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

August

Tuesday, August 02, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Business Accounting
If you’re using accounting software, it’s fairly easy to run financial reports. But what then? There are so many numbers to look at; it can be overwhelming. Which numbers are most important to monitor the health of your business? Which numbers should you track to ensure that your business is growing properly, is ready for sale, or can raise capital? Join us at this event to identify the numbers most critical to your business success.
Speaker: Bill Joubert - Louisiana SBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Human Resources
How to comply with the Federal Wage & Hour Law---including Dramatic Changes with Overtime and Independent Contractor Regulations In today's work environment, it is absolutely imperative that employers both large and small comply with the Federal Wage & Law. The lawsuits filed against employers under that law are at the highest number ever and continuing to grow. At this seminar session, we will discuss the basic Wage & Hour requirements, changes in overtime and independent contractor regulations, and a plan to reduce the risk of liability.
Speaker: E. Fredrick Preis, Jr Partner Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, LLP Labor & Employment Law Section
Wednesday, August 03, 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: Mike Pennison, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, August 04, 2016 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting
Note: In the event this class is filled, the NSU August 8 QuickBooks Seminar is available. Simply click on that training event and register. QuickBooks installed computers are provided for each seminar registrant to use during this one-day training, courtesy of Northwestern State University. This comprehensive QuickBooks training seminar is offered to residents of northwest and central Louisiana as a community service by Knight Masden, a professional accounting corporation in Alexandria, LA. The low cost registration fee is $125 per attendee and through the generosity of Knight Masden, all proceeds will go to the SBDC, a government agency, to help fund their ongoing training programs. This one-day training normally costs $299 but the SBDC is offering it at the low cost of $125 including lunch. Certified Public Accountants and Certified ProAdvisor Instructors, Dona Manuel and Stephanie Lemoine will provide this QuickBooks training in an easy-to-understand format with registrants free to ask questions as needed. Registrants will learn essential techniques to master the QuickBooks programs and also learn of options to tailor the QB program to their specific business. The seminar schedule is as follows: 8:30-9:00 a.m. registration; Session I, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, 12:00-12:30 p.m. lunch provided; Session II 12:30-3:00 p.m. Currently the SBDC can only accept cash or checks payable upon admission. Make checks payable to LSBDC-NSU. Pre-registration is encouraged as seating is limited. Walk-ins will only be accepted on a space available basis. To register go to lsbdc.org/nwcr or call 318-484-2123. This same seminar is also being offered on August 8 by the SBDC Natchitoches Center on the campus of NSU in Russell Hall, 10 Central Avenue. Please call 318 357-5611 to register for that seminar or register online lsbdc.org/nwcr
Speaker: Certified QuickBook ProAdvisors and Certified Public Accounts, Dona Manuel and Stephanie Lemoine both of Knight Masden a Professional Accounting Corporation, 5615 Jackson Street, Alexandria, LA 71303
Fee: $ 125.00
Thursday, August 04, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 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: LSBDC Business Consultant
Monday, August 08, 2016 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting
QuickBooks installed computers are provided for each seminar registrant to use during this one-day training, courtesy of Northwestern State University. This comprehensive QuickBooks training seminar is offered to residents of northwest and central Louisiana as a community service by Knight Masden, a professional accounting corporation in Alexandria, LA. The low cost registration fee is $125 per attendee and through the generosity of Knight Masden, all proceeds will go to the SBDC, a government agency, to help fund their ongoing training programs. This one-day training normally costs $299 but the SBDC is offering it at the low cost of $125 including lunch. Certified Public Accountants and Certified ProAdvisor Instructors, Dona Manuel and Stephanie Lemoine will provide this QuickBooks training in an easy-to-understand format with registrants free to ask questions as needed. Registrants will learn essential techniques to master the QuickBooks programs and also learn of options to tailor the QB program to their specific business. The seminar schedule is as follows: 8:30-9:00 a.m. registration; Session I, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, 12:00-12:30 p.m. lunch provided; Session II 12:30-3:00 p.m. Currently the SBDC can only accept cash or checks payable upon admission. Make checks payable to LSBDC-NSU. Pre-registration is encouraged as seating is limited. Walk-ins will only be accepted on a space available basis. To register go to lsbdc.org/nwcr or call 318-357-5611. This same seminar is also being offered by the SBDC Alexandria Center on August 4, 2016 at the CENLA Chamber of Commerce, 1118 Third Street. Please call 318 484-2123 to register for that seminar or register online lsbdc.org/nwcr
Speaker: Certified QuickBook ProAdvisors and Certified Public Accounts, Dona Manuel and Stephanie Lemoine both of Knight Masden a Professional Accounting Corporation, 5615 Jackson Street, Alexandria, LA 71303
Fee: $ 125.00
Monday, August 08, 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, August 09, 2016 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Strictly speaking, just registering as an LLC is not enough to protect your business. LLCs, especially one-person LLCs, are respected by courts more if they have an LLC Operating Agreement. Operating a business without formalizing an operating agreement, stating ownership, voting rights and contributions can have negative effects on taxation and other business matters. Phelps Dunbar attorney Mark Jeanfreau will present on “Louisiana LLCs: Formation and Operating Agreement Basics.” Mr. Jeanfreau will cover matters related to organizing an LLC (including the chief differences between an LLC and an S-Corp.) and the major issues LLC members need to address in the LLC operating agreement. Phelps Dunbar attorney Brandon Davis will also present on the Department of Labor’s much-anticipated final rule raising the salary level for employees to be classified as exempt from overtime under the FLSA. This recent rule change nearly doubles the threshold from $23,660 annually to $47,476 annually, and impacts "white collar" overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The discussion will analyze the impact that the overtime changes will have on employers and what employers will need to do to establish compliance or remain in compliance.
