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Sunday, July 19, 2015 3:00 PM to 12:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Tuesday, July 21
Building an Organization Fit for Humans The 21st century economy is quite different than our father’s economy, and as a result, it creates an imperative to reevaluate our most basic managerial assumptions and design our organizations around a new set of operational principles. We find ourselves entering into a “relationship driven” economy; one where the only competitive edge firms can discover is produced through the unleashing of human potential. A recent study estimated that US firms are losing more than $300 billion dollars a year in lost productivity due to the lack of employee engagement. It can be argued that the top down, hierarchically designed, control-oriented principles, once viewed as the primary management tools of the last century, are actually decreasing employee engagement. Unchallenged notions and assumptions from 20th century management techniques are biasing our teams analytical thinking; distorting our team’s decision-making, delaying innovation and reducing organizational learning. The program will explore the challenges around the following questions: -- How do we release the human potential in our organizations when a majority of our structures and systems are based on old models of control? -- How do we build authentic relationships built on genuine trust? -- How can we recognize and reverse non-productive and harmful management practices, deeply ingrained in many organizations thinking and practices, to create a new organization that is more prepared for the future and is based on more thoughtful principles? The key to building and improving relationships will be found through productive inquiry. Learning how to master the art of productive inquiry is the purpose of the program. Participants will be exposed to the key elements of asking questions instead of telling. The program will emphasize the following organizational topics: 1. Building trust with our most important stakeholders: our employees and our customers. 2. Increasing engagement through the practice of inquiry. 3. Improving information flow within our organizational structure. 4. The keys to building a learning organization.
Speaker: Edward Lowe Foundation Staff
Fee: $ 400.00
Thursday, July 23, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
"Starting a Business and Writing a Business Plan" is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started. The workshop will discuss each section of the business plan and how to start developing a start up cash flow.
Speaker: John Schmitt

Starting a Business

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Starting a Business: A workshop to help you an aspiring entrepreneur assess your ability to lead and manage a company, as well as to help you evaluate market and sales potential for your products and services. The basics of business ownership and start-up issues are introduced, along with a presentation of the resources available to help you launch your new venture. To attend, please pre-register.
Speaker: SBDC Staff
Thursday, July 09, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. It will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: Michigan SBDC Staff
Thursday, July 09, 2015 5:45 PM to 8:45 PM
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment or are at the beginning stages of buying or starting their own business. Delivered in a workshop format, the basics of business ownership will be introduced. Aspiring entrepreneurs will assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, and consider the risks and feasibility of owning their own business. Resources for writing a business plan, calculating start-up costs, operating expense and tools for revenue forecasting will be explored. TOPICS INCLUDE: • Business Ownership Basics: Assessing your readiness for entrepreneurship • Steps for Starting a Business: Utilizing the Start Up Checklist • Introduction to Writing a Business Plan: Tools and Templates • Start Up Calculator: Tool to determine start-up costs, operating expenses and revenue forecasting • Next Steps: Resources and Recommendations
Speaker: SBDC Certified Business Consultant
Thursday, July 09, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Starting a Business: This is an online webinar based workshop to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in assessing their ability to lead and manage a company, as well as to assist in evaluating market and sales potential for products and services. The basics of business ownership and start-up issues are introduced, along with a presentation of the resources available to help you launch your new venture.
Speaker: A Certified Small Business Development Consultant will facilitate the training.
Location: Online
Fee: $ 10.00
Friday, July 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Starting a Business" is the first course in the series, designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Starting a Business" is the first course in the series, designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Starting a Business" is the first course in the series, designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
You have a passion ... a hidden talent. Do you know what it takes to turn that skill into a successful business? Attend this seminar if you are an entrepreneur, new business owner, innovator or a 'closet' business person. Prepare to be informed, motivated, and focused on your business plan for action. The seminar is FREE and information - PRICELESS! This seminar is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. This introductory seminar helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company; as well as, evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to get started. For more information about the Michigan SBDC, business resources and other seminars, go to www.SBDCMichigan.org or call (989) 686-9597. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. This same seminar is offered multiple times and at different locations across the Great Lakes Bay Region to accommodate most everyone's schedule. Seminar is held in the library's lounge; use the Auditorium Entrance. Location Map: http://www.midland-mi.org/GraceDowLibrary/map.html You’re invited to find us on facebook at www.Facebook.com/MISBTDC.GreatLakesBay.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Certified Business Consultant and Grace A Dow Memorial Library Reference Librarian
Thursday, July 16, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: SBDC and Fifth Third Bank
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or are at the beginning stages of starting their business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. The basics of business ownership are introduced, along with resources available to help launch new ventures in Michigan.
Speaker: Kellie Hanford, Certified Business Consultant
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 5:45 PM to 8:45 PM
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This course is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of buying or starting their own business. Delivered in a workshop format, the basics of business ownership will be introduced. Aspiring entrepreneurs will assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, and consider the risks and feasibility of owning their own business. Resources for writing a business plan, calculating start-up costs, operating expense and tools for revenue forecasting will be explored. TOPICS INCLUDE: • Business Ownership Basics: Assessing your readiness for Entrepreneurship • Steps for Starting a Business: Utilizing the Start Up Checklist • Introduction to Writing a Business Plan: Tools and Templates • Start Up Calculator: Excel based tool for determining start-up costs, operating expenses and revenue forecasting • Next Steps: Local Resources and Recommendations
Speaker: SBDC Staff - Norma LaVallee
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, July 23, 2015 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. It will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: Michigan SBDC Staff
Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Starting a Business: This is an online webinar based workshop to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in assessing their ability to lead and manage a company, as well as to assist in evaluating market and sales potential for products and services. The basics of business ownership and start-up issues are introduced, along with a presentation of the resources available to help you launch your new venture.
Speaker: A Certified Small Business Development Consultant will facilitate the training.
Location: Online
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
"Starting a Business" is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
You have a passion ... a hidden talent. Do you know what it takes to turn that skill into a successful business? Attend this seminar if you are an entrepreneur, new business owner, innovator or a 'closet' business person. Prepare to be informed, motivated, and focused on your business plan for action. The seminar is FREE and information - PRICELESS! This seminar is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. This introductory seminar helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company; as well as, evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to get started. For more information about the Michigan SBDC, business resources and other seminars, go to www.SBDCMichigan.org or call (989) 686-9597. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. This same seminar is offered multiple times and at different locations across the Great Lakes Bay Region to accommodate most everyone's schedule. You’re invited to find us on facebook at www.Facebook.com/MISBTDC.GreatLakesBay.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Business Consultant; Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library Representative

