February  2019

Local  Rochester Workshops
* * FREE EVENT * * SBA Sponsored: Women Owned Small Business Finance Bootcamp 
7 Week Series: February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4 & 11   12:30-4:30  
This series will provide you with information on strategic planning for your business, understanding the credit rating process, understanding financial statements, effective negotiation strategies and preparing a loan proposal.  The last session will include a lender matchmaker providing participants with the opportunity to meet with area lenders and pitch your financing proposal.
Location: City of Rochester Conference Room, North Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY  14614
To Register:  Contact Virginia Smith, 585-263-6700 ext. 106 
How Cash Moves Through Your Business    
Saturday, March 2, 2019  9:00am-11:00am  Fee:  $29   
This workshop will take you through the basic financial statements of a company using real world examples and easy to understand terms.  The goal is to impart the notion that profit does not equal cash flow. 
We will share areas where things can break down if one is not careful, but also show where opportunities are to run your business better and gain a competitive advantage.This workshop is designed to be collaborative and interactive - come prepared to be engaged!
Location: Five Star Bank- City Gate, 395 Westfall Road (next to Costco) 
* * FREE EVENT * * Business & Estate Transition Planning for Farm Owners 
Thursday, March 14, 2019  9:30am - 12:00pm   
What will you learn? The importance of valuing your business; essential steps for farm/business transition planning; protecting and planning for your future and possible retirement; understanding the importance of succession or transition planning and key elements of estate planning
Location:  Henrietta Town Hall, 475 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY  14467
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Not Just for Rankings Anymore   
3 week series: Saturdays, March 23, 30 & April 6  9:00am-Noon   Fee: $75  
In this 3 week series of hands on, interactive workshops, discover how  you can leverage an SEO strategy for your business.  This series covers keyword research, how to get found on Google, what SEO looks like in 2019 & beyond, what Google REALLY wants you to know (and do), how to find the conversations that matter so your clients choose you, plus much more!
Location:  City of Rochester Conference Room (Outside the Sister Cities Parking Garage), North Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY  14614 
Small Business Start-Up & Survival - Brockport  
5 week series: Wednesdays, March 27, April 3, 10, 17 & 24  6:30pm-8:30pm   Fee: $59  Registration does not open until March 9th 
Are you thinking of starting a business and need some guidance?  Have you just started a small business and need some help?  If you answered YES, this workshop series has been designed especially for you.  It will provide key information to all the basic components of running a small business and allow you to tap into the knowledge of experienced professionals.  Topics include: business planning, funding your business, accounting, legal, insurance, and marketing considerations 
Location:  Sweden Clarkson Recreation Center, 4927 Lake Road South, Brockport, NY  14420
Topic:  Crowdfunding

Our latest infographic, sponsored by Nav, shows that small businesses raised over $1 billion through crowdfunding in 2018. Download the infographic to learn more about crowdfunding types and best practices for small businesses.  

Save Money and Time by Automating Your Finances

Feb. 12 @ 1 p.m. ET  / 10 a.m. PT
Do you want to save more money?

This webinar will explain how to establish systems that will save you time and money. 

Developing a Marketing Strategy for Your Startup Business

Feb. 14 @ 1 p.m. ET  / 10 a.m. PT
Does your new business have a good marketing strategy?

This webinar, presented by Deluxe, will give your startup the tools you need to create your ideal marketing strategy

Live Q&A: Masters of Marketing with John Lawson and Ramon Ray 

Feb. 21 @ 1 p.m. ET  / 10 a.m. PT
Ready to start or grow your online business?

In this Q&A session, John Lawson and Ramon Ray dedicate a full hour to taking your e-commerce and marketing questions.

File and Pay Florida Taxes with Confidence

Feb. 28 @ 2 p.m. ET  / 11 a.m. PT
Are you filing in Florida this tax season?

This webinar will offer tips for filing and paying Florida taxes confidently.

SCORE helps you succeed!
Brian Mykytiuk, a seasoned diver and longtime boating enthusiast, started Neptune Dive Service in 2016. Mykytiuk helps keep yachts spotless by diving under docked boats and doing cleaning and general maintenance underwater.

How SCORE helped: 
Mykytiuk sought mentoring from SCORE to make his startup a success. "We needed some professional guidance on what steps to take in opening a business from the ground up," he says. "[My SCORE mentor] Robert helped to map out which steps to take and at what point in the process."

Since launching his business in 2016, Mykytiuk has added services, increased revenue month after month, and hired his first employee.

Now Connect With Your Own Mentor
SCORE is a nonprofit resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Because of this, our mentoring services are free, no matter how many times you visit a mentor.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.