Events/Workshops

 
  
    
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Networking is a key element in growing a business. Learn why it’s important and get some tips to improve networking skills. Join us at the SEED Center for this free workshop. 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.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
How to Finance Your Business - LSBDC Identifying and securing the financing you need to start a business can be intimidating. Learn what to do before approaching a lender. When you know what the lender is looking for and the questions the lender wants answered, you will increase your chances of obtaining the financing that your business needs. Seminar covers: •Identify and assess the financial needs of your business •Identify sources of capital •How to prepare the essential documents for a lender or investor •How to answer the key questions lenders ask
Speaker: LSBDC Consultant
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Managing a small business’ communications between its employees, customers, vendors and partners can be a time consuming and costly endeavor. Acquiring, learning and configuring digital and cloud-based tools can take away from time you should be spending on profitability and growth. With easy to use, universally compatible and best of all free tools, Google Gmail and Docs are accessible on day one and immediately change the way you manage your business’ communication and documentation needs. This seminar will cover the advantages of Gmail and show you how Google Docs can increase efficiency and reduce cost as you spend more time on your business’ growth and less money than on traditional digital solutions.
Speaker: Erik Waters
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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/ .

Business Plan

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in obtaining funding and determining what documents to take to the bank. Understanding the loan process will improve your chances of meeting lender expectations, therefore increasing your chances of obtaining a loan. Topics of discussion will include: -Key Questions the Bank Wants Answered -Documents Most Lenders Require -Writing a Business Plan -Developing Financial Projections
Speaker: Sarah Burch, Business Consultant
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in obtaining funding and determining what documents to take to the bank. Understanding the loan process will improve your chances of meeting lender expectations, therefore increasing your chances of obtaining a loan. Topics of discussion will include: -Key Questions the Bank Wants Answered -Documents Most Lenders Require -Writing a Business Plan -Developing Financial Projections
Speaker: Mike Pennison, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, August 20, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Learn the components needed to build a successful business plan for your small business. This workshop will cover all aspects needed to make a business plan presentable to potential lenders.
Speaker: Cooper Cochran, Small Business Development Center Business Consultant
Thursday, August 20, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals 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.
Monday, August 24, 2015 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in obtaining funding and determining what documents to take to the bank. Understanding the loan process will improve your chances of meeting lender expectations, therefore increasing your chances of obtaining a loan. Topics of discussion will include: -Key Questions the Bank Wants Answered -Documents Most Lenders Require -Writing a Business Plan -Developing Financial Projections
Speaker: Jarrett Woods, Regional VP of LiftFund

Financing and Capital

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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. A light lunch will be served.
Speaker: Carmen Sunda
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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. A light lunch will be served.
Speaker: Carmen Sunda
Monday, August 17, 2015 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Identifying and securing the financing you need to grow your business can be a daunting task. Learning how to put together a winning funding proposal can make the difference between No and Yes! Learn what to do before approaching a lender. Knowing what the lender is looking for and the questions the lender wants answered will demonstrate your preparedness and improve your chances of obtaining the financing that your business needs. 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 Who should attend this workshop: Business owners who are looking for financing to start or expand their business, who want to develop a winning funding proposal, who have been told by a lender to develop projections and a business plan before applying for the loan, and who have been declined for a loan by a bank.
Speaker: Michael Pennison, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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: Jimmy Nguyen, Business Consultant

Franchising

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
If you've ever dreamed of owning a business but don't know where to start, you won't want to miss Small Business - BIG POTENTIAL. This free event will showcase leading business opportunities coming to Louisiana in 2015 and answer questions such as: -How do I find a business that's not hamburgers, sandwiches and french fries? -Can I stay in my current job and start a new business? -How do I find a business I will really like? -How do I get the facts before I buy? -Is financing available? -What types of business opportunities are coming to my area? Register today and learn from the experts how easy it is to own a business and discover financial and career freedom! AGENDA -11 a.m - 1 p.m.: Business Expo - Meet leading national franchisors who want to expand in Louisiana -Please allow yourself at least 30 minutes or more to visit with the franchisors -Light lunch provided if registered by August 13, 2015 -Free parking ***The first 25 people to register receive a FREE book, The Franchise Rules. Books will be distributed at the event. You must attend the event to receive your book.
Speaker: Leading national franchisors who want to expand in Louisiana

