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First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 2/11/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

 

Abre Tu Negocio
Date: 2/19/2016
Time: 02:00 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
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This seminar is presented in Spanish. The presenters will cover issues such as how to get a Tax ID Number, fictitious name for the business, trademark the name, insurance, taxes, legal structures, business licenses, business permits, certifications, obtaining a website, bookkeeping, loan programs, real case scenarios, and business plan development.

 

Este seminario te da una perspectiva amplia de todos los temas que tienes que tener presente antes de empezar un negocio. Tiene dos partes, una de la estructura y la otra de mercadeo. Al final recibiras un cuestionario para que lo llenes y luego lo envias con el formato Request for Consulting para asi fijar una cita y conversar sobre tu cuestionario de tu empresa.

 

This is the same as the First Step seminar given in English every month at the SBDC.

 

Event time: 2pm - 5pm
Cost: $25.00 (Payments are non-refundable)
Location: Duquesne University Rockwell Hall 108

QuickBooks: Basic
Date: 3/1/2016
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $90
Event Type: Training Event
This workshop is Full.  Please check back for Spring dates.

This two-day workshop is designed for QuickBooks PC Users who have just started using the software and would like to learn how to set-up a company file, manage expenses and reconcile bank statements.

Attendees will learn:

Day One: (March 1)

  • Introducing the QB Program
  • Company File Set Up & Preferences
  • Sales Process
  • Managing Expenses

Day Two: (March 8)
  • Reports & Graphs
  • Additional Customer Transactions
  • Customizing QuickBooks

Cost for this event is $90 for both days of Quickbooks: Basic, or $150 for all 4 days of Quickbooks: Basic and QuickBooks: Advanced. QuickBooks: Advanced will be held on April 19 and April 26.

 

 Speaker:  Representative from Dennis Piper & Associates, P.C.

 

9am-12pm

Social Media Series: Developing a Plan of Attack (1/3)
Date: 3/4/2016
Time: 12:30 PM
Price: $49
Event Type: Training Event

Social Media Series – Duquesne University  (March 4, 11 & 18)

Join us for a special, hands-on workshop series designed for Business to Business and Business to Consumer organizations who want to learn the simple steps for creating a social media plan and the best tools for their specific market.

 

Social Media can be a great tool for introducing your organization to potential customers, vendors and employees. Once a plan is in place and begins working, you are able to take it one step further and begin engaging and grabbing the attention of your prospects. Every business should be taking advantage of this low cost method for increasing sales – are you?

 

Part I: Developing a Plan of Attack:  (March 4  12:30-3:30)

In this first of three workshops, a social media expert will give an overview of the various social media networks.  You will leave with a better understanding of each tool, how to determine if it will work for your business and the steps for creating an impactful social media strategy that will increase your networking footprint. 

 

 
 

 

This event is full. Please click one of the above dates to register for another session.

 

Location: Duquesne University

Event Times: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Cost: $120 for all 3 sessions or $49 per session


First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 3/4/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)
Location: Butler Community Development Corporation, 112 Hollywood Drive, Suite 102 Butler PA 16001

Allegheny County Financing: Resources for Manufacturers
Date: 3/9/2016
Time: 08:30 AM
Price: $
Event Type: Conference

Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) will be offering a free seminar on the numerous financing options available for manufacturers who have the ability to influence Allegheny County's economic development. ACED, in partnership with the PA Department of Community & Economic Development, Manufacturer's Economic Development Financing Associates and Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, is presenting “Allegheny County Financing: Resources for Manufacturers”.


The seminar will focus on tax-exempt financing, optimal ways to finance and/or refinance projects; the various loan programs available to manufacturing companies, the benefits of partnering with ACED and many other topics which will be open for discussion and questions.


The seminars will be held on Wednesday, March 9 and on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 8:30 am until 10:30 am in the Allegheny County Economic Development’s Board Room.


Panelists will include: Lance Chimka from The Governor’s Action Team and the PA Department of Community & Economic Development, Sam Macrina from the Manufacturer’s Economic Development Financing Associates, Margaret Angel, Esq. from Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, and Samuel Bozzolla and Dan Tobin from the Allegheny County Economic Development.


For further information please call Beth O’Donnell at 412-350-1067. To register, click on the Manufacturing Seminar tab on the Economic Development website: www.alleghenycounty.us/econdev.

