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March 2, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
How to use online marketing to keep existing customers, reach new customers, and take advantage of the recent spike in online shopping to boost your long-term growth.
Based on more than 25 years of experience, Ira Koretsky, The Chief Storyteller®, developed these keynote presentations and workshop programs to improve individual and organizational performance, through better communication. Nothing grabs the attention of an audience like a story. Stories engage. Stories persuade. Stories differentiate. Stories influence. Stories inspire action. The best sales teams use stories throughout the purchase life cycle to illustrate solutions to business problems for their prospects and customers. Through a lively and insightful program, Ira will have you “thinking deliberately” about how you identify and communicate your stories.
March 2, 2021, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A with members of the Southern Maryland Small Business Development Center, as well as experts in legal and financial issues that affect small businesses.
This 2 hour event will feature an overview of services and resources available to small business owners, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and get feedback from the panel and other small business owners or prospective small business owners in Southern Maryland.
March 3, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Financial statements are a record of the financial activities of any business. As a small business owner you need to understand how to analyze, interpret, and read financial statements. Based upon the analysis of financial statements the profitability, liquidity, and strength of a company can be assessed. The four basic financial statements are the income statement, statement of owner’s equity, balance sheet, and the statement of cash flows. This course gives a basic understanding of the analysis and interpretation of each of these financial statements and also practice on how to do a simple cash flow projection. Understanding the financial statements and budget will enable a small business owner to keep track of cash, debt, income, and expenses, each month and throughout the year which is key to owning a successful business.
March 3, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Take a journey to create a roadmap for putting your best foot forward on the web. Learn how to get started, the road bumps to avoid, and how to navigate being found on the World Wide Web. Do Domain Registrar, site hierarchy, brand identity, mobile-first responsiveness, CMS, HTML5, SSL, SEO, UX, and DM mean anything to you? They will after we've taken this one-hour webinar journey together! Great session for those in the beginning states of creating their business websites! Presenter, Theresa Stacy-Ryan President of tmsr Design Delivery, LLC.
March 3, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was launched by the federal government on April 3, 2020 to assist small businesses in sustaining the paychecks of their employees in the face of the COVID19 pandemic. This webinar will dig into the specifics of the PPP and how you can access this important resource: How to apply, what the funds can be used for, and what will determine whether or not the loan is partially or fully forgiven. There will also be time for Q&A. With the loan application process set to close at the end of March, there is still time to access this program to support the employment of your workers.
March 4, 2021, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Moderator: Denise O’Neill, CEO, The Alternative Board (TAB)
Heidi Wood, VP, Chutes International*, Charles County (Read Champion story here.)
Jennifer Musser, Plant Team Manager, Rinker Materials*, Frederick County (Read Champion story here.)
Jamie Mann, President, PRS Guitars, Queen Anne’s County (Read Champion story here.)
Ryan Miller, President, Critical Functions, Risk & Resilience Advisors
* Winner of the 2020 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing People’s Choice Award in the “Resiliency” category. Get more People’s Choice Awards details here.
Join RMI and our Presenting Sponsor, MD Manufacturing Extension partnership (MD MEP) as we feature Champions of Maryland Manufacturing who have demonstrated great leadership in their resiliency efforts in the manufacturing industry. Attendees will hear their resiliency stories of triumph and gain valuable tips on being a resilient company in the face of today’s business challenges.
March 4, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Join this timely webinar outlining the small business provisions in the current iteration of the stimulus relief package, as well as the latest changes to the Paycheck Protection Program.
March 5, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Interested in beefing up your Zoom hosting confidence? Join us for a training/sandbox in Zoom Meeting! Please register to receive a Zoom link an hour before the event.
We’ll do some screen-sharing of settings and tools and then take turns as host to play with the tools in our group setting. If you have questions about Webinar, we can talk about that as well and decide if we need an additional sandbox for that.
March 5, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Join the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) Washington Metropolitan Area District Office for updates on the CARES and Economic Aid Acts. We will cover:
The latest updates and guidance on PPP, including:
Appropriate use of funds, and
PPP first draw forgiveness process.
Brief updates on EIDL
Key criteria when considering or applying for different SBA Coronavirus Relief options
March 8, 2021, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
You have an invention! Now what? Learn how to conduct customer discovery to find out who could potentially benefit your innovation, how would they use it, how would they buy it (and would they?), how much would they pay for it, how can it be produced/distributed and many other important questions before you make a decision to invest time and money into a startup. University of Maryland and NSF offer longer programs (and some come with funding) to conduct customer discovery on a deeper level, these programs will also be discussed during this workshop.
