Varied Business Summer Workshops Available at TAMIU

TAMIU-SBDC Offers Varied June Workshops

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

Wednesday, June 10: “Legal Issues for Micro-enterprises,” is a free seminar that will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 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.

Friday, June 12: “Web Page Designing Part I: Creating a Basic Web site Workshop” will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 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.

Wednesday, June 17: “The Art of Starting a Business: Basic Business Essentials,” a free workshop, will meet 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. Classroom location will be provided with registration confirmation.

Thursday, June 18: “Think like a Marketing Guru” will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Anthony J. and Georgia A. Pellegrino Hall room 116. 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, June 18: “Quarterly and Year End Reporting,” a workshop, will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm in Student Center room 120. 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.

Friday, June 19: “Web Page Designing Part II: Promoting your Web site” will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in 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 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.

Thursday, June 25: “Fundamentals of Financing,” a free of charge luncheon seminar, will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm. in the Western Hemispheric Trade Center Fernando A. Salinas Lecture Room (WHTC 111). The old adage that it takes money to make money is especially true for small businesses. The list of expenses for operating a small business seems endless: payroll, taxes, insurance, rent, office supplies, inventory, telephone bills, etc. Sooner or later, most businesses find themselves with inadequate cash flow to cover these and other expenses. A decision must be made: Is financing needed? If yes, attend this informative seminar to learn about available financing resources. Speakers will include: Doug Smith, of the University of Texas at San Antonio’s International Trade Center; Annie M. Hudspeth, U.S. Small Business Administration and Aracely Nava, ACCION Texas.

For more information or to register, 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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