Below are various educational offerings from partners in the entrepreneurial industry. Please visit our EVENTS page for educational offerings from the Florida Veterans Business Outreach Center.
- SCORE webinars, courses, and workshops, VIEW HERE
- SCORE for Black Small Business Owners, SCORE is here to support all small business owners. Black entrepreneurs face unique barriers to business success. SCORE is working to change that by providing Black small business owners with access to personalized support. Browse the comprehensive collection of resources that address the specific challenges Black business owners face in today’s world. SCORE for Black Entrepreneurs
- National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship: They serve as a strong advocate for AAPI business interests. VISIT HERE
- National Women’s Business Council: Visit HERE to view upcoming topics for Webinar Wednesdays, webinars to support women entrepreneurs in starting and growing your business.
- LGBTQ+ Business: SBA’s Network for LGBT Businesses aims to bring focus on economic empowerment in the LGBT business community by providing access to the SBA’s programs and services. VIEW HERE
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS ARE UPDATED FREQUENTLY TO PROVIDE YOU WITH TIMELY, QUALITY INFORMATION
Intellectual Property – Patent, Trademark, & Copyright Law, June 15, 6:00pm Eastern. $15 fee to attend. Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law – What should business owners know about protecting their intellectual property? Much of what you do in business can be easily protected in a way that helps build the value of your company. For example, your company name or logo means more the longer that you are in business. Protect it so others cannot use it and so it becomes a business asset when/if you sell your business. Register Here
Where Can I Find Financing for My Small Business? June 15, 5:30pm Eastern. Did you know that business loans as small as $1,000 are now available and that there are loan programs designed specifically for home-based businesses not yet in operation? This workshop will discuss the various types of financing. Several topics about the types of business financing commonly available will be discussed during this webinar along with the corresponding the requirements. This would include the following topics: • Debt vs. Equity Financing • Traditional vs. Online Lenders • Small Business Administration (SBA) Backed Loans • Startup and Micro Loans • Non-Profit Lenders • Invoice Financing • Online Business Loans • Crowdfunding Register Here
Franchises – An Easier Way to Owning a Business, June 16, 5:30pm Eastern. Owning a franchise is one way to become an entrepreneur. A franchisor provides the planning, brand name and promotional support the franchisee needs to get started. Attend this workshop to see if a franchise is right for you. You will have the opportunity to hear from local franchise owners live, including: Presenter, Heidi Simos, Panelist Craig Linsky, Panelist Debra Koehler, Panelist Sesn Rotolo, and Panelist Edward Hawkins. Find out why they decided to take the franchise route versus starting from scratch. In the webinar we will answer the following questions: Have you always wanted to be your own boss but didn’t quite know how to get started? Would you like to take control of your future and live a more flexible lifestyle? Do you want to build equity and wealth for your future? If you’ve answered “yes” to one or more of the above questions, this workshop may be right for you! Register Here
Quickbooks Desktop for Small Businesses, June 16, 6:00pm, Eastern. $15 fee to attend. All you need to know about managing customers, selling goods & services, recording expenses, and creating reports. Take this class before using QuickBooks and avoid common mistakes and potentially wasted effort and time. If you already have QuickBooks, learn the basics: invoice customers, track receivables and receive payments, enter/pay vendor bills, receive/monitor inventory, reconcile accounts, and prepare financial statements. Register Here
National Virtual Small Business Expo, June 17, 10:00am-5:00pm Eastern. Register for America’s biggest business networking and educational event for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Join other passional business owners and learn how to increase revenue and grow your business. The Expo includes webinars and keynotes, has virtual meet-ups and speed networking, and an exhibitor hall with vendors, offering exclusive specials from vendors. There is no charge to attend. Register Here
