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Be sure to watch the next episode of the Minority Business Report with guests Barbara Gill, Chesapeake Coffee Connections, and Kim Lavinder, artist & member of Muddy Creek Artist Guild in a discussion on business collaborations and the arts.

The Minority Business Report airs daily on Comcast 98/Verizon 38 in Anne Arundel County (Monday10am, Tuesday & Friday 1pm &10pm, Wednesday & Saturday 4pm, Thursday & Sunday10am & 7pm). You can now watch the Minority Business Report on YouTube.

 

 

Smart Start Your Business – Baltimore City
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Smart Start Your Business discusses techniques to avoid common business pitfalls, while exploring the feasibility of your idea in order to increase your chances for success! An attorney, accountant, banker and insurance professional will present the best practices for starting your business. In addition to this valuable information provided by industry professionals, workshop attendees will receive a FREE kit, with all forms necessary to register your business in Maryland.

Join Us:

May 8, 2012

The Emerging Technology Center at Johns Hopkins Eastern

1101 East 33rd Street

3rd Floor – Conference Room A and B

Baltimore, MD 21218

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Fee: $55

Register online at www.centralmdsbdc.org/trainings by 5/4/12.

For more information, call 410-837-4928.

Smart Start Your Business – Baltimore County
Smart Start Your Business discusses techniques to avoid common business pitfalls, while exploring the feasibility of your idea in order to increase your chances for success! An attorney, accountant, banker and insurance professional will present the best practices for starting your business. In addition to this valuable information provided by industry professionals, workshop attendees will receive a FREE kit, with all forms necessary to register your business in Maryland.Join Us:May 9, 2012

PSA Financial Center

11311 McCormick Road

5th Floor

Hunt Valley, MD 21031

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Fee: $55

Register online at www.centralmdsbdc.org/trainings by 5/7/12.

For more information, call 410-837-4928.

Smart Start Your Business – Howard County
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Smart Start Your Business discusses techniques to avoid common business pitfalls, while exploring the feasibility of your idea in order to increase your chances for success! An attorney, accountant, banker and insurance professional will present the best practices for starting your business. In addition to this valuable information provided by industry professionals, workshop attendees will receive a FREE kit, with all forms necessary to register your business in Maryland.

Join Us:

May 10, 2012

Howard County Center for Business and Technology Development

9250 Bendix Road

Columbia, MD 21045

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fee: $55

Register online at www.centralmdsbdc.org/trainings by 5/8/12.

For more information, call 410-837-4928.

Integrate Your Web Marketing to See the Return on Investment
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Overwhelmed by the vast array of distracting avenues for marketing your business on the internet? Join Business Coach Deborah Gallant as she helps you shape anintegrated web marketing strategy that will actually result in more clients and more sales. What’s worhtwhile and what’s a bright shiny object? Deborah will walk you thorugh all the elments of an integrated web marketing strategy.
Check on your approach to critical tools like: your website, blogging, video, paid & free search, email marketing, and social media. Make sure you are bringing it all together (including with your off-line marketing) so you can see a positive ROI on your web investment!

Join Us:

May 10, 2012

Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation

2660 Riva Road, Second Floor

Annapolis, MD 21401

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Fee: FREE, but registration required

Register online at www.centralmdsbdc.org/trainings by 5/8/12.

For more information, call 410-837-4928.

Think Global – An Introduction to Exporting
world globe97% of exporters in the United States are small businesses and 95% of the world’s marketplace is outside the US. Think Global will focus on the benefits of exporting for small businesses and the support services available making it easier to export now than ever before. Exports are a bright spot in the economy as thye help companies grow and expand markets for American goods and services.Join Us:May 15, 2012

Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation

2660 Riva Road, Second Floor

Annapolis, MD 21401

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Fee: FREE, but registration is required

Register online at www.centralmdsbdc.org/trainings by 5/11/12.

For more information, call 410-837-4928.

Developing a Winning Business Plan
A well crafted plan will act as a blueprint to build, maintain or expand your business and also be used to present your company as a viable and sustainable business entity in the loan application process. Join SBDC counselor Craig Panos as he explains how a carefully written plan clearly presents each component of a business, demonstrates how various aspects of a business integrate and coordinate, and assists business owners find hidden business weaknesses and opportunitiesJoin Us:May 16, 2012

University of Baltimore – Merrick School of Business

11 W. Mount Royal Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21201

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fee: $55

Register online at www.centralmdsbdc.org/trainings by 5/14/12.

For more information, call 410-837-4928.

Using Franchising as an
Effective Strategy to Small Business Ownership
Our session is designed to educate aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners on exactly what Franchising is, and how forming a strategic affiliation with a national franchise organization can be a very effective platform from which to launch a highly successful small business.Join Us:May 16, 2012

University of Baltimore – Merrick School of Business

11 W Mt. Royal Ave

First Floor – Room 143

Baltimore, MD 21201

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fee: FREE, but registration is required

Register online at www.centralmdsbdc.org/trainings by 5/15/12.

