Events/Workshops

The SBDC offers a broad scope of courses for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Select your regional SBDC network center to find training opportunities in your area. Courses offered may include:


·   BizSmart: an online 8-week course for entrepreneur training. For more information on BizSmart, please      
    contact Len Erickson at len.erickson@dixie.edu or by calling 435-652-7752.

·   7-Habits for Small Business: This Franklin Covey training is a statewide SBDC offering designed to help
     managers and key employees improve so they experience less stress, lead better, and ultimately help their       
     business become more profitable. For details visit www.7HabitsManager.com or contact the program
     administrator, Alan Christensen, at 435-283-7372.

·   Start Smart: an introductory single session workshop designed to help entrepreneurs get prepared to start a
    business.

·   FastTrac New Venture: A course designed to teach pre-venture and startup business
     owners the procedures for starting and growing a successful business.

·   FastTrac Growth Venture: A course designed to help business owners learn strategies
     to grow and manage their business.


Below are the upcoming courses offered by centers throughout the state.


 
  
    
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The correct logo can make all the difference. Get help designing your product or company image -- especially your logo. Mark Ishii, a 15 year design professional will explain the key design considerations for your logo, marketing and branding.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The MicroBusiness Mentors 6-week, business basics program will give you individual coaching to understand what to do for a business plan, marketing, accounting, operations and more.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Entrepreneurial success begins with this short course on how to start a business. Topics covered include: evaluating your preparation for business ownership, analyzing your idea, business entry strategies, business planning, legal and regulatory requirements, forms of business ownership, sources of business financing, sources of business assistance and more.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The MicroBusiness Mentors 6-week, business basics program will give you individual coaching to understand what to do for a business plan, marketing, accounting, operations and more.
Monday, April 13, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Meet with one of Utah’s technology commercialization counselors one-on-one to gain insight and ideas on taking your technology to market. Should you be working to license-out your technology or building a start-up? Get a valuable, additional perspective as you move forward with your technology!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The MicroBusiness Mentors 6-week, business basics program will give you individual coaching to understand what to do for a business plan, marketing, accounting, operations and more.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Come to learn all the current and upcoming social media channels and discuss best practices and strategies for utilizing free services.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Entrepreneurial success happens with this two-hour course on how to run a successful business. Topics covered include: sales, financial projections, ownership, intellectual property, marketing strategies, business planning, legal and regulatory concerns, sources of business financing and more.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Representatives from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the World Trade Center will present and discuss the basics behind selecting foreign markets for your products, market entry strategies and funds available to your business.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The MicroBusiness Mentors 6-week, business basics program will give you individual coaching to understand what to do for a business plan, marketing, accounting, operations and more.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Help with understanding the Government Services Administration (GSA) Schedule and your business. Taught by Traci Grant with Logistics Specialty Inc (LSI)
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Legal and accounting advice for current or future business owners.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Learn what it takes to offer health insurance to your employees. Attend our Avenue H Clinic, the State of Utah's answer to the small business group insurance marketplace.

Start-up Assistance

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Business start-up information
Speaker: Jo McNurlan
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Interested in getting into a business of your own? This seminar can help you come up to speed on the essential elements to business success. Topics include rewards and drawbacks of business ownership, business start-up basics, success and failure and financing your business. Choosing a form of ownership options, legal business structure, sources of financing and other sources of assistance.
Speaker: Jim Herrin
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Business start-up information
Speaker: Jared Van Orden
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Interested in getting into a business of your own? This seminar can help you come up to speed on the essential elements to business success. Evaluating your Business Concept; The Lean Startup Method; Business Model Canvas; The Business Plan and Business Growth and other sources of business assistance.
Speaker: Jim Herrin

