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Cleveland: ECDI Information Session

Tuesday, Jun 27 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: Entrepreneurial Readiness Training

Thursday, Jun 29 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: Lessons Learned from a Female Entrepreneur

Thursday, Jun 29 9:15am to 11:15am
Price: $25.00

Come and talk about taking the leap and becoming an entrepreneur with WBC member and owner of CLE Urban Winery, Destiny Burns.  Learn about her journey and get some tips on entrepreneurship. There will be a Q&A session!

 

CLE Urban Winery is a fun, inviting, upscale boutique winery in the historic, urban setting of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. They produce, serve and sell a wide variety of wine; all branded to honor and celebrate the city of Cleveland. CLE Urban Winery is a Federally Bonded Winery producing, serving and selling their own hand-crafted wines exclusively.

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Cleveland: Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training Series

Thursday, Jul 06 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
Thursday July 6th, 2017. 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Thursday July 13th, 2017. 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Thursday July 20th, 2017. 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Thursday July 27th, 2017. 12:00 pm - 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. 

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Cleveland: ECDI Information Session

Tuesday, Jul 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.

Register

Cleveland: Entrepreneurial Readiness Training

Thursday, Jul 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 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: ECDI Information Session

Tuesday, Aug 01 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: Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training Series

Wednesday, Aug 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 August 2nd, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Wednesday August 9th, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Wednesday August 16th, 2017. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Wednesday August 23rd, 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 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.

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: ECDI Information Session

Tuesday, Aug 15 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: 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: 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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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. 

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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: 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 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.

Register

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. 

Register

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.

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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. 

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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!

 

 

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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.

Register

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. ‚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.

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