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: Speaker(s): Mike Pennison, Senior Business Consultant
Fee: $ 25.00
On Demand, available until October 01
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. Click the registration link below to get started.
Speaker: Speaker(s): Presented by Erik Waters, Business Consultant
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
Fee: $ 25.00

January

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 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. 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
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 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 Representative
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1:00 PM to 3:00 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!
Speaker: Sonia Wilson
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This free 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: Lauren Titus, Consultant
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center Northwest & Central Region and the Northwest Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) are co-sponsoring a Government Contracting seminar to educate Louisiana business owners on Wednesday, January 25 in Bossier City at the Bossier Parish Community College, Room F203. Jeff Ulrich, Procurement Counselor at PTAC is the lead presenter at this informative seminar which will cover Government Contracting topics including: Government lingo, basic regulations, overview of registrations and certifications, and procurement websites. Dana Cawthon, SBDC Regional Director will provide an overview of no-charge services offered to Louisiana businesses and how government contracting can significantly improve a small business’ profits.
Speaker: Presenters will be Dana Cawthon, Regional Director of the LSBDC Northwest & Central Region and Jeff Ulrich, Procurement Counselor at Northwest LA PTAC.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 4:30 PM to 6:30 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 to help you grow your business. Plan now to attend this free seminar.
Speaker: Wayne Aucoin, Business Consultant
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 11:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Peer to Peer Roundtables The Peer to Peer Roundtable series is designed to discover solutions that create growth opportunities through facilitated group discussions among peer businesses. Strategic growth firms benefit from shared experiences and by tapping into expertise from industry and topic experts and their peer entrepreneurs. The Peer to Peer Roundtable is a series of ten (10) sessions that cover company obstacles to growth in areas such as finance, employee relations, legal compliance, and marketing. Each roundtable will focus on specific business issues of interest to participants according to a pre-participation assessment. The format of the sessions will include scheduled speakers, group discussion and topical assignments that will be discussed at the following roundtables. Each session will be approximately three hours in length and moderators will remain available after each meeting to answer questions and deal with special issues. Businesses that meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply: Annual revenues of a minimum of $200,000, and a maximum of $3 million, Minimum of 3 employees (FTE), plus owner, Minimum of 3 years in business, Participants will agree to attend at least 8 of the 10 sessions and sign a participation agreement, and be a SEBD Certified Business and Owner (to obtain FREE SEBD certification, go to www.ledbiz.com) The Peer to Peer Roundtable is presented with funding provided by Louisiana Economic Development, Small & Emerging Business Development Program (SEBD) in partnership with Louisiana Small Business Development Center and Phelps Dunbar Law Firm. Is your business SEBD Certified? One of the benefits to SEBD Certification is access to funding and training opportunities that will provide you with tools and skills to continue your successful business’ growth. SEBD certification is a short one-stop, paperless, online process to register your Louisiana small business. This certification is required to participate in the Peer to Peer Roundtable visit ledsmallbiz.com to certify your Louisiana small business.
Location: Phelps Dunbar
Friday, January 27, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
The beginning of the year is a time when many business owners find themselves ready to refocus and implement plans they've always wanted to in order to grow their business. Email Marketing is one area where you can easily put a plan in place, take practical action steps and implement easily. In this free two-hour class we will go over email marketing best practices, tips and strategies to help you better communicate with your clients and prospects using email marketing. The second hour of the session will be hands-on as we guide you through the steps to creating your first email campaign, putting together a calendar and plan for your email marketing and showing you how to grow your email list. Class attendees will be signing up for a 60-day free trial to Constant Contact as this is the program we will be using in the session. Attendees will: -learn email marketing best practices -receive practical tips for growing their email list -incorporate email marketing into their social media presence (if applicable) -upload their initial contact list -create their first email -discover how to use an email marketing program to reach their communication goals -start a marketing plan and calendar for email marketing
Speaker: Kim Walker - 5 Stones Media
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:00 AM to 11:00 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 writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, small business resources, and required licenses.
Speaker: Brandy Boudreaux - LSBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Wednesday, February 01
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Boots to Business is a training program that assist service members to transition into the private sector as an entrepreneur. Are you interested in starting your own business, but don’t know where to begin? This event is a 2-day class. Attendees will gain a thru understanding of how to run a successful business in any community in which they chose. This seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business. Topics include: regulations such as licenses and permits; legal forms of business ownership; basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential; lending terminology; outline for a business plan and other resources to assist in starting a business. This seminar is NOT open to the public.
Speaker: Dana Cawthon, Executive MBA, Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Cash Flow Management
Cash is King! Have you ever wondered why cash is always short through sales? This workshop is for you! It will show you the importance of strong cash flow and show you how to estimate and predict. Seating is limited!
Speaker: Susan Thibodeaux, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 10.00

