Events/Workshops

  
  
    
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Come swing by New Ventures Lab to learn the importance of social media, and how it can drive your business towards success and deliver results. Michael Taggart: CEO of Adventure Marketing will be our speaker. He will dive into easy-to-use tools that can improve many aspects of your business; such as advertising methods, efficient organization and implementation of your content, communication among colleagues, building connections, virtual collaborative spaces and much more. Social Media is one of the most powerful tools in marketing. He will touch on the influence of social media platforms and how they can help promote your brand. Michael will explain the essential process not only how to build strong customer relationships, but teach how to deepen and continue the engagement with customers that go beyond the social media platforms. Register now to reserve your space for this training you don’t want to miss.
Speaker: Michael Taggart: CEO of Adventure Marketing
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Fresh on the heels of the successful Business of Food conference in May, the Idaho SBDC is putting together a resource to allow local food producers the opportunity to network and learn. This monthly networking event will feature a speaker on topics requested by the participants and relevant to the small food business. The inaugural event will feature Kelly Parker from Create Common Good speaking about the resources her non-profit can provide local food producers. Agenda 3 - 3:30: Networking and check-in 3:30 - 4: Kelly Parker, Create Common Good 4 - 5: Networking This first event will be held at Boise State in the Micron Business & Economics building in the Imagination Lab. Light refreshments will be served.
Speaker: Kelly Parker, Director, Sales & Community Engagement, Create Common Good.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
WORK FROM HOME! Set your own hours. Enjoy freedom, flexibility and control in your work. Say Good-Bye to long commutes! Would you be surprised to learn that many franchises offer that very opportunity? Three top-performing home-based franchises will tell you about their business models, followed by an informal Q&A session. Get Informed. Know Your Options. Identify Opportunities. Questions? Contact Emily Anderson eanderson@frannet.com 408.829.6444
Speaker: Blair Nicol
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Don’t miss this event at the New Ventures Lab as we bring on a successful entrepreneur whom will share his insight on how to increase your media exposure and drive the desired traffic to your websites and businesses. Our speaker, Michael Taggart, founder of many prosperous startups such as Press Advantage, will explain simple innovative techniques that will drive your ecommerce, brand awareness, and site traffic all around. He has ventured profitably into many different markets and has the entrepreneurial mindset you need to help you succeed. Register today to reserve a space for this training that will improve your business.
Speaker: Michael Taggart: CEO of Adventure Marketing
Monday, September 14, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 1 sessions ending Thursday, September 24
You may be good at what you do, but no matter how good your product or services, you will not stay in business if you are not paid. We invite you to a crash course in accounts receivable recovery, starting with your initial customer contact. Topics covered will include the critical elements of getting paid, include delivering value, developing and implementing a solid credit policy, consistent billing, setting expectations for payment, a well trained staff and basic accounts receivable management. Led by a licensed attorney, this will be an interactive session with the opportunity to share best practices. You will leave with a sample credit policy and plenty of practical ideas.
Speaker: G. Connie Runia is an attorney licensed in Oregon and Idaho. She earned her JD from Willamette University College of Law in 1986 and began her practice in Oregon with a large regional law firm with focus on business, 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. She most recently served as General Counsel to an Idaho third-party collection agency. She formerly served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Idaho Collectors Association, and nationally, she served as a member of the Ethics Committee of ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collections Professionals. Ms. Runia currently participates in a broad study group convened by the Idaho Supreme Court to consider revisions to Idaho’s garnishment laws and is a frequent speaker on credit cycle related topics to attorneys and industry groups. Ms. Runia has her own law practice, On Track Legal Services PLLC, located in Meridian, Idaho and is part owner in On Behalf LLC, an outsource A/R company based in Meridian, Idaho, offering expertise in all stages of A/R management.
Fee: $ 10.00
Friday, September 18, 2015 8:30 AM to 5:30 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. 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 18, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:30 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 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 18, 2015 1:30 PM to 5:30 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 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
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Does your business need a Point of Sale system or do you already have one and suddenly have to deal with EMV issues? Do you know what an EMV is? We can help! Whether you are searching for your first point of sale (POS) system or to upgrade an existing POS system, this workshop is designed to give you the tools to find the right system for your business or organization. Besides an overview of current and future POS technology, the impact of EMV will be discussed as well as the advantages and disadvantages between computer and mobile device based POS systems. Attendees will complete a worksheet to help calculate a point of sale budget and will also be provided with guidance on creating a weighted point spreadsheet used to compare and select the best POS solution. This workshop is completely vendor neutral and designed for owners or managers of retail stores, museums, food trucks, concession stands, restaurants, and bars
Speaker: Kevin Antosh: Besides 15 years of combined retail and restaurant management experience, Kevin worked in the POS industry for 14 years providing POS solutions to thousands of businesses and organizations. Since late 2013, Kevin has established a point of sale blog site and YouTube channel that offers free and unbiased point of sale advice and information.
Wednesday, September 30, 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, October 07, 2015 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Join us at the New Ventures Lab to gain an understanding on how to build a loyal customer list and why it is important for your business. One of the founders of Press Advantage will explain the effectiveness of list building. Not only is it one of the most valuable drivers of traffic but is a simple method for you to use to communicate with your customers as well. Our speaker, Michael Taggart, winner of “Coolest Marketer in America,” has the expertise you need to help your business grow. List building aids your goal of higher customer retention, brand loyalty, possible product expansion, and much more. Register now to reserve your spot for this exciting class.
Speaker: Michael Taggart: CEO of Adventure Marketing
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
- 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 eanderson@frannet.com 408.829.6444
Speaker: Blair Nicol
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Is social media a business tool or just a waste of time? Well, it can be either depending on how you use it! The fact is, social media can be a powerful tool for marketing your business, growing your list, and generating sales! Lisa teaches why your business must be in social media, and how to use it strategically to bring real results for your business. In this Constant Contact presentation, you will learn: • Why people follow businesses and how to get them to follow you • 3 ways to grow your social networks exponentially • What to post and why • Deal with positive and negative feedback online • Measure business results Don’t dismiss one of the best ways to build relationships with your customers and keep them coming back to you! Learn how to get more attention and more leads with social media.
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.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
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.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you throwing money at advertising that doesn’t work like it used to? You’re not alone. Society has changed and marketing has too. People expect different things from companies and shop in totally different ways than before. Learn all you need to know to get your marketing working again! You will learn: • How customers make decisions, and how that affects your marketing • How to get them to trust your message • Where to spend your advertising dollars, and where not to! • Why you should be on Social Media, even if you think it’s stupid • How to spend less time and money and get better results You will be prepared and charged up to reach today’s consumer in ways that bring in the business!
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, October 21, 2015 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important. This presentation is designed to uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing knowledge can go a long way. You will learn: • What marketing really is (and isn’t) • How marketing has changed in ways that benefit small businesses • How to set goals and objectives for your marketing efforts • The 4 Pillars of Marketing Success that engage your audience and drive more sales • How to start where you already are Build a foundation marketing knowledge, from which you can create more and more effective campaigns to help your business or organization grow.
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, October 23, 2015 8:30 AM to 5:30 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. 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 23, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:30 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 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 23, 2015 1:30 PM to 5:30 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 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

