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First Step: Starting A Small Business Clarion

 Feb 6, 2016 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
 Feb 6, 2016 - 18 places remaining
$20.00
Clarion University SBDC, Barnes Center, 330 North Point Drive Suite 100, Clarion PA 16214-3873
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.
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The First Step Pre-Business Workshop

 Feb 9, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
 Feb 9, 2016 - 14 places remaining
$25.00
416 Market Street, Lewisburg PA 17837-1418
Have you dreamed of being your own boss for many years but don't know where to start? Do you ask questions like: "How do I turn my good idea into a successful business?" "What kind of forms and licenses do I need?" "Where can I find financing?" "Where is the best place to open my business?" "What is a business plan and how do I prepare one?" The first step to starting a successful new venture is to attend an SBDC The First Step Pre-Business Workshop where you will learn the answers to these questions. Location: Pre-registration required.
 First Step Feb9.2016.pdf - First Step Flyer 2.9.2016 (166 KB)

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Your Global Connection: Incoterms 101

 Feb 9, 2016 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
 Feb 5, 2016
None
 Online Course/Webinar
Incoterms rules define the obligations, risks and costs shared by the buyer and seller in completing an international transaction. It is important to understand how to properly use these terms in your international sales and purchase contracts. This webinar will give you a basic understanding of each term and the level of your company's risk and responsibilities for each.
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Can Your Hobbies and Skills Pay the Bills? (Honesdale) - for Displaced Workers

 Feb 10, 2016 9 to 11 a.m.
 Feb 10, 2016 - 19 places remaining
None
648 Park Street, Honesdale PA 18431-1471
This seminar is for displaced workers. All other interested persons should register for one of our other First Step seminars. This seminar provides participants with the information needed to start and operate a small business in Pennsylvania. Registrations, licenses, business structures, and business plan development will be covered, as well as what to expect in financing and expense and sales estimation. Held at the Stourbridge Business Incubator. Thanks to our partners Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance. *The registration fee for this First Step seminar is being waived as a result of the NE PA Defense Transition Partnership Initiative, under a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Community Economic Development and the Northeast Region Partners for Regional Economic Performance, with financial support from the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense. The content reflects the views of the Pennsylvania Department of Community Economic Development and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment.

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First Step: Starting A Small Business Kittanning

 Feb 10, 2016 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
 Feb 10, 2016 - 17 places remaining
$20.00
81 Glade Drive, Kittanning PA 16201-7140
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.
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First Step Seminar

 Feb 11, 2016 2:30 - 4:00 pm
 Feb 11, 2016
Phone Registration Required
$20.00
621 Taylor Street, Bethlehem PA 18015-3117
The First Step Seminar covers the nuts and bolts of starting your business and building your business model. Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn't know where to start? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership.


Tech Meetup - Lewisburg

 Feb 11, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 Feb 11, 2016
Phone Registration Required
None
400 Saint George Street , Lewisburg PA 17837-
Register at Tech-Meetup-Lewisburg
Tech Meetup Lewisburg meets Entrepreneurship @ Bucknell: the Entrepreneurship and Innovation House is home to over 40 Bucknell students who are passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, and design. This meetup will feature brief presentations from student and faculty leaders in Bucknell's entrepreneurship ecosystem, and meetup participants will have the opportunity to learn about upcoming programs and opportunities for collaboration. The mission of the E&I House is to encourage intellectual growth and promote critical thinking through interdisciplinary interaction. Learn more about the E&I House and its activities at https://www.facebook.com/BUEntrepreneurshipandInnovation


The First Step Seminar - Erie County

 Feb 11, 2016 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 Feb 11, 2016
$30.00
900 State Street, Room 104, Erie PA 16501-1425
This is the First Step to starting a successful new venture- learn the steps necessary to start, manage, and grow your own business.
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The First Step: Pre-Business Planning Workshop

 Feb 11, 2016 9:00 am - Noon
 Feb 11, 2016 - 26 places remaining
None
3900 Industrial Park Dr., Altoona PA 16602-1732
Workshop covers the basic information needed to start a business, such as business and marketing plans, financing, types of business structures and rules and regulations.
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Finding Federal Government Procurement Opportunities

 Feb 16, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 Feb 16, 2016 - 19 places remaining
None
Temple Small Business Development Center Beech Interplex Building 1510 Cecil B Moore Avenue, PHILADELPHIA PA 19121-3411
To Be Held at 1510 Cecil B. Moore Avenue: A 2.5 hour seminar geared toward existing businesses who have registered in SAM; presenting Data Mining. Learn how to navigate and use government websites to find government contracting opportunities. Learn to use procurement history and forecasts for market research to find new prime and sub contracting opportunities. Starts Promptly at 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
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The First Step: How to Start and Finance a Business

 Feb 16, 2016 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 Feb 16, 2016
$15.00
664 Pratt Drive, Eberly suite 108, IUP, Indiana PA 15705-0001
This workshop will help you to begin the process of successful business ownership. Topics include: Unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business, how to assess the feasibility of your business idea, differences between business organization structures, how to develop a business plan, how to obtain financing, how to market your product or service, applications and licenses needed to start your business.
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Business Planning in a Nutshell "For Clients ONLY" (Reading)

 Feb 17, 2016 5:30pm to 7pm
 Feb 17, 2016 - 12 places remaining
None
 Multi-session Course
Berks County Community Foundation 237 Court Street, Reading PA 19601
This is a free hands on "Business Planning" workshop for CLIENTS who need a little extra help developing their pitch, business plan and cash flow statement. If you have never developed a pitch, business plan or financial projection you won't want to miss this free workshop. This workshop will get you fast tracked on the road to success. During this workshop you will be developing your business model canvas, pitch, business plan outline and be introduced to basic financial templates with one-to-one help from SBDC consultants using the free business planning tools provided by the KU SBDC. Established businesses can benefit from the workshop by strategically looking at their operation and focusing on the most critical segments to make the business successful. All attendees of the workshop will also have the opportunity to complete a market research request form. Information on competitors, demographics, financial ratios, industry overviews and mapping resources can be accessed. The information is free for SBDC clients and is delivered in about 3 weeks from the time of submission. * You must be registered as a client in order to attend this workshop. Please visit http://www.kutztownsbdc.org/apply_consultation.asp to begin filling out your request for consulting form.
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First Step To Starting Your Business (Exton)

 Feb 17, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm
 Feb 17, 2016
None
Chester County Library 450 Exton Square Pkwy, Exton PA 19341-2458
You have come to the right place if you are in the early stages of thinking about starting a small business. In fact, even if you have started up your business and realized you missed a few things, this workshop is still right for you. Starting a Small Business: If you are thinking about "becoming your own boss," this is an opportunity for you to get your questions answered, you will learn about the multitude of free services available to help you start successfully and you will get an opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs. Subjects include: legal issues, accounting issues, organization, and management. The workshop allows you to practice networking with other entrepreneurs. Existing business owners can use this workshop as a "checkup" on their operations. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Small Business Assistance Center.
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First Step: Starting A Small Business DuBois

 Feb 17, 2016 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
 Feb 17, 2016 - 25 places remaining
$20.00
2219 Bee Line Highway Fairfield Inn & Suites, Du Bois PA 15801-6319
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.
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Online Marketing: Grow your Customer Base and Sales in 2016: Clarion

 Feb 17, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 Feb 17, 2016 - 13 places remaining
$20.00
330 North Point Drive Suite 100, Clarion PA 16214-3873
Does it seem like your online marketing isn’t reaching as many customers as you would like? Do you ever wonder how to get more ‘clicks’ than your competition? If these questions sound familiar, then attend this seminar and let Sparq Designs guide you through the basics of online marketing for 2016! This seminar will focus on online branding for businesses and will teach you the importance of consistent, current, and continuous marketing to your customer base. The speaker, Jim Blundo, will offer advice on how to create a plan that will use the power of your website and social media presence as a cost effective tool to market your business.
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The First Step

