Blogs

QuickBooks Online – What’s the Big Deal?

For the first time, the Larimer SBDC will be offering “QuickBooks Online: 3 Part Series” beginning on September 9 and running through September 23.  While the functionality of QuickBooks Online is very similar to what is offered through their traditional desktop software, they are visually very different. QuickBooks Online also has the advantage of integrating with mobile applications that can be used on both a smartphone and tablet. Are you confused about whether to use …

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Five Technology Solutions That can Help You Grow and Protect Your Business in 2015

  Friday, August 21, 2015 12:00 – 1:30 PM Five key technologies that you should be using in 2015 to take your business to the next level: 1) Network Security & Data Backup –  Is your network and data really secure? 2) Customer Relationship Management (CRM)  – Are you nurturing your existing clients and bringing on new ones? 3) Social Media & Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – Can potential customers find you on the web?  …

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Health & Wellness Business Panel Follow-Up

Last week, we held our fourth “Small Business After Hours” event that was targeted at our Health and Wellness businesses. We were excited to host the five person panel event, which was moderated by SBDC Consultant and InnovatioNews publisher, Lee Porter. Our panelists provided valuable information to approximately 30 attendees. In case you missed the event, a main topic of conversation was money. As Lee put it, that’s a big challenge to tackle! The varying …

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Customer Experience – The Umbrella to "Customer Service"

Friday, August 7, 2015 12:00 – 1:30 PM “Business is a concept, people are the business.”  This is true for all business and when we really begin to appreciate that, the want for a positive experience can outweigh the need for the service. People gravitate toward what they enjoy and enjoyment is a simple concept. In this seminar I will offer you some very simple, cost-effective tips to create a positive experience that your customers …

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Some Love for the Farmer’s Markets

Summer is in full swing, and among other thing this means farmers markets are at their peak. There are a number of benefits to farmer’s markets, ranging from your own personal health to the health of your economic community. Fort Collins has a vibrant community surrounding its farmer’s markets, in fact, we have 3 to meet your local food needs. If you’re not in-the-know, here’s a list of local markets: Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 …

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Getting Started – Grow and Manage Your Contact List

Friday, July 24, 2015  12:00 – 1:30 pm One of the greatest business assets in your online marketing arsenal is hands down your “list”.  Of course the center of the list is the way you collect the data along with the email addresses that are on it. How you get permission, manage it and get your target audience to remain on your list for the long haul.  In this workshop we will show you how …

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HR – When You Don’t Have an HR Department

Friday, June 10, 2015 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Are you stuck dealing with HR issues for your business? Then this seminar is for you.  Moving from a corporate environment that provided all the resources imaginable to a small business “do it yourself” atmosphere, Courtney Berg, a certified HR professional with both HR and operations management experience, struggled with everything a small business HR department needs. She will teach you the 7 things you need …

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Health and Wellness Panel

Health & Wellness Panel           Tuesday, July 21, 2014     4:00 pm – 6:00 pm The health and wellness industry is both diverse and expanding rapidly. Do you ever wonder how you make yourself not only stand out, but also thrive in the vast offering of services?  Please join our panel of health & wellness business experts for some peer networking with refreshments, followed by a panel discussion on topics such …

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Inventory Control 101: Understanding Retail Cash Flow

Inventory Control 101: Understanding Retail Cash Flow Tuesday, June 9th 8:00 am – 10:00 am Presented by Alyson MacMullan, Peak Retail Group Retail is a blend of art and science. As the store owner you understand your customers and what they want: you provide a point of view and a  taste level, the ART. The SCIENCE involves understanding how to maximize the merchandise you bring in to support your vision and your business. Inventory control is the …

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Lending Panel: Show Me the Money!

Lending Panel: Show Me the Money! Tuesday, June 9 4:00 – 6:00 pm Are you seeking funding for your small business but are unsure of where to begin? With all the options available for small businesses today, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed! The Larimer SBDC and Innosphere are partnering to bring together several types of funding sources for you to ask questions and get answers. We will be discussing: In this unique event, we’ll have …

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