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 3/10/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

 

Social Media Series: Facebook
Date: 3/11/2016
Time: 12:30 PM
Price: $49
Event Type: Training Event
register

Social Media Series – Duquesne University  (March 4, 11 & 18)

Join us for a special, hands-on workshop series designed for Business to Business and Business to Consumer organizations who want to learn the simple steps for creating a social media plan and the best tools for their specific market.

 

Social Media can be a great tool for introducing your organization to potential customers, vendors and employees. Once a plan is in place and begins working, you are able to take it one step further and begin engaging and grabbing the attention of your prospects. Every business should be taking advantage of this low cost method for increasing sales – are you?


Part II: Facebook (March 11  12:30-3:00)

Speaker Cindy Neky will lead you through setting up a Facebook page for your business, show you how a Facebook ad is created and inform you on the best practices for effectively using this low cost tool. Most advertising reaches only 38% of your target audience, Facebook averages 89%. Reach the people who matter to you.

 

 

Create a Facebook Page (directly after the workshop 3-3:30PM)

All those attending the Part II:  Facebook are welcome to stay for this mini-event to work with our speaker to create a page in the lab. 



 
 

Location: Duquesne University

Event Times: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Cost: $120 for all 3 sessions or $49 per session



Lawrence County Women's Conference 2016
Date: 3/12/2016
Time: 08:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event

Online registration for this event is closed.  If you are still interested in attending, please call

 Gayle Young at 724 658 8528

 

 

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Time: 8:00 am Registration begins (event begins at 9:00 am)

Price: $25.00/per person

Location: Westminster College, McKelvey Campus, Witherspoon Room

The Lawrence County Women’s Conference was started by local women in 2007 and is part of the United Way of Lawrence County’s Women’s’ Initiative.

Mission: Delivered by women, for women, the Lawrence County Women’s Conference delivers top contacts and recourses to enhance and engage women of all stages of life – Driven to foster the development of following individual dreams, the Conference focuses on sparking ideas by providing networking tools to help women initially grasp their dream --- and then follow it!

Keynote Speaker: Author, Speaker, and Business Strategist Beth Caldwell will be this year’s featured speaker. Beth is the Author of Smart Leadership and the founder of Pittsburgh Professional Women and The Leadership Academy for Women.

Credit Cards are preferred; please use the "Register Now" link below to register. If you need to pay by check, please complete our registration form(only if paying by check) and send it and a $25 check made payable to: The United Way Women's Initiative to United Way, 223 North Mercer Street, New Castle, PA 16101 Please note: All checks must be received by Thursday, March 5th.

Register Now

Brought to you by these early sponsors:

First Commonwealth Bank, Berner International, Williams-Cleaveland Company, JMG Accounting, Payroll, and Tax Services, Pizza Joe’s, Stramba Farm and Fiber Studio, Your Event Your Way, InfoCision, United Way of Lawrence County, SBDC Duquesne University, Ellwood City Chamber of Commerce, Westminster College, and On Target Printing.

Social Media Series: LinkedIn
Date: 3/18/2016
Time: 12:30 PM
Price: $49
Event Type: Training Event
register

Social Media Series – Duquesne University  (March 4, 11 & 18)

Join us for a special, hands-on workshop series designed for Business to Business and Business to Consumer organizations who want to learn the simple steps for creating a social media plan and the best tools for their specific market.

 

Social Media can be a great tool for introducing your organization to potential customers, vendors and employees. Once a plan is in place and begins working, you are able to take it one step further and begin engaging and grabbing the attention of your prospects. Every business should be taking advantage of this low cost method for increasing sales – are you?

 

Part III: LinkedIn   (March 18 12:30-3:30) Speaker, Phil Laboon, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Eyeflow Internet Marketing, will lead you through setting up a LinkedIn profile; offer tips for best practices and review examples of how LinkedIn is being used by customers like yours to help them find businesses like you. 

 

 

Social Media Series: Developing a Plan of Attack

 

 
 

Location: Duquesne University

Event Times: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Cost: $120 for all 3 sessions or $49 per session


Introduction to QuickBooks (online version)
Date: 3/22/2016
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $49
Event Type: Training Event

This workshop is full.  Please check back for future dates in the fall.

 

QuickBooks offers an online version for business owners and this workshop at Duquesne University will provide a product overview including navigation, recording transactions, and reporting.