 Feb 17, 2016 6:00 p.m.
 Feb 17, 2016 - 5 places remaining
$15.00
85 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre PA 18701-1602
Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn't know where to start? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. Attendees will learn: Unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business How to assess the feasibility of their business idea Differences between business organization structures How to develop a business plan How to obtain financing The applications and licenses needed to start their company
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Can Your Hobbies and Skills Pay the Bills (Scranton) for Displaced Workers

 Feb 18, 2016 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 Feb 18, 2016 - 20 places remaining
None
135 Franklin Avenue, Scranton PA 18503-1935
This seminar is for displaced workers. All other interested persons should register for one of our other First Step seminars. This seminar provides participants with the information needed to start and operate a small business in Pennsylvania. Registrations, licenses, business structures, and business plan development will be covered, as well as what to expect in financing and expense and sales estimation. Held at Lacakawanna County CareerLink, 135 Franklin Avenue, Scranton PA 18503 *The registration fee for this First Step seminar is being waived as a result of the NE PA Defense Transition Partnership Initiative, under a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Community Economic Development and the Northeast Region Partners for Regional Economic Performance, with financial support from the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense. The content reflects the views of the Pennsylvania Department of Community Economic Development and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment.

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First Step: Starting a Small Business- Chambersburg

 Feb 18, 2016 9am- Noon
 Feb 18, 2016 - 15 places remaining
$10.00
Chambersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way E., Chambersburg PA 17201-2291
This workshop is intended to provide aspiring small business owners with an overview of many of the issues involved in planning and launching a new business venture. Topics include personal and lifestyle issues of the entrepreneur/business owner, the legal, financial and tax considerations of starting a small business, and the “how-to’s” of business registration, government regulations and compliance issues. Attendees will also be introduced to the steps of developing a sound business plan. Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will be invited to schedule a free, one-on-one consulting session with an SBDC Business Consultant.

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Informational Session: Coatesville Regional Entrepreneur and Training Endeavor (CREATE)

 Feb 18, 2016 5:30pm – 7:00pm
 Feb 18, 2016
None
Coatesville Public Library 501 Lincoln Hwy, Coatesville PA 19320
Do you own a business and want to take it to the next level? Or are thinking about starting a business? If yes, then REGISTER NOW for the Coatesville Regional Entrepreneur and Training Endeavor (CREATE) Informational Session to learn more about this no-fee program for existing business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. If you attend, you will:

*Learn about low interest loans and other financial incentives for your business
*Learn about educational programs and free mentoring available to help you launch or expand your business
*Meet free resources for helping you launch or expand your business
*Network with other entrepreneurs and business mentors
*Food and give-aways

At the event, series sponsors from Chester County Economic Development Corporation and Kutztown University SBDC will announce information for its new 10-week program to help jump start your business. Sign up now for the February 18 Information Session and guarantee your seat to learn more about this upcoming series!

Admission is no-cost, pre-registration is required.

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Second Step Seminar: Funding your Business

 Feb 18, 2016 2:30 - 4:00 pm
 Feb 18, 2016
Phone Registration Required
$20.00
621 Taylor Street, Bethlehem PA 18015-3117
In the Second Step Seminar, attendees will learn about funding options for small businesses. Lender requirements will be discussed, as well as alternative financing options and local loan programs. The business model will be reviewed, with an emphasis on external forces that affect a business strategy.


The Second Step: Developing a Business Plan

 Feb 19, 2016 7:30 - 10:30 am
 Feb 12, 2016
None
University of Pittsburgh, Mervis Hall, Pittsburgh PA 15260
Most financing options require a solid business plan. Learn all you need to know about operational and production planning, conducting market research, and creating financial spreadsheets to attract funding for your business.
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The First Step: Starting Your Business (Scranton)

 Feb 20, 2016 9 to 11 a.m.
 Feb 20, 2016 - 15 places remaining
$20.00
320 Madison Avenue, Scranton PA 18510-
Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn't know where to start? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. Attendees will learn: • Unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business • How to assess the feasibility of a business idea • Different types of business structure (sole proprietorship, LLC, etc.) • Business plan basics • Financing options and how to prepare • Basics of marketing a product or service • Applications and licenses needed to start a business This session held in Brennan Hall, 5th floor, Room 502, 320 Madison Avenue, Scranton, PA.

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Business Plan Workshop

 Feb 23, 2016 6:00 - 8:00
 Feb 23, 2016
Phone Registration Required
$20.00
621 Taylor Street, Bethlehem PA 18015-3117



Women's Entrepreneurship Center: START-UP Program

 Feb 23, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 Feb 23, 2016 - 3 places remaining
None
320 Madison Avenue, Scranton PA 18510-
Business StartUP Series for Women Scranton - The University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center (WEC) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are teaming up to offer “StartUP” a 6-week certificate program designed for women with lower incomes, those in transition or those trying to make a better life for themselves and their families, the program will offer women support and guidance in determining if entrepreneurship is an option for them. The series will be held in Scranton on Tuesdays, beginning February 23 and ending March 29, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Facilitated by experienced SBDC consultants, the series is designed to give lower income women the step-by-step guidance needed to develop successful small businesses. Participants in this interactive program will learn start-up basics, legal and insurance considerations, marketing and social media essentials, business plan development, accounting and budget skills, financing options and requirements, and goal setting. Local women business owners will also visit the sessions to share their experiences. The series is offered free of charge. Space is limited and applications are reviewed first come, first served. To apply, call Francene at 570-941-4168 or e-mail francene.dudziec@scranton.edu. The University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center is a partnership between the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Kania School of Management (KSOM) that utilizes experienced SBDC consultants along with carefully selected KSOM student interns. The interns are highly skilled, and enhance the work done by consultants by assisting with training, conducting research, and completing projects.
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Effective Writing for Public Relations: Clarion

 Feb 24, 2016 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
 Feb 24, 2016 - 15 places remaining
$25.00
330 North Point Drive Suite 100, Clarion PA 16214-3873
Congratulations! You just sent out the latest company announcement over a variety of media channels. However, how many recipients remember or understand the “what’s-in-it-for-me” message? How confident are you that your message cut through today’s electronic clutter? If you have any doubts, this seminar is for you! Your pre-class homework is simple: In eight words (or fewer), write down your main issue or your business opportunity and bring it to this class. What is an issue? Very simply, just think of something that keeps you up at night. Opportunities? You have something that beats the competition. Time to tell the world! The speaker, Michael Hissam, will help you craft an effective message from those eight words. Information discussed in this seminar will include: Understanding why your message gets lost How to avoid embarrassing and costly “mistakes” How to communicate at minimal cost across a multitude of media channels including press releases, social media, and your own voice! The power of the Issue Identification and Opportunity Process (a take-home tool)
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Energize Your Business' Social Media - Beginner

 Feb 24, 2016 8:30-11:00am
 Feb 24, 2016
$40.00
200, Innovation Blvd. 243 Technology Center, University Park PA 16801
Join presenters Brad Groznik and Anna Nelson as they share effective social media strategies tailored for small businesses.  Learn how to: · find your audience, voice and story · manage your posts more efficiently · post engaging content · start using social media advertising to grow your business Who should attend: Small business owners and entrepreneurs who know the social media basics but would like to be more confident about posting, engaging and advertising on social media. Cost: $40.00   Registration: Please visit sbdc.psu.edu/seminars. Preregistration is requested at least two business days before seminar. Brad Groznik (groznikpr.com) teaches Social Media Strategy for Penn State World Campus and has worked in advertising and public relations for nearly a decade. In his professional work, he managed a weekly community newspaper in Queens, helped win political campaigns in New York City, and developed social media campaigns that promoted everything from responsible retirement strategies to aiding victims of Hurricane Sandy. Anna Nelson (amnstrategy.co) is a digital marketing consultant with extensive social media background. She has led social media efforts on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, managed large-scale social ad campaigns for Penn State, and provided tailored marketing training for hundreds of small-business owners.
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First Step: Starting A Small Business Emporium *Cancelled*

 Feb 24, 2016 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
 Feb 24, 2016
Cancelled
$20.00
34 East Fourth Street, Emporium PA 15834-1412
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.


