SCORE Select - Attend Low-Cost Workshops and Free Seminars for Useful, Practical Small Business Information on a Variety of Important Business Topics

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2014 Season
Our free or low cost workshops and seminars provide useful, practical small business information on a variety of topics important to your business. We have a great many workshops and the schedule is always being updated so come back to our website for details.
Topics include the following and many others:
Business planning
eCommerce and Social Media
Financing a new business
Are you ready to be an entrepreneur
Becoming an Independent Consultant
Selling Skills
Buy/Sell a business

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Simple Steps for Starting Your Business
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Avenue         Norwalk, CT 06851
Session times - each module: 6:00 pm - 8:30pm

To Register for this FREE Workshop Series, Click below or phone 203-831-0065
This workshop series will help you:
• Define and evaluate your business ideas
• Establish a marketing strategy
• Develop a financial plan
• Identify the best ways to fund your startup
• Turn your idea into action with tools and templates
• Get useful and helpful mentoring sessions with a SCORE counselor
• Connect with other entrepreneurs

Topics and Dates for This Cycle of Entrepreneurial Training
Tues. July 15     Session 1:  Entrepreneur Self-Assessment / Business Plan
Tues. July 22     Session 2:  Marketing Strategy                                           
Tues. July 29     Session 3:  Marketing Implementation                             
Tues. Aug 5       Session 4:  Financial Planning and Reporting
Wed. Aug 13     Session 5:  Funding Sources / Conversations with
Dealing with Deadbeats: Getting the Money You Are Owed,   Fast and Legally
Rowayton Library          33 Highland Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06853
Thursday, July 24, 2014         7:30 am - 8:30 am

Sooner or later, it happens...and few things "eat at your insides" worse than when a client stops paying you. There are ways to avoid bad debts from the beginning. Ensuring contracts are in place to keep payments timely is just one way to ease the pain. But when debts arise and it falls upon you to collect, you need to be well-armed. Find out the four steps of collecting an overdue debt and what you can and can't do. Lastly, learn when you need to cut your losses and throw in the towel on a bad debt.
In this fast-paced program, Cliff Ennico will teach you winning to make sure you are paid on time, every time, and for keeping bad debts at an absolute minimum.   Specific topics will include:
• the four types of creditor, and which ones always get paid when a client or customer is “stretched” financially;
• avoiding bad debts in the first place, keeping them to a minimum, and keeping them small;
• the four steps in collecting an overdue debt;
• negotiating “workouts” with your debtors;
• surviving small claims court;
• “going medieval” and (legally) making a bad customer’s life miserable;
• things you can’t do when collecting overdue debts;
• the pros and cons of using collection agencies.
How to Succeed at Sales:   A Guide To Sustainable Success In Direct Sales
Ferguson Library – Harry Bennett Branch 115 Vine Road    Stamford, CT 06905
Saturday, July 26, 2014   
10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.       Check In at 10:00 a.m.
This workshop will reveal the tools needed to be successful at direct sales (in any industry) and unlock the secrets of how to manage a top-tier sales team. This class will teach you more than how to simply “make the sale.” It will help you understand how to create a strategy around long term, sustainable sales success for you, your colleagues and your employees.
Questions that will be answered during the class:
• What is the objective and role of a direct salesperson?
• What does a sell-cycle look like?
• What is the best way to manage a prospect base?   
• How should a direct salesperson be compensated?
• What are the best tips for a manager to effectively motivate sales people and help drive them toward success?
Using Spreadsheets for Everything. . . But Math
Weston Library         56 Norfield Rd, Weston, CT 06883
Thursday, July 31, 2014             6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | check-in starts at 5:30 pm
Most people are familiar with Microsoft Excel's ability to "do numbers". However, it is a very powerful tool for organizing information that does not have numbers.
This 1 hour workshop will cover basic information about Microsoft® Excel® with lots of time at the end for Q & A
• Sort data
• Formatting
• Mailing lists
• Tab-delimited text
• Moving data between programs
• Linking cells, sheets and workbooks
• Concatenate
• Keyboarding
Running a Restaurant
Ferguson Library 96 Broad Street    Stamford, CT 06901
Monday, August 4, 2014         6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   
Check In at 5:30 p.m.
This workshop will review what’s important in starting a successful restaurant and how to keep it running successfully.
• Positioning your restaurant:   what you want to do and why
• The financials of starting a restaurant
• The physical planning of a restaurant
• Permits and licenses
• Marketing
• Operating a successful restaurant.
Computers, Tablets & Smartphones -   What Works For You?
Darien Library   1441 Post Road ,    Darien CT 06820
Tuesday, August 12, 2014         6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   
Check In at 5:30 p.m.
As the lines between technology and lifestyle blur, the choices become limitless and overwhelming. What works for you? Does your business require a computer at a desk? Are you chauffeuring kids, running errands and need to answer emails throughout the day? This workshop explores. . .
• Email - How can "really important" emails be safeguarded?
• Mobile computing — Can a tablet or smartphone replace a laptop?
• Avoiding downtime — Is paid antivirus software "worth it"?
• Software alternatives — Are there solutions besides MS Office?
• Online research — Can free web browser add-ons improve research skills?
Running a Nonprofit Organization
Ferguson Library 96 Broad Street    Stamford, CT 06901
Tuesday         August 19, 2014   
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.       Check In at 5:30 p.m.
organization and will provide case studies on the ways nonprofits use business practices to grow their organizations.
Questions that will be answered during the class:
• What are the features of high performing nonprofit organizations?
• Why are strategic and business planning important?
• What resources are available to help nonprofits be more effective?
• Lessons learned from two nonprofit leaders who are implementing growth plans for their organizations
The Affordable Care Act 2014 - 2015 - Making Sense of the ACA for Small and Medium Businesses
Norwalk City Hall 125 East Avenue, Norwalk 06851
Wednesday, September 3 from 9 am to noon
Refreshments and Networking, 8:30 to 9 am
FREE workshop
A workshop sponsored by Fairfield County Chapter of SCORE and the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce

This workshop will address some key questions of concern to small businesses:
• Who is covered under the law and how?
• What insurance plans can you expect?
• How will this affect health care delivery?
• What options do small and medium businesses have?
• What health care policies make the most sense and for whom?
• How can employers, employees, and doctors work together to effect real change?

Discussing these questions will be a panel of experts:

Fairfield County SCORE | 111 East Ave, Norwalk CT 06850
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