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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2015 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
Networking
Becoming an Independent Consultant
Selling Skills
Buy/Sell a business
Etc.

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Simple Steps for Starting Your Business (New Cycle)
Ferguson Library    96 Broad Street Stamford, CT 06901
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: score.fairfieldcounty@gmail.com
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, March 23 - Self-Assessment/Business Plan
Monday, March 23 - Marketing Strategy & Research
Monday, April 6 - Marketing Execution
Monday, April 13 - Financial Reporting & Planning
Monday, April 20 - Funding Sources/Conversation with Entrepreneurs

Seating is limited. Registration is required.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.
Making the Break from Employee to Consultant
Ferguson Library       96 Broad Street, Stamford, CT 06901
Monday, January 26, 2015   6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.    Check In at 5:30 p.m.

NOTE DUE TO SNOW STORM, THIS WORKSHOP POSTPONED. New date will be shown here when it is known.
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 independent 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
Setting Goals and Staying On Track
Ferguson Library      96 Broad Street      Stamford, CT 06901
Monday, February 9, 2015    6:00pm - 8:00pm    Check in at 5:30pm

NOTE DUE TO SNOW STORM, THIS WORKSHOP POSTPONED. New date will be shown here when it is known.
It’s easy for small business people to feel overwhelmed by day-to-day events and frustrated by their inability to achieve consistent growth. But day-to-day events can be shaped by the business owner to a far greater extent than they think. The solution lies in a 3-step process:

1. Defining clear business goals – your sales and earnings targets
2. Creating clear action plan priorities – the pathways to goal achievement
3. Setting clear measurement milestones – the feedback required to stay on track
This workshop will give you pragmatic, straightforward tools for setting meaningful goals and increasing the odds of consistently achieving them.   You will learn:
• What is a goal and why goal setting is such a success driver.
• How to set business goals utilizing market analysis, business trends, and the “SMART” approach.
• How to cascade those goals through critical action plan priorities with clear outcomes, timing, accountabilities, and cost.
• How to “measure what matters” and set up monthly guideposts – Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). Specific suggestions will be made across the key business functions: Sales, Cost & Cash, Organization, Service, and Marketing.
• How to break down your critical functions into a repeatable project management process so that timing and accountabilities are clear.
• The key components of a Monthly Business Review.
Optimizing Your Mobile Devices & PC
Westport Library 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880
Tuesday, March 3, 2015                6:00pm to 7:30pm
Check In starts at 5:30pm
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?
Buying a Winning Franchise
Ferguson Library   96 Broad Street, Stamford, CT 06901
Monday, March 9, 2015               6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | check-in starts at 5:30 pm
At this session you will gain an overview of the franchise process, from a franchise consultant and from a panel of successful local franchisees who will discuss their own experiences in setting up their franchise business. This workshop will cover the following topics:
• Franchise 101 - What's it all about?
• Is franchising right for you?
• How to research franchises and understand their legal issues
• What will it take to get financing?
• How do you find and work with franchise brokers, attorneys and advisors?
• Real life experiences from franchisees
A Business Assessment Tool: How Effective is Your Business?
Darien Library       1441 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | check-in starts at 5:30 pm
This workshop covers an interactive assessment tool that scores how well your business operates and provides an analysis of what you can do to improve business performance. You will learn:
• How the assessment tool works: Structure, scoring and results
• The assessment results for 35 businesses that have undergone this Process
• How you can apply this tool to your business
• How SCORE can help you utilize this tool
Running a Restaurant
Weston Library 56 Norfield Road, Weston, CT 06883
Monday, March 16, 2015         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.
The Legal Issues of Social Media
The Westport Library      20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880
Tuesday, March 17, 2015       6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | check-in starts at 5:30 pm
Social media websites such as Facebook®, LinkedIn® and Twitter® are changing the ways we advertise and promote ourselves to others, the way we communicate with others, and even the way we think about things.   The rise of social media has been so fast and so pervasive that our legal system has had trouble keeping up with the new technology.   As a result, there are many cutting-edge legal issues that attorneys, accountants and other professionals are only beginning to grapple with. In this fast-paced, entertaining presentation, technology lawyer Cliff Ennico will walk you through the social media maze and help answer some of your questions about the rules that apply when you engage in social activities online.
Running a Manufacturing Business
Norwalk Public Library               1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
Wednesday, March 18, 2015    6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   
Check In at 5:30 p.m
Cober, Inc. designs and manufactures industrial heating ovens and dryers. This workshop will cover the Cober business model and the challenges it faces in meeting market requirements.
• Who is Cober, what customers, industries and markets are served
• How Cober's business and product scope are defined – standard and custom systems
• Some challenges and lessons learned:
       o The tension between standard vs. custom development and how those challenges impact operations
       o Adopting existing business processes vs. inventing them
       o Maintaining quality while managing costs
       o Service as a relationship builder
PrepareCT: Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster? Do You Have a Disaster Recovery Plan in Place?
Ferguson Library   96 Broad Street Stamford, CT 06901
Thursday, March 19, 2015; Noon - 2:00 pm; check-in at 11:30 am
Please join SCORE Fairfield County and the Ferguson Library on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Ferguson Library for an informative business-critical presentation that will give business owners the ability to significantly reduce risk of loss.

The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC), in partnership with six leading business-related organizations statewide, has created a new program, PrepareCT. PrepareCT is a straightforward, effective program for creating a business disruption and disaster recovery plan. Hurricanes, flooding, blizzards, computer failures, fire-disruptions and disasters like these can wreak havoc on a small business. According to the federal Small Business Administration (SBA), 40-60% of small businesses can't survive a disaster that forces them to shut down for more than a few days. And, as a small business your ability to respond quickly and recover after an emergency is critical to ensure your success. This workshop will show you how to be better prepared for emergencies. Topics that will be covered are:
• Identify and assess your risks
• Define your critical business functions
• Assure security and availability of data and information
• Assure continuity of supplies
• Establish your insurance needs
• Build a stronger Business Operations Plan
PrepareCT: Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster? Do You Have a Disaster Recovery Plan in Place?
Weston Library   56 Norfield Road Weston, CT 06883   
Thursday, March 19, 2015; 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm; check-in at 5:30 pm
The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC), in partnership with six leading business-related organizations statewide, has created a new program, PrepareCT. PrepareCT is a straightforward, effective program for creating a business disruption and disaster recovery plan. Hurricanes, flooding, blizzards, computer failures, fire-disruptions and disasters like these can wreak havoc on a small business. According to the federal Small Business Administration (SBA), 40-60% of small businesses can't survive a disaster that forces them to shut down for more than a few days. And, as a small business your ability to respond quickly and recover after an emergency is critical to ensure your success. This workshop will show you how to be better prepared for emergencies. Topics that will be covered are:
• Identify and assess your risks
• Define your critical business functions
• Assure security and availability of data and information
• Assure continuity of supplies
• Establish your insurance needs
• Build a stronger Business Operations Plan
You will leave with a user-friendly 10 page "Business Continuity Plan" workbook - digitally accessible for interactive planning.

Fairfield County SCORE | 111 East Ave, Norwalk CT 06850
Phone: 203 831 0065 | score.fairfieldcounty@gmail.com