Mastering Leadership Skills, June 17, 12:00pm Eastern. Join the US Chamber of Commerce for the next episode of CO— Roadmap for Rebuilding, focused on leadership and team management. This week’s discussion will help you learn how to best manage your employees and build cohesive teams. We’ll also dive into different ways small business owners can delegate and communicate to lead effective teams, even in times of change. Host Jeanette Mulvey, Editor-in-Chief at CO—, will lead the session, combining expert advice with personal insight from small business owners, like you. Register Here
Facebook Ad Essentials, June 17, 2:00pm Eastern. Facebook advertising can feel a bit complicated. Especially for small business owners focusing on various streams of work. However, there are some key actions you can take to create, manage, and optimize your Facebook advertisements for peak effectiveness. Learn key best practices for help in building a winning Facebook advertising formula with Anndréa Moore – Facebook Product Marketing Lead, Small Business. Schedule includes: intro to ad creation, ad management, and creative best practices. Register Here
Your Next Mission: Doing Business with Fortune 500 Companies, June 17, 3:00pm Eastern. Presented by the National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), Veterans in Business (VIB) and Lowe’s, this 2-hour workshop will include Georgia Marsh, Chief Development Officer, Women’s Business Development Center-Midwest and NaVOBA Executive Board Member. She will share the basics of Corporate Procurement, including the certifications available to help position your company for success. She will also moderate a Best Practices panel where business owners will share their experiences in Direct and Indirect Corporate Procurement. Register Here
Everything You Need to Know About the SOAR Fund in 30 Minutes, June 17, 3:00pm Eastern. A coalition of community-based small business leaders and organizations invite you to join us to learn about the Southern Opportunity and Resilience (SOAR) Fund. SOAR is a new program built to support small businesses in the South and Southeast as they adapt, reopen safely, and recover from COVID-19. The loan fund will make affordable loans to businesses with 50 employees or fewer through community lenders across 15 states and Washington DC. Topics include: – Overview of the program, – Overview of the application, and – Steps you can take to prepare for the application process. Businesses in Florida are eligible to apply. Register Here
Tech Tools for Your Business: Bookkeeping, June 17, 7:00pm Eastern. Get ready to keep track of your money and build a financially strong business. Register Here
Panel Discussion: Navigating These Uncertain Times, June 18, 2:00pm Eastern. Challenged by 2020 and its changing business landscape? Ready to be inspired? Our panelists are success stories: they recognized the need to make changes, how and what to change and then went out and did it. They met their goals in these uncertain times. You can do the same! Register Here.
Power Point Basic, June 22, 6:30pm, Eastern. This Microsoft PowerPoint basic tutorial is for beginners or those looking for a refresher. PowerPoint is a component of the Microsoft Office suite, and it can help you create presentations and slide shows. This Microsoft PowerPoint basic tutorial is for beginners or those looking for a refresher. This high level review will cover the basics and will help you learn how to navigate the program in order to create a basic presentation on your own. This step by step review can also be used to practice alongside of the instructor as she navigates through the tabs and tools in real time if you have access to your own version of PowerPoint during the training and a second monitor. All the basics of PowerPoint, such as selecting, adding & formatting new slides, inserting text, pictures, graphs & charts, formatting, transitions & animations will be covered. Register Here.
Effective Employee Selection, Interviewing & Hiring, June 23, 5pm, Eastern. $15 fee to attend. our employees can make or break you. Whether you have 1, 10, 20, or more this workshop will develop your skills that you can use immediately to select & hire the right kind of people. Your intuition might be fine, or not. Learn some basic ways to accurately match candidates to the job at hand. Register Here.
Florida’s Opportunities at the Veterans Florida Virtual Expo, June 24, 10:00am Eastern. Discover what makes Florida the best state for veterans, servicemembers, and military spouses at this Expo, presented by Bank of America. Meet veteran-friendly employers in the interactive virtual booths, learn about SkillBridge opportunities for active duty, launch and grown your veteran-owned business, see top veteran entrepreneurs compete in the Battle of the Pitches, and visit 30+ expert panels, workshops and speakers. Register Here.
