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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Hiring and Staffing for your Business

Thursday, Aug 24 9:15 am to 11:15 am
Price: $25.00

Your business is growing and you need help! Should you hire your friends? If you don’t, who will you hire? This think tank session we will have Lori Long, a professor in human resources and general management at Baldwin Wallace, explore concerns around staffing. Topics from writing a job description to recruiting and selecting the best candidate will be discussed. We will also explore how to get those new hires off to the right start in helping your business grow. 

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Registration Closed

Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Aug 30 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

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Cleveland: Entrepreneurial Readiness Training

Thursday, Aug 31 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM

Small Business Ownership and Entrepreneurship: it all starts with an idea. Once you have that, ECDI can take you places. If you don’t know where to begin, our Entrepreneurial Readiness Info Training Session will help you get a handle on small business, and introduce you to ECDI’s small business lending. Once you complete this training session, you’re eligible for small business consultations, one-on-one assistance, additional small business training, and ultimately – small business loans for those who qualify.*

Our introductory Entrepreneurial Readiness Info Session will help you answer the following questions:

  • Do you think like an entrepreneur?
  • Have you asked yourself the important questions?
  • Have you considered the first 10 steps to starting a business?
  • Is your business idea feasible?
  • Do you have the information to start writing a business plan?

Please arrive to the Women's Business Center approximately 15 minutes prior to the beginning of class.  For special considerations, please contact Nicole Liatos by phone at (216) 912-5662 or by email at NLiatos@ecdi.org.

Please be advised that there is a $25.00 class fee if you are not currently a member of the WBC or Innovation Center. You will be expected to pay your fee upon arrival. Clients are encouraged to first attend an Info Session.

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Everybody Writes: 5 Tips for Storytelling that Connects, Engages & Inspires

Thursday, Aug 31 9:15 am to 11:15 am
Price: $25.00

Storytelling isn't a magical power. It's a skill that can be developed, and you don't need an English degree to write a powerful story. If you're hoping to improve your website content, blog posts and social media "micro-stories" there are some simple changes you can make to connect with readers more effectively. During this two-hour workshop Pam Turos, writer and founder of Good Cause Creative and the Good Cause Blog, will share (at least) 5 of her favorite storytelling strategies, followed by an interactive exercise to challenge and hone your skills. 

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**ADDRESS CHANGE**

ECDI and the WBC are moving! Please note that this Think Tank Thursday will be held at our cowork space The Dealership: 3558 Lee Rd, Shaker Heights. (Next week will be at our new location 7000 Euclid Ave., Sutie 203, Cleveland, OH 44103)

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Cleveland: The ScratchMade Incubator for Packaged Products Made by Hand

Friday, Sep 01 11:58 PM to 11:59 PM

>>CLICK HERE TO APPLY<<

ECDI and the SBDC at LCCC are proud partners in presenting the ScratchMade Incubator. Creators of handmade products are invited to apply to a 6-week training program designed to prepare product entrepreneurs for store shelves. Learn to Develop a business model around a product, build a brand and marketing strategy around a product, position a product for success, price a product, label, manufacture, license a product, and more!

Makers of the following are encouraged to apply:

  • Packaged food products
  • Bottled food products
  • Canned products
  • Beverages
  • Cosmetics
  • Beauty and Health Products
  • Any product requiring ingredients

>>CLICK HERE TO APPLY<<

Program fee for accepted applicants is $250. Students may also audit the class for $180. The top 3 participants will enjoy awards including mentorship, coaching, access to capital, and more. Application will close at 11:59 PM on Friday, September 1st. Accepted participants will be notified by September 8th and expected to remit program payment prior to program commencement on September 14th. Please direct any questions to Lauren Smith at (216) 912-5665 or LSmith@ecdi.org.

