There are nearly 1,000  local SBDC enters  available to provide no-cost business consulting and low-cost training to new and existing businesses.
August 24, 2018
Bookkeeping Tool . . .
QuickBooks Classes | Cost: tuition: $13 / fees: $112 

Scheduled Classes:
▪  Sep 7, 2018   | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM | Prince Frederick CSM
▪  Oct 26, 2018  | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM | Leonardtown CSM

QuickBooks Advanced
▪  Sep 29, 2018   | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM | La Plata CSM
Get more customers . . .
Even if you happen to be thinking more about Labor Day than about getting ready for the 2018 holidays, it’s time to consider your strategies soon! According to Kiplingers, "Retail and food service sales started the third quarter strong, growing a solid 0.5% in July. Spending has done very well since March, (cont'd)
Saturdays in September Sales and Marketing Series
Building Your Brand
Cost: tuition: $13 / fees: $62 
Scheduled Classes:
▪  Sep 8, 2018  | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Hughesville CSM CTET
Retail Success Strategies
Cost: tuition: $13 / fees: $70 
Scheduled Classes:
▪  Sep 15, 2018  | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Hughesville CSM CTET
indicating how much cuts to personal tax rates have boosted consumers. Meals out, typically a discretionary spending item, were phenomenal the past three months, which also indicates that consumer sentiment is high. (cont'd)
Effective Sales Strategies
Cost: tuition: $13 / fees: $70
Scheduled Classes:
▪  Sep 22, 2018  | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Hughesville CSM CTET
Advertising and Promotion
Cost: tuition: $13 / fees: $70 
Scheduled Classes:
▪  Sep 29, 2018  | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Hughesville CSM CTET
(Kiplinger cont'd) 2018 should be a good year for retail. Sales, excluding gasoline and autos, will grow 5.1%, better than 2017’s 4.2% pace. Building materials’ sales are advancing at a more sustainable 4.1% rate compared to a hot 8.2% in 2017. Sales of all other goods will increase 4.7% in 2018, a step up from 2017’s 3.9%, and the best gain in seven years. E-commerce will have yet another banner year, growing 14%, while in-store sales should do all right at 3.5%, their best showing since 2011." Economic Forecast By  DAVID PAYNE , Kiplinger Staff Economist, August 15, 2018
Tools for Businesses - Early Stage and New Funding . . .
Start Right For Success
Cost: tuition: $13 / fees: $42 
Scheduled Classes:
 ▪  Sep 20, 2018  | 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: La Plata CSM
▪  Oct 26, 2018  | 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Hughesville CSM
Building a Successful
Business Plan
  Cost: tuition: $13 / fees: $70

Scheduled Class:
▪  Oct 27, 2018  | 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Hughesville CSM
Financing Your Small Business
Cost: tuition: $13 / fees: $42 |

Scheduled Class: 
▪  Oct 27, 2018  | 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Hughesville CSM
Tools for Businesses - Find Encouraging Ways to Grow or Expand . . .

October Weekenders!
Resources and Information . . .
Need employees for the holidays or to fill college exodus vacancies?
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August 13, 2018
By Peter J. Cazamias, SBA –
Recently the United States Government announced several new tariff increases. The U.S. Department of Commerce implemented tariffs on steel and aluminum imports for national security reasons. Separately, the U.S. Trade . . . more
Veterans: VA pays for programs offered by SBDC 
As a Servicemember or Veteran you now have an opportunity to use your education benefits to learn how to start or enhance a small business.  Individual courses must be specifically approved for VA purposes to use your benefits.  Note that this benefit is not available under the Dependents Educational Assistance program.  Get the VA Entrepreneurship Training FAQ
Business Events Throughout So. MD!
FOR VETERANS  10 Week Program
Orientation Session which will be held
on Monday, August 27, 2018, 6:30
Hot Topics in Business Law: Interviews
Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Did you know? It may be easier to expand your market than you think. Even small businesses can get into exporting with the help of mentors and modern technology.
The Maryland Clean Energy Center is inviting entrepreneurs to compete in the Innovation Showcase Contest
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