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Monday, May 04, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in Project Management. Business owners and managers involved in planning, motivating, and controlling resources to achieve specific goals will benefit from this workshop. The workshop will highlight how to achieve all of the business goals and objectives while honoring the preconceived constraints associated with, time, quality and budget while optimizing the allocation of necessary inputs and integrate them to meet predefined objectives.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The goal of this workshop is to walk participants through completion of their SAM Registration. For those who were registered in CCR, assistance will be provided in migrating their legacy CCR account. All contractors wishing to do business with most all federal agencies are required to register in the SAM. This is done by first creating an account. The registration must then be renewed and/or updated annually. It is very important that the information entered into SAM be accurate, detailed, current and complete.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This session of the Contractor's Training Institute will cover the importance of understanding the process of acquiring proper insurance and bonding capacity in the industry, surety bonds, qualification process for surety support and insurance. At the end of the session you will have a basic understanding of the importance of insurance and bonding.
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals who are interested in obtaining knowledge and skills on (1) Supply Chain Management Fundamentals based on the SCOR Model develop by the Council of Supply Chain Management; (2) Building competitive entrepreneurial operations planning and logistics; (3) Managing Customer and Supplier relations; and (4) Using Information and Communication Technologies to Enable Entrepreneurial Supply Chain Management.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Here’s what you will learn: -Creating a vision for your business. -Establishing specific sales goals to build your vision. -Creating a strategic sales plan to achieve your sales goals. -How to develop a marketing plan. -Learn how to track progress through a detailed sales funnel.
Speaker: Joel Dawson
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Speaker: Ouachita Valley Federal Credit Union
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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 (SBA Forms 1010 Business, 1010 Individual, 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.
Speaker: SBA Louisiana District Office
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Speaker: My Wants Web
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
As a small business owner, do you often struggle to meet your bottom line? Maybe, you are interested in improving your cash flow for continued success. If so, this event is for you! Leading financial expert Jayson Calhoun teach you how to improve your finances full proof 5 Step Process which includes learning how to: • Create a Budget • Start an Emergency Fund • Secure Proper Protection • Eliminate Personal Debt • Save for Retirement Furthermore, Tax guru Fritz Niswanger will provide tips and proven strategies on: • Tax Planning • Taxable Deductions • Business Entity • Customer Protection Come join us in the Peach Suite at Ruston City Hall for business knowledge you can put to use TODAY!
Speaker: Jayson Calhoun & Fritz Niswanger
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This lecture workshop is highly recommended for beginners interested in learning the basics of bookkeeping. QuickBooks makes it all easier. This workshop will cover the following: how to set up a chart of accounts, pay bills, invoice customers, create receipts, reconcile your checking account, how to track your accounts payable and receivable, manage your assets, control inventory, and generate estimates and reports. Personal laptops are recommended for hands on training.

Business Accounting

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This lecture workshop is highly recommended for beginners interested in learning the basics of bookkeeping. QuickBooks makes it all easier. This workshop will cover the following: how to set up a chart of accounts, pay bills, invoice customers, create receipts, reconcile your checking account, how to track your accounts payable and receivable, manage your assets, control inventory, and generate estimates and reports. Personal laptops are recommended for hands on training.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Learn the basic uses and features of QuickBooks including: • Set Up Preferences • Create Chart of Accounts • Define Inventory items and Service Charges • Create Sales Tax Codes and Groups • Create Bank Accounts • Create Customer Accounts • Create Vendor Accounts • Customize Monthly Reports This class is most suited to daily use of QuickBooks to record transactions and maintain the business accounting system
Speaker: Richard Melancon, CPA
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, May 21, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
This session is designed to familiarize the attendees with the operation of a basic software program such as QuickBooks. There will be an initial overview/review of some basic accounting principles. This will be followed by an introduction of the software package with a presentation of recording vendors’ bills, check payments, sales invoicing and recording of customers’ payments. Also, there will be a review of financial reports available in the software.
Speaker: John Sandidge, CPA - Northshore SCORE