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Cleveland: Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training Series

Tuesday, Sep 05 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Price: $150.00

Sometimes even well-equipped entrepreneurs can find themselves in a rut, or just hungry for more information on small business success and growth. The Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training Series is designed for entrepreneurs who are ready to enhance their business idea or expand an existing small enterprise into a viable and profitable business. Clients taking this course will focus on four critical developmental areas; business concept, organization, customer relations, and operations using the GrowthWheel® concept, an interactive tool that helps entrepreneurs develop their business through an action-oriented process. Clients will also complete homework assignments that will assist them in developing a business plan and 30/60/90-day action plan. 

Schedule

 Module 1: Business Concept
Tuesday September 5th, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Tuesday September 12th, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Tuesday September 19th, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Tuesday September 26th, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $150.00 for four-class series and certificate of completion. This series will be held at The Brookpark Branch Library, 6155 Engle Road, 44142.

Full series is required for start-up phase prospective ECDI lending clients. Clients are encouraged to attend an Info Session and Entrepreneurial Readiness beforehand. Registration closes 2 business days before the class or when the class is fully booked; series fills up quickly. Classes are subject to cancellation. Please arrive at The Library approximately 15 minutes prior to the beginning of class.  For special considerations, call Lauren Smith at (216) 912-5665.

Please be advised that an additional $25.00 may be required for materials if you have a business partner who will also attend. 

Registration is now closed for this event. Please look for future events to register for.

Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Sep 06 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: TTT: Technical Blogging Basics

Thursday, Sep 07 9:15AM to 11:15AM
Price: $25.00

How can a blog help your business? In this Think Tank Thursday, we go over the basics of technical blogging.

We'll cover:

  • Blog Setup
  • Content Creation
  • Posting
  • Promoting
  • Plug-ins

**ADDRESS CHANGE**
Please note that ECDI and The Women's Business Center of Northern Ohio have MOVED! We are now located at 7000 Euclid Ave., Suite 203, Cleveland, OH 44103.

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Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Sep 13 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

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Cleveland: Leveraging Capital to Grow Your Business

Thursday, Sep 14 9:15 AM

Join us to hear from a panel about financial resources available to small business owners from our diverse panel of lending institutions.
​Attendees will learn which types of financing are most appropriate for their needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, alternatives to traditional bank loans, and tips on improving their chances for success.

Can't make this one? You can catch this panel at the below dates, and noted locations:
Moderator: Jan Conrad, Director, Women’s Business Center

Thursday, Sept 14 9:15 am Women’s Business Center

**ADDRESS CHANGE**
PLEASE NOTE THAT ECDI AND THE WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER OF NORTHERN OHIO HAVE MOVED! WE ARE NOW LOCATED AT 7000 EUCLID AVE., SUITE 203, CLEVELAND, OH 44103. 

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Cleveland: DEALERSHIP: Think Tank Tuesday- Mindset of an Entrepreneur

Tuesday, Sep 19 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Price: $10.00

Our very own director, Jan Conrad, will be doing a unique presentation about the mindset of an entrepreneur (this time, at the Dealership!). This informative session will discuss ways to help you become a better entrepreneur and further your business success. This workshop will look at the characteristics, strengths, habits and traits of successful entrepreneurs.  As we explore the common denominators for success, we will consider ways to implement similar behaviors. You will leave with tools and information designed to increase success and improve the rate success as a business owner.


 Please sign up and register today!

**DEALERSHIP EVENT**

The Dealership:

3558 Lee Rd, Shaker Heights. 

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Toledo: Small Business Resource Days: September

Wednesday, Sep 20 2:00 PM

ECDI and the Toledo Lucas Public Libary will be host to three Small Business Resource Days.

The Small Business Resource Days will include a Resource Center, including representatives available to discuss programs and services to help participants achieve their small business development goals.

FDIC Money Smart for Small Business workshops will also be facilitated throughout the day. These workshops provide a practical introduction to topics related to starting and managing a business and are designed to be delivered to new or operating small business owners without formal business training.

