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July -September - Featured Workshops

Jun 5 2018 1:03PM
July -September -  Featured Workshops

 

How to Build and Execute a Social Media Marketing Strategy

A skilled Marketing professional will guide you through the process of identifying your marketing goals and how social media can support those goals.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Time:  1 to 3 pm

Tools for Entrepreneurship

This workshop will focus on equipping the attendees with resources that will help them be successful in a startup business or improving an existing business.  Topics include the business model canvas, value proposition design, financial management training, and marketing.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

10am to 11:30am

Build your Website Series

Class 1- Gain insights into how to identify your prospective customers, how to attract them to your business, and how to get them to buy your products and services.  

Classes 2-4- A skilled Web designer, and marketing executive will walk you through the steps to build a brand new website.  This will be a hands on class where you are can bring your device and begin making your own website with the guidance of a professional.  

You will get expert advice and practical hands on guidance to do the following:  1) Choose the right platform to manage your website content. 2) Get a domain and webhosting set up.  3) Set up and customize your website  4) Installing plug-in and more enhancements.

Wednesdays:

Class 1.  July 18, 2018

Class 2:  July 25, 2018

Class 3:  August 1, 2018

Class 4:  August  8, 2018

Time for all:  8:30 am – 12:30 pm

 

Financial Mgmt/QuickBooks

A QuickBooks (QB) expert will guide you through using QB as a bookkeeping and financial management tool.  Learn tips, shortcuts, and answers to all your QuickBooks questions. Learn the keys to financial management, along with resources on financial management best practices.

Wednesdays,  August 22, September 26, October, 24, November 28

Time: 8:30am to 12:30pm

   Search Engine Optimization

SEO made easy. Promote your business online with a simple, tactical approach to getting on the first page of Google. You'll receive a step-by-step understanding of what it means, how it works and how to do it yourself. 

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

Time: 1 to 3pm

 

WORKSHOP COST:   $25 pre-registered, $40 at the door, $15 additional person

*Website series $80    SAVE $20 – only $80 pre-paid for four-workshop series

 

LOCATION:    SBA Training Room, 801 West Riverside Ave, Suite 444

 

 

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Workshops and Mentoring at Spokane SCORE

Apr 11 2018 3:03PM

Franchising 101 with FranNet

 

If you think you’re ready to become an entrepreneur have you considered franchising? 

We’ll Discuss:

  • Why people buy franchises and who is the right fit for franchise ownership
  • What are todays trends in franchising
  • How do you properly finance a franchise and what financing resources are available in today’s market
  • How to find the franchise that is right for you and the local market
  • What is the proper research process for making a safe and wise decision
  • What local resources are available to help you make the decisions

Tuesday, June 5,2018

Time:  9-11am

Location:  SBA/SCORE Traing Room

801 W Riverside, Suite 444

Spokane, WA 99201

Cost:  $25


 
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Workshops and Mentoring at Spokane SCORE

Mar 13 2018 2:54PM
Spokane SCORE Offering Strategic Planning
 
Available for 2 Nonprofits

The Spokane Chapter of SCORE is offering a unique opportunity to nonprofit organizations in 2018. SCORE will provide strategic planning facilitation services to 2 nonprofit organizations free of charge. The facilitation will be performed by a SCORE counselor who has 40 years’ experience in nonprofit leadership and consulting.
 
The strategic planning model used is called Real-Time Strategic Planning and is adapted from the book The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World, by David LaPiana. This unique process enables an organization to readily apply strategic thinking and planning disciplines to future opportunities and unexpected occurrences as they arise.
 
The planning process will be tailored to the needs of the organization. It can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months to complete depending on the scope and capacity of the organization. At the end of the process the organization will have a plan that articulates its most critical challenges and opportunities, identifies the strategies necessary to address them, and contains a specific plan of action for implementation.
 
This new service by SCORE is aimed at assisting small non-profit organizations. Preference will be given to organizations with annual operating budgets less than $500,000. To apply, go to the SCORE web site and download the Strategic Planning application form. Applications will be accepted through April 10, 2018 and the 2 recipients will be announced in April. 

