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SBDC announces Aug. and Sept. workshops

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Procurement and Technical Assistance Centersbdc (PTAC) at the University of North Florida will host several workshops in August & September.  To register or for more information on any of the following workshops call 904-620-2476 or log on to

The following workshops will be at the UNF University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive:

• How to S-T-A-R-T-U-P Your Own Business. Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to noon; Sept. 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is $40 in advance; $50 day of workshop.

• Tax Facts. Aug. 3, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., $40 in advance; $50 day of workshop. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service.

• The Power of Email Marketing. Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free.

• Getting Started with Constant Contact. Aug. 19, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free.

• Where’s the Money?  And How Do I Get It? Aug. 31, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $40 in advance; $50 day of workshop.

• Marketing 101. Sept. 14, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $40 in advance; $50 day of workshop. This class is taught by a marketing professional.

• Nonprofit Strategic, Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to noon. $50. This session is for nonprofit directors, key management, and board members eager to create a mission-fulfilling roadmap that inspires the team, community, and potential funders.  Explore the fundamentals of strategic planning, organizational identity statements, and go through a process to define an agency’s competitive advantage in the marketplace” and help identify Critical Success Factors.

• Business Plan Basics. Sept. 28, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. $40 in advance; $50 day of workshop.

The following workshops will be presented by the PTAC at the UNF University Center.

• Government Contracting 101. Aug. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sept. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost $20. The objectives of this workshop are to learn how the government buys goods and services; how to become certified and registered on the federal, state and local levels and finding government contracting prime and subcontracting opportunities.  Also covered will be the benefits and requirements for small business participation as 8(a), Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Historically Utilized Business Zone (HUBZone), Woman Owned and Veterans Owned Business enterprises.

• Marketing to Government. Sept. 2, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. $40. Learn how to market your business to government buyers and prime contractors that purchase your firm’s products or services. Workshop topics include identifying buyers, developing a government- specific marketing strategy, developing government contracting-specific marketing materials and establishing key relationships.

• Proposal and Bid Writing— Tips and Strategies. Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. $40. Learn the guidelines and critical steps for writing convincing, successful contract proposals and bids. Workshop topics include obtaining the solicitation package, bid or no bid decision making, preliminary preparation for bidding, qualifications and evaluation criteria, proposal elements, the source selection process and common proposal problems.

The following will be offered at Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Ulee Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Ste. 101G, Amelia Island, Fla.

• Manage the Process.  Master the Plan. Aug. 19, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $20. Business disruptions come in many forms, from the failure of a major supplier to a natural disaster to a downturn in the economy.  And yet, only 40% of businesses have a business continuity plan in place to prepare for unexpected events.  But, by mapping out key processes businesses can not only better prepare for the unexpected, but also identify processes and actions to actually enhance their business performance. 

This three-hour presentation will cover the basics of how to map a process and identify the waste (non-value-added time and activity) in the process and start a business continuity plan.  At the end of the seminar, attendees will be able to create a basic process map and undertake steps to reduce waste, improve profitability, and prepare for the unexpected.

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