The First Step: Pre-Business Planning Workshop

 Feb 24, 2016 5:00 pm - 8 :00 pm
 Feb 24, 2016 - 29 places remaining
None
117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto PA 15940-9704
Workshop covers the basic information needed to start a business, such as business and marketing plans, financing, types of business structures and rules and regulations.

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Can Your Hobbies and Skills Pay the Bills? (Tannersville) - for Displaced Workers

 Feb 25, 2016 9 to 11 a.m.
 Feb 25, 2016 - 20 places remaining
None
2937 PA-611, Tannersville PA 18372
This seminar is for displaced workers. All other interested persons should register for one of our other First Step seminars. This seminar provides participants with the information needed to start and operate a small business in Pennsylvania. Registrations, licenses, business structures, and business plan development will be covered, as well as what to expect in financing and expense and sales estimation. Held at Monroe County CareerLink, Tannersville *The registration fee for this First Step seminar is being waived as a result of the NE PA Defense Transition Partnership Initiative, under a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Community Economic Development and the Northeast Region Partners for Regional Economic Performance, with financial support from the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense. The content reflects the views of the Pennsylvania Department of Community Economic Development and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment.

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First Step to Starting Your Business (Coatesville, PA)

 Feb 25, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
 Feb 25, 2016
None
Coatesville Public Library 501 E. Lincoln Hwy., Coatesville, PA PA 19320
Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn't know where to start? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. Professional presenters include attorneys, insurance agents, accountants, financial specialists and zoning and codes staff. The workshop is designed for both entrepreneurs thinking about opening their first business and existing business owners looking for a “checkup.”
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Business Planning in a Nutshell "For Clients ONLY" (Harrisburg)

 Feb 26, 2016 Noon to 1:30 pm
 Feb 26, 2016 - 5 places remaining
None
 Multi-session Course
3211 N. Front St., Harrisburg PA 17110-1342
This is a free hands on "Business Planning" workshop for CLIENTS who need a little extra help developing their pitch, business plan and cash flow statement. If you have never developed a pitch, business plan or financial projection you won't want to miss this free workshop. This workshop will get you fast tracked on the road to success. During this workshop you will be developing your business model canvas, pitch, business plan outline and be introduced to basic financial templates with one-to-one help from SBDC consultants using the free business planning tools provided by the KU SBDC. Established businesses can benefit from the workshop by strategically looking at their operation and focusing on the most critical segments to make the business successful. All attendees of the workshop will also have the opportunity to complete a market research request form. Information on competitors, demographics, financial ratios, industry overviews and mapping resources can be accessed. The information is free for SBDC clients and is delivered in about 3 weeks from the time of submission. * You must be registered as a client in order to attend this workshop. Please visit http://www.kutztownsbdc.org/apply_consultation.asp to begin filling out your request for consulting form.
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Energize Your Business' Social Media - Advanced

 Feb 26, 2016 8:30-11:00am
 Feb 26, 2016
$40.00
200, Innovation Blvd. 243 Technology Center, University Park PA 16801
Join presenters Brad Groznik and Anna Nelson as they share effective social media strategies tailored for small businesses.  Learn how to: better engage with your audience manage your posts more efficiently use social media advertising more effectively know if you're doing it right Who should attend: Small business owners, marketing managers and entrepreneurs who feel confident with social media, but would like to increase their effectiveness. Cost: $40.00   Registration: Please visit sbdc.psu.edu/seminars. Preregistration is requested at least two business days before seminar. Brad Groznik (groznikpr.com) teaches Social Media Strategy for Penn State World Campus and has worked in advertising and public relations for nearly a decade. In his professional work, he managed a weekly community newspaper in Queens, helped win political campaigns in New York City, and developed social media campaigns that promoted everything from responsible retirement strategies to aiding victims of Hurricane Sandy. Anna Nelson (amnstrategy.co) is a digital marketing consultant with extensive social media background. She has led social media efforts on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, managed large-scale social ad campaigns for Penn State, and provided tailored marketing training for hundreds of small-business owners.
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First Step: Starting a Small Business

 Feb 29, 2016 6:30pm -9:00pm
 Feb 29, 2016
Full
$25.00
Jon M. Huntsman Hall 3730 Walnut St, Room F60, Philadelphia PA 19104
Personal issues of being an entrepreneur Financing a business The business planning process Marketing mechanics of starting a business Regulations governing a business Environmental, health, and safety considerations when starting a business The workshop runs from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Following the workshop, we offer a one hour group consulting session with Wharton SBDC consultants to advise you on next steps and developing an action plan. If you would like to participate in the group consulting session, you must complete a Request for Counseling form to become a client of the Wharton SBDC after completing your workshop registration. If you do not wish to participate in the group consulting session, there is no need to complete the Request for Counseling.
Training event is full and there is not a waiting list.

The First Step of Starting Business

 Mar 1, 2016 9am - 12pm
 Mar 1, 2016
$20.00
200 Technology Center, Room 243, State College PA 16802-7000
This highly effective workshop helps entrepreneurs learn the steps necessary to start, manage, and grow their own business. Learn from Business Consultants About: what lifestyle requirements are required of business owners, how to assess the feasibility of your business idea, the legal and tax implications of owning a business, how to develop a business plan, how to compile a bank-ready financial package, how to market your product or service, the health and safety regulations that may apply to your business, why both a marketing and financial plan are needed, and where to find other resources that may help you succeed. Who Should Attend? entrepreneurs/people considering starting a business and existing business owners who want to check up on their operations. Fee: $20 visit our website to pay and register www.sbdc.psu.edu/seminars Directions: 200 Innovation Blvd, University Park From University Park campus: take Park Avenue west (past Beaver Stadium) toward Innovation Park; make slight right onto Innovation Park Exit A to stop sign (facing The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel). The Technology Center is the first building on your right.
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First Step: Starting A Small Business Ridgway

 Mar 2, 2016 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
 Mar 2, 2016 - 30 places remaining
$20.00
49 Ridgmont Drive, Ridgway PA 15853-9700
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.
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The First Step Seminar - Crawford County

 Mar 3, 2016 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
 Mar 3, 2016
$30.00
William Douglass Conference Center 764 Bessemer Street , Meadville PA 16335
This seminar is the First Step to starting a successful new venture- learn the steps necessary to start, manage, and grow your own business. Once you've completed First Step, contact our office to schedule a confidential business consultation with one of our consultants!
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First Step: Starting a Small Business- Hanover

 Mar 4, 2016 9am- 12pm
 Mar 4, 2016 - 20 places remaining
$10.00
Hanover Chamber of Commerce, 146 Carlisle Street, Hanover, PA, Hanover PA 17331
This workshop is intended to provide aspiring small business owners with an overview of many of the issues involved in planning and launching a new business venture. Topics include personal and lifestyle issues of the entrepreneur/business owner, the legal, financial and tax considerations of starting a small business, and the “how-to’s” of business registration, government regulations and compliance issues. Attendees will also be introduced to the steps of developing a sound business plan. Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will be invited to schedule a free, one-on-one consulting session with an SBDC Business Consultant.
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The First Step: Mechanics of Starting a Small Business

 Mar 4, 2016 7:30 am - 10:30 am
 Mar 4, 2016
$25.00
University of Pittsburgh, Mervis Hall, Pittsburgh PA 15260
Thinking of starting a small business? Begin exploring the size of your market and what marketing tools you'll need to attract customers, learn about business structures, access helpful resources, learn about available funding options, and understand what you need to formally establish your business.
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First Step: Starting A Small Business Clarion

 Mar 5, 2016 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
 Mar 5, 2016 - 30 places remaining
$20.00
Clarion University SBDC, Barnes Center, 330 North Point Drive Suite 100, Clarion PA 16214-3873
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.
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First Step: Starting a Small Business