Government Contracting

Thursday, August 13, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Come learn how vast the government market really is! This seminar is an excellent resource for companies wanting to grow their business or start-ups seeking information. It will inform you of the numerous business services available to you as a Louisiana business, at no charge through the Northwest and Central LA Small Business Development Center. It will also cover the basics of government contracts and explain how the Northwest Louisiana Government Procurement Center can assist you in your endeavors to secure government contracts. .
Speaker: Presenters will be James Kilcoyne, Associate Regional Director of the LA Small Business Development Center in Natchitoches and Jen Whittington, Counselor at Northwest LA Government Procurement Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in Shreveport.
Thursday, August 20, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Come learn how vast the government market really is! This seminar is an excellent resource for companies wanting to grow their business or start-ups seeking information. It will inform you of the numerous business services available to you as a Louisiana business, at no charge through the Northwest and Central LA Small Business Development Center. It will also cover the basics of government contracts and explain how the Northwest Louisiana Government Procurement Center can assist you in your endeavors to secure government contracts. .
Speaker: Presenters will be James Kilcoyne, Associate Regional Director of the LA Small Business Development Center in Natchitoches and Jen Whittington, Counselor at Northwest LA Government Procurement Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in Shreveport.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Come learn how vast the government market really is! This seminar is an excellent resource for companies wanting to grow their business or start-ups seeking information. It will inform you of the numerous business services available to you as a Louisiana business, at no charge through the Northwest and Central LA Small Business Development Center. It will also cover the basics of government contracts and explain how the Northwest Louisiana Government Procurement Center can assist you in your endeavors to secure government contracts. .
Speaker: Presenters will be James Kilcoyne, Associate Regional Director of the LA Small Business Development Center in Natchitoches and Jeanene Deen, Counselor at Northwest LA Government Procurement Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in Shreveport.

Managing a Business

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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: Wayne Aucoin, Business Consultant
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Many firms get lost in the "alphabet soup" of certifications: DBE, WBE, MBE, 8(a), SEBD . . . This seminar focuses on why (or why not) certification as a minority, woman-owned, or disadvantaged business may be beneficial to your company. The Do's and Don't's of certification are provided in "plain English" to help the small business owner decide which certification is right for his or her business. Then, get prepared for the certification process: learn about the various certification types as well as how and where to apply. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about the processes, benefits and documentation required for certification.
Speaker: Erik Waters, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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: Mike Pennison, Business Consultant
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The workshop is designed for those businesses interested in the FastTrac entrepreneurial program. 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, such as FastTrac, 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, August 26, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Your brand is your key to being recognized in a sea of competitors. How you present yourself via digital media is a crucial part of your business’ marketing strategy. As more and more people gravitate towards the Internet to do business, it is important to stake your claim in this new territory and get your brand out there. “Internet Brand Basics” takes a look at how you can use your Website Content, Social Media, Search Engine Optimization and various other tools to market your brand online. This class will give you an overview of how the Internet can increase sales through recognition of your brand as a provider of products or solutions. We will cover why content is important, how social media can generate sales, what search optimization is and how you can bring your business online with little or no cost, aside from your time. "Internet Brand Basics" is the starting point for growing your business’ presence in a growing digital world.
Speaker: Erik Waters, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 35.00
Saturday, August 15, 2015 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Small Business Expo brings together business owners, entrepreneurs and decision-makers from across Northeast Louisiana to network. A panel of small business and industry experts will be available to answer all of your questions about starting, managing and growing a successful small business. More than two dozen local businesses will showcase their products and services during an hour-long exhibition. This event is great for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs seeking information on how to increase sales and gain visibility in the market.
Speaker: TBD
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Do you know that 43% of small businesses dedicate six or more hours per week to social media? While it’s important to engage for social visibility and key connections online, we all want to do more in less time. This session will help you save time at get back to what you love to do – running your business or organization. Join us and learn the latest time savers and best practices from Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert, Kim Walker. Participants will learn: • Tips for saving up to ten hours a week managing your social media • Simple ways to find usable, relevant content for your posts • How to integrate your social media into sales promotions and events • Best practices, business builders and more... Who should attend? Marketers, business owners, managers, professional services, nonprofit professionals. Anyone that needs to get more done in less time with social media. This session is suited for beginners. Participants should have a basic knowledge and understanding of social media in general.
Speaker: Kim Walker - 5 Stones Media
Thursday, August 20, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
In this power packed session attendees will discover the value of Facebook advertising. Learn the basic methodology of boosting posts, promoting events and running ads to increase engagement, website traffic and page likes. We will discuss specific targeting, image selection and studying analytics. This class will leave you in awe of what can be done with Facebook ads!
Speaker: Kim Walker - 5 Stones Media
Friday, August 21, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This workshop is recommended for all veterans, or anyone registered with ACAP, who are planning to start or have recently started a small business. This seminar will teach you key marketing points for your product, reveal the secrets to attracting customers, and enable you to determine the layout of your marketing plan. Learn how to attract and retain customers!
Speaker: Darin Ellett, Business Consultant for NSU's Small Business Development Center
Thursday, August 27, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This workshop is recommended for all who are planning to start or have recently started a small business. This seminar will teach you key marketing points for your product, reveal the secrets to attracting customers, and enable you to determine the layout of your marketing plan. Learn how to attract and retain customers!
Speaker: David Creswell, Business Consultant for NSU's Small Business Development Center

