Our SCORE Chapter has developed a number of low cost Seminars which are offered on a regular basis. Typically the attendance is between 10 and 20 and audience questions are answered. In many cases the interactions of the attendees provide welcome insight into solutions of common problems and often lead to useful networking. SCORE workshops and seminars are intended to compliment the one on one mentoring available to all attendees.
This seminar introduces you to the concepts of starting a new business and covers the following questions:
- Am I right for business?
- How do you test your business idea?
- Should you organize as a corporation, LLC or sole proprietor?
- How much cash do you need for start-up?
- Who will be your customer?
- Should you write a business plan?
“Getting it Going” Start-up Seminar Series
This is a three-part series of classes that address issues every business faces – planning, finding customers, and managing cash flow. The individual sessions include:
- ” Writing Your Business Plan”
- ” Marketing & Sales Explained”
- ” Cash Control”
You may enroll in the session series or in any of the individual sessions.
Writing Your Business Plan
Successful businesses are built on a well-researched, owner-developed business plan. If your business idea is tested and you are ready to build your business plan, this 2-3 hour seminar will guide you through the planning process helping you determine how to link various aspects of managing your business: marketing, management and operations plans, and your cash flow.
Marketing & Sales Explained
There are a number of questions you need to answer when you develop your marketing strategy and plan. Whether you run an existing small business or are working on starting a business, the development of a well thought out marketing strategy is a critical factor in gaining a competitive edge and achieving success. This seminar is designed around useful and practical hands-on techniques. You will learn how to apply sales and marketing fundamentals to your business decisions and how that information merges into your business plan.
In any small business “Cash is King” and if you run out of cash, you may be out of business. This seminar is designed to help you establish financial practices to better manage and control your business. It includes teaching the basics on financial reporting including; Chart of Accounts, Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Financial Ratios.
“Optimizing Your Business “ Education Series
This four part series of seminars and workshops is designed for owners and managers of existing small businesses who want to sharpen their managerial skills and grow their business. Each session stands alone and can be taken separately or as part of the series.
Managing For Success
This seminar examines how to determine where you business really is, why it’s there rather than where you thought it would be and most importantly what do you have to do to move the business to the desired future
Getting More Business
This workshop provides a review of the basic elements of marketing and gets you started analyzing your market, products/services, customers and competition. Begin developing your marketing message and selecting the promotional tools you can use to reach your market today including email and social media.
Managing by the Numbers
Financial management is a key element in operating a successful business. Understanding basic financial statements and preparing a budget are fundamental to financial control. Beyond the basics, the astute manager uses financial data to manage inventory, receivables, payables and most importantly – cash. This seminar helps prepare you to manage by the numbers.
Planning for Success
Planning is a process that you use to develop your annual business plan. This plan is key element in successfully growing your business. It maps out who you are, what you want to do and how you are going to get there. Designed primarily for existing small businesses, this workshop covers the planning process and gets you started on your plan
Stand Alone Seminars
This seminar is for those who have decided to base their business in their home. The seminar covers topics such as licenses, taxes, insurance as well as marketing, sales and other item unique to a home based business.
This workshop is specifically designed for persons who are developing a consulting or contracting business. You will learn the prerequisites for becoming a consultant or independent contractor along with the pros and cons of being a consultant. Additional topics include: How the IRS defines an independent contractor and why it matters, requirements for a consulting business, and tools to help you succeed.
“Using Commercial Real Estate Effectively”
- Selecting the right location
- Buy versus lease
- Lease terms and conditions
- Benefits of renegotiating an existing lease
- Is it the time to buy?