Starting and managing a business takes motivation and talent. It also takes research and planning. The Business Development Center offers business development training for emerging entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. Each month we offer five core seminars that serves as a roadmap for developing a business plan. We also host marketing workshops to help you build a strategic marketing campaign with limited resources. With over 100 entrepreneurial training seminars conducted each year, you can sharpen your business skills and design a blueprint for success by attending our business development training series.
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Build your blueprint for success with these core business development seminars:1. How To Start A Business2. Business Plans3. QuickBooks4.Accounting and Tax Procedures5. Marketing Your Business6. Websites and Web Marketing7. Social Network Media Marketing
Learn detailed information on choosing a legal structure, specific state requirements, federal regulations, and local permits that your business may need to get started in Pinellas. If you have not yet started your business, this is the place to start! This class is available at the Epi-Center from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM on the First Tuesday of every month. 1/7; 2/4; 3/4; 4/1; 5/6, 6/3; 7/1; 8/5; 9/2; 10/7; 11/4 and 12/2Price: $10.00
QuickBooks: Setting up a chart of accounts, creating invoices, paying bills, writing checks and tracking customers; this introductory class takes you through the basics. Presented by the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Society of Enrolled Agents. Cost includes course materials.This class will be held at the Epi-Center from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the following dates: 1/9/14; 6/10/14; 8/7/14 and 11/13/14.Price: $20.00
Accounting and Tax Procedures: This seminar is designed to help new and existing business owners and bookkeepers understand proper accounting procedures and record keeping requirements necessary to manage your business, calculate payroll, and pay state and federal taxes. Presented by the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Society of Enrolled Agents. This class is available at the Epi-Center from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM on the following dates: 1/14; 3/18; 6/17; 9/23 and 12/9.Price: $20.00
There are lots of different ways to accomplish a business plan from easy to very complex. Whether you’re seeking a loan, trying to increase profits, or just want a better way to plan and keep track of your business, we can show you a variety of plan formats to fit your purpose. We’ll also share a variety of resources to guide your plan and research. This class is available at the Epi-Center on the following dates and times:
8:30 am – 10:30 am on 1/23/14
12:00pm - 2:00pm on 5/1/14 and 12/4/14
3:00pm - 5:00pm on 8/21/14Price: $20.00
Get Certified! Learn the benefits and how to become certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Small Business Enterprise (SBE) or Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) to best access government contracts and purchasing opportunities. Learn how to find and identify potential bids and improve your position in the bid evaluation process. This class is available at the Epi-Center from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM on 1/28/14 and 7/22/14Price: $20.00
Customers are the key to every successful business. Effective, strategic, marketing is the way to attract the most and best customers to increase revenue. Learn a simple strategic marketing plan that will attract customers and increase revenues without increasing expenses. Discover your unique selling proposition and choose the right strategies to win over the best customers and crush the competition! This class is available at the Epi-Center on the following dates and times:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm on 1/30/14; 5/20/14 and 12/16/14
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm on 9/16/14
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm on 2/20/14 Price: $20.00
Meet Robert Chavarria, SBA Senior Area Manager, and learn detailed information on SBA loan requirements and receive an update on current programs and services. (Robert will also be on hand for our SBA Growth Conference on June 12th). This class is available at the Epi-Center on the following dates and times:
12:00 pm - 2:00pm on 2/6/14
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm on 4/29/14 and 7/29/14Price: $10.00
Part 1 of the Business Growth Training Series (Sponsored by Gulf Coast Business Finance): Tuning Your Revenue Engines-Maximizing Cash Flow and Business Performance. Cash flow is the number one priority of every business! Dino Eliadis, a highly respected business consultant and trainer in the southeast has developed the premier model to help business owners understand where to apply their resources and efforts to immediately begin maximizing cash flow. It's so simple, anyone can understand it. If you want to improve your business growth dramatically, you'll want to attend this seminar! This class is available at the Epi-Center on 3/11/2014 from 8:30am - 10:30amPrice: $25.00
Pinellas County’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program gives local small businesses opportunities to participate in the competitive process for County contracts. You'll learn about the County purchasing system and receive personal assistance to help you register to do business with Pinellas County Government. This class is available at the Epi-Center from 12:00pm - 2:00pm on 2/25/14; 4/22/14; 6/24/14; 8/26/14 and 10/28/14.This activity is free
The Florida SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will provide information on how to register with the Federal Government, how to locate federal opportunities and the steps necessary to obtain federal certifications, and so much more! This class is available at the the Epi-Center from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm on 2/27/14; 8/28/14 and 12/18/14.Price: $20.00
Having a website and participating in social media has become a requirement for business today. Your web footprint is often the most important impression customers have about your business. Learn how to use your resources in the most efficient way to master internet marketing strategies! This class is available at the Epi-Center on the following dates and times:
3/27/14 & 9/30/14 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm
7/15/14 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm
11/25/14 from 8:30am – 10:30am
Part 2 of the Business Growth Training Series: Legal Checkup for Growing Businesses. Things every business owner should know about the law but didn't know to ask: When it comes ot legal issues, what you don't know can hurt you. Like it or not your business is built on a foundation of laws and legal procedures that can help or harm your success. This is your chance to get a legal review from a well known business attorney, John Schnackel. You'll learn relevant legal issues regarding your organization, operations, employment, funding, and property that you didn't know about. This class is available at the Epi-Center on 4/8/14 from 8:30 am - 10:30 am.Price: $25.00
Part 3 of the Business Growth Training Series: Growth Strategies that Make a Dramatic Difference on Business Success. Based on our work with over 10,000 businesses we have identified the 3 most important strategies to dramatically increase sales: Developing your vision, Targeting customers, and Managing cash flow. This is a working session that will leave you with the ability to master each of these three skills. Presented by Kurt Forster, Certified Business Consultant at the FSBDC. This class is available at the Epi-Center on 5/13/14 and 10/14/14 from 8:30 am - 10:30 am.Price: $25.00
Each bid proposal is unique... In order to stand out in the sea of competing firms and to get an insider’s look into writing a business proposal that will generate more successful results; Gain real insight into the bid writing process and discover proven tools for responding to proposals. In this seminar you will learn the do’s and don’ts in writing and submitting a proposal. This class is facilitated by supplier diversity expert, Felix Bratslavsky, MBE Manager for Tampa General Hospital. This class is available at the Epi-Center from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm on 5/27/14 and 10/21/14.Price: $20.00
Part 4 of the Business Growth Training Series: SBA Growth Conference: Innovation, Intellectual Property, & Investment. A day of speakers focused on moving innovation forward in your business: Intellectual Property Law presentation by Brent Britton, head of the Emerging Business and Technology practice group of GrayRobinson, P.A.
Funding Innovation by Kurt Forster, FSBDC Certified Business Consultant SBIR/STTR presentation by Wayne Brass, CBC and Greenwood Consulting.
Afternoon FSBDC Speed Consulting Session.
Continental breakfast and boxed lunch provided.
This event will be held at the Epi-Center on 6/12/14 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.This activity is free
Part 5 of the Business Growth Training Series: Your Growth Cycle. If you knew what to do; when to do it; and how to execute wouldn’t growing your business be easier. By understanding the stages of the business growth cycle and the goal of each stage you’ll have a singular focus to mature your business more quickly and profitably than you ever thought possible. Presented by Dino Eliadis, a highly respected business consultant and trainer in the southeast. This event will be held at the Epi-Center on 7/8/14 from 8:30 am - 10:30 am.Price: $25.00
Part 6 of the Business Growth Training Series: Creating Business Sustainability. Don’t be a slave to your business success! Learn to develop a self-sustaining business that operates without your day-to-day involvement. Understand what separates the top 5% of all businesses from the rest and get your business unstuck from no-man’s land to achieve progress to the next stage of entrepreneurship. Presented by Dino Eliadis, a highly respected business consultant and trainer in the southeast. This class is available at the Epi-Center on 8/13/14 from 8:30 am - 10:30 am.Price: $25.00
Part 7 of the Business Growth Training Series: Upping Your Borrowing Power. Bring your balance sheet and income statement and learn how to measure and improve your business growth, bankability, and success using the same ratios your banker uses. Presented by Lunelle Siegel, Funding Manager at Corporate Funding. This class is available at the Epi-Center on 9/9/14 from 8:30 am - 10:30 am.Price: $25.00
Part 8 of the Business Growth Training Series: Strategies & Tools for Effective Growth. Never waste time and money doing things that don’t impact the growth of your business again. We’ll help you understand the difference between strategy and tactics and how selecting the right strategy, based on your vision, tells you exactly what you need to do to successfully execute. Presented by Dino Eliadis, a highly respected business consultant and trainer in the southeast. This class is available at the Epi-Center on 11/11/14 from 8:30 am - 10:30 am.Price: $25.00
Join Michael Myers, Patent Counsel at Shumlear, Loop & Kenrick, LLP for a lively discussion about the best ways to legally protect your good name, creative ideas, innovative products, and hard work through patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.
This class is available at the Epi-Center from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm on 11/20/14.Price: $20.00
When- First Wednesday of the month from 6pm – 8pm
Location: The Greenhouse, 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
To register call (727) 893-7146
Are you thinking about living your dream of owning your own business? Are you in the planning stages of business start-up? Having the best information helps you make the best decisions when starting your business. This class addresses legalities, business plans, financing, marketing and the realities of being a business owner.This activity is free
When- Second Wednesday of the month from 6pm – 8pm
Location: The Greenhouse, 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
To register call (727) 893-7146
This 2-part workshop provides insight and access to business databases available through the City library services, including premium business databases for industry, market and demographic information critical to your business plan. Next, discover the importance of a business plan, including fundamental concepts and the process of writing your plan.This activity is free