Tampa Training Calendar

Starting Your Business, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
You've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures to the types of license you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started.
Speaker: Kyle King
*Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 15.00
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Social Media Strategies - The Basics, Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Want to utilize social media to grow your business but not sure where to start? Join us to learn the basics of how to use the most popular social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube - as an essential addition to your marketing mix. This seminar will touch on the basics of utilizing the most successful platforms and show real-world examples of how to use them effectively.
Speaker: Stacey Dadd
Fee: $ 25.00
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International Marketing and Market Research, Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: International Trade
5:30-7:00pm: International Marketing: In this seminar, learn how to develop a Product-Market Profile and an Export Marketing Plan. Mike will discuss what is and is not international marketing, marketing mix decisions and elements of an effective marketing plan. Presented by Mike Poliquin, MBA, Adjunct Faculty at St. Pete College and Owner, E4 Tactical Development, LLC. Mike has been teaching marketing courses for more than 20 years. His vast knowledge encompasses sales, management, hospitality, tourism and international marketing, and he enjoys sharing his business experiences. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-poliquin-1b36906/ 7:00-8:30pm: Market Research: In this seminar, learn about the Harmonized System for product classification, trade flow data, and sources of information for finding markets with the greatest potential for sales. Selma will share the indicator spreadsheet she uses to analyze and rank data gathered from the market research. Presented by Selma Canas, CGBP, Florida SBDC at USF. As one of the international trade specialists at the Florida SBDC Network, Selma is responsible for consulting, training and developing export marketing plans for small and medium sized enterprises. Selma has developed over 22 plans during the past four years and has participated in trade missions to Brazil, Chile, Canada, and the Dominican Republic. https://sbdctampabay.com/selma-canas/
Speaker: Mike Poliquin, MBA, Adjunct Faculty at St. Pete College and Owner, E4 Tactical Development, LLC, Selma Canas, CGBP, Florida SBDC at USF
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 60.00
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Business Startup Series, Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
After working with thousands of business owners each year, we've put together six courses that make up the critical business foundation all entrepreneurs need to know before starting a business. The series will take you through determining feasibility and legal structures; developing financial projections; obtaining a loan; accounting and bookkeeping processes; and attracting customers. Don't be intimidated, go ahead and take the first step. Learn from the experts. Week 1 . Starting Your Business- Tues., May 8 from 5:30-8:00 PM You've got the idea. Now, learn the essentials you need to get started. Course covers taxes, licenses and entity selection for forming partnerships, LLCs and corporations. . Marketing Your Business- Thurs., May 10 from 5:30-8:30 PM "Build it and they will come" is NOT a marketing strategy! This pivotal seminar will help you avoid the "Big Mistake" made by unsuccessful start-ups. Week 2 . Bookkeeping Basics- Tues., May 15 from 5:30-8:30 PM Learn how to properly classify and record basic business transactions. . Building Your Business Plan with LivePlan- Thurs., May 17 from 5:30-8:30 PM Business planning is the foundation to starting a new venture. Receive all the tools necessary to complete a practical business plan. Registration includes a six-month subscription of the LivePlan web-based business planning software. Week 3 . Basic Business Taxes- Tues., May 22 from 5:30-8:30 PM Every business must report taxes but how you pay depends on the type of business you have. Taught by a CPA . Financing Your Business- Thurs., May 24 from 5:30-8:00 PM In this course, an experienced SBA business loan specialist will teach you how to ask for a loan, get prepared for the bank and find money in a tight-fisted economy. Included: 6 classes over 3 week period, 17 hours of instruction, handouts and software. Plus: By taking the course as a series you're getting the Financing Your Business Seminar for free.
Speaker: Several Consultants
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 199.00
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Starting Your Business, Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
You've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures to the types of license you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started.
Speaker: Brad Owens
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 15.00
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Women/Minority & Veteran Certification, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Thursday, May 10, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
It's no myth.women, minority and veteran certification could present opportunities for your business. But there is a process to becoming certified. In this class, you will learn how to complete the State of Florida certification application and discover how you can use it to seek business with the private sector and government.
Speaker: Yanina Rosario
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 15.00
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Subcontracting & Teaming, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Thursday, May 10, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
For many small businesses, entry into government contracting will or should begin as a subcontractor. This seminar will provide the small business owner with an understanding of the overall subcontracting process, including the format for a Subcontract and Teaming agreement, how to protect your company during the relationship and the overall benefits of subcontracting. This seminar will also provide the suggested rules of engagement and the contractual relationship between prime contractor, subcontractor and the government, for small businesses in the Tampa Bay region.
