Series of web chats
The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of four web chats during October, which is also National Women's Small Business Month.
Each week in October, SBA's web chat series will feature experts who will give advice to women on how to put together business plans, navigate the challenges of entering competitive markets, and establish the foundation for a successful, profitable enterprise.
Here's a list of the web chats, and the corresponding links:
Thursday, 3 p.m. ET: "Starting and Growing Your Business" with Erin Andrew, of SBA's Office of Entrepreneurial Development. Participants can join the live web chat, and also post questions beforehand by visiting www.sba.gov, and clicking on the web chat event under "What's New."
Oct. 11, 4 p.m. ET "Finding Capital" with Jeanne Hulit, Associate Administrator, Office of Capital Access
Oct. 16, 3 p.m. ET "Contracting with the Federal Government" with John Shoraka, Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development
Oct. 25, 2 p.m. ET "Business Opportunities for Young Women" with Ana Harvey, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women's Business Ownership
To see archived web chats, visit www.sba.gov/content/monthly-web-chat.
The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center will host the Charles H. Coder Celebration of Growing Small Businesses at 11:30 a.m., Friday, in Hunt Hall at Bucknell.
Members of the business community, partners of the center, and university officials will be among the expected guests.
Attendees will hear the latest updates on current and upcoming initiatives sparking the growth of entrepreneurship and innovation at Bucknell and in the community.
Two awards will be presented. The Charles H. Coder Leadership in Entrepreneurial Innovation Award recognizes an individual's support of the growth of small business in Pennsylvania. The inaugural Small Business Person of the Year Award will be presented in recognition of sustained business success and an ongoing commitment to economic prosperity in central Pennsylvania.
"The SBDC at Bucknell has a rich tradition of helping innovators and entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality, and we are very pleased to celebrate their success," said Steven Stumbris, center director.
As seating is limited, registration by Tuesday is required. There is a fee to attend. To register, call the center at 577-1249 or toll-free at 1-866-375-6010; e-mail SBDC@bucknell.edu, or visit www.bucknell.edu/script/sbdc/Seminars.asp.
Charles H. Coder served as director of the center from 1989 to 1998, following his retirement from the Bucknell mechanical engineering department after 32 years. He was honored with Bucknell's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1966, and the Tasker Bliss Medal for excellence in education and student mentorship from the Society of American Military Engineers in 1988.
The West Branch Human Resource Society will host a breakfast meeting from 8 to 10 a.m., Oct. 10, featuring speaker Vincent Negro addressing the topic of unemployment compensation.
Negro will address separation eligibility for voluntary resignations and answer questions. There is a fee to attend the event at the Genetti Hotel, and registration is requested by Friday by calling 323-8711, faxing 323-4192, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop to aid with emergency planning
The Small Business Development Center at Bucknell University will offer the workshop, "Emergency Planning for Small Businesses" from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Oct. 10, at the offices of the American Red Cross, 249 Farley Circle, Brookpark Farm, Lewisburg.
Anne Smith, communications coordinator with the SUN Area chapter of the American Red Cross, will lead the discussion of several aspects of emergency management, including: how to analyze your business risk from man-made and natural disasters; how to create plans to allow your business to keep running; how to keep employees healthy and sustain market share; and basic American Red Cross first aid and CPR information (but not certification).
Smith is responsible for the planning and execution of disaster services in Union County and works closely with the local county emergency management agency. The Red Cross is responsible for all aspects of mass care (feeding and shelter) during any type of disaster.
There is a fee to attend, and registration is required as seating is limited. To register, call the center at 577-1249; e-mail SBDC@bucknell.edu, or visit the website www.bucknell.edu/script/sbdc/register.asp. Veterans may attend at no charge. Participants will receive a one-year subscription to Inc. magazine.
Several courses om
The Small Business Development Center at Bucknell University will offer three "Quickbooks for Small Business Owners" workshops Oct. 10, 11 and 12 in the center's business education center in the DeWitt Building on Market Street in Lewisburg.
"Quickbooks Basic," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 10; system requirements, choosing the appropriate version of Quickbooks, general navigation, setting up your company, setting up the chart of accounts, opening balances, setting up vendors and customers, company preferences, creating transactions including deposits, checks and transferring funds, creating classes for detailing information and reconciling bank accounts.
"Quickbooks Intermediate," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 11; accounts payable, credit cards, setting up items, customizing invoices, creating invoices, sales receipts and credit memo/refunds, posting payments and making deposits, creating estimates and working with inventory.
"Quickbooks Advanced and Payroll," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 12; using purchase orders, creating sales orders, working with price levels, using forms and letters, creating labels, importing and exporting lists from Excel and an overview of payroll.
There is a fee to register for the workshops; veterans may attend at no cost. Seating is limited and registration is required. To register, call the center at 577-1249; send an e-mail to SBDC@bucknell.edu, or visit the website www.bucknell.edu/script/sbdc/Seminars.asp Attendees are encouraged to bring personal laptops. Registration includes a one-year subscription to Inc. magazine.
Diana Dorman, a seminar instructor and small business Quickbooks consultant with 15 years' Quickbooks training experience, will lead the seminars. An independent consultant to small business clients, she trained under Real World Training for Quickbooks and is a Certified Quickbooks Pro instructor.