Events/Workshops

 
  
    
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Get hands on assistance with State and Federal Grants Assistance with the USDA Value Added Producer Grant which offers matching funds of 50% up to $200,000. MAJOR COMPONENTS OF THE GRANT APPLICATION WILL BE COMPLETED DURING THE WORKSHOP. State and Federal representatives will also be available to introduce other upcoming grant opportunities. **Please join us... Free and open to the public!** In the Entrepreneurial Center at Nunez College 2nd Floor of the AST Building 3710 Paris Road Challmette, LA 70043 SAVE THE DATE! - Upcoming WOW Events: JULY 28, 2015: Reeling ‘Em In: Successful Branding and Marketing for Your Coastal Business SEPTEMBER 22, 2015: Finding New Pearls in the Oyster Bed: Cultivating Additional Business NOVEMBER 10, 2015: Avoiding Traps in the Water: Navigating Laws and Regulations for Your Coastal Business *MARCH 22, 2016: WOW SUMMIT 2016 * Learn about our sponsors and more at: workingonthewater.com Please join us... Free and open to the public!
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.
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
This session of the Contractor's Training Institute will cover Government Contracting. The United States government is the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world- buying everything from armored tanks to paper clips and IT services. Every year, the federal government awards more than $500 billion in contracts, and a significant share of those contracts are specifically allotted to small businesses. SBA works with federal agencies to assist them in identifying and awarding contracts in order to meet the 23% statutory goal of government-wide small business prime contracting. Small business contracting is an important tool at the federal level to help America’s small businesses grow and create jobs. The federal government wants to get more contracting dollars into the hands of small businesses. This workshop is designed to introduce your business to the various federal government contracting programs, help you determine whether your business is eligible for these programs, and support your business' efforts to participate in these programs. Topics to be covered include: - How the Government Buys - Identifying Contracting Opportunities - Traditional Procurement Programs - Is Becoming a Government Contractor Right for You - Getting Started, Required Registrations, Beneficial Certifications - What to Consider Before Bidding - Marketing Tips - The Importance of Networking - Additional Training and Counseling Programs SBA encourages all small businesses to learn more about the small business contracting programs and take advantage of this federal contracting opportunity.
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, June 11, 2015 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
The EDA University Center in the College of Business at Southern University and A&M College will host its Annual Conference June 11–13, 2015. Ambassador James A. Joseph, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa and Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University will be a keynote speaker at the Conference. Ambassador Joseph will address this year’s theme “Advancing Leadership in Economic Development” along with nationally recognized speakers: Dr. Ralph Christy; J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Marketing Management and Economic Development at Cornell University; Dr. Richard McCline, Senior Public Service Associate for Entrepreneurial Leadership Development with the Fanning Institute for Leadership Development; Dr. Huey Perry, Chancellor’s Fellow, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Southern University-Baton Rouge; and Mr. Clarence Hawkins, State Director, Rural development for Louisiana, Department of Agriculture (USDA). These are among the more than ten speakers who will address the attendees. To register or to learn more about the Conference, explore our website at www.subruniversitycenter.org or call (225) 771-5640; (225) 771-6248; (225) 771-2763 and (225)771-5943.
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, June 11, 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
Monday, June 22, 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, June 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Wednesday, June 24
Come join us for a two night session of hands on training with QuickBooks 2014 Premier! Topics to be included: • Getting Started with QuickBooks • Setting up QuickBooks • Bank Accounts • Cash Receipts and Deposits • Entering and paying bills • Payroll • Sales Invoices and Managing Customers • Setting up Inventory • Working with Lists • Reports
Speaker: PATRICIA G. ROSHTO, Instructor of Accounting B.B.A., M.B.A., Northeast Louisiana University
Fee: $ 100.00

Business Plan

Monday, June 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

Financing and Capital

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
Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Outside investors can be very important to the success of a rapidly growing business. Learn from the experts how to raise equity to grow your business. Discussion will include how to determine if your business is ready for equity, what investors require, potential legal requirements and exit strategy.
Speaker: Speaker: Mark W. Jeanfreau, Phelps Dunbar
Location: Phelps Dunbar
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
Tuesday, June 16, 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

Government Contracting

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.
Monday, June 08, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in obtaining the skills and competencies required for relationships with contracts and suppliers of both goods and services. Specific topics include: Local Government Accelerated Delivery Needs, State Governments business requirements, Government Public Bid Laws, Key Definitions in Public Bid laws, Public Bid Law Compliance, Public Contracts, How to Network with local governments and it's, Bid among others.
Wednesday, June 17, 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 requirements for certification. For information on Hubzone Certification, visit http://www.sba.gov/hubzone/ .

Disaster Mitigation

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
A small business's survival can mean more than weathering the economy's ups and downs, or attracting consumer interest. Sometimes it means recovering from disaster. That disaster can come in the form of a fire that rips through your office, or the building housing it, a flood that soaks the business district in which your company is located, or a tornado or hurricane that batters your city. Such calamities can leave your business miraculously unscathed, moderately damaged but still functional, or reduced to ashes and debris. While such disasters are, thankfully, infrequent, planning for their possibility is something that every small business owners should do - before the unexpected happens.
Speaker: Various

Managing a Business

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.
Thursday, June 18, 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
Wednesday, June 24, 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

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
Tuesday, June 09, 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, June 10, 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
Wednesday, June 17, 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, 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.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Free Event. Seating is limited, so please call 337-475-5529 to reserve your seat.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This seminar is ideal for individuals interested in owning and operating a restaurant. Topics to be discussed include: Human resources Finance options Financial Management Inventory systems Food quality control Contracts Insurance Menu Restaurant layout Sanitation
Speaker: Vincent Bologna was the owner and operator of Teddy’s Grill, in New Orleans, from 1970 until 2005. Having purchased the restaurant at nineteen years old, through trial and error, Vincent perfected an efficient and financially profitable system of running a restaurant. Retiring after Hurricane Katrina, in 2007, he joined SCORE as a volunteer counselor, helping small businesses achieve success. Vincent has given presentations for SCORE on various aspects of running a restaurant. While in the restaurant business, Vincent was often told what he needed to do to have success but never how to. To answer those questions for others, Vincent is currently working on a book to not only share his experiences but to offer clear suggestions for implementing and using various tools to make your restaurant a success. It is his hope that others can now have answers he was not given. Besides his restaurant work, Vincent spent 6 years in the Naval Air Reserves. He has given of his time to various church endeavors over the years and continues to do so. Vincent is the proud father of three adult children and grandfather of six. He and his wife Jan, have been married for 46 years, ( 36 of those spent together in the restaurant). Since Katrina they have resided in Covington.
Thursday, June 18, 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, June 18, 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. 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.
Tuesday, June 23, 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
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