2012-BusinessWorkshops040512
Posted: 4/05/12

TAMIU-SBDC Offers Various
April Business Workshops

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

Wednesday, April 11: 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, April 11: the Art of Starting a Business: Basic Business Essentials, free of charge workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.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, April 13: 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 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.

Thursday, April 19: Anatomy of a Business Plan Workshop is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the 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, April 20: How to Create a Digital Business Card (Website) for Your Business, is a hands-on workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in TAMIU’s Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall, room 113. Today, entrepreneurs are lucky to have so many ways to be active online: blogs, social media profiles, and more. But every business needs an online “home base,” a place to call your own. That home base is your website. It’s your welcome mat, your window display for visitors on the internet. At this informative hands-on workshop instructor Steve Gutierrez, Director of the Azteca Economic Development & Preservation Corporation, will cover the steps on how to create a website. By the end of the session, you will walk out with your very own website!

Tuesday, April 24: Managing Cash - the Small Business Owner's Guide to Financial Control Workshop is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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, SBDC-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.

Thursday, April 26: the Art of Customer Service
will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Student Center, room 120. Fee is $20. The purpose of the workshop is to learn the Art of Customer Service using the “CIVIL” framework. It will help your business and organizations experience employee empowerment, repeat business, loyal customers, and an overall satisfactory customer service strategy. Join instructor Tina Rodríguez for an interactive two-hour presentation.

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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