Training

SCORE Classes in Southwest Washington

Accounting and Record Keeping for Your Business

Wednesday August 3, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT @ Skamania CofC, Stevenson
Thursday August 4, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT @ Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce

This seminar explains why business record keeping is important and clears up questions regarding taxation and the type of business formation you choose.  We’ll review various business accounting methods and explain which best fits your situation.  And we’ll answer some of your questions about those pesky records themselves both manual and computerized, how long should they be retained and things like “Do I really need a CPA, a bookkeeper or can I do it all effectively myself?”

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Introduction to Online QuickBooks & Financial Management

Wednesday August 17, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT @ SCORE Vancouver Offices

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.

SCORE Vancouver’s Introduction to OnLine QuickBooks is a simple and hands-on way to get started with the tool so you can work anytime from a PC, Mac, Smartphones or tablet.  Further, your accountant can be granted instant account review access and there’s over 300 cloud based apps available to tailor your special business accounting needs.

Most importantly, the class offers a separate no cost opportunity to meet with a SCORE mentor in the days following the class to review your particular use of QuickBooks and address any questions you may have. Our volunteer instructor, Ted Powell, like all SCORE volunteers, is a down-to-earth, experienced business guy.

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How to De-Risk Your Business Concept (or your Business)

Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT @ Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce

This seminar will focus on the critical elements of a business or business idea that entrepreneurs and business owners must assess to reach a substantiated decision and reduce the risks associated with any start­up or growth plans. Essentially, we’ll cover a structured planning process to methodically explore those elements, as they apply to your business or concept and create a solid “safety net” that will increase your odds, reduce frustration, prevent the loss of capital and maximize potential profitability.

Most importantly, the class offers a separate no cost opportunity to meet with a SCORE mentor in the days following the class to review your particular business concept and address any questions you may have. Our volunteer instructor, Carlos Gonzoles, is a retired international business executive with 14 years of experience as a SCORE mentor focusing on business planning.

SMART Marketing Techniques For Small Business

Thursday September 8, 2016 from 8:15 AM to 10:45 AM PDT @ Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce

Tired of flinching when someone says the “M” word? Are you done with competitors kicking sand in your face?

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.

Past classes have sold out!   Attendees will receive copies of all seminar materials before class. Following the class, you may make a free mentoring appointment with a SCORE Mentor so you can get your own marketing underway. Click on the date link above to learn more.

SCORE eMail Marketing Automation

Wednesday September 28, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM PDT @ Vancouver Housing Authority Community Room

Not all clients visiting your website may be ready to purchase just yet.  Perhaps they may be interested enough to sign up for a series of helpful hints and tips that you send them by email. Email marketing automation can be utilized to educate, help and inform those people who sign up with their email address.

Not only is this 2-hour seminar free, one-on-one follow-up Business Advice with a Certified SCORE Mentor is always free as well.  Join us by clicking on the date link above to learn more.

Business Plan Basics

Wedensday October , 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT @ SCORE Vancouver Offices

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?

As always seminar attendees may later receive free, confidential SCORE mentoring to help you develop your business plan.