 Mar 7, 2016 6:30pm -9:00pm
 Mar 7, 2016 - 19 places remaining
$25.00
Personal issues of being an entrepreneur Financing a business The business planning process Marketing mechanics of starting a business Regulations governing a business Environmental, health, and safety considerations when starting a business The workshop runs from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Following the workshop, we offer a one hour group consulting session with Wharton SBDC consultants to advise you on next steps and developing an action plan. If you would like to participate in the group consulting session, you must complete a Request for Counseling form to become a client of the Wharton SBDC after completing your workshop registration. If you do not wish to participate in the group consulting session, there is no need to complete the Request for Counseling.
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Fundamentals of Government Contracting (Exton, PA)

 Mar 8, 2016 10am to 12:30pm
 Mar 8, 2016
None
 Multi-session Course
Chester County Economic Development Council 737 Constitution Drive, Exton PA 19341
Presented by Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Thinking about selling your products or services to federal, state or local governments? Think it is too difficult? Southeast Pennsylvania Procurement Director, Clyde Stoltzfus, will debunk the myths and show you how to reap the benefits of this great opportunity – as tens of thousands of small businesses do NOW. The Federal government buys over $450 billion in goods and services every year and state/local governments buy billions more. Should you participate? Attend this seminar and learn if selling to the government is right for your business. We will discuss: *Preparedness *Required information/data *Registration mechanics *Special small business certifications *How the government buys *Finding opportunities *The ‘art’ of selling to Govt. buyers *Tips to win at bidding
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Tax and Bookkeeping Considerations

 Mar 8, 2016 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 Mar 8, 2016
$40.00
200 Technology Center, Room 243, State College PA 16802-7000
Why does a business owner need to understand accounting concepts and keep accurate records? Because it helps them monitor progress, understand computerized systems, prepare tax returns, and survive an audit. This workshop offers an introduction to: Basic accounting concepts and terms Accounting methods and systems Income and business taxes Business tax deductions Common financial statements Fee: visit our website to pay and register www.sbdc.psu.edu/seminars Directions: 200 Innovation Blvd, University Park From University Park campus: take Park Avenue west (past Beaver Stadium) toward Innovation Park; make slight right onto Innovation Park Exit A to stop sign (facing The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel). The Technology Center is the first building on your right.
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Can Your Hobbies and Skills Pay the Bills? (Honesdale) - for Displaced Workers

 Mar 9, 2016 9 to 11 a.m.
 Mar 9, 2016 - 20 places remaining
None
648 Park Street, Honesdale PA 18431-1471
This seminar is for displaced workers. All other interested persons should register for one of our other First Step seminars. This seminar provides participants with the information needed to start and operate a small business in Pennsylvania. Registrations, licenses, business structures, and business plan development will be covered, as well as what to expect in financing and expense and sales estimation. Held at the Stourbridge Business Incubator. Thanks to our partners Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance. *The registration fee for this First Step seminar is being waived as a result of the NE PA Defense Transition Partnership Initiative, under a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Community Economic Development and the Northeast Region Partners for Regional Economic Performance, with financial support from the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense. The content reflects the views of the Pennsylvania Department of Community Economic Development and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment.

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First Step: Starting A Small Business Kittanning

 Mar 9, 2016 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
 Mar 9, 2016 - 20 places remaining
$20.00
81 Glade Drive, Kittanning PA 16201-7140
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.
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The First Step Pre-Business Workshop

 Mar 9, 2016 9:30 am - 11:30 am
 Mar 9, 2016 - 25 places remaining
$25.00
225 Market Street, (CareerLink), Sunbury PA 17801
Have you dreamed of being your own boss for many years but don't know where to start? Do you ask questions like: "How do I turn my good idea into a successful business?" "What kind of forms and licenses do I need?" "Where can I find financing?" "Where is the best place to open my business?" "What is a business plan and how do I prepare one?" The first step to starting a successful new venture is to attend an SBDC The First Step Pre-Business Workshop where you will learn the answers to these questions. Location: Pre-registration required.
 First Step Mar9.2016.pdf - Mar 9, 2016 First Step Flyer (188 KB)

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The First Step Seminar - Erie County

 Mar 10, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 Mar 10, 2016
$30.00
900 State Street, Room 104, Erie PA 16501-1425
This is the First Step to starting a successful new venture- learn the steps necessary to start, manage, and grow your own business.
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Email Marketing for Success: Grow Your Business with Newsletters & Announcements

 Mar 11, 2016 9:00 am - 11:00 am
 Mar 10, 2016 - 26 places remaining
$35.00
Central PA Chamber of Commerce 30 Lawton Lane, Milton PA 17847
Join us and learn some great new strategies to help your email and social media efforts be more effective components of one of the core campaign types, newsletters and announcements. You will learn •The different types of newsletters •What to write about in your newsletter or announcement and how to consider using images. •Subject line best practices, and when to send your newsletter. •The importance of understanding how connected email and social media are - they have to be done together. •What types of additional tools might be useful. At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action – collections of marketing activities that help a small business or organization to achieve its goals and objectives. Newsletters and Announcements have become a core component of those campaign choices. Email is more important than ever – to the communication efforts of businesses and nonprofits everywhere; and to the customer, donor, client or supporter of those organizations. This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective.
 Email Marketing for Success.pdf - Email Marketing for Success 3.11.2016 flyer (173 KB)

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Financial Management for Business: DuBois

 Mar 11, 2016 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
 Mar 11, 2016 - 19 places remaining
$25.00
82 North Park Place, DuBois PA 15801-2416
Cash Accounting vs Accrual Accounting: Understand the differences, advantages/disadvantages of each. Accounts receivable and accounts payable and hands-on exercises. Understanding Financial Statements: Balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements.
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OSHA Compliance and Frequently Asked Questions: Oil City

 Mar 14, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
 Mar 14, 2016 - 2 places remaining
$20.00
395 Seneca Street, Oil City PA 16301-1311
If OSHA were to show up at your door today, would you be prepared for an inspection? Are you certain that you are doing everything possible to minimize workplace accidents and injuries? If you are unsure or answered ‘no’ to either of these questions, this seminar is for you! Speaker, Mark Harmon, will provide answers to your compliance questions and will discuss recent changes to OSHA’s recordkeeping rule. Topics to be covered include: OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule – What has changed? Help for Employers - How to comply, go beyond compliance, and improve your bottom line Compliance related - Frequently Asked Questions
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Monitoring and Analyzing Your Cash Position

 Mar 15, 2016 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 Mar 15, 2016
$40.00
200 Technology Center, Room 243, State College PA 16802-7000
Many businesses have ‘gone broke while making a profit.’ Why does this happen? Because profit doesn’t necessarily mean cash. In this workshop you will learn the difference between cash flow and profit, as well as how to: Assess and manage your cash flow Project your business’s short-term and long-term cash flow needs Analyze a cash flow statement Understand an accountant-prepared cash flow statement Fee: visit our website to pay and register www.sbdc.psu.edu/seminars Directions: 200 Innovation Blvd, University Park From University Park campus: take Park Avenue west (past Beaver Stadium) toward Innovation Park; make slight right onto Innovation Park Exit A to stop sign (facing The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel). The Technology Center is the first building on your right.
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The First Step

 Mar 15, 2016 6:00 p.m.
 Mar 15, 2016 - 10 places remaining
$15.00
85 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre PA 18701-1602
Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn't know where to start? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. Attendees will learn: Unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business How to assess the feasibility of their business idea Differences between business organization structures How to develop a business plan How to obtain financing The applications and licenses needed to start their company
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The First Step: How to Start and Finance a Business

 Mar 15, 2016 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 Mar 15, 2016
None
664 Pratt Drive, Eberly suite 108, IUP, Indiana PA 15705-0001
This workshop will help you to begin the process of successful business ownership. Topics include: Unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business, how to assess the feasibility of your business idea, differences between business organization structures, how to develop a business plan, how to obtain financing, how to market your product or service, applications and licenses needed to start your business.
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Third Step: Strategic Business Planning

