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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.


 

Startup 101 – What You Need to Start Your Business

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 1pm to 2pm EST

You’ve probably heard that most startups don’t make it through the first year, but do you know why? Two main reasons: poor planning and poor execution. 

In this webinar, SCORE Mentor Simon Mahler details the best path to a successful startup.  He will identify some crucial first steps, provide plenty of tips, strategies, best practices and reliable resources that you can use to help you along your journey of launching your small business. Participants attending this session will learn the necessary steps of:

  • Validating your idea
  • Researching
  • Writing a winning business plan
  • Finding the right team
  • Finding the right customer

https://readytalk.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1219163&tp_key=39f1bb3c23&sti=score-event-page

 


 

Process Improvement & Working Smarter

Friday, December 7, 2018 from 1pm to 2:30pm EST

How do you improve the work processes in your office or small business? This class focuses on applying “Lean” process improvement to add efficiencies to your business and improve your bottom line potential.

Learn ideas about making your work processes flow better, faster, cheaper? We can show you how to apply “Lean” thinking to any business process, regardless of your industry. In many cases, this can result in improved customer service, saved labor, better inventory control, and reduction of expenses. This is an introductory class that focuses on problem solving, and identifying “value added” activities. We will discuss examples of improved processes from several different industries.

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-process-improvement-working-smarter-tickets-52217086712


Federal Contracting 101

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 1pm to 2pm EST

How do I get started with Federal Government Contracting? How are “set-aside” contracts and goals determined? In this course, participants will learn the ins and outs about government contracting. Participants will also be introduced to the rules, and where contracts are advertised. Learn about external agencies such as the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) which can work with you to improve your chances of success.

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-federal-government-contracting-101-tickets-52963526333

 

 


Ask the Experts- Live Q&A With the Masters of Marketing

Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 2pm to 3pm EST

Looking for expert answers to your small business marketing questions? Our Masters of Marketing webinar brings you access to the best and most successful “celebrities” of digital marketing, Seth Godin and Ramon Ray.

Seth Godin is a Marketing Hall of Fame inductee, and Ramon Ray is the founder of Smart Hustle Magazine. They are both global speakers, best-selling authors, serial entrepreneurs and leaders and experts in marketing as recognized by their peers and industry publications.

In this Q&A session, there will be no scripts, no pitches, and no letup! Just a full-hour dedicated to taking your marketing questions—LIVE.

Submit your questions via the registration form or bring them to this interactive Q&A session, where any and all types of marketing questions will be addressed.

 

https://readytalk.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1219159&tp_key=48a1dcb9ad&sti=score-event-page


 

Gain More Positive Online Reviews…and Manage the Negative Ones

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 11am to 12 noon EST

Online reviews are more important than ever for your business. As the digital world continues to shape consumer behavior, reviews on sites like Google, Facebook and Yelp have a huge impact on your ability to compete and grow your business.

Join us as Brent Werbeck, co-Founder of Get More Reviews, shares the latest trends on online reviews. Brent will explain how to generate 5-star reviews and how to handle the negative ones. He will provide a workshop-style session, guiding you through several exercises to help you manage your online reputation. Brent has spent his entire career empowering local business owners with the latest digital tools to gain and retain customers.  At Google, Brent helped local businesses around the globe maximize the power of various Google applications including gSuite, Maps, Search and Offers.  After Google, Brent joined a local Austin startup, RxWiki (now called Digital Pharmacist), and launched its Digital Pharmacist Program, growing the business to over 1,500 community pharmacies nationwide.  As Co-founder of Get More Reviews, Brent continues to educate and serve local business owners with a focus on reputation marketing and review management solutions.

 

https://readytalk.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1218316&tp_key=2f82e9cf50&sti=score-event


Show me the money – Financing options for your small business

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 1pm to 2:30pm 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-52218796827

 


 

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

 

Financing Options for Small Business

This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to financing options for your business.Topics include; determining your financial needs, loans, grants, venture capital, angel investors, crowd funding and other financial options available to small businesses.

https://www.sba.gov/course/financing-options-small-businesses/?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

 

Marketing - 43-things-to-do-during-downtime

https://www.sba.gov/blogs/catch-marketing-43-things-do-during-downtime?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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