Thursday, October 22, 2015

Statewide Business Training Events Calendar.

Below is our Statewide Business Training Events Calendar. These are emailed out every two weeks to Idaho DBEs and any other interested businesses, organizations or individuals. We focus on short, inexpensive trainings that will benefit strapped-for-time small business owners in the areas of finance, marketing and business management. Many of these training opportunities are in webinar format!
Various skill and experience levels are represented here to appeal to both beginning business owners and more experienced entrepreneurs.
If you know of anyone who’d like to be added to the emailing list, just tell us, and we’ll be delighted to include them. Also, if you know of some great Idaho training opportunities that we’ve missed, please let us know, so we can include it in our regular searches for calendar content.

  

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Time

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Subject

6th Annual Small Business Coaching & Workshop Event

Location

Boise - Boise State University



Attendees can select a 1 hour counseling session with a SCORE mentor and can attend up to 3 workshop sessions. During a catered lunch we will have a panel discussion with 3 successful start-up companies.
Monday, October 19, 2015

Time

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Subject

Avoiding Small Business Legal Problems

Location

Lewiston - Jollymore's



Join our guest speakers as they give advice for small businesses to avoid legal problems. Speakers: Sam Creason and Paul Burris from Creason, Moore, Dokken, & Geidl, PLLC. FREE!
Time

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Subject

Building Your Own Business Website

Location

Post Falls - North Idaho College



This is a hands-on 2 part series class. Walk out of class with your own business website architecture, ready to use. Use the site builder tool that you have complete control over it even enables you to build in a shopping cart which will be covered in Class. If you want to build a professional-looking, simple, custom website for your business, this is the class for you. Learn how to register a domain name. You can sign up for an account for your company during the class since no fees are required to sign up.

Cost is $49.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Time

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Subject

Doing Business with the Government

Location

Sandpoint - Idaho Department of Labor



You’ll cover a lot of new ground in this free half-day workshop, including:
  • How to find government projects that are out for bid
  • Required licenses and registrations
  • The differences between state & federal contracting
  • DBE, 8(a), HUBZone, Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) & Other Business Certifications
  • Where to go for assistance

This introductory course gives an overview on bidding with ITD, some of the requirements for bidding as a federal contractor, and services available to you such as free bid-matching and help with responding to RFPs from the Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

Representatives from federal agencies also be on hand to discuss their bidding opportunities at different locations.

Please join us! Even if you’ve attended this workshop before, please pass this on to friends, co-workers and clients who may be interested.
Time

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Subject

Financing Your Small Business

Location

Boise - SBA



This workshop will better prepare you and your business when approaching commercial lenders. Topics will include:
  • Credit Criteria
  • Preparing a Loan Application
  • Credit Factors
  • Determining Your Financing Needs
  • Alternative Financing
  • What a Lender Looks For
Time

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Subject

EITC - Entrepreneur Training 2) Business Model Generation

Location

Idaho Falls - Eastern Idaho Technical College



The state-of-the-art Business Model Generation program has taken the market by storm and is being used extensively by countless businesses and universities around the world.

Existing businesses and start-ups will be provided with invaluable tools and materials in class to learn a whole new way of thinking to put them on the road to success.

$20 a class or $100 for the EITC Entrepreneur Training Series of six classes
Time

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Subject

Social Media: You're Social, Now What?

Location

Nampa - TECenter



Is social media a business tool or just a waste of time? Well, it can be either depending on how you use it! The fact is, social media can be a powerful tool for marketing your business, growing your list, and generating sales!

Lisa teaches why your business must be in social media, and how to use it strategically to bring real results for your business. In this Constant Contact presentation, you will learn:
  • Why people follow businesses and how to get them to follow you
  • 3 ways to grow your social networks exponentially
  • What to post and why
  • Deal with positive and negative feedback online
  • Measure business results

Don’t dismiss one of the best ways to build relationships with your customers and keep them coming back to you! Learn how to get more attention and more leads with social media. FREE.
Time

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Subject

Data Thefts & Protecting Client Tax Information

Location

Webinar



  • Understand the dangers of data theft for tax professionals and clients
  • Increase awareness of legal requirements and best practices to better protect taxpayer information
  • Outline new steps tax professionals should take if they suffer a loss of taxpayer data and
  • Provide a first-hand account of the ramifications of data loss from a practitioner who experienced a theft
  • Plus live Q&A with IRS Executives, Subject Matter Experts and guest CPA
Time

