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July 23, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ CSM- Leonardtown
If you are thinking about starting a business, attend this course for a summary of the business information you need right now. Evaluate your business concept and determine the market potential of your products/services. Gain an understanding of your potential customers. Identify the best type of business organization to fit your idea. Determine your record keeping needs and learn how to create a financial plan. Begin working on the concepts for a business plan. Prepare yourself to effectively use the SBDCs confidential one-on-one counseling to your best advantage.
July 24, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Governor's Coordinating Offices
Is marketing important for small businesses? If you want to compete against businesses of any size, than the answer is definitely YES! Join us for tips and techniques from an experienced marketing professional. You'll walk away with valuable insights on branding, communication strategies, and measurement tools that can have a positive impact on your business.
Our special guest is Dr. Lisa Amans, owner of BlackSheep Consulting, LLC. This small business owner has a doctorate in marketing and tons of collegiate teaching experience.
Who should attend? Small business owners who want to effectively communicate the value of their business and attract new customers through proven marketing efforts.
What you need to know:
Bring a pen and paper to take notes.
There is no cost to attend.
Seating is limited and advance registration is required.
Free parking and guest WiFi are available on-site.
Photo ID is required upon entry to the building.
Café on premises (electronic payment onl
July 24, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Governor's Coordinating Offices
What exactly is eMaryland Marketplace? Opportunities in the State contracting marketplace are advertised on eMaryland Marketplace. Vendors who want to compete in this arena must register (for free) on this electronic bid board system in order to receive solicitation notices, search for contracting opportunities, submit bids, and obtain bid results. Join us for an in-depth look at how to navigate this valuable tool and make it work for your company.
Our special guest is Cristen Ervin, Training and Outreach Coordinator with the Maryland Department of General Services. She authored many of the eMaryland Marketplace User Guides in place today.
Who should attend? Small business owners who are ready and able to perform on state-funded contracts.
July 25, 2018, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ College of Southern Maryland
This program is essential both for the start-up business owner and for the entrepreneur who is preparing to expand a successful business. Seminar leaders will discuss strategic planning, marketing, administration, personnel, finance, and accounting. You will learn to develop an effective business plan to manage your business; to create a marketing action plan that will help you to achieve your sales goals; to prepare financial projections; and to use financial information to make better and more informed decisions. The business plan is the single most important factor in a lender’s decision-making process. Make sure your business plan will generate the financing you need and provide the strategies to ensure you will be successful.
July 26, 2018, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Discover how this user-friendly software program can make small business recordkeeping fast and easy. Alternating lecture and hands-on computer exercises will provide an overview of the many features of QuickBooks. Find out how its applications can streamline business processes. Learn how to create a new company and to work with customer transactions, vendor transactions, and bank accounts, as well as generating basic financial reports and customizing invoices.