February

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: International Trade
This workshop is designed to present the basics of exporting in order to market and sell to your clients overseas. Topics covered will include: understanding of the export process, identifying potential export markets, logistics and insurance, and Incoterms and other technical terms used in international trade. Additionally, you will learn about resources available to help you export your products right away! To register for the event, use the link below or give us a call at 337-291-5487. https://goo.gl/PlKL0g
Speaker: Delilah DeSouza and Marisol Canedo
Fee: $ 15.00
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Are you ready to get your business off the ground, but don't know where to start? If the answer is yes, you're in luck! The Louisiana Small Business Development Center is offering a hands-on workshop on Louisiana geauxBIZ, the one-stop site for launching a business in Louisiana. During this two-hour workshop, a geauxBiz representative will go through the online registration process, step-by-step. You will learn how to: Reserve a business name Create a checklist of federal, state and local licenses and permits File with the Secretary of State, Department of Revenue, and Louisiana Workforce Commission Apply for unemployment insurance Find helpful resources Register now to learn how to launch your business with geauxBIZ Feel free to bring your fully charged laptop or mobile device if you would like to start your geauxBiz registration during the class.
Speaker: Carla Bonaventure, Louisiana Secretary of State, Commercial Administrator
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Lunch and Learn Critical Aspects of Marketing What UNIQUE benefit can you offer your customers? How are you different from your competition? Learn how the marketing mix of Price, Product, Promotion and Place – plus People – influence your customers’ perception of your company and drive their decision to purchase from you.
Speaker: Desiree Young
Fee: $ 10.00
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Are you ready to get your business off the ground, but don't know where to start? If the answer is yes, you're in luck! The Louisiana Small Business Development Center is offering a hands-on workshop on Louisiana geauxBIZ, the one-stop site for launching a business in Louisiana. During this two-hour workshop, a geauxBiz representative will go through the online registration process, step-by-step. You will learn how to: reserve a business name create a checklist of federal, state and local licenses and permits file with the Secretary of State, Department of Revenue, and Louisiana Workforce Commission apply for unemployment insurance find helpful resources Register now to learn how to launch your business with geauxBIZ! Feel free to bring your fully charged laptop or mobile device if you would like to start your geauxBiz registration during the class.
Speaker: geauxBIZ representative
Thursday, February 09, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Managing a Business
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center is offering a hands-on workshop on Louisiana geauxBIZ, the one-stop site for launching a business in Louisiana. During this two-hour workshop, a geauxBiz representative will go through the online registration process, step-by-step. You will learn how to: reserve a business name create a checklist of federal, state and local licenses and permits file with the Secretary of State, Department of Revenue, and Louisiana Workforce Commission apply for unemployment insurance find helpful resources Register now to learn how to launch your business with geauxBIZ! Feel free to bring your fully charged laptop or mobile device if you would like to start your geauxBiz registration during the class.
Speaker: Carla Bonaventure Commercial Administrator Louisiana Secretary of State, Commercial Division
Thursday, February 09, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center is offering a hands-on workshop on Louisiana geauxBIZ, the one-stop site for launching a business in Louisiana. During this two-hour workshop, a geauxBiz representative will go through the online registration process, step-by-step. You will learn how to: reserve a business name create a checklist of federal, state and local licenses and permits file with the Secretary of State, Department of Revenue, and Louisiana Workforce Commission apply for unemployment insurance find helpful resources Register now to learn how to launch your business with geauxBIZ! Feel free to bring your fully charged laptop or mobile device if you would like to start your geauxBiz registration during the class.
Speaker: Carla Bonaventure Commercial Administrator Louisiana Secretary of State, Commercial Division
Friday, February 10, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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!
Speaker: Ada Womack
Monday, February 13, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
You know you should be on social media for your business or non-profit. You know it can help you drivemore new and repeat business for your organization. But, do you know why? Do you know which socialmedia platform will have the biggest bang for your buck? And when you start your profile, do you knowwhat to say and how to grow your following? This session will answer all of those questions and more! Let us help you: • Determine the platform that’s right for you and your organization • Announce your presence and build your network • Create and share content that encourages action • Understand social media advertising and learn your options • Convert social media leads into potential customers bygrowing your email list From understanding the different social media platforms, to choosing what to say and where to say it,this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective social media marketing for you. You don’t haveto be on every platform, and you don’t have to make every post by yourself. Let us make social media easy - join us!
Speaker: Kim Walker - 5 Stones Media
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. At the end of this session, you will have a thorough understanding of the certification requirements. For information on Hubzone Certification, visit http://www.sba.gov/hubzone/ .
Speaker: SBA Representative
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 1:00 PM to 2:00 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!
Speaker: Sonia Wilson
Thursday, February 16, 2017 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. 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
Fee: $ 10.00
Thursday, February 16, 2017 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.
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