 

The day will include:

  • Product Overview – Importing Data, Setting up Company File
  • Navigating – Home, Customer & Vendor Centers, Transaction
  • Recording Transactions: Sales & Expenses, Quick Create Menu
  • Reporting: Common Reports, Reports by Version, Customizing
  • Advanced Topics: Credit Card Payments, Payroll, App Center

The cost for this workshop is $49.

Speaker:  Representative from Dennis Piper & Associates, P.C.

 

 

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 4/8/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler County Chamber of Commerce

101 East Diamond Street

Lower Level Suite 116, Butler, PA 16003

Allegheny County Financing: Resources for Manufacturers
Date: 4/13/2016
Time: 08:30 AM
Price: $
Event Type: Other

Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) will be offering a free seminar on the numerous financing options available for manufacturers who have the ability to influence Allegheny County's economic development. ACED, in partnership with the PA Department of Community & Economic Development, Manufacturer's Economic Development Financing Associates and Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, is presenting “Allegheny County Financing: Resources for Manufacturers”.


The seminar will focus on tax-exempt financing, optimal ways to finance and/or refinance projects; the various loan programs available to manufacturing companies, the benefits of partnering with ACED and many other topics which will be open for discussion and questions.


The seminars will be held on Wednesday, March 9 and on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 8:30 am until 10:30 am in the Allegheny County Economic Development’s Board Room.


Panelists will include: Lance Chimka from The Governor’s Action Team and the PA Department of Community & Economic Development, Sam Macrina from the Manufacturer’s Economic Development Financing Associates, Margaret Angel, Esq. from Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, and Samuel Bozzolla and Dan Tobin from the Allegheny County Economic Development.


For further information please call Beth O’Donnell at 412-350-1067. To register, click on the Manufacturing Seminar tab on the Economic Development website: www.alleghenycounty.us/econdev.

QuickBooks: Advanced
Date: 4/19/2016
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $90
Event Type: Training Event
register
This two-day workshop is designed for QuickBooks PC Users who have experience using the software and would like to learn how to set-up payroll, manage sales tax, and more.

Attendees will learn:

Day One: (April 19)

  • Inventory
  • Time and billing
  • Company file set up & preferences
  • Adjustments and year end procedures

Day Two: (April 26)
  • Sales tax payable
  • Payroll set up
  • Payroll processing

 

Cost for this event is $90 for both days of QuickBooks: Advanced or $150 for all 4 days of Quickbooks: Basic and QuickBooks: Advanced. QuickBooks: Basic will be held on March 1 and March 8.  

 

 Speaker:  Representative from Dennis Piper & Associates, P.C.

Finding the Right Business Opportunity
Date: 4/19/2016
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $0
Event Type: Training Event
register
Are you:
  • Thinking about starting a business but unsure of your idea?
  • Contemplating whether or not your idea will work?
  • Unclear about what resources are available?
 
Join us for this no-cost workshop designed to help you choose the most effective, efficient and exciting business idea to begin your entrepreneurial career. In this 3 hour workshop, you will learn how to choose the right business idea based on how your skills intersect with your interests and your personality as well as what factors you need to consider when thinking about entrepreneurship.
 
 
Cost: FREE
Tuesday, April 19
Location:
New Castle, PA at the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation
Plaza South, Suite 100
100 E. Reynolds St.
New Castle, PA 16101
 
Time:  *   9 a.m - 12 p.m.
 

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 5/3/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler Community Development Corporation, 112 Hollywood Drive, Suite 102 Butler PA 16001
First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Beaver)
Date: 5/4/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event

Workshop has been cancelled.

 

 

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: 798 Turnpike Street, Beaver, PA 15009

 

 

Exit Planning
Date: 5/6/2016
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $599
Event Type: Training Event


THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2016


So you have built a strong business.  What’s next? Are you considering selling or exiting? How can the SBDC help you? Start your planning today by attending the “Exit Planning For Your Business” a full- day event at Duquesne University.  At this workshop, you will learn the best strategies for increasing the value of your business, saving on taxes and creative options for selling as well as negotiation skills. 

 

Did you know?

