Events/Workshops

 
  
    

On Demand

On Demand, available until September 30
Topic: Financing and Capital
In this self-paced training video, you will learn the five key steps to financing your small business. After completing this series, you will gain a better understanding of financial planning and assessment, credit and collateral, sources of funding and pitching your business idea. Click the registration link below to get started!
Speaker: Mike Pennison, Senior Business Consultant
Location: Online
Fee: $ 25.00
On Demand, available until September 30
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Good relationship skills, strategic planning and product expertise all contribute to effective selling. In Creating a Winning Sales strategy, you will learn practical solutions for profitable sales growth.
Speaker: Presented by Erik Waters, Business Consultant
Location: Online
Fee: $ 25.00
On Demand, available until September 30
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This course will introduce you to the basics of creating and financing a successful business. You will learn to evaluate your ideas, choose the best financing options and legally register your business. The course will point you to the resources you need on your entrepreneurial journey. Click the registration link below to get started!
Speaker: Carmen Sunda, Small Business Expert
Location: Online
Fee: $ 25.00

May

Thursday, May 05, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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 entrepreneurship readiness, writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, and small business resources.
Speaker: Heidi Melancon, Director, SBDC at UL Lafayette
Thursday, May 05, 2016 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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
Monday, May 09, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
**Please bring your laptop** Come prepared to complete your application on site. During each session, we will walk you through the completion of the online certification applications.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
MS Access (Database): Intermediate This hands-on course builds on the skills and concepts taught in Access 2010: Basic. Students will learn how to normalize data, manage table relationships, and enforce referential integrity; work with Lookup fields and sub-datasheets; create join queries, calculate fields, and summary values; add objects to forms and create advanced form types; print reports and labels; create and modify charts; and use PivotTables and Pivot Charts.
Speaker: Dr. Antoine
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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 12, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This workshop is designed for existing and startup businesses that are looking for a strategy for survival in the world of small business. Topics such as market research, financial projections, and feasibility study will be discussed. Attendees must be willing to look at their business and perform a SWOT analysis in order to zone in on their strengths and improve their weaknesses. Please call the West Monroe Chamber to reserve your seat at 318.325.1961
Speaker: Virendra Chhikara, LSBDC
Thursday, May 12, 2016 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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 entrepreneurship readiness, writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, and small business resources.
Speaker: Heidi Melancon, Director, LSBDC at UL Lafayette
Friday, May 13, 2016 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
This program is closed to the public and is co-sponsored by the U.S. Army Soldiers for Life - Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP). To attend veterans must first register for the SFL-TAP program by calling 337-531-1591 for detailed information. This seminar is designed specifically for veterans and/or those transitioning from military service to civilian life seeking assistance in starting their own business(s). The seminar will explain the steps needed to create a business plan as well as provide information about existing programs designed specifically to assist the veteran small business owner.
Speaker: Presenter for this seminar is LSBDC Regional Associate Director & Business Consultant, Jim Kilcoyne from the Northwestern State University SBDC Center.
Friday, May 13, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop is recommended for those interested in starting a business. At the end of this workshop, you will have a thorough understanding of the process of starting a business and will be able to implement a required checklist to start your business. The following topics will be discussed during this workshop: determining the feasibility of a business idea, planning to start a small business, required licenses, writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up, expansion and small business resources. Please feel free to bring laptops!
Monday, May 16, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Financing and Capital
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
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
**Please bring your laptop** Come prepared to complete your application on site. During each session, we will walk you through the completion of the online certification applications.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Plan
A written business plan enables you to control your business. This seminar covers the detailed parts of a thorough business plan. This seminar is for aspiring entrepreneurs and new ventures. Topics Covered: • What is a Business Plan and what is it used for? • Full Business Plan Planner Workbook • Worksheets for Financial Projections
Speaker: Sarah Burch, Business Consultant
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
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
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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 entrepreneurship readiness, writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, and small business resources. Join us at the SEED Center for this free event. Please register online at www.lsbdc.org under Training, call 337-475-5529, or email us at lsbdc.msu@lsbdc.org so that we can prepare for your attendance.
Speaker: Susan Thibodeaux, Business Consultant
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. Come prepared to complete your application on site. During this session, we will walk you through completion of the online certification applications. For information on Hubzone Certification, visit http://www.sba.gov/hubzone/ .
Speaker: SBA
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
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
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Business Accounting
QuickBooks: This training will be greatly rewarding for individuals/business owner who want to pay bills, invoice customers, create receipts, and reconcile checking accounts in one accounting book. In addition, the participants will learn how to manage accounts payable and receivable and assets, control inventory and forecast future sales and general reports.
Speaker: Linda Batiste
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop is recommended for those interested in starting a business. At the end of this workshop, you will have a thorough understanding of the process of starting a business and will be able to implement a required checklist to start your business. The following topics will be discussed during this workshop: determining the feasibility of a business idea, planning to start a small business, required licenses, writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up, expansion and small business resources.
Speaker: Sonia E. Wilson
Thursday, May 19, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Legal Issues
"Intellectual Property: What Business Owners Need to Know About Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks and Trade Secrets." Topics will include: How to recognize different forms of intellectual property and why it is important How to enforce and protect your intellectual property How to avoid infringing others’ intellectual property
Speaker: Lindsay Calhoun, Commercial Litigation Attorney, Phelps Dunbar Law Office
Location: Phelps Dunbar
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, May 19, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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.
Speaker: David Creswell, CPA, LSBDC Business Consultant
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
**Please bring your laptop** Come prepared to complete your application on site. During each session, we will walk you through the completion of the online certification applications.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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.
Speaker: Louisiana SBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University Capital One Bank
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Learn how your business can benefit from CERTIFICATION as a Louisiana SMALL AND EMERGING BUSINESS, a program from Louisiana Economic Development (LED). Our Small and Emerging Business Development (SEBD) expert trainer will spend the beginning of the class explaining the benefits of becoming SEBD certified. Benefits of free SEBD Certification include: business developmental assistance, entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, industry-specific assistance and increased procurement opportunities. The remainder of the workshop offers attendees the opportunity to submit their application for certification directly to Louisiana Economic Development (LED), with hands-on assistance from the trainer! There is no better time to get certified than now. Certification is effective for up to 10 years. The SEBD program is open to all Louisiana small businesses that the meet the eligibility requirements for both the business and the owner (below). Small and Emerging Business Person • Citizenship- the person is a U.S. citizen or legal resident • Louisiana Residency- the person has been a Louisiana resident for at least one year • Net Worth- at least 51% of the business owners must have a net worth of less than $400,000, excluding personal residence, the business assets and retirement accounts Small and Emerging Business • Ownership and Control- at least 51% of the company is owned and controlled by one or more SEBD Persons • Principle Place of Business – the firm’s principal place of business is Louisiana • Lawful Function- the company has been organized for profit to perform a lawful, commercially useful function • Business Net Worth- the business’ net worth does not exceed $1.5 million • Full Time Employment- managing owners who claim SEBD Person status must be full-time employees of the applicant firm (20 or more hours per week) • Job Creation- an applicant firm anticipates creating new full-time jobs *Laptops are MANDATORY for certification. Each attendee must provide their own. *Please see the attached flyer for information that MUST be gathered prior to certification. TAKE this information with you to the workshop.
Speaker: Tina Langlois, Business Consultant
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
MS Access (Data base) Introduction: This hands-on covers the basic skills and concepts students need to use Microsoft Access 2013 productively a d efficiently. After an introduction to the Access 2013 environment, students will learn how to plan databases and create tables. Then they will learn to organize fields and records, and to work with data entry rules. They will learn how to create basic queries and how to work with forms and reports.
Speaker: Dr. Antoine
Thursday, May 26, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
**Please bring your laptop** Come prepared to complete your application on site. During each session, we will walk you through the completion of the online certification applications.

