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Start-Up

Boot Camp: Steps to Owning Your Business

Taking the first step to starting your business can be difficult! This webinar will be a realistic starting point for all budding entrepreneurs. The two-hour webinar will be PACKED and FAST PACED. At the end, you will have a good feel for the level of effort and commitment it will take to make your business successful. If you’re serious about starting a business, you’ll want to start here!

Please note – this is a recorded online version of a workshop typically presented in-person monthly at the Pikes Peak SBDC (Colorado Springs). If your schedule permits, you are encouraged to take this workshop in-person! The in-person workshop dates can be found here.

Steve Imke
SBDC Consultant, Small Business Specialist

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Fee: $30
Length: 2 Hours

Pre-payment for the webinar is required. Please click on the button below to first register and pay through the SBDC .

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, please click “Continue” in order to get the webinar link and/or watch the webinar. Once you register on the GoToWebinar page, please note that the webinar will start automatically, and you cannot fast-forward or rewind. (However, an email with the recorded video is automatically sent 1 hour after the webinar, where you can save, fast-forward, and rewind from there.) If you are logged out, please sign back in and your webinar link and copy of the slides will be available on the event page.

Sole Proprietorship, LLC, or Corporation? Choosing an Appropriate Legal Entity

This webinar is designed to help you make an informed decision about which legal business entity is best for your business. We will discuss the differences between a sole proprietorship, LLC, and S-Corp. This workshop is taught by an attorney with additional experience in taxation, so you will learn the practical legal and tax implications of each type!

Fee: $20

Pre-payment for the webinar is required. Please click on the button below to first register and pay through the SBDC .

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, please click “Continue” in order to get the webinar link and/or watch the webinar. Once you register on the GoToWebinar page, please note that the webinar will start automatically, and you cannot fast-forward or rewind. (However, an email with the recorded video is automatically sent 1 hour after the webinar, where you can save, fast-forward, and rewind from there.) If you are logged out, please sign back in and your webinar link and copy of the slides will be available on the event page.

Business Plan in an Hour

During this webinar, we will begin the task of putting together a very basic strategic plan that will act as a roadmap to building your business plan. Join us to begin the process of strategically mapping your business through a simplified business plan that you can then continue to build upon. This workshop is for both startups and existing businesses!

Interested in a more in-depth course on business planning? Learn more about our annual 8-week Leading Edge: Strategic Planning for Existing Businesses course.

Tascha Yoder
Owner, The Center for Powerful Living, SBDC Consultant

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Fee: $20

Pre-payment for the webinar is required. Please click on the button below to first register and pay through the SBDC .

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, please click “Continue” in order to get the webinar link and/or watch the webinar. Once you register on the GoToWebinar page, please note that the webinar will start automatically, and you cannot fast-forward or rewind. (However, an email with the recorded video is automatically sent 1 hour after the webinar, where you can save, fast-forward, and rewind from there.) If you are logged out, please sign back in and your webinar link and copy of the slides will be available on the event page.

Management/Legal

Employee or Independent Contractor? How to Classify a Worker to Protect Your Business

In this webinar, we will discuss how to tell the difference between an Employee and an Independent Contractor, the three tests commonly used to make this determination, and best practices for classifying your workers in order to protect your business!

Fee: $20

Pre-payment for the webinar is required. Please click on the button below to first register and pay through the SBDC .

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, please click “Continue” in order to get the webinar link and/or watch the webinar. Once you register on the GoToWebinar page, please note that the webinar will start automatically, and you cannot fast-forward or rewind. (However, an email with the recorded video is automatically sent 1 hour after the webinar, where you can save, fast-forward, and rewind from there.) If you are logged out, please sign back in and your webinar link and copy of the slides will be available on the event page.

Intellectual Property 101: Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents

Learn the basics of trademarks, copyrights and patents and why legal protection is important for your business!

Bill Robers, Esq.
Attorney, Sparks Willson

Fee: $20

Length: 1 hour

Pre-payment for the webinar is required. Please click on the button below to first register and pay through the SBDC .

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, please click “Continue” in order to get the webinar link and/or watch the webinar. Once you register on the GoToWebinar page, please note that the webinar will start automatically, and you cannot fast-forward or rewind. (However, an email with the recorded video is automatically sent 1 hour after the webinar, where you can save, fast-forward, and rewind from there.) If you are logged out, please sign back in and your webinar link and copy of the slides will be available on the event page.

