Events/Workshops

  
  
    
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Due to lack of registration, this session will be re-scheduled for later this year. Imagine an organization where all your employees are confident, self-sufficient and motivated. Your company’s turnover is at an all-time low, as are customer complaints. Word on the street is that your company offers the benchmark for customer service in your industry, and your competitors are seeing red as their customers jump ship and swim your way. With “Creating a Customer Centric Culture”, a powerful new customer excellence program, you don’t have to imagine anymore. You can make this dream world a reality! We show you how to win customers over by treating them well and retain them by keeping them happy, while maintaining your competitive advantage — excellent customer service — with across- the-board consistency. We use dramatizations of real-world customer service situations to keep the training interesting, relevant and fun.
Speaker: Doug Dvorak, Dvorak Marketing Group
Fee: $ 49.00
Thursday, April 02, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Confused about social media? Are you interested in using social media to boost sales? On Thursday, April 2nd the BSU TECenter and Nampa partner with SCORE and the SBA to host a workshop on the use of Social Media to boost marketing and sales. If you would like to gain insight and practical tips on using social media to enhance marketing and sales then register to attend the 3-hour no-cost workshop.
Friday, April 10, 2015 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
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.
Speaker: Robina Bant is Quickbooks Certified Gold Instructor as well as a local bookkeeper.
Fee: $ 100.00
Friday, April 10, 2015 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
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 Registering for both classes saves you $30!
Speaker: Robina Bant is a QuickBooks Pro Gold Adviser as well as a local bookkeeper with 14 years of experience with both for profit and non-profit companies.
Fee: $ 65.00
Friday, April 10, 2015 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM
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 Registering for both classes saves you $30!
Speaker: Robina Bant is a QuickBooks Pro Gold Adviser as well as a local bookkeeper with 14 years of experience with both for profit and non-profit companies.
Fee: $ 65.00
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Grow Your Business With Social Media (even if you think it’s a waste of time!) You’ve heard how important it is to be marketing on social media. You may even have a business page and post on it. But you still wonder: is it working? Am I doing it right? Or, like lots of my clients, you may say “I just don’t get it!” You are invited to this FREE Constant Contact seminar, Grow Your Business with Social Media. In just 2 jam-packed hours you will learn best practices and expert tips like: How to use social media for more than chatter Which social sites are worth your time and which are not What to post and when to post it And my favorite: how to do it all in 15 minutes a day!
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.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Lots of business owners have noticed that traditional advertising just doesn’t work as well as it used to. Why? Only 14% of people surveyed reported they actually trust advertising! The rest, the 86%, look for a relationship of trust or connection with a business before they will actually buy. That’s where email marketing really shines! You are invited to this FREE Constant Contact seminar, More Buzz, More Business with Email Marketing. If you are new to email marketing, this will help you hit the ground running! If you want to improve your email marketing results, this will give you the expertise you need to get more from your campaigns. You will learn best practices and expert tips like: The top 3 things that determine whether people like your emails How to get your emails opened and read How to know if your email marketing is working 7 ways to grow your email list How email and social media work together for better results Have you ever asked these questions: How can I get more people interested in my business? What is the best way to encourage repeat business? Is all email marketing spam? How do I keep mine from being considered spam? Will people really want emails from me and my business? Which tools are best? Can’t I just send from my regular email account? All these questions--and more--will be answered at More Buzz, More Business with Email Marketing Reserve your seat now!
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.
Friday, May 08, 2015 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
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 Registering for both classes saves you $30!
Speaker: Robina Bant is a QuickBooks Pro Gold Adviser as well as a local bookkeeper with 14 years of experience with both for profit and non-profit companies.
Fee: $ 65.00
Friday, May 08, 2015 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
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.
Speaker: Robina Bant is a QuickBooks Pro Gold Adviser as well as a local bookkeeper with 14 years of experience with both for profit and non-profit companies.
Fee: $ 100.00
Friday, May 08, 2015 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM
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 Registering for both classes saves you $30!
Speaker: Robina Bant is a QuickBooks Pro Gold Adviser as well as a local bookkeeper with 14 years of experience with both for profit and non-profit companies.
Fee: $ 65.00
Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
