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.


 
  
    

January

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Tax Planning
During this course, you will learn everything you need to know on what to take for business deductions (and which you can't), so you can minimize your taxes with the IRS! You will learn what to keep for your records in order to help keep you safe. During the course, we will cover auto expenses, meals & entertainment, business use of home, and many more, and the way to make sure you can do it correctly! We will also cover charitable deductions, sales taxes, and estimated tax payments, hiring your children, employing a spouse and providing insurance. Entity Selection. Business Records: Business records should be separate from non-business records. Documentation: Documentation is the key to being able to minimize your taxable income. Deductible Expenses: A deductible expense is any expense that is both ordinary and necessary. Non-business expenses – Charitable contributions (consider advertising). Auto Expenses: Deduction is based on mileage, this deduction may be disallowed without mileage records. Parking, tolls, and loan interest may also be deducted when using the standard mileage rate. Meals & Entertainment: Meals and entertainment are deductible if incurred while traveling on business or while entertaining a client, customer, or employee. Business Use of Home: Four tests must be met to qualify to deduct the business portion of home expenses. Home Office Deduction: Based on square footage. Estimated Tax Payments: Depending on entity choice, estimated tax payments might be required; Payments are due April 15, June 15, September 15 and January 15. Sales Taxes: Sales taxes are administered by the state. Payroll Taxes: Payroll taxes are administered by the federal government and the state; Payroll tax returns are required to be filed quarterly. Other Items to Consider: W-9 from vendors to issue 1099 forms, Retirement account options, Hiring your children, Employing a spouse and providing insurance, Mileage or expense tracking apps. About the Presenter: Merrill Taylor is a partner with Clark Taylor CPAs, and has been practicing for nearly 20 years.
Speaker: Bryce Hansen/Merrill Taylor
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This workshop will be covering marketing through Google AdWords and Facebook display ads. It will teach how to create and execute targeted online advertisements through Google Searches, Google Shopping and Facebook News Feed ads.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
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, January 26, 2017 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
IRS, Tax Commission, Workforce Services & Labor Commission will help small businesses with employees learn about withholding income for federal and state taxes, social security, workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, completing employment tax forms and depositing taxes. Join us to learn the ins and outs of paying and complying with employee tax requirements. In this power-packed workshop, you will get to hear from a tax CPA expert, as well as relevant federal and state agencies, all in one place: CPA firm (independent contractors versus employees) Utah State Tax Commission Utah Department of Workforce Services Utah Labor Commission U.S. Department of Labor Workers Compensation Fund of Utah After the workshop, you will come away with knowledge and confidence of how to navigate this complex area.
Speaker: IRS, Tax Commission, Work Force Services & Labor Commission - Introduction Matthias Miller
Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Get accounting or budget related advice for current or future business.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Learn what it takes to have health insurance for your employees and yourself. A health insurance professional will discuss what is available including Avenue H, the State of Utah's answer to the small business group insurance marketplace.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Come to get legal advice for your current or future business.
Monday, January 30, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, 6 sessions ending Monday, March 06
Topic: Managing a Business
This class is a self-paced workbook mostly with an introduction. The matrix is a strategy you don't know that solves some very serious problems. Rhonda Fletcher had a blessing years ago to know what to study in college and she had a dream with a microphone in front of her and a large group where she had nothing of value to say; so she studied formally, and then independently, memorizing textbooks with only 3 hours of sleep at night (diligently) to have something of value to say. In boiling down all that she studied, Rhonda came to see a remarkable fable of: a man without a heart, a man without a brain, a man without courage and a very mean person or the story of OZ. This matrix is about health, a matrix of incredible design. It's a map. It's all about math. The matrix has 4 columns and 6 rows; the 4 columns are represented by studies, such as: Mary Ainsworth, Thomas and Chess, Sternberg, Jerome Kagen, Edward Tronick. The 4 columns are 4 characters listed above which the White House was so interested in and wanted Rhonda to move to Florida to work with a puppet group and develop the matrix further for Michelle's obesity campaign. You may choose between what is being called ADHD or what is being called autism or weight management or depression. Pick one workbook for this class. Taking this class you will become 1)more able to see clearly, 2)have less stress compared to now, 3)see life with deeper meaning then ever before, and 4)will know how to solve the problem; the matrix works every time so far Rhonda recently told an interested therapist while running to a bus. Come to class with the one topic you want to work with and we'll go from there. I'd like to have fun with the class. The matrix - the applications are immense.
Speaker: Rhonda Fletcher
Fee: $ 54.00

February

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
The MicroBusiness Mentors, business basics program will give you individual coaching to understand what to do for a business plan, marketing, accounting, operations and more.
Thursday, February 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Entrepreneurial success begins with this short course on how to start a business. We will discuss business entry strategies, business planning, legal and regulatory requirements, forms of business ownership, sources of business financing, sources of business assistance and more.
Thursday, February 02, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 11 sessions ending Thursday, April 20
Topic: Managing a Business
Fast Trac—Growth Venture provides a practical, hands-on, and common sense approach to getting the skills you need to grow successful business ventures. Experienced business instructors and a variety of community experts (CPA’s, bankers, marketing experts, etc.) teach the course. Learn How To Use your financial statements Hire wisely Manage your risk Market more effectively Increase sales Manage and increase cash flows This entrepreneurial training is an 11-week course focused on solid business principles and strategies. It is designed for entrepreneurs who wish to start a new venture, overhaul and expand their business, or take their business in a new direction.
Speaker: Craig Isom and weekly guest speakers
Fee: $ 700.00
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
You will be introduced to basic accounting concepts, learn to navigate the QuickBooks program, create your own company data, process basic transactions, access essential reports and get answers to tax questions. If you can, bring your computer with QuickBooks software installed.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Come to learn your numbers as a business owner, how to find them, know what they’re telling you, and do smart tax planning.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
The MicroBusiness Mentors, business basics program will give you individual coaching to understand what to do for a business plan, marketing, accounting, operations and more.
Thursday, February 09, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
This class addresses the potential liabilities and tax considerations when choosing a legal structure for your business.
Speaker: Jim Herrin/David Larsen
Thursday, February 09, 2017 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Are you creating a business website, starting a blog, or designing your online portfolio? Or, are you working to improve upon what you've already got? Join us each month to learn and implement essential WordPress skills. Bring your laptop or tablet, and be prepared to get things done.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
Patents 101: Basics & Start-Up Tips 1) Patents: what they are and why obtain a patent 2) Types of patents (short trade secret discussion here) 3) Criteria to get a patent 4) Process & Timing 5) Practical Tips 6) Open questions
Speaker: Erik Ericksen/Bryce Hansen
Fee: $ 15.00
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
The MicroBusiness Mentors, business basics program will give you individual coaching to understand what to do for a business plan, marketing, accounting, operations and more.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This two-hour course covers the 7 hats you wear as a business owner and what you need to focus on within each one.