Classes and Instruction
The option to register yourself for classes is here:
So You Want to Start a Business? Start Here!
Steps to Starting a New Business
If you're considering starting a business, you probably need the following: money,
marketing, and guidance. This class will be of benefit to people contemplating starting
12/10/13 5-7pm *LWR $20
Writing the Ultimate Business Plan
A well-constructed business plan can help pave the way to a successful business. Learn
how to identify target markets, assemble a marketing plan, and determine economic
viability of a business. This seminar includes the use of Ultimate Financial Forecaster,
software retailing $99.
12/5/13 9-11am *VC $80
Creating a Brand Customers Will Love
If you're starting a business, you need to figure out how to get potential customers
to notice you so that they'll give you business. How do the big guys like Nike or
Coke do it? This class will help you stand out and get noticed.
12/20/13 9-11am *LWR $50
Tech Stuff Happens
A Cool Website That Works
You know you need a Website. How will you go about getting what you need? What will
you put on your Website that will both capture and keep people's attention? How will
your site get exposure on Google? These questions and more will be addressed.
12/18/13 1-3pm *LWR $50
Face It: You Need Facebook
What exactly is this thing called Facebook that everyone seems to be talking about
and using? If you're in business, you need to have a presence on Facebook.
12/3/13 1-3pm *LWR $50
Social Networking for Your Business
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, etc. What are these sites really about and which
one(s) should you look into? They are all social media Websites and can be extremely
beneficial for your business.
12/11/13 1-3pm *LWR $50
Dollars and Sense
Basic Bookkeeping for Business
Learn how to classify and record basic business transactions, enter data in an account
or register, and execute other bookkeeping related functions. Learn about basic accounting
terms, how records and reports are created, and about materials needed for tax compliance.
Different types of accounting software will be examined.
12/9/13 9-11am *LWR $50
Chart of Accounts/Organize Your Business Financially
Proper financial organization of your business is crucial. Financial records are the
lifeblood of your business. You will learn the ways in which financial organization
can be achieved.
12/12/13 9-11am *VC $25
QuickBooks is intermediate accounting software that will help you to understand the
big picture of accounting processes. You will learn to create customer, vendor, product,
and employee lists and use them to create purchase orders/graphs/invoices, receive/pay
bills, and customize reports.
[Note: Participants are required to take the Chart of Accounts class prior to taking QuickBooks.]
12/17 &12/19/13 T, R 8:30am-5pm *VC $285
Understanding Your Financials
Participants will learn how to read and interpret financial statements.
12/9/13 9-11am *LWR $50
Making Your Nonprofit Successful
Going Global, International Trade Basic
Expanding the market outside of the United States could prove to be a very smart business move. Learn the basics of international trade so that you can come up with a game plan and discover readily available resources.
Nonprofit Business Planning
The nonprofit world is a competitive place so planning is crucial. Learn the ways in which to best plan for your nonprofit business.
Marketing Your Nonprofit
We are a high-volume nonprofit community. There are more nonprofits per capita in our area than anywhere in the country. Discover ways in which to gain attention for your nonprofit.
Ways in which to find funding sources for your nonprofit will be discussed.
Government Contracting 101
Local. County. State. Federal. No matter what level of government business you're targeting, there's a right way and a wrong way to do so. We know the right way.
Women/Minority and Service Disabled Veterans Certification
Learn requirements for completing the State of Florida Certification Application for
Women/Minority Business Enterprise. Discover contract opportunities for women and
minority businesses in government and private sectors.
12/4/13 9-11am *LWR $35
For all veterans interested in starting a business, the Small Business Development Center/SBDC at State College of Florida has information for you and also an array of business classes geared to helping you in your pursuit.
HIVE = North Sarasota Business Resource Center/The Hive 2714 N. Osprey Ave., Sarasota,
FL 34234 941-408-1412
RTCC = Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., Sarasota, FL 34234
BC = SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W. 941-752-5203
VC = SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trl. 941-408-1412
LWR = SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy. E. 941-363-7000