June Business Webinars

Live Seminars From CEDF (Community Economic Development Fund)

Identifying Small Business Risks and Reducing Them
Wednesday, June 2, 2021; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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It goes way beyond having insurance.

Businesses face serious threats to their existence whether they operate on Main Street or are startups chasing a potential global market. So why do so many operations fail to do formal risk assessment?

If you rely on a cloud supplier for critical applications, what happens when the security is compromised?

If you’re a food manufacturer, what’s your next move when the water supply tests bad?

What would you do if a key employee died unexpectedly and you didn’t know the passwords?

Learn the basic external threats every business (no matter how small) must address and how and why you should spend attention and money on mitigations for the biggest risks. We also examine “Black Swans” (unpredictable and highly improbable events) and show how even Main Street businesses must learn to prepare for the worst. After all, whoever heard of a pandemic?

How to Negotiate with Your Suppliers
Thursday, June 24, 2021; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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Successful negotiation with your suppliers requires a combination of emotional intelligence, business intelligence and financial fundamentals. Making a vendor a true business partner takes more than exhaustive haggling or power play pressure. Learn how mastering these business basics can lead to improved margins, lower expenses and competitive advantages. You’ll be shocked to learn what you may have been leaving on the table for years.

How to Validate Your Business Idea (Before You Jump Off into Thin Air)
Wednesday, June 30, 2021; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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Many business startup and product introduction disasters are preventable. But unfortunately, the entrepreneur fails to ask the right questions of the right people, in the right numbers, in the right way.

Find out why enthusiasm and love of “the idea” so often overwhelms basic market research and how you can avoid wasting time and money, only to throw your efforts on the scrap heap. Learn the amazingly easy steps that make up the craft of idea validation and the tricks to keep from telling yourself what you want to hear.

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Webinars from SCORE

Are You the Next Veteran Entrepreneur? Vet-to-Vet Advice About Business Ownership
Tuesday, June 2, 2021; 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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Veterans are ideal candidates to start a business. They have extensive training and skills and understand the virtues of hard work and persistence.

This webinar – for veterans by veterans – will help you find out if you’re ready to transition your skills to main street entrepreneurship and have what it takes to launch a business.
You’ll learn from an expert panel of veteran entrepreneurs:
Characteristics and traits that make veterans great entrepreneurs
Opportunities and challenges when starting a business, and how to be successful
Key insights and real-life experiences of business ownership

Growing Your Business Globally – Three Fearless Female Founders Share the Keys to Success
Wednesday, June 3, 2021; 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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Doing business with the world is right at your fingertips, provided you have an internet connection, develop the right mindset to reinvent your future, and make the commitment to take on the world.

In this webinar, three fearless women entrepreneurs Laurel Delaney, Jill Bishop, and Cherry Miyake share success growing globally, connecting across languages and entering China – all to help you make the world your business.

Join this webinar to learn:

Why going global ignites growth for a business
How to go global with renewed gusto and emerge stronger
Why engaging multilingual audiences is necessary to expand your global reach
How translation can help create trust and ensure brand nuance internationally
Why China is a market of opportunity
Where the growth industries and demands are in China
What can you do to get started in China?

A Step-by-Step Approach to Writing a One-Page Business Plan
Wednesday, June 10, 2021; 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
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“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else,” said the great Yogi Berra.

Writing a one-page plan is highly useful because it forces you to be very focused and clear in your statements. As a result, it enables you to see quickly in a glance what you need to know to keep moving your business forward in the right direction.

In this hands-on workshop, led by expert business coach Jennifer Dawn, you will learn:

How to create a one-page business plan to guide the direction and growth of your company

Eliminate distraction and begin working with focus and purpose

How to take a step back and understand the scope and the strategy behind your tactics

Come prepared with a pen and paper, as you’ll walk away with a business plan that you can begin to execute immediately.

Connect with Customers and Manage Your Business Remotely
Thursday, June 17, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
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Discover Google Workspace tools that can help you work and manage your small business remotely. Plus, get insights on more online and timely resources for small businesses.

In this workshop we’ll discuss:
How to update critical business information online

Keep customers informed

Conduct virtual meetings

Access important files from anywhere.

What’s My Business Worth?
June 22, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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Only 2% of business owners know the true value of their business. Yet, whether you are 10 or even 15 years from exiting your business, knowing what your business is worth is essential to a successful exit.

CEO of True North Retirement Advisors, Ashley Micciche, will walk the audience step by step through the valuation process using a free tool that allows business owners to accurately estimate the value of their company.

By the end of this session, you will:

Understand the importance of a business valuation

Learn what information you need in order to value your business

Be able to value your business in less than 30 minutes

Don’t forget about the wealth of resources offered by the State of CT to small businesses, such as the New Business Checklist Tool, the Economic and Manufacturing Assistance Act and the Small Business Express Program.

 

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