May 15 to 18 - Jump Start Your Business - Free Workshops in Seattle

Jump  Start Your Business – May 15 to 18, 2012

FREE Workshops

SBA Education and Training Center
Fourth and Battery Building
2401 4th Avenue, Suite 450
Seattle, WA  98121

Jump Start Your Business is a series of workshops designed to help start-up and existing small business s owners improve the bottom line.  Take advantage of the expertise shared by savvy business professionals and small business owners who will teach on a wide variety of topics.


Pre-register online today! 

Tuesday, May 15

Launch Your Business Part 1 – How to Get Started — 8:30 am to 9:30 am
Ideas...options…how to get started.  Improve your chances of success with good planning and preparation.
Presenter:  Ed Molzan, Greater Seattle SCORE

Launch Your Business Part 2 – Dollars and Sense — 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about funds needed to open a business, contingency and reserves, working capital, major start-up expenses (permits, inventory, etc.), expense estimates, and break-even analysis.  
Presenter:  Ed Molzan, Greater Seattle SCORE

SBA Resources — 11:30pm to Noon

Build & Market Your Service Business - Sell the Intangible — 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
You know your services are valuable but how do you convince everyone else?  Learn how to put a price on what your service is worth (by the hour or on a project basis) and identify your potential customers.
Presenter:  Whitney Keyes, Whitney Keyes Productions

Public Relations - How to Get Noticed — 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Using public relations in your communications mix is a very effective small business marketing tool. Learn how to boost your brand and increase awareness of your products and services by leveraging the power of the media. Participants will gain insights about what is considered newsworthy, about proper formatting guidelines for submitting a press release, and the best methods for ensuring news coverage.
Presenter:  Dennis Noland, Shiftpoint Strategies


Wednesday, May 16

Give Your Elevator Speech a Lift! — 10:00 am to 11:00 am
“What do you do?”  An answer to those four words represents a golden opportunity for you to market yourself and your business to a potential client.  In most cases you have just a few seconds – about as long as it takes for an elevator to travel from the lobby to the penthouse – to get your message across and engage your listener’s interest.   Learn a unique step-by-step process for creating a winning elevator speech that will explain what you do – in thirty seconds or less – and give you a compelling and time efficient marketing tool for generating new business.
Presenter:  Lorraine Howell, Media Skills Training

SBA Resources — 11:30pm to Noon

How to Use Intellectual Property to Grow Your Small Business — 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Whether you sell furniture,  t-shirts, or design web sites, some of your most valuable assets may be in the intellectual property you own or can own in the form of trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets.  Like other assets of your business, if you do not properly protect or develop your intellectual property, your business loses money.  Join Priya Sinha Cloutier, a registered Patent Attorney, at an informative workshop to learn how to protect and develop your intellectual property.
Presenter:  Priya Sinha Cloutier, Patent Attorney

Protecting Your Privacy Online — 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
A quick review of passwords, network stuff, safe Social Networking, Phishing and online scams.  This workshop is geared to help business owners understand software technologies. 
Presented by Sven Moglgaard, Byte Slaves


Thursday, May 17            

Cash Reigns Supreme - Financial Management for Entrepreneurs —8:30 am to 11:30 am
This workshop is designed for small business owners interested in growth and success.  You will learn how to organize, understand, and use financial information to make important decisions.  Hands-on training covers budgets, balance sheets, profit & loss statements and cash flow statements.  Business owners will learn specific, down to earth information they can apply to their company’s daily operations.  Find out how to pick the right accountant and banker for your company. 
Presenter:  National Development Council

SBA Resources — 11:30pm to Noon

Find Cash for Your Business:  Panel Discussion —1 pm to 2 pm
Get realistic about your financing options and learn what lenders are looking for.  Hear about traditional and alternative forms of financing.  Find out where to go when the bank says “no.”
Presenter:  Mark Costello, U.S. Small Business Administration

Business Trends for the Post Recession Recovery — 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
What are the business trends in the post-recession recovery?  Find out how businesses can successfully leverage those trends and increase the value of technology, where to look for current trends and what to do with them when you find them, and three keys for the successful business of the future.
Presenter:  Steve Burke, Small Business Development Center

Friday, May 18         

How to Hire the Right Person —10 am to 11 am
What are the critical steps you must take and questions you must answer in order to hire the right person for your company?  Learn how to read a resume, spot the danger signs, and why checking references are essential.
Presenter:  W.M. Gillihan, Gryffin Solutions

SBA Resources — 11:30pm to Noon

Why You Should Have an Interest in Pinterest —1 pm to 2 pm
According to Fortune magazine, Pinterest drove more traffic to websites in February than Twitter, Google+, Linkedin and YouTube combined. Find out what this could mean for your business and what you can do to make the most of this “insanely addictive”, picture-based social site.
Presenter:  Robbin Block, Blockbeta Marketing


Pre-register online today!