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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Build-a-Brand

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

The WBC needs YOUR help! A this week's Think Tank Thursday, we are redesigning the WBC's website!
 
Over the years we've struggled alongside you with navigating our website, and we are finally in a position to design a new one!
 
We want to take you on this journey with us. So, please join us for this brainstorming session, on how we can create the best user experience possible!
 
As a special guest, Maestro Stevens from Iconic Expressions, will be there to help facilitate the discussion!
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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

*** UPDATE: THERE WILL BE NO CLASS JUNE 26th ***

• Module 4: Operations
Tuesday July 3rd, 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.

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

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Risk Management

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

Join us for Risk Management!

• Understand the external and internal factors that affect risk for a small business.

• Recognize the common warning signs of risk

• Implemennt, monitor and evaluate a risk management strategy!

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Cleveland: ECDI Info Session

Tuesday, Jun 12 12:00PM to 1:00PM

A forty-five minute presentation to inform prospective ECDI clients about programs to develop, fund, and launch a business with Q&A. The information session will also explain ECDI program requirements, follow-ups, and procedures. Program is required for prospective training and lending clients and is highly recommended for any other prospective ECDI client. This session will be held at ECDI.

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Akron: AKRON: Facebook for Business

Wednesday, Jun 13 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Do you use social media as a marketing tool for your business? Simone Cameron from the Annek Group is coming to ECDI Akron to 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: Grant Funded Innovation

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

Attend and learn from a WBC partner.  Small Business Innovative Research Grants are funded through federal departments.  Learn how entrepreneurs access the resource.  Hear first-hand from a WBC member who is moving through the funding process. 

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: WBC New Member Orientation

Tuesday, Jun 19 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Are you a new member to the WBC?

Come learn about WBC membership benefits and all our resources!

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Blogging Meet Up

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

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. In addition, it is hoped that you will create your own support group and learn from others who are also blogging.

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Certification 101

Thursday, Jun 21 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

This class will discuss certification programs (MBE, EDGE, WBE, DBE and LEDE), the certification process, and what documents to submit with your application. The workshop will be presented by Ronda Watson Barber, publisher of OhioMBE.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in guiding small businesses through the certification process. During the workshop, individuals will work through an application to the City of Cleveland that has reciprocity with the State of Ohio. 

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Cleveland: ECDI Info Session

Tuesday, Jun 26 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

A forty-five minute presentation to inform prospective ECDI clients about programs to develop, fund, and launch a business with Q&A. The information session will also explain ECDI program requirements, follow-ups, and procedures. Program is required for prospective training and lending clients and is highly recommended for any other prospective ECDI client. This session will be held at ECDI.

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Akron: Creating a Vision for Your Life

Wednesday, Jun 27 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Siobhan Sudberry, founder and creator of BeFree Project, will share her story on how having a vision and knowing her why has helped her authentically grow her business in a way that feels good to her while making money. 

Siobhan's passion is to teach women how to get unstuck, gain clarity of their lives so they can be free and unstoppable to live the life they were created to live. 

Check out more about Siobhan Suberry and BeFree Project here! 

Please note the event will be held in The Bit Factory on the 5th Floor. 

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: The #1 Secret of Small Businesses: Learning How to Be the "Chief Ecosystem Officer" of Your Business

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

Presented by Borbala Banto, Concierge CPAs

  1. Understand That You’re an Entrepreneur Selling Your Services – Mindset Shift From What You Learned about your Trade

 

  1. Recognize That as a CEO Your Job is Multi-Fold:
    1. Vision & Strategy (Choose a niche and define what differentiates you from your competitors.)
    2. Rainmaking (Cultivate relationships, become a networking & marketing expert to attract new clients.)
    3. Operations (Manage the business and the staff, set policies and procedures to be followed.)
    4. Financial Management (Utilize your financial data to make informed business decisions. Implement a system to track and project cash-flow, as this has the biggest effect on the day-to-day operations, but represents the #1 problem small businesses struggle with. Develop financial goals, spending plans. Have a basis understanding of your key performance indicators.)

 

  1. The Three Essential Skills to Run Your Business:
    1. Marketing
    2. Technical
    3. Financial

 

  1. What Is Your Excuse for Not Acting like the CEO of Your Business?
    1. Managing partners of big companies have the advantage of working with various dedicated professionals, company CEO’s have a board of advisors.
    2. Good News: small business owners have a myriad of resources when it comes to building their own successful businesses:

                                                               i.      Business management books & coaches, outsourced CFO services, technology tools/apps, Vas.

  1. How to build your own unofficial board of advisers/accountability partners

 

  1. Building Your Successful Business Starts with “Reverse Engineering” Your Financial Goals:
    1. Your branding/marketing, visibility, lead generation, pricing structure, staffing level, all have to be aligned with your financial goals. Know how much you want to make and build the “enterprise-machine” that will get you there.

 

  1. Knowing Your Numbers Is the Only Way to Build a Legitimate Business:
    1. Examples of the most Important Numbers (Key Performance Indicators)
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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.
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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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Akron: AKRON: Lunch N Learn Managing Cash Flow

Tuesday, Jul 24 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Operating a successful business, requires managing incoming and outgoing financials. Learn how to manage cash flows from banking professionals.

  • 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.
  • Work more effectively with technical experts.
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Akron: AKRON: Go to market strategy

Wednesday, Aug 08 5:30 PM

TBA

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

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.

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: Think Tank Thursday: Record Keeping

Thursday, Sep 06 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM

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

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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 Maple Heights Library Branch, 5225 Literary 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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Toledo: Toledo Small Business Resource Days: South Branch

Tuesday, Sep 25 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

ECDI and our Toledo small business partners present: Toledo Small Business Resource Days!

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