Speaker: Karen Krymski
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 20.00
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Marketing Your Business, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Thursday, May 10, 2018 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
You know why your business rocks. Does anyone else? Take this class to uncover the characteristics that make up your business' DNA. Soon, you'll be able to boost consumer loyalty and company profits. After answering the two most important questions in all of marketing, you'll be ready to skillfully implement customer-winning strategies and face the competition. SBDC Quick Tip: Marketing Your Business is a must-take class to attend before launching that website, product or new business!
Speaker: Kyle King
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 25.00
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Bookkeeping Basics, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Business Accounting and Budget
Proper bookkeeping is essential to managing your business. Learn how to classify and record basic business transactions, enter data into an account, chart accounts, and many basic accounting terms. You'll also learn what you must hold on to for tax compliance and find out what accounting software might be useful to help make your bookkeeping easier.
Speaker: Bill Burnham
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 45.00
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Understanding Cultural Differences, International Travel Safety and Legal Considerations, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: International Trade
5:30-6:30pm: Understanding Cultural Differences presented by Eileen Rodriguez, MBA, CGBP, Regional Director, Florida SBDC at USF. In this session, learn how understanding different cultures prepares exporters to do business and adapt in other countries. A fun and interactive class discussion on the cultural iceberg, individual vs. collective society, the power distance, non-verbal communication and negotiating across cultures. Rodriguez started out as the International Trade Specialist at the Florida SBDC at USF more than 20 years ago and has since traveled to approximately 35 countries including: Iceland, Turkey, Russia, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, and Finland, as well as almost every country in Latin America and the Caribbean. She will share personal experiences from different parts of the world during this engaging session. https://sbdctampabay.com/eileen-rodriguez/ 6:30-7pm: International Travel Safety presented by Adam Barlow, Founder and CEO, Axiom Solutions Network. In this session, learn about the myths and realities of traveling abroad and what security considerations need to be taken as a business owner traveling to other countries. Gain insight into the key elements of security awareness, common forms of attacks, and how to plan and prepare for travel. Barlow's 30+ years' experience encompasses the national intelligence community, military special operations, federal law enforcement investigations, and crisis negotiations. He has been directly engaged with planning, implementing and utilizing Personnel Recovery Plans. https://www.axiomsolutionsnetwork.com/ 7-8:30pm: Legal Issues and Documentation in International Sale Transactions presented by Olga Pina, Partner, Shutts & Bowen, LLP. In this session, learn about legal issues that often present themselves with export transactions and different types of legal protection needed. Pina will review the various types of contracts for indirect and direct exporting, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and contract terms to consider. Pina practices in the areas of corporate, securities, international business transactions and export compliance, including compliance with U.S. Treasury (OFAC) regulations related to embargoed countries and customs seizures. She has extensive experience in corporate transactions, including cross-border joint ventures and securities issues in Latin America, and serves as a member of the firm's Cuba Task Force. https://shutts.com/lawyer/olga-m-pina/
Speaker: Eileen Rodriguez, MBA, CGBP, Regional Director, Florida SBDC at USF, Adam Barlow, Founder and CEO, Axiom Solutions Network, Olga Pina, Partner, Shutts & Bowen, LLP
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 60.00
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Building Your Business Plan With LivePlan, Thursday, May 17, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Business planning is the foundation to starting a new venture, raising funds or growing your existing business. Receive all the tools necessary to complete a practical business plan. Seminar registration includes a six-month subscription of the LivePlan web-based business planning software. Our expert advice simplifies conducting the research necessary to make decisions and develop financial projections. Don't be intimidated, take the first step today!
Speaker: Mitch Lairmore
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 99.00
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Basic Business Taxes, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Topic: Tax Planning
There's no way to get around it-every business must report taxes. But how you pay your taxes all depends on the type of business you have. This class explores the taxation process and filing requirements for sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations.
Speaker: TBD
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 15.00
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Starting Your Business, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
You've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures to the types of license you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started.
Speaker: Kyle King
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 15.00
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Financing Your Business, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Access to Capital
Are you looking for money for your business? Are you considering a SBA loan? This seminar will help you zero in on the right funding choices for your business and avoid money scams. Our financing veteran will educate you on how to ask for a loan, get prepared for the bank and where to find money in a tight-fisted economy. You'll explore: . SBA loans: when, where and how to apply . How to plan your financing request to banks . Which banks are making loan . Angel investors and venture capitalists . Six Cs of credit and how credit scores affect your business . The fundamentals of royalties, licensing and supplier credit . Busting the myths about small business grants
Speaker: Brad Owens
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 15.00
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International Trade: Is It Right for Your Business?, Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: International Trade
Is international trade right for your business? If you have a thriving domestic business, maybe it's time to consider exporting to take it to the next level. Companies that export grow faster, are more profitable and are less affected by downturns in domestic demand for their products and services. This course will provide you with a comprehensive overview on what it takes to go international. You will learn how to: Determine if you are export ready Identify indicators for potential markets Utilize research tools Identify necessary costs for international transactions Note: Businesses new to export or entering new export markets.
