Southwest Idaho Events & Workshops

May

Tuesday, May 02, 2017 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Calling all Startups, Small Technology Firms and Innovators:
America’s Largest Seed Fund is Coming to Idaho!

The SBIR Road Tour is coming to Boise, ID on May 2nd to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Individual program managers from the 11 participating agencies, representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding, will participate in a one-day event alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across Idaho.

If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher or small technology firm, don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to access $2.5B in early stage technology funding, and meet 1-on-1 with funding decision makers.

SBIR Agencies Funding Priorities Overviews and Panels
• How to use SBIR to Seed Fund your Innovative Ideas
• Business with the Warfighter: Technology Alignment, Opportunities and Funding (Defense-focused)
• Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Lessons Learned and Common Mistakes

Engaging your local Innovation Ecosystem:
• How to access local and state resources available to innovators, researchers and technology entrepreneurs.
• Idaho’s SBIR Phase 0 Program, which reimburses small businesses for costs associated with SBIR applications.
• Local incubators and startup organizations such as Trailhead, New Ventures Lab and the Idaho Tech Council.

About the SBIR:

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide approximately $2.5 billion annually in non-dilutive early-stage technology funding to small businesses. The SBIR Road Tour is an opportunity for tech startups, innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to learn how to access this funding, meet one-on-one with decision makers, and connect with local state innovation ecosystem members. This one-day event will provide attendees, including women and minority entrepreneurs, the opportunity to engage with representatives from various SBIR/STTR agencies.

Speaker: • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
• Department of Energy (DOE)
• Department of Health and Human Services
• National Institutes of Health (