When: All Sessions 2PM-7PM

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Blogging for Business Meet Up Group (1 of 3)

Wednesday, Sep 20 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Price: $25.00

Workshop 1

Blogging for Business Meet Up with WBC member Zoe Brown, and creator of GoneGirlGo blog. Zoe will lead workshops teaching basic steps for blogging, and how to organize your schedule to be a productive blogger and other tricks that will enhance your blog presence. The goal of this group is to facilitate each of you creating your own blog, creating content for your blog and posting your blogs throughout the 3-month period.  In addition, it is hoped that you will create your own support group and learn from others who are also blogging.

If you have a laptop, bring it to access your blog. 

This meet up happens every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. 

Sessions: 

Wednesday, October 18th 4:30-6:30PM - Location TBD 

Wednesday, November 15th 4:30-6:30PM- Location TBD 

 **ADDRESS CHANGE**
PLEASE NOTE THAT ECDI AND THE WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER OF NORTHERN OHIO HAVE MOVED! WE ARE NOW LOCATED AT 7000 EUCLID AVE., SUITE 203, CLEVELAND, OH 44103.
 
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Akron: **Akron** Social Media & Guerrilla Marketing

Wednesday, Sep 20 5:30 PM

Social media should be Phase 1 for marketing a start-up business. It is the most affordable method, and can be the most powerful, far-reaching, and influential method for reaching your customers before, during, and after start-up. Learn what social media platforms are available, how to choose one, and how to apply aggressive, grassroots marketing techniques to launch or grow your business.

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Rock Your World in 3 Simple Steps with Maia Beatty

Thursday, Sep 21 9:15 am to 11:15 am
Price: $25.00

In this fast-paced and interactive session, Maia will show you:

  1. A game-changing Secret Formula for Success
  2. How to choose your emotions—no matter what’s happening
  3. How this Secret Formula plays out in real life—with opportunities to map out your own situations 

Maia Beatty is the Chief Inspirator of Maia Beatty & Associates, Inc. With over 30 years of business success, her mission in life is to share her discoveries about how you can make Simple Shifts to Forge Ahead Faster™—whether you want to unite your team, transform yourself and your business. or energize an audience. Her latest book, Dance Into Your Power, reveals her strategies and how she developed them.

Maia is known internationally as a Leadership Coach, Master Trainer, Keynote Speaker. She’s the author of five books and over 50 learner-focused, performance-based training programs on leadership development and transformational topics.She is a graduate of Texas A&M, Corpus Christi, with a B.A. in Psychology. She’s an NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) Practitioner, and a graduate of The Coaches Training Institute, with certificates in Coaching, Business Development and Leadership. She’s a member of the International Association of Coaching.

 

 **ADDRESS CHANGE**
PLEASE NOTE THAT ECDI AND THE WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER OF NORTHERN OHIO HAVE MOVED! WE ARE NOW LOCATED AT 7000 EUCLID AVE., SUITE 203, CLEVELAND, OH 44103.
 
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Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Sep 27 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: TTT: Learn HOW TO Read Customers And The Numbers of Your Business - A Formula For A Successful ScaleUp Strategy

Thursday, Sep 28 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Learn HOW TO Read Customers And The Numbers of Your Business; A Formula For A Successful ScaleUp Strategy

In this dynamic hands-on workshop Linda Kanner will share HOW TO grow and understand the numbers of your business. Her goal is to help you identify the big and small changes that will put your business on course for profitable growth.  

How-To Topics include:

1. Brainstorming the world of opportunity

2. Getting focused... Who really are your customers? Your competition? What is your product or service offering?

3. Breaking down and analyzing the numbers of your business... A simple exercise for number and non-number minded entrenpreneurs! Bring your data and a calculator!

4. Building a strategy aned plan to grow your business.

5. Measuring results... What is the capacity of your service or manufacturing business? Are you making a profit? 

 **ADDRESS CHANGE**
PLEASE NOTE THAT ECDI AND THE WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER OF NORTHERN OHIO HAVE MOVED! WE ARE NOW LOCATED AT 7000 EUCLID AVE., SUITE 203, CLEVELAND, OH 44103.