Review Your Options, Maybe Start Your Own Business?, June 24, 6pm, Eastern. During times like this people often contemplate getting better control of their lives by starting their own business. You can achieve financial independence by owing your own business. Spend some time with us to look under the covers at what running your own business entails. Register Here.
Successful Small Business Pricing Strategies, June 28, 2:00pm Eastern. Having trouble finding “just the right price” for your product or service? This webinar will teach you multiple strategic pricing formats and structures that encourage trial, buying-up and premium justification for your product or service. You can encourage customer behavior that’s better for your bottom line! Register Here
This Female Serial Entrepreneur Shares Her Best Tips for Scaling a Business and Achieving Success, June 29, 12:00pm Eastern. Learn: – How to identify problems that need to be solved for your potential client base – Strategies for combining unique areas of expertise to create solutions – Dealing with imposter syndrome–how a fine arts major became a partner at Google Ventures and went on to develop, sell, and run multiple businesses – What to do to make sure your business is at the cutting edge by cultivating feedback – Scaling your business by making sure your employees can do what they do best. Register Here
Is Crowdfunding Right for My Business? June 29, 5:30pm Eastern. Crowdfunding is a new source of business funding as well as a way to get pre-sales of your products. This is a new and fast growing area that allows small businesses and average investors to get involved in an area that was previously open only to very large businesses and wealthy investors. Find out how crowdfunding works and if it is right for you. We will review and compare the five forms of crowdfunding and also compare crowdfunding to traditional methods of financing. The methods discussed will include: • Donation-based Crowdfunding • Rewards-based (or Affinity) Crowdfunding • Debt Crowdfunding • Equity Crowdfunding • Revenue Sharing Crowdfunding, Register Here
Government Contracting Proposals: Pricing to Win, June 30, 1:00pm Eastern. You just missed out on a contract that you should have won – and only by a few points! What are others doing that you’re not? You’ve been looking for the secret formula that covers all your costs – while allowing you to adjust your bid based on a “what if” scenario. You’re also wondering if you can afford to hire more business development talent to bring in the work. This session shows you the strategies you can implement now to increase your win rate and improve your cash flow! Register Here
SBA’s Getting Back on Track: Help is Here, July 22, 2:00pm Eastern. The Small Business Administration (SBA) & Public Private Strategies Institute (PPSI) are providing several educational opportunities for you to: Hear about what steps you can take now to learn and take advantage of new and existing programs that are available at the SBA; Get an update regarding programs and recent policy announcements made by the Biden-Harris Administration; Have your questions answered by SBA Leadership & small business experts; Learn how you can become a vaccine leader in your community; and Discover tools and resources you can use to take your business digital. Register Here
Funding Opportunities for Female Entrepreneurs, July 28, 5:00pm Eastern. Most entrepreneurs will at some point have to source capital from outside their business. This is especially true for female entrepreneurs. Female non-entrepreneurs say that a lack of start-up funding is the main reason they have not started a business and female entrepreneurs start businesses with an average of 53% less capital than their male counterparts. Venture capital funding is the most lucrative form of finance and only 13% of this goes to female founded companies. Learn about grants, start-up loans, business loans, angel investment, venture capital, peer-to-peer lending, equity crowdfunding, export finance, and venture debt. Register Here
Veteran EDGE Conference, September 30-October 3, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. The Institute for Veterans and Military Families 2021 Veteran EDGE Conference is a unique event dedicated solely to veteran and military spouse business owners and the ecosystem that supports them. Over the course of four days, stakeholders, IVMF program graduates, and veteran and military spouse business owners from around the country gather to network, and learn about the latest opportunities, best practices, and resources available to their growing companies. Register Here
Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship’s Small Business Executive Program, offered in Broward County, Jacksonville, Palm Beach County, Tallahassee, and Tampa Bay. Click here for information; then click the location link on the left or at the bottom for information and to register.
The Florida Veterans Business Outreach Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with Gulf Coast State College and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.