Events/Workshops

  
  
    
Monday, May 09, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Customer Service is becoming even more of a differentiator for consumers and businesses who are focusing on spend and costs in today’s world. Customer service training is great for business and great for employees. One of the main reasons that a consumer will choose a small business over a corporation is because of customer service. One of the main reasons a person will choose not to do business with someone is because of customer service. Come to this class to learn the art of customer service, training ideas, and tips to save you time and money. Can't ever make it to Monroe for one on one consulting? Now is your chance! We will be consulting from 12:30-2:30 on site at the Vidalia library! This is a no- cost service, and we can assess what your company needs to grow or to get started! Call 318.342.1224 to schedule your appointment today!
Speaker: Jami Salter, LSBDC
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Millennials Millennials Millennials! What is it about this generation? The LSBDC at ULM wants to know and we need your help! We want all generations to participate. We want both sides of the story! Our goal is to understand how millennials function in society and in the workforce as entrepreneurs. The more we know, the closer we can get to closing the generational gap. This is a gap that can put a road block in front of small business success today. We, as a community, have the chance to pick it up and throw it to the curb. How does this event work? You can have a presence through: On Site Attendance (Stubbs Hall, Room 117)- Lunch Will Be Served Facebook Questions and Comments that include #NELAMILLS Twitter Questions and Comments that include #NELAMILLS Last November, we reached over 500 people across social media, increased our likes on Facebook and our following on Twitter. Now is your chance to add your name to the action. The more we hear from you, the more prepared we can all be to embrace the Millennial generation as entrepreneurs! Can we count on you to join the conversation? #NELAMILLS
Speaker: TBD
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Customer Service is becoming even more of a differentiator for consumers and businesses who are focusing on spend and costs in today’s world. Customer service training is great for business and great for employees. One of the main reasons that a consumer will choose a small business over a corporation is because of customer service. One of the main reasons a person will choose not to do business with someone is because of customer service. Come to this class to learn the art of customer service, training ideas, and tips to save you time and money. One on One Consulting will follow after a short break. Please call 318.342.1224 to schedule your appointment.
Speaker: Jami Salter, LSBDC and Christina Davis, LSBDC

Financing and Capital

Monday, May 16, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Which kind of small business owner are you? One that is creating a business that works for you – even when you aren’t there? Or one that makes you work for it – even when you aren’t there? Most entrepreneurs take the small business road-less-traveled to gain freedom – either financial freedom, or time freedom or both. Unfortunately, many end up free…to work 12 to 15 hours a day just to keep their heads above water! How can you make sure you are steadily building a business that will work for you, and not one that makes greater and greater demands that you work for it? After all, who’s the boss here anyway? In his talk The Model for Entrepreneurial Success – nine rules to make you happy with your small business, financial advisor Byron Moore will show you how make sure your business understands that it is working for you, the boss. And how you can build a business that provides financial stability, security and solid growth for you and those important to you.
Speaker: Byron Moore, Financial Advisor

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Upon completion of this presentation you should be able to position your company into being a high performance sales company by understanding Best Sales Practices, give you tools to develop a solid sales plan, but most importantly prepare your company to not just compete- but to be a market leader.
Speaker: Robbie Jester, LSBDC
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Do you want to know what grabs your target market's attention? Do you need to get noticed? Then you want and need to attend this workshop! Branding is a must, and it doesn't cost a fortune to get started. Branding basics and marketing will be discussed. Key topics will include branding strategies, graphic designs do's and don't's, website reasoning, and why video is a must. Build your business online and off with key factors taught in this class.
Speaker: Riverport Creative Group
Fee: $ 25.00

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, May 05, 2016 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program was created to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market. During this workshop, Information will be presented on 8(a) eligibility criteria, GLS Login, the application process, completing and submitting the application, and how the 8(a) program works. We will also discuss System for Award Management (SAM) and Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) registration and provide general information on doing business with the federal government. Detailed information will be provided on: the primary purpose of the Section 8(a) Program (business development); eligibility criteria; length of time in business requirement; how the business development and contracting aspects of the program work; the firm's responsibility as an 8(a) Program participant; electronic application process; reporting requirements; the importance of updating your SAM registration; and the DSBS supplemental profile. Additionally, we will review the application forms that must be submitted. Computers will be available to complete processes on site. This workshop will review other SBA certifications such as DBE, WBE, MBE, Hubzone, WOSB/EDWOSB, SDVOSBC and others.
Speaker: JoAnn Lawrence, Deputy District Officer, SBA
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in • Determining the feasibility of their business idea, • Planning to start or have just started a small business, • Expanding their business, • Seeking a small business loan, or • Wanting to learn more about planning. Topics of discussion will include business feasibility, business planning, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, small business resources, and required licenses. There is no charge to attend the workshop, but pre-registration is requested. Training will be followed by an opportunity to have one on one consulting. Appointments will be scheduled from 12:30-2:00, and initial consulting usually takes 30 minutes - 1 hour. Please call 318.342.1224 to schedule your appointment today!
Speaker: Christina Davis, LSBDC Business Consultant
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in determining the feasibility of their business idea, planning to start or have recently started a small business, seeking a small business loan, or wanting to learn more about business planning. Topics of discussion will include writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, small business resources, and required licenses. This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in • Determining the feasibility of their business idea, • Planning to start or have just started a small business, • Expanding their business, • Seeking a small business loan, or • Wanting to learn more about planning. Training will be followed by an opportunity to have one on one consulting. Appointments will be scheduled from 12:30-2:00, and initial consulting usually takes 30 minutes - 1 hour. Please call 318.342.1224 to schedule your appointment today! This workshop is FREE but pre-registration is requested. Click on the link below to pre-register for this workshop online. Please arrive 10 minutes ahead of time scheduled. The workshop begins promptly at 10:00 am.
Thursday, May 26, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in • Determining the feasibility of their business idea, • Planning to start or have just started a small business, • Expanding their business, • Seeking a small business loan, or • Wanting to learn more about planning. Topics of discussion will include business feasibility, business planning, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, small business resources, and required licenses. There is no charge to attend the workshop, but pre-registration is requested.
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The Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network, hosted by the University of Louisiana at Monroe, is an accredited member of the National Association
of Small Business Development Centers and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration,
Louisiana Economic Development and participating universities. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.
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