Events/Workshops

 
  
    

On Demand

On Demand, available until September 30
Topic: Financing and Capital
In this self-paced training video, you will learn the five key steps to financing your small business. After completing this series, you will gain a better understanding of financial planning and assessment, credit and collateral, sources of funding and pitching your business idea. Click the registration link below to get started!
Speaker: Mike Pennison, Senior Business Consultant
Location: Online
Fee: $ 25.00
On Demand, available until September 30
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Good relationship skills, strategic planning and product expertise all contribute to effective selling. In Creating a Winning Sales strategy, you will learn practical solutions for profitable sales growth.
Speaker: Presented by Erik Waters, Business Consultant
Location: Online
Fee: $ 25.00
On Demand, available until September 30
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This course will introduce you to the basics of creating and financing a successful business. You will learn to evaluate your ideas, choose the best financing options and legally register your business. The course will point you to the resources you need on your entrepreneurial journey. Click the registration link below to get started!
Speaker: Carmen Sunda, Small Business Expert
Location: Online
Fee: $ 25.00

August

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Business Accounting
As a business owner/manager, the primary value of QuickBooks, or any accounting software, is to provide you with the financial and management data that will help you effectively manage your business. Additionally, it should provide you with consistently accurate data for the preparation of any tax or compliance forms required by government or industry agencies. Whether you are using an outside accountant, an internal bookkeeper, or doing the bookkeeping yourself, you need to have a fundamental understanding of how the accounting software generates the numbers that make up your financial and performance reports and understand how the daily bookkeeping processes categorize the data that is used in the reports. It is also vitally important that businesses are familiar with the reports that are important to their industry. Join us for an overview of QuickBooks most commonly used features and how to properly use the software for your daily business operations. Topics to be discussed include: •Accounting Principals •Financial Statements •QuickBooks Online-Work from anywhere and can Share with your accountant •Connecting Bank Accounts for Less Data Entry by downloading transactions •Setting up chart of accounts •Set up customers •Set up Vendors •Invoices/forms •Attaching receipts to transactions •Receiving Payments and deposits •Entering and paying bills •Sales Tax •Inventory •Payroll •Reconciling your accounts
Speaker: Mark Winebrener ClearView Accounting
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting
A continuation of our popular Basic Level QuickBooks Workshop, this session will assist you with more advanced topics such as: • Inventory Set-up, • Setting Personal Preferences, • Establishing Finance Charges for late-paying customers • Send invoices via e-mail • Creating Classes to Report on Business Segments • Creating an Annual Budget • Defining Sales Taxes And Many Other Areas That Will Make Your Use Of QuickBooks More Efficient And More Enjoyable. • Customizing Reports • Memorizing Reports • Trouble Shooting For Common Bank Reconciliation Mistakes • How To Handle Deposits • Setup For Credit Cards • Learn To Track And Pay Sales Tax • Perform A Year-End Close With QuickBooks A working knowledge of QuickBooks is needed to grasp the topics presented in this class. This course addresses the activities of the Bookkeeping function and also Management’s role in reviewing the information.
Speaker: Richard Melancon, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 60.00
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
For small business owners who are interested in using social media forums such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to promote their businesses, the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at UL Lafayette will offer a free workshop to provide you with some insights and guidelines on when, how and what to post to your social media sites. Join us at the South Regional Library for this free event. Please register online or call 337-482-6312 for attendance.
Speaker: DeRon Talley, Communications Specialist, LSBDC State Office
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Financing and Capital
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: Michael Pennison, Business Consultant
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Learn how this valuable program can help you grow your business! Bring your Laptop to interact with the on line certification process. Benefits of SEBD Certification include: Business developmental assistance, entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, business planning, industry-specific assistance
Speaker: Wayne Aucoin

