TAMIU SBDC Offers May Business Workshops
Posted: 5/3/12

TAMIU-SBDC Offers Various
May Business Workshops

The Texas A&M International University Small Business Development Center (TAMIU-SBDC) will sponsor several workshops throughout May.

Wednesday, May 9: 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 126. 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, May 11: Managing Cash - the Small Business Owner's Guide to Financial Control Workshop is scheduled from 9:00 to 12:00 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. Tina 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.

Wednesday, May 16: Anatomy of a Business Plan Workshop is from 9:00 to 12:00 noon 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 Norma Rodríguez 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, May 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 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the TAMIU Student Center, room 120. Carla Leticia Sánchez, staff attorney, will conduct the presentation. Sánchez 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.

Thursday, May 24: Understanding Credit & Budgeting Workshop will be offered from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at TAMIU’s Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 126. Certified business advisor Tina Rodríguez will review Credit Reporting Myths, Disputing Inaccuracies, Rebuilding Credit, and Debt Management.

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


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