Entrepreneur & Small Business Workshop Series

We’re excited to welcome staff and volunteers from the Small Business Administration, SEED, SCORE, as well as multi-award winning author and entrepreneur Charlene Smith for four informative presentations for new entrepreneurs and small business owners this May and June. All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged.


 Start Your Own Business

Thursday, May 11 | 4:00 pm | Hermann Meeting Room

Learn about the many resources available to help you begin your business startup. Find information, advisors, assistance, as well as financial sources, to further your business ideas. Presented by the Small Business Administration.

Steps to Starting a Business

Thursday, June 1 | 4:00 pm | Hermann Meeting Room

Are you planning to start a business or are in the early stages of launching one? In this workshop, you will learn to: Develop your business ideas and planning; Consider your legal structure; Discuss choosing a name and entity; Learn how to obtain an employer identification number, licenses, permits and insurance. Leave the session with an A-to-Z overview of specific tools and tips that will help you get started quickly. Presented by the Small Business Administration and SCORE.

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Business Writing with Charlene Smith

Tuesday, June 13 | 5:00 – 7:30pm | Hermann Meeting Room

Join us for an interactive business writing session with Charlene Smith during our Entrepreneur & Small Business Workshop Series!
  • Innovative business cards
  • Basics of best business writing
  • Getting the job. Writing a persuasive business letter.
  • Using social media to grow your business.
  • Writing catalogs, brochures, copy writing for advertising.
  • Daring to approach journalists.

Presenter: Charlene Smith

Supplies needed: Please bring a laptop if able. Notebook paper and writing utensils will be provided for participants to use during the workshop. Floor outlets are also available for participants to charge their laptops or tablets.

Grow Your Business

Thursday, June 22 | 4:00 pm | Hermann Meeting Room

If you are looking to borrow money or raise capital to start or grow your business, attend this workshop. Gain insight on requirements to approach a lender or investor and be able to speak candidly and openly to funders. This workshop will give you the perspective of leading bankers, alternative financers, investors, and industry experts on sources and requirements for funding. Presented by the Small Business Administration.

Meet Our Speakers:

Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Its 320+ chapters hold events and workshops locally across the U.S. and its territories, and match up entrepreneurs with local, volunteer mentors.

SEED (South Eastern Economic Development) is a regional nonprofit economic development corporation, SEED Corporation focuses on job creation by financing all types of small businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. SEED makes loans ranging from a $1,000 Micro Loan to a $5.5 million SBA 504 Loan and also administers a small business technical assistance program.

Charlene Smith is a multi-award winning writer, editor, lecturer, and management consultant. An authorized biographer for Nelson Mandela she teaches writing in the USA, UK and South Africa. She has been profiled twice by Time magazine and every major news network in the world including CNN, CBS 60 Minutes, BBC, Le Monde, and many others. She has a Masters of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Arts (Advanced Narrative Non-Fiction) and lives in Massachusetts. A keen photographer she loves art, photography, cooking, and gardening.

 

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