Business Plan

Monday, May 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

Financing and Capital

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Identifying and securing the financing you need to grow your business can be a daunting task. A winning funding proposal can make the difference between No and Yes! 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 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 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: Mike Pennison, Business Consultant
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 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: Donna Little and Susan Thibodeaux
Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The purpose of this event is to celebrate the rebranding of the LSBDC and “Connect Businesses with Capital.” Businesses will have an opportunity to pitch its product or services, network, and gain information on access to capital. Since many individuals seek capital to START or GROW their small business, the Center will provide a platform to discuss the following points provided by local bankers for the benefit of the small business community: • Options available for securing a small business loan • Qualifications to obtain a business loan • Identify key issues that lenders look for in potential clients • Network with local lenders • Identify Bankers’ Industry preferences
Tuesday, May 19, 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, May 26, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This session of the Contractor's Training Institute will cover understanding credit and taking the first step to improving your current credit condition, Contractors learn the principles of understanding credit, maintaining good credit and an action plan to improve credit. Introduction to Credit – What is credit? Understanding personal and business credit. Understanding your credit score, how it is weighed and calculated, how to pull credit reports or scores and how to read them. The importance of credit in lending and lines of credit. At the end of this session you will have a basic understanding of the importance of credit.
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This session of the Contractor's Training Institute will cover funding sources for contractors. Seeing what lenders see and understanding how to look at capital to START or GROW your business.
Fee: $ 20.00

Government Contracting

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The 8(a) Business Development Program helps small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace.The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged firms. Come prepared to complete your application on site. During this session, we will walk you through completion of the online certification applications. For more information on 8(a) Certification, visit http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/contracting/contracting-support-small-businesses/8a-business-developme
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:00 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. Come prepared to complete your application on site. During this session, we will walk you through completion of the online certification applications. For information on Hubzone Certification, visit http://www.sba.gov/hubzone/ .
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This session of the Contractor's Training Institute will cover the importance of Networking from Business to Business in the construction industry for Sub and Prime Contractors.
Fee: $ 20.00
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Women-owned small businesses can begin taking steps to participate in the federal contracting program. Come prepared to complete your application on site. During this session, we will walk you through completion of the online certification applications. For more information on Women-Owned Small Business Certification, visit www.sba.gov/wosb .
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM
The goal of this workshop is to walk participants through completion of their SAM Registration. For those who were registered in CCR, assistance will be provided in migrating their legacy CCR account. All contractors wishing to do business with most all federal agencies are required to register in the SAM. This is done by first creating an account. The registration must then be renewed and/or updated annually. It is very important that the information entered into SAM be accurate, detailed, current and complete.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
If you are a veteran or service-disabled veteran, become Veteran-Owned Small Business Certificated. Come prepared to complete your application on site. During this session, we will walk you through completion of the online certification applications. For more information, visit http://www.sba.gov/content/veteran-service-disabled-veteran-owned.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for all small business interested in becoming DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) or SBE (Small Business Enterprise) certified. At the end of this workshop, you will gain a thorough understanding of the process in becoming certified and the benefits of obtaining these certifications. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will be conducting this workshop to assist small business in contract opportunities.

Human Resources

Friday, May 15, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you looking to hire new employees? Louisiana Workforce Commission is here to help! LWC can provide up to 90% wage reimbursement for On-the-Job Training (OJT). Employers receive reimbursement in order to compensate for the typical hiring/training costs, such as lost productivity, during any new hire’s learning curve. The process is quick, painless and simple. If you meet the following criteria, find out more about OJT by attending this one hour info session: • Employers that are hiring in-demand occupations for their business • Position pays at least $10/hr or more • Employers with at least 2 Full-time employees • Employer carries Worker’s Comp and pays into the Unemployment Insurance system
Speaker: Jennifer B. Barnett, Louisiana Workforce Commission
Friday, May 22, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Are you looking to hire new employees? Louisiana Workforce Commission is here to help! LWC can provide up to 90% wage reimbursement for On-the-Job Training (OJT). Employers receive reimbursement in order to compensate for the typical hiring/training costs, such as lost productivity, during any new hire’s learning curve. The process is quick, painless and simple. If you meet the following criteria, find out more about OJT by attending this one hour info session: • Employers that are hiring in-demand occupations for their business • Position pays at least $10/hr or more • Employers with at least 2 Full-time employees • Employer carries Worker’s Comp and pays into the Unemployment Insurance system Coffee and donuts will be provided.
Speaker: Jennifer B. Barnett, Louisiana Workforce Commission