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Subject

Email Marketing: How to Nurture Leads and Grow Your Business

Location

Nampa - TECenter



Are you letting some of your leads and prospects go stale? Do you lose contact with past customers? Email is a powerful marketing tool that can revolutionize the way you connect with prospects and customers. It can dramatically increase business growth and success! In this Constant Contact presentation, you will learn:
  • How to never send spam
  • What your customers want from your emails
  • Get your emails opened and read
  • 7 ways to grow your list
  • Best practices for success
  • Powerful data and what it means

You will leave feeling prepared and motivated to get the most out of your email marketing! FREE.
Time

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Subject

Business Launch

Location

Boise - Women's Business Center



Business Launch is a very short (2-hour) overview of the fundamentals of operation planning, market planning, and financial planning that will guide you to success with your new business! It will also help you determine your readiness to start, expand or get financing for your business.

At the completion of this workshop you will:
Have the resources to determine if your business idea is a viable one
  • Know where to go to research the industry, competitors, and customer demographics for your business
  • Have the tools to calculate a breakeven analysis using your business sales and expenses
  • Have an action plan to start your business
  • AND be enrolled with the Women's Business Center for one year with one-on-one counseling and assistance. It is strongly recommended you attend this class before attending the DreamBuilder or Guided Business Plan business plan writing courses or begin writing a business plan on your own.
Time

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Subject

QuickBooks Payroll Part 2

Location

Lewiston - Lewis-Clark State College



This is Part 2 of QuickBooks Payroll. You will continue to work on setting up employees correctly, adding payroll items, taxes and deductions, time tracking, generating payroll checks, and payroll reports. Gain further understanding of payroll expenses and liability accounts. Cost is $45.
Time

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Subject

Fundamentals of Sales

Location

Post Falls - North Idaho College



Whether you are an entrepreneur or you oversee a team, offer a product or a service, it is critical that you (and your employees) know how to uncover your customers' needs and effectively communicate the value of what you offer. Learn the fundamentals of a proven selling process, how to make it work for you, and achieve the desired results.

Cost is $49.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Time

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Subject

Doing Business with the Government

Location

Post Falls - North Idaho College



You’ll cover a lot of new ground in this free half-day workshop, including:
  • How to find government projects that are out for bid
  • Required licenses and registrations
  • The differences between state & federal contracting
  • DBE, 8(a), HUBZone, Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) & Other Business Certifications
  • Where to go for assistance

This introductory course gives an overview on bidding with ITD, some of the requirements for bidding as a federal contractor, and services available to you such as free bid-matching and help with responding to RFPs from the Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

Representatives from federal agencies also be on hand to discuss their bidding opportunities at different locations.

Please join us! Even if you’ve attended this workshop before, please pass this on to friends, co-workers and clients who may be interested.
Time

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Subject

Small Business Marketing and Sales

Location

Spokane - SRBC



Gain insights into how to identify your prospective customers, attract them to your business and sell your products.

Cost: $40 per person with advance registration; $50 at the door. $15 for an additional person from the same company.
Time

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Subject

What You Don't Know about Marketing in an Online World

Location

Boise - Boise State University



Are you throwing money at advertising that doesn’t work like it used to? You’re not alone. Society has changed and marketing has too. People expect different things from companies and shop in totally different ways than before. Learn all you need to know to get your marketing working again! You will learn:
  • How customers make decisions, and how that affects your marketing
  • How to get them to trust your message
  • Where to spend your advertising dollars, and where not to!
  • Why you should be on Social Media, even if you think it’s stupid
  • How to spend less time and money and get better results

You will be prepared and charged up to reach today’s consumer in ways that bring in the business! FREE.
Time

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Subject

Building Your Marketing Toolkit

Location

Boise - Boise State University



Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important.

This presentation is designed to uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing knowledge can go a long way. You will learn:
  • What marketing really is (and isn’t)
  • How marketing has changed in ways that benefit small businesses
  • How to set goals and objectives for your marketing efforts
  • The 4 Pillars of Marketing Success that engage your audience and drive more sales
  • How to start where you already are

Build a foundation marketing knowledge, from which you can create more and more effective campaigns to help your business or organization grow.


Time

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Subject

Tools and Resources to Manage Your Business

Location

Nampa - Hispanic Cultural Center



Presented by the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho and the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. For additional information and registration call: (208) 336-6722 x349 / email: sherrera@wbcidaho.org.
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Time

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Subject

4th Annual Reverse Vendor Trade Show

Location

Boise - Boise State University



This unique venue allows Government Agencies to meet and talk directly to vendors, suppliers, contractors, and other service providers from across the state. We as the procurement representatives will be able to provide valuable information to the vendor community on how to do business with their agency.

