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.


 
  
    

February

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Financing
The Number One reason businesses fail is that they run out of money (even when profitable)! Come learn what most small business owners do not know to help avoid the ruin of your company. 1. Why you have so little cash when your income statement shows a good profit. 2. Why you can be profitable but still go bankrupt. 3. Why your primary focus needs to be on maximizing cash flow, not on profits. 4. How to use simple tools to maximize your cash flow. 5. Where to find cash in your company. 6. How to use your financial statements to manage cash. 7. How to use debt as a tool and not a crutch. About the Instructor: Jim Herrin, Director Salt Lake Region SBDC Over 20 years of small business finance experience Adjunct professor of finance at Webster University, Hill AFB “... one of the earliest lessons I learned in business was that balance sheets and income statements are fiction, cash flow is reality.” - Chris Chocola
Speaker: Jim Herrin
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
This class will teach you how to use the internet to generate More Leads, More Customers and More Money for your business.

March

Wednesday, March 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, March 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.
Friday, March 03, 2017 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
Phase I- Validation & Opportunity Identification Wondering if your product or service is a good idea? Phase I Validation takes you through a step-by-step process to validate whether your idea is a good idea and in line with the needs of the market before you spend a dime on development. Designed to help entrepreneurs avoid many of the common pitfalls when developing a product or service.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
The Digital Marketing Hack Series: Using Content and Social Media to Drive Qualified Customers to Your Website. Just about everything we do online is centered around content. It's the reason we are constantly checking social media and our favorite publications. We expect fresh (and quality) content everywhere we go. If a website doesn't have it, we go somewhere else. This trend has created a "self-educating" era. In a world where information is instant, consumers don't want to call to pricing or fill out a form to see a demo of your product. In this two-hour workshop, you will learn how you can create content that attracts qualified buyers and does the selling for you without having to spend much money. You'll also learn how to use social media networks organically to find new potential customers who are already interested in what your product/service offers. Below are some items you can expect to learn during the workshop: • How to use Twitter & Facebook to find customers who are ready to buy without having to spend money on ads. • Effective tools to help put your social media growth on auto-pilot. • The recipe for creating content that customers care about. • Tools and resources you can use to assist in your content ideation/creation. • Creating evergreen content that ranks well in search and converts readers to buyers. • Hacking online communities like Quora to find new customers. Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am Check-in and food: 7:30 am Workshop: 8:00 am Close: 10:00 am
Speaker: Brandon Hassler/Bryce Hansen/Peter Callister
Fee: $ 30.00
Wednesday, March 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, March 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, March 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, March 09, 2017 5:00 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.
Thursday, March 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 11 sessions ending Thursday, May 25
Topic: Business Basics
This class will be held at Snow College, 200 S 800 W in Richfield. Class will begin on Thursday, March 9, and will meet each Thursday from 6:00-9:00 PM for 11-12 weeks. This 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 Director of the Small Business Development Center at Snow College.,
Fee: $ 645.00
Thursday, March 09, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
These workshops will help business owners understand and comply with federal/state statutes and reporting requirements. The course compares the pros and cons between LLCs and S Corporations. If you are deciding between these two types of business entities, you will not want to miss this workshop! The objective of the workshop is to create an awareness of the various business & tax options available through a Limited Liability Company structure, so that participants can make an informed choice on how to form and use a Limited Liability Company to their best advantage. We will cover the need-to-know data about LLCs and Corporations: 1. Formation of an LLC in Utah, 2. Advantages of the LLC structure, 3. Various tax reporting options for an LLC, including reporting as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or S corporation. 4. We'll also cover the advantages and disadvantages of each and when best to use each option.
Speaker: Bryce Hansen/Peter Callister/Richard Tomlinson
Fee: $ 10.00
Friday, March 10, 2017 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
Tired of writing lengthy business plans? So are we! Phase II is designed to help entrepreneurs identify the nine key components of their business and how they all work together to create a solid operational foundation. This class will help you address your market, understand what is required to make your business function, and develop financial models to ensure sustainability.
Wednesday, March 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, March 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.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 8:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
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, 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 and Labor Commision
Friday, March 17, 2017 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Friday, March 31
Topic: Marketing and Sales
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 - March 17: 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 24: 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 - March 31: 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 transitional 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: $ 97.00
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
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. Evaluating your Business Concept; The Lean Start-up Method; Business Model Canvas; The Business Plan and Business Growth and other sources of business assistance. Starting Your Business 101 If you’re entertaining the idea of starting your own business, your FIRST STEP is to attend the free Salt Lake SBDC Starting Your Business 101 workshop. In this 2 hour workshop you will learn, not only the basics from a business expert that has decades of experience, but you’ll also learn about: • How to start your business with very little funding • How to create a business plan • How to create a strong presentation about your business • Where to find funding • Other important trainings • Free one-on-one business counseling
Wednesday, March 22, 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, March 23, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Get accounting or budget related advice for current or future business.
Thursday, March 23, 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, March 23, 2017 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Come to get legal advice for your current or future business.