Monday, March 16, 2009

SBA Offers FREE Workshops for Entrepreneurs

SBA Offers FREE Workshops for Entrepreneurs

“Strategic Planning for a GREENER Business”

“Economic Change is Here – Where are you?”

Fresno, CA – History shows that small business entrepreneurs are quick to respond to change and survive. Today’s entrepreneurs are facing challenges and hurdles never seen before. Resiliency is the name of the game, but to be successful business owners must continue to make changes and adapt daily.

To meet the ever shifting need of entrepreneurs, SBA has combined two useful workshops into one session to provide information on two critical small business concerns. The workshop is FREE and is being offered on March 20, 2009 at the U. S. Small Business Administration located at 2719 N. Air Fresno Drive, Suite 200 in Fresno. The workshop will be from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Strategic Planning for a GREENER Business

How many times a day do we hear the current buzz word “Go GREEN?”
Everyone agrees that saving our environment from harm is a good thing. But how does “Go GREEN” affect you as a small business owner and how can a business owner use it to their advantage? Topics during the workshop include:
  • Does it pay to be GREEN?
  • How to make GREEN investments in your business and obtain a positive return.
  • Environmental Business Choices–saving costs, managing your competitors, environmental risks.
  • How to Go GREEN–systems by design, closed loop manufacturing, change business model.
Bryan Moe, Center Director of the Central California Small Business Development Center will cover helpful steps for small business owners to follow during the “Go GREEN” portion of the workshop.

Economic Change is Here – Where are YOU?

Let’s face it times are tough right now for entrepreneurs!
Tightened credits, layoffs, foreclosures, lack of sales are just a few of the problems that small business owners are facing in our current economy. While business times are significantly different right now they are still profitable times if handled correctly. Topics for this workshop include:
  • Business Financing–small business loans even in today’s lending markets.
  • Marketing–identifying and targeting customers, why and when customers spend money.
  • Management–managing your business, making decisions, meeting your goals.
Mike Souza, Lender Relations Specialist for the Fresno SBA will provide tips on how to bounce back, make aggressive changes and operate efficiently in today’s market.

The workshop is free and registration is required. Please call the SBA at (559) 487-5791 or email to register and for details.

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