Why you should you attend?
This one day event is designed to give businesses the opportunity to market their products and services to local government buyers, while giving you the buyers the opportunity to learn about new products on the market and expand your vendor pool.

Stay for a free lunch to make additional connections with vendors and network with your fellow procurement professionals.
Time

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Subject

Doing Business with the Government

Location

Kamiah - Hearthstone Bakery & Restaurant



You’ll cover a lot of new ground in this free half-day workshop, including:
  • How to find government projects that are out for bid
  • Required licenses and registrations
  • The differences between state & federal contracting
  • DBE, 8(a), HUBZone, Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) & Other Business Certifications
  • Where to go for assistance

This introductory course gives an overview on bidding with ITD, some of the requirements for bidding as a federal contractor, and services available to you such as free bid-matching and help with responding to RFPs from the Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

Representatives from federal agencies also be on hand to discuss their bidding opportunities at different locations.

Please join us! Even if you’ve attended this workshop before, please pass this on to friends, co-workers and clients who may be interested.

Important Notice: we require a minimum of 5 people registered within 48 hours of the workshop. If we have fewer than that, the workshop will be cancelled.
Time

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Subject

Government Market Foundations: Breaking Down Federal Solicitations

Location

Webinar



The eighth of a twelve part Government Market Foundations series!

For new participants in the government market, reading and understanding federal solicitations can be a bit daunting. In this webinar we make the shift from finding the opportunity to reviewing, analyzing, and breaking down a federal solicitation. Attendees will also become familiar with common language seen on fedbizopps as we define terminology such as special notice, solicitation, award, presolicitation, sources sought, justification and approval, sole source, and fair opportunity / limited sources justification. We will also discuss sections within the uniform contract format, as well as tips and tricks small businesses can use to ensure they are providing a “Responsive” proposal.

This webinar is free only to Native PTAC clients and their employees..
Time

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Subject

Social Media for Small Business 201

Location

Spokane - SRBC



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: $40 per person with advance registration; $50 at the door.
Friday, October 23, 2015

Time

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Subject

Beginning QuickBooks

Location

Boise - Boise State University



Starting off the use of QuickBooks with a solid foundation will help you make the most of this powerful accounting software. The class is targeted for the small business owner or entrepreneur to show you how QuickBooks can work for your small business.

Participants in the hands-on workshop will be taught lessons on the following topics:
  • Getting Started and Setting up QuickBooks
  • Working With Lists
  • Working With Bank Accounts
  • Using Other Accounts in QuickBooks
  • Entering Sales Information (including the basics of invoicing)
  • Receiving Payments and Making Deposits
  • Entering and Paying Bills

Cost is $65. You can register for the combination class and save $30.
Time

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Subject

Doing Business with the Government

Location

Lewiston - Lewis-Clark State College



You’ll cover a lot of new ground in this free half-day workshop, including:
  • How to find government projects that are out for bid
  • Required licenses and registrations
  • The differences between state & federal contracting
  • DBE, 8(a), HUBZone, Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) & Other Business Certifications
  • Where to go for assistance

This introductory course gives an overview on bidding with ITD, some of the requirements for bidding as a federal contractor, and services available to you such as free bid-matching and help with responding to RFPs from the Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

Representatives from federal agencies also be on hand to discuss their bidding opportunities at different locations.

Please join us! Even if you’ve attended this workshop before, please pass this on to friends, co-workers and clients who may be interested.
Time

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Subject

Beginning & Intermediate QuickBooks

Location

Boise - Boise State University



This class is a combination section of Beginning & Intermediate QuickBooks. By registering for this section, you save $30 and are enrolled in both sections of the class. Katey O'Brien is QuickBooks Training Certified Instructor as well as owning her own bookkeeping and payroll business, 1st Point Bookkeeping. Cost is $100.
Time

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Subject

USACE Industry Day

Location

Walla Walla - USACE District HQ



This event will present the Department of the Army, Walla Walla District, Corps of Engineers, mission and common types of purchases and provide guidance on contracting with the Government, with information on "What Happens to the proposal after it is submitted?"

Government personnel will answer questions and discuss some potential future projects.

Some of the primary NAICS categories for our requirements include:
  • Sector 54- professional scientific and technical services
  • Sector 33-Manufacturing
  • Sector 32-Manufacturing
  • Sector 23 (subsector 236-Construction of Buildings, 237-Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction and 238-Specialty Trade Contractors) with multiple NAICS codes in these areas.

Both small and other than small businesses are welcome to attend. This event is geared toward small businesses; therefore larger businesses may consider sending small business liaisons or business development officers who are interested in forming potential relationships with the attending small businesses.