In a survey done by M&A Today, 65% of business owners don’t know the value of their company and 85% don’t have an exit plan.[1]

 

According to a Price Waterhouse Coopers study, failing to do pre-sale planning is the number one reason why business deals fail. [2]

 

 

 

Exit Planning for your Business

May 6, 2016

9am-4:30pm

Topics Covered:

• An overview of the buying and selling atmosphere in Pittsburgh and Western PA

• What is transitional planning

• Goal setting for your plan 

• Preparing for tomorrow’s sale – revenue reporting, changes in balance sheet, tax strategies, management issues

• Communicating with your employees and vendors about the possible transition

• Different ways to preserve the value of your business

  A review of the pros and cons of different ways to sell a business- ESOP, owner financing, succession, acquisition, leveraged buy-out

• An understanding of how much information you should a potential buyer and in what format 

• Learning the role a broker plays and how to determine if you need one

• How to make or break the transition deal

• A look at methods for valuing a business and which one is right for you

• A review of a sample appraisal

• Tips for paying less taxes and getting a better price for your business

• How to find a business appraiser and important questions to ask them 

• Strategies for increasing the value of your business

• A look at legal contracts- what to expect, what’s negotiable and a list of different legal terms

• Key elements to effectively present your deal

 

 

Price: $599 (include lunch, materials & expert speakers)



First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 5/12/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

 

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 5/13/2016
Time: 09:30 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop before meeting with one of our consultants. After attending the workshop, you will have the option to meet with a consultant at a later date.

Topics:

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

9:30am - 12:30pm

Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

 

Entrepreneur's Growth & Networking Conference 2016
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Date: 6/2/2016
Time: 08:30 AM
Price: $139
Event Type: Conference
register

 

Join us for the 18th Annual Entrepreneur's Growth & Networking Conference

When: June 2, 2016

Where: Duquesne University, Union Building 4th floor, Pittsburgh PA

Cost:

  • Full Day (includes breakfast, lunch): $139
  • Half Day: $79
  • Lunch Only: $50
  • Student: $50 (ID required)
 
 
 

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 6/7/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler County Chamber of Commerce

101 East Diamond Street

Lower Level Suite 116, Butler, PA 16003

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 6/9/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

 

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 6/22/2016
Time: 09:30 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop before meeting with one of our consultants. After attending the workshop, you will have the option to meet with a consultant at a later date.

Topics:

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

9:30am-12:30pm

Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

Export Certification
Date: 6/28/2016
Time: 08:00 AM
Price: $275
Event Type: Training Event
register

Export Certification to be held on June 28th and 29th from 8:30 am- 4:30 pm in Rockwell Hall room 108. This will be a strong hands-on training program and is ideal for exporters of all experience levels. We will discuss many different topics from licensing, and incoterms, to documentation and country specific requirements.

 

Did You Know:

    • More trade means more choices. The U.S. exports to more than 161 countries, which account for about 98% of world trade! Where to start or where to expand next?
    • In 2014, the U.S. exported more “Made In USA” goods and services than ever before: $2.35 trillion!
    • $765 billion went to the 20 countries that have “Free Trade Agreements” signed with the U.S.
    • 98% of exporting companies in the U.S. are small or medium sized with fewer than 500 employees.
    • 59% of all small or medium sized export to only one foreign market. There is room to grow!  

Topics Include:

· Export Market Opportunities, Strategies and Export Plan

· Letters of Credit, Export Financing, Payment Methods and International Credit Check

· U.S. Export Regulations, ITAR, CE Mark & Free Trade Agreements

· International Logistics, Incoterms, Quotes, Shipping Insurance, HTS Classification

· Legal Issues: Contracts, Patents, Impact of Translations and Going Global

 

Invited Speakers Include:

· Brent Rondon from the Global Business Program, Duquesne University SBDC 

· LeeAnne Haworth from the U.S. Commercial Service

· Ricardo Iriart from Global Strategies

· Doug Harding, formerly with PPG Industries

· Pat Hayes from the Small Business Administration

· Regina Gordin, EXIM Bank

· Harold Booth from the Pennsylvania Association of Credit Management

· Bruce Chiu from Cohen & Grigsby Law

· Susanne Cook from Cohen & Grigsby Law

· Gonzalo Manchego from the Center for International Regulatory Assistance

· Marco Gruelle from DT Gruelle logistics

· Carla Anderson from UPS International

· Chuck Watson from RL Swearer Inc.

· Jim Singer from Fox Rothschild LLP.

