Business Course Descriptions

All classes will take place at the Peachtree-Dunwoody Center unless otherwise noted.

504 Re-Finance Loan Program Workshop

The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, as temporarily amended in fall 2011, allows small businesses to refinance eligible fixed assets, i.e., real estate, under its 504 loan program. This program provides small businesses the opportunity to lock in long-term, stable financing and finance eligible business expenses.

If you are an established small business owner with a commercial mortgage older than 24 months AND occupy at least 51% of the building being refinanced, then you are encouraged to attend this workshop. The temporary 504 loan refinance program is not intended for businesses less than 2 years old. The refinance program is scheduled to expire on September 27, 2012, so if you are considering refinancing, you should begin the process now.

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8(a)BD Certification: Step-by-Step

The 8(a) and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) programs are part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s efforts to promote equal access for socially and economically disadvantaged individuals including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, subcontinent Asian Americans and women business owners. 8(a) or SDB certification provides an opportunity for success in the business sector of the nation’s economy. This workshop is designed for established businesses and provides an overview of the 8(a) and SDB programs with explanations of eligibility requirements and detailed examples of the application and exhibits.

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Certifications as a Marketing Strategy

The world of procurement can be overwhelming and very confusing. This workshop will try to decode the certification alphabet soup and provide small business owners with an overview of the major public and private sector programs.

Included is an overview of the National Minority Supplier Development Council MBE Program, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council WBE Program, the GSA Schedule Contract, the Department of Transportation DBE Program, HubZone, Veteran Owned Small Business Program, and the new Woman Owned Small Business Program (also called the 8(m) program). The program is intended to provide basic contracting information, strategic marketing recommendations and additional information for local resources.

This program will benefit small business owners new to public and private certifications as well as those aspiring to become certified.

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Doing Business with the Government

If your company has the capability, competency, credit, integrity, perseverance and tenacity to perform a specific government contract, then consider doing business with the federal government. The federal government is the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the United States. This workshop will cover registration, certification, small business goaling, and next steps.

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Making Your Business Loan Ready

One of the keys to a successful business expansion is your ability to obtain and secure appropriate financing. To be successful in obtaining a loan, you must be informed, prepared, and organized. This workshop will cover the loan program eligibility requirements and credit criteria to accommodate a wide range of financing needs.

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Marketing Your Small Business

Successful, high-impact marketing relies less on money and more on knowing how to use time, energy and imagination. Increase sales and profits with unique and effective marketing strategies designed especially for small businesses. Attend this seminar and learn how to position yourself in the marketplace, write an effective marketing plan, get customers in the door, make the sale, and keep them coming back – without spending a small fortune!

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SBA Business Loan Requirements

One of the keys to a successful business start-up and expansion is the ability to obtain and secure appropriate financing. This class will provide pertinent information on the types of SBA loans including 7(a) and 504 loans, how to write the loan proposal, documentation requirements, and the loan review process. An overview will be provided on sources and uses of funds, terms and conditions, fees associated with loans, credit reports, and shopping your loan.

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Starting a Business

Attending this program is a critical first step to starting your own business. Topics include traits of successful entrepreneurs, market research, legal structures for your business, estimating start-up costs and cash flow projection, financing alternatives, failure factors, and business planning. Since lack of planning is one of the top reasons new businesses fail, attending this program led by an experienced business professional will be one of the most important decisions you make prior to opening your business. A detailed business start-up workbook and other handouts are provided.

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Writing an Effective Business Plan

Starting a business without a plan is like going on a road trip without a map. A business plan helps you start, build, and manage your business. Learn why a business plan is critical to your success, especially if you plan to apply for a loan to finance your business. Topics include: the sections of a business plan, what information is required for each section and the general format, balance sheet, income and financial projections, capital equipment list, and sources of capital.

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SBDC GrowSmart

SBDC GrowSmart is a dynamic program for owners and senior managers of growing businesses. The program is designed for leaders of companies with:

  • at least 2 years of successful operation
  • annual revenues of $300,000 or more
  • the opportunity and desire to grow

GrowSmart recognizes the need for flexibility and agility in today’s rapidly changing environment. Using a one-page strategy map designed specially for this program, participants identify their company’s goals and the strategies to achieve them.

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