Events/Workshops

 
  
    
Thursday, July 09, 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
Thursday, July 09, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This workshop is recommended for individuals who are interested in starting a small business. Participants are introduced to the process of starting a business and completing a business start-up worksheet. Topics discussed: determine the feasibility of implementing a business idea, SBA resources for planning and starting a small business, required licenses, permits, and fees, writing a business plan, financial sources of funds for small business start-up and expansion.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
QuickBooks Intermediate is a continuation of our popular QuickBooks for Beginners 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, CPA
Fee: $ 60.00
Thursday, July 23, 2015 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM
This is event is only open to 8(a) certified businesses. There will be a Networking Reception on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 5-7pm at Delgado Sidney Collier Vo-Tech-Louisa St. The 2015 8(a) Annual Retreat will begin with registration and breakfast at 7:30am on July 23rd.
Fee: $ 45.00
Monday, July 27, 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.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University will host the second annual Louisiana Small Business Veterans Conference in Baton Rouge, LA. This conference is for existing businesses and those individuals who are interested in starting a business. Every year, the federal government awards over $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. Federal agencies are also required to award a certain percentage of these contracts to veteran-owned small businesses. The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 established an annual government-wide goal of not less than 3% of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards for service-disabled veterans. The purpose of this conference is to: - provide training and assistance to the veteran small business community - provide information on financial assistance available to veterans - link these businesses with Federal procurement agents who have veteran-owned small business goals - provide tips for success from veteran-owned small businesses - allow attendees to participate in a lenders roundtable to identify the best loan product for their respective business needs SBA encourages all small businesses to learn more about the Veteran-owned Small Business Contracting Program and learn how to take advantage of this federal contracting opportunity. The training portion of the conference will provide information on completing required registrations, applying for various certifications. Additionally, we will provide information on identifying contract opportunities.

Business Plan

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in obtaining funding and determining what documents to take to the bank. Understanding the loan process will improve your chances of meeting lender expectations, therefore increasing your chances of obtaining a loan. Topics of discussion will include: -Key Questions the Bank Wants Answered -Documents Most Lenders Require -Writing a Business Plan -Developing Financial Projections
Speaker: Sarah Burch, Business Consultant
Tuesday, July 14, 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
Monday, July 20, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Do you have a business plan for your business? A written business plan is the road map for your business. This is for aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. At the end of this 4 part series, individuals will be able to identify the detailed sections of a comprehensive business plan and develop a road map for their business operations. Are you ready to share your business executive summary with an investor or partner? Have you developed your business vision, mission, goals and objectives? Will the discussion of your business background make customers and investors take notice of your business? Do you know where resources are that can help develop these tools? Join us as we explore the initial components of a business plan.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Do you have a business plan for your business? A written business plan is the road map for your business. This is for aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. At the end of this 4 part series, individuals will be able to identify the detailed sections of a comprehensive business plan and develop a road map for their business operations. Do you know the various options to organize your business? Are you aware of the various business licenses and how to obtain them? What risks should you consider and what protections should you consider to have in place to address those risks? Have you considered all the skills that your business might need and what to consider in filling those positions?
Monday, July 27, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Do you have a business plan for your business? A written business plan is the road map for your business. This is for aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. At the end of this 4 part series, individuals will be able to identify the detailed sections of a comprehensive business plan and develop a road map for their business operations. Do you have a marketing plan? Are you familiar with the concepts that are considered when developing your market plan? Do you know where to find research information that would be helpful in marketing your business? Have you considered who is your customer and will your sales/service area provide access to those customers? Join us as market plans, market research, customer identification are discussed.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Do you have a business plan for your business? A written business plan is the road map for your business. This is for aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. At the end of this 4 part series, individuals will be able to identify the detailed sections of a comprehensive business plan and develop a road map for their business operations. Are you familiar with business financial documents such as cash flow, balance sheet and P&I? Have you considered what should be considered when identifying start-up costs? What financial forms should you have when seeking additional financial resources for your business? Do you know how to get a free credit report? The financial components of business plans are discussed and sample templates of the various spread sheets will be provided.

Managing Employees

Thursday, July 09, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Wendy Harper, Regional Vice President, Cotton of Southwest Louisiana (SWLA), is a successful HR professional. Business owners and managers will benefit greatly from hearing Wendy discuss managing employees and building teamwork, productivity and a good working environment in a small business. We recommend preregistering at www.lsbdc.org, email lsbdc.msu@lsbdc.org or call (337) 475-5529 so we can prepare for your attendance. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. on July 9.
Speaker: Wendy Harper, Regional Vice President, Cotton of Southwest Louisiana (SWLA)

Financing and Capital

Wednesday, July 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, Senior Business Consultant
Tuesday, July 14, 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
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Are you looking for capital for your business? Do you have unanswered questions about loans, lines of credit, or which lending product is best for your business? Join us for a panel discussion where YOU can get answers straight from the experts! A panel of lending experts from local area lending organizations will answer your questions about what lenders are looking for in a loan package, what questions you should bring to your banker, and tips on accessing the funding you need to grow your business.
Monday, July 20, 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
Wednesday, July 22, 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, Senior Business Consultant

Franchising

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Join us for this free seminar from the business experts at FranNet. Designed to answer questions on business and franchise ownership: -Why franchise ownership can be safer than your job or other business options -What are "franchise megatrends" and why are they critical to your success, -Misconceptions about types and costs of franchises (No fast food!) -Own a business without running daily operations -How to conduct a structured safe search for the right franchise -Can franchise ownership bring control of your financial future and your personal schedule? This session should last about 75 minutes depending on group participation. Registration is limited to 15. Register by July 10th and you can take a free business ownership assessment online and receive your 10 page report before the seminar.
Speaker: Ted Fireman - FranNet