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training Series

Tuesday, Oct 03 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Price: $150.00

Sometimes even well-equipped entrepreneurs can find themselves in a rut, or just hungry for more information on small business success and growth. The Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training Series is designed for entrepreneurs who are ready to enhance their business idea or expand an existing small enterprise into a viable and profitable business. Clients taking this course will focus on four critical developmental areas; business concept, organization, customer relations, and operations using the GrowthWheel® concept, an interactive tool that helps entrepreneurs develop their business through an action-oriented process. Clients will also complete homework assignments that will assist them in developing a business plan and 30/60/90-day action plan. 

Schedule

 Module 1: Business Concept
Tuesday October 3rd, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Tuesday October 10th, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Tuesday October 17th, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Tuesday October 24th, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $150.00 for four-class series and certificate of completion. This series will be held at The Fairview Park Branch Library, 21255 Lorain Road, 44126.

Full series is required for start-up phase prospective ECDI lending clients. Clients are encouraged to attend an Info Session and Entrepreneurial Readiness beforehand. Registration closes 2 business days before the class or when the class is fully booked; series fills up quickly. Classes are subject to cancellation. Please arrive at The Library approximately 15 minutes prior to the beginning of class.  For special considerations, call Lauren Smith at (216) 912-5665.

Please be advised that an additional $25.00 may be required for materials if you have a business partner who will also attend. 

Register

Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Oct 04 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

Register

Akron: Lunch & Learn with Citizens Bank

Wednesday, Oct 11 12:00 PM

TBA

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Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Oct 11 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

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Cleveland: Dealership Think Tank Tuesday-Social Media for Business

Tuesday, Oct 17 5:30PM to 7:30PM

Social Media for Business with Simone Cameron, Annek Group, LLC 

After several positions in public relations, marketing, event and business management, Simone Cameron found that social media marketing was the niche for her. With years of experience working with both corporate level and local business clients, Simone is looking to continually extend her marketing portfolio to companies looking to grow in the online marketing world.

 

**DEALERSHIP EVENT**

The Dealership:

3558 Lee Rd, Shaker Heights.

 

 

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Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Oct 18 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

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Akron: **Akron** The Winning Pitch

Wednesday, Oct 18 5:30 PM

Using a tried-and-true pitching tool, clients will learn how to construct a winning business pitch, how to use it, and how to adjust it for different scenarios. Clients will leave the class with a draft business pitch for seeking financing, pitching to buyers, or selling directly to the customer.

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Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Oct 25 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Access to Capital Panel

Thursday, Oct 26 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Join us to hear from a panel about financial resources available to small business owners from our diverse panel of lending institutions. Attendees will learn which types of financing are most appropriate for their needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, alternatives to traditional bank loans, and tips on improving their chances for success.

 

 **ADDRESS CHANGE**
PLEASE NOTE THAT ECDI AND THE WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER OF NORTHERN OHIO HAVE MOVED! WE ARE NOW LOCATED AT 7000 EUCLID AVE., SUITE 203, CLEVELAND, OH 44103.

 

 

 

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training Series

Tuesday, Oct 31 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Price: $150.00

Sometimes even well-equipped entrepreneurs can find themselves in a rut, or just hungry for more information on small business success and growth. The Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training Series is designed for entrepreneurs who are ready to enhance their business idea or expand an existing small enterprise into a viable and profitable business. Clients taking this course will focus on four critical developmental areas; business concept, organization, customer relations, and operations using the GrowthWheel® concept, an interactive tool that helps entrepreneurs develop their business through an action-oriented process. Clients will also complete homework assignments that will assist them in developing a business plan and 30/60/90-day action plan. 

Schedule

 Module 1: Business Concept
Tuesday October 31st, 2017. 12:00 - 3:00 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Tuesday November 7th, 2017. 12:00 - 3:00 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Tuesday November 14th, 2017. 12:00 - 3:00 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Tuesday November 21st, 2017. 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Cost: $150.00* for four-class series and certificate of completion. This series will be held at The Dealership in Shaker Heights, 3558 Lee Road, 44120.

