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60 Reasons Why Entrepreneurship Is Amazing

Most business owners will agree on one thing -- being in control of your own destiny is great.

Starting a Business / Running a Business
SBDC Provides Subject Matter Experts for You
Financing Your Small Business 
SBC-5020- tuition: $55  
143036  Tu | Jul 11 | 5:30-7:30PM | La Plata |  Bill Hitte,  Business Consultant 
143024  Tu | Aug 8 | 5:30-7:30PM | Prince Frederick Kathy MacAdams, Business Consultant   
 Whether you are starting a new business or expanding a successful existing business, it is essential to know the financial sources that are available to you. Evaluate sources of business financing to determine which would best serve your needs. Prepare for the process of securing business financing; identify the lenders considerations in granting credit. Discuss federal, state and local loan/loan guarantee programs. Prepare yourself to work with an SBDC counselor to finalize your business plan and loan application. 

Get the Money You Need!  Existing business owners, entrepreneurs, lenders, investors and investment resource partners are invited to join us.  Businesses in need of working capital, equipment, a line of credit or other financial assistance should attend.  Lenders and investors who are interested in meeting with local and regional business owners to discuss their investment needs should attend. 

The EFEA Investment Marketplace is a unique simulated speed dating model bringing together lenders, business owners and entrepreneurs to interact, engage and explore financial investment opportunities. 

Remarks from entrepreneurs and lenders that attended in 2016 

2016 After Market pdf          

Forms to Prepare the Small Business Owner to Pitch to Lenders

SBC-6370- tuition $125
143034 Th | Jul 13 |  9:00AM-3:00 PM | La Plata
143029 Th | Aug 3  | 9:00AM-3:00 PM | Prince Frederick   
Discover how this user-friendly software program can make small business recordkeeping fast and easy. Alternating lecture and hands-on computer exercises will provide an overview of the many features of QuickBooks. Find out how its applications can streamline business processes. Learn how to create a new company and to work with customer transactions, vendor transactions, and bank accounts, as well as generating basic financial reports and customizing invoices.
Helen Hall, Advanced Certified QuickBooks® Professional Advisor   
Building a Successful Business Plan
SBC-6260-143040  Th | Jul 20 & 27 | 5 :30 PM-8:00 PM | La Plata Bill Hitte, Business Consultant
SBC-6260-143026  We| Aug 16 & 23 | 5:30 PM-8:00 PM | Prince Frederick Kathy MacAdams, Business Consultant 
This program is essential both for the start-up business owner and for the entrepreneur who is preparing to expand a successful business. Seminar leaders will discuss strategic planning, marketing, administration, personnel, finance, and accounting. You will learn to develop an effective business plan to manage your business; to create a marketing action plan that will help you to achieve your sales goals; to prepare financial projections; and to use financial information to make better and more informed decisions. The business plan is the single most important factor in a lender’s decision-making process. Make sure your business plan will generate the financing you need and provide the strategies to ensure you will be successful.  tuition: $83
Start Right for Success
SBC-5000-143042 We| Jul 26 |  6:00-8:00 PM | Leonardtown  | Wynne Briscoe, Business Consultant
SBC-5000-143030 Th | Aug 31 | 5:30-7:30 PM | Prince Frederick | Kathy MacAdams, Business Consultant
If you are thinking about starting a business, attend this course for a summary of the business information you need right now. Evaluate your business concept and determine the market potential of your products/services. Gain an understanding of your potential customers. Identify the best type of business organization. Determine your record keeping needs and learn how to create a financial plan. Begin working on the concepts for a business plan. Prepare yourself to effectively use the SBDCs confidential one-on-one counseling to your best advantage. 
 tuition: $55
The Two-day Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Self- Employment Intensive Training Workshop is offered in collaboration among the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

You will learn if starting a business is right for you, if your business idea is feasible and much more! 
 08:00-16:00 19-20 JUL 2017 (EST)                                                        Registration Information
Free  Workshop / Simulcast Webinar

Ready, Set, Go! 

FREE workshop for those interested in starting their first business, but want to learn more on what to expect before they begin. SBDC staff will share with you what to anticipate when starting a new business including, resources to help you navigate information available for getting started.

Th | Jul 6 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM | Prince Frederick
Does SBDC Offer free training for Businesses?
Yes, there are many training events offered by SBDC that are free in addition to our free online training:
Starting Your Business

  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Conducting a Marketing Analysis
  • Analyze your Competition
  • Targeting Your Market
  • Maintaining an Agile Company
  • Creating a Competitive Advantage
  • Creating a Strategic Plan
  • Determining Your Business Legal Structure
  • Protecting Your Business with Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks

Foundations of Marketing

  • Pricing Products and Services
  • Building Your Brand
  • Promoting Your Business
  • Advertising Your Business
  • Building a Web Site
  • Personalization Strategies to Attract and Retain Customers
  • Identifying Your Sales Strategy

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      Managing Your Finances
      • Preparing a Cash Budget
      • Preparing a Balance Sheet
      • Managing Your Cash Flow
      • Running a Profitable Company
      • Creating a Profit and Loss Statement
      • Analyzing Your Financial Ratios
      • Protecting Your Business with Contracts
      • Assessing Your Company's Financial Needs
      • Partners and Investors
      • Valuing a Business
      Ellen Flowers-Fields | Regional Director |  Email
      Lisa Creason | Program Assistant for Region |  Email    
      Bill Hitte | Business Consultant Charles County |  Email
      Kathy MacAdams  | Business Consultant  Calvert County |  Email 
      Wynne Briscoe | Business Consultant St. Mary's County |  Email