Jun
29
Thu
Dallas Metropolitan SBDC: Grow Your Sales – Get Customers Now!
Jun 29 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Many salespeople “wing it”, cross their fingers, and hope they get the sale. During this interactive session, participants will learn a system that results in four predictable outcomes, duplicates success, and qualifies prospects instead of having them disqualify you. By having a true sales system you can confidently manage the sales process and go from being an order-taker to a sales professional!

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the process that prospects take sales people through.
  • A sales process that results in four predicable outcomes, and allows success to be duplicated.
  • Learn to sell based on the value instead of relying on price or features and benefits.
  • Qualify prospects sooner rather than later.
  • …and more!

Speaker: Brisa Castillo – Associate, Acuitv Systems, Inc

Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register is June 27 at 5:00 pm

Disclaimer: The DCCCD, North Texas SBDC, Dallas Metropolitan SBDC, partners, associates, employees and the instructor of this session do not provide legal advice. The information provided in this workshop is not intended to be a substitute for advice from an attorney.

Jul
6
Thu
Collin SBDC: How to Fund a Small Business
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

This is a comprehensive overview of the different funding options available for your small business and the qualifications for each. This class will cover:

  • Sources of funding
  • Lender Requirements
  • Other funding considerations
Jul
7
Fri
Dallas Metropolitan SBDC: Orientation (Dallas)
Jul 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn how the services of the Dallas Metropolitan Small Business Development Center can assist starting or growing your business. A few of the topics included are: what it takes to be an entreprenuer, financing your business, and developing a business plan.

Registration ends on July 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Disclaimer: The DCCCD, North Texas SBDC, Dallas Metropolitan SBDC, partners, associates, employees and the instructor of this session do not provide legal advice. The information provided in this workshop is not intended to be a substitute for advice from an attorney.

Jul
10
Mon
SBA Certification Class
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The SBA Certification Class provides a general understanding of the three core procurement certification programs. An SBA representative will be presenting the information to help you determine which one(s) might be appropriate for your business.

  • Federal Woman-Owned Small Business Contracting Program
  • 8(a) Business Development
  • Historically Underutilized Enterprise Zone (HUBZone) Program

If you have any questions, contact us at 214-860-5889

Jul
11
Tue
Collin SBDC: IRS Small Business Tax Workshop
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Do you know your tax responsibilities as a small business owner? This workshop is designed as an awareness seminar to inform business owners of their tax obligations. Tax information for each of the small business structures is provided along with a review of independent contractors versus employees, and an introduction to tax forms required from a small business.

Government Contracting Orientation
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Government Contracting SBDC Orientation Classes are an overview of government contracting at the federal, state, and local levels. SBDC business advisors help to address the intimidation factor, confusion, and complexity of government contracting.

Build your business and receive professional help in the process. We want to help you and your business succeed!

If you have any questions, please contact us at (214) 860-5889.

Jul
12
Wed
Collin SBDC: How to Start a Small Business
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Why start a small business?

  • What are your goals
  • What are your strengths
  • What are your values
  • How do you work

How do I start a small business?

  • How to analyze feasibility of your idea
  • How to prepare business plan
  • Selecting legal form
  • Sources of capital
  • Business licenses and permits
  • Sources of information
Jul
13
Thu
Franchise Business Exploration Workshop
Jul 13 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
If you are seriously considering business ownership, and specifically franchise ownership – then this workshop is for you. Topics include:
  • Why Business Ownership?
  •  Three Options for Going Into Business
  •  Small Business in the United States
  •  Franchise Industry Overview
  •  Building a Business Model
  •  Simplifying the Search for a Franchise

Presenter:    Bryant Colley, Franchise Specialist with FranNet of Dallas/Fort Worth

Pre registration is required by April 18, 2017 at 5 pm.  No onsite registration will be available.
Jul
14
Fri
Dallas Metropolitan SBDC: Small Business Start-up Workshop
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come learn about the expertise available to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs from one of the largest management assistance programs serving small businesses in the United States. SBDCs assist start-up and existing businesses to start, expand and remain competitive in the complex market place and ever-changing global economy. This session will provide participants with information on the in-depth management and technical assistance provided by the North Texas SBDC Network throughout the 49 counties in northeast Texas.  Our only mission is to accelerate the economy by helping entrepreneurs grow sustainable businesses.

Presenter:  Mark Christie, Business Advisor

Pre registration is required. Deadline to register is July 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm.  No onsite registration will be available.

Disclaimer: The DCCCD, North Texas SBDC, Dallas Metropolitan SBDC, partners, associates, employees and the instructor of this session do not provide legal advice. The information provided in this workshop is not intended to be a substitute for advice from an attorney.

Jul
19
Wed
Collin SBDC – Legal Aspects of Starting a Business
Jul 19 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Thinking of starting a business but don’t know where to start? Confused by all the different types of entities you could form for your business and wondering which type will be best? This class will address:

  • How to Effectively work with your Attorney (and save $$$ doing it)
  • Choice of Entity & Documents Required
  • Minimizing Liability
  • Assumed Names (Doing Business As)
  • Financing the Business – loans, angels & VC’s
  • Intellectual Property – Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets & Patents
Jul
20
Thu
Selling to the City of Dallas
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Would you like to do business with the City of Dallas? We’d like to help!

