Build a solid foundation by learning the fundamentals of accounting and how it relates within QuickBooks®. Understand the chart of accounts and what happens when bills, checks and invoices are entered. Occurs every Monday and Wednesday 8/31-9/2
Do you want your nonprofit to be a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization? Designed for potential and new nonprofits this course will provide assistance in completing the IRS Form 1023 (application for recognition of tax-exempt status). Benefit from a guided walk-through of the application process and a discussion of the most important, difficult, and potentially confusing questions.
The course is intended both for groups who want to do their own application for tax exempt status and for those who will receive assistance, but want to understand the key concepts and challenges involved in qualifying for exempt status under Section 501(c)(3). The basic do’s and don’ts of the application will be covered to assure everyone is ready to apply.
Occurs every Tuesday and Thursday 9/1-9/3
Financing continues to be a challenge for many small business owners. Questions range from, Who will give me money for my business idea and what do they need from me? to, How will this business make money and will it be enough to pay back a loan or attract an investor? Get to the heart of business financing in this seminar that answers your questions. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of funding sources and how to choose the right one for your needs. Discover the keys to financing success.
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business #2 thru #5. September 3, 10, 17, 24. Starting times will 12:45 pm and will last until approx 4:00 pm. Price: $150 for the 4 sessions
If Session #1 was free but you must have attended it to attend 2 thru 5. If you paid $25 for Session 1, the cost is $150.
Here are descriptions of the Simple Steps offerings:
Simple Steps 1: focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources.
Simple Steps 2: focuses on your business concept and step-by-step guidance in researching your idea, your market, and your competition. At the end of the Business Concept workshop, you are able to: identify your target markets, describe your products and services, and collect key competitive information to support your feasibility plan.
Simple Steps 3: provides you with an introduction to marketing communication methods and tools to maximize your customer reach. The discussion in the Marketing Plan workshop covers pricing strategies, positioning, the difference between features and benefits, and different marketing strategies. At the end of this session, you will know how to: outline your marketing strategy, test your marketing message, choose the right sales channel, and exercise your marketing strategy.
Simple Steps 4: uses exercises to help you better understand financial concepts. This session reviews sales and prices, financial risks and rewards, true start-up costs, ongoing operating expenses, setting benchmarks for tracking progress and the organization of all your financial information. Using a hands-on approach, you learn how to use our financial model to forecast sales revenue and build solid pro-forma financial forecasts
Simple Steps 5: offers information on how to finance your small business. In this session, discussions include sources of funds, accounting the six C’s of credit, banking relations, ratio analysis, and monthly preparation and review of financial statements. A bank loan officer will give an inside view of how a banker assesses the merits of business plans and loan application. At the end of the series, you have all of the tools necessary to decide whether or not to launch your small business.
“Simple Steps for Starting Your Business – Session 1 –Start-up Basics” is a two hour seminar, held monthly, devoted to helping evaluate whether starting a business is feasible and to provide guidelines for the development of a Marketing/Business Plan. The objectives of “Getting Started” are basic. Anyone interested in knowing the contents of a Marketing Plan, a Business Plan, and identifying funding sources should attend this session. The course handout includes “The Plan” workbook. It is a more extensive approach to the pro-forma financial material included in the course.
PitchBreakfast provides a friendly atmosphere where aspiring tech-entrpreneurs can get great feedback from great panelists. For the more timid you can RSVP to watch it live and learn from the feedback others receive. Occurs the second Wednesday every month.
Learn about business plans, how to develop your business, & SCORE support services. If you are not using the free library research services for collecting reliable information on competitors, prospects, suppliers, market data and more…find out how! Register at http://www.cmlibrary.org/programs/
Discover how to manage and maintain your business finances by automating your accounting and financial reporting functions. Use this computerized program to set your company’s chart of accounts, receive payments, pay bills, create lists, track cash sales, enter bills, create invoices, make deposits, reconcile bank accounts and write checks in order to more easily manage your financial decisions.Uses QuickBooks® 2015. Purchase book: QuickBooks® Pro 2015 Level 1.
Occurs every Monday and Wednesday 9/14-9/23
Networking is more than just a social hobby. It’s all about who you know and how you utilize those relationships to build your business. Effective networking is a skill that is developed by practice and can be a very rewarding tool for business growth. Whether you are a hopeful entrepreneur or veteran business owner this is a session you can’t afford to miss!
Already know the basics? This second level course will help you expand your Quickbooks® knowledge. Delve into advanced features such as forms creation, report and graph generation, job costing, inventory, payroll and trouble shooting. Uses QuickBooks® 2015. Prerequisites: SBX7440 or equivalent experience. Purchase book: QuickBooks® Pro 2015 Level 2. Occurs Tuesday and Thursday 9/15-9/24