Networking will be encouraged after the event.

There are no fees for this event, but all associated travel costs are the responsibility of the attendee. Registration is required and Government Issued Identification is required for admission to the event.

Agenda

Welcome and Introductions

District Overview

Breakout Sessions:

Contractors with Experience doing business with the Government

Contractors will Little or no experience doing business with the Government

Networking Lunch - (On your own)

Panel Discussion

Upcoming Opportunities

Round Tables

Informal After Hours Networking (On your own)
Time

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Subject

Leadercast Lunch N Learns

Location

Twin Falls - College of Southern Idaho



Want ongoing leadership training for your organization in a quick & easy lunch setting? We are now offering Lunch N’ Learns—additional leadership lessons from some of the world’s most prominent leadership experts. Learn some of the best practices of leaders around the world that can help your business excel. Lunch included! Cost is $20.
Time

1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Subject

Intermediate QuickBooks

Location

Boise - Boise State University



Teaching workshop participants how to take QuickBooks to an advanced level is the purpose of Intermediate QuickBooks. This class is targeted for the small business owner or entrepreneur and how QuickBooks can work with your small business.
  • Analyzing Financial Data
  • Setting up Inventory
  • Tracking and Paying Sales Tax
  • Doing Payroll with QuickBooks
  • Tracking Time
  • Estimating and Progress Invoicing
  • Customizing Forms and Writing QuickBooks Letters

Cost is $65. You can register for the combination class and save $30.
Monday, October 26, 2015

Time

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Subject

Website Success with SEO & Marketing

Location

Lewiston - Lewis-Clark State College



Getting your website seen by your potential customers can be a challenge. Our guest instructor makes a business of optimizing his client’s websites so the search engines rank them higher. This workshop will give you a better understanding of search engines and website marketing. FREE.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Time

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Subject

EITC - Entrepreneur Training 3) Business Planning for Success

Location

Idaho Falls - Eastern Idaho Technical College



This follow-on to the Business Model Generation class will teach you the essential basics of how to plan, start, and operate a business successfully.

Most businesses fail because they don’t consider and address the materials covered in this class. Come and learn how to avoid the pitfalls that plague most new business and discover the secrets to success and the free business resources available to you.

$20 a class or $100 for the EITC Entrepreneur Training Series of six classes.
Time

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Subject

Budgeting Using QuickBooks

Location

Post Falls - North Idaho College



Learn to manage your business finances by creating various budgets using QuickBooks. This class will offer tips on gathering data for budgets and demonstrate how to use the following QuickBooks tools: reports, forecasting, balance sheet and profit loss. At the end of the class you will be able to create and analyze budgets by month or year and customer. Computer lab course-every student will have a computer for hands-on learning. Cost is $49.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Time

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Subject

Meet the Masters Legal Clinic

Location

Boise - Concordia School of Law



Courtesy of the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers' Program and Concordia Law, this half-day seminar is provided to give new and existing business owners broad-based critical legal guidance necessary to owning and operating a small business.

What if I could:
  • Avoid costly headaches and hassles?
  • Manage risks?
  • Have a more profitable business?

At the Fall Legal Forum you will learn:
  • How to structure your business
  • How to avoid costly mistakes when hiring and firing
  • Differences between contractors and employees
  • Managing risks with contracts and lease agreements
  • And more!

Register early for a free one-on-one session with a local business attorney. Includes continental breakfast.
Time

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Subject

QuickBooks Financial Management

Location

Spokane - SRBC



A QuickBooks expert will guide you through using QuickBooks as a bookkeeping and financial management tool. Learn tips and shortcuts and get the answers to all of your QuickBooks questions. (This is not hands-on, step-by-step QuickBooks basic training.) Lean the keys to financial management, along with resources and financial management practices. Especially valuable for those who are already in business.

Cost: $40 with advance registration, $50 at the door. $15 for an additional person from the same company.
Time

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Subject

Smart StartUp™ Workshop

Location

Boise - Zions Bank



If you are a new entrepreneur or want to be, this workshop is for you! In this two-hour workshop, you will receive the tools to:
  • Determine if your business idea is viable
  • Do market research, breakeven analysis and competitive investigation
  • Prepare a Unique Value Proposition
  • Understand types of legal structures
  • Identify key resource partners
  • Create a funding plan

Free to attend, but you must register to reserve a space
Time

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Subject

Guided Business Plan (2 of 2)

Location

Boise - Women's Business Center



Please RSVP to attend this course by calling 208-336-6722. Whether you’re new to business ownership or looking to expand, one of the most critical tools you will have as an entrepreneur is your business plan. Without it, you have no set road map for your business or a way to determine whether or not it will be successful. In fact, it’s estimated that 30% of businesses fail in the first year due to a lack of a business plan.