 Mar 15, 2016 6:30pm -9:00pm
 Mar 15, 2016 - 36 places remaining
$225.00
 Multi-session Course
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street, Room F65 , Philadelphia PA 19104
This workshop is accelerated (5 sessions) and takes place on the following Tuesday evenings: 3/15/16, 3/22/16, 3/29/16, 4/5/16, 4/19/16 In this series, you will draft your Business Plan, describe your Financial Model, learn to improve your Business Model, and develop an Action Plan. In order to successfully complete your draft Business Plan, entrepreneurs must complete weekly assignments and submit drafts for a Business Plan Review following the series. In five sessions, you will: Session 1: Define your Value Proposition and Mission Statement Session 2: Refine your Value Proposition, draft your Sales Projections, and map your Industry Value Chain Session 3: Develop financial data, including your Reverse Income statement and Income (P&L) Statement Session 4: Develop Financing, Milestone, and Operations Plans Session 5: Participate in a Business Plan Exchange For those just starting out in business, the First Step: Starting a Small Business and the Second Step: Researching and Evaluating Your Business Idea are highly recommended as a prerequisite to this course.
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First Step: Starting A Small Business DuBois

 Mar 16, 2016 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
 Mar 16, 2016 - 30 places remaining
$20.00
2219 Bee Line Highway Fairfield Inn & Suites, Du Bois PA 15801-6319
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.
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First Step: Starting a Small Business- Carlisle

 Mar 16, 2016 9am - noon
 Mar 16, 2016 - 20 places remaining
$10.00
Techcelerator/Murata Business Center, 453 Lincoln Street, Carlisle PA 17013-1814
This workshop is intended to provide aspiring small business owners with an overview of many of the issues involved in planning and launching a new business venture. Topics include personal and lifestyle issues of the entrepreneur/business owner, the legal, financial and tax considerations of starting a small business, and the “how-to’s” of business registration, government regulations and compliance issues. Attendees will also be introduced to the steps of developing a sound business plan. Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will be invited to schedule a free, one-on-one consulting session with an SBDC Business Consultant.

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ServSafe Food Safety Certification Class and Exam

 Mar 16, 2016 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 Mar 11, 2016 - 26 places remaining
$179.00
320 Madison Avenue, Scranton PA 18510-
ServSafe, a nationally recognized certification program for safe food handling practices, meets Pennsylvania regulations and is accredited by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. Taught by Lisa Hall Zielinski, Director of The University of Scranton SBDC and a Certified ServSafe Instructor/Registered ServSafe Proctor, the training covers topics involving food-borne illnesses and health risks that commercial food service establishments must learn in order to provide safe food for customers; including sanitary facilities and equipment, personal hygiene, time and temperature control, and much more. The class also presents helpful small business information, not found in other ServSafe classes. In addition, a representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture visits the class to discuss regulations. Registration deadline: March 11.

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The First Step: Starting Your Business (Scranton)

 Mar 16, 2016 6 to 8 p.m.
 Mar 16, 2016 - 19 places remaining
$20.00
320 Madison Avenue, Scranton PA 18510-
Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn't know where to start? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. Attendees will learn: • Unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business • How to assess the feasibility of a business idea • Different types of business structure (sole proprietorship, LLC, etc.) • Business plan basics • Financing options and how to prepare • Basics of marketing a product or service • Applications and licenses needed to start a business This session held in Brennan Hall, 5th floor, Room 502, 320 Madison Avenue, Scranton, PA.

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Can Your Hobbies and Skills Pay the Bills (Scranton) for Displaced Workers

 Mar 17, 2016 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 Mar 17, 2016 - 20 places remaining
None
135 Franklin Avenue, Scranton PA 18503-1935
This seminar is for displaced workers. All other interested persons should register for one of our other First Step seminars. This seminar provides participants with the information needed to start and operate a small business in Pennsylvania. Registrations, licenses, business structures, and business plan development will be covered, as well as what to expect in financing and expense and sales estimation. Held at Lacakawanna County CareerLink, 135 Franklin Avenue, Scranton PA 18503 *The registration fee for this First Step seminar is being waived as a result of the NE PA Defense Transition Partnership Initiative, under a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Community Economic Development and the Northeast Region Partners for Regional Economic Performance, with financial support from the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense. The content reflects the views of the Pennsylvania Department of Community Economic Development and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment.

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First Step to Starting Your Business (Exton)

 Mar 17, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm
 Mar 17, 2016
None
Chester County Library 450 Exton Square Pkwy, Exton PA 19341-2458
This workshop covers a number of critical issues relevant to starting and operating a small business. Subjects include: legal issues, accounting issues, organization, and management. The workshop is designed for both entrepreneurs thinking about opening their first business and existing business owners looking for a “checkup”. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Small Business Assistance Center.
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Fundamentals of Government Marketing

 Mar 17, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 Mar 17, 2016 - 30 places remaining
None
1510 Cecil B Moore Ave., PHILADELPHIA PA 19121-3411
A 2.5 hour seminar which offers an overview of the fundamentals of government contracting. To include: an overview of the government arena, vendor requirements and obligations, types of procurement, marketing and success strategies. This seminar delivers basic fundamental steps and knowledge to get started in government contracting. Promptly 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
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Sell Successfully to the World on Etsy

 Mar 17, 2016 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 Mar 17, 2016
$40.00
200 Technology Center, State College PA 16802-7000
Learn all about selling on Etsy visit our website to pay and register www.sbdc.psu.edu/seminars Directions: 200 Innovation Blvd, University Park From University Park campus: take Park Avenue west (past Beaver Stadium) toward Innovation Park; make slight right onto Innovation Park Exit A to stop sign (facing The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel). The Technology Center is the first building on your right.
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Business Planning in a Nutshell "For Clients ONLY" (Exton)

 Mar 18, 2016 Noon to 1:30 pm
 Mar 18, 2016 - 14 places remaining
None
 Multi-session Course
Chester County Economic Development Council 737 Constitution Drive, Exton PA 19341
This is a free hands on "Business Planning" workshop for CLIENTS who need a little extra help developing their pitch, business plan and cash flow statement. If you have never developed a pitch, business plan or financial projection you won't want to miss this free workshop. This workshop will get you fast tracked on the road to success. During this workshop you will be developing your business model canvas, pitch, business plan outline and be introduced to basic financial templates with one-to-one help from SBDC consultants using the free business planning tools provided by the KU SBDC. Established businesses can benefit from the workshop by strategically looking at their operation and focusing on the most critical segments to make the business successful. All attendees of the workshop will also have the opportunity to complete a market research request form. Information on competitors, demographics, financial ratios, industry overviews and mapping resources can be accessed. The information is free for SBDC clients and is delivered in about 3 weeks from the time of submission. * You must be registered as a client in order to attend this workshop. Please visit http://www.kutztownsbdc.org/apply_consultation.asp to begin filling out your request for consulting form.
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The Second Step: Developing a Business Plan

 Mar 18, 2016 7:30 am - 10:30 am
 Mar 18, 2016
None
University of Pittsburgh, Mervis Hall, Pittsburgh PA 15260
Most financing options require a solid business plan. Learn all you need to know about operational and production planning, conducting market research, and creating financial spreadsheets to attract funding for your business.
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Veterans! Start or Expand Your Business: Clarion

 Mar 18, 2016 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
 Mar 18, 2016 - 24 places remaining
None
330 North Point Drive Suite 100, Clarion PA 16214-3873
If you are a Veteran who owns a business, or a Veteran who would like to start a business, join us for this informative workshop that will provide details on the regional resources that are available to help you start and operate your business. Topics to be covered include the following: Procurement Technical Assistance Center Services The Basics of Government Contracting Understanding the Veteran’s Verification Process The Veteran’s Initiative Program Veteran’s Advantage Loan Program SBA Resources for Veterans (Counseling, Contracting and Capital) Business Planning Resources Provided by the SBDC
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Business Planning in a Nutshell "For Clients ONLY" (Reading)