June

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
How do you protect your business, your revenue, your investment, your reputation, your brand, and your future from business interruption or worse – from business failure? 8 of 10 new small businesses fail. 50% of all small businesses go out of business after a major disaster. This is a disturbing reality. This impacts smart, highly motivated, hard working small business people everywhere. How do you fight back and win? One powerful weapon is Risk Management. Every small business must develop a risk management process and establish contingency plans to ensure business continuity in the face of adverse or catastrophic events. The key is to do this in advance. The Louisiana Small Business Development Center will conduct a Risk Management for Small Business seminar to help you prepare for the unthinkable. This seminar is the first in a three part series on business resiliency - Risk Management, Employee Theft Prevention and Cyber Security. Choose one or all three seminars to achieve the maximum benefit! To register for Employee Theft Prevention, copy and paste the link below: https://www2.lsbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=1360083 To register for Cyber Security, copy and paste the link below: https://www2.lsbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=1360084
Speaker: Ron Markham, Business Consultant
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
MS Access (Database) Intermediate: This hands-on course builds on the skills and concepts taught in Access 2010: Basic. Students will learn how to normalize data, manage table relationships, and enforce referential integrity; work with Lookup fields and sub-datasheets; create join queries, calculated fields, and summary values; add objects to forms and create advanced form types; print reports and labels; create and modify charts; and use Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts.
Speaker: Dr. Antoine
Thursday, June 02, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Measuring Your Digital Marketing: How to use reports and analytics to evaluate your marketing campaigns Metrics – can be like magic. Have you wondered: how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insight and key info you need to succeed? This seminar will take you step-by-step through the amazing data generated by all the key online marketing tools – and give you tips on how to use it. You’ll learn: -How email open- and click-through reports can help you know: *Which of your products/services are hot, which are not, and how to test for best results *Out of a field of everyone, who is interested in what topics – so you can focus your precious time, efforts & energy *The calls to action/messaging that actually WORK *Best times, days and ways to get the response you want -How evaluating event registration and survey response patterns can help improve your next campaign by leaps and bounds -How social media engagement and click rates can tell you the topics, type of media posts, and frequency your connections really want -How research, setting goals, monitoring campaign results and applying lessons learned will continually improve your results!
Speaker: Kim Walker - 5 Stones Media
Thursday, June 02, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
LED's Small and Emerging Business Development (SEBD) Program provides the managerial and technical assistance training needed to grow and sustain a small business. * Provides for developmental assistance, including entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, business planning, and legal and industry-specific assistance. * Consideration for bidding on select products or services purchased by state agencies. * SEBD Intermediaries provide a free needs assessment and assistance with accessing other program benefits. Come to this workshop to learn about the eligibility, benefits, and how to become certified. BRING YOUR COMPUTER TO APPLY ON SITE.
Speaker: Christina Davis, SEBD Specialist and LSBDC Business Consultant
Call Toll Free: 1- (866)-782-4159

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