Events/Workshops

  
  
    

August

Wednesday, August 03, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Set your own hours. Enjoy flexibility and control. Join us for an interactive, 45-minute webinar introducing Home-Based Franchises. We’ll feature some of the most exciting franchise concepts in this category and they’ll introduce their business models, describe their ideal candidates, and give you an idea whether an opportunity like this may be right for you. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the Franchisors. You’ll discover: Specialty franchise opportunities in different industries that you can own and operate from home How to capitalize on your strengths to find your ideal business to run Franchise financing options What it takes to be a successful business owner Questions? Contact Emily Anderson at eanderson@frannet.com or 408.829.6444.
Speaker: Page Nicol, FranNet of Southern California
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
Many small business owners cringe every time they hear that they should blog. “I can’t write” or “I sell toilets. What can you blog about that?” Well believe it or not, there’s a lot you can blog about, regardless of what you sell and even if you aren’t a Pulitizer winning author. In this 30 minute webinar, you’ll learn why blogging is so important to your business and how it’s the perfect marketing activity for companies on a limited budget. Join the lively Q&A after the presentation where Kim Butler, The URL Dr., and a TBA guest will share ideas and answer questions for those who needs some help on how to get started. You can choose to attend on either Aug. 10 or 11 at 11 am either day. What you’ll learn in this webinar: Why blogging How blogging When blogging What blogging Top 10 reasons blogging for business is a must
Speaker: Kim Butler is a serial entrepreneur and owner of The URL Dr., an online marketing agency based in Columbia, MD. Kim’s mission is to help small and mid-sized businesses and organizations be more successful online. Since starting her first company at the age of 11, Kim has experienced first hand, the growing pains of starting and operating a small business. Her presentations draw on over 36 years of personal experience in retail, online marketing, and e-commerce.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Financing
How much money do I REALLY need to buy a business or franchise? What are the BEST resources and what are my options? Can a 401k help fund a business? What about taxes and penalties? Discover facts and resources unique to franchising (you might be surprised!). Business ownership may be more accessible than you think - nearly 60% of our pre-screened businesses cost less than $250K. Discover how to you invest in yourself! Attend this interactive info session with Guidant Financial's Sr. Financing Consultant, Blake Evans, and FranNet Franchise Specialist, Blair Nicol. We encourage your questions - get what you need to make a safe, well-informed decision in business ownership.
Speaker: Blair Nicol, FranNet of Oregon
Monday, August 15, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Join us on August 15th for a hands-on workshop that will teach you to use the B Corp Impact Assessment Survey. In collaboration with our local B Corporation community, we’ll show you how to assess, compare, and implement strategic and operational changes in your business that can have economic, social and environmental impacts, and help you become a more sustainable company. A light breakfast will be provided.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Business Base Camp is an interactive two-hour workshop that helps vet the feasibility of your business idea. The first part of the workshop focuses on the fundamental things you need to know before starting any business. The second part of the workshop uses the Business Model Canvas to look at your idea from may different perspectives in order to give you the tools you need do determine whether or not it will be successful.
Speaker: Will Fowler, Steve Miller
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
In this how-to workshop, learn exactly how to start a blog for your business. WordPress will be used to provide a step-by-step example of how to set up your blog and what plugins can help in the ongoing management. You’ll learn how to create a content calendar and use it to make the blogging process easier. You’ll also get a long list of ideas on where to start, what to write about, and how to write your blog. You’ll leave this workshop with a plan in hand to start blogging for your business. This 60 minute workshop ends with an inquisitive Q&A session with Kim Butler, The URL Dr and a TBA guest that will be offering first hand ideas of what they’ve seen work in the world of small business blogging and content marketing. What you’ll learn in this workshop: -How to use WordPress to start a business blog -WordPress plugins that are a must for blogs -Blogging for business best practices -What to write about -How to craft your blog posts to be read -How to craft your blog posts to be found by Google -How to create and use a content calendar -Timing and blogging
Speaker: Kim Butler is a serial entrepreneur and owner of The URL Dr., an online marketing agency based in Columbia, MD. Kim’s mission is to help small and mid-sized businesses and organizations be more successful online. Since starting her first company at the age of 11, Kim has experienced first hand, the growing pains of starting and operating a small business. Her presentations draw on over 36 years of personal experience in retail, online marketing, and e-commerce.
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 10 sessions ending Wednesday, November 16
Topic: Business Fundamentals
This 10 week intensive course takes entrepreneurs through the essentials of how to model a business. We create small groups of entrepreneurs that meet every week in focused learning sessions. This course will keep your startup moving forward. The course covers: Business Model Generation Value Proposition and Customer Segment Matching Creating a Hypothesis and testing it Creating a Minimum Viable Product Customer Creation Organization Building
Speaker: Will Fowler, Steve Miller
Fee: $ 500.00