 Mar 23, 2016 5:30pm to 7pm
 Mar 23, 2016 - 15 places remaining
None
 Multi-session Course
Berks County Community Foundation 237 Court Street, Reading PA 19601
This is a free hands on "Business Planning" workshop for CLIENTS who need a little extra help developing their pitch, business plan and cash flow statement. If you have never developed a pitch, business plan or financial projection you won't want to miss this free workshop. This workshop will get you fast tracked on the road to success. During this workshop you will be developing your business model canvas, pitch, business plan outline and be introduced to basic financial templates with one-to-one help from SBDC consultants using the free business planning tools provided by the KU SBDC. Established businesses can benefit from the workshop by strategically looking at their operation and focusing on the most critical segments to make the business successful. All attendees of the workshop will also have the opportunity to complete a market research request form. Information on competitors, demographics, financial ratios, industry overviews and mapping resources can be accessed. The information is free for SBDC clients and is delivered in about 3 weeks from the time of submission. * You must be registered as a client in order to attend this workshop. Please visit http://www.kutztownsbdc.org/apply_consultation.asp to begin filling out your request for consulting form.
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Finding Government Contracting Opportunities (Pottstown, PA)

 Mar 23, 2016 4pm to 6pm
 Mar 23, 2016 - 34 places remaining
None
 Multi-session Course
Tri County Chamber of Commerce 152 East High Street, #360, Pottstown PA 19464
Every 20 seconds of each working day, the Federal Government awards a contract with an average value of nearly $500,000. If your company has registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) and you want to develop or refine skills for finding new opportunities, this seminar is for you. Learn How: • The classification of goods and services impacts market research • To perform market research using primary Federal procurement sites • To use procurement history and forecasts for market research
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First Step: Starting A Small Business Coudersport

 Mar 23, 2016 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
 Mar 23, 2016 - 30 places remaining
$20.00
5 Water Street Potter County Education Council, Coudersport PA 16915-1119
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.
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Quickbooks Basic

 Mar 23, 2016 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
 Mar 23, 2016 - 18 places remaining
$75.00
416 Market Street, DeWitt Building, 3rd Floor, Room 308, Lewisburg, PA 17837, Lewisburg PA 17837
Topics to be discussed: * System requirements *Choosing the appropriate version of Quickbooks *General navigation *Setting up your company *Chart of accounts *Opening balances *Setting up vendors and customers *Company preferences *Creating transactions like deposits, checks, transferring funds *Creating classes for detailed information *Reconciling your bank account * and more.
 Quickbooks Basic 3.23.2016.pdf - QB Basic 3.23.2016 Flyer (165 KB)

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Quickbooks Online Overview

 Mar 23, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
 Mar 23, 2016 - 19 places remaining
None
416 Market Street, DeWitt Building, 3rd Floor, Room 308, Lewisburg, PA 17837, Lewisburg PA 17837
Learn how daily tasks can be made easier with QuickBooks Online. * Collaboration made simple (Work securely online with your accountant or team simultaneously - from anywhere. QuickBooks Online syncs files easily in real time.) * No more back-ups (Work securely online from anywhere. QuickBooks Online works from any device, so you can manage your business on the go.) * Hands-free data entry. (Connect your bank accounts and QuickBooks Online downloads transactions automatically.) *Connect your Apps (Sync, link, and import data from apps you already use like Paypal, American Express, and Square.) * Track earnings and expenses (Transactions are categorized automatically, so you can quickly keep tabs on what your earn and spend. * Shrink paper piles (Take photos of receipts and use the QuickBooks mobile app to attach them to transactions in QuickBooks Online.)
 Quickbooks Overview 3.23.2016.pdf - QB Online Overview Flyer 3.23.2016 (165 KB)

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Social Media Training: How to Help Your Small Business Reach it's Big Potential (Kutztown, PA)

 Mar 23, 2016 6pm - 8pm
 Mar 23, 2016
None
Kutztown University McFarland Student Union Building, Room 324 15200 Kutztown Road, Kutztown PA 19530
Its an introductory social media training designed to help small businesses that are not familiar with, struggling with, or need a refresher on how social media can help their business reach its full, online potential.
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First Step to Starting Your Business (Kutztown, PA)

 Mar 24, 2016 3pm - 5pm
 Mar 24, 2016
None
Kutztown University McFarland Student Union Building, Room 250 15200 Kutztown Road, Kutztown PA 19530
This workshop covers a number of critical issues relevant to starting and operating a small business. Professional presenters include attorneys, insurance agents, accountants, financial specialists, zoning, and codes staff. The workshop is designed for both entrepreneurs thinking about opening their first business and existing business owners looking for a “checkup.”
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Get Your Business Online - Part 1 - Bethlehem

 Mar 24, 2016 2PM - 4PM
 Mar 23, 2016 - 74 places remaining
None
621 Taylor St, Bethlehem PA 18015-3117

Did you know that businesses with complete listings online are twice as likely to be considered reputable? Take advantage of the Lehigh SBDC's partnership with Google to put our businesses #onthemap!

This seminar is a 2 part series designed to get your business visible on the web, allow more potential customers to find you, and learn how to leverage free Google tools to maximize your online presence.

Part 1 will cover:
1) Getting your business listed in Google search and Google Maps 
2) Building a free webpage

Part 2 will cover:
  1) Using Google Alerts and Trends to understand your market
  2) Using Google Analytics to understand your website visitors

These will be interactive workshops - bring your laptop, business information, pictures, descriptions, etc. so we can get your business online together!

These FREE seminars will be held at Lehigh University's Rauch Business Center from 2PM - 4PM in Room 091. Parking is available in the Zoellner Arts Center parking garage next to Rauch on Packer Ave.

Space is limited and registration is required to attend.

Part 2 will be held March 31st from 2-4PM in the same location.

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Quickbooks Intermediate

 Mar 24, 2016 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
 Mar 24, 2016 - 19 places remaining
$75.00
416 Market Street, DeWitt Building, 3rd Floor, Room 308, Lewisburg, PA 17837, Lewisburg PA 17837
Topics to be discussed: Accounts payable & related transactions *Using credit cards properly in your company *Setting up items *Customizing your invoice *Creating invoices, sales receipts, and credit memo/refunds *Postponing payments and making deposits *Creating estimates * Working with inventory and more.
 Quickbooks Intermed 3.24.2016 new.pdf - QB Intermediate 3.24.2016 Flyer (166 KB)

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COSTARS: "It's Not Just Price"

 Mar 30, 2016 10:00 am - Noon
 Mar 30, 2016
Phone Registration Required
None
Union County Government Center 155 N. 15th St. , Lewisburg PA 17837
Register at EventRegistrationSEDA-COG
Do you want to… • Increase your business with reliable payers? • Sell to qualified local governments and non-profits, without the need for expensive public bidding procedures? • Compete based upon your company’s features & benefits – not just price? COSTARS, the Commonwealth’s Cooperative Purchasing Program, leverages the purchasing power of the state and our over 8150 members to generate competitive pricing while eliminating the need for the public bidding process. Speaker: Bruce Beardsley, Marketing Manager of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services COSTARS program will present information on: Program background, Program benefits, Bidding Opportunities, How to become a COSTARS supplier, State contracts & COSTARS contracts, Marketing tips and COSTARS website.
 Its Not Just Price.pdf - COSTARS March 2016 flyer (180 KB)



First Step: Starting A Small Business Smethport

 Mar 30, 2016 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
 Mar 30, 2016 - 30 places remaining
$20.00
PO Box 3366 415 West Main Street McKean County Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Smethport PA 16749-0666
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.
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The First Step: Pre-Business Planning Workshop

 Mar 30, 2016 5:00 pm - 8 :00 pm
 Mar 30, 2016 - 28 places remaining
None
117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto PA 15940-9704
Workshop covers the basic information needed to start a business, such as business and marketing plans, financing, types of business structures and rules and regulations.

