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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: TTT: QuickBooks ONLINE Part I

Thursday, Mar 23 9:15 AM

Tips & techniques on using - QuickBooks ONLINE will be explained in a two-part workshop from the Team at BudgetEase, Diamond Level QuickBooks Advisors. Register for each session separately. Laptops encouraged but not required. Handout material will be available.

Part I will cover determining what version of QuickBooks Online is best for you, creating a QuickBooks Online account, setting company preferences, syncing transactions from the bank, how to add a product, customer or vender, and where to enter bills, invoices and checks.

Part II will review adding products, customers and vendors, bank reconciliations, setting up an invoice template, adding memorized transactions, setting up inventory, inventory management and customizing and exporting reports.

 

Registration Closed

Cleveland: Entrepreneurial Readiness Training

Thursday, Mar 30 12:00 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 Lauren Smith by phone at (216) 912-5665 or by email at lsmith@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: TTT: QuickBooks Online Part II

Thursday, Mar 30 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM

Tips & techniques on using - QuickBooks ONLINE will be explained in a two-part workshop from the Team at BudgetEase, Diamond Level QuickBooks Advisors. Register for each session separately. Laptops encouraged but not required. Handout material will be available.

Part I will cover determining what version of QuickBooks Online is best for you, creating a QuickBooks Online account, setting company preferences, syncing transactions from the bank, how to add a product, customer or vender, and where to enter bills, invoices and checks.

Part II will review adding products, customers and vendors, bank reconciliations, setting up an invoice template, adding memorized transactions, setting up inventory, inventory management and customizing and exporting reports.

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Small Enterprise Education Development (S.E.E.D.) Training Series

Monday, Apr 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
Monday April 3rd, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Monday April 10th, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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

There will be no class the week of April 24th.

• Module 4: Operations
Monday May 1st, 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 Garfield Heights Public Library at 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.

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: The ScratchMade Incubator for Packaged Products Made by Hand

Wednesday, Apr 05 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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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

>> APPLY BY CLICKING HERE <<

Program fee for accepted applicants is $249. The top 3 participants will enjoy awards including mentorship, coaching, access to capital, and more. Applications close at midnight the evening of Wednesday, March 29th. Accepted participants will be notified by April 3rd and expected to remit program payment prior to program commencement. Please direct any questions to Lauren Smith at (216) 912-5665 or LSmith@ecdi.org.

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Cleveland: FDIC: Recordkeeping

Thursday, Apr 06 9:15 AM
Price: $10.00

Recordkeeping:

After completing this module, the participants will be able to:

  • Improve their overall recordkeeping practices
  • Apply tricks and tools relevent to their business
  • choose among various software to support their recordkeeping

Presented by Christine Bretz, CPA

WBC members please contact Alexis at acoffey@ecdi.org for your promo code.

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: ECDI Information Session

Tuesday, Apr 11 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

ECDI presents a brief overview presentation to inform prospective ECDI clients and partners about programs to develop, fund, and launch a business.  The information session will also explain ECDI program requirements, follow-ups, and procedures. Program is required for prospective ECDI clients; must register in advance. This session will be held at The Women's Business Center of Northeast Ohio, 2800 Euclid Avenue Suite 509, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

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Cleveland: Leveraging Capital To Grow Your Business

Thursday, Apr 13 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

Tuesday, April 25 6:00 pm The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, OH
Thursday, June 8 9:15 am Women’s Business Center
Thursday, Sept 14 9:15 am Women’s Business Center

Thursday, April 13 9:15 am Women’s Business Center

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Intellectual Property Workshop Part II

Tuesday, Apr 18 5:30 PM to 7:30PM

Some Things Every Successful Entrepreneur Should Know About Contracts

Learn about the importance of contracts and how to use them to help protect and grow your business:

What is a contract?

What goes into a contract?

Who decides?

Do you have to write it down?

Are there contracts online (e.g., on the Internet)?

How can you use contracts in your business?

How do you make good contracts?

Join us for Part II of Intellectual Property with Attorney, Dan McMullen at The Dealership.

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Akron: Cash Flow

Wednesday, Apr 19 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Facilitated by Chemical Bank, this workshop provides a practical introduction to key topics related to starting and managing a business. Material and handouts were developed jointly by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and are provided to attendees.

After completing this workshop, members will be able 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: Leveraging Capital To Grow Your Business

Tuesday, Apr 25 6:00 PM

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

Tuesday, April 25 6:00 pm The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, OH
Thursday, June 8 9:15 am Women’s Business Center
Thursday, Sept 14 9:15 am Women’s Business Center

 

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: ECDI Information Session

Tuesday, Apr 25 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

ECDI presents a brief overview presentation to inform prospective ECDI clients and partners about programs to develop, fund, and launch a business.  The information session will also explain ECDI program requirements, follow-ups, and procedures. Program is required for prospective ECDI clients; must register in advance. This session will be held at The Women's Business Center of Northeast Ohio, 2800 Euclid Avenue Suite 509, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Entrepreneurial Readiness Training

Thursday, Apr 27 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 Lauren Smith by phone at (216) 912-5665 or by email at lsmith@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.

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: ECDI Information Session

Tuesday, May 16 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

ECDI presents a brief overview presentation to inform prospective ECDI clients and partners about programs to develop, fund, and launch a business.  The information session will also explain ECDI program requirements, follow-ups, and procedures. Program is required for prospective ECDI clients; must register in advance. This session will be held at The Women's Business Center of Northeast Ohio, 2800 Euclid Avenue Suite 509, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: ECDI Information Session

Tuesday, May 30 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

ECDI presents a brief overview presentation to inform prospective ECDI clients and partners about programs to develop, fund, and launch a business.  The information session will also explain ECDI program requirements, follow-ups, and procedures. Program is required for prospective ECDI clients; must register in advance. This session will be held at The Women's Business Center of Northeast Ohio, 2800 Euclid Avenue Suite 509, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Entrepreneurial Readiness Training

Thursday, Jun 01 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 Lauren Smith by phone at (216) 912-5665 or by email at lsmith@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.

Register

Cleveland: Leveraging Capital to Grow Your Business

Thursday, Jun 08 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, June 8 9:15 am Women’s Business Center
Thursday, Sept 14 9:15 am Women’s Business Center

 

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Akron: Leveraging Capital to Grow Your Business: Panel

Wednesday, Jun 21 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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

Akron: Financial Management

Wednesday, Aug 23 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Financial Management - understanding this critical practice

After completing this module, the participants will be able 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: 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

 

Register

Akron: Leveraging Capital to Grow Your Business

Wednesday, Sep 20 5:30PM to 7:30PM

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

Akron: Time Management

Wednesday, Oct 18 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

After completing this module, the participants will be able to: 

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

Wednesday, Nov 15 5:30PM to 7:30PM

Details to come.

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