September

Wednesday, September 07, 2016 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
What is WordPress, you ask? WordPress is the number one content management system for small business to build a website in. It’s versatility and ease of use make it a must for anyone that wants to improve their online presence. In this 30 minute webinar, you’ll learn the basics of WordPress and an action plan to implement it in your business. Find out about themes, plugins, hosting and e-commerce. There are two opportunities to attend, either on Sept. 7 or Sept. 8. Bring your questions to the Q&A after the presentation where Kim Butler, The URL Dr. and a guest will be answering questions about WordPress and small business marketing with a WordPress website. What you’ll learn in this webinar: Basics of WordPress How business can use WordPress E-commerce capabilities with WordPress WordPress for business – where to start Hosting options for WordPress Basics of WordPress themes and plugins
Speaker: Kim Butler is a serial entrepreneur and owner of The URL Dr., an online marketing agency based in Columbia, MD. Kim’s mission is to help small and mid-sized businesses and organizations be more successful online. Since starting her first company at the age of 11, Kim has experienced first hand, the growing pains of starting and operating a small business. Her presentations draw on over 36 years of personal experience in retail, online marketing, and e-commerce.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
You know nothing about WordPress and you don’t know where to start. You’ve come to the right place, because in an hour, you’re going to get a step-by-step walk through of how to set up and use WordPress as a beginner. No programming knowledge is needed. This is for total novices. You’ll get a first hand look at the WordPress dashboard, how to use it, options available, and the best places for you to get started. We’ll show our favorite WordPress theme and how you can get a website set up in no time. Stick around for Q&A after the presentation where Kim Butler, The URL Dr., and a guest will answer questions about WordPress and small business websites. What you’ll learn in this workshop: Introduction to the WordPress Dashboard Introduction to WordPress posts and pages How to set up WordPress How to design a WordPress website with demo pages Our favorite theme and what you can do with it Top 5 WordPress plugins every business should be using How to make sure Google finds your WordPress website
Speaker: Kim Butler is a serial entrepreneur and owner of The URL Dr., an online marketing agency based in Columbia, MD. Kim’s mission is to help small and mid-sized businesses and organizations be more successful online. Since starting her first company at the age of 11, Kim has experienced first hand, the growing pains of starting and operating a small business. Her presentations draw on over 36 years of personal experience in retail, online marketing, and e-commerce.
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, September 15, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Are you letting some of your leads and prospects go stale? Do you lose contact with past customers? Email is a powerful marketing tool that can revolutionize the way you connect with prospects and customers. It can dramatically increase business growth and success! In this Constant Contact presentation, you will learn: • How to never send spam • What your customers want from your emails • Get your emails opened and read • 7 ways to grow your list • Best practices for success • Powerful data and what it means You will leave feeling prepared and motivated to get the most out of your email marketing!
Speaker: Lisa Smith is a speaker, trainer and founder of 7-Touch Marketing. She teaches small businesses how to use email and social media to build relationships, nurture leads and make more sales! As an Authorized Local Expert with Constant Contact, she delivers free seminars all over the northwest. Lisa is a popular national speaker and trainer. She taught Franklin Covey seminars for 13 years, and has trained over 40,000 business people how to be more successful in business. She founded 7-Touch Marketing in 2011 in order to help small business use cost-effective digital marketing resources to get better business results. Lisa lives in the charming town of Sisters, Oregon, with her husband and 2 pets. With her son moving on to college, she is currently suffering the symptoms of New Empty-Nester Syndrome.
Fee: $ 25.00
Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
What do your customers remember about working with you? Doing a good job and meeting expectations isn't enough anymore. In the new social marketing world, you have to wow them. Give them something terrific to talk about! You will learn: · What is Wow and how to create it · Understanding the lifetime value of a customer · How to get people talking about your business—in the best way! · The Wow Cycle: Wow, Entice, Engage, Repeat · Systematize, automate and embed: how to consistently deliver your Wow · How to use wow to grow your business Begin now to create Wow experiences that are sustainable, consistent, and that people will talk about!
Speaker: Lisa Smith, 7-Touch Marketing
Fee: $ 25.00
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Business Base Camp is a two hour interactive workshop aimed at discovering the feasibility of your business idea. The first section covers the topics every new business must know. The second half covers using the Business Model Canvas to test the feasibility of your idea.
Speaker: Will Fowler, Steve Miller
