February Small Business Assistance Workshops

February Small Business Assistance Workshops

(for more workshops offered at Community teamwork, click here)

Right Start Entrepreneurial Training
6-class series runs every Wednesday The next round starts February 22, 2012
Wednesday nights from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
The Right Start Entrepreneurship Training Program provides a solid educational foundation on which to build a small business. Practical, flexible, and taught by small business professionals, this six-class series will help you learn the difference between success and failure. Starting August 31st, this series runs continuously throughout the year so that you can either take all six classes in a row or once a month, as needed to fit your schedule. Training provides a firm foundation of practical knowledge to build your business and covers these topics: Intro to Business, Marketing, Sales, Bookkeeping and Taxes, Financing, and Business Law. Get the tools you need for success!
COST: $90 for all 6 classes
LOCATION:  Community Teamwork Inc., 155 Merrimack St., (Bon March Building) 3rd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852 
RSVP: kwallace@comteam.org, 978-322-8400


Unlocking Profitability with Accounting
Comprehensive 2-night Workshop
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 & Thursday, February 9 / 6:00 -9:00 pm 
There are some basic business metrics that every business person should know by heart when discussing their business; What are my sales? What are my goals and budgets? What are my fixed costs? What are my variable costs? What is my breakeven point? What is the ageing of my receivables? What is the cost of goods sold percentage? What are my top 10 best sellers? How much do I have tied up in inventory? What does my cash flow look like for the next three months?

Don’t know these numbers? Then this 2-night workshop will help you transform from running a business to managing a business and getting the most profit out of it. In this workshop, you will learn how to: Increase profitability by monitoring and managing your cost of goods sold; Increase sales and profits through effective inventory management; How to reduce inventory while increasing customer satisfaction and sales; How to make your business more resilient in challenging economies; How to survive and, perhaps, even prosper in difficult times; Learn how to get ready to borrow.

COST: $20 for both nights
LOCATION:  The Center, 88 Middle St., 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852 

RSVP: kwallace@comteam.org, 978-322-8400

Social Media
Monday, February 13, 2012 / 1:00 -3:00 pm
This workshop is offered in partnership with the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce and Lowell Telecommunications Corporation.“The Times, They Are A-Changin”, and we know that social media marketing now plays a vital role in the success of businesses and organizations. This seminar provides an overview of various online marketing tools including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. If you are a beginner or intermediate user, you will benefit from this workshop taught by Danielle Bergeron, President and CEO of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, who has years of experience promoting her own business through social media.
COST: no fee
LOCATION:  Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) studios, 246 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852 

RSVP: kwallace@comteam.org, 978-322-8400

Building a Successful Business by Defining, Executing & Measuring Performance
Comprehensive 2-night Workshop
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 & Thursday, February 23 / 6:00 – 8:00 pm
The first night of this workshop will emphasize understanding your market and how to target specific product and services to solve their problems. This workshop also addresses the importance of integrating functions within the business to insure productivity and profitability. The second night will emphasize the need to develop an operating plan that is aligned to achieve defined strategies within the business.  In addition, it will help you to define how you measure performance.  This workshop is taught by Michael Salach, a results-oriented executive who has a unique blend of entrepreneurial business development skills. Michael founded The Bay State Consulting Group, Inc., which provides an array of management, coaching and business consulting services. Michael is also an instructor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Northern Essex Community College where he teaches marketing and sales, strategic & business planning, organizational design & franchising and a variety of entrepreneurial seminars.

COST: $20 for both nights
LOCATION:  The Center, 88 Middle St., 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852 

RSVP: kwallace@comteam.org, 978-322-8400



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