Government Contracting

Thursday, July 09, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Come learn how vast the government market really is! This seminar is an excellent resource for companies wanting to grow their business or start-ups seeking information. It will inform you of the numerous business services available to you as a Louisiana business, at no charge through the Northwest and Central LA Small Business Development Center. It will also cover the basics of government contracts and explain how the Northwest Louisiana Government Procurement Center can assist you in your endeavors to secure government contracts. .
Speaker: Presenters will be James Kilcoyne, Associate Regional Director of the LA Small Business Development Center in Natchitoches and Jen Whittington, Counselor at Northwest LA Government Procurement Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in Shreveport.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Information will be presented on 8(a) eligibility criteria, GLS, Login, application process, and how the programs work. We will also discuss CCR and SBSS registration and provide general information on doing business with the Federal Government. Detailed information will be provided on the primary purpose of the Section 8(a) Program (business development); the eligibility criteria; length of time in business requirement; how the business development and contracting aspects of the program work; the firm’s responsibility as an 8(a) Program Participant; Electronic Application process; reporting requirements; the importance of updating CCR registration and the SBSS supplemental profile.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Come learn how vast the government market really is! This seminar is an excellent resource for companies wanting to grow their business or start-ups seeking information. It will inform you of the numerous business services available to you as a Louisiana business, at no charge through the Northwest and Central LA Small Business Development Center. It will also cover the basics of government contracts and explain how the Northwest Louisiana Government Procurement Center can assist you in your endeavors to secure government contracts. .
Speaker: Presenters will be James Kilcoyne, Associate Regional Director of the LA Small Business Development Center in Natchitoches and Jen Whittington, Counselor at Northwest LA Government Procurement Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in Shreveport.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Come learn how vast the government market really is! This seminar is an excellent resource for companies wanting to grow their business or start-ups seeking information. It will inform you of the numerous business services available to you as a Louisiana business, at no charge through the Northwest and Central LA Small Business Development Center. It will also cover the basics of government contracts and explain how the Northwest Louisiana Government Procurement Center can assist you in your endeavors to secure government contracts. .
Speaker: Presenters will be James Kilcoyne, Associate Regional Director of the LA Small Business Development Center in Natchitoches and Jeanene Dean, Counselor at Northwest LA Government Procurement Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in Shreveport.

Managing a Business

Friday, July 10, 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.
Wednesday, July 29, 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, July 30, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Learn how your business can benefit from CERTIFICATION as a Louisiana SMALL AND EMERGING BUSINESS. Benefits of free SEBD Certification include: Business developmental assistance, entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, industry-specific assistance and increased procurement opportunities. Learn more about SEBD and other business certification programs. Plan now to attend this free seminar. Please Register Here: http://business.riverregionchamber.org/events/details/louisiana-s-small-and-emerging-business-development-program-5047
Speaker: Mike Pennison, Business Consultant
Friday, July 31, 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.

Marketing and Sales

Wednesday, July 08, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Do you know that 43% of small businesses dedicate six or more hours per week to social media? While it’s important to engage for social visibility and key connections online, we all want to do more in less time. This session will help you save time at get back to what you love to do – running your business or organization. Join us and learn the latest time savers and best practices from Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert, Kim Walker. Participants will learn: • Tips for saving up to ten hours a week managing your social media • Simple ways to find usable, relevant content for your posts • How to integrate your social media into sales promotions and events • Best practices, business builders and more... Who should attend? Marketers, business owners, managers, professional services, nonprofit professionals. Anyone that needs to get more done in less time with social media. This session is suited for beginners. Participants should have a basic knowledge and understanding of social media in general.
Speaker: Kim Walker - 5 Stones Media
Wednesday, July 08, 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, July 15, 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
Tuesday, July 28, 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.

Start-up Assistance

Monday, July 06, 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
Friday, July 10, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This workshop is highly recommended for all veterans, or anyone registered with ACAP, who are interested in determining the feasibility of their business idea, planning to start or have recently started a small business, seeking a small business loan, or wanting to know more about business planning. Topics of discussion will include writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, small business resources, and required licenses.
Speaker: Jim Kilcoyne, Business Consultant and Associate Director for NSU's Louisiana Small Business Development Center
Tuesday, July 14, 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, Interim Director, LSBDC at UL Lafayette
Friday, July 17, 2015 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Veterans have the motivation, character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Are you a military veteran or spouse thinking about business ownership? Wondering what it takes and what you can do now to prepare? Enrolling in the ReBoot entrepreneurship class is one step you can take now. ReBoot is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The course focuses on steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance.
Speaker: Various - Including U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development, Small Business Development Center, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
Saturday, July 18, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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, July 23, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 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. This workshop is FREE but pre-registration is requested. Click on the link below to pre-register for this workshop online. Please arrive 10 minutes ahead of time scheduled. The workshop begins promptly at 11:00 am.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Free Event. Seating is limited, so please call 337-475-5529 to reserve your seat.
Tuesday, July 28, 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
Thursday, July 30, 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 Mark Jeanfreau, Phelps Dunbar
Fee: $ 30.00
Monday, August 03, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
This seminar will provide entrepreneurs with a comprehensive overview of the steps to be taken to start a business, the essentials of business planning, and how to determine funding needs for the start-up. Seminar covers: • Items you want to know before starting a business • Preparing for business success • How to start your business • Financing options • Resources for your business
Speaker: Mike Pennison, Business Consultant
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