ATTENTION: Must attend WBC Business Launch Class before participating in Guided Business Plan.
Time

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Subject

Guerilla Marketing

Location

Post Falls - North Idaho College



This workshop is a goldmine of valuable no-cost and low-cost marketing secrets and ideas to make yourself known and stand out. It’s much harder to gain the attention of your customers. How do you become noticed attract new customers? And how can you do it successfully on a shoestring budget? How much should you spend on marketing? How much advertising is enough? This class gives you the 'how-to' that will provide you with a near-immediate return on your investment! From the way that you position your company to the promotional avenues available, this class is taught by a long-time successful consultant with the goal of helping YOUR business to grow!

Cost is $49.
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Time

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Subject

Exit Planning

Location

Post Falls - North Idaho College



60% of business owners are over 55. 80% of these owners want to exit in the next 10 years. Some will be exiting on their terms but most will exit on someone else’s terms. Learn key elements of Exit Planning so you can plan and execute your retirement more on your terms. Cost is $39.
Time

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Subject

Doing Business with the Government

Location

Boise - Idaho Transportation Department HQ



You’ll cover a lot of new ground in this free half-day workshop, including:
  • How to find government projects that are out for bid
  • Required licenses and registrations
  • The differences between state & federal contracting
  • DBE, 8(a), HUBZone, Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) & Other Business Certifications
  • Where to go for assistance

This introductory course gives an overview on bidding with ITD, some of the requirements for bidding as a federal contractor, and services available to you such as free bid-matching and help with responding to RFPs from the Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

A representative from Mountain Home Air Force Base will also be on hand to discuss bidding opportunities and procurement processes.

Please join us! Even if you’ve attended this workshop before, please pass this on to friends, co-workers and clients who may be interested.

Important Notice: we require a minimum of 5 people registered within 48 hours of the workshop. If we have fewer than that, the workshop will be cancelled.
Time

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Subject

Sales Strategies: Delivering a Profitable Presentation™

Location

Boise - Zions Bank



Selling your products or services does not just happen. It takes focus on the right principles and practice. This workshop will concentrate on the development and delivery of an effective sales presentation to compel your target market to buy from you. In this workshop, you will learn:
  • Why a sales system and strategy is important
  • How to utilize a question based sales approach and closing techniques
  • How to articulate your value proposition in a 30 second commercial

Free to attend, but you must register to reserve a space
Time

11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Subject

Get Found On Google Search & Maps

Location

Cascade - Valley County Extension Office



Get Found on Google Search and Maps

52% of consumers using local search services have visited a closed business.* Help businesses keep customers happy by ensuring their info is up-to-date. With Google My Business, businesses can be found in Search, Maps, and Google+. And they never have to worry customers are finding outdated business hours or contact info.

Build Your Free Website

Help the businesses in your community get online with a free website and domain name for a year through our partner, StartLogic. We’ll show you how to edit text, pictures, and more in this easy to use website template for businesses new to the web.

We will offer live Q&A with our own certified Google analyst, JP Chastain of Cyberpsychology & Marketing.

FREE!
Time

3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Subject

Get Found On Google Search & Maps

Location

McCall - Idaho Dept. of Labor



Get Found on Google Search and Maps

52% of consumers using local search services have visited a closed business.* Help businesses keep customers happy by ensuring their info is up-to-date. With Google My Business, businesses can be found in Search, Maps, and Google+. And they never have to worry customers are finding outdated business hours or contact info.

Build Your Free Website

Help the businesses in your community get online with a free website and domain name for a year through our partner, StartLogic. We’ll show you how to edit text, pictures, and more in this easy to use website template for businesses new to the web.

We will offer live Q&A with our own certified Google analyst, JP Chastain of Cyberpsychology & Marketing
Monday, November 02, 2015

Time

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Subject

Market Discovery: Doing Business in Latin America

Location

Spokane - Spokane, Inc.



Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres as we dive into what it takes to do business in Latin America. We’ll kick things off with a market briefing and then learn from those that have made sales in Latin America and those that know the ins and outs from logistics to financing. Following the panel, connect with other Spokane exporters and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

More than half of all America's free trade agreements are in Latin America, and a rapidly growing base of middle-class consumers and diversified industries is leading to increased demands for U.S. products. This, coupled with stable and growing business environments, makes Latin American countries a must for market exploration.