· Charlene Nagy from Confluent Translations

· Jason Yarborough from Meyer, Unkovic & Scott Law

 

Take-Aways:

  • All Attendees will receive an  Export Training Certificate from the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • You can start increasing your sales overseas
  • You can better  understand the export  regulations, documentation and payment methods

 

Who should attend: Traffic managers, purchasing managers, plant managers, shipping/receiving personnel, compliance officer, ISO managers, sales managers/department, customer service managers, anyone involved/concerned with export compliance

 

Cost:

  • $249 for the 2-day course.
  • Two or more people from same company: $195 each
  • For one-day only: $150

Cost includes all reference material, morning pastries/coffee, and lunch.

Seating is limited, registration required to guarantee seat.

 

 

 

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 7/11/2016
Time: 09:30 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop before meeting with one of our consultants.  After attending the workshop, you will have the option to meet with a consultant at a later date.

Topics:

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

9:30am - 12:30pm

Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

 

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 7/12/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler Community Development Corporation, 112 Hollywood Drive, Suite 102 Butler PA 16001
First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 7/14/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

 

Abre Tu Negocio
Date: 7/20/2016
Time: 02:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

This seminar is presented in Spanish. The presenters will cover issues such as how to get a Tax ID Number, fictitious name for the business, trademark the name, insurance, taxes, legal structures, business licenses, business permits, certifications, obtaining a website, bookkeeping, loan programs, real case scenarios, and business plan development.

 

Este seminario te da una perspectiva amplia de todos los temas que tienes que tener presente antes de empezar un negocio. Tiene dos partes, una de la estructura y la otra de mercadeo. Al final recibiras un cuestionario para que lo llenes y luego lo envias con el formato Request for Consulting para asi fijar una cita y conversar sobre tu cuestionario de tu empresa.

 

This is the same as the First Step seminar given in English every month at the SBDC.

 

Event time: 2pm - 5pm
Cost: $25.00 (Payments are non-refundable)
Location: Duquesne University Rockwell Hall 108

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 8/2/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler County Chamber of Commerce

101 East Diamond Street

Lower Level Suite 116, Butler, PA 16003

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 8/11/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

 

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 8/16/2016
Time: 01:30 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop before meeting with one of our consultants. After attending the workshop, you will have the option to meet with a consultant at a later date.

Topics:

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

1:30pm-4:30pm

Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

 

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Beaver)
Date: 9/1/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: 798 Turnpike Street, Beaver, PA 15009

 

 

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 9/8/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

 

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 9/13/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler Community Development Corporation, 112 Hollywood Drive, Suite 102 Butler PA 16001
First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 9/15/2016
Time: 09:30 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop before meeting with one of our consultants. After attending the workshop, you will have the option to meet with a consultant at a later date.

Topics:

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

9:30am - 12:30pm

Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

 

Exit Planning For Your Business
Date: 9/30/2016
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $599
Event Type: Training Event
register

So you have built a strong business.  What’s next? Are you considering selling or exiting? How can the SBDC help you? Start your planning today by attending the “Exit Planning For Your Business”  workshop at Duquesne University.  At this workshop, you will learn the best strategies for increasing the value of your business, saving on taxes and creative options for selling as well as negotiation skills. 

 

Did you know?

In a survey done by M&A Today, 65% of business owners don’t know the value of their company and 85% don’t have an exit plan.[1]

 

According to a Price Waterhouse Coopers study, failing to do pre-sale planning is the number one reason why business deals fail. [2]

 


 

 

 

Exit Planning For Your Business

September 30, 2016

9:00am - 4:30pm

 

A light breakfast and lunch are included in the price.

 

Workshop will include:

 

•An overview of the buying and selling atmosphere in Pittsburgh and Western PA

•What is transitional planning?

•Goal setting for your plan 

•Preparing for tomorrow’s sale – revenue reporting, changes in balance sheet, tax strategies, management issues

•Communicating with your employees and vendors about the possible transition

•Different ways to preserve the value of your business

•A review of the pros and cons of different ways to sell a business- ESOP, owner financing, succession, acquisition, leveraged buy-out

•An understanding of how much information you should a potential buyer and in what format 

•Learning the role a broker plays and how to determine if you need one

• How to make or break the transition deal

• A look at methods for valuing a business and which one is right for you

• A review of a sample appraisal

• Tips for paying less taxes and getting a better price for your business

• How to find a business appraiser and important questions to ask them 

• Strategies for increasing the value of your business

• A look at legal contracts- what to expect, what’s negotiable and a list of different legal terms

