SCORE Classes in Southwest Washington

Business Plan Basics

Tuesday December 1, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT @ SCORE Vancouver

This three hour seminar will cover the basics for writing your own Business Plan including:

Why I should have a Business Plan?  What financing opportunities exist?
What’s needed in my plan?  Should I have different plans for different audiences?
What are some good Business Plan examples I may use?
How should I differentiate my product or service?
Can I calculate a Break-even point for my business and how can I project profit?
How do I determine what licenses or permits I will need?
Where can I find free research tools for marketing or competitor analysis?


Small Business Marketing at GVCC

Wednesday December 2, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT @ GVCC

 Marketing doesn’t need to be a mystery! All it really is is a collection of techniques and tools that can bring you more customers if use them correctly. SMART marketing is about knowing which tools are likely to be the most effective for your business and budget. Ava will teach you how to figure out who your customers are and how they are the most likely to find out about your business. She’ll also show you guerrilla marketing tools that are inexpensive, even free, ways to get the word out about what you do and how good you are at it.  $20 discount for GVCC members


Small Business Selling at GVCC

Monday December 7, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT @ GVCC

You may have heard the saying “Business doesn’t happen until something gets sold.”  That’s true, of course but nearly every aspect of any career involves selling.  And whether you’re a sales professional or a machine operator, it never hurts to brush up on your sales skills. This is the perfect follow up to our December 2 Small Business Marketing seminar. $20 discount for GVCC members


 Desktop Quickbooks and Financial Management

Small group instruction with free individual mentoring follow-up. Accounting is much more than how you keep score in business. It’s also how you insure your business is healthy and has the resources needed to grow. Whether you use the services of an independent professional like a bookkeeper or accountant, or you decide that you or a family member will keep the books, you need to understand some accounting basics.

Record Keeping and Taxes @ GVCC

Tuesday January 5, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT @ GVCC

This SCORE seminar, designed for business owners, covers basic financial and tax rules for small businesses.

Topics of discussion include keeping business and personal transactions separate, legal entity types, doing business across state lines, embezzlement protection, filing requirements and accounting terminology.  The seminar format will allow time for participant questions and answers to help you and your business. Certified SCORE mentors will be available should you want to schedule a later, free business mentoring session to cover any specific issues you may have. $10 discount for GVCC members

 eMail Marketing Bundle

Thursday January 7, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT @ GVCC
Friday January 8, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT @ Skamania EDC, Stevenson

Two seminars for the price of one plus the opportunity for a free personal follow-up with a SCORE Certified Mentor? These SCORE seminar will cover How to Look Great in the Inbox plus tips on Creating a Marketing Plan & Budget. Each topic gives attendees an hour or more of proven ideas to increase business and client relationships. Registrants for this seminar are welcome to attend one or both sessions.