March 9, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Entrepreneurs in the face of COVID19 must be agile to adapt and pivot in a situation of uncertainty. How? By innovating, not just in the pandemic, but on an ongoing basis, regardless of the type of business. The challenge is how to do this successfully. Within the last few years, the design thinking method and the “lean” approach to developing business models are being used as tools by startups and established companies worldwide to become “agile” and successfully introduce new products and services to the market. This presentation will describe these methods, with their emphasis on the client and on constant improvement, and show participants how these tools are relevant in the current environment. This presentation by Winsome Leslie, Ph.D., an expert in international development, entrepreneurship and innovation, is currently President and CEO of DevSolutions Consulting.
March 10, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
In what ways is marketing different from sales? How can you get the most bang for your marketing dollar? What forms of marketing should you consider? How much of your budget should be allocated for marketing? These and many more questions will be discussed.
March 10, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Are you prepared to succeed in crucial business negotiations during uncertain times? Negotiation skills are more important than ever as small business owners find themselves facing challenging conversations they never imagined having, such as renegotiating terms with landlords, customers, employees and suppliers.
In this introductory workshop, participants will learn practical tools for preparing for negotiations, understanding the different stages of negotiation, effectively advocating for their business needs, and setting themselves up for success.
March 10, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Learn the basic elements of a business plan and how to structure writing an effective plan to maximize your loan potential! Whether you have an existing plan already and need to make adjustments or are looking to start fresh, we can offer tips for organizing your business model for the changing world in the midst of a pandemic. In what ways is marketing different from sales? How can you get the most bang for your marketing dollar? What forms of marketing should you consider? How much of your budget should be allocated for marketing? These and many more questions will be discussed for your marketing plan.
March 11, 2021, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
This session is designed to help small retailers impacted by COVID-19 adapt to the "next normal" and plan for what's next with actionable "building blocks" and the latest data, including:
Proven strategies retailers around the nation are applying NOW
Retail and consumer trends that are likely to stay
Simple, effective strategies for reaching customers with different and changing needs.
This event is one of six practical and highly interactive sessions led by veteran retail business strategist Marc Willson on Thursday mornings, from 3/11/21 to 4/15/21. Attendance at all sessions is welcomed but not required.
March 11, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
There are things local businesses can do on their own to increase their Search Engine Optimization and get ranked higher on Google search pages for keywords related to your business. Are you maximizing your Google My Business listing? And then there are things that we can help with like your website’s coding, in-bound and out-bound links, directory listings and optimizing for voice searches. Presenter, Dave Barnhart, CDMC Digital Marketing Manager/Senior Account Executive ManningMedia Marketing Solutions
March 11, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The hour will be dedicated to answering your tax-related questions and concerns. He will also offer tax advice you can implement throughout the year.
March 11, 2021, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This FREE workshop is for those who are interested in starting their first business, but want to find out more information on what to expect before they begin their first business. Our experienced business consultants will share with you everything to anticipate when starting a new business including, information on the legal and licensing requirements, the business plan, the different financing options, preparing a marketing strategy and all the benefits and drawbacks that come with the life of an entrepreneur.
March 11, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
FREE for Chamber Members/$10 for Non-Members.
At our February Chamber Connect, we found some of our Chamber members have hidden talents and connections that we weren’t aware of. There are musicians and creatives among us! To build on the many talents of our members, for our March event, we will share 2 or 3 songs that explain or connect us to our business or our professional goals. You may select any song, but it would be preferable that your selection is one we most likely know or have heard on the radio. Join us…we are excited to hear what you have to share!
March 12, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
This is an excellent session for getting many of your insurance questions answered and hopefully eliminating any insurance woes! Determine the precise insurance needs for your business! Topics of discussion will include: • Business Property • Business Liability • Professional Liability • Workers’ Compensation • Business Owners Policy and many other areas of interest to the business owner Presenter, Orlando Dorsey, Business Development Executive
March 18, 2021, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
OSW Ready is sponsored by the College of Southern Maryland and only available for Maryland-based businesses and individuals.
Join the Business Network for Offshore Wind for Offshore Wind Ready: An Industry Education (OSW Ready), an educational program sponsored by the College of Southern Maryland. The half-day virtual program is for Maryland-based businesses interested in entering the offshore wind energy industry supply chain—the fastest growing renewable energy industry in the U.S.
March 18, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Presenter: John Tile, Certified SCORE Mentor
You have a vision or maybe even a dream, but how can you make it a reality?
March 23, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This webinar will focus on understanding the basics of small business bankruptcy, and discuss when it can help a business, how it works, consequences, and more.
March 30, 2021, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Businesses Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-2021-construction-industry-job-fair-business-registration-tickets-141782789139
Job Seekers Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-construction-industry-job-fair-jobseeker-registration-tickets-141770434185
For more information, contact Yvette Turner at YTurner@TCCSMD.org, Jackie Chembers at JChembers@TCCSMD.org or Selorm Agbley at SAgbley@TCCSMD.org.
March 30, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This highly engaging and compelling webinar will share the tools and strategies necessary for creating an ecosystem of mentees, peers, and mentors and achieve success through the establishment and nurturing of these essential relationships.