Speaker: Mark Jeanfreau, Attorney, Phelps Dunbar & Brandon Davis, Attorney, Phelps Dunbar
Location: Phelps Dunbar
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 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 3 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
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Cash Flow Management
Cash is King! Have you ever wondered why cash is always short though you have good sales? This free workshop is for you! It will show you the importance of strong cash flow and show you how to estimate and predict. Please join us on Tuesday, August 9th, from 4-6 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Please pre-register on-line at lsbdc.org (search under Training) or call 337-475-5529 or email lsbdc.msu@lsbdc.org so we can prepare for your attendance.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Knowing your customer is a vital part of selling your product or service. This workshop will introduce you to market research and describe the benefits in helping you understand your customer and increase sales.
Speaker: Heidi Melancon, Director, LSBDC at UL Lafayette
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 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: Mike Pennison, Business Consultant
Thursday, August 11, 2016 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Topic: International Trade
This workshop is designed to help people start the export process and also expand their export if they are currently exporting. Attendees will hear from Reginald Harley from SBA speak on the importance of export in Louisiana and how the SBA can help the process within your business. Erin Butler will represent the New Orleans US Export Assistance Center, and Bobby Simons from UPS will be available to go over the processes of carrier information for all attendees.
Speaker: US Small Business Administration, New Orleans US Export Assistance Center, UPS Forwarding
Fee: $ 25.00
Friday, August 12, 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!
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Creating a proposal that addresses all of the solicitation requirements can be a challenge. However, with a clear understanding of how to properly prepare, it does become easier. After this seminar, you will have a better understanding of the overall process. Topics to Be Covered Include: -RFP Planning: The first considerations -Evaluations of a Proposal: How they are evaluated and award determined -Proposal Preparation: What steps to follow -Proposal Content: Format, the written word, graphics, what to say and what “not” to say -Style: The elements of style -Actions After Submitting the Proposal -Review and discussion on a Request for Proposal
Speaker: Cindy Carrier - Louisiana PTAC
Tuesday, August 16, 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, August 16, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Topic: Business Plan
Knowing your customer is a vital part of selling your product or service. This workshop will introduce you to market research and describe the benefits in helping you understand your customer and increase sales.
Speaker: Heidi Melancon, Director, SBDC at UL Lafayette
Wednesday, August 17, 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. 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
Wednesday, August 17, 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. Join us at LEDA for this free event. Please register online or call 337-482-6312 for attendance.
Speaker: Heidi Melancon & Phillip Russo, Consultant, LSBDC at UL Lafayette
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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: Richard Melancon, CPA - Business Consultant
Thursday, August 18, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Professional Selling Skills for Every Business is designed to help you, the business owner, take command of your personal and business sales efforts and increase your successful conversion rate! In today’s highly competitive market, every entrepreneur, business owner, and organization is seeking to secure a greater share of the market. At the same time the consensus of the general public is to avoid pesky salespeople at all costs. Why is this? The reasons are many people don’t trust salespeople, they are viewed as aggressive and pushy, and they try to sell you products and services that are not wanted or needed, just to name a few. Small wonder people don’t like salespeople. There’s a better way…the right way to sell the products and services you provide. It’s called Professional Selling. This seminar will equip you to rise above conventional selling and position yourself (or organization) as a trusted provider that satisfies your customers’ needs. This seminar will be a game changer for all who attend.
Speaker: Ron Markham, Business Consultant
Thursday, August 18, 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
Thursday, August 18, 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.
Friday, August 19, 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
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 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: Louisiana SBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting
Learn the basic uses and features of QuickBooks including: • Setting up & Getting Started, • Print Forms/Checks/Invoices • Create Bank Accounts • Receive Customer Payments • Creating Monthly Reports • Learn AP and AR • Create Customers and Invoices • Receiving payments, • Create Vendors and Bills • Print Checks This class is most suited to daily use of QuickBooks to record transactions and maintain the business accounting system
Speaker: Richard Melancon, CPA / Business Consultant
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, August 25, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Do you need help financing your small start-up business? The LSBDC at UL Lafayette is hosting a banker's seminar that will cover the main components of a loan package and the steps required in preparing a loan package. Guest speakers Andre Higginbotham from Capital One Bank and Mel Robertson from LiftFund will be present at this training to answer questions and to provide information on what is needed to make a loan request from a bank. Join us at LEDA for this free event. Please register online or call 337-482-6312 for attendance.
Speaker: Phillip Russo, Business Consultant, LSBDC at UL Lafayette
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