Writing Contracts: The Do's, Don'ts, Why's, and Why Not's

In this webinar, we will discuss why it is important for you, as a business owner, to know how to enter into and write a contract. This webinar will discuss:

— The six elements of an enforceable contract
— The basic parts of a written contract
— Some optional clauses in a written contract
— What contract “conditions” are
— Common defenses to breach of contract lawsuits
— Remedies for breach of contract

Gene Thornton, Esq.
Attorney-At-Law, Thornton Workplace Investigations

Fee: $20

Length: 1 hour

Pre-payment for the webinar is required. Please click on the button below to first register and pay through the SBDC .

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, please click “Continue” in order to get the webinar link and/or watch the webinar. Once you register on the GoToWebinar page, please note that the webinar will start automatically, and you cannot fast-forward or rewind. (However, an email with the recorded video is automatically sent 1 hour after the webinar, where you can save, fast-forward, and rewind from there.) If you are logged out, please sign back in and your webinar link and copy of the slides will be available on the event page.

7 Reasons To Invest in Franchises Over Starting Your Own Business

Why would anyone invest in a franchise? You’re smart – you could start your own business, right? The reality is, for most people coming out of a job where they work for someone else, starting a business from scratch is a lot harder than they could imagine. Our brains have been hardwired to do work for someone else – and then complain about it. That’s where we are comfortable. But starting a business asks us to step outside of our comfort zone and many people find it difficult to do that without some coaching of some kind.

Enter franchising, a hybrid approach to entrepreneurship.

Know your options! Understand why some of the most successful entrepreneurs own franchises, and why you can do this as well. Get the full scoop from a franchise owner, consultant and expert in the field, Cindy Rayfield.

Cindy Rayfield
Senior Franchise Consultant, FranNet Mountain West (CO/WY/MT)

Fee: $20

Length: 1 hour

Pre-payment for the webinar is required. Please click on the button below to first register and pay through the SBDC .

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, please click “Continue” in order to get the webinar link and/or watch the webinar. Once you register on the GoToWebinar page, please note that the webinar will start automatically, and you cannot fast-forward or rewind. (However, an email with the recorded video is automatically sent 1 hour after the webinar, where you can save, fast-forward, and rewind from there.) If you are logged out, please sign back in and your webinar link and copy of the slides will be available on the event page.

Building A Business To Sell

Whether you’re just starting a new business or actively looking to sell it’s never too early to begin positioning your business for sale. In this workshop you’ll learn the steps you can start taking now to maximize your business value and prepare for your exit strategy. We’ll cover topics such as financial records, market valuation, the acquisition team, the presale audit, customer concentration, intangible assets, etc. We’ll also cover current market trends and the economic outlook for small business over the next 5 years.

Rob Amerine
Certified Business Intermediary, The FBB Group, Ltd. 

Fee: $20

Length: 1 hour

Pre-payment for the webinar is required. Please click on the button below to first register and pay through the SBDC .

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, please click “Continue” in order to get the webinar link and/or watch the webinar. Once you register on the GoToWebinar page, please note that the webinar will start automatically, and you cannot fast-forward or rewind. (However, an email with the recorded video is automatically sent 1 hour after the webinar, where you can save, fast-forward, and rewind from there.) If you are logged out, please sign back in and your webinar link and copy of the slides will be available on the event page.

Business Insurance 101 for Small Businesses

This webinar is an introduction to understanding business insurance for small businesses. Learn about the different types of business insurance, what is required in the State of Colorado, how to decide what is best for your business, and best practices for obtaining and using business insurance.

 

Jennifer Walker
Diversified Practice Group Leader, HUB International Ltd.

Fee: $20

Length: 1 hour

Pre-payment for the webinar is required. Please click on the button below to first register and pay through the SBDC .

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, please click “Continue” in order to get the webinar link and/or watch the webinar. Once you register on the GoToWebinar page, please note that the webinar will start automatically, and you cannot fast-forward or rewind. (However, an email with the recorded video is automatically sent 1 hour after the webinar, where you can save, fast-forward, and rewind from there.) If you are logged out, please sign back in and your webinar link and copy of the slides will be available on the event page.