For more information, call 410-837-4928.

Guarding Your Business Against Fraud Risk
FraudAccording to the Association for Fraud Examiner 2010 report, small businesses and private companies rank the highest in occupational fraud frequency by 31% and 42% respectively. Small businesses and private companies are targets because they do not have the proper tools to prevent fraud from occurring in their businesses. The resources available on fraud prevention and detection to the small business and private company owners limited because of costs.Using real life examples, this interactive workshop will help the small and private company business owner identify and recognize the common fraud schemes that occur frequently within their businesses and the common perpetrators that commit them. The workshop will identify steps to prevent and deter these fraudulent transactions and walk participants through the techniques to arm themselves with strategies and tactics to prevent their organizations from becoming a victim.

Join Us:

May 17, 2012

University of Baltimore – Merrick School of Business

11 W Mt. Royal Ave

First Floor – Room 135

Baltimore, MD 21201

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fee: FREE, but registration is required

Register online at www.centralmdsbdc.org/trainings by 5/15/12.

For more information, call 410-837-4928.

C104: Contracting with the Federal Government
Find out how to do business with the Federal Government: Understand the registration requirements, procurement regulations, and marketing your business to the federal agencies. The workshop is centered on what market research tools are available to determine which agency make what purchases and how to position your company as one from whom they should buy.  Attendees will learn to:

  • Determine if government contracting is a good business model form them
  • Classify their business and their products/services
  • Indentify which government agencies buy what you sell
  • Focus their research in order to locate contracting opportunities targeted to their business
  • Understand the basics about federal pricing (Overhead and G&A)
  • Understand the rules of the road via introductions to:
  • Work effectively with the internet research opportunities
  • Learn what criteria goes into making a good bid/no-bid decision

Join Us:

May 17, 2012

The Emerging Technology Center @ John Hopkins Eastern

1101 East 33rd Street

Baltimore, MD 21218

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fee: $110.00

Register online at www.centralmdsbdc.org/trainings by 5/17/12.

For more information, call 410-837-4928.

Workshop conducted by the Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Program

Nuts and Bolts of Starting and Planning Your Business – Baltimore County
Nuts and Bolts growing on treeThis workshop is specifically designed for small businesses in the planning phase of building a company. Featured topics include: registering a business name; filing your business as a legal entity; marketing/advertising strategies; charging and reporting retail/sales tax; creating a business plan; zoning guidelines; and business licensing.Join Us:May 22, 2012

Towson – Baltimore County Public Library

320 York Road

Towson, MD 21204

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fee: Free, but registration is required

Register online at www.centralmdsbdc.org/trainings by 5/18/12.

For more information, call 410-837-4928.

Promoting & Developing Your Brand Identity
Shake things up as you develop, or re-develop your business brand in this interactive workshop, exclusively offered through MD SBDC-Central Region. This is your opportunity to learn how to move your business branding ideas from concept to concrete. From logos to logins, every communication touch-point must be targeted, consistent, and appealing.

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The first segment of this creative and strategic session will overview branding basics and challenge you to evaluate the core competencies of your business and how you are delivering your unique message. The second segment will be hands-on as you take advantage of Eye Catching Creative’s design and marketing consulting expertise, applied to your own brand marketing materials and ideas. Last but definitely not least, we will discuss how to promote your brand and the different avenues to do so.

Join Us:

May 23, 2012

Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE)

9250 Bendix Road, North

Columbia, MD 21045

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Fee: FREE, but registration is required

Register online at www.centralmdsbdc.org/trainings by 5/21/12.

For more information, call 410-837-4928.

Using Franchising as an
Effective Strategy to Small Business Ownership
Our session is designed to educate aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners on exactly what Franchising is, and how forming a strategic affiliation with a national franchise organization can be a very effective platform from which to launch a highly successful small business.Join Us:May 23, 2012

Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE)

9250 Bendix Road, North

Columbia, MD 21045

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fee: FREE, but registration is required

Register online at www.centralmdsbdc.org/trainings by 5/21/12.

For more information, call 410-837-4928.

Minority & Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (MBE)
Come and learn about the State’s Minority Business Enterprise program and process to be certified from an MDOT specialist. Attendees will be introduced to the application process and obtain answers to questions about how to navigate through the certification process. Program requirements and qualification criteria will be explained.Join Us:May 24, 2012

Univeristy of Baltimore – Merrick School of Business

11 W. Mount Royal Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21201

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Fee: $25

Register online at www.centralmdsbdc.org/trainings by 5/22/12.

For more information, call 410-837-4928.

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Be sure to watch the next episode of the Minority Business Report featuring a discussion on Senior Care Services with my guests Brenda Pope, ComforCare Senior Services of Odenton; and Susan Amos, owner of Changing Keys by Susan in Annapolis.

The Minority Business Report airs daily on Comcast/Millennium 98 and Verizon 38 at 1pm and 5pm including Saturdays & Sundays.

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