September

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Business Certifications give businesses access to opportunity in contracting, funding and grant programs. There are a variety of federal, state and local certification programs that can enhance your chances to not only get a contract but also to expand and grow! Learn how your business can benefit from CERTIFICATION as a Louisiana SMALL AND EMERGING BUSINESS. Benefits of free SEBD Certification include: Business developmental assistance, entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, industry-specific assistance and increased procurement opportunities. Learn more about SEBD and other business certification programs. Plan now to attend this free seminar.
Speaker: Tina Langlois, SBDC Consultant
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in determining the feasibility of their business idea, planning to start or have recently started a small business, seeking a small business loan, or wanting to learn more about business planning. Topics of discussion will include entrepreneurship readiness, writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, and small business resources.
Speaker: Phillip Russo, Consultant, LSBDC at UL Lafayette
Thursday, September 08, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This seminar is for aspiring entrepreneurs and new ventures. A business plan is much more than a piece of paper. It is your roadmap to success. The plan forces you to consider your entire business at once, and therefore maintain consistency in planning and execution of your business model. A comprehensive, focused,well written business plan enables you to control your business and its potential for success. This seminar covers the detailed parts of a thorough business plan. Topics Covered: • What is a Business Plan and what is it used for? • Full Business Plan Planner Workbook • Worksheets for Financial Projections
Speaker: Mike Pennison
Thursday, September 08, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting
Accounting software is a must for all business owners for monitoring their business’ financial performance. It puts the answers right at your fingertips in reports and graphs that may look great but are a mystery as to what they really mean and just how you got there. Understanding the rules and language of accounting makes using the software a lot less challenging and gives you more for your investment, saving you time and money… In this 4 hour, hands-on session you will learn: Double-entry accounting and what it means in your business, How Debits and Credits work, and the CPA template that eliminates errors, The steps required to record inventory purchases, The steps required to record inventory sales accurately, The # 1 reason why loan balances are wrong on your financial statements, The difference between the income statement (profit & loss statement) and the Balance Sheet, Why the cash account never matches profit, The difference between cash and Income, Why credit card balances show negative on your Balance Sheet, and how to eliminate this error, The # 1 tax deduction that most people forget! Consider this course if you are a) thinking of purchasing accounting software or, b) have accounting software but having problems creating accurate reports. This course will provide you with an understanding of basic accounting for small businesses and give you what you need before investing your time and money in accounting software. This course is recommended for those unfamiliar with Quickbooks who plan on taking the Quickbooks 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 seminars to increase their Quickbooks skills.
Speaker: Richard Melancon, CPA
Fee: $ 65.00
Thursday, September 08, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Learn how this valuable program can help you grow your business! Bring your Laptop to interact with the on line certification process. Benefits of SEBD Certification include: Business developmental assistance, entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, business planning, industry-specific assistance
Speaker: Wayne Aucoin
Friday, September 09, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop is recommended for those interested in starting a business. At the end of this workshop, you will have a thorough understanding of the process of starting a business and will be able to implement a required checklist to start your business. The following topics will be discussed during this workshop: determining the feasibility of a business idea, planning to start a small business, required licenses, writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up, expansion and small business resources. Please feel free to bring laptops!
Friday, September 09, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Do it right! Proper licenses and permits are strictly necessary to operate a business legally in today's world. This seminar will show you how to obtain tax ID numbers, permits, and licenses to ensure that you are compliant with local and state laws. During the session, we will examine the differences between "C" and "S" Corporations, sole proprietorships, partnerships, and LLC's. Elements that business structures are based on are also discussed such as Taxes, Ownership, Responsibility, Control, Risk, Operations, and Employee Requirements. Other seminar benefits include: - Advantages & Disadvantages of each Legal Structure - Legal Structure Quiz - Filing Forms for Selecting an Organizational Structure are Provided
Speaker: Ron Markham, LSBDC Business Consultant
Monday, September 12, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Do it right! Proper licenses and permits are strictly necessary to operate a business legally in today's world. This seminar will show you how to obtain tax ID numbers, permits, and licenses to ensure that you are compliant with local and state laws. During the session, we will examine the differences between "C" and "S" Corporations, sole proprietorships, partnerships, and LLC's. Elements that business structures are based on are also discussed such as Taxes, Ownership, Responsibility, Control, Risk, Operations, and Employee Requirements. Other seminar benefits include: - 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
