TAMIU-SBDC Sponsors October Business Workshops
Posted: 10/01/2009

TAMIU-SBDC Sponsors
October Business Workshops

The Texas A&M International University Small Business Development Center (TAMIU-SBDC) will sponsor several workshops during the month of October.

Friday, Oct. 2: QuickBooks Workshop: Putting Financial Management to Work for Your Business, is a hands-on workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall, room 113. Instructor Norma Rodríguez, SBDC business advisor, will go over the steps to create a new QuickBooks company, modify the preset chart of accounts, reconcile a QuickBooks checking account, invoice customers, create sales orders, receive payments from customers and make bank deposits, enter bills into QuickBooks and create and customize QuickBooks reports and graphs. Workshop fee is $50 and includes workbook.

Wednesday, Oct. 7: All about Google-At a Full-Day Workshop for small business owners, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Dr. Billy Cowart Hall room 117. Learn how Google works at a full-day training seminar targeted to small and medium businesses looking to start and/or develop online marketing. The Workshop is taught by Alejandro Quetzeri, owner of WSI Internet Marketing Consulting. It is focused on teaching the small business owner the tools, tactics and strategies to be more successful in Google. The current economic conditions, combined with the high return on investment (ROI) available from online marketing, are driving the change from traditional marketing.

Thursday, Oct. 8: Think like a Marketing Guru Workshop will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., classroom location will be provided with registration confirmation. Fee is $20. What is a marketing plan and why is it so essential to the success of a business? Instructor Norma Rodríguez will define components of a marketing strategy.


Friday, Oct. 9: Understanding Financial Statements workshop will be held from 9:00 to 12:00 noon, classroom location will be provided with registration confirmation. A $20 fee will include workbook. Instructor Gladys Rangel will help you to understand your financial statements. One statement cannot diagnose a company's financial health, but by putting several statements together, one can make smart financial, investment and management decisions. For lending purposes, statements will help to determine if one can afford to pay a loan, the loan amount, the loan term (number of years), which assets one should buy versus which assets should be financed, and what collateral is available to secure a loan.

Thursday, Oct. 15: Strategic Management Learning System (SMLS) Credit & Collections Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Western Hemispheric Trade Center (WHTC) room 125. Tina Rodríguez, SBDC certified business advisor, will cover the five steps: Easy to put out, hard to get back. That’s not the credit the businesses or owner’s use, but the credit the firm provides to its customers – how much, to whom, and under what circumstances. Traditionally, credit in various forms has been used by businesses to stimulate sales, broaden their customer base, encourage additional purchases and generally facilitate other marketing activities. Properly controlled, credit can increase sales and bring in a steady stream of well-satisfied customers. A $20 fee will include workbook.

Friday, Oct. 16: Doing Payroll with QuickBooks Workshop, a hands-on workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall, room 113. Instructor Norma Rodríguez, will go over the process of doing payroll in QuickBooks. The learning objectives include: payroll set-up; payroll schedules; employee information; writing and printing payroll checks and tracking tax liabilities. Workshop fee is $20 and includes workbook.

Wednesday, Oct. 21: the Art of Starting a Business: Basic Business Essentials Workshop is free of charge from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Instructor Angelo Piccirillo, SBDC business economic/development coordinator, will present this practical workshop that helps businesses to avoid common pitfalls, evaluate strengths and weaknesses, and the skills needed to succeed. Participants will also explore initial paperwork, assessment process, legal structures and the importance of the business plan. This workshop will be held in TAMIU’s Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 125.

Thursday, Oct. 22: Business Planning and Financing Options Workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., classroom location will be provided with registration confirmation. Fee for the workshop is $20, and each participant will receive Linda Pinzon’s “Anatomy of a Business Plan: a Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Business and Securing your Company’s Future,” a $50 value. Instructor Angelo Piccirillo explains that planning is the map to success in the business world. One needs to write a business plan when starting or buying a business, financing or refinancing a business or raising debt or equity capital.

Friday, Oct. 23: Web Page Designing Part I: Creating a Basic Website Workshop will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall, room 113. Fee is $20. This hands-on workshop series spans the entire process of building a simple website from the ground up, with plenty of pointers and reference material. Alejandro Quetzeri will lead the series covering: definition and use of the Internet and World Wide Web, all about Google, Yahoo and MSN search engines; email, domain names and creating your own domain name and home pages, including about us, product and services and contact us page components.

Thursday, Oct. 29: Strategic Management Learning System (SMLS) Credit & Collections Workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Western Hemispheric Trade Center (WHTC) room 125. Tina Rodríguez, will cover the five steps: Easy to put out, hard to get back. That’s not the credit the businesses or owner’s use, but the credit the firm provides to its customers – how much, to whom, and under what circumstances. A $20 fee will include workbook.

Friday, Oct. 30: Web Page Designing Part II: Promoting your Website Workshop will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall, room 113. Fee is $20. This hands-on workshop series spans the entire process of building a simple website from the ground up, with plenty of pointers and reference material. Alejandro Quetzeri will lead the workshop covering traditional marketing versus internet marketing; basics of internet marketing, web analytics, search engine optimization and pay per click – sponsor ads.

For more information or to register for any of these October workshops, call the TAMIU SBDC office at 956.326.2827, e-mail sbdc@tamiu.edu or register online at sbdc.tamiu.edu


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