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

June

Thursday, June 30, 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.

July

Friday, July 01, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This series will focus on marketing and sales approaches, identifying potential customers, understanding the marketing concept and buyer behavior, analyzing the competition, and developing a marketing strategy, including product, place, promotion, and price decisions, while avoiding common pitfalls. It will also talk about low cost marketing tools, image development & branding, and e-marketing (social media).
Speaker: Dr. Kirk
Tuesday, July 05, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Do it right! Proper licenses and permits are strictly necessary to operate a business legally in today's world. This seminar will show you how to obtain tax ID numbers, permits, and licenses to ensure that you are compliant with local and state laws. During the session, we will examine the differences between "C" and "S" Corporations, sole proprietorships, partnerships, and LLC's. Elements that business structures are based on are also discussed such as Taxes, Ownership, Responsibility, Control, Risk, Operations, and Employee Requirements. Other seminar benefits include: - Advantages & Disadvantages of each Legal Structure - Legal Structure Quiz - Filing Forms for Selecting an Organizational Structure are Provided
Speaker: Al Overman, LSBDC Business Consultant Mark Jeanfreau, Phelps Dunbar
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, July 07, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 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: LSBDC Business Consultant
Friday, July 08, 2016 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting
Accounting software is a must for all business owners for monitoring their business’ financial performance. It puts the answers right at your fingertips in reports and graphs that may look great but are a mystery as to what they really mean and just how you got there. Understanding the rules and language of accounting makes using the software a lot less challenging and gives you more for your investment, saving you time and money… In this 4 hour, hands-on session you will learn: Double-entry accounting and what it means in your business, How Debits and Credits work, and the CPA template that eliminates errors, The steps required to record inventory purchases, The steps required to record inventory sales accurately, The # 1 reason why loan balances are wrong on your financial statements, The difference between the income statement (profit & loss statement) and the Balance Sheet, Why the cash account never matches profit, The difference between cash and Income, Why credit card balances show negative on your Balance Sheet, and how to eliminate this error, The # 1 tax deduction that most people forget! Consider this course if you are a) thinking of purchasing accounting software or, b) have accounting software but having problems creating accurate reports. This course will provide you with an understanding of basic accounting for small businesses and give you what you need before investing your time and money in accounting software. This course is recommended for those unfamiliar with Quickbooks who plan on taking the Quickbooks 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 seminars to increase their Quickbooks skills.
Speaker: Richard Melancon, CPA
Fee: $ 65.00
Friday, July 08, 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, July 08, 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, July 11, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Franchising
Are you looking for a career change or an investment alternative for your retirement dollars? Is the idea of coming up with a new business idea or creating a business from scratch more challenging than expected? Are you looking for a business opportunity that has a proven success rate and ready to take over current market potential? Then perhaps Franchising is for you! This seminar will look at pre-formatted franchise ownership solutions to help you leverage existing business models to: • ramp-up faster • mitigate risk • benefit from training/mentoring • attain assistance with marketing,staffing/other support • leverage scales of economy/collective knowledge • be enabled to work ‘on’ vs. ‘in’ your business Join us to see if franchises have a ready-made formula that may be right for you. Specialists with FranNet will compare business models, detail the basics of franchising, bust its myths and address whether/how it can suit YOU. Other topics to include: • Best practices for researching to find business that matches your needs and budge • Low cost options/financing vehicles • Business ownership models compared • Franchise ownership rewards and risks • Best opportunities (full/part-time owner involvement) - See more at: https://www2.lsbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=6360028#sthash.fF1donju.dpuf
Speaker: Ted Fireman, Franchise Expert, Consultant & Coach
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Franchising
At this event, we will look at pre-formatted franchise ownership solutions to help you leverage existing business models to: • ramp-up faster • mitigate risk • benefit from training/mentoring • attain assistance with marketing,staffing/other support • leverage scales of economy/collective knowledge • be enabled to work ‘on’ vs. ‘in’ your business Join us to see if franchises have a ready-made formula that may be right for you. Specialists with FranNet will compare business models, detail the basics of franchising, bust its myths and address whether/how it can suit YOU. Other topics to include: • Best practices for researching to find business that matches your needs and budge • Low cost options/financing vehicles • Business ownership models compared • Franchise ownership rewards and risks • Best opportunities (full/part-time owner involvement)
Speaker: Ted Fireman - FranNet
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Financing and Capital
Have you ever wanted to sit down face-to-face with a banker in a no-pressure situation? Do you have unanswered questions about banking, SBA loans, lines of credit, commercial services, credit cards, or other financial topics? Do you want to know the best way to finance your business? This is the event for you! Join us for an open forum discussion where YOU can get answers straight from the experts! Capital One Bankers will be joining us as we eat lunch and learn about all things finance. We will discuss what lenders are looking for in a loan package, what questions you should bring to your banker, what banking products and services are available to you, as well as any other questions you have.