Cost is $15 for members, $20 for non-members.
Time

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Subject

Succession Planning

Location

Lewiston - Lewis-Clark State College



Are you planning for replacement of a key employee, preparing a strategy for passing your business down to family, or just grooming for possible successors. This workshop will help you get the answer you are looking for. FREE.
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Time

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Subject

Succession Planning

Location

Post Falls - North Idaho College



Succession planning is a critical and often neglected part of starting, owning and transitioning your small business. The goal of succession planning is to preserve the value of what you have created with your hard work and provide an orderly transition of the business based on how you – the entrepreneur-- want the transition to occur. In this course we will discuss the road blocks to getting started, the five basic elements of a solid succession plan and how to get started toward the completion of your own succession plan. We will also work together on some real life case studies to help you start thinking objectively about the future. Additionally, participants will receive a succession planning checklist that will help you take the first steps toward the completion of a plan. This topic is important to both established businesses and business start-ups. No matter what stage of development a succession plan is critically important to preserving wealth and relationships.

Cost is $39.
Time

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Subject

EITC - Entrepreneur Training 4) Business Marketing Essentials

Location

Idaho Falls - Eastern Idaho Technical College



A business lives or dies by its marketing plan or lack of one. Learn to develop a winning marketing plan so you can truly understand your customers and turn them into REPEAT CUSTOMERS!

Discover the principles and steps that will empower you to make better informed marketing decisions for success right out of the starting gate.

$20 a class or $100 for the EITC Entrepreneur Training Series of six classes.
Time

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Subject

Business Launch

Location

Boise - Women's Business Center



Business Launch is a very short (2-hour) overview of the fundamentals of operation planning, market planning, and financial planning that will guide you to success with your new business! It will also help you determine your readiness to start, expand or get financing for your business.

At the completion of this workshop you will:
  • Have the resources to determine if your business idea is a viable one
  • Know where to go to research the industry, competitors, and customer demographics for your business
  • Have the tools to calculate a breakeven analysis using your business sales and expenses
  • Have an action plan to start your business
  • AND be enrolled with the Women's Business Center for one year with one-on-one counseling and assistance. It is strongly recommended you attend this class before attending the DreamBuilder or Guided Business Plan business plan writing courses or begin writing a business plan on your own.
Time

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Subject

Ready, Set, Grow Your Wordpress Website - Part 2

Location

Lewiston - Lewis-Clark State College



A continuation of Part 1 to get ready, or nearly ready, to launch website.

Speaker(s): Jacob Stevens Co-Sponsor(s): University of Idaho Extension Service

Domain name and website host with WordPress installed is required. A video tutorial will be available prior to the workshop for anyone who needs to obtain those before class. A photo editor will also be required, i.e. Photoshop, or free downloads like Gimp or PicMonkey are available.

FREE.
Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Time

7:45 AM – 9:30 AM

Subject

BizStreet: Women of Influence

Location

Spokane - Spokane, Inc.



Connect with three leading women executives in our Spokane region. They will provide an open and candid perspective, sharing...
  • What obstacles they faced and how they overcame to reach their current role
  • Keys to success and what they define as success
  • Greatest opportunities and challenges in their roles/respective industries and how they respond
  • Guiding values and principles to balance work, family and life
  • How they approach and view leadership and management techniques
  • Words of advice to other professional women

Cost is $20 for members, $35 for non-members.
Time

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Subject

How To Start a New Business

Location

Spokane - SRBC



Step-by-step consideration of legal, tax, insurance, accounting, business planning and funding topics which need to be addressed to successfully start a business. Are you really ready? Cost is $40 in advance, $50 at the door.
Thursday, November 05, 2015

Time

5:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Subject

Managing People and Operations for Profit

Location

Post Falls - North Idaho College



This workshop is a part of the "Business Acceleration Series" we offer. You may consider taking the remaining three classes as well.

Your employees are the future of your business. Learn how to hire and keep winners. Also learn what key processes make up your business operations and improve productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency in your business for higher profit.

Cost is $39.
Time

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Subject

Government Market Foundations: Capture Management for Small Businesses in the Government Marketplace

Location

Webinar



The ninth of a twelve part Government Market Foundations series!

It is estimated by some that between 40–80 percent of a prospect’s buying decision is decided before any proposals are submitted. Do you want to put that percentage in your favor?


Capture planning is the process of identifying opportunities, assessing the environment, and implementing winning strategies to capture a specific business opportunity. There has been much written on the subject of capture planning, but most of the information available is more applicable for large organizations with a wealth of human resources. In this webinar, we will discuss how small businesses with limited resources can develop and execute their own capture plan to help them increase their win rate on government contracts in advance of the solicitation phase.

