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  • Upcoming Webinars – July 2019


    Twitter Chat – How to Start and Grow a Business for Veteran Entrepreneurs
    Monday, July 1, 2019 from 3pm to 4pm EST

    SBA Contracting Small Business Certification Programs
    Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 11am to 12Noon EST
    Want a competitive advantage in federal government contracting? Consider one of SBA’s small business certifications. This webinar will provide a brief eligibility overview of WOSB (Woman Owned Small Business certification), HUBZone certification (for historically underutilized business locations) and the 8a Disadvantaged Business program.


    Make Your Marketing Work- Track the Correct Analytics 
    Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 1pm to 2pm EST

    How Business Credit Can Help Your Business Grow
    Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 3pm to 4pm EST
    Did you know your business has its own credit reports and scores? Do you know how to leverage yours for better terms with vendors, increased financing options, business opportunities and more? Are you familiar with the small business FICO score used to screen many SBA loan applications? If you didn’t answer “yes” to all these questions, join credit expert Gerri Detweiler, education director for Nav, as she explains how to build and use business credit to your advantage. You’ll learn: Which credit bureaus compile business credit reports and how they are used Business credit scores and the factors that help build strong scores Key ways business credit is different from personal Quick steps you can take now to build business credit (even if you have no business credit or poor personal credit) This program lasts approximately one hour, including time for questions and answers.


    Top 4 Considerations When Buying a Business
    Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 1pm to 2pm EST
    Buying a business is an exciting, but potentially confusing time for any entrepreneur.
    In this webinar, CEO of MyCorporation Deborah Sweeney will present key considerations when buying a business, including important legal aspects, marketing and growth considerations, as well as evaluating your progress as your business grows.
    Participants will learn how to:
    1. Protect your assets by forming a corporation or LLC - Benefits of corporations and LLCs - Differences between corp & LLC - Obtain proper business licenses & insurance
    2. Develop your brand - Determine brand positioning - Protect your brand with a trademark
    3. Understand the market and competition - What are your differentiating factors? - Focus on the market rather than the product or service - Evaluate your growth strategies
    4. Evaluate ROI on your investments and growth opportunities - How are you going to grow your business? - What are your marketing strategies? - Determine ROI for varying strategies (online marketing, sales team, print, traditional media, partnerships)

    A Small Business Guide to Intellectual Property
    Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 4pm to 5:30pm EST
    If you have an idea, product or service that you really believe in, you want to protect it. The Intellectual Property (IP) Basics Webinar is designed to give entrepreneurs, small business owners, and independent inventors the knowledge and tools needed to protect the most valuable asset and integrity of their business. This workshop will help you to better understand the different types of IP and how to protect them. At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: Obtain a clear understanding of what is intellectual property and do you need it Differentiate between patents, trade secrets, copyright protection, and trademarks Identify issues generally found in patents, trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks Obtain helpful resources for guidance If you do not invest time and resources to understand IP protection, opportunities and risks, it is difficult to achieve your business goals in the long run. Join us and let us help you get jump started on protecting your great idea, service, or product.



    Expert Tips to Keep Your Online Customers Excited and Engaged 
    Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 1pm to 2pm EST
    Surviving in online retail requires constant vigilance to keep your customers excited about your products and to be able to respond to the inevitable customer turnover. Keeping your site fresh and relevant, changing up products, building a customer community – these are all must-dos to survive in ecommerce. In this session you’ll hear from a seasoned ecommerce expert and head of marketing partnerships for Yahoo Small Business Dan Breeden, and learn how to:
    Obtain great, free feedback on your site and at trade conferences
    Make sure mobile users can navigate your site without hassle
    Take cues from brick and mortar stores on easy, economical refreshes
    Create a dynamic customer community that encourages repeat site visits
    Extend your product line to increase cart sales
    ‘Always be on’ for your customers for closer engagement



    Managing Export Operations and Compliance
    Friday, July 19, 2019 from 11:30am to 1:30pm EST
    In today’s complex export environment, regulatory compliance and traditional operational issues are inextricably linked. Even simple logistical or reporting mistakes may have repercussions that can lead to noncompliance. Companies that don’t take a holistic and systematic approach to all of these issues will leave themselves open to fines, customs seizures, delays, and possible enforcement action. This webinar will provide an overview of the U.S. export regulatory environment, including essential steps for compliance with export controls and sanctions laws. The webinar will also discuss other steps in the export operational process, including AES reporting, global trade classification, free trade agreement compliance, shipping terms, export documentation, and more. This nuts-and-bolts program will provide you with the essentials for ensuring compliance and help you to cut through the confusion that can sometimes impede export operations. Bring your questions! 

    Market Research
    You have a great product or service, but who are your customers and how can you reach them? Take SBA's FREE online course for an overview of how to identify your customers and how to market to them.
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    Blogs and Recorded Business Training Videos

    Encore Entrepreneurship for Women
    This introduction to business planning is directed to women over the age of 50 who are interested in pursuing a second career and launching their own business.


    Recorded webinars from SCORE: https://bit.ly/2flgwtc

    SBA Learning Center: https://www.sba.gov/learning-center