Managing a Business

Wednesday, May 06, 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
Thursday, May 07, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals with an interest in understanding the full scope of starting and operating a small business. This Entrepreneurship Training is designed specifically to help you develop a solid plan and learn what it takes to build a thriving business. The training focuses on business concepts which includes business planning, financial management, and marketing research.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for individuals/businesses interested in payroll management. Payroll management includes activities in two major areas: payroll accounting and payroll administration. Payroll Accounting consists of: calculating the earnings of employees and the related withholding for taxes and other deductions, recording the results of payroll activities and preparing required tax returns. Payroll accounting also includes the task of reporting the results of payroll activities to the federal, state and local tax agencies. Payroll Administration includes managing employee personnel and payroll information and compliance with federal, state and local employment laws. At the end of this workshop, you will have an understanding of Louisiana Payroll requirements.
Speaker: Patrick J. Gros, CPA
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This session of the Contractor's Training Institute will cover the Importance of management in business, Planning a Contracting Business, Business Management, Business and Organizational Structures, Resources, Regulating Agencies, Louisiana Business Corporation: Law 4, Federal Income Tax, State Withholding Tax and Income Tax. At the end of this session you will have the basic knowledge of organizational management.
Fee: $ 20.00
Wednesday, May 27, 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
Thursday, May 28, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals with an interest in understanding the full scope of starting and operating a small business. This Entrepreneurship Training is designed specifically to help you develop a solid plan and learn what it takes to build a thriving business. The training focuses on business concepts which includes business planning, financial management, and marketing research.
Monday, June 01, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals with an interest in understanding the full scope of starting and operating a small business. This Entrepreneurship Training is designed specifically to help you develop a solid plan and learn what it takes to build a thriving business. The training focuses on business concepts which includes business planning, financial management, and marketing research.
Wednesday, June 03, 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

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This workshop will focus on marketing and sales approaches, identifying potential customers, understanding the marketing concept and buyer behavior, analyzing the competition, developing a marketing strategy, including product, place, promotion, and price decisions, while avoiding common pitfalls. Low cost marketing tools, image development, branding, and e-marketing (social media) will also be discussed.
Wednesday, May 13, 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
Thursday, May 14, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Upon completion of this presentation you should be able to position your company into being a high performance sales company by understanding Best Sales Practices, give you tools to develop a solid sales plan, but most importantly prepare your company to not just compete- but to be a market leader.
Speaker: Scott Uffman - Sales & Growth Strategy Expert
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This presentation is a guide for small businesses or nonprofits that have been using Facebook for social media marketing, but need some tips to take them to an intermediate level. Attendees will learn the benefits of using Facebook for marketing, how other organizations use it, as well as some practical best practices. Core concepts include what kind of content to create and post, etiquette, and gauging effectiveness. In this session, we will also discuss briefly Facebook advertising and how to tap into the power of targeted marketing.
Speaker: Kim Walker, 5 Stones Media
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 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, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, May 28, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Artist? Graphic designer? Photographer? Videographer? Want to sell your art? Have you shown at art fairs and events - talking to the interested, but not committed - and then close on fewer pieces than anticipated? If so, then do something about it! Don’t miss this fun interactive workshop to get and discuss proven tips to help your work find a warm and loving home.Like it or not art was, is and will remain a commodity. Like it or not art is a business but most artists don’t treat it as such. The key to any business is to get customers and if possible repeat customers. The purpose of this workshop is to get artists to do what other businesses do to get customers - market the product so you can sell it!
Speaker: Steve Feinman, SCORE
Thursday, May 28, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Artist? Graphic designer? Photographer? Videographer? Want to sell your art? Have you shown at art fairs and events - talking to the interested, but not committed - and then close on fewer pieces than anticipated? If so, then do something about it! Don’t miss this fun interactive workshop to get and discuss proven tips to help your work find a warm and loving home.Like it or not art was, is and will remain a commodity. Like it or not art is a business but most artists don’t treat it as such. The key to any business is to get customers and if possible repeat customers. The purpose of this workshop is to get artists to do what other businesses do to get customers - market the product so you can sell it!
Speaker: Steve Feinman, SCORE

Start-up Assistance

Tuesday, May 05, 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
Thursday, May 07, 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.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 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.
Speaker: Heidi Melancon, Director, LSBDC at UL Lafayette
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:00 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 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, May 19, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Free Event. Seating is limited, so please call 337-475-5529.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, May 21
Boots 2 Business program conducted by Cooper Cochran at BAFB
Speaker: Cooper Cochran
Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Proper licenses and permits are necessary to operate a business. This seminar teaches how to obtain tax ID numbers, permits, and licenses. The seminar examines the differences between "C" and "S" Corporations, sole proprietorships, partnerships, and LLC's. Elements that business structures are based on are discussed such as taxes, ownership, responsibility, control, risk, operations, and employee requirements. -Advantages & Disadvantages of each Legal Structure -Legal Structure Quiz -Filing Forms for Selecting an Organizational Structure are Provided
Speaker: Al Overman, LSBDC Business Consultant
Fee: $ 30.00
Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 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.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 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: Cooper Cochran
Tuesday, June 02, 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
Wednesday, June 03, 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.

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