This webinar is free only to Native PTAC clients and their employees.
Time

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Subject

Money-Making Marketing™: How to Reach, Keep and Grow Your Customer Base

Location

Boise - Zions Bank



Are you frustrated by a lack of customers and clients? Is marketing a mystery? Then, this workshop is for you! Find out how to create a strategic marketing plan and implement low-cost or no-cost tactics for your business.

This workshop will:
  • Define the difference between marketing strategy and tactics
  • Provide resources to develop a marketing plan for your business
  • Explain how marketing, sales, and customer service work together to build your brand
  • Provide an overview of marketing tools including websites, blogs, social media, newsletters, etc.
  • Define branding and its relevance to revenue and profit

Free to attend, but you must register to reserve a space.
Time

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Subject

Sales/Withholding Tax Workshops for Businesses

Location

Coeur d'Alene - Idaho State Tax Commission



These are free classes. What you'll learn:
  • How to fill out your withholding and sales tax returns correctly the first time
  • When sales tax exemptions are applicable
  • Answers to specific questions you have about your business
Friday, November 06, 2015

Time

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Subject

Get Found On Google Search & Maps

Location

Homedale - Owyhee Lanes



Get Found on Google Search and Maps

52% of consumers using local search services have visited a closed business.* Help businesses keep customers happy by ensuring their info is up-to-date. With Google My Business, businesses can be found in Search, Maps, and Google+. And they never have to worry customers are finding outdated business hours or contact info.

Build Your Free Website

Help the businesses in your community get online with a free website and domain name for a year through our partner, StartLogic. We’ll show you how to edit text, pictures, and more in this easy to use website template for businesses new to the web.

We will offer live Q&A with our own certified Google analyst, JP Chastain of Cyberpsychology & Marketing.

FREE!
Monday, November 09, 2015

Time

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Subject

Customer Service & Sales

Location

Lewiston - Lewis-Clark State College



This workshop will focus on customer service and sales. We will start by going over the three P’s of business, how those P’s relate to the five A’s of customer service, and conclude with the ABC’s of sales. Subjects will include identifying and understanding your customers, building customer loyalty by utilizing hiring practices, training opportunities, and sales techniques. The goal of this workshop is to teach you how to build your business around customer service and sales from the ground up. FREE.
Time

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Subject

Marketing Strategy

Location

Lewiston - Lewis-Clark State College



Customers, Competition, Messages, Pricing, Placement, Promotion, Action Plans, Sales, and Making More Money. FREE.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Time

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Subject

18th Annual Economic Forecast

Location

Spokane - Spokane Convention Center



Presented by Greater Spokane Incorporated and the Journal of Business. Cost is $35 for members, $50 for non-members.
Time

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Subject

Sales/Withholding Tax Workshops for Businesses

Location

Boise - Idaho State Tax Commission



These are free classes. What you'll learn:
  • How to fill out your withholding and sales tax returns correctly the first time
  • When sales tax exemptions are applicable
  • Answers to specific questions you have about your business
Time

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Subject

EITC - Entrepreneur Training 5) Empower Your Ability to Communicate with Everyone

Location

Idaho Falls - Eastern Idaho Technical College



Most entrepreneurs fail in their ability to connect effectively often missing key opportunities to rally the people and resources around them.

This amazing class will teach you how to communicate and inspire creating amazing relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, bankers and other strategic allies.

$20 a class or $100 for the EITC Entrepreneur Training Series of six classes.
Time

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Subject

Trailhead Tuesday

Location

Boise - Trailhead Boise



Carlos Duncan of the Women’s Business Center will discuss Entrepreneurship 101 in this "First Steps to Planning Business" workshop. This is also an exciting opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs from WBC and Trailhead Boise.
Time

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Subject

Bidding for Profit

Location

Post Falls - North Idaho College



Business owners need to understand their true cost and how to include them in their bid price to produce a profit on every job. Learn how to accurately assess direct and variable cost, overhead allocation, and profit margin. Cost is $49.
Time

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Subject

Advanced Sales Skills

Location

Post Falls - North Idaho College



If you have mastered sales fundamentals and now are looking to take your skill set to the next level, this course will help you do just that. You’ll examine the nuances of the sales skills, how to polish and personalize a selling process, and maximize every opportunity. Cost is $49.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Time

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Subject

How To Write a Business Plan

Location

Spokane - SRBC



Discover why successful businesses operate with a plan. Learn how to write a comprehensive business plan. Get assistance of a SCORE counselor to review and help you refine your plan.

