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The Dealership: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Tuesday, Dec 19 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

SEO

Where do you go to find directions, compare products or search for places to eat? The answer is likely Google. Where a business lands on a search page has a huge impact on its brand awareness; good SEO leads to good Google search rankings which translates into business success. Having strong SEO is particularly important if you're building a digital marketing strategy on a budget as it supports brand awareness without having to pay for the exposure.

Learning how to improve your website's SEO isn't complex; it requires a handful of strategies and tools that, when implemented correctly, can have a huge impact on web traffic.

Nic Abraham. Nic is the founder of ARL Marketing, a boutique communications and marketing agency catering to entrepreneurs. She is also an Air Force veteran with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and an MBA in marketing. She has found success as a newsroom and magazine editor, digital marketer, blogger and more. Additionally, Nic teaches collegiate Communications courses and sits on the board for a few organizations. You can find Nic traveling the world or at a local flea market.

At this week’s TTT we will learn about Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

This session will cover the basics:

  • What is SEO?

  • Do I need it for my website?

  • Where do I optimize?

    • Homepage

    • Headlines

    • Image

    • Body of article

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The Dealership: 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

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Holiday Networking Event

Thursday, Dec 21 9:15 AM to 11:15 PM

For this Think Tank Thursday, we are having a holiday networking event! Bring your favorite dish and we'll enjoy two hours of introductions networking with WBC members!

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Apply Today for Encore!

Friday, Dec 22 5:00 PM

encore

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Apply Today for Encore!

Monday, Dec 25 5:00PM

encore

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The Dealership: 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

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: **No Think Tank Thursday Today

Thursday, Dec 28 9:15

No Think Tank Thursday today! Enjoy the holidays!

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Application Deadline for ENCORE!

Friday, Dec 29 5:00PM

encore

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Cleveland: Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training Series

Wednesday, Jan 10 6:00 PM to 9:00 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
Wednesday January 10th, 2017. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Wednesday January 17th, 2017. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Wednesday January 24th, 2017. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Wednesday January 31st, 2017. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cost: $150.00 for four-class series and certificate of completion. This series will be held at ECDI Cleveland - 7000 Euclid Ave., Suite 203, Cleveland OH 44103.

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  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. 

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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: Blogging for Business Meet-Up Group (1 of 3)

Wednesday, Jan 17 4:30 to 6:30
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: 

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: How-to Self Start your Video Blog

Thursday, Jan 18 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Thought about using video to market your business? Clueless where to start? 

Come learn all about professional and self-made videos with Teresa Crockett.

We’ll cover:

- Common video questions: cost, options, pain points

- Using your phone to create and post a video on Facebook/YouTube/Instagram.

- Getting inspired and taking action.

Plus, anything else you have a question about. Video should be simple and fun, not scary! 

**Please bring your phone to practice with

Teresa is the founder of SugarBowl Creative LLC - Video Production Services. Script. Shoot. Sound. Edit. Animation. Specializing in making you look good, sweet & simple. 

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Cleveland: Financial Wake-up Call: Tax Planning

Wednesday, Jan 24 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM

For new and established entrepreneurs, tax planning can be a daunting task. In this session, learn about tax liabilites, how to prepare for tax obligations, obtaining proper licenses, and how to meet reporting requirements.

 

Presented by: Huntington Bank

 

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Facebook for Business

Thursday, Jan 25 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Do you use social media as a marketing tool for your business? Simone Cameron from the Annek Group is coming to the WBC to teach our members how to optimize their marketing on Facebook.

Topics to be discussed: 

  • Boosting Posts
  • Creating Ads
  • Targeted Messaging
  • Scheduling Posts
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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.
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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: Financial Wake-up Call: Insurance

Wednesday, Feb 28 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM

What are coverage does your buisness need? What insurance products are best for your business? At this workshop learn about the insurance for businesses from industry professionals.

Presented by: Huntington Bank

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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: Financial Wake-up Call: Banking Services

Wednesday, Mar 28 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM

It’s important to understand the banking services available to your business. This session will cover payroll, merchant services, business credit cards, and how to evaluate which services your business needs.

 

Presented by: Huntington Bank

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Cleveland: S.E.E.D. at the Library

Monday, Apr 02 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
Monday April 2nd, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Monday April 9th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Monday April 16th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Monday April 23rd, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $150.00 for four-class series and certificate of completion. This series will be held at The Garfield Heights Branch Library, 5409 Turney Road, 44125.

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.

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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.
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Cleveland: Financial Wake-up Call: Recordkeeping

Wednesday, Apr 25 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM

This session guides participants through best recordkeeping practices, and how to apply tricks and tools relevant to their business. It will also compare teh various softwares available to support recordkeeping.

 

Presented by: Huntington Bank

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Cleveland: S.E.E.D. at the Library

Wednesday, May 02 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
Wednesday May 2nd, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Wednesday May 9th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Wednesday May 16th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Wednesday May 23rd, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $150.00 for four-class series and certificate of completion. This series will be held at The Parma Branch Library, 6996 Powers Blvd, 44129.

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.

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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.
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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. ‚ÄčAttendees 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: S.E.E.D. at the Library

Tuesday, Jun 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 June 5th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Tuesday June 12th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Tuesday June 19th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Tuesday June 26th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $150.00 for four-class series and certificate of completion. This series will be held at The Maple Heights Branch Library, 5225 Library Lane, 44137.

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.

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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: S.E.E.D. at the Library

Monday, Jul 16 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
Monday July 16th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Monday July 23rd, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Monday July 30th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Monday August 6th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $150.00 for four-class series and certificate of completion. This series will be held at The Brook Park 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.

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Cleveland: S.E.E.D. at the Library

Wednesday, Aug 08 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
Wednesday August 8th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Wednesday August 15th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Wednesday August 22nd, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Wednesday August 29th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $150.00 for four-class series and certificate of completion. This series will be held at The Warrensville Heights Branch Library, 4415 Northfield Road, 44128.

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.

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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

Cleveland: S.E.E.D. at the Library

Thursday, Sep 06 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
Thursday September 6th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Thursday September 13th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Thursday September 20th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Thursday September 27th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $150.00 for four-class series and certificate of completion. This series will be held at The North Olmsted Branch Library, 27403 Lorain Road, 44070.

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.

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