Aug
16
Wed
Collin SBDC – Legal Aspects of Running a Business
Aug 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Wondering whether you should have employees or independent contractors? How much and how often should you pay your employees? How do you protect your business assets? This class will address:

  • Hiring and Firing Practice
  • Independent Contractor v. Employee
  • Paying Employees – Salaried v. Hourly
  • Confidentiality and Non-Competes
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Policies on Technology Use
Collin SBDC – Legal Aspects of Starting a Business
Aug 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 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
Aug
17
Thu
Government Contracting SBDC: 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.

Collin SBDC: Protecting Your Business
Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

If you have recently started your business or are thinking of starting your own business and have never shopped for business insurance, then this is the class for you. What you don’t know you don’t know about insurance can and will hurt you. Come learn the simple actions you must take to avoid the most common pitfalls that threaten your business. This class will address:

  • Risk Management
  • Insure or not to insure?  What should be considered before shopping for business insurance.
  • 10 Most Common Small Business Insurance Blunders
  • How to effectively work with your agent (and save $$$ doing it)
Aug
23
Wed
Collin SBDC: SBA Small Business Certifications
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Interested in doing business with the government? Come learn about the Government Contracting SBDC and how we can help make it happen.

This workshop will cover the basic certifications required to do business at the federal level. This two hour workshop will provide an overview and eligibility criteria for the following certifications: Small Business Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)/Economic Disadvantage Women Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Service Disable Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)/Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) Small Disadvantage Business/8(a) Business Development Historically Underutilized Enterprise Zone (HUBZone).

Aug
24
Thu
Dallas Metropolitan SBDC: Grow Your Sales – Get Customers Now!
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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 August 22 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.

Aug
25
Fri
Dallas Metropolitan SBDC: Business Planning (An Intro)
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

An introduction to planning for success.  Learn the components of a business plan and how to write it.   This is a living document that defines and projects business growth for the first 3-5 years.

– This session will explore planning for success.
– Learn the components, and how to start today!

Presenter:  Gordon Edwards, Business Advisor

Pre registration is required. Deadline to register is August 23 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

Dallas Metropolitan SBDC: Loan Tips
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn how to qualify for a loan from a banker.

Prepare for the loan process to understand what bankers and lenders are looking for when providing small business financing.

Presenter:  G. Edwards, Business Advisor

Online registration is required 48 hours prior to attending this class.  Please register by 5:00 p.m. on August 23, 2017.

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.

Dallas Metropolitan SBDC: Orientación en español (Dallas)
Aug 25 @ 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 m·s

Presentador: Sergio Bento, Senior Business Advisor

Se requiere registro previo. La fecha límite para registrarse es el 23 de agosto de 2017 a las 5:00 pm.  No habrá registro en el sitio.

Aug
31
Thu
Dallas Metropolitan SBDC: Human Resources (HR) for Small Business
Aug 31 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

As your business grows so do the possibilities for headaches. If you build your business right from the start the headaches are fewer and less painful. Attract the right talent and keep them.
Spend 2 hours getting a grip on the leadership skills necessary to make highly effective teams.

  • How do you hire?
  • How do you fire?
  • What policies and procedures do I need in place?
  • What are the key leadership skills necessary to make the team work?

Guest Speaker: Angie Carter, TrainerAngie.com

Online registration is required. Deadline to register is August 29, 2017 by 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.

Sep
5
Tue
Collin SBDC: IRS Small Business Tax Workshop
Sep 5 @ 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.

Sep
7
Thu
Collin SBDC: How to Fund a Small Business
Sep 7 @ 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
Sep
11
Mon
Government Contracting SBDC: 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

Sep
13
Wed
Collin SBDC: How to Start a Small Business
Sep 13 @ 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
Sep
19
Tue
Collin SBDC: Marketing Strategy and Tactics for Small Business
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 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

Sep
20
Wed
Collin SBDC – Legal Aspects of Starting a Business
Sep 20 @ 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
Sep
22
Fri
Dallas Metropolitan SBDC: Home Based Business
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn what it takes to start and operate a Home Based Business.
* Do you really want to be an entrepreneur?
* How will you finance your business?
* Developing a business plan
* Complying with government regulations

Presenter:  Gordon Edwards, Business Advisor

Online registration is required. Deadline to register is September 22, 2017 by 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.

Dallas Metropolitan SBDC: Orientación en español (Dallas)
Sep 22 @ 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 Septiembre 20, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

Sep
28
Thu
Dallas Metropolitan SBDC: 5 Things Every Homepage Must Have
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Learn how to grow sales using Great Content, Nurture Marketing and Calls-to-Action that convert. In this workshop you will learn:

• How the Hero Image can make or break your site
• When to use transitional and direct calls to action
• Why Fresh Content is critical to your marketing strategy
• Much more….

Presenter: John Arnott, CEO ContentFirst.Marketing

Pre registration is required. Deadline to register is September 26, 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.

Sep
29
Fri
Dallas Metropolitan SBDC: Orientation (Cedar Hill)
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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

Presenter: Loletha Moore, Business Advisor, Dallas Metropolitan SBDC

Pre registration is required. Deadline to register is September 26, 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.