TAMIU SBDC Offers November Business Workshops
Posted: 11/3/11

TAMIU-SBDC Offers
November Business Workshops

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

Friday, Nov. 4: QuickBooks Workshop: Putting Financial Management to Work for Your Business, is a hands-on workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in TAMIU’s 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.

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Anatomy of a Business Plan Workshop in Zapata is scheduled from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Zapata County Courthouse, suite 248. Fee for the seminar is $20, and each participant receives 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 Yael Rodríguez, SBDC-certified business advisor, 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.

Wednesday, Nov. 9: the Art of Starting a Business: Basic Business Essentials, free of charge workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. at the TAMIU Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 125. Instructor Angelo Piccirillo, SBDC-certified business advisor, 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.

Friday, Nov. 11: Anatomy of a Business Plan Workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon  at TAMIU Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 126. Fee for the seminar is $20, and each participant receives 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.

Tuesday, Nov. 15: Getting Started in Federal Contracting will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the TAMIU Student Center, room 230. Are you winning contracts? Making a profit? Generating positive cash flow? Our expert consultants provide support to your small business in marketing, accounting, finances, and personnel, so you can win contracts, make a profit, and generate cash flow -- all at the same time. Join us for a free informative seminar that will help your small business gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. Topics to be discussed include: How the TAMIU-SBDC can help your business; Steps towards becoming a Federal Contractor; Registrations and Certifications; Marketing to the Federal Government; Federal Contracting Opportunities; and Veterans Assistance and Services Program.

Wednesday, Nov. 16: Managing Cash - the Small Business Owner's Guide to Financial Control Workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon  at TAMIU’s Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 126; $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. Norma Rodríguez, certified 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.

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


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