Full series is required for start-up phase prospective ECDI lending clients. Clients are encouraged to attend an Info Session and Entrepreneurial Readiness beforehand. Registration closes 2 business days before the class or when the class is fully booked; series fills up quickly. Classes are subject to cancellation. Please arrive at The Library approximately 15 minutes prior to the beginning of class.  For special considerations, call Lauren Smith at (216) 912-5665.

Please be advised that an additional $25.00 may be required for materials if you have a business partner who will also attend. 

*Promo Codes are Not Accepted for this Class.

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Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Nov 01 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

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Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Nov 08 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Tax Planning and Reporting

Thursday, Nov 09 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Join us and banking professionals to come learn about tax planning and reporting. You will be able to learn how to predict your businesses' tax liabilities, prepare for tax obligations, and obtain proper licenses for your business and meet reporting requirements. Any tax and reporting questions you have can be answered by the professionals during this session. This will be a great way to learn more about taxes and reporting for you and your business.

 **ADDRESS CHANGE**
PLEASE NOTE THAT ECDI AND THE WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER OF NORTHERN OHIO HAVE MOVED! WE ARE NOW LOCATED AT 7000 EUCLID AVE., SUITE 203, CLEVELAND, OH 44103.
 
Register

Akron: Lunch & Learn with Citizens Bank

Wednesday, Nov 15 12:00 PM

TBA

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Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Nov 15 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

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Cleveland: DEALERSHIP:Think Tank Tuesday-3 Keys to Building A Bankable Brand

Tuesday, Nov 21 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Price: $10.00

3 Keys to Building A Bankable Brand

Brittney Fells, BrandingBestie

 

Brittney Fells is an Organic Branding Strategist, Vlogger, and Women's Empowerment Speaker. She is the owner of Branding Bestie, where she provides Organic Branding Strategies to millennial women entrepreneurs. She equips them with the courage and confidence to create winning brands, while helping them create a strategy that suits their mission, vision, and personality. Her services include: group coaching, video trainings, webinars, and live events.

She is also the founder of Blessed & Bossy. A platform that recognizes the needs of community and encouragement for women entrepreneurs around the world.

Website(s): brandingbestie.com & blessedandbossy.com

In this training Brittney will break down how the most profitable brands get recognized, stay relevant, and rake in the cash. You'll learn:

  • Key #1 - Know Your Tribe: Strategies for finding & bagging your ideal client.
  • Key #2 - How to Make a Statement: Understanding the basics of high value content.
  • Key #3 - Position Your Authority: How big brands get their loyal clients & customers.                                  

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**DEALERSHIP EVENT**

THE DEALERSHIP:

3558 LEE RD, SHAKER HEIGHTS

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Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Nov 22 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

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Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Nov 29 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

Register

Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Dec 06 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

Register

Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Dec 13 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Managing Cash Flow

Thursday, Dec 14 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Learn about how to manage cash flows for your business from banking professionals. The banking professionals will help you understand the purpose of cash flow management, make cash flow projections, and identify ways to help manage your cash flows. You will also be able to ask any questions you have to the professionals. 

 

 **ADDRESS CHANGE**
PLEASE NOTE THAT ECDI AND THE WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER OF NORTHERN OHIO HAVE MOVED! WE ARE NOW LOCATED AT 7000 EUCLID AVE., SUITE 203, CLEVELAND, OH 44103.

 

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Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Dec 20 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

Register

Cleveland: Free Wednesdays at The Dealership

Wednesday, Dec 27 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Interested in co-working? Come see what The Dealership can offer entrepreneurs!

Each Wednesday The Dealership’s services will be open to the public. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are welcome to participate in Lunch & Learns, utilize the co-work space, rent conference rooms, and interact with the variety of small businesses currently operating out of The Dealership. All without commitment and free of charge!

For those interested in The Dealership, regular hours of operation are from 9AM-5PM, M-F, however members and office tenants have 24hr access.

