Magnolia Area ASBTDC Events

Please note: American Express not currently accepted by the Arkansas SBTDC.

Facebook Business Pages: Beyond the “Likes”

Date: June 8, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Hempstead County Economic Development Office
City: Hope

Description: Turn your Facebook business page into a strategic advantage. Along with an overview of Facebook basics, get tips for managing your page, setting goals, measuring content reach, and analyzing post effectiveness.

 

Operating a Home-Based Business

Date: June 13, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce
City: El Dorado

Description: Thousands of people are running businesses out of their homes. Are you considering joining them? This seminar will help you with business planning, ideas, requirements, and more to get you headed in the right direction.

 

Free and Local: Small Business Marketing

Date: June 15, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: OPED Building
City: Camden

Description: Explore marketing approaches that are not only practical and low-cost but effective for any size business. Topics will include image development, customer service, online marketing, public relations, and other low-cost marketing methods. This fast-paced workshop provides ideas businesses can use right away.

 

How to Write a Business Plan

Date: June 22, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: South Arkansas Community College – East Campus
City: El Dorado

Description: All businesses, especially new ventures, need a business plan. Crafting a plan helps you define your concept,evaluate your competition, determine risk, and estimate costs. Using our “To the Point” outline, learn how to put together a plan that will guide the growth of your business.

 

Top-Notch Customer Service

Date: June 26, 2017
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Cossatot Community College, Room 321
City: Ashdown

Description: Excellent customer service is a cost-free marketing technique, as well as a way to set your business apart from your competitors. Learn how to exceed customer expectations, handle unhappy customers, and create a culture of top-notch customer service.

 

Get Found on Google Search and Maps

Date: June 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: OPED Building
City: Camden

Description: Ensure your business gets clicks when someone searches for your product or service on the Internet. Find out how to claim and optimize your online listings on Google so potential customers find you.

 

How to Write a Business Plan

Date: July 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: OPED Building
City: Camden

Description: All businesses, especially new ventures, need a business plan. Crafting a plan helps you define your concept, evaluate your competition, determine risks, and estimate costs. Using our “To the Point” outline, learn how to put together a plan that will guide the growth of your business and that you can share with lenders and investors.

 

Advanced Social Media Management

Date: July 13, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Texarkana Chamber of Commerce
City: Texarkana

Description: So you’re active on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, but maybe you are flying by the seat of your pants. Learn to manage your social media presence strategically and efficiently even across multiple platforms. We’ll explore how to schedule posts, create unique insights, and get the most bang for your buck when advertising on social media.

 

Building Your Brand

Date: July 17, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce
City: Texarkana

Description: You might have a great logo, but do you have a great brand? What’s the difference? Learn how creating and cultivating your brand is vital to your business’s success. Leave ready to plan and implement a brand strategy to increase sales and customer retention.

 

Starting a Business in Arkansas

Date: July 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Hempstead County Economic Development Office
City: Hope

Description: This basic seminar discusses essential startup steps, legal business structures, regulations and licensing, key issues that affect your business success, and common pitfalls entrepreneurs face. A must for first-time small business owners! (Veterans attend FREE)

 

HR Management

Date: July 25, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: OPED Building
City: Camden

Description: There are ever-changing regulatory issues and employment laws to stay current on, confusing complexities of benefits administration, more record keeping headaches than you can count … the list goes on and on. Fast-paced and information-rich, this program condenses the most important HR basics into clear, concise, and easy-to-understand training.

 

Minority Business Enterprise Assistance and Loan Workshop

Date: July 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce
City: El Dorado

Description: Join us in learning about eligibility requirements for the MBE program and receive valuable assistance with the application. Participants will also learn how to obtain funding through the MBE Loan Mobilization Guaranty Program when starting a state-funded or other approved project and how it can help your Arkansas State Certified Business grow.

 

Website in a Day

Date: July 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce
City: El Dorado

Description: Does your business need a website? Have you been held back by a lack of funds or technical skills? Come sit down with our laptop lab and design a free website using Weebly. Step-by-step, we will help you create a free account and an attractive, functional, five-page website. You may bring your lunch with you!

 

How to Write a Business Plan

Date: August 2, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Hempstead County Economic Development Office
City: Hope

Description: All businesses, especially new ventures, need a business plan. Crafting a plan helps you define your concept, evaluate your competition, determine risks, and estimate costs. Using our “To the Point” outline, learn how to put together a plan that will guide the growth of your business and that you can share with lenders and investors.

 

Advanced Social Media Management

Date: August 17, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: OPED Building
City: Camden

Description: So you’re active on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, but maybe you are flying by the seat of your pants. Learn to manage your social media presence strategically and efficiently even across multiple platforms. We’ll explore how to schedule posts, create unique insights, and get the most bang for your buck when advertising on social media.

 

Becoming a Notary

Date: August 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Southern Arkansas University
City: Magnolia

Description: The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office will walk participants through the notary application process and discuss best practices and issues facing notaries today. All current and prospective notaries public are encouraged to attend because special emphasis will be given to new laws that have recently passed affecting all notaries.

 

Becoming a Notary

Date: August 22, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Southern Arkansas University
City: Magnolia

Description: The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office will walk participants through the notary application process and discuss best practices and issues facing notaries today. All current and prospective notaries public are encouraged to attend because special emphasis will be given to new laws that have recently passed affecting all notaries.

 

Business Financing Options

Date: August 24, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Cossatot Community College, Room 321
City: Ashdown

Description: Do you need funding to start a business or expand an existing one? Learn about the business financing process and different sources of capital, including SBA-backed loans, traditional bank loans, micro loans, and alternative funding sources.

 

Boost Your Sales

Date: August 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Hempstead County Economic Development Office
City: Hope

Description: Watch your sales and revenues grow with proven techniques. Develop a sales strategy, learn how to recognize buyers needs, strengthen your sales team’s communication with customers, and get tips for hiring, training, and evaluating salespeople.

 

Please note: American Express not currently accepted by the Arkansas SBTDC.