• Key elements to effectively present your deal

• Tax Review

 

Price:$599



First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 10/4/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler County Chamber of Commerce

101 East Diamond Street

Lower Level Suite 116, Butler, PA 16003

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Beaver)
Date: 10/6/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: 798 Turnpike Street, Beaver, PA 15009

 

 

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 10/13/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

 

Abre Tu Negocio
Date: 10/14/2016
Time: 02:00 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

This seminar is presented in Spanish. The presenters will cover issues such as how to get a Tax ID Number, fictitious name for the business, trademark the name, insurance, taxes, legal structures, business licenses, business permits, certifications, obtaining a website, bookkeeping, loan programs, real case scenarios, and business plan development.

 

Este seminario te da una perspectiva amplia de todos los temas que tienes que tener presente antes de empezar un negocio. Tiene dos partes, una de la estructura y la otra de mercadeo. Al final recibiras un cuestionario para que lo llenes y luego lo envias con el formato Request for Consulting para asi fijar una cita y conversar sobre tu cuestionario de tu empresa.

 

This is the same as the First Step seminar given in English every month at the SBDC.

 

Event time: 2pm - 5pm
Cost: $25.00 (Payments are non-refundable)
Location: Duquesne University Rockwell Hall 108

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 10/24/2016
Time: 01:30 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop before meeting with one of our consultants. After attending the workshop, you will have the option to meet with a consultant at a later date.

Topics:

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

1:30pm-4:30pm

Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

 

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 11/9/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler Community Development Corporation, 112 Hollywood Drive, Suite 102 Butler PA 16001
First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 11/10/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101

 

 

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh)
Date: 11/16/2016
Time: 09:30 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop before meeting with one of our consultants.After attending the workshop, you will have the option to meet with a consultant at a later date.

Topics:

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

9:30am - 12:30pm

Duquesne University, Rockwell Hall Room 108

 

Export Basics
Date: 11/18/2016
Time: 09:00 AM
Price: $49
Event Type: Training Event
register

This course is designed to meet the needs of:

 

  • Manufacturers and technology companies seeking to initiate export programs
  • Employees within exporting companies who need a basic knowledge of exporting
  • Service firms seeking to improve their understanding of globalization

 

Course Topics Include:

 

  • Recognizing and Identifying Export Opportunities
  • Shipping and Payment
  •  Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Exporting
  •  Sources of Information and Assistance
  •  Cultural Issues

 

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Duquesne University Rockwell Hall Room 108
Cost: $49

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Beaver)
Date: 12/1/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: 798 Turnpike Street, Beaver, PA 15009

 

 

First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials (Butler)
Date: 12/6/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Butler County Chamber of Commerce

101 East Diamond Street

Lower Level Suite 116, Butler, PA 16003

Abre Tu Negocio
Date: 12/9/2016
Time: 02:00 PM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

This seminar is presented in Spanish. The presenters will cover issues such as how to get a Tax ID Number, fictitious name for the business, trademark the name, insurance, taxes, legal structures, business licenses, business permits, certifications, obtaining a website, bookkeeping, loan programs, real case scenarios, and business plan development.

 

Este seminario te da una perspectiva amplia de todos los temas que tienes que tener presente antes de empezar un negocio. Tiene dos partes, una de la estructura y la otra de mercadeo. Al final recibiras un cuestionario para que lo llenes y luego lo envias con el formato Request for Consulting para asi fijar una cita y conversar sobre tu cuestionario de tu empresa.

 

This is the same as the First Step seminar given in English every month at the SBDC.

 

Event time: 2pm - 5pm
Cost: $25.00 (Payments are non-refundable)
Location: Duquesne University Rockwell Hall 108

First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Lawrence)
Date: 12/15/2016
Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $25
Event Type: Training Event
register

New business start-ups and entrepreneurs without previous business experience must attend our Business Start-up Essentials Workshop. The start-up essentials workshop is a 2 hour session covering the following topics:

 

  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Fictitious Name Registration
  • Employee Issues
  • Insurance
  • Government Procurement
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Financing Options
  • Taxation Requirements
  • Major Components of the Business Plan

 

Event time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost:  $25  (Payments are Non-refundable)

Location: Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation

100 East Reynolds Street

New Castle, PA 16101