TAMIU-SBDC Offers November Business Workshops
Posted: 11/1/12

TAMIU-SBDC Offers Various
November Business Workshops

The Texas A&M International University Small Business Development Center (TAMIU-SBDC) will sponsor several workshops throughout November.

Thursday, November 1: Getting Started in Federal Contracting: the Art of the Conquest will be offered from 10:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Student Center, room 231.  Join us for a free-of-charge seminar, Curtis Mohler, Senior Business Development Specialist from the UTSA SBDC- PTAC Veterans Assistance and Service Program will show you how to set-up your company structure to facilitate business development operations; To provide you strategies on (capturing) new business opportunities; To provide you techniques on managing development efforts through all business phases; To instill that: “YOU are the business” “YOU are the message”

Friday, November 2: Anatomy of a Business Plan Workshop is from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the TAMIU Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 126.  Fee for the seminar is $20, and each participant receives Linda Pinzon’s “Anatomy of a Business Plan: a Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Business and Securing your Company’s Future,” a $50 value. Instructor Angelo Piccirillo explains that planning is the map to success in the business world.  One needs to write a business plan when:  starting or buying a business, financing or refinancing a business, or raising debt or equity capital.

Wednesday, November 7: the Art of Starting a Business: Basic Business Essentials, free of charge workshop from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. classroom location will be provided with registration confirmation.  Instructor Tina Rodriguez, SBDC-certified business advisor, will present this practical workshop that helps businesses to avoid common pitfalls, evaluate strengths and weaknesses, and the skills needed to succeed. Participants will also explore initial paperwork, assessment process, legal structures and importance of the business plan.

Thursday, November 8: The TAMIU-SBDC, in conjunction with the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid: Legal Assistance to Microenterprise Project (L.A.M.P.), will provide a Seminar designed to assist potential and existing business owners with legal issues.  This free of charge Seminar is scheduled from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; classroom location will be provided with registration confirmation. Andrea Beleno-Harrington, staff attorney, will conduct the presentation. Beleno-Harrington explains that micro-entrepreneurs must grapple with a wide variety of legal issues, from entity selection and formation, to employment law issues, contract issues, commercial lease issues, and tax issues. This presentation will cover these and other topics, giving participants a greater understanding of the legal issues facing their business.

Friday, November 9: Managing Cash - the Small Business Owner's Guide to Financial Control Workshop is scheduled from 9:00 to 12:00 noon. Classroom location will be provided with registration confirmation; $20 fee includes Workbook. Cash flow is what comes into and goes out of a business. Gaining financial control by understanding cash flow is crucial to business success. Norma Rodríguez, SBDC-certified business advisor, will review cash – the fuel that runs your business, maximizing your cash flow, tools for speeding up cash collections, overdue invoices, three tools for helping with accounts receivable, cash flow statements and four short-term financing solutions.

Thursday, November 15: Internet Marketing Workshop will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., classroom location will be provided with registration confirmation. This hands-on workshop spans the entire process of building a simple website from the ground up, with plenty of pointers and reference material.  Alejandro Quetzeri will lead the workshop covering traditional marketing versus internet marketing; basics of internet marketing, web analytics, search engine optimization, social media and pay per click – sponsor ads.

For more information or to register for any of these workshops, please call the TAMIU-SBDC office at 956.326.2827, e-mail:sbdc@tamiu.edu or register online at http://sbdc.tamiu.edu


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