Business Plan

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Writing a Business Plan", second in the series. For those at startup or early stage in their business, a pre-requisite to this class is "Starting a Business," which provides the tools, information, and instructions on preparing to write a plan, which may take several weeks prior to starting on a business plan. After attending “Starting a Business” it generally takes 4-6 weeks to complete the preparation needed to be ready for the “Writing a Business Plan” workshop. These and other “Venture Start” workshops are offered at multiple locations and dates around the region and the state. "Writing a Business Plan" is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for self-employment success, this course covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing, finance, legal, regulatory issues, operations, information based planning and management are key components of this workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included. Live examples of effective business plans are used as course material. "Writing a Business Plan" is designed for individuals who want to increase their chances for self-employment success, this course covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing, finance, legal, regulatory issues, operations, information based planning and management are key components of this workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included. Live examples of effective business plans are used as course material.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Location: Online
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
"Writing a Business Plan" is directed to those at startup or early stage in their business who want to increase their chances for self-employment success. This course covers business planning in detail. Specifics of marketing, finance, legal, regulatory issues, operations, information based planning and management are key components of this workshop. The first steps for creating a business plan draft will be included. Live examples of effective business plans are used as course material..
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Fee: $ 10.00

Financial and Accounting

Thursday, July 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Before you apply for a business loan, first attend a free financing roundtable. We will debunk the myths and demystify the process of small business financing. The "team" is a banker, an SBA representative, an SBA business counselor, and business owners like you. You will get first hand information on what credit criteria your banker has. The team will answer all of your financing questions and give you advice on what steps to take to achieve your goal of starting or expanding a business. We will explain how the SBA loan guarantee can work for you. The roundtables are best suited for those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in the business. The session will be held in the Jeffress Center building at the north end of campus, room JC 123. Please park on the SE side of the building and enter through the yellow entryway.
Speaker: SBA, Bank representatives and SBDC staff.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Financial Management" introduces basic accounting concepts and how to apply financial information that helps small business owners manage a business more effectively. Key documents including Cash flow Statement, Profit & Loss, and Balance Sheet are explained, using specific small business examples. The course is designed to help entrepreneurs understand accounting principles and financial statements, and work more effectively with the accounting team.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Thursday, July 23, 2015 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Financial Management" introduces basic accounting concepts and how to apply financial information that helps small business owners manage a business more effectively. Key documents including Cash flow Statement, Profit & Loss, and Balance Sheet are explained, using specific small business examples. The course is designed to help entrepreneurs understand accounting principles and financial statements, and work more effectively with the accounting team.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Am I Really Making Money? Managing to Profitability Your business is past the start-up phase. You are managing expenses. You have a decent customer base. But are you really making money? This advanced webinar will help you examine your financial performance to uncover where you can be more profitable. Topics include: • What your financial statements can tell you • Assessing cash flow • Determining breakeven • Comparing financial performance to your industry and region.
Speaker: Carolyn Rourke. Michigan SBDC
Location: Online
Fee: $ 29.00

