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Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre business workshop series finalized

Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre business workshop series finalized

SEAFORTH — Once again, the Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre workshops are an excellent way to hone business skills and better the bottom line. Register – it’s required. Call 519-527-0305 or email Location: REACH – Regional Equine and Agricultural Centre of Huron, 169 Beech Street, Clinton.

Purchase a Spring pass for $50 (HST included), valid until July 31st, and attend any (or all) of the regular Spring series workshops!  Note: Special events are highlighted and priced separately.

Thurs., Feb. 27, 7 to 9:30pm — Using Excel in Your Business: Alison Lobb illustrates how to develop a spreadsheet that could track your business receipts and expenses and a cashflow projection. This session is for individuals who have a basic understanding of Excel but want to learn how to create their own templates and customize them. We will not deal with advanced options.

Wed., Mar. 5, 7 to 9pm, Huron Business Centre, Seaforth — Summer Company Student Orientation: Students between 15 and 29 can receive up to $3,000 to start and operate their own businesses for the summer. Open to everyone with or without a workshop pass. So bring your kids! Or bring your parents! Learn for yourself how running your own business might be your best option.

Wed., Mar. 12, 7:00 to 9:30pm — QuickBasics For Quickbooks Users: An introductory primer to this popular accounting software program given by our own expert, Alison Lobb. Learning about data entry for receipts and expenses, as well as customization of reports for understanding and comprehension, this hands-on workshop will have you loving accounting before you know it! If you’ve already tinkered with Quickbooks, don’t forget to bring your own challenge questions to share with the group – it will help everyone’s understanding. Spaces limited!

Thurs., Mar. 27, 7:00 to 9:30pm — Twelve Small Business “Monkeys” … and How to Get Them Off your Back!  Michael Lewis delivers a motivational presentation that explores common life and work challenges. We’ll explore the “monkeys” of self-doubt, procrastination, personal productivity, getting and staying organized, attitude, interpersonal communications, stress, difficult people/circumstances, worry, the future and change … plus much more.

Thurs. Apr. 17, 7:00 to 9:30pm — Designing Effective Flyers and Promotional Materials. Alison Lobb & Jim Niesen will combine their talents and recommendations to look at the factors influencing the effectiveness of your promotional materials. Feel free to bring along your business samples … and take your chances in having them reviewed.

Wed., Apr. 23, 7:00 to 9:30pm — Standing Out in the Online Crowd: Improving Your Virtual Visibility: Is your website as findable as it could be?  This session will cover Search Engine Optimization (SEO), paid search, and social media tactics that will drive more “qualified” traffic to your site. We will identify website weaknesses and you will walk away with an Award Winning List of “Easy To Dos.” If you attend this session, don’t be surprised if your website is featured! We will also cover the key metrics you should be tracking so you can answer the question “Did it Work?” –  Liz Gray.

Thurs., Apr. 24, 6:00 to 9:00pm, $30, White Carnation, Holmesville — Huron Women In Networking (HWIN) Dinner Event: An evening for the women of Huron to exchange ideas, experiences, and best practices over a hot dinner and in a supportive and respectful environment. Join us for a truly memorable evening that will help you raise your profile and who knows? You may even win a door prize or two from one of our many benefactors and sponsors.

Wed., April 30, 7:00 to 9:30pm — Marketing Magic, Spells and Fairy Dust supplied by Jim Niesen. Poof! Your money has gone down some marketing “rabbit hole” and your sales are exactly where they were. Problem? I think so! Join the “Mad Hatter” at marketing for a cauldron of ideas that could well keep your business from disappearing!

Wed., May 14, 7:00 to 9:30pm — Shhhh… You’re Thinking Too Much. Keep it Simple. Get Back to Basics!  with Tina Heathers. Business seems to be getting more complicated all the time. Marketing, social media, how to attract more customers, paying the bills … grow, expand, get more! This workshop helps to get your mind streamlined onto the important things. Let’s return to the basics of business. Good products, good customer service, and word of mouth advertising. Sometimes pushing for more just adds clutter and distracts you from why you are in business. Learning to keep a clear mind and present a clear image of your business will just make it easier. Easier business, easier life!

Thurs. May 22, 7:00 to 9:30pm — The Power of Public Relations – Creating Your Business Fingerprint: with Holly Cybulski. What sets your business apart? Are you a leader of the pack, a pioneer, or do you provide incomparable customer service? Public relations can function as a lifeline for businesses of all sizes, designing an image (or brand) and creating your signature mark as a business owner. This is your professional fingerprint – no two businesses are identical. Learn how to define your organizational brand, how to write a newsworthy press release, create an annual communications plan and explore available professional services.

Thurs. May 29, 7:00 to 9:30pm — Networking Online and Offline: with Carly O’Brien. Networking is a great way to get word of mouth referrals. In small business, word of mouth is still the number one way to get interested clients to contact you.  Networking sites like LinkedIn offer you connections with potential customers, employees, peers and vendors. Face-to-face networking at events allows you to make a meaningful first impression live. Whether a relationship starts online or offline, there are a few key items to remember. Join us as we overview LinkedIn as an example of online networking and discuss tips for live face-to face networking.

Wed., June 4, 7:00 to 9:30pm — Small Business Operations – Mazes and Mudholes. Tina Heathers. Running a small business can be very challenging. There is never enough time or help to get all the work done. By reviewing your daily operations, you can create a plan to help you become more effective and see where potential problems may arise. There are classic mudholes entrepreneurs run into that stop them from being as efficient as they could be. Join us as we discuss the keys to creating operating systems that inspire growth and organization.

Wed., June 11, 7:00 to 9:30pm — Facebook – Beyond the Post. Teresa Renee. This workshop focuses on increasing engagement and boosting your posts on Facebook. We’ll discuss understanding Facebook analytics, learn how to create targeted ads, and how to run a Facebook contest.

Wed., June 25, 7:00 to 9:30pm — Record keeping … the basics for an efficient system.  Alison Lobb. Many people keep financial records simply because the tax man demands them. If you are planning to “manage” your business, you need to be able to read the financial information and draw management conclusions from it. The system you use can facilitate that. Review the principles of accounting and consider how you might simplify your record keeping.

Featured Seminar – Business By Design: This seminar is geared towards people who haven’t yet taken the plunge to run their own business, but have often wondered if it’s the right path for them. Well wonder that no more! If you’ve ever considered whether starting a small business is right for you and don’t quite know the answer, plan to attend this day-long seminar.

It’s offered on the last working Friday of every second month (except August and December). Starting at 10:00 am, Jim Niesen will take you on a journey to the self-employment side until about 4:00 pm!

This is not a seminar on the steps one takes to start a small business. It is an intensive course on what it takes to succeed in small business. Steps are easy! The question is, are you willing and able to do what is necessary to run your own venture with success? Warning: One of the hardest parts is unlearning what you are certain you already know! The easiest part is attending because this seminar is FREE!

Get your copy of the Spring Workshop Series: 2014 spring workshop sheet


From the Huron Small Business Enterprise Centre, February 18, 2014