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Get Your Business Online - Part 2 - Bethlehem

 Mar 31, 2016 2PM - 4PM
 Mar 30, 2016 - 74 places remaining
None
621 Taylor St, Bethlehem PA 18015-3117

Did you know that businesses with complete listings online are twice as likely to be considered reputable? Take advantage of the Lehigh SBDC's partnership with Google to put our businesses #onthemap!

This seminar is a 2 part series designed to get your business visible on the web, allow more potential customers to find you, and learn how to leverage free Google tools to maximize your online presence.

Part 1 will cover:
1) Getting your business listed in Google search and Google Maps
2) Building a free webpage

Part 2 will cover:
1) Using Google Alerts and Trends to understand your market
2) Using Google Analytics to understand your website visitors

These will be interactive workshops - bring your laptop, business information, pictures, descriptions, etc. so we can get your business online together!

These FREE seminars will be held at Lehigh University's Rauch Business Center from 2PM - 4PM in Room 091. Parking is available in the Zoellner Arts Center parking garage next to Rauch on Packer Ave.

Space is limited and registration is required to attend.

Part 1 will be held March 24th from 2-4PM in the same location.

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First Step: Starting A Small Business Clarion

 Apr 2, 2016 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
 Apr 2, 2016 - 30 places remaining
$20.00
Clarion University SBDC, Barnes Center, 330 North Point Drive Suite 100, Clarion PA 16214-3873
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.
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The First Step Pre-Business Workshop

 Apr 7, 2016 9:00 am - 11:00 am
 Apr 7, 2016 - 30 places remaining
$25.00
Selinsgrove Borough Office Community Room 1 N. High Street, Selinsgrove PA 17870-1548
Have you dreamed of being your own boss for many years but don't know where to start? Do you ask questions like: "How do I turn my good idea into a successful business?" "What kind of forms and licenses do I need?" "Where can I find financing?" "Where is the best place to open my business?" "What is a business plan and how do I prepare one?" The first step to starting a successful new venture is to attend an SBDC The First Step Pre-Business Workshop where you will learn the answers to these questions. Location: Pre-registration required.
 First Step Apr7.2016.pdf - First Step Flyer 4.7.2016 (211 KB)

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The First Step Seminar - Mercer County

 Apr 7, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 Apr 7, 2016
$30.00
Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce 182 Main Street , Greenville PA 16125
This seminar is the First Step to starting a successful new venture- learn the steps necessary to start, manage, and grow your own business. Once you've completed First Step, contact our office to schedule a confidential business consultation with one of our consultants!
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Writing Your Business Plan

 Apr 7, 2016 Noon - 2:00 pm
 Apr 7, 2016 - 20 places remaining
$25.00
Selinsgrove Borough Office Community Room 1 N. High Street, Selinsgrove PA 17870-1548
In this workshop you will learn the importance of having a business plan and how to prepare one.
 Writing Your Business Plan 4.7.2016.pdf - Business Plan Flyer 4.7.2016 (241 KB)

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SalesWorks- Carlisle

 Apr 11, 2016 9am- Noon
 Apr 11, 2016 - 30 places remaining
$20.00
Techcelerator/Murata Business Center, 453 Lincoln St., Carlisle PA 17013-1814
This seminar helps small and medium-sized businesses understand the sales process and improve their sales performance. What you will learn in this workshop... • Effectively develop and manage the sale process • Open and close the right doors • Target profitable clients • Sell more in less time • Build lasting relationships Presented by Mike Greene of Integrity Works Coaching. For over 20 years, Mike has been an exceptional sales and business leader with proven experience in business coaching and development, sales planning and execution, vertical and horizontal market expansion, while building strong and lasting relationships with clients, associates and partners. • He was able to grow sales by $1 million in less than four years, eventually leading him to the position of National Sales Leader. • He was also one of the first salespeople in franchise history to achieve sales exceeding $1 million. He achieved the million-dollar sales club membership for five years. • He was recognized nationally as a “Top Sales Performer” for 12 years. • As a sales and executive coach, he has worked with numerous business owners, sales professionals and executives in revenue growth, operational efficiencies, strategic planning, organizational development, communication,and various
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The First Step of Starting Business

 Apr 11, 2016 6pm - 7:30pm
 Apr 11, 2016
None
200 Technology Center, Room 243, State College PA 16802-7000
This highly effective workshop helps entrepreneurs learn the steps necessary to start, manage, and grow their own business. Learn from Business Consultants About: what lifestyle requirements are required of business owners, how to assess the feasibility of your business idea, the legal and tax implications of owning a business, how to develop a business plan, how to compile a bank-ready financial package, how to market your product or service, the health and safety regulations that may apply to your business, why both a marketing and financial plan are needed, and where to find other resources that may help you succeed. Who Should Attend? entrepreneurs/people considering starting a business and existing business owners who want to check up on their operations. Fee: $20 visit our website to pay and register www.sbdc.psu.edu/seminars Directions: 200 Innovation Blvd, University Park From University Park campus: take Park Avenue west (past Beaver Stadium) toward Innovation Park; make slight right onto Innovation Park Exit A to stop sign (facing The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel). The Technology Center is the first building on your right.
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The First Step: Pre-Business Planning Workshop

 Apr 12, 2016 9:00 am - Noon
 Apr 12, 2016 - 30 places remaining
None
160 Jari Dr., Johnstown PA 15904-6947
Workshop covers the basic information needed to start a business, such as business and marketing plans, financing, types of business structures and rules and regulations.
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First Step: Starting A Small Business Kittanning

 Apr 13, 2016 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
 Apr 13, 2016 - 20 places remaining
$20.00
81 Glade Drive, Kittanning PA 16201-7140
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.
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First Step: Starting a Small Business- Chambersburg

 Apr 13, 2016 9am- Noon
 Apr 13, 2016 - 20 places remaining
$10.00
Chambersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 100 Lincoln Way E., Chambersburg PA 17201-2291
This workshop is intended to provide aspiring small business owners with an overview of many of the issues involved in planning and launching a new business venture. Topics include personal and lifestyle issues of the entrepreneur/business owner, the legal, financial and tax considerations of starting a small business, and the “how-to’s” of business registration, government regulations and compliance issues. Attendees will also be introduced to the steps of developing a sound business plan. Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will be invited to schedule a free, one-on-one consulting session with an SBDC Business Consultant.
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The First Step

 Apr 13, 2016 6:00 p.m.
 Apr 13, 2016 - 10 places remaining
$15.00
85 South Main Street, WIlkes-Barre PA 18701-1602
Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn't know where to start? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. Attendees will learn: Unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business How to assess the feasibility of their business idea Differences between business organization structures How to develop a business plan How to obtain financing The applications and licenses needed to start their company
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Intellectual Property - Presented by the USPTO

 Apr 14, 2016 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 Apr 14, 2016 - 25 places remaining
$35.00
416 Market Street (SBDC Business Education Center, Room 308, 3rd Floor), Lewisburg PA 17837-1418
Join us and learn about intellectual property with a focus on patents. Topics to be discussed: •IP Overview – patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets •Provisional patents – what is a provisional application, fees, requirements and how to use a provisional application •Patent Application Process – what a patent is, what is its role, the process of filing an application and resources/tools that the USPTO offers •Searching for Prior Art – introduction as to where to search, the benefits of searching, and searching tools/strategies •Claim Drafting – brief introduction on drafting claims for a U.S. utility application
 Intellectual Property April 2016.pdf - Intellectual Property 4.14.2016 Flyer (120 KB)

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The First Step Seminar - Erie County

 Apr 14, 2016 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 Apr 14, 2016
$30.00
900 State Street, Room 104, Erie PA 16501-1425
This is the First Step to starting a successful new venture- learn the steps necessary to start, manage, and grow your own business.
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The First Step: Starting Your Business (Scranton)

 Apr 16, 2016 9 to 11 a.m.
 Apr 16, 2016 - 20 places remaining
$20.00
900 Mulberry Street, Scranton PA 18510-2407
Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn't know where to start? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options. Attendees will learn: • Unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business • How to assess the feasibility of a business idea • Different types of business structure (sole proprietorship, LLC, etc.) • Business plan basics • Financing options and how to prepare • Basics of marketing a product or service • Applications and licenses needed to start a business This session held in DeNaples Center, 4th floor, Room 405, 900 Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA.