 

Sell Without Selling -- Direct Sales Success

 

Are you an entrepreneur or business owner that depends on direct sales to grow your business?  Learn from seasoned experts with decades of experience building multi-million dollar corporations.  You will learn time tested sales techniques and receive valuable sales training that normally costs hundreds of dollars to access.  Whether you sell products or services, you will take away practical tools you can instantly apply. This will be an inspirational seminar for you and your employees alike.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

9am to 11am

Optional Q&A till Noon

Location 801 W Riverside-

GSI Conference Room 1st Floor**

 

 

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Instagram and Pinterest Marketing for Small Business

Mar 6 2018 1:31PM

Instagram and Pinterest Marketing for Small Business

 

This is a hands on workshop. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop. If you are unable to bring a laptop you are encouraged to bring a web-ready device you will primarily use to run social media for your business

 

This workshop is specifically tailored to people just starting out with social media and social networking. This is an entry level, or beginner seminar.
 
Date:  Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time:  1 pm –  4pm
Location: SBA, 801 West Riverside Ave., 4th Floor

 

Cost: $25 per person with advance registration; $40 at the door.
 

This is a hands on workshop. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop. If you are unable to bring a laptop you are encouraged to bring a web-ready device you will primarily use to run social media for your business

 

 

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Facebook Marketing for Small Business

Feb 18 2018 10:58AM

Facebook Marketing for Small Business

 

This is a hands on workshop.  Please bring your web friendly device: laptop, tablet, cell phone, etc.

 

This workshop is specifically tailored to people just starting out with social media and social networking. This is an entry level, or beginner seminar.

 

Cost: $25 per person with advance registration; $40 at the door.
 
DATE:  Tuesday,  March 6, 2018
Time:  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location:  SCORE Training Room
801 W Riverside, Suite 444
Spokane, WA 99201

 

Social Media Workshop Series:  Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Twitter

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Core Workshop Series

Jan 24 2018 10:46AM

Core Workshops include:  How to Really Start a New Business; How to Write a Business Plan; Small Business Marketing and Sales; and Quickbooks Financial Management.

Workshops are on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm -- unless otherwise stated.  The workshops repeat every month from January through November.  Sign up now for reduced prices and take the workshops at your convenience.

 

Price for four (4) prepaid workshops only $80.  (Regular price $125.)
Per workshop, now only $25 each with $15 for an additional partner.   (Regular price $40.)
Are you a Veteran?  SCORE welcomes you to attend any workshop for a reduced fee of $15 each.

Sign up for; 

February

March

Location of workshops unless otherwise stated: 

SCORE/SBA Training Room

801 W Riverside, Suite 444

Spokane, WA 99201

 

SCORE Core workshops are on hiatus in December.

 

For more information:  info@scorespokane.org

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Workshops at SCORE

Dec 4 2017 11:06AM

 

SCORE Offers New Cyber Security Workshop

Cybersecurity for Small Business

Small Businesses are at high risk to the threat caused by cybercriminals.  This workshop will provide you with both an understanding of the threat and resources and tools that you can use to mitigate risks.

January 31, 2018

Time:  9 am – 11 am

Location: SBA, 801 West Riverside Ave., Suite 444

Cost: $25 per person with advance registration; $40 at the door.

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Boots to Business Reboot

Free Veterans Workshop!

January 23rd, 2018

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

SBA Spokane Training Room

801 W. Riverside, Ste. 444

Spokane, WA 99201

 

For More Information

Call: Joel Nania, 509-353-2810

Email: joel.nania@sba.gov

Registration Required: (you will need to create a profile to register at this site.)

 

SBA Spokane Office

801 W. Riverside

Suite 444

Spokane, WA 98121

509-353-2810

www.sba.gov/wa/spokane

Veterans Business Outreach Center\

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SCORE Offers New Cyber Security Workshop

Aug 30 2017 2:11PM

Cybersecurity for Small Business

 

Small Businesses are at high risk to the threat caused by cybercriminals.  This workshop will provide you with both an understanding of the threat and resources and tools that you can use to mitigate risks.

 

January 31, 2018

Time:  9 am – 11 am

Location: SBA, 801 West Riverside Ave., Suite 444

Cost: $25 per person with advance registration; $40 at the door.

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Marketing and Sales Essentials

Jun 7 2017 3:11PM
Marketing and Sales Essentials: How to Find Customers and What to Do With Them  
 
Workshop Schedule through November
 
Gain insights into how to identify your prospective customers, how to attract them to your business, and how to get them to buy your products and services.
 

Following Months:


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Time: 8:30 - 12:30
Location:  SCORE
801 W Riverside, Suite 444
 
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Date:  Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Startup Central
610 W 2nd Ave
 
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Date: Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017
Time: 8:30am -12:30 pm
Location: Score Office
801 W Riverside, Suite 444

Cost: $25 per person with advance registration; $40 at the door.

