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 03, 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.
Monday, March 09, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Meet with one of Utah’s technology commercialization counselors 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!
Tuesday, March 17, 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.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ready to make your first million on that wonderful family-secret brownie mix? Before you invest, know the steps for success! Dr. Karin Allen, Extension Specialist for Food Quality & Entrepreneurship for the State of Utah, will give an overview of cottage food regulations and expectations, resources for business help and directions to traverse the maze of regulations necessary in order to market your product.
Thursday, March 26, 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.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Legal and accounting advice for current or future business owners.
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.

Start-up Assistance

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Business start-up information
Speaker: Jo McNurlan
Wednesday, March 11, 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. Topics include rewards, drawbacks of business ownership, business entry strategies, legal and regulatory compliance and business planning. Choosing a form of business ownership, debt and equity financing, and sources of business assistance.
Speaker: Jim Herrin
Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Business start-up information
Speaker: Jared Van Orden
Wednesday, March 25, 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, drawbacks of business ownership, business entry strategies, legal and regulatory compliance and business planning. Choosing a form of business ownership, debt and equity financing, and sources of business assistance.
Speaker: Jim Herrin

Business Basics

Thursday, March 05, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 11 sessions ending Thursday, May 14
This class will be held at Snow College, 200 S 800 W in Richfield. Class will begin on Thursday, March 5, 2015 and will meet each Thursday from 6:00-9:00 PM through May 14, 2015. This 11-week nationally renowned training program is facilitated by a certified FastTrac® instructor with assistance from expert guest presenters. The program will help you... • Analyze the Market and Identify Needs • Develop an Actionable Business Plan • Capitalize on Opportunities • Increase Profitability See details below about financial assistance with registration fee!
Speaker: Instructor: Keith Church, Assistant SBDC Director and Custom Fit Coordinator
Fee: $ 645.00

Business Accounting and Budget

Saturday, March 07, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
NOTE - Class location is Southwest Applied Technology College @ 510 West 800 South, Cedar City Develop a working knowledge of today’s most widely used accounting software with practical, hands-on, and skills-based training. Level 1 topics - Setting Up QuickBooks: Setting up your Quickbooks file; Chart of Accounts (the difference between "accounts" in Quickbooks and "accounts" everywhere else); Items and Item Lists; Customers and Vendors (Invoices, Purchase Orders, Paying Bills); Employees; Refunds and Credits; Transaction Types (cash, check, or card)
Speaker: Ben Linford, Instructor, Business Technology Southwest Applied Technology College
Fee: $ 50.00
Saturday, March 21, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
NOTE - Class location is Southwest Applied Technology College @ 510 West 800 South, Cedar City Develop a working knowledge of today’s most widely used accounting software with practical, hands-on, and skills-based training. QuickBooks Level 2 will cover Efficient Use: Inventory; Receiving Money & Deposits; A brief introduction to taxes in QuickBooks; Other lists and items (such as fixed assets); Reconciliation; Memorizing Transactions; Reports
Speaker: Ben Linford, Instructor, Business Technology Southwest Applied Technology College
Fee: $ 50.00

Tax Planning

Thursday, March 12, 2015 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
These workshops help business owners understand and comply with federal and state statutes reporting requirements.
Speaker: Richard Tomlinson
Thursday, March 19, 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
Thursday, March 26, 2015 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
This class addresses the potential liabilities and tax considerations when choosing a legal structure for your business and the five most common business entities.
Speaker: David Larsen

Marketing and Sales

Friday, March 13, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Friday, May 08
Salt Lake SBDC’s “Marketing Impossible” - PRICE REDUCED 35% - $97 for all three 3-hour sessions!! Likely the most valuable Marketing Training you will ever receive! Session 1 - February 27: Suspects - How to attract the right kind of customers A “suspect” is anyone who could or should buy from you but does not know anything about you. They are in your trading area, but they do not know about the products or services you offer. During this session you will learn how to get their attention and persuade them to “raise their hands” and become either a prospect or customer. Session 2 - March 13: Prospects - How to turn prospects into customers easily A “prospect” is someone who knows something about you but hasn’t purchased from you. At least, not yet. In this session we will focus on your converting prospects into customers. Session 3 - April 10: Customers - How to keep customers buying from you for life This is the most important session of all because we talk about your valuable market: customers. During this session, you will discover ways you can stay close to your customers. We will talk about relational versus transactional marketing; why customers really leave; how can you prevent them from going to the competition or worse, buying on-line instead of buying from you.
Speaker: Peter Brooks
Fee: $ 150.00

Government Contracting

Thursday, March 05, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Small businesses that are owned by women and minorities that provide professional services, construction and supplies can apply for a free certification under the SBA 8(a), HUBZone and other specialized program certifications. Federal, State and local public agencies across the US seek out firms certified for federally funded projects with these certification set-asides. If you are interested in learning about free certifications that can help your small business gain a competitive advantage in finding and securing government contracting opportunities, please plan to attend this workshop. There is no charge to attend. This year’s workshop will cover the following topics – • Which Federal Agencies use my products or services? How to market to these agencies? • What certifications and set-asides are available through the SBA 8(a) program? • How do I generate business in the State of Utah and surrounding states? • What types of business documents do I need to apply for certification? • How to do business with the National Park Service
Speaker: Joni Anderson, SBDC/PTAC; Nancy Byerly, SBA; Melinda Flatray, National Park Service