Monday, January 4, 2010

BOI Upcoming Workshops

As we welcome a New Year, let BOI classes help you with your resolution to start that business you've been dreaming of or to further educate yourself to improve the business you are currently operating. Contact us now to reserve a spot in one or more of our upcoming programs!

If you're just getting started on your path to business ownership, consider these classes:

Introduction to Business Ownership
Learn what it takes to start a business, assess your readiness, set your goals, plan your path towards business ownership and learn how BOI's programs can help you each step along the way. Cost: Free
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 6 – 9 p.m.
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Business Planning 1
In this 12-hour series, take the first steps in planning for business success by learning the fundamental business principles you need to get started. Topics include researching your market opportunity, financial planning, identifying your value proposition and how to write your business plan.Cost: Variable based on income. Preregistration and prepayment are required for this series.
Tuesdays, Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2 and 9, 6 – 9 p.m.
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For anybody whose New Year's Resolution includes improved money management and a stronger personal financial position, join us for:

Get Smart with Your Money
In this 10-hour series, learn how your personal finances affect the success of your business and how an improved personal financial position increases your “bankability” when seeking small-business financing. Topics include understanding and improving your credit report, analyzing your personal budget, changing bad money habits and setting financial goals. Cost: Variable based on income.
Thursdays, Jan. 14, 21, 28 and Feb. 4, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
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And for current business owners and those of you that already have your plan in place, consider these classes for further growth and improved management of your business:

Taxes for Small Businesses
Review the various tax responsibilities of the small business owner, understand what you need to do to comply with the law and review basic rules regarding business tax deductions. Cost: $10
Thursday, Jan. 7, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
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Contracts and Negotiations
Learn how to protect your interests by understanding the principles of business contract law. Understand what to look for when reviewing a contract, what to include when creating a contract, tips for negotiating favorable terms and how to minimize conflicts. Cost: $10
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
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Record Keeping for Small Businesses
Examine the essentials of record keeping for your business so that you are prepared for tax time and have the information you need to effectively manage your business. Learn what documentation is required and how to put together a simple transaction ledger. Cost: $10
Thursday, Jan. 21, 6 – 8 p.m.
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Marketing and Sales Strategies for 2010 and Beyond
In this two-part series, learn the secrets to successfully finding new customers for your business and keeping your current customers coming back for more by hearing about real world sales and marketing problems and solutions for small businesses.
Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 27 and 28, 6 – 8 p.m.
Instructors: Jeff Bowe, Chief Sales Strategist, ACTUM Group and Kim Brand, President, Computer Experts
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