Business Course Descriptions

8(a) 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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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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