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 (New Cycle)
Danbury Innovation Center  158 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810 - (please use the center's main entrance)
Workshop times -6:00 pm - 8:30pm

If you have any questions please contact SCORE Fairfield County at 203-831-0065 or by email at:
Want to start a business but do not know where to start? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from the SCORE Norwalk Chapter, will give you the boost to get you on your way!
Monday, September 8 - Self-Assessment/Business Plan
Monday, September 15 - Marketing Strategy & Research
Monday, September 22 - Marketing Execution
Monday, September 29 - Financial Reporting & Planning
Monday, October 6 - Funding Sources/Conversation with Entrepreneurs

Seating is limited. Registration is required.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.
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
How to Start a Cleaning Services Business
Neighbors Link 75 Selleck Street Stamford, CT 06902
Tuesday, Aug 19   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm   Check-in starts at 5:30 pm
FREE Workshop

Hear from owners of cleaning service companies how they did it and how you can do it.
• How to develop your products and services
• How to attract and keep good employees
• How to fund and manage your cash
• How to retain customers
• How to grow your business
• How to complete your business plan
Social Media B2B for Small Business
Westport Library   20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880
Tuesday, September 2, 2014    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | check-in starts at 5:30 pm

The sixth in a series of eight presentations on internet marketing, this program will show small business owners how to make the best use of the Social Media platforms oriented towards B2B (Business-to-Business) - LinkedIn and Google Plus - as key parts of an overall internet marketing strategy.

You will learn how to craft and implement your message and utilize the technologies so that your presences on LinkedIn and Google+ can create genuine connections that convert strangers into leads, leads into customers and customers into evangelists for your brand, and how to integrate these efforts in ways that will enhance your business's website, search engine positioning and overall marketing effort.
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:
Strategies for Buying/Selling a Business
Darien Library 1441 Post Road, Darien CT 06820
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
6:00 pm to 9:00pm Check in at 5:30pm
This is a FREE workshop
This workshop covers how someone can prepare to buy and sell a business and what goes into valuing the business.
You will learn:
• The players in buying or selling a business: brokers, bankers, attorneys, etc.
• The process of putting a business up for sale
• How to value a business: what buyers and sellers should be looking for
• How to prepare your business for sale; what you should do and not do
Making the Break from Employee to Consulting
Wilton Library 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Check In at 5:30 p.m.
FREE workshop
Learn the 8 P's of consulting success: Prepare, Phantasize, Plan, Productize, Promote, Perform, Persist, re-Phantasize.
This workshop will cover:
• Assessing if you are ready to be an independant consultant
• Describing your consulting practice
• Detailing key elements of a marketing plan
• Valuable Tips from Management consulting for those choosing to stay with corporate employment
Influencer Marketing: How Businesses Can Work With Bloggers and Generate
Weston Library 56 Norfield Road, Weston, CT 06883
Thursday, September 11, 2014   
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.    Check In at 5:30 p.m.
Marketing with bloggers is big business and is called "influencer marketing". It's a way for brands to identify, reach, and connect with bloggers and blogging sites that will promote their business and in effect - create earned media (free media marketing).
You will learn about:
• Working with Influencers: How working content creators can grow your business.
• How to properly approach editors, bloggers and content creators.
• Vital Visuals - Why using Instagram and YouTube are a must for exposure.
How Well Does Your Business Run: An Assessment Tool
Ferguson Library   96 Broad Street, Stamford, CT 06901
Monday, September 15, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | check-in starts at 5:30 pm
During this workshop, you will learn how to measure "how well your business runs" using a SCORE assessment tools.
You will learn:
• How the assessment tools work: Structure, scoring and results
• The assessment results for 40 businesses that have undergone this assessment
• How you can apply this tool to your business
• How SCORE can help you utilize this tool
• How you can improve your business using the tool
Effective, No Fumbles, Team Development
The New Canaan Library               151 Main St, New Canaan, CT 06840
Thursday, September 18, 2014                  
6:00pm to 8:00pm         Registration and Networking at 5:30 pm
Small Business Success Depends On Successful Teams!
You will learn in this workshop:
• How personal development affects team performance
• How to develop high performance teamwork
• How to handle challenges through team communication
• About creating mutual support, trust and collaboration
• How to work together to achieve team goals

Fairfield County SCORE | 111 East Ave, Norwalk CT 06850
Phone: 203 831 0065 |