TAMIU SBDC Offers Business Workshops throughout Month
Posted: 9/8/11

TAMIU-SBDC Offers
September Business Workshops

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

Tuesday, September 13: the Art of Starting a Business: Basic Business Essentials in Zapata, Texas, free of charge workshop from 9:30 to 12:00 noon at the Zapata County Courthouse, suite 248. Instructor Yael Rodríguez, 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.

Wednesday, September 14: the Art of Starting a Business: Basic Business Essentials, free of charge workshop from 9:00 to 11:00 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.

Thursday, September 15: Small Business Certifications through the U.S. Small Business Administration – Want to Sell your Product to the Federal Government? This free of charge seminar is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at TAMIU’s Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 103. Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Texas A&M International University Small Business Development Center, (TAMIU-SBDC) your small business community resource, will hold a FREE seminar. Stop by and learn of the contracting certifications available to small businesses through SBA’s 8(a) BD, Hubzone, WOSB, and Veteran Owned Business certifications. The SBA can assist you as a small business in the start-up and expansion years.

SBA provides counseling and technical assistance to thousands of start-up and existing small business owners through its network of resource partners; i.e., the Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers, and SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business.

SBA approves billions of dollars to small businesses through participating lenders and credit unions using SBA’s 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program.

Friday, September 16: Developing and Marketing your Website Workshop will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at TAMIU’s Student Center, room 120. Fee is $20. This hands-on workshop 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.

Wednesday, September 21: Anatomy of a Business Plan Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 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.

Friday, September 23: The TAMIU-SBDC, in conjunction with the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid: Legal Assistance to Microenterprise Project (L.A.M.P.) will provide a seminar designed to assist potential and existing business owners with legal issues. This free of charge seminar is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at TAMIU Student Center, room 230. Amber Van Schuyver, staff attorney, will conduct the presentation. Van Schuyver explains that micro-entrepreneurs must grapple with a wide variety of legal issues, from entity selection and formation, to employment law issues, contract issues, commercial lease issues, and tax issues. This presentation will cover these and other topics, giving participants a greater understanding of the legal issues facing their business.

Tuesday, September 27: Anatomy of a Business Plan Workshop in Zapata is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon 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.

Friday, September 30: Managing Cash - the Small Business Owner's Guide to Financial Control Workshop is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at TAMIU 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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