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SBA Monthly Webinars

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, offer a variety of free webinars and trainings to strengthen businesses and help them succeed. Below is a highlight of the free webinars that are available this month to businesses in Sebring, Lake Placid, and Avon Park, Florida as well as nationwide.The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, offer a variety of free webinars and trainings to strengthen businesses and help them succeed. Below is a highlight of the free webinars that are available this month to businesses in Sebring, Lake Placid, and Avon Park, Florida as well as nationwide.


 

Helping Small Business Owners and their Employees Save for Retirement

Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 2pm to 3:30pm EST

Choosing a retirement savings plan can be easier than many small business owners think.

The webcast will provide practical information and helpful tips to understand the retirement savings options available for small businesses. The U.S. Department of Labor will discuss the options and how to get started after choosing a plan. The California Society of Certified Public Accountants will provide a peer perspective to help you consider and compare the options. The options not only provide an effective way to save for a secure retirement but most also provide tax advantages for both employers and employees. The Consumer Federation of America will focus on how direct deposit helps employees save for retirement at work and build stronger financial futures.  Direct deposit also helps employers simplify their business processes and increase productivity. Join us for the webcast and get started saving for a secure retirement for yourself and your employees.

 

http://mp163422.cdn.mediaplatform.com/163422/wc/mp/4000/15208/111218/Lobby/default.htm?ref=ProductionTeamEmail&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

 


Show me the money - Financing options for your small business

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 11am to 12pm EST

This class discusses the multiple sources of capital for starting and growing a small business. The pros and cons of the funding sources are reviewed. Topics to be discussed include familiar options such as self-financing, funding from friends & family, and partnerships. Other sources are reviewed such as:
• Small Business Loans
• SBA Loan Guaranty Program
• Microloans
Some less conventional financing sources along with their pros and cons are also discussed, including selling equity (shares), venture capital, angel investors, and crowd funding.

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-show-me-the-money-financing-options-for-your-small-business-tickets-55705112491


Create a Powerful and Practical PR Strategy for Your Small Business

Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 1pm to 2pm EST

Small business owners may think they’re too small for a public relations plan, but businesses of all sizes can generate positive press. How can you create a manageable PR strategy while still running your business?

In this webinar, SCORE Mentor Jasmine Powers will teach you three easy-to-implement methods for getting into local and national papers, online sites, TV, radio and podcasts.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify the right media influencer for your specific news
  • Position yourself as an expert to add credibility to any news story
  • Talk to media with confidence, and avoid the disaster of hitting the trash file
  • Turn your media placement into a sales funnel that runs on autopilot
  • Attract the attention of hard-to-reach audiences
  • BONUS: What to do if you get BAD press

https://readytalk.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1227869&tp_key=a5d90d8f81&sti=score-eventpage

 


Ask the CPA 2019 - Tax Advice for Small Businesses

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 1pm to 2pm EST

April 15th will be here sooner than you think! You have tax questions. We have tax answers. Join us for this LIVE Q&A session with certified CPA and small business tax expert Micah Fraim. The hour will be dedicated to answering your tax-related questions and concerns, especially with the new tax law changes. He will also offer tax advice you can implement throughout the year. You can submit questions during registration and during the LIVE webinar.

https://readytalk.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1228308&tp_key=a7617963aa&sti=score-eventpage

 


Learn to Sell - Sales Training for Small Business Owners

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 11 am to 12pm EST

 

This class applies to business owners and their salespeople.

Learn to:

  • Grow your revenue, one customer at a time
  • Increase your average sale
  • “Close the sale”
  • Help an irate customer
  • Create a better experience for your customer

Learn about the sales process. Help customers choose your products and services. How much is a customer worth? Why do you lose customers? How do we get more sales per transaction? You will learn these things and more. This class is taught by a business professional with many years of coaching and sales experience. Most of the sales knowledge passed on in this class applies regardless of your products or services.

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-sales-training-for-small-business-owners-tickets-55705502658

 


 

How to Grow Your Business Using Competitive Intelligence

Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 1pm to 2pm EST

What can your competitors teach you about your business or the market you’re thinking about entering?  More than you think. In this webinar led by SCORE Mentor Michael Sandman, you’ll learn how to use competitive intelligence to help you start or run your small business. This session will cover:

How your market operates

How other businesses in the same market compete

What you can learn from owners and employees of businesses like yours

How trade and professional associations can help

https://readytalk.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1229466&tp_key=e9b9fcffb9&sti=score-eventpage

 

 


Blog

7 Marketing Mistakes That Can Come Back to Haunt You

https://www.sba.gov/blogs/7-marketing-mistakes-can-come-back-haunt-you?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 


Recorded Business Training Videos

Chatbots for Customer Service: How Small Businesses are Using Them

Chatbots are computer programs that are able to converse with people online using human-like speech. They’re common within messaging apps and live chat features to help businesses answer customer queries, increase sales and save time. And they’re getting more popular by the day.

http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwMjI0LjIyMDI3MDEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwMjI0LjIyMDI3MDEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzIyNzA5NyZlbWFpbGlkPWxlb24ua295YW1hQHNiYS5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPWxlb24ua295YW1hQHNiYS5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&104&&&https://www.sba.gov/blogs/chatbots-customer-service-how-small-businesses-are-using-them?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

5 Key Ingredients in Creating a Small Business Website

A website is an essential element for running a successful business. If your business does not have a website, you can lose out on great opportunities if current and potential customers can’t reach you or learn about you online.

https://www.sba.gov/blogs/5-key-ingredients-creating-small-business-website?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

Growing an Established Company

https://www.sba.gov/course/growing-established-company/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

Recorded webinars from SCORE - click here

https://www.score.org/recorded-webinars?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

SBA Learning Center - click here

https://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/search/training?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

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