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Develop a Business Plan with Purpose and Durability – 2-part session

A quick look around will show you that there are 1,001 ways to write a business plan, but how do we write the right plan?  And how do we write a business plan that won’t just gather dust on the shelf?  Whether you’re writing a plan for investors, banks, or your internal team, this course will help get you on the right track.  This 2-session business-planning workshop will prepare you to create a written plan ranging from a planned startup or existing business enterprise, and give you a reason to re-engage with your plan as conditions and seasons change.  

In this comprehensive 2-session course, we will focus on:

Session 1
Value Proposition, Mission, Vision, Values, Purpose Exercises
Business Model Canvas – Business Plan on a Page
Know Thyself and Know Thy Needs – Personality Exercises, SWOT Analysis, Capital Needs Discussion

Session 2
Financing Plan & Projections – Market Research & Assumptions
Marketing & Operational Plan – Role Definitions / Process Development
Business Plan In Action – Activation, Check-in’s & Accountability

Our Presenter:

Curt Bear
Founder, LoCo Think Tank
Value-Driven Peer Advisory

Thank you to our Sponsors:

What You Need to Know About Instagram for Small Business

How many of the 1 billion worldwide Instagram users are your customers?& Chances are pretty good your people are there! Join us for this Instagram for Small Business class taught by Amy Alcorn of Aspen Grove Marketing on the power of leveraging Instagram for business. This course will cover what you need to know including Instagram basics, how to connect and engage with your fans, Instagram Stories and new features, IGTV, and growth hacks you may be missing out on!

Can you confidently say your business is leveraging Instagram to its full potential? If you didn’t answer this with a resounding yes, let’s take it to the next level! Instagram is constantly changing and it’s features are always on the move – this powerful platform has more than 1 billion worldwide users and chances are, some of the very customers you want to reach are on this platform.

If you aren’t already, it’s high time to make the most of your Instagram posting, promotions, and stories. Join Amy Alcorn of Aspen Grove Marketing to learn more about how you can use Instagram to support your business goals.

QuickBooks Online; 3 Part Series

This series of classes will cover what QuickBooks Online 2020 can do for you. You will learn how to back up your system, navigate through the program, and receive an overview of setting up a company. Other topics include:

  • Managing your checkbook
  • Handling credit card payments
  • Reconciliation of accounts
  • Accounts payable & accounts receivable
  • Analyzing your financials with reports 

This class is perfect for the person who has never used the program or is within their first year of use and is using the online software.

Presented by:

Jeanne Bolz
Certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor

“Jeanne Bolz is a CPA with an expertise in Tax, Accounting and Bookkeeping for Individuals and Small Businesses. After graduating from Colorado State University, she spent the majority of her 20+ year career as a Public Accounting specialist in Minnesota, eventually owning and managing a Public Accounting Firm along with her CPA husband. After wrapping up the firm sale in 2017 to a Top-20 Minnesota Public Accounting Firm, the two decided to return to Colorado. Since 2017 Jeanne has worked as a sole practitioner in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Jeanne is a Certified Pro-Advisor in QuickBooks Online, and volunteer-teaches a class in the product for the Larimer County Small Business Development Center. Jeanne has also volunteered in Community Theater, in both technical and stage management roles. Jeanne is an avid hiker and amateur photographer, and has gained a respectable following for her photography on Instagram as @Minnesota_Wanderer. She is a mother of two, and is proud that her eldest is currently a student at her alma-mater CSU.”

Thank you to our Sponsors

New Workshops at the SBDC!

We are excited to announce two new workshops being held at the Larimer SBDC!
 
Improve Your Local SEO – a 6-Step Blueprint to Boost Your Local Search Rankings 
~ Sept 26th & Nov 14th, 2019
 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a topic many small business owners know about but few truly utilize. But here’s the thing, showing up on page one of Google can be the difference between your business booming or just getting by. And, when it comes to getting your business to rank locally, utilizing Local SEO is a powerful strategy if done right. Fortunately, there are some basic (and pretty painless) steps you can take that will help your business rank locally.
This workshop will cover local search – what it is and how it will help your business. We’ll also go through six key steps to help your business win at local SEO:

     1. How to create (and optimize) your Google My Business (GMB) listing.
     2. How to build citations (and get listed on local directories).
     3. How to manage your reputation and grow online reviews with a review funnel.
     4. How to write location-based content to help your website rank well.
     5. How to implement on-page local SEO basics.
     6. What local link building is and why you need it to compete locally.

Winning Against Your Competition 
~ Nov 7th, 2019
 

You have a high quality product or service, but your competition is right there, winning the business.  In this hands-on tactical course, you’ll learn how to wind more deals by outsmarting your competition with skill.

Topics include:

  • Understanding who your REAL competition is
  • How to prepare to sell against your competition
  • Identifying your competitive advantages
  • Learning when to “cut bait”
  • Asking for the order before they do

Advance Colorado Procurement Expo

The Advance Colorado Procurement Expo, now in its 10th year, is Colorado’s premier buyers and sellers marketplace! Every year, businesses are invited to participate in this day-long event, which focuses on state and local government procurement. Businesses (sellers) exhibit throughout the day to showcase their goods and services to local and state government agencies (buyers). Exhibitors are able to meet with procurement professionals from those agencies to learn how to best sell their goods and services to them. All businesses, including those owned by women, minorities and veterans, are encouraged to participate. In addition to the expo hall, training sessions are held in the afternoon on the topics of government procurement. There is also a keynote speaker during lunch, as well as engaging one-on-one sessions between buyers and sellers (by appointment only). There is no cost for government agencies (buyers) to participate. Businesses may purchase an exhibitor table or a general admission ticket. Spaces are limited and early registration is encouraged, as this event does sell out!
To view a list of buyers participating, please visit www.coprocurementexpo.com.
This event is proudly brought to you by the Minority Business Office of Colorado, State Purchasing & Contracts Office, Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Business Development Foundation.