UPCOMING EVENTS

These events are designed to help small business owners who are just getting started, to help existing businesses navigate new waters during the public health crisis, and more. They are being provided free of cost by community partners unless otherwise specified, and will typically require an advance registration. These workshops may be offered on a variety of different platforms like Zoom, Skype, or Teams, which may require that you have access to that app on your device. Events marked with an asterisk (*) are being held in-person. Please read all registration information carefully.

Strategies for Business Turnaround, Survival, & Exiting | Monday, November 23rd

11:00am – 12:15pm | FREE

Many small business owners are feeling like they just can’t keep going and may be ready to call it quits. If you feel like the end is near, attend this webinar. We will give you some hope and some options. Topics include cashflow management, funding & capital infusion, managing debt, turnaround strategies, financial discipline, survival tips, as well as exit strategies which include closing down, selling the business, and bankruptcy.

Survival Guide for Food Service Operations | Tuesday, November 24th

11:00am – 12:00pm | FREE

How are successful food service businesses pivoting to survive the current times? This webinar offers food service managers ideas on how to adapt their business to deal with ever-changing situations caused by COVID-19. We will look at what others in the industry are doing to capture new markets and ways of doing business and discuss the managers/owner’s responsibility to monitor the financial health of the company. Finally, are you ready for a new normal?

Entrepreneurship Crash Course | Wednesday, November 25th | 8:00pm – 9:00pm | FREE

Would you like to start your own successful business? Do you want to have more freedom, increase your income, and most importantly make an impact? If so, then this training is for you! This online webinar is perfect for the successful professional who wants to become a successful entrepreneur but isn’t sure how to get started.

Learn the shortcuts, the proven processes, and the blueprints you can use to achieve bigger results in less time with less effort. If you want to have a thriving business that helps others while making the world a better place, then this is for you.

Entrepreneurship Crash Course | Saturday, November 28th | 8:00pm – 9:00pm | FREE

Would you like to start your own successful business? Do you want to have more freedom, increase your income, and most importantly make an impact? If so, then this training is for you! This online webinar is perfect for the successful professional who wants to become a successful entrepreneur but isn’t sure how to get started.

Learn the shortcuts, the proven processes, and the blueprints you can use to achieve bigger results in less time with less effort. If you want to have a thriving business that helps others while making the world a better place, then this is for you.

E-Commerce Readiness and Pivot | Monday, November 30th | 10:30am – 11:30am | FREE

With restricted occupancy rates, stay home stay healthy orders, political/social unrest, and rising COVID19 test results, it is harder to service clients face-to-face during this time. Additionally, some customers may not be in close proximity to your local business. Being online can increase your sales/revenues to customers you wouldn’t normally be attractive to. There are a few different ways you can get your business online successfully. It may even be possible by using an affiliate to do it for you.

Globally, online sales are anticipated to reach $4.2 trillion this year. Currently, 76% of US consumers shop online. Experts say there will be more than 300 million online shoppers in the US by 2023. If you aren’t selling online, it is likely you are leaving tons of money on the table. While eCommerce is not for everyone. This workshop will help you discover if it is for you. If you need assistance getting started or pivoting from some mistakes, this workshop will help you!

Discover if you’re digitally ready, what online platforms to consider, some potential benefits and sales strategies for your business, and where to turn for e-commerce help.

Starting a Business: First Steps | Thursday, December 3rd | 9:00am – 10:00am | FREE

Are you looking to start up a business but have no experience running one? Do you have an idea you are excited about and want insight into how to get started? Join Washington SBDC Certified Business Advisor, Mia Johnstone, to hear about the basics of starting a business. Topics that will be covered include:

• Identify reasons for starting a business
• Self analyze your readiness for running a business
• Understand the conditions of running a business (ie possible long hours, stress management…)
• Brick and mortar business vs consulting/online business and their different levels of risk
• Financial basics for starting a business

Business Tax Basics | Wednesday, December 9th | 2:00pm – 3:00pm | FREE

Participate in a business tax basics webinar to learn the basics of Washington State taxes. This free webinar will help you understand your tax reporting responsibilities. Tax reporting classifications, deductions, sales tax collection, and recordkeeping requirements will be discussed. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions regarding taxes that apply specifically to your business.

Small Business Requirements and Resources Webinar  | Thursday, December 10th

8:30am – 10:30am | FREE

This webinar provides a quick overview of some of the state responses, resources, and other impacts affecting small businesses. It is presented by the Washington State Department of Revenue.

You’ll also learn about state agency responses to COVID-19, getting unstuck – where to get further information and assistance to help you weather through this challenging period, and small business recovery conversations.

The events above are offered by community partners and outside organizations, and are not necessarily sponsored by or affiliated with the Pierce County Library System.