Internet & Social Media

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
What should your website look like? Before you can answer this question you need to know what role the internet should play in building your business. This webinar will help you understand the role online presence has within your overall marketing strategy. Topics include: • Traditional versus electronic marketing tools • Determining marketing communication strategies • Reaching your target markets electronically • Website objectives • Website design • Website effectiveness
Location: Online
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Do you know that 43% of small businesses dedicate six or more hours per week to social media? While it’s important to engage for social visibility and key connections online, we all want to do more in less time. This session will help you save time and get back to what you love to do – running your business or organization. Join us and learn the latest time savers and best practices from Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert, Tamara Jaros. Participants will learn: • Tips for saving up to ten hours a week managing your social media • Simple ways to find usable, relevant content for your posts • How to integrate your social media into sales promotions and events • Best practices, business builders and more... This program is being presented in collaboration with Constant Contact. Registrants will receive a link to register for the webinar.
Location: Online

Legal

Wednesday, July 08, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Ready to launch your business as a sole proprietor or LLC? Been putting off the paperwork? Then you need this hands-on walk through of the steps needed to form and register a business, get your Employer Identification Number (EIN), etc.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This course is an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring and starting a new business. Tax and liability issues are covered, along with basic elements of a contract, collections, licenses, registrations, employment and property issues, leasing and insurance. It is designed to guide prospective business owners in setting up the organizational structure that will help protect them from unnecessary legal challenges.
Speaker: Curt Rypma - Schenk, Boncher & Rypma, P.C.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Business Legal Issues is an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring and starting a new business. Tax and liability issues are covered, along with basic elements of a contract, collections, licenses, registrations, employment and property issues, leasing and insurance. It is designed to guide prospective business owners in setting up the organizational structure that will help protect them from unnecessary legal challenges.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Location: Online

Managing a Business

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Understand the transition planning process. What do you need to have in place to ensure a smooth transition that will maximize the value of your company? Will you sell or transfer? How much is your business worth? Who will be your successor? This webinar provides an overview of how your business can ensure its value through the development of a transition plan within a 3 – 5 year planning window. Succession, or how to successfully exit your business, is a topic every business owner needs to address. Plan your exit strategy long before it is needed! Registrants will receive a link to register for the webinar.
Location: Online

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, July 09, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Social Media and Website marketing can be confusing and is often an overused term in business. But when utilized correctly and efficiently, they can be a POWERFUL marketing tool. This seminar will provide you with an overview of the basics along with some tools and strategies for developing your social media marketing plan. The seminar will provide ongoing Q&A opportunities and will cover the following topics: The value of an effective website for your business The latest website development technologies and how businesses are benefitting from them How to truly gauge the traffic and success of your website Effective digital marketing, branding, and promotion Social media marketing and each one's possible value to your business Search Engine Optimization facts and fiction What is a blog and should I be doing it. (Hint: Yes!) Free and low cost web tools for business process automation and enhanced engagement with your clients
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Marketing Your Business", third course in the series, presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well planned approach to marketing is demonstrated, with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques. Focus is on the business’s customers – creating and keeping them.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Location: Online
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
"Venture Start" is a series of workshops that provide introductory overviews of topics that are key to starting a business. "Marketing Your Business", third course in the series, presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well planned approach to marketing is demonstrated, with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques. Focus is on the business’s customers – creating and keeping them.
Speaker: MI-SBDC Staff
Thursday, July 23, 2015 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
This course presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. A strategic, well planned approach to marketing is demonstrated, with several examples of effective hands-on marketing techniques. Focus is on the business's customers - creating and keeping them.
Speaker: Laurie Lonsdorf, Senior Business Consultant

Start Smart Online

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 6 sessions ending Wednesday, September 09
Start Smart Online is a six-week training program focused on starting new businesses quickly. This fast-paced webinar series guides you through the key steps to launch: • Entrepreneur’s Assessment • Business Planning • Marketing • Financials • Getting Financed • Building Your Team The program uses the Business Model Canvas approach to business planning and is led by experienced small business experts, with a multitude of resources. The $99 fee includes weekly, hour-long live webinars. You will have access to an SBDC consultant (at no cost in your area) to help you customize and implement your plan. All sessions are held on Wednesdays, 11 am – 12 pm. Goal is to launch your business in six weeks. For questions, please email sbdc@gvsu.edu.
Location: Online
Fee: $ 99.00