Events/Workshops

 
  
    
Thursday, September 03, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Recommended for individuals interested in starting a business. At the end of this workshop, you will have an understanding of the process of starting a business and will be able 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.
Thursday, September 03, 2015 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Entrepreneurs and small firms create the jobs and develop the ideas that our economy needs to regain its footing. However, this innovation is not easy. The business world is complex and constantly presents new challenges.To facilitate the growth and development of local small businesses, Rep. Cedric Richmond is hosting a Small Business Expo in conjunction with Delgado Community College on September 3, 2015. Purchasing departments of major government agencies and top companies from the area will join with small business assistance programs for an exhibition. This is your chance to meet with them one-on-one to establish valuable contacts and discover new opportunities for your business. The event is free and space is limited. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Wayne Wright or Peter Hunter at wayne.wright@mail.house.gov and peter.hunter@mail.house.gov, respectively.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Proper licenses and permits are required to operate a business. This seminar covers: How to obtain business licenses, permits and tax ID numbers. The differences of 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. Learn how to protect your personal assets.
Speaker: LSBDC Consultant
Thursday, September 24, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
This seminar focuses on standard provision and common pitfalls of service agreements, including defining scope of service, setting terms, insurance, indemnification and confidentiality. As for Open Accounts, participants will learn about the basics of Louisiana’s open account statue for unpaid receivables, including how to collect on past due accounts.
Speaker: Bryan Bowdler and Bart Bacigalupi
Location: Phelps Dunbar
Thursday, September 24, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 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. 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.

Business Accounting

Thursday, September 10, 2015 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 50.00

Business Plan

Tuesday, September 08, 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
Tuesday, September 22, 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

Financing and Capital

Tuesday, September 08, 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
Tuesday, September 08, 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
Monday, September 14, 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, September 15, 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

Government Contracting

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Women-Owned Small Businesses can begin taking steps to participate in the federal contracting program. At the end of this session, entrepreneurs will have an understanding of the requirements for Women-Owned Small Business certification. For more information on Women-Owned Small Business Certification, visit www.sba.gov/wosb

Marketing and Sales

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Measuring Your Digital Marketing: How to use reports and analytics to evaluate your marketing campaigns Metrics – can be like magic. Have you wondered: how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insight and key info you need to succeed? This seminar will take you step-by-step through the amazing data generated by all the key online marketing tools – and give you tips on how to use it. You’ll learn: -How email open- and click-through reports can help you know: *Which of your products/services are hot, which are not, and how to test for best results *Out of a field of everyone, who is interested in what topics – so you can focus your precious time, efforts & energy *The calls to action/messaging that actually WORK *Best times, days and ways to get the response you want -How evaluating event registration and survey response patterns can help improve your next campaign by leaps and bounds -How social media engagement and click rates can tell you the topics, type of media posts, and frequency your connections really want -How research, setting goals, monitoring campaign results and applying lessons learned will continually improve your results!
Speaker: Brian Walker - 5 Stones Media
Wednesday, September 16, 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

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, September 10, 2015 4:30 PM to 6:30 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
Friday, September 11, 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
Wednesday, September 16, 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, September 17, 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.
Thursday, September 17, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This seminar will benefit those who are interested in starting a business. At the end of this session, you will have an understanding of the process of starting a business and will be able to implement a suggested checklist to start the business.
Tuesday, September 22, 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
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The "Starting and Financing a Small Business" seminar will give local entrepreneurs the tools and resources they need to start a small business. The SBDC is offering this workshop to Grant Parish entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to give knowledge about what resources are available to you to start or expand your small business. We will have great tips on marketing, cash flow demonstrations, a parking lot for questions and will share success stories. A business consultant for Grant Parish will be present to schedule one-on-one consultations at no cost. Don't miss out on the opportunity to help bring a new small business to Pollock, Louisiana or any town in Grant Parish. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Register today!
Speaker: Lee McCallister, Heather Daigrepont
Thursday, September 24, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This educational seminar is designed to help those desiring to start a business. Presented by LSBDC Business Consultant, David Creswell, CPA, you will learn necessary information to begin a business. Whether you are in the conceptual stage or have already completed your business plan, you will want to attend this informative seminar. You will learn how to avoid common mistakes in opening a business and also learn the important steps to create a sound foundation for your new business. You will learn valuable tools to lead you to success. You may register on-line or call 318-357-5611 to register.
Speaker: David Creswell, CPA, LSBDC Business Consultant
Thursday, September 24, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This seminar is a starting point for those interested in starting a business. At the end of this workshop, you will have an understanding of the process of starting a business and will have a suggested checklist necessary to start the business.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:00 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
Call Toll Free: 1- (866)-782-4159

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