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

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 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
The workshop will cover: 1. Review, explanation, and guidance in completing your SAM registration; 2. Complete/Update Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) Profile (SBA Supplemental Page); 3. Bring your laptop or use one of the computers provided; Minimum information required to complete registration: Your company's: D&B (Dun and Bradstreet) DUNS number; Tax Identification Number (TIN)/Employer Identification Number (EIN); banking information (ABA Routing Number for your bank; Account Number; Bank point of contact; average revenues; number of employees
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.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Event Highlights: Business plan outline, access to capital, cash flow projection, total asset needs assessment, available resources and an overview of SBDC services. Join us at no cost to learn what it takes to successfully start and finance your own business.
Speaker: SBDC Business Consultant, Maria Miranda

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 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Business Plan
This seminar is designed for those desiring to learn how to create a comprehensive business plan upon which to build a new business. An LSBDC Business Consultant will guide you through the steps to successfully build your plan to ensure you start your business on the right footing.
Speaker: David Creswell, LSBDC Business Consultant
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
Wednesday, June 08, 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
Friday, June 10, 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: Jim Kilcoyne, LSBDC Regional Associate Director & Business Consultant at Northwestern State University SBDC Center in Natchitoches, LA
Friday, June 10, 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.
Tuesday, June 14, 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
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 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, June 14, 2016 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Learn how your business can benefit from CERTIFICATION as a Louisiana SMALL AND EMERGING BUSINESS. Benefits of free SEBD Certification include: Business developmental assistance, entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, industry-specific assistance and increased procurement opportunities. Learn more about SEBD and other business certification programs. Plan now to attend this free seminar.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
Ever Wonder How Employees Can Steal From You –AND GET AWAY WITH IT? “Employee Theft Prevention” - A two hour seminar that uncovers the secrets that workers have used at companies of every size, at every location, and without fear of getting caught. Grab a seat, get ready to take notes, and hold on to your checkbook. This program is designed for businesses of all sizes. Your only question is: Will you attend… or will you allow you employees to attend and learn these secrets before your controls are in place? This seminar is the second of 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 Risk Management, copy and paste the link below: https://www2.lsbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=1360082 To register for Cyber Security, copy and paste the link below: https://www2.lsbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=1360084
Speaker: Richard Melancon, Business Consultant
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Women-owned small businesses can begin taking steps to participate in the federal contracting program. At the end of this session, you will have a thorough understanding of the requirements for certification. For more information on Women-Owned Small Business Certification, visit www.sba.gov/wosb.
Speaker: SBA
Wednesday, June 15, 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
Saturday, June 18, 2016 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
The 3rd Annual Economic Development Conference will feature procurement training classes. The Louisiana Economic Development (LED) will give an overview of certifications and small business programs, the benefits of the programs and the steps of acquiring the certifications to help you grow and sustain your business. • Small and Emerging Business Development Program • Hudson Initiative • Veteran Initiative • Louisiana Economic Gardening Initiative
Speaker: Stephanie Hartman, Business Development Officer, Small Business Services, LED
Saturday, June 18, 2016 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
The 3rd Annual Economic Development Conference will feature procurement training classes. The Small Business Administration (SBA) will discuss Government Contracting and give an overview of the contracting certification programs, the benefits of the programs and the steps of acquiring the certifications to help you grow and sustain your business. • 8(a) Certification • Hubzone • Women-Owned Small Business • Veteran Owned Business
Speaker: JoAnn Lawrence, Deputy District Director U.S. Small Business Administration
Saturday, June 18, 2016 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Topic: Financing and Capital
The 3rd Annual Economic Development Conference will feature small business training classes. Liftfund will give an overview of what lenders look for, common requirements for small businesses and the products and services offered through Liftfund to the small business community to help you grow and sustain your business. The 3rd Annual Economic Development Conference will feature small business training classes. Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center will give an overview of business structures and on business plan writing to assist small businesses with starting and growing your business.
Speaker: Mel Robertson, VP of Louisiana Commercial Lending with LiftFund and Eual Hall, Business Development Specialist, SUAG Center
Saturday, June 18, 2016 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
The 3rd Annual Economic Development Conference will feature small business training classes. Louisiana Licensing Board of Contractors will give an overview of the requirements and guidelines for a home improvement and residential construction.
Speaker: Carl Bourque, Residential Compliance Supervisor, LSLBC
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing Employees
Owning your own business is like trying to keep 23 plates spinning on top of narrow wooden sticks without one falling to the ground and shattering into a million tiny pieces. It seems there are constant demands that keep you ‘burning the candle at both ends.” It’s easy to allow the tyranny of the urgent to overthrow the important. In this interactive and engaging workshop, you will have the opportunity to reorient yourself to what matters most and rediscover how practicing timeless principles may actually help you work faster, more efficient and impact the bottom line. Drawing from the wisdom of the best and brightest leadership literature and years of management experience, Chris Ramsey will walk you through a practical and implementable action plan to help your business succeed. • How Trust changes everything in business and how you can do something about it • What specific behaviors are hurting your business and which ones could help it • One thing that you can do different to lead your business to maximum success
Speaker: Chris Ramsey
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, June 23, 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 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
Call Toll Free: 1- (866)-782-4159

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