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Is your technology a candidate for federal R&D funding? Find out during this informative webinar! The federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs award over $2.6 billion in high risk R&D funding annually to qualified small businesses. This webinar, conducted by SBIR/STTR expert, Becky Aistrup, will provide an overview of SBIR/STTR funding, including program purpose, eligibility requirements, participating agencies, how funds can be used, and more. Becky will also introduce Idaho attendees to BBCetc’s SBIR/STTR Pursuit Library of recorded webinars, which covers a wide variety of SBIR/STTR topics and is free to Idaho companies through August 2017.
Speaker: About BBCetc BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc) is a results-driven entrepreneurial consulting group specializing in helping emerging companies to win SBIR/STTR funding and use it strategically to propel growth. Services include training courses and one-on-one consulting in the areas of technology assessment, SBIR/STTR proposal development, commercialization planning, and grants and contracts management. www.bbcetc.com / 734.930.9741 About the Trainer: Becky Aistrup, M.B.A. Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting Prior to joining BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting as a Principal Consultant in July 2012, Becky was the SBIR/STTR Program Director for the Minnesota Science and Technology Authority. Becky’s professional background includes over 20 years of experience working within the medical, biotech, advanced materials and electronics industries, and consulting with technology companies on SBIR/STTR funding. She holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of Kansas and an M.B.A. in Marketing Management from the University of Minnesota.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
As you consider business ownership, you have three options: start from scratch, buy an established business, or invest in a franchise. It’s an important decision and this educational workshop will help you evaluate your options as Blair Nicol, a franchise consultant with FranNet, explains how you can safely evaluate, select, finance and succeed in a franchise business. Join us and discover whether franchising might just be a good career alternative for you.
Speaker: Blair Nicol, FranNet
Friday, September 23, 2016 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This class applies to QuickBooks for Windows Pro, Premier, and Enterprise versions. This class is a combination section of Beginning & Intermediate Quickbooks. By registering for this section, you save $30 and are enrolled in both sections of the class. Katey O'Brien is QuickBooks Training Certified Instructor as well as owning her own bookkeeping and payroll business, 1st Point Bookkeeping.
Speaker: Katey O'Brien, 1st Point Bookkeeeping
Fee: $ 100.00
Friday, September 23, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This class applies to QuickBooks for Windows Pro, Premier, and Enterprise versions. Starting off the use of QuickBooks with a solid foundation will help you make the most of this powerful accounting software. The class is targeted for the small business owner or entrepreneur to show you how Quickbooks can work for your small business. Participants in the hands-on workshop will be taught lessons on the following topics: • Getting Started and Setting up QuickBooks • Working With Lists • Working With Bank Accounts • Using Other Accounts in QuickBooks • Entering Sales Information (including the basics of invoicing) • Receiving Payments and Making Deposits • Entering and Paying Bills You can register for the combination class and save $30.
Speaker: Katey O'Brien is a QuickBooks Trained Certified Instructor as well as owning her own bookkeeping and payroll business, 1st Point Bookkeeping.
Fee: $ 65.00
Friday, September 23, 2016 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This class applies to QuickBooks for Windows Pro, Premier, and Enterprise versions. Teaching workshop participants how to take QuickBooks to an advanced level is the purpose of Intermediate QuickBooks. This class is targeted for the small business owner or entrepreneur and how QuickBooks can work with your small business. • Analyzing Financial Data • Setting up Inventory • Tracking and Paying Sales Tax • Doing Payroll with QuickBooks • Tracking Time • Estimating and Progress Invoicing • Customizing Forms and Writing QuickBooks Letters You can register for the combination class and save $30.
Speaker: Katey O'Brien is a QuickBooks Trained Certified Instructor as well as owning her own bookkeeping and payroll business, 1st Point Bookkeeping.
Fee: $ 65.00
Friday, September 30, 2016 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This class applies to QuickBooks for online users only. If you are looking for the desktop version, please see our Beginning or Intermediate classes. Starting off the use of QuickBooks with a solid foundation will help you make the most of this powerful accounting software. The class is targeted for the small business owner or entrepreneur to show you how Quickbooks can work for your small business. Participants in this workshop will be taught lessons on the following topics: • Getting Started and Setting up QuickBooks • Working With Lists • Working With Bank Accounts • Using Other Accounts in QuickBooks • Entering Sales Information (including the basics of invoicing) • Receiving Payments and Making Deposits • Entering and Paying Bills
Speaker: Katey O'Brien, 1st Point Bookkeeping
Fee: $ 50.00