Start-up Assistance

Monday, August 03, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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 and Capital One Bankers
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals 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.
Friday, August 07, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This workshop is highly recommended for all veterans, or anyone registered with ACAP, who are 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 know 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: Jim Kilcoyne, Business Consultant and Associate Director for NSU's Louisiana Small Business Development Center
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
"Take That to the Bank" will be a seminar hosted by Red River Bank at the Westside Regional Library. Local entrepreneurs who have questions about what the bank requires prospective small business owners to have are invited to attend this seminar at no cost. The LSBDC wants to give our existing and prospective clients the tools, knowledge and resources to become familiar with every aspect that is involved in starting a small business. Register today at www.lsbdc.org or call (318) 484-2123.
Speaker: Michael Greene, Vice President-Loan Officer at Red River Bank
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
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, August 19, 2015 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in determining the feasibility of their business idea, planning to start or have recently started a small business, seeking a small business loan, or wanting to learn more about business planning. Topics of discussion will include entrepreneurship readiness, writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, and small business resources.
Speaker: Heidi Melancon, Director, LSBDC at UL Lafayette
Thursday, August 20, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The 3-part series of "How to Start and Finance a Small Business" presents "How to Expand a Small Business". This event will focus on the tools and resources given to entrepreneurs from part 1 and part 2 seminars on "How to Start and Finance a Small Business" and "How to Promote a Small Business". Our guest speaker will be Johnie Varnado from Kazette Enterprises. Johnie will be present to give tips on how to expand your business as well as share success stories. We will have a parking lot for questions and our business consultant will be present to schedule appointments for one on one consultations. This seminar is open to the public and is at no cost. Lunch will be provided. Register to attend today!
Speaker: Johnie Varnado, Lee McCallister
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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. This free workshop will be held at the West Calcasieu Business Center Conference Room at 100 N. Huntington in Sulphur. 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
Monday, August 31, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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

Tax Planning

Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Class is open to small business owners, certified public accountants, bankers and potential business owners interested in learning how to take advantage of the state's financial incentives provided through Louisiana Economic Development. Changes to incentive programs made during the 2015 legislative session will be reviewed. Seminar attendees will find out about program benefits and the application processes for: Enterprise Zone, Industrial Tax Exemption, Restoration Tax Abatement, Research and Development, Small Business Loan Guaranty, Angel Investor Tax Credit Program, Technology Commercialization and Quality Jobs. LED Program managers will be available to answer questions and provide clarity on program administration and functions.
Speaker: Louisiana Economic Development
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