Speaker: Business and Small Business Bankers from Capital One Bank
Tuesday, July 12, 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, July 13, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This seminar will provide entrepreneurs with a comprehensive overview of the steps to be taken to start a business, the essentials of business planning, and how to determine funding needs for the start-up. Seminar covers: • Items you want to know before starting a business • Preparing for business success • How to start your business • Financing options • Resources for your business
Speaker: Mike Pennison, Business Consultant
Wednesday, July 13, 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. The class will be followed by a chance for one on one consulting with business consultant, Christina Davis. Please call 318.342.1224 to schedule your appointment!
Speaker: Christina Davis, LSBDC Business Consultant
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This series is recommended for individuals interested in running a successful trucking business. Whether it is a Hot Shot, Dump Truck or 18' Wheeler, this series is for you. This workshop will take you step by step on how the industry works, trends, updates and changes. Topics of discussion will include: the startup process, trucking registration process requirements, authority filing and more. At the end of his series you will understand the basic steps of running a successful trucking business.
Thursday, July 14, 2016 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
ServSafe® training educates managers to understand food safety risks faced in food service operations. This course will help keep food operations, staff, and customers safe. The topics deal with food safety issues from the basics of hand washing, cross contamination, and more complex topics such as foodborne pathogens and the challenges faced in preventing illnesses. Early registration with the LSBDC is mandatory, and students must purchase the required text (with the answer sheet) online from the ServSafe (www.servsafe.com) at least three weeks prior to attending the class. For a guide in purchasing the text online, call 774-9213. Information for ordering the book. 1. www.servsafe.com 2. Click on Purchase 3. On the left of screen click on the ServSafe managers 4. Click on the text book and exam 5. The first item on the list is ServSafe Manager Book 6th Ed, English 6. order number ESX6R Price: $70.30 + Shipping and handling
Speaker: Dr. Malekian Fatemah
Thursday, July 14, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Plan
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals who would like to understand the full scope of what it takes to start and run a small business. At the end of two successful training sessions, you will be able to answer the following questions: a) Do you know the various options to organize your business, b) Are you familiar with business financial documents such as cash flow, balance sheet, and P&L? c) Have you considered what should be considered when identifying start-up costs? d) What financial forms should you have when seeking financial resources? The financial components of business plans are discussed and sample templates of the various spread sheets will be provided.
Speaker: Eual Hall
Thursday, July 14, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
This seminar is focused on how to use financial statements to manage profits and measure growth. Program includes: • Liquidity, Leverage, and Liability Structure of the Balance Sheet • Profitability and Productivity of the Income Statement • Cash Flow Statement vs Income Statement • Apply Financial Statement to Your Business • Questions the Bank Asks • Hints & Tools to Better Manage Your Business
Speaker: Richard Melancon, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, July 14, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Join us at no cost to learn what it takes to successfully start and finance your own small business. Event highlights include: a business plan outline, access to capital, cash flow projection, total asset needs assessment, available resources and an overview of SBDC services. This event is beneficial to both new business startups and existing small businesses by offering a refresher on financial assistance and may cover material you previously missed when you started your small business . Register today to receive the most up-to-date resource information. Call (318) 484-2123 for more information.
Speaker: SBDC Business Consultant, Maria Miranda
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, named for a section of the Small Business Act, is a business development program created to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market. During this workshop, we will walk you through the completion of the online certification process The basic eligibility requirements include: - the firm must be a small business; - the firm must be unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the United States; - the firm must be daily managed by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the United States; and - the firm must demonstrate the potential for success (two-year rule). The workshop will cover: 1. Eligibility criteria for Section 8(a) program participation; 2. Overview of the electronic application; 3. Review of the required supporting documentation; 4. Review, explanation and guidance in completing the required SBA Forms (i.e. 912, 4506T, 413, 1623, 1790); and 5. Additional information as needed by the participants. The goal of this workshop is to educate the small business community on the Section 8(a) program and to provide guidance in the completion of the electronic application.