$15 for an additional person from the same company.

Repeats January through November on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

September 20, 2017

SAVE More - Pre-Register for 4 of the Workshops for Only $80!

Please note: Each workshop requires a minimum of three registrants. If you are enrolling a day or two before the workshop is scheduled, or plan to enroll at the door, please contact the SCORE office to find out if the minimum registration criteria has been met.  If you register at the door, there is an additional $15 charge.

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How to Use Google Analytics

May 4 2017 5:30PM

How to Use Google Analytics

 
Learn how to use Google Analytics to determine what components of your current website are a success and which need a little maintenance. We'll also look at how to measure social media performance, and monitor to see what marketing efforts are driving traffic back to our website.

This workshop will be helpful to those who were getting ready to build a website so you know what to plan for. It will be more helpful to those that have existing website where you've been tracking data for a few months so we have some information to dive into. And for the overachievers if you have been tracking data and have a laptop to bring to the workshop you can follow along and set up filters in your dashboard as you follow along.
 
Date: Wednesday, May,31, 2017
Time:  9am to 10am,
cost $25.
 
LOCATION:  801 W Riverside, Suite 444
Spokane, WA 99201

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Social Media 101

Apr 12 2017 11:15AM

Social Media for Small Business 101


Entry Level Class - part of SCORE's new workshop series on Social Media and Business 

 

This is a hands on workshop.  To get the most out of this class, please bring your web friendly device: laptop, tablet, cell phone, that you will use to manage your social media channels.  Also, bring and ask questions about the challenges you face with social media.

 

This workshop is specifically tailored to people just starting out with social media and social networking. This is an entry level, or beginner seminar. Sites we will explore include Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. What you'll learn in this workshop is how to become comfortable using your own Facebook profile, how to set up a Twitter account, and how to use LinkedIn.

This entry level class is a fit if you have just started your personal Facebook account but have no idea how to use it, if you don't have a Twitter account and if you don't have a LinkedIn profile.

Social Media for Small Business 101 helps you build a foundation for using social media for your business. The key to being successful on social media sites is to understand how they work on the personal side, before exploring how to use them for business.

Cost: 25 per person with advance registration; $40 at the door.
 

 

DATE: Thursday   May 4, 2017
Time:  9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location:  SCORE Training Room
801 W Riverside, Suite 444
Spokane, WA 99201

 

 

Register for the entire Social Media Series:  Three Sessions

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Free Workshop

One Time Only

 

New Workshop:  Business Start-up - How to Start and Run a Business" 

Thursday, May 4 

1pm to 2:45pm.

Presented by Jeff Levy

 

Join visiting Seattle business coach Jeff Levy -- who was nominated as a 2016 Small Business Advocate in Washington State -- as he walks you through what it really takes to start and run a business. Whether you are purchasing a company, starting a new venture, or seeking a franchise award, you’ll learn whether starting a business is right for you at this time in your life and in this economic cycle.

 

This free workshop will help you understand:

•How personal and business motivations affect success

•Thee essential qualities of an entrepreneur

•Differences in purchasing a business, being a startup, and purchasing a franchise.

•Different types of legal structures, and why one might incorporate

•Elements of a good business plan

•Free resources for market and business research

•Pros and cons of different financing options available

•Local resources to help you to the next stage of businesses ownership

 

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017

Time:  1:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Location: SBA/SCORE

801 W Riverside, Suite 444

Spokane, WA 99201

 

FREE -- Please Register

 

 

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Two Tax Scams to Avoid this Tax Season

Apr 5 2017 1:46PM

Two Tax Scams to Avoid this Tax Season

The following is a guest post from IRS.gov

Taxes are due April 17 and there are two particularly dangerous tax scams circulating this year. The following describes the scams:

1. Business Email CompromiseThis scam specifically targets businesses. Cybercriminals use various spoofing techniques to disguise an email to make it appear as if it is from an organization executive. The email is sent to an employee in the payroll or human resources departments, requesting a list of all employees and their Forms W-2.  

2. Fake IRS Agent Phone ScamCriminals impersonating IRS agents call a victim, often targeting seniors. These con artists can sound convincing when they call and they use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

The victims are told they owe money to the IRS and must pay it promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are often threatened with arrest. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Alternately, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. If the phone isn’t answered, the phone scammers often leave an “urgent” call-back request.

