As September approaches, various virtual small business events will be ready to help entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners gather insights, forge connections, and bolster their skills. These opportunities offer a gateway to enriching experiences, all at no cost. Since we live in an age of innovation and technology, these events promise to be valuable touchpoints for anyone seeking to navigate the business world. Let’s discuss some amazing small business events that you can attend this month.
Business Loan Readiness
September 5 – 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PDT
Join the “Business Loan Readiness” event hosted by the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center. Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting, preparing for a business loan application involves more than paperwork. The event, on September 5, 2023, will take place both online and at the Carnegie Cultural Center, located at 123 “D” Street, Upland, CA 91786.
During the 1 hour 30 minutes event, you will delve into the extensive checklist required for a business loan application, covering various documents, forms, and verification processes. Register here.
Digital Media Team of One
September 5 – 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CDT
The “Digital Media Team of One” event is brought to you by SBDC @ Harper College. This event is a compass to navigate the digital landscape for solo digital warriors and small teams juggling multiple tasks. Also, this event is your guide to a proven framework that underpins numerous successful marketing campaigns.
The event unfolds online on September 5, 2023, so you can join from the comfort of your workspace.
Get ready to dive into essential topics such as Scheduling, Creative Management, Measurement, and Analysis. These are the building blocks that will streamline your digital efforts and help you uncover what’s truly effective. Joe Skibbie, from JRS Mar/Com, is your guide through this insightful journey. Click here to reserve your spot.
Starting Your Business: What You Need to Know
September 7, 2:00 p.m. – September 28, 3:00 p.m. EDT
Are you considering starting your own business? If you or a family member live with a disability and are intrigued by the idea of entrepreneurship, this 4-part webinar series is tailored for you. Hosted by Farmingdale SBDC, this informative series will guide you through the essential steps of launching and growing a business.
Taking place from September 7 to September 28, this multi-day online event will provide you with valuable insights and knowledge to kick-start your entrepreneurial journey. The registration portal can be found here.
Each session will address a crucial aspect of setting up a successful business:
- Evaluating Best Business Practices (September 7, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT): Gain insights into different business formations, legal obligations, tax considerations, and employer responsibilities.
- Writing a Business Plan (September 14, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT): Learn why a well-structured business plan is essential and understand the key components that make it effective.
- Marketing Strategy (September 21, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT): Dive into the marketing world. Explore advertising, social media strategies, web presence, networking, and strategic alliances – all crucial tools for growing your venture.
- Financial Planning & Financial Best Practices (September 28, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT): Master the art of financial planning.
SBA Contracting: HUBZone Program
September 7, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. PDT
Join the insightful “SBA Contracting: HUBZone Program” event on September 7 from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. PDT. This online session highlights the significance of the HUBZone program for small businesses.
The HUBZone program focuses on fostering small business growth in historically underutilized zones. Businesses become eligible for set-aside contracts and a 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions by participating. Carrie Ellinwood, Deputy District Director, will lead the session. The SBA team aims to increase awareness of SBA programs and services across the Sacramento District’s 21-county region. Secure your eTicket here.
Analyzing and Managing Your Cash Flow
September 12, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. CDT
Discover the art of effective cash flow management at the “Analyzing and Managing Your Cash Flow” event scheduled for September 12 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. CDT. Angelo State University SBDC hosts this event as a valuable resource for business owners.
The event aims to empower you with the knowledge to optimize cash flow, ensuring a steady and balanced movement of funds within your business operations.
You will learn concepts like contribution margin, fixed and variable costs, and break-even points. Understanding the three core drivers – managing expenses, inventory, and accounts receivable – will provide a solid foundation for making informed business decisions rooted in financial understanding.
James Leavelle, Senior Certified Business Advisor at ASU SBDC, will guide you through this critical financial territory. With his expertise, you will gain practical insights and strategies to navigate cash flow intricacies effectively. Register for the webinar here.
These five free small business events provide knowledge and networking opportunities to people. Whether you’re seeking to refine your strategies, glean from seasoned experts, or broaden your horizons, these events offer resources to aid your entrepreneurial journey.