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The First Step: How to Start and Finance a Business

 Apr 19, 2016 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 Apr 19, 2016
$15.00
664 Pratt Drive, Eberly suite 108, IUP, Indiana PA 15705-0001
This workshop will help you to begin the process of successful business ownership. Topics include: Unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business, how to assess the feasibility of your business idea, differences between business organization structures, how to develop a business plan, how to obtain financing, how to market your product or service, applications and licenses needed to start your business.
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Business Planning in a Nutshell "For Clients ONLY" (Reading)

 Apr 20, 2016 5:30pm to 7pm
 Apr 20, 2016 - 15 places remaining
None
 Multi-session Course
Berks County Community Foundation 237 Court Street, Reading PA 19601
This is a free hands on "Business Planning" workshop for CLIENTS who need a little extra help developing their pitch, business plan and cash flow statement. If you have never developed a pitch, business plan or financial projection you won't want to miss this free workshop. This workshop will get you fast tracked on the road to success. During this workshop you will be developing your business model canvas, pitch, business plan outline and be introduced to basic financial templates with one-to-one help from SBDC consultants using the free business planning tools provided by the KU SBDC. Established businesses can benefit from the workshop by strategically looking at their operation and focusing on the most critical segments to make the business successful. All attendees of the workshop will also have the opportunity to complete a market research request form. Information on competitors, demographics, financial ratios, industry overviews and mapping resources can be accessed. The information is free for SBDC clients and is delivered in about 3 weeks from the time of submission. * You must be registered as a client in order to attend this workshop. Please visit http://www.kutztownsbdc.org/apply_consultation.asp to begin filling out your request for consulting form.
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First Step to Starting Your Business (Exton, PA)

 Apr 20, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm
 Apr 20, 2016
None
Chester County Library 450 Exton Square Pkwy, Exton PA 19341-2458
This workshop covers a number of critical issues relevant to starting and operating a small business. Subjects include: legal issues, accounting issues, organization, and management. The workshop is designed for both entrepreneurs thinking about opening their first business and existing business owners looking for a “checkup”. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Small Business Assistance Center.
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First Step: Starting A Small Business DuBois

 Apr 20, 2016 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
 Apr 20, 2016 - 30 places remaining
$20.00
2219 Bee Line Highway Fairfield Inn & Suites, Du Bois PA 15801-6319
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.
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Fundamentals of Government Contracting (Reading, PA)

 Apr 20, 2016 10am to 12:30pm
 Apr 20, 2016
None
 Multi-session Course
Berks County Community Foundation 237 Court Street , Reading PA 19601
Presented by Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Thinking about selling your products or services to federal, state or local governments? Think it is too difficult? Southeast Pennsylvania Procurement Director, Clyde Stoltzfus, will debunk the myths and show you how to reap the benefits of this great opportunity – as tens of thousands of small businesses do NOW. The Federal government buys over $450 billion in goods and services every year and state/local governments buy billions more. Should you participate? Attend this seminar and learn if selling to the government is right for your business. We will discuss: *Preparedness *Required information/data *Registration mechanics *Special small business certifications *How the government buys *Finding opportunities *The ‘art’ of selling to Govt. buyers *Tips to win at bidding
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QuickBooks 2015 Level I: Coudersport

 Apr 21, 2016 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
 Apr 21, 2016 - 21 places remaining
$199.00
5 Water Street, Coudersport PA 16915-1119
If you've recently purchased QuickBooks or plan to in the near future we can help you learn the basics. Learn to create, use and maintain your books with ease. Keep track of your payables and receivables.
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The First Step Seminar - Warren County

 Apr 21, 2016 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 Apr 21, 2016
$30.00
Warren Public Library 205 Market Street, Warren PA 16365
This seminar is the First Step to starting a successful new venture- learn the steps necessary to start, manage, and grow your own business. Once you've completed First Step, contact our office to schedule a confidential business consultation with one of our consultants!
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Proposal Preparation & Submission

 Apr 26, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 Apr 26, 2016 - 35 places remaining
None
1510 Cecil B Moore Avenue Temple SBDC Office, PHILADELPHIA PA 19121-3411
A 2.5 hour seminar with 30 minutes for networking. This seminar is geared toward existing businesses. Attendees will learn how to respond to a Federal Government Request for Proposal (RFP). The workshop is designed for situations where the government issues a solicitation for qualified businesses to respond to a detailed Scope of Work. The workshop will assist attendees in creating documents from scratch to meet the RFP instructions. Promptly 10:00 am to 12:30 pm with 30 min networking
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First Step: Starting A Small Business Emporium

 Apr 27, 2016 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
 Apr 27, 2016 - 20 places remaining
$20.00
34 East Fourth Street, Emporium PA 15834-1412
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.
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The First Step: Pre-Business Planning Workshop

 Apr 27, 2016 5:00 pm - 8 :00 pm
 Apr 27, 2016 - 30 places remaining
None
117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto PA 15940-9704
Workshop covers the basic information needed to start a business, such as business and marketing plans, financing, types of business structures and rules and regulations.

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QuickBooks 2015 Level II: Coudersport

 Apr 28, 2016 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
 Apr 28, 2016 - 21 places remaining
$199.00
5 Water Street, Coudersport PA 16915-1119
Now that you're familiar with the basics, come and see what else this amazing accounting program can do for you. Learn how to run professional looking reports, personalized your forms, send letters through Microsoft Word, export to Excel and more.
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The First Step of Starting a Business

 May 3, 2016 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 May 3, 2016
None
200 Innovation Blvd, State College PA 16803-6602
This highly effective workshop helps entrepreneurs learn the steps necessary to start, manage, and grow their own business. Learn from Business Consultants About: What lifestyle requirements are required of business owners, How to assess the feasibility of your business idea, The legal and tax implications of owning a business, How to develop a business plan, How to compile a bank-ready financial package, How to market your product or service, The health and safety regulations that may apply to your business, Why both a marketing and financial plan are needed, and Where to find other resources that may help you succeed. Who Should Attend? Entrepreneurs/people considering starting a business and existing business owners who want to check up on their operations. Directions: 200 Innovation Blvd, University Park From University Park campus: take Park Avenue west (past Beaver Stadium) toward Innovation Park; make slight right onto Innovation Park Exit A to stop sign (facing The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel). The Technology Center is the first building on your right.
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First Step: Starting A Small Business Ridgway

 May 4, 2016 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
 May 4, 2016 - 30 places remaining
$20.00
49 Ridgmont Drive, Ridgway PA 15853-9700
The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan. Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools, and what to expect in financing your business.
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The First Step Seminar - Crawford County

 May 5, 2016 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
 May 5, 2016
$30.00
William Douglass Conference Center 764 Bessemer Street , Meadville PA 16335
This seminar is the First Step to starting a successful new venture- learn the steps necessary to start, manage, and grow your own business. Once you've completed First Step, contact our office to schedule a confidential business consultation with one of our consultants!
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First Step: Starting a Small Business- Carlisle

 May 6, 2016 9am - noon
 May 6, 2016 - 20 places remaining
$10.00
Techcelerator/Murata Business Center, 453 Lincoln Street, Carlisle PA 17013-1814
This workshop is intended to provide aspiring small business owners with an overview of many of the issues involved in planning and launching a new business venture. Topics include personal and lifestyle issues of the entrepreneur/business owner, the legal, financial and tax considerations of starting a small business, and the “how-to’s” of business registration, government regulations and compliance issues. Attendees will also be introduced to the steps of developing a sound business plan. Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will be invited to schedule a free, one-on-one consulting session with an SBDC Business Consultant.

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