Speaker: Jo Lawrence - Deputy District Director - US Small Business Administration
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
This presentation is a guide for small businesses or nonprofits who have been using Facebook for social media marketing, but need some tips to take them to an intermediate level. You’ve thought about what social networks to use for your business or nonprofit, and you’re ready to take the next step. Where do you go from there? This seminar will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook. We’ll show you the benefits of using Facebook, how other organizations are marketing with it, and some dos and don’ts. Facebook is changing constantly! This seminar will share with you the most up to date information with tips on how to tell if your social media activity is working. Core concepts introduced include: • A closer look at Facebook • How to tell if it’s right for your business • What kind of content to create and post • Etiquette • How to tell if your content is working • Suggestions on what to do next • Why social media & email marketing must be used together
Speaker: Kim Walker - 5 Stones Media
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Financing and Capital
Identifying and securing the financing you need to grow your business can be a scary and difficult task when you don't know what to do. A winning funding proposal can make a huge difference between getting "No" and getting a "Yes"! In this seminar you will learn what you need and what to do before approaching a lender to finance your business's funding needs. When you know what a lender is looking for and the questions the lender needs answered, you will greatly improve your chances of obtaining the financing that your business needs to start, grow and expand! In this seminar, you will learn: · To identify and assess the financial needs of your business · To identify sources of capital · How to prepare the essential documents for a lender or investor · How to answer the key questions lenders ask You should attend this workshop if you are a business owner: · Who is seeking financing to start or expand their business · Who has been told by a lender to develop projections and a business plan before applying for the loan · Who has been declined for a loan by a bank
Speaker: Michael Pennison, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:30 PM to 2:15 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
The U.S. Small Business Administration is conducting a HUBZone education and training event. The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program Boot Camp is designed to introduce your business to the program, help determine whether your business is eligible for the program, and support the efforts of your business to participate in the program. During this session, we will walk you through the completion of the online certification process WHY: Every year, the federal government awards over $500 billion in contracts. A significant share of those contracts are specifically allotted to small businesses. SBA assists federal agencies in identifying and awarding contracts to meet the 23% statutory goal of government-wide small business prime contracting. Agencies are also required to award 3% of contracts to small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones). SBA encourages small businesses to learn more about the HUBZone program and take advantage of this federal contracting opportunity. The session is designed for all small businesses considering Hubzone certification or looking for more information on the Hubzone program. Topics to be covered include: Hubzone eligibility criteria; review of the Hubzone application; maintaining Hubzone certification; identifying Hubzone contracting opportunities. LEARN MORE: http://www.sba.gov/HUBZone To find out if your small business is located in a HUBZone check out our HUBZone maps: http://www.sba.gov/content/hubzone-maps
Speaker: Jo Lawrence - Deputy District Director, US Small Business Administration
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
WOMAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP OVERVIEW WOSB Session Overview: Small business certifications are like professional certifications. They document a special capability or status that will help you compete in the marketplace. Unlike permits and licenses, you do not need to obtain certifications to legally operate. However, in order to take advantage of business opportunities such as government contracts, you may need to obtain certain certifications. Women business owners should seek to leverage the opportunities available through the federal government to drive revenue growth. This workshop will guide you in doing just that. Topics to be Covered: • Woman Owned Small Business Federal Government Contract Set-asides • Final WOSB Ruling and Impact and Advantage • Eligible NAICS Codes • WOSB Certification Process • Identifying Contract Opportunities •Effectively Responding to Requests for Government Proposal • Completing Required Registrations
Speaker: Jo Lawrence - Deputy District Director, US Small Business Administration
Tuesday, July 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 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, July 20, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Information will be presented on 8(a) eligibility criteria, GLS, Login, application process, and how the programs work. We will also discuss CCR and SBSS 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); the 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 CCR registration and the SBSS supplemental profile.
Speaker: SBA
Wednesday, July 20, 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: Phillip Russo, Consultant, LSBDC at UL Lafayette
Wednesday, July 20, 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, July 21, 2016 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please download the registration form (below) and submit with your payment. Instructions for how to submit payment and registration forms can be found below. Credit Card & Check payments must be received no later than July 15, 2016; after July 15th only money orders and cash will be accepted. Make Checks or Money Orders payable to Xavier University. Mail to: Small Business Development Center Division of Business, Xavier South Xavier University of Louisiana 1 Drexel Drive, Box 52, New Orleans, LA 70125 or fax credit card payment to (504) 520-7900, Attention: Lauren Polson.
Fee: $ 40.00
Thursday, July 21, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Plan
This seminar is for aspiring entrepreneurs and new ventures. A business plan is much more than a piece of paper. It is your roadmap to success. The plan forces you to consider your entire business at once, and therefore maintain consistency in planning and execution of your business model. A comprehensive, focused,well written business plan enables you to control your business and its potential for success. This seminar covers the detailed parts of a thorough business plan. Topics Covered: • What is a Business Plan and what is it used for? • Full Business Plan Planner Workbook • Worksheets for Financial Projections
Speaker: Richard Melancon, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, July 21, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in obtaining the skills and competencies required for relationships with contracts and suppliers of both goods and services. Specific topics include: Local Government Accelerated Delivery Needs, State Governments business requirements, Government Public Bid Laws, Key Definitions in Public Bid laws, Public Bid Law Compliance, Public Contracts, How to Network with local governments and it's, Bid among others.