Topics to be Discussed:

ResourceLink Team Introduction

The ResourceLink Team, a division of the Business Development and Procurement Services (BDPS), is a group of specialists who connect your business with the resources and information you need to do business with the City of Dallas and to be able to access the City’s $900 million of purchases per year.

Vendor Registration Process Overview

The Vendor Self-Service System (VSS) allows for vendors to create a profile for online bidding for procurement opportunities available through the City of Dallas. The vendor registration process will be introduced and explained.

Informal and Formal Solicitation

Informal solicitations are procurements under $50K, formal solicitations are procurements over $50K. The overview will provide content on the differences between both types.

How to Find Open Opportunities

Open procurement opportunities (formal and informal) are available in the VSS system. In this presentation RLT staff will assist companies in finding and navigating through available opportunities.

If you have any questions, contact us at 214-860-5889

Jul
21
Fri
Dallas Metropolitan SBDC: Orientación en español (Dallas)
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Aprenda cÛmo los servicios del Dallas Metropolitan SBDC pueden ayudar a iniciar o crecer su negocio. Temas incluyen:

plan de negocio
regulaciÛn/licencias
prestamos
estructuras legales
impuestos federales
estales
y más

Presentador: Sergio Bento, Senior Business Advisor

Se requiere reservar antes de Julio 19, 2017.

Jul
25
Tue
Collin SBDC: Marketing Strategy and Tactics for Small Business
Jul 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

All businesses start with the intention of becoming successful, and most of those businesses start with a product or service that could get them there, but after a few years, many of those same businesses struggle to find success. How could this be? One main reason could be that they started without a marketing budget or plan. They don’t understand marketing and they don’t understand how important marketing is in making their business a success. This class will cover:

  • Marketing basics
  • Driving awareness of your business, product or service
  • Elements of a marketing plan
  • Goal planning
  • Marketing budget planning
  • Online marketing, including search and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Tactics including a focus on social media planning
  • Innovation and Ideation

After taking this class, you should understand the basics of marketing, the definition of an impression, the goals of an impression and the types of general tactics that you can use to help drive awareness. You should be able to develop your own marketing strategy with goals, tactics, timelines and costs. You should understand the basics of search, SEO and social media. Finally, you should understand the importance of ideation and innovation for the future success of your business.

Presented by: Steve Shalosky│Business Advisor
Collin Small Business Development Center

Jul
28
Fri
Dallas Metropolitan SBDC: Orientation (Cedar Hill)
Jul 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn how the services of the Dallas Metropolitan Small Business Development Center can assist starting or growing your business.   A few of the topics included are:  what it takes to be an entrepreneur, financing your business, and developing a business plan.

Registration ends on July 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Presenter: Mark Christie, Business Advisor

Disclaimer: The DCCCD, North Texas SBDC, Dallas Metropolitan SBDC, partners, associates, employees and the instructor of this session do not provide legal advice. The information provided in this workshop is not intended to be a substitute for advice from an attorney.

Aug
7
Mon
SBA Certification Class
Aug 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The SBA Certification Class provides a general understanding of the three core procurement certification programs. An SBA representative will be presenting the information to help you determine which one(s) might be appropriate for your business.

  • Federal Woman-Owned Small Business Contracting Program
  • 8(a) Business Development
  • Historically Underutilized Enterprise Zone (HUBZone) Program

If you have any questions, contact us at 214-860-5889

Aug
9
Wed
Essential Small Business Marketing Tools for Federal Contracting
Aug 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Essential Small Business Marketing Tools for Federal Contracting training is designed to assist small business owners to determine if small business certificaiton programs can be an effective marketing technique to grow their business with federal government.

This training will include:

  • Market research (identify your federal customer)
  • How to effectively market your business to the government
  • How to reach out to the appropriate government contacts
  • How to sharpen your presentation skills

If you have any questions, please contact us at 214-860-5889.

Aug
17
Thu
Introduction to GSA Schedules
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Introduction to GSA Schedules addresses the procedures, tips, and best practices on how a company can become a GSA schedule contractor. The main topics are: (1) Market research and information gathering, (2) Understanding the solicitation process, and (3) Preparing the offer and obtaining the contract.

This 2-hour seminar is presented in 2 parts:

  1. Based on market research, determine if GSA is the the right contracting vehicle for your business.
  2. Get into the details of submitting a solicitation and working through the contract process.

Instructor: Albert Garza, SBU Director, Greater Southwest Region

If you have any questions contact us at: 214-860-5889.

Aug
24
Thu
Federal Government Set-Asides Workshop (TBA)
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

More details to come…

If you have any questions, please contact us at 214-860-5889.

Sep
11
Mon
SBA Certification Class
Sep 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The SBA Certification Class provides a general understanding of the three core procurement certification programs. An SBA representative will be presenting the information to help you determine which one(s) might be appropriate for your business.

  • Federal Woman-Owned Small Business Contracting Program
  • 8(a) Business Development
  • Historically Underutilized Enterprise Zone (HUBZone) Program

If you have any questions, contact us at 214-860-5889