Business Accounting and Budget

Monday, April 20, 2015 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Tuesday, April 21
THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 20 AND TUESDAY, APRIL 21 AT THE FILLMORE CITY LIBRARY, 25 S 100 W IN FILLMORE. About The Workshop: This is practical stuff! Get ready for two down-to-earth days. You'll leave with a process to evaluate the performance of your business and a strategy to implement change. Along with other owners and managers, you’ll analyze actual business problems and situations. Together, you’ll find useful solutions in a stimulating exchange of ideas. Valuable Reference Material: The workshop includes a detailed manual and the case studies used in class. Additionally, all participants get access to online tools for applying the principles taught. The actual items covered are: Day 1: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW • Business Owner Roles, Responsibilities & Mngmt. Styles • The Seven Financial Reasons Businesses Fail • The Working Capital Cycle • The Financial Operating Cycle • Managing the Cycles More Efficiently MONITORING FINANCIAL POSITION • Understanding the Income Statement: Taking A New Look • The Balance Sheet: Understanding the “Forgotten Statement” • Using Ratios to Measure Efficiency & Plan For Greater Success • Case Study & Practical Application CAUSE/EFFECT: ROAD MAP TO A BIGGER BOTTOM LINE • Using Financial Ratios to Measure Efficiency • Identifying Financial Distress • Seeing the Symptom • Identifying the Cause of the Problem • Prescribing a Cure • Improving Cash Flow, Profitability, & Operational Efficiencies PROFIT PLANNING AND CASH FLOW ANALYSIS • Developing a Profit Plan & a Cash Budget • Identifying Key Patterns of Cash Flow Day 2: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM PROFIT PLANNING - CASH FLOW ANALYSIS – cont. • Developing Seasonal Cash Budgets • Cash Forecasting as a Management Tool • Funding Seasonal & Long-Term Growth PLANNING AND MANAGING LONG-TERM GROWTH • The Role of the Balance Sheet: Forecasting Capital Needs • Financial Leverage & Debt Structure • The Cost of Growth: Paying Your Bills & Managing Risk • Planning for Successful Growth • Case Study & Practical Application INCOME STATEMENT: BREAK-EVEN ANALYSIS • Managing the Income Statement From the Bottom Up • Understanding Cost Behavior: Fixed/Variable Cost Patterns • Contribution Margin: Planning for Profits • Applying Break-Even In Your Own Business • Application of Break-Even: Cost/Benefit Analysis • Case Study & Practical Application DEALING WITH BANKS AND FUNDING SOURCES • Understanding the Loan Approval Process • What Bankers Look for in a Loan Request • Putting the Package Together • Summary, Conclusions, and Evaluations WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Business Owners, Key Managers, Entrepreneurs, Business Advisers, Lenders, CPAs (CEU credits are available) and others whose decisions have an impact on your company’s financial performance. The Profit Mastery Program is designed to enhance the financial management skills of all business people.
Speaker: Instructor is Ryan Murray, Certified Profit Mastery Instructor

Tax Planning

Thursday, April 16, 2015 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
IRS, Tax Commission, Workforce Services and Labor Commission will help small businesses with employees learn about withholding income for federal and state taxes, social security, workers compensation insurance, unemployment compensation, completing employment tax forms, depositing taxes and implement health plans.
Speaker: IRS, Tax Commission, Work Force Services and Labor Commission

Marketing and Sales

Thursday, April 16, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Creating Your Online Brand will introduce you to branding beyond the logo; and cover Simple PR and Marketing Principles; Impression Management; Understanding Social Media; Online Platform Training; Creating a Social Media Presence.
Speaker: Jonathan Holiman, SUU Lecturer of Communication
Fee: $ 15.00
Thursday, April 23, 2015 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Once you've created your online brand, Brand Networking will cover: Creating a PLN (personal learning network); Networking Your Social Media Presence; Connecting Your Social Media Platforms/ Simple Cross-Channel Tips; Creating Value for Your Customer. Learn to engage your customers, create brand awareness, use social media to increase your bottom line.
Speaker: Jonathan Holiman, SUU Lecturer of Communication
Fee: $ 15.00