Speaker: Eric Porter
Thursday, July 21, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Technological Innovation
This introductory class covers the basic skills and concepts you need to use Microsoft Access 2013 productively and efficiently. After an introduction to the Access 2013 environment, you will learn how to plan databases and create tables. Then, you will learn to organize fields and records, and to work with data entry rules. You will learn how to create basic queries, and how to work with forms and reports. ?
Speaker: Marilyn Antoine
Thursday, July 21, 2016 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Join us at NO COST to learn how to utilize the different routes of marketing, improve your social media marketing, increase your marketing return on investment and more. Highlights will include: Basic marketing terminology, digital marketing, Business to Business Marketing (B2B), direct response marketing, content development, branding and search engine optimization (SEO). Keynote speaker, Tobias Wilhelm will be extending his knowledge and expertise of marketing to both existing and prospective small business owners. *This event is especially beneficial to existing small business owners seeking to enhance their current marketing strategy. Register to attend today. Call (318) 484-2123 for more information. Remain after the conclusion of the event for our Entrepreneurial Networking Hour from 7 PM - 8 PM. Refreshments will be served.
Speaker: Marketing Consultant, Tobias Wilhelm and SBDC Business Consultant, Maria Miranda
Thursday, July 21, 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, July 26, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Business Certifications give businesses access to opportunity in contracting, funding and grant programs. There are a variety of federal, state and local certification programs that can enhance your chances to not only get a contract but also to expand and grow! 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.
Speaker: Tina Langlois, SBDC Consultant
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
How well do you manage your time? If you're like many people, your answer may not be completely positive! Many of us know that we could be managing our time more effectively; but it can be difficult to identify the mistakes that we're making, and to know how we could improve. Join us for this event, where we will discuss the most common time management mistakes, and identify strategies and tips that you can use to overcome them. We can't control time but we can learn to manage the events in our life that take time.
Speaker: Sandy Hughes, SPHR
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
The Social Media Intro workshop is designed to communicate the importance of social media into any business's marketing strategy. Attendees will learn: * How to best use social media in their business * Which social media platforms are most beneficial in their industry * Social media strategies that mirror your business * Includes information regarding Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram Take advantage of this class and learn how to promote your business without spending a dime!
Speaker: Jami Salter, Marketing and Training Coordinator
Fee: $ 15.00
Wednesday, July 27, 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
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Financing and Capital
Have you ever wanted to sit down face-to-face with a banker in a no-pressure situation? Do you have unanswered questions about banking, SBA loans, lines of credit, commercial services, credit cards, or other financial topics? Do you want to know the best way to finance your business? This is the event for you! Join us for an open forum discussion where YOU can get answers straight from the experts! Capital One Bankers will be joining us as we eat lunch and learn about all things finance. We will discuss what lenders are looking for in a loan package, what questions you should bring to your banker, what banking products and services are available to you, as well as any other questions you have.
Speaker: Business and Small Business Bankers from Capital One Bank
Thursday, July 28, 2016 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University will host the fourth annual Louisiana Small Business Veterans Conference in Baton Rouge, LA. This conference is for existing businesses and those individuals who are interested in starting a business. Every year, the federal government awards over $500 billion in contracts and a significant share of those contracts are specifically allotted to small businesses. SBA works with federal agencies to assist them in identifying and awarding contracts in order to meet the 23% statutory goal of government-wide small business prime contracting. Federal agencies are also required to award a certain percentage of these contracts to veteran-owned small businesses. The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 established an annual government-wide goal of not less than 3% of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards for service-disabled veterans. The purpose of this conference is to: - provide training and assistance to the veteran small business community - provide information on financial assistance available to veterans and other small business owners - link these businesses with Federal procurement agents who have veteran-owned small business goals - provide tips for success from veteran-owned small businesses - allow attendees to interact with lenders and SBA representatives to identify the best loan product for their respective business needs. SBA encourages all small businesses to learn more about the Veteran-owned Small Business Contracting Program and learn how to take advantage of this federal contracting opportunity. The training portion of the conference will provide information on completing required registrations, applying for various certifications, improving business processes, establishing values for your business, customer satisfaction, transition and succession management planning. Additionally, we will provide information on identifying contract opportunities and financial literacy. Registration begins at 8:30 A.M.
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
This workshop is highly recommended for business owners and managers involved in planning, motivating, and controlling resources to achieve specific goals. The workshop will highlight how to achieve all of the business goals and objectives while honoring the preconceived constraints associated with scope, time, quality and budget while optimizing the allocation of necessary inputs and integrate them to meet predefined objectives.
Speaker: Eric Porter
Thursday, July 28, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Technological Innovation
This intermediate class builds on the skills and concepts taught in Access 2013: Basic. You will learn how to normalize data, manage table relationships, and enforce referential integrity; work with Lookup fields and subdatasheets; 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 PivotTables and PivotCharts.
Speaker: Marilyn Antoine
Call Toll Free: 1- (866)-782-4159

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