Marketing

Using Instagram to Promote Your Small Business

In this webinar, we will discuss a growing social media platform — Instagram — and how it relates to your small business. Learn some tips and tricks on navigating Instagram and Instagram Stories, and learn how to use this mobile-only social media platform to promote, educate, and grow awareness for your local small business!

Carrie Kintz
Founder, Melan Communications

Fee: $20

Pre-payment for the webinar is required. Please click on the button below to first register and pay through the SBDC .

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, please click “Continue” in order to get the webinar link and/or watch the webinar. Once you register on the GoToWebinar page, please note that the webinar will start automatically, and you cannot fast-forward or rewind. (However, an email with the recorded video is automatically sent 1 hour after the webinar, where you can save, fast-forward, and rewind from there.) If you are logged out, please sign back in and your webinar link and copy of the slides will be available on the event page.

Developing and Optimizing Your Business’ Website

Your website is often the first impression someone may have of your business, and it can be a vital tool in generating leads, developing customer education, or turning potential customers into paying customers. This webinar will be 1) an overview of some popular website platform options and determining which one is best for you, and 2) a discussion on optimizing your website’s content and layout, addressing common issues, and giving tips on creating the most effective website for your business.

Alex Belding
Mad Growth Officer & Co-Founder, WebriQ Goes Mad

Fee: $20

Pre-payment for the webinar is required. Please click on the button below to first register and pay through the SBDC .

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, please click “Continue” in order to get the webinar link and/or watch the webinar. Once you register on the GoToWebinar page, please note that the webinar will start automatically, and you cannot fast-forward or rewind. (However, an email with the recorded video is automatically sent 1 hour after the webinar, where you can save, fast-forward, and rewind from there.) If you are logged out, please sign back in and your webinar link and copy of the slides will be available on the event page.

Leveraging LinkedIn For Small Businesses

LinkedIn — A network with 259 million business professionals around the world. The average LinkedIn member has an average annual household income of $109,000. Nearly 50% of LinkedIn members have decision-making authority for their companies which is why LinkedIn is considered the world’s largest audience of influential, affluent professionals in one place. In this workshop you will learn about how to use LinkedIn to improve your company’s visibility, generate leads, and effectively market your small business!

Jacqueline Staples
Financial Advisor, Mutual of Omaha Investor Services, Inc.

Fee: $20

Pre-payment for the webinar is required. Please click on the button below to first register and pay through the SBDC .

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, please click “Continue” in order to get the webinar link and/or watch the webinar. Once you register on the GoToWebinar page, please note that the webinar will start automatically, and you cannot fast-forward or rewind. (However, an email with the recorded video is automatically sent 1 hour after the webinar, where you can save, fast-forward, and rewind from there.) If you are logged out, please sign back in and your webinar link and copy of the slides will be available on the event page.

Financial

Where's The Money?! Funding Options for Starting or Growing Your Business

Whether you are just starting your business or need more funding for an existing business, finding the money for your venture is one of the most tricky hurdles to overcome. There are a variety of ways you can find funding, and a variety of organizations, people, and resources available to you. What options are right for you? Where should you even start? We designed this course to be an insightful overview of the various options available to you — including traditional bank loans, microlending, SBA loans, venture capital, angel investing, grant-funding, crowd-funding, bootstrapping, etc.

Robin Roberts
President, Pikes Peak National Bank

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Fee: $20

Length: 1 Hour

Pre-payment for the webinar is required. Please click on the button below to first register and pay through the SBDC .

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, please click “Continue” in order to get the webinar link and/or watch the webinar. Once you register on the GoToWebinar page, please note that the webinar will start automatically, and you cannot fast-forward or rewind. (However, an email with the recorded video is automatically sent 1 hour after the webinar, where you can save, fast-forward, and rewind from there.) If you are logged out, please sign back in and your webinar link and copy of the slides will be available on the event page.

Cybersecurity

On-Demand Webinar Library

This On-Demand Webinar Library is part of our Techsource: CYBER CYA program, consisting of workshops, resources, webinars, events, and free consulting to help business cover their assets. Click here to find a series of 1-hr webinars on a variety of cybersecurity-related topics, specifically for small businesses!

Dr. Shawn Murray
Founder & CAO, Murray Security Services

Fee: FREE