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Small Business Week

As part of National Small Business Week, April 30 – May 6, the U.S. Small Business Small Business WeekAdministration, SCORE and cosponsors from Visa, YP, Google, Salesforce, Constant Contact and Chase will be hosting numerous training webinars/webcast. The webinars/webcast are free of charge, but registration space is limited on a first-come, first served basis.
NSBW 2017 – Webinar/Webcast Schedule
The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses
Presented by Visa
May 2, 2017
2-3 p.m. EDT

Join Visa Economist, Jay Hawkins, as he shares the near-term outlook for the U.S. economy including the health of small businesses, consumer spending, housing prices and more.

In this session, Hawkins will cover:

  • An analysis of which demographic segment(s) will provide opportunities for future spending growth, partially derived from VisaNet data.
  • The current economic expansion.
  • Whether the slowdown in job growth in March is expected to persist, or if job growth is expected to rebound for the balance of 2017 and 2018.

Register here

www.sba.gov/nsbw/webinars
5 Fabulous Habits of Local Business Champions
Presented by YP
May 3, 2017
2-3 p.m. EDT

Learn how to go from being a local business owner to a local business CHAMPION by having a:

  • Consistent and accurate online presence across all sites
  • Business profile full of rich content like videos, images, and reviews
  • Well-designed, easy-to-navigate website
  • A business phone that’s answered!
  • Solid social media marketing strategy

Register here

www.sba.gov/nsbw/webinars
Grow Your Business Online
Presented by Google
May 3, 2017
4-5 p.m. EDT

People no longer “go” online, they live online. More than ever, it’s important for businesses to show up in the critical moments when potential customers search for answers, products, and services they need.

In this session, learn the basics of connecting with customers online, including reaching local customers with a free business listing, search engine optimization tips to help your website be found, and an introduction to online advertising.

Register here

www.sba.gov/nsbw/webinars
The Future of Small Business Innovation (Webcast)
Presented by Salesforce
May 4, 2017
2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. EDT

Hear how small businesses are turning innovation into growth. Salesforce LIVE webcast “The Future of Small Business Innovation” — find out how some of the world’s most successful companies are using innovation to propel business growth.

Register here

www.sba.gov/nsbw/webinars
How to Write Your Email Content in 15 Minutes or Less
Presented by Constant Contact
May 4, 2017
3:30-4:30 p.m. EDT

Struggling to find the words, images, and the right calls-to-action that make the biggest impact with your email marketing?

With just about 15 minutes and an easy-to-follow formula, you can kick writer’s block to the curb and be confident that you’ll know exactly what to say to create an effective email marketing message.

In this you will receive:

  • A worksheet to help you write your marketing email in 15 minutes or less and advice on how to use it
  • Guidance on keeping your email marketing focused on your business goals
  • A simple checklist to reference before you hit send
  • An opportunity to ask questions and interact with our workshop presenters

Register here

www.sba.gov/nsbw/webinars
Find the Hidden Money in America
Presented by Chase
May 4, 2017
5-6 p.m. EDT

There are so many hidden opportunities available to entrepreneurs, but many don’t know where to look for them. If you don’t take advantage of these opportunities, in the form of grants, contracts, government programs, and private sector resources, you are leaving money on the table.

In this webinar, best-selling author, Nely Galán, gives advice on how and where to pursue the hidden money in America.

You will learn about:

  • The importance of having your own money
  • How entrepreneurship provides a path to empowerment
  • Taking advantage of hidden opportunities

Register here

www.sba.gov/nsbw/webinars
For additional information on National Small Business Week, please visit http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek

About the Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. www.sba.gov

 

Employee Pay

employee payYour business is growing and you’re ready to add another employee. But what kind of employee pay should you offer? And are they hourly (non-exempt from overtime rules) or salaried (exempt from overtime)? Should you pay them a commission or some kind of bonus plan? READ MORE »

 

Employees Recognition

Employees recognitionAre you giving your employees recognition ?  When you look at the talents and skill sets of the people you have on your team, do you recognize and respect each person for their individual attributes?  Each person on your team is different and they are motivated and driven by various factors.  It is important that you are able to satisfy those sources of hunger for them.  As I have worked with many students who hope to be small business owners in a particular industry or field, I see many of them take jobs to generate some much needed cash flow.  When they take a job in their desired area of expertise, it can be both beneficial as well as a detriment.  The satisfaction that they get from working in this field often gives them “just enough” to keep them in that job and they lose interest in that immediate desire to start their own venture.  It can be a double-edged sword so to speak. READ MORE »

 

Outstanding Leadership Qualities

Outstanding Leadership Qualities We can (and should) all demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities, no matter what level of education or experience we have obtained. Here are three characteristics that the best leaders exemplify, whether in the corporate world, at school, with a professional organization or within any chosen field or ministry: READ MORE »

 

Micro-managers

micro-managersThese are some of the expressions of employees who unfortunately work with or for micro-managers.

“He doesn’t trust me.”

“I just don’t do it right or good enough, so why even try?”

“I will ask exactly how to do this, because she will make me redo it if I try it on my own.”

“I better wait to ask, because the answer is always different.”

“They must think I am so stupid and can’t do anything on my own.” READ MORE »