Cost: $40 with advance registration, $50 at the door. $15 for an additional person from the same company.
Time

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Subject

Guided Business Plan (1 of 2)

Location

Boise - Women's Business Center



Please RSVP to attend this course by calling 208-336-6722. Attendance at Business Launch (included in the cost of enrollment) is recommended before attending Guided Business Plan.

Whether you’re new to business ownership or looking to expand, one of the most critical tools you will have as an entrepreneur is your business plan. Without it, you have no set road map for your business or a way to determine whether or not it will be successful. In fact, it’s estimated that 30% of businesses fail in the first year due to a lack of a business plan.

ATTENTION: Must attend WBC Business Launch Class before participating in Guided Business Plan.
Time

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Subject

Top Legal Needs of Business

Location

Post Falls - North Idaho College



Choosing the right legal structure is a crucial decision for any company impacting taxes, amount of paperwork, personal liability and financing. Learn which entity is right for your business. Also learn about other important legal needs including business name/logos, shareholder and operating agreements, contracts and many more. Cost is $49.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Time

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Subject

Principles of Lean Manufacturing

Location

Grangeville - Oscar's Restaurant



This workshop provides a powerful orientation to the discipline of Lean. You will learn and practice Lean techniques by applying classroom lessons during multiple production simulation activities.

Ultimately, Lean is about satisfying your customers. Lean organizations do this by working to eliminate anything that does not add customer value to their products or services. Lean helps companies improve plant processes, efficiency, safety, production, delivery times, customer service and employee morale. This can lead to fewer mistakes, less work in process and lower employee turnover.

Cost is $250.
Time

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Subject

What the Healthcare Law Means for your Small Business

Location

Webinar



This webinar will focus on what the healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. It will focus on federal provisions to help local small business owners understand how the law will affect them. Topics being discussed include:
  • Small business tax credits (available to businesses and tax-exempt non-profits)— who’s eligible for them and how to claim them
  • Marketplace updates
  • Shared responsibility
  • Cost containment
  • Tools and resources available for small businesses interested in learning more about the law

A question and answer period will follow.
Time

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Subject

Get Found On Google Search & Maps

Location

Weiser - Weiser Public Library



Get Found on Google Search and Maps

52% of consumers using local search services have visited a closed business.* Help businesses keep customers happy by ensuring their info is up-to-date. With Google My Business, businesses can be found in Search, Maps, and Google+. And they never have to worry customers are finding outdated business hours or contact info.

Build Your Free Website

Help the businesses in your community get online with a free website and domain name for a year through our partner, StartLogic. We’ll show you how to edit text, pictures, and more in this easy to use website template for businesses new to the web.

We will offer live Q&A with our own certified Google analyst, JP Chastain of Cyberpsychology & Marketing
Time

5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Subject

Financial Management for Profit

Location

Post Falls - North Idaho College



This workshop is a part of the "Business Acceleration Series" we offer. You may consider taking the remaining three classes as well.

Financial statements require accurate and timely information to be useful in business. Business financials are not for paying taxes...they are essential for making good business decisions. Gain an understanding of essential financial statements and learn how to use them for business success.

Cost is $39.
Friday, November 13, 2015

Time

8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Subject

Business Essentials Fair

Location

Boise - Washington Group Plaza



Free event for new or aspiring business owners.
  • Gain knowledge. Find local resources.
  • Get assistance from regulatory experts.

Visit information booths & participate in sessions:
  • The Secrets of Successful Marketing
  • Taxes and the Small Business Owner
  • Hiring Your First Employee
  • Navigating Licensing & Permitting
Time

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Subject

Get Found On Google Search & Maps

Location

Emmett - Emmett Public Library



Get Found on Google Search and Maps

52% of consumers using local search services have visited a closed business.* Help businesses keep customers happy by ensuring their info is up-to-date. With Google My Business, businesses can be found in Search, Maps, and Google+. And they never have to worry customers are finding outdated business hours or contact info.

Build Your Free Website

Help the businesses in your community get online with a free website and domain name for a year through our partner, StartLogic. We’ll show you how to edit text, pictures, and more in this easy to use website template for businesses new to the web.

We will offer live Q&A with our own certified Google analyst, JP Chastain of Cyberpsychology & Marketing.

FREE!


Elizabeth J. Healas, DBE Program Coordinator
Office of Civil Rights
Idaho Transportation Department
PO Box 7129, Boise, ID 83707-1129
(208) 334-8567



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