You are great at what you do, but if your customers don't pay you, you can't stay in business. We invite you to a crash course in account receivables recovery, star tng with your initi al contact with your customer and working through the client relationship. Led by local licensed att orney, G. Connie Ruia, we will cover the fi nancial basics of staying in business, including: -Developing a solid credit policy -Setting expectati ons for payment -Personal guarantees -Billing -Training staff -Collecti ng accounts receivable This will be a fast paced class with time for individualization questions in a relaxed round-table format.
Speaker: G. Connie Runia – General Counsel. G. Connie Runia is an attorney in practice with the Law Office of Mark L. Clark, PLLC and General Counsel to Collection Bureau, Incorporated. She earned her JD from Willamette University College of Law in 1986 and has been admitted to practice in Oregon and Idaho. Beginning her practice in Oregon, Ms. Runia practiced with a large regional law firm with focus on banking, corporate finance and securities. Her practice later shifted to general business representation when she accepted a position as in-house counsel to a technology company. There she added to her experience governmental regulatory compliance, employee policy development, contracting with local and international vendors and protection of proprietary intellectual property. Ms. Runia came to Idaho to work on behalf of Collection Bureau in 2010 and now considers herself an Idahoan. She is a frequent speaker on collection related topics to attorneys and industry groups. She is currently participating in a broad study group convened by the Idaho Supreme Court to consider revisions to Idaho’s garnishment laws. Ms. Runia is serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the Idaho Collectors Association, and nationally, she is serving as a member of the Ethics Committee of ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collections Professionals. Ms. Runia is active in the Member’s Attorney Program of ACA International allowing her to keep current on compliance and other legal issues impacting the collection industry.
Fee: $ 10.00
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM
Join the Idaho SBDC & the Department of Agriculture as we bring a new program to food producers in the Treasure Valley. Martin Butts of Small Potatoes will be our keynote speaker. He will venture into The New Food Economy with his keynote address. Later in the day, he'll lead an interactive segment, "SWOT Analysis for the New Food Culture" and then he'll wrap up the day with a discussion on brokers & distributors. In between this, we will have segments on Local Food Trends, Co-Packing vs. Independent Production, a panel discussion on Direct Sales, a segment on marketing your product and so much more! Register now to reserve your space in the first Business of Food conference.
Speaker: Martin Butts
Fee: $ 49.00
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
From time to time, we bring in new or emerging concepts that we like to let our clients know about. I'm proud to announce two new franchise partners in an exciting market: GREEN/Energy Efficiency GREEN, Energy Efficiency Business Positively affect people, pocketbook and the planet Low start-up / High earning potential Low overhead Recession-resistant; business model is effective in any economy Multiple, repetitive revenue streams Large and growing target market Services in demand all year – no seasonality Provides energy efficient solutions and high ROI Lead generation program that sets appointments for Zees with target market prospects Scalable; multi-unit options available Moving and Labor Services Low Investment 3-5 Employees to start with B2B and B2C component Eco-friendly and green business Multiple revenue streams 2 businesses for one franchise fee (Moving and Junk Removal)Strong brand name with national recognition Small industrial type office space required Customers like knowing that many of their discarded possessions will be given a second life or recycled in the most environmentally way possible. Donate or recycle 60% of everything you haul. A Franchise Specialist will provide a brief overview on Business and Franchise ownership, followed by representatives from these earth-friendly business opportunities, who will present their business model and describe their ideal business owner, then be available to answer your questions. Questions? Contact Emily Anderson eanderson@frannet.com 408.829.6444
Speaker: Blair Nicol
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Who doesn’t love the idea of being their own boss, controlling their own destiny? FranNet is offering an educational webinar to all who are thinking about going into business for themselves and would like to learn if business or franchise ownership is a good career choice moving forward. During this detailed 60-minute online session, you will learn more about business ownership and discover the numerous options available in the franchise world, along with enjoying an opportunity to talk one-on-one with an expert. Your local franchise expert with FranNet, will cover topics like: 1. How can franchising reduce the risk of starting my own business? 2. What franchises have, and are, succeeding in my area? 3. Are there executive-style franchises? (Yes!) 4. Can I work full-time and have a franchise at the same time? (Yes!) 5. How do I know if I’m suited for franchising and which franchises might work best for me? Questions? Contact Emily Anderson eanderson@frannet.com 408.829.6444
Speaker: Blair Nicol

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, April 16, 2015 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Join us for a one-hour webinar introducing Semi-Absentee Franchise Ownership. Two of the hottest franchise companies in this category will join us to introduce their concepts, describe their ideal candidates, and give you an idea whether an opportunity like this may be right for you. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the Franchisors. You’ll discover: How to capitalize on your strengths to find an ideal business to run part-time What to look for in a semi-absentee model Investment levels for semi-absentee franchise ownership
Speaker: Blair Nicol