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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:


Time: 5:30pm 9:30 pm
Location Startup Central
610 W 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
 
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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.

Wednesday:  June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017

July 19, 2017

August 16, 2017

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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What are the main causes of business failure?

Oct 11 2016 12:41PM

This is from a report developed by WA State in 2007 regarding small businesses.

 

What are the main causes of business failure?

 

The following list summarizes causes from the literature and interviews of business experts conducted by the work group. The main causes for small business failure are identified as limited experience and limited knowledge of how to run a business.

• Failure to plan appropriately

• Overly optimistic business owners

• Inadequate marketing

• Primary focus on product or service, not on acquiring capital, accounting, and hiring

• Employee theft and other problems of new hires

• Pricing not sufficient to cover overhead costs

• Undercapitalization

• High cost of health care for business owners and employees

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Small Business Social Media Workshops

Oct 7 2016 4:10PM

Small Business Social Media Workshops

 

SCORE Social Media Workshops will repeat again in January.  Watch this space for times and place.

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Jun 29 2016 3:52PM

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Entrepreneurs work hard to establish their unique identity.  Yet they often overlook the importance of protecting the identity they worked so hard to create.   Often a large part of a company’s value comes from its intellectual property provided it is properly protected.  But many small business owners don’t do enough to protect their IP because they don’t know how.

 

This workshop will cover the steps necessary to establish Copyright protection; Trademark protection; Trade secret protection; and Patent protection.  Outsourcing is a growing strategy for small business owners.  Both business owners and outsource service providers will benefit from learning contract terminology that protects both the business and the contract outsource provider.

 

Presenter: Daniel M. Wadkins, Attorney Lee & Hayes PLLC.

Daniel assists clients large and small in protecting intellectual property

REGISTER

August 31, 2016, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

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

Registration: 8:00 am

Class: 8:30am -12:30pm
Location: 801 W Riverside, Suite 444

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

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Business Valuation Workshop

Apr 20 2016 10:42AM

 

What You Must Know About Business Valuation

Most business owners have only a vague idea of what their business is really worth.  Further, most of those who think they know are usually wrong.  This workshop will identify the key drivers of business value.  Attendees will learn the business valuation methods accepted by The American Society of Appraisers.  The information provided in this workshop will help business owners to:

• Make smart choices to enhance the value of their business

• Make informed decisions on expansion, financing, sale or acquisition     

   opportunities

• Gain insight into value drivers beyond financial statements

• Understand where their business fits into the industry landscape

 

Presenter: J. Shawn Coleman, CPA, ABV, CFP®

Accredited in Business Valuation

Griffiths, Dreher & Evans, PS, CPAs

Cost: Advance registration $25.  Without Advance Registration:  $40.

2nd Person from the same company $15

Veterans:  $15

REGISTER

 Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

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

 

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Essential Small Business Social Media Strategies

Apr 14 2016 10:57AM

Essential Small Business Social Media Strategies (Social Media 301)

 

Prices Slashed for a New Year's Sale -- $25 prepaid
 
EVENING CLASS -- NEW LOCATION:

5:30 - 7:30 PM,

Monday, April 18, 2016

Startup Spokane Central,

610 W 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA 99201

 

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:   Monday,  April 18, 2016

TIME: 5:30 - 7:30
LOCATION: Startup Spokane Central

610 W 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA 99201

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

Apr 6 2016 1:03PM

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

Prices Slashed for a New Year's Sale -- $25 prepaid
 
EVENING CLASS -- NEW LOCATION:

5:30 - 7:30 PM,

Monday,  April 11, 2016

Startup Spokane Central,

610 W 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA 99201

 

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: Monday, April 11, 2016

TIME:  5:30 - 7:30
LOCATION: Startup Spokane Central

610 W 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA 99201


 



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Social Media Workshops

Mar 31 2016 10:22AM

Small Business Social Media for Beginners (Social Media 101)

Prices Slashed for a New Year's Sale -- $25 prepaid
 
EVENING CLASS -- NEW LOCATION:

5:30 - 7:30 PM,

 

Startup Spokane Central,

610 W 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA 99201

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:   Monday, April 4


TIME: 5:30 - 7:30
LOCATION: Startup Spokane Central

610 W 2nd Ave
Spokane, WA 99201

 

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March News

Feb 4 2016 2:06PM

 

Grow Your Business with Email & Social Media

Marketing!
 

Put the power of email and social media to work for your business!  Spokane SCORE and Constant Contact, the world's largest email marketing company, have partnered to offer a special small business presentation, "Grow Your Business with Email + Social Media".

This workshop is open to the public and free to attend. Registration is required because space is very limited.  See details and reserve your place today!
 
Location:  Hampton Inn & Suites Spokane Valley
Cost:  FREE
DATE:  Wednesday, March 23,
TIME: 9:00am to 12:00pm

 

Small Business Social Media Series

(Social Media 101, 201 and 301)

 

This workshop is specifically tailored to people just starting out with social media and social networking. This is a series.  Platforms we will explore include Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You'll learn how to become comfortable using your own Facebook profile; how to set up a Twitter account; and how to use LinkedIn.

 

Dates:  Monday, April 4, 11 and 18, 2016,

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

Location: Startup Spokane Central, 610 W 2nd Ave., Spokane

Sign up for the whole series.  Save money.

Get them all for only $60.

 

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