SCORE Select - Attend Low-Cost Workshops and Free Seminars for Useful, Practical Small Business Information on a Variety of Important Business Topics

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2015 Season
Our free or low cost workshops and seminars provide useful, practical small business information on a variety of topics important to your business. We have a great many workshops and the schedule is always being updated so come back to our website for details.
Topics include the following and many others:
Business planning
eCommerce and Social Media
Financing a new business
Are you ready to be an entrepreneur
Networking
Becoming an Independent Consultant
Selling Skills
Buy/Sell a business
Etc.

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Simple Steps for Starting Your Business (New Cycle)
New Canaan Library   151 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06840
Workshop times -6:00 pm - 8:30pm

If you have any questions please contact SCORE Fairfield County at 203-831-0065 or by email at: score.fairfieldcounty@gmail.com
Want to start a business but do not know where to start? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from the SCORE Norwalk Chapter, will give you the boost to get you on your way!
Tuesday, February 17 - Self-Assessment/Business Plan
Tuesday, February 24 - Marketing Strategy & Research
Tuesday, March 3 - Marketing Execution
Tuesday, March 10- Financial Reporting & Planning
Tuesday, March 17 - Funding Sources/Conversation with Entrepreneurs

Seating is limited. Registration is required.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.
Making the Break from Employee to Consultant
Ferguson Library       96 Broad Street, Stamford, CT 06901
Monday, January 26, 2015   6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.    Check In at 5:30 p.m.

NOTE DUE TO SNOW STORM, THIS WORKSHOP POSTPONED. New date will be shown here when it is known.
Learn the 8 P's of consulting success: Prepare, Phantasize, Plan, Productize, Promote, Perform, Persist, re-Phantasize. This workshop will cover:

• Assessing if you are ready to be an independent consultant
• Describing your consulting practice
• Detailing key elements of a marketing plan
• Valuable tips from management consulting for those choosing to stay with corporate employment
How Financial Statements Help Run the Business Now and for the Future
Westport Public Library      20 Jesup Rd, Westport CT 06880
Tuesday,   February 3, 2015   6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   
Check In at 5:30 p.m.
Knowing how financial statements work can help you run your business better now and help you estimate the financial value of your growth strategy.
• The purposes and uses of the 3 major financial statements: the P&L, theBalance Sheet, and the Cash Flow Statement
• How the financial statements work together to help you better understand your business
• Some key financial ratios which illuminate your customers strengths and weaknesses
• How to build use financial statements to estimate the financial value of your growth strategy.
Preparing for Business Disruption and Disaster Recovery
Greenwich Library 101 West Putnam Avenue      Greenwich, CT   06830
Thursday, February 5, 2015      Noon – 2.00pm
Every business is at risk daily from systems down to major natural disruptions: the fire next door, the tree bringing down the power lines to another Sandy.
You will take away with you a 10 page “Business Continuity Plan”. You will learn how to:
• Identify and assess your risks
• Define your critical business functions
• IAssure Security and availability of data and information
• Assure continuity of supplies
• Establish your insurance needs
• Build a stronger Business Operations Plan
Setting Goals and Staying On Track
Ferguson Library      96 Broad Street      Stamford, CT 06901
Monday, February 9, 2015    6:00pm - 8:00pm    Check in at 5:30pm
It’s easy for small business people to feel overwhelmed by day-to-day events and frustrated by their inability to achieve consistent growth. But day-to-day events can be shaped by the business owner to a far greater extent than they think. The solution lies in a 3-step process:

1. Defining clear business goals – your sales and earnings targets
2. Creating clear action plan priorities – the pathways to goal achievement
3. Setting clear measurement milestones – the feedback required to stay on track
This workshop will give you pragmatic, straightforward tools for setting meaningful goals and increasing the odds of consistently achieving them.   You will learn:
• What is a goal and why goal setting is such a success driver.
• How to set business goals utilizing market analysis, business trends, and the “SMART” approach.
• How to cascade those goals through critical action plan priorities with clear outcomes, timing, accountabilities, and cost.
• How to “measure what matters” and set up monthly guideposts – Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). Specific suggestions will be made across the key business functions: Sales, Cost & Cash, Organization, Service, and Marketing.
• How to break down your critical functions into a repeatable project management process so that timing and accountabilities are clear.
• The key components of a Monthly Business Review.
The Myths and Realities of Starting a Nonprofit Organization
Darien Library   1441 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820
Tuesday, February 10, 2015      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | check-in starts at 5:30 pm
This workshop will explain the myths and realities on starting a nonprofit organization. The workshop will cover the legal requirements of filing for tax exempt status and will focus on the steps a new nonprofit can take to create a successful organization. You will learn:
• What are the federal and state requirements for creating a nonprofit organization
• How to get started in planning and launching a new nonprofit
• How to set up a basic administrative platform for your nonprofit
• Local resources available to help nonprofits
Business Law 101- Managing Legal Liability Risks
Greenwich Library    101 W. Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830
Thursday, February 12, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | check-in starts at 5:30 pm
Legal liability issues confront entrepreneurs at all stages of the business life cycle from inception to exit.   This workshop offers practical and timely guidelines relevant to business owners, managers, executives and investors on ways to manage legal liability risk.   You will learn about:
• Practical Legal Rules to control liabilities
• How Insurance can protect you or not protect you
• Using Contracts effectively to minimize liability
• Risks relating to employment of staff and contractors
• Business related torts including negligence, product liability and defamation
• When litigation or arbitration becomes necessary
Running a Successful Home-Based Business   A Panel Discussion with Q&A
Ferguson Library   96 Broad Street, Stamford, CT 06901
Monday, February 23, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | check-in starts at 5:30 pm
Learn from a panel of successful business owners how they overcame the 5 key challenges of running a home-based business. Our panel covers a range of businesses from a multi-million dollar construction company to a sole proprietor service LLC.   They will share with you how they handled the 5 major challenges:
• Image and Brand
• Zoning and other local regulations
• Infrastructure including IT and Communications
• Legal Issues
• Self-discipline and self-management
Websites for Small Business
Greenwich Library   101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830
Wednesday, February 25, 2015   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | check-in starts at 5:30 pm
This workshop will focus on the centerpiece of internet marketing efforts - the website. What makes a website work? What doesn't? In a visually rich and entertaining presentation, designer Jeff Seaver explores dozens of examples as we examine the inner workings of a successful interactive experience. This workshop will address domain naming, WordPress, do-it-yourself sites, usability, design and content. We will analyze what it takes to convert site visitors into leads and loyal customers. Topics that will be covered:
• What research tells us about visitor behavior
• What makes content compelling
• How to create or redesign a website for your business - what options are open to you
• Creating blogs
•   Designing websites to work on big and small screens
Optimizing Your Mobile Devices & PC
Westport Library 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880
Tuesday, March 3, 2015                6:00pm to 7:30pm
Check In starts at 5:30pm
As the lines between technology and lifestyle blur, the choices become limitless and overwhelming. What works for you? Does your business require a computer at a desk? Are you chauffeuring kids, running errands and need to answer emails throughout the day? This workshop explores. . .
• Email - How can "really important" emails be safeguarded?
• Mobile computing — Can a tablet or smartphone replace a laptop?
• Avoiding downtime — Is paid antivirus software "worth it"?
• Software alternatives — Are there solutions besides MS Office?
• Online research — Can free web browser add-ons improve research skills?
PrepareCT: Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster? Do You Have a Disaster Recovery Plan in Place?
Weston Library   56 Norfield Road Weston, CT 06883   
Thursday, March 19, 2015; 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm; check-in starts at 5:30 pm
The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC), in partnership with six leading business-related organizations statewide, has created a new program, PrepareCT. PrepareCT is a straightforward, effective program for creating a business disruption and disaster recovery plan. Hurricanes, flooding, blizzards, computer failures, fire-disruptions and disasters like these can wreak havoc on a small business. According to the federal Small Business Administration (SBA), 40-60% of small businesses can't survive a disaster that forces them to shut down for more than a few days. And, as a small business your ability to respond quickly and recover after an emergency is critical to ensure your success. This workshop will show you how to be better prepared for emergencies. Topics that will be covered are:
• Identify and assess your risks
• Define your critical business functions
• Assure security and availability of data and information
• Assure continuity of supplies
• Establish your insurance needs
• Build a stronger Business Operations Plan
You will leave with a user-friendly 10 page "Business Continuity Plan" workbook - digitally accessible for interactive planning.
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