Business Accounting and Budget

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 9:00 AM to 1:00 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 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

Financing

Thursday, August 20, 2015 , 1 sessions ending Friday, August 21
Are you a technologist or a person that has managed technology projects? Do you have a great idea based on technology, want to prove out your idea or build a prototype, but don't have the capital to do it? Come to the SBIR Road Tour to hear about America's Largest Seed Fund and learn how you can get funding to prove out your idea, and get on the road to commercializing your technology. The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Federal and State Program Managers representing the $2.5 billion in early stage funding have been invited to attend a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States. Together these two programs represent America's Largest Seed Fund. Come listen to past awardees that have been successful in getting SBIR/STTR awards and making those awards work for their business. So, if you're an Innovator, Entrepreneur, Researcher, or Small Technology Firm, don't miss this opportunity, register today. Please note, seminar happens over a 2-day span: Aug. 20; 7 - 8:30pm - Preparation for Writing and Submitting an SBIR/STTR Proposal [MBEB Rm 2302 - Innovation Lab] Aug. 21; 8 - 10:30am - SBIR Presentations [ MBEB Rm 1301] 8:30 - Noon - 1-1's with SBIR Agency Program Managers [MBEB Rm 1100] Noon - 1pm - Lunch [MBEB TBD] 1pm - 2:30pm - Panel of Past SBIR Awardees [ MBEB Rm 1100] Ron Oberleitner - Behavior Imaging (Boise) - 2015 SBIR Tibbetts Award Winner Shawn Perkins - Advanced Ceramic Fibers (Idaho Falls) Jamie Hass - MJ3 Industries (Cataldo) Douglas Hackler - American Semiconductor (Boise)
Speaker: Paul Cooperrider, Idaho SBDC; Rick Ritter, New Ventures Lab; SBIR Agency Program Managers; Past SBIR Awardees
Fee: $ 35.00