Speaker: Selma Canas
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 25.00
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Marketing Your Business, Thursday, June 07, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Thursday, June 07, 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
You know why your business rocks. Does anyone else? Take this class to uncover the characteristics that make up your business' DNA. Soon, you'll be able to boost consumer loyalty and company profits. After answering the two most important questions in all of marketing, you'll be ready to skillfully implement customer-winning strategies and face the competition. SBDC Quick Tip: Marketing Your Business is a must-take class to attend before launching that website, product or new business!
Speaker: Kyle King
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 25.00
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Starting Your Business, Thursday, June 07, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Thursday, June 07, 2018 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
You've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures to the types of license you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started.
Speaker: Bill Burnham
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 15.00
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Cybersecurity Basics for Small Business, Friday, June 08, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Friday, June 08, 2018 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Cybersecurity
Cyber-attacks are on the rise and, increasingly, small businesses are at risk. According to Symantec's 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, 43 percent of attacks worldwide were targeted at small businesses with fewer than 250 employees. Looking to enhance your business' cybersecurity measures? The Florida SBDC at USF is excited to announce this new workshop that will provide the education and resources to protect your business, customers, employees, and profits from cyber-attacks. The Byte-Size Small Business Cybersecurity workshop will cover four topics: * basic cybersecurity threats * security * remediation * cybersecurity resources The event will also feature a panel of experts, including: Robert Lindsey of Regions Bank; Adam B. Brouillet of Trenam Law; and Doug Stopper of Cyber Risk Consulting. A key takeaway and the foundation for these workshops is a new in-depth resource guide, which offers user-friendly information to help your business become more cyber-secure.
Speaker: Mitch Lairmore
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: No Cost
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Ignite Your Online Marketing, Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Stuck in "the web?" Online marketing doesn't have to be so frustrating. Attend this seminar to learn how you can take advantage of incredible online marketing tools that will enable your business to have a successful online presence. You'll learn about the four Google resources that can help you attract customers as well as how to get local exposure with Google Places; how to increase productivity with Google Apps; and how to measure success with Google Analytics.
Speaker: Gina Smith
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 45.00
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Using SEO to Improve Your Google Rankings, Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Topic: Marketing and Sales
Search engine optimization is a major component of any successful online marketing. This seminar will teach you how to develop a SEO strategy, based on methods of the book, "SEO: 2015 & Beyond," by industry expert, Dr. Andy Williams. You'll learn how to select keywords that are proven performers, combine the keywords into site content and boost site popularity. More specifically, attendees will master: * Basic SEO terms * Understanding Google Search results * How to use several free SEO tools * How to build quality content into your site * How to measure results using free tools, such as Google Analytics All attendees get a copy of Williams's, ""SEO: 2015 & Beyond."
Speaker: Gina Smith
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 60.00
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Starting Your Business, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
You've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. From how to determine feasibility and legal structures to the types of license you'll need, this class covers all the essentials that will help you get started.
Speaker: Brad Owens
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 15.00
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Women/Minority & Veteran Certification, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
It's no myth.women, minority and veteran certification could present opportunities for your business. But there is a process to becoming certified. In this class, you will learn how to complete the State of Florida certification application and discover how you can use it to seek business with the private sector and government.
Speaker: Eileen Rodriguez
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 15.00
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Basic Government Contracting 101, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Topic: Government Contracting
Ready.set.sell to the federal government! This workshop provides information on registering with the federal government, how to locate federal opportunities, who to market to within the federal government, and so much more!
Speaker: Karen Krymski
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 15.00
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Financing Your Business, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Where: FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building, Tampa
When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Access to Capital
Are you looking for money for your business? Are you considering a SBA loan? This seminar will help you zero in on the right funding choices for your business and avoid money scams. Our financing veteran will educate you on how to ask for a loan, get prepared for the bank and where to find money in a tight-fisted economy. You'll explore: . SBA loans: when, where and how to apply . How to plan your financing request to banks . Which banks are making loan . Angel investors and venture capitalists . Six Cs of credit and how credit scores affect your business . The fundamentals of royalties, licensing and supplier credit . Busting the myths about small business grants
Speaker: Mitch Lairmore
*Be prepared to sign-in and produce a government issued identification with the security guard while attending training seminars at the Port Tampa Bay location. *Parking Available in Visitor Parking & South Lots Only
Fee: $ 15.00
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