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SBDC, PTAC offer workshops in Oct. and Nov.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of North Florida and  PTAC (Procurementsbdc and Technical Assistance Center) will be offering a number of workshops for small business owners throughout October & November. 

All workshops will be at the UNF University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr., unless noted otherwise. To register or for more information on any of the following workshops call 904-620-2476 or log on to www.sbdc.unf.edu.

• How to S-T-A-R-T-U-P Your Own Business. Oct. 19, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Nov. 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: $40 in advance, $50 day of workshop.

• Exporting Alternative Energy Products and Services to Latin America. Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $50. The Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions and the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida will present a seminar for business owners on how to export alternative energy products and services to Latin America, using the Dominican Republic and Panama as case studies. This three-hour seminar will prepare you to expand your business and increase your sales.

• The Entrepreneur’s Law School. Oct. 20, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $65 until Oct. 5; $85, Oct. 6 through Oct. 20. The best legal advice is to consult a lawyer before you need one. Florida’s Small Business Resource Network has assembled in one place all the legal advisors and experts in corporate law that a business owner would need. In just one day, these legal professionals will arm your arsenal of information with the facts you need to reduce your risk and be fully prepared for your business to succeed- all for less than the cost of just one hour of one of these professionals’ time.

• Tax Facts. Oct. 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: $40 in advance; %50 day of workshop. Would you like to learn how to make taxes a little more manageable for your business?  This workshop might be for you by learning the tax implications of your business structure, what is and is not deductible, electronic filing, payroll taxes, and more.  This workshop is co-sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service.

• QuickBooks for Small Business Owners. Nov. 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $60. This workshop will provide you with the information you need to get started with QuickBooks. Students will work in a computer lab with Instructor on examples for real experience using QuickBooks. This course is best for anyone at a beginning level.

• Campaign Planning: A Workshop for Nonprofits. Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $50. This workshop takes you through the process of planning for a successful fundraising campaign.  Based upon Feasibility Study findings, you can develop a comprehensive strategy that focuses on what you are raising funds for; who will be leading this effort; when the campaign starts and finishes; where the financial support will come from; how much you expect to raise; and how it all comes together.

• Where’s the Money?  And How Do I Get It? Nov. 9, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: $40 in advance; $50 day of workshop. Get the lowdown on financing options available to small businesses. Determine how much cash you need, find out where to get the cash you require, learn how the SBA guaranteed loan program works, and understand what a bank looks at when evaluating your loan package. This workshop will reveal the Top Ten Red Flags that might ultimately determine whether or not you receive the funding you need.

• Business Plan Basics. Nov. 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: $40 in advance; $50 day of workshop. No matter what the purpose —to evaluate the feasibility of starting a business, or to present to a bank for financing, or to serve as a roadmap for the future – a business plan is a critical tool for successful small businesses. This workshop provides an overview of the format and content of a business plan. Participants will be introduced to the key components of a plan and resources to help get them started.

Presented by the Procurement and Technical Assistance Center:

• Government Contracting 101. Oct. 13, 11:30 to 1 p.m.; Oct. 27, 11:30 to 1 p.m.; Nov. 9, 11:30 to 1 p.m. Cost: $20. What are the potential benefits of doing business with government?  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.

• GSA— Is it Right for You? Oct. 7, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Cost: $40. Learn about GSA contracting and how this purchasing method is used by government to buy products and services.  Topics include GSA’s objectives in awarding schedule contracts, the pros and cons of pursuing a GSA schedule contract, why federal buyers do and do not utilize GSA schedule contracting, things to do prior to taking the GSA schedules plunge and an overview of the how-tos of submitting a GSA schedule proposal.

• 8(a) Essentials. Oct. 21, 8:30 to 11 a.m. Cost: $40. How do you successfully apply for admission to the federal 8(a) program?  What strategies should your firm consider to maximize its potential to benefit from 8(a) contracting?  This workshop examines the 8(a) application process, what SBA is looking for from an 8(a) participant, 8(a) joint venturing and marketing the 8(a) firm.


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