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Government Contracting
Topics of Discussion will include: Louisiana Economic Development Business Services - Overview and Hands On Registration -SEBD Program - Provides funds for developmental assistance, including entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, legal and industry-specific assistance. -Hudson Initiative - Certification program offers greater access to purchasing and contracting opportunities at the state government level. -Veteran Initiative - Helps veteran-owned and service-connected disabled veteran-owned small businesses gain greater access to purchasing and contracting opportunities at the state level. -Bonding Assistance Program - The program will aid small construction companies in obtaining bid, payment and performance bonds needed to obtain work on substantial building projects Office of State Procurement -Methods of procurement -Types of state contracts -Vendor registration -Types of solicitations -How quasi state agencies buy via LaPac Louisiana PTAC -What is Louisiana PTAC -Disaster Contracting in State of Louisiana Emergencies
Speaker: Louisiana Economic Development Office of State Procurement Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Financing and Capital
Identifying and securing the financing you need to grow your business can be a scary and difficult task when you don't know what to do. A winning funding proposal can make a huge difference between getting "No" and getting a "Yes"! In this seminar you will learn what you need and what to do before approaching a lender to finance your business's funding needs. When you know what a lender is looking for and the questions the lender needs answered, you will greatly improve your chances of obtaining the financing that your business needs to start, grow and expand! In this seminar, you will learn: · To identify and assess the financial needs of your business · To identify sources of capital · How to prepare the essential documents for a lender or investor · How to answer the key questions lenders ask You should attend this workshop if you are a business owner: · Who is seeking financing to start or expand their business · Who has been told by a lender to develop projections and a business plan before applying for the loan · Who has been declined for a loan by a bank
Speaker: Michael Pennison, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 40.00
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Business Certifications give businesses access to opportunity in contracting, funding and grant programs. There are a variety of federal, state and local certification programs that can enhance your chances to not only get a contract but also to expand and grow! Learn how your business can benefit from CERTIFICATION as a Louisiana SMALL AND EMERGING BUSINESS. Benefits of free SEBD Certification include: Business developmental assistance, entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, industry-specific assistance and increased procurement opportunities. Learn more about SEBD and other business certification programs. Plan now to attend this free seminar.
Speaker: Tina Langlois, SBDC Consultant
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This seminar will provide entrepreneurs with a comprehensive overview of the steps to be taken to start a business, the essentials of business planning, and how to determine funding needs for the start-up. Seminar covers: • Items you want to know before starting a business • Preparing for business success • How to start your business • Financing options • Resources for your business
Speaker: Richard Melancon, CPA / Business Consultant
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Business Basics
Do you want to take your knowledge of Excel a step further? Make Excel work for you! This workshop is designed to teach you how to utilize the secret treasures of Excel to make calculating business practices easier. Learn additional functions and formulas, data collection tools, and macros.
Speaker: Barry Parker, LSBDC State Office
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This workshop is designed to educate bankers on how they can utilize SBA and LED Guaranty Loan Programs to help meet their lending needs. Representatives will be on site from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration and Louisiana Economic Development to discuss new programs and initiatives.
Speaker: Truvander Kennedy-FDIC, Jeanne Bergeron-Community CDC
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Professional Selling Skills for Every Business is designed to help you, the business owner, take command of your personal and business sales efforts and increase your successful conversion rate! In today’s highly competitive market, every entrepreneur, business owner, and organization is seeking to secure a greater share of the market. At the same time the consensus of the general public is to avoid pesky salespeople at all costs. Why is this? The reasons are many people don’t trust salespeople, they are viewed as aggressive and pushy, and they try to sell you products and services that are not wanted or needed, just to name a few. Small wonder people don’t like salespeople. There’s a better way…the right way to sell the products and services you provide. It’s called Professional Selling. This seminar will equip you to rise above conventional selling and position yourself (or organization) as a trusted provider that satisfies your customers’ needs. This seminar will be a game changer for all who attend.
Speaker: Ron Markham, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 30.00
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This workshop is designed to educate bankers on how they can utilize SBA and LED Guaranty Loan Programs to help meet their lending needs. Representatives will be on site from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration and Louisiana Economic Development to discuss new programs and initiatives.
Speaker: Truvander Kennedy-FDIC, Jeanne Bergeron-Community CDC
