TAMIU-SBDC Offers Diverse August Workshops

TAMIU-SBDC Offers
Diverse August Workshops

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

Friday, Aug. 7: 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. Instructors 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.

Tuesday, Aug. 11: “Managing Cash -The Small Business Owner's Guide to Financial Control” workshop is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the TAMIU Student Center, room 120. A $20 fee includes Workbook. Cash flow is what comes into and goes out of a business. Gaining financial control by understanding cash flow is crucial to business success. Tina Rodríguez, business advisor, will review: Cash–The Fuel that Runs your Business, Maximizing your Cash Flow, Tools for Speeding up Cash Collections, Overdue Invoices, Three Tools for Helping with Accounts Receivable, Cash Flow Statements and Four Short-Term Financing Solutions.

Wednesday, Aug. 12: Think like a Marketing Guru workshop will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at TAMIU Student Center, room 120. 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.

Thursday, Aug. 13: The Strategic Management Learning System (SMLS) Inventory Control workshop will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Western Hemispheric Trade Center (WHTC) room 125. Angelo Piccirillo, SBDC business economic/development coordinator, will cover the five-step process of thoughtful inventory management. A $20 fee will include workbook.

Thursday, Aug. 13: Small Business Employee Handbook workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm in Pellegrino Hall room 221. The hands-on workshop features the creation of an employee handbook. Utilizing an electronic template, each attendee will be able to create or revise their personnel policies with the direction and assistance of Human Capital staff. Participants will learn how to: Identify the key elements of an Employee Handbook, determine the federal and state regulations that apply to their company, consider policies to include in “house rules” portion of the handbook, create or revise handbook using a computer and handbook template provided for this class, and receive assistance in developing handbook and a critique when completed. Deirdre Pattillo from the South-West Border Region SBDC/Human Capital Program conduct the presentation. Fee for the workshop is $25.

Friday, Aug. 14: 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 114. Instructor Norma Rodríguez, SBDC business advisor, 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, Aug. 19: 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 importance of the business plan. The workshop will be held in TAMIU’s Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 126.

Thursday, Aug. 20: Keeping the Books: Recordkeeping Basics workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Student Center room 120. This workshop will provide simple principles to help attendees understand bookkeeping basics. Instructor Gladys Rangel, business advisor, will present a comprehensive hands-on tool that will help set up an effective bookkeeping system and keep the right records, maintain records required to prevent tax time disasters, and maximize profits. A $20 fee will include Laura Pinzon’s 7th Edition of “Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping and Accounting for the Successful Small Business,” a $50 value.

Friday, Aug. 21: Web Page Designing Part I: Creating a Basic Web site workshop will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall, room 114. Fee is $20. This hands-on workshop series spans the entire process of building a simple Web site from the ground up, with plenty of pointers and reference material. Alejandro Quetzeri, who has 10 years of experience in building Web sites and is owner of WSI Certified Internet Consultants, will lead the series covering: definition and use of the Internet and World Wide Web, all about Google, Yahoo and MSN search engines, e-mail, domain names and creating your own domain name and home pages, including about us, product and services and contact us page components.

Tuesday, Aug. 25 Legal Issues for Micro-enterprises, is a free of charge seminar that will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Classroom location will be provided with registration confirmation. The seminar will be conducted by Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid Assistance to Microenterprise Project (LAMP) staff attorney Amber VanSchuyver and will focus on various legal aspects of the small business. Topics to be covered include contracts, employment, advertising and promotion laws, taxes, Health and Safety Laws, and finance and commercial landlord and tenant laws.

Wednesday, Aug. 26: Quarterly and Year End Reporting Workshop will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. Classroom location will be provided with registration confirmation. Fee is $20. Business owners/employers have specific payroll responsibilities that are required by government agencies -- these agencies can be federal, state or local. Some of these responsibilities include, but are not limited to, withholding amounts from employees’ compensation to cover income tax, Social Security, Medicare, and other payments. Instructor Gladys Rangel will help owners/employers become familiarized with basic concepts of payroll management. Topics to be covered include employment requirements, pay requirements, payroll calculation, depositing taxes, quarterly report preparation and year-end report preparation.

Thursday, Aug. 27: Workers Comp 101- Overview for Texas Employers from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm in Western Hemispheric Trade Center Fernando A. Salinas Lecture Room (WHTC 111). The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation, will provide a comprehensive overview of the Texas Worker’s Compensation System and Return-to-Work program. Topics to be covered include: roles and responsibilities of system participants, functions of the Office of Injured Employee Counsel, functions and services provided by the TDI-DWC to system participants, examination of medical and income benefits in a claim and the process of resolving disputes about those benefits, and how to successfully return employees to work after a workplace injury. A $25 fee includes materials and lunch.

Thursday, Aug. 27: Strategic Management Learning System (SMLS) Human Resource Management workshop will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Western Hemispheric Trade Center (WHTC) room 125. Angelo Piccirillo, SBDC business economic/development coordinator, will cover the five-step process of thoughtful inventory management. A $20 fee will include workbook.

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


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