Questions regarding The Dealership’s services and Free Wednesdays, please contact Nicole Liatos at NLiatos@ecdi.org

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Time Management

Thursday, Jan 11 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Come learn about time management from our banking professionals. In this session, will we discuss how to: 

  • Improve time management skills.
  • Apply some common time management practices, such as:
    • ABC Analysis
    • Pareto Analysis
    • Eisenhower Method
    • POSEC Method

Time management is a necessary skill when starting and running a business, so this session will be a great way to improve those skills!

 

 **ADDRESS CHANGE**
PLEASE NOTE THAT ECDI AND THE WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER OF NORTHERN OHIO HAVE MOVED! WE ARE NOW LOCATED AT 7000 EUCLID AVE., SUITE 203, CLEVELAND, OH 44103.
 
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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Financial Management

Thursday, Feb 08 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Come learn about financial management from banking professionals during this Think Tank Thursday. The professionals will help you answer and financial questions you have with your business. During this session, you will also learn how to:

  • Understand the essentials of financial management.
  • Apply financial management practices, rules, and tools most relevant for small businesses.
  • Prepare for common business financing needs: start-up finance, working capital, and fixed asset loans.
Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Access to Capital

Thursday, Feb 22 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Join us to hear from a panel about financial resources available to small business owners from our diverse panel of lending institutions. Attendees will learn which types of financing are most appropriate for their needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, alternatives to traditional bank loans, and tips on improving their chances for success.

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Record Keeping

Thursday, Mar 08 9:15 AM` to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Come join us and our banking professionals to learn about recordkeeping. In this session you will learn how to:

  • Improve overall recordkeeping practices.
  • Apply tricks and tools relevant to your business.
  • Choose among various software to support your recordkeeping

In this session, you will also be able to ask the professionals any questions you have!

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Credit Reporting

Thursday, Apr 05 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Join us this Thursday to learn about credit reporting from banking professionals. During this session you will learn about various credit reporting topics like:

  • Understanding how credit reports are used in the underwriting of business loans.
  • Applying common business practices and tools to help in proper credit reporting.
  • Developing strategies to build or improve your business’ credit.
  • Protect yourself from credit-related scams and know what to do if your business becomes a victim.
Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Managing Cash Flow

Thursday, May 10 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Join us this Think Tank Thursday to learn about how to manage cash flows from banking professionals. During this session you will gain knowledge on how to:

  • Understand the purpose of cash flow management in a small business.
  • Make cash flow projections based on the cash cycle.
  • Identify some ways to manage cash flow, including receivables and payables.
Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Access to Capital

Thursday, May 24 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Join us to hear from a panel about financial resources available to small business owners from our diverse panel of lending institutions. Attendees will learn which types of financing are most appropriate for their needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, alternatives to traditional bank loans, and tips on improving their chances for success.

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Risk Management

Thursday, Jun 07 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Come join us and banking professionals to learn about risk management in your business. During this session you will learn to: 

  • Understand the external and internal factors which affect risk for a small business.
  • Recognize the common warning signs of risk for a small business.
  • Implement, monitor, and evaluate a risk management strategy.

Any questions you need answered about risk management can be answered during this time.

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Financial Management

Thursday, Jul 12 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Join us this Thursday and our banking professionals to discuss financial management for your business. During this session you will learn how to:

  • Understand the essentials of financial management.
  • Apply financial management practices, rules, and tools most relevant for small businesses.
  • Prepare for common business financing needs: start-up finance, working capital, and fixed asset loans.
Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Credit Reporting

Thursday, Aug 09 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Come join us and banking professionals to learn about the topic of credit reporting. During this session, you will get a chance to ask questions and learn how to:

  • Understand how credit reports are used in the underwriting of business loans.
  • Apply common business practices and tools to help in proper credit reporting.
  • Develop strategies to build or improve your business’ credit.
  • Protect yourself from credit-related scams and know what to do if your business becomes a victim.
Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday:

Thursday, Aug 23 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Join us to hear from a panel about financial resources available to small business owners from our diverse panel of lending institutions. Attendees will learn which types of financing are most appropriate for their needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, alternatives to traditional bank loans, and tips on improving their chances for success.

Register