What to do if you've fallen victim: 

1. Report the data loss immediately. The IRS may be able to take steps that help protect your employees from tax-related identity theft. Email dataloss@irs.gov to notify the IRS of a W-2 data loss and provide your contact information. In the subject line, type “W2 Data Loss” so that the email can be routed properly.  Do not attach any employee personally identifiable information data. Employers and tax professionals should notify states of any disclosures of W-2s or other identity information by emailing StateAlert@taxadmin.org.

2. Report the data loss to law enforcement officials:

  • Businesses/payroll service providers should file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
  • Businesses/payroll service providers may be asked to file a report with their local law enforcement agency

If your business received the email but did not fall victim to the scam, forward the email to the IRS. The IRS needs the email header from the phishing email for its investigation, which means you must do more than just forward the email to phishing@irs.gov. Visit the IRS for complete instructions on how to report phishing scams.

Always remember that the IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.

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Find answers to your tax questions with the Interactive Tax Assistant

Feb 24 2017 3:02PM

Find answers to your tax questions with the Interactive Tax Assistant   Find reliable answers to your tax questions when you need them with the Interactive Tax Assistant on IRS.gov. The ITA is a tax law resource that asks you a series of questions and immediately provides you answers on a variety of tax law topics.

There are various tax law categories within the ITA, including, general filing questions, as well as specialized topics, all updated to reflect 2016 tax law. Five new topics were added recently:

• Am I Eligible to Apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number

• Do I Have Income Subject to Self-Employment Tax?

• Do I Need to Report the Transfer or Rollover of an IRA or Retirement Plan on My Tax Return?

• Can I Exclude Income Earned in a Foreign Country?

• Can I or My Spouse Claim Part of a Refund Being Applied Toward a Debt Owed by the Other Spouse?

Once you answer the questions, you'll get an immediate response to your specific tax issue. ITA is accurate, and you can print the answers for your records. Simply type “Interactive Tax Assistant” in the search box on IRS.gov for easy access to the answers you need. If you use ITA’s search feature and the requested topic isn't covered by the tool, then you may be sent to the IRS.gov Tax Trails application. You can also use our topic lookup tool, the IRS Tax Map.

 

Links to help taxpayers find the information

 

IRS.gov

• Take steps now for tax filing season

 

IRS YouTube video

• Interactive Tax Assistant

Help for Taxpayers (ASL)

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Essential Small Business Social Media Strategies

Jan 20 2017 1:09PM

Essential Small Business Social Media Strategies (Social Media 301)

 

DATE:   Thursday January 26, 2017

 9:00 TO 11:00 AM. 

801 W RIVERSIDE, SUITE 444.

This is a hands on workshop.  Please bring your web friendly device: laptop, tablet, cell phone, etc.

 

This workshop is the third in a series of social media seminars designed to help small business owners. The workshops teach, step by step, how to become comfortable using social media for small business.

This workshop has been developed for users who are comfortable using Facebook for both their personal and business needs, but are looking to begin developing a strategy. Additionally, this seminar covers Twitter and LinkedIn strategies for your small business.

After attending this workshop, you will have step by step instructions on how to build a Social Media Strategy to begin marketing your small business on social media sites.

Cost: $25 per person with advance registration; $40 at the door.
 

DATE:  Thursday January 26, 2017
 
Time:  9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:  SCORE Training Room
801 W Riverside, Suite 444
Spokane, WA 99201
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Social Media 201

Jan 12 2017 1:06PM

Hands On Social Media for Small Business (Social Media 201)

 

This is a hands on workshop.  To get the most out of this class, please bring your web friendly device: laptop, tablet, cell phone, that you will use to manage your social media channels.  Also, bring and ask questions about the challenges you face with social media.

This workshop is the second in a series of seminars aimed to walk users through the process of learning social media and the applications for business. This course builds upon the 101 seminar by beginning the process of introducing the business tools offered by Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

This workshop is a fit for you if you don’t have a Facebook Business Page, of if you have just set one up and need help understanding how to use it. It is also a fit if you are unsure how to set up a Twitter account and/or LinkedIn profile for your business.  

Cost: $25 per person with advance registration; $40 at the door.
 

DATE:   Thursday January 19, 2017
Time:  9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:  SCORE Training Room
801 W Riverside, Suite 444
Spokane, WA 99201

 

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