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance program - selling to the government, federal, state and local *Vermont Small Business Development Center - business planning assistance, coaching, training, advising for existing businesses and start-ups *USDA, Rural Development - loans, loan guarantees, technical assistance, grants for small businesses, municipalities and non-profits *Yankee Farm Credit - loans for ag and ag related businesses *Fres Tracks Capital - venture capital *Community Capital of Vermont - small business alternative lender *Vermont Community Loan Fund - small business alternative lender *U.S. Export Assistance Center - export assistance for businesses of all sizes and in all industries *VSJF Flexible Capital Fund - royalty financing. There wil be an extended period for questions and answers and informational material will be available from every agency. Everyone will also be provided with information on how to make one-on-one appointments to meet with representatives from any and all agencies present. The forum is free to all attendees but reservations must be made in advance. Please visit www.vtsbdc.org and click on Training to register on line or email or call Vicki Blanchard at dblanchard@vtsbdc.org, (802) 728-9101. For more information call John Mandeville at 888-5640.
Wednesday, April 08, 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: Brian DeClue
Fee: $ 99.00
Tuesday, April 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: Deb Eibner
Fee: $ 99.00
Thursday, April 16, 2015 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Thinking about getting into the Craft Brewing Business? Been brewing as a hobby and thinking of starting your own Craft Brewery? This workshop looks at the business side of the craft brewing business. Various business models will be discussed as well as the overall financials. You will actually look at financials for a Craft Brewery. When you leave the workshop you should have an idea of the business side with regards to expenses, revenue streams and potential business models that you might consider operating under.
Speaker: Charles Ininger
Friday, April 17, 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
Monday, April 20, 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, April 21, 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
Thursday, April 23, 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: Brian DeClue
Fee: $ 99.00
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 9:30 AM to 1:30 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
Thursday, April 30, 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

Managing a Business

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
If you often spend your day in a frenzy of activity and then wonder why you haven't accomplished much, then this workshop is a "must attend" for you. It is often said that time is money. In running a business, this is absolutely true. How many times have you said to yourself or others that you can't attend a workshop or class, can't update your business plan, can't put together a marketing plan, can't sit down and analyze your financials, can't can't can't because you "don't have the time." Every time you DON'T take the time to work ON your business instead of IN your business, you are losing the opportunity to make more money and/or to spend less. In this workshop we will uncover the myth of time 'management;" find out where our time wasters are; create a plan and set goals; find out why we procrastinate and develop a stretegy to set time limits for tasks. You will leave this workshop confident that you can start working On that business, non IN it?
Speaker: Carrie Gendreau who is a certified Dale Carnegie Course Instructor and is the owner of The Training Connection as well as Emma & Co. Consignment Boutique and has been and Adjunct Professor for 19 years at Granite State College.
Fee: $ 49.00

Managing Employees

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Making the job description the foundation of nearly every HR function. Many experts feel that the job description is the mother of all HR processes. Everything from recruitment and training to performance evaluations and compensation, all stem from the Job Description. Learning to understand all of the various parts of the employment life-cycle and how the job description touches them will help you take your job description from a compliance exercise to an important part of the development plan for your employees. An up-to-date job description can be used for recruiting, performance management and compensation. This workshop will review practical tips on how to use it in these key areas and how to easily keep it updated. By attending this workshop you will learn how and why to create and maintain job descriptions that involve employees, managers and HR staff and if you don't have a job description procedure as yet, you will be give basic templates and support in starting or "re-starting" your process. As a bonus, you'll be guided through an overview of the legal issues of interviewing and hiring and key employment laws to consider in the employment function.
Speaker: Deb Eibner
Fee: $ 49.00

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
How can branding be profitable? Why should you concern yourself with branding as a small business? What are the first steps to branding? This 90-minute workshop will begin by shedding light on what branding, image, and identity are and how they work, how to discover these critical parts of your business, and how these marketing concepts work to your advantage in the Upper Valley. The second half of this workshop will take these rules and apply them in reality by designing a logo and business card for one lucky attendee's business. Join us in a hands-on, fun exercise that will energize your creativity and benefit your business! Soon you'll know not only does branding make small business sense, but you'll be effectively branding to make those dollars and cents.
Speaker: Aquilino Arts - Maria Dailey

Disaster Mitigation

Thursday, April 16, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Since almost 90% of businesses that experience a disaster fail within two years, a business with a recovery plan is much more likely to be able to survive and reopen after a disaster. This workshop will inform you about some simple steps to better protect your business. Who should attend? Business owners and organization managers who want to learn simple methods to protect their business and be prepared for disaster recovery. You will learn methods and strategies to help you be prepared in the event a disaster strikes your business such as: • how to analyze your business to identify your key risks • incidence response procedures from minor to major events • how to start with a simple plan to protect your business You will leave the workshop with an assessment tool to help you start planning for the individual needs of your business
Speaker: Steve Paddock