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Today’s business owner needs tools that help them do things faster, more efficiently and with privacy and security. Combine this with consumers needs moving more and more to mobile, business solutions that incorporate technology and digital tools in the business model can remain competitive and take market share from those who don’t. From websites, apps and online tools to software solutions like internet-based office software and cloud storage, digital is reshaping how business is done. Digital Tools for your business will provide an overview of common tools used to create an internet presence for your business and increase, measure and manage your internet marketing reach and social media presence. We will also provide an overview of apps for your phone, internet-based software solutions for your company and demonstrate why social media is important to your marketing mix.
Speaker: Erik David Waters, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 35.00
Thursday, September 15, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting
This Quickbooks training class covers advanced features of QuickBooks. Students will learn how to • Customize forms • Create Users and Passwords • Design and Print Monthly Reports • Generate Company SnapShot to Quickly Review Operational Status • Understand Segregation of Duties related to Internal Accounting Controls. This course addresses topics that help Management access the accounting information that is useful in the decision-making process.
Speaker: Richard Melancon, CPA / Business Consultant
Fee: $ 60.00
Thursday, September 15, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Financing and Capital
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
Thursday, September 15, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in • Determining the feasibility of their business idea, • Planning to start or have just started a small business, • Expanding their business, • Seeking a small business loan, or • Wanting to learn more about planning. Topics of discussion will include business feasibility, business planning, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, small business resources, and required licenses. There is no charge to attend the workshop, but pre-registration is requested.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
In business it’s not “If you build it, they will come”. It’s “when you build it, no one cares.” Learn to create and deliver marketing that makes your potential customers care. Budgets, Strategy, Tactics…what you need to know to generate new customers for your business.
Speaker: Zed Williamson - Trackable Lead Generation & SCORE Northshore
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Business Plan
This seminar is for aspiring entrepreneurs and new ventures. A business plan is much more than a piece of paper. It is your roadmap to success. The plan forces you to consider your entire business at once, and therefore maintain consistency in planning and execution of your business model. A comprehensive, focused,well written business plan enables you to control your business and its potential for success. This seminar covers the detailed parts of a thorough business plan. Topics Covered: • What is a Business Plan and what is it used for? • Full Business Plan Planner Workbook • Worksheets for Financial Projections
Speaker: Mike Pennison, Business Consultant
Fee: $ 35.00
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Women-owned small businesses can begin taking steps to participate in the federal contracting program. At the end of this session, you will have a thorough understanding of the requirements for certification. For more information on Women-Owned Small Business Certification, visit www.sba.gov/wosb.
Speaker: SBA
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
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, September 22, 2016 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Legal Issues
Leasing space for your business is a viable alternative for your startup or expansion. Whether it is for office space or storage, leasing can save you time, money and headaches over investing funds in real estate. There still are many questions to be answered and some serious considerations on whether this is the right move for you and your business. Philip deV. Claverie, Jr. will present at the Louisiana SBDC's upcoming luncheon on "Leasing Space for your Business." Mr. Claverie will cover how to navigate the world of commercial leasing along with tips to help you along the way. The workshop will include discussions of: · The anatomy of a commercial lease · How to negotiate those difficult provisions · Successfully working with lessors, brokers and agents to achieve the result you want
Speaker: Philip deV. Claverie, Jr., Attorney at Law, Phelps Dunbar Law Firm
Location: Phelps Dunbar
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, September 22, 2016 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Business Accounting
Learn the basic uses and features of QuickBooks including: • Setting up & Getting Started, • Print Forms/Checks/Invoices • Create Bank Accounts • Receive Customer Payments • Creating Monthly Reports • Learn AP and AR • Create Customers and Invoices • Receiving payments, • Create Vendors and Bills • Print Checks This class is most suited to daily use of QuickBooks to record transactions and maintain the business accounting system
Speaker: Richard Melancon, CPA / Business Consultant
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This seminar will provide entrepreneurs with a comprehensive overview of the steps to be taken to start a business, the essentials of business planning, and how to determine funding needs for the start-up. Seminar covers: • Items you want to know before starting a business • Preparing for business success • How to start your business • Financing options • Resources for your business
Speaker: Richard Melancon, CPA / Business Consultant
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in determining the feasibility of their business idea, planning to start or have recently started a small business, seeking a small business loan, or wanting to learn more about business planning. Topics of discussion will include 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 Capital One Bank
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