October

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Special Interest
Are you a Driver? Can you leverage resources to grow a large business? Do you have the desire to scale a business and build equity in a company? Master franchising/licensing opportunities are often referred to as the "C" suite of franchise opportunities. They offer the owner exclusive rights to develop a franchise system by selling or opening a number of franchises within a large territory. Owners have the ability to create substantial revenue and a consistent income stream by generating franchise fees and ongoing royalties while helping their franchisees grow and succeed. Join us for this exclusive look at Master Franchising from industry insiders, and discover where this rare opportunity is currently available. Questions? Contact Emily Anderson at eanderson@frannet.com or 408.829.6444.
Speaker: Charlie Magee, FranNet of Washington
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Business Base Camp is an interactive two-hour workshop that helps vet the feasibility of your business idea. The first part of the workshop focuses on the fundamental things you need to know before starting any business. The second part of the workshop uses the Business Model Canvas to look at your idea from may different perspectives in order to give you the tools you need do determine whether or not it will be successful.
Speaker: Will Fowler, Steve Miller
Friday, October 21, 2016 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This class applies to QuickBooks for Windows Pro, Premier, and Enterprise versions. This class is a combination section of Beginning & Intermediate Quickbooks. By registering for this section, you save $30 and are enrolled in both sections of the class. Katey O'Brien is QuickBooks Training Certified Instructor as well as owning her own bookkeeping and payroll business, 1st Point Bookkeeping.
Speaker: Katey O'Brien, 1st Point Bookkeeeping
Fee: $ 100.00
Friday, October 21, 2016 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This class applies to QuickBooks for Windows Pro, Premier, and Enterprise versions. Starting off the use of QuickBooks with a solid foundation will help you make the most of this powerful accounting software. The class is targeted for the small business owner or entrepreneur to show you how Quickbooks can work for your small business. Participants in the hands-on workshop will be taught lessons on the following topics: • Getting Started and Setting up QuickBooks • Working With Lists • Working With Bank Accounts • Using Other Accounts in QuickBooks • Entering Sales Information (including the basics of invoicing) • Receiving Payments and Making Deposits • Entering and Paying Bills You can register for the combination class and save $30.
Speaker: Katey O'Brien is a QuickBooks Trained Certified Instructor as well as owning her own bookkeeping and payroll business, 1st Point Bookkeeping.
Fee: $ 65.00
Friday, October 21, 2016 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This class applies to QuickBooks for Windows Pro, Premier, and Enterprise versions. Teaching workshop participants how to take QuickBooks to an advanced level is the purpose of Intermediate QuickBooks. This class is targeted for the small business owner or entrepreneur and how QuickBooks can work with your small business. • Analyzing Financial Data • Setting up Inventory • Tracking and Paying Sales Tax • Doing Payroll with QuickBooks • Tracking Time • Estimating and Progress Invoicing • Customizing Forms and Writing QuickBooks Letters You can register for the combination class and save $30.
Speaker: Katey O'Brien is a QuickBooks Trained Certified Instructor as well as owning her own bookkeeping and payroll business, 1st Point Bookkeeping.
Fee: $ 65.00
Thursday, October 27, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Financing
How much money do I REALLY need to buy a business or franchise? What are the BEST resources and what are my options? Can a 401k help fund a business? What about taxes and penalties? Discover facts and resources unique to franchising (you might be surprised!). Business ownership may be more accessible than you think - nearly 60% of our pre-screened businesses cost less than $250K. Discover how to you invest in yourself! Attend this interactive info session with Guidant Financial's Sr. Financing Consultant, Blake Evans, and FranNet Franchise Specialist, Emily Anderson. We encourage your questions - get what you need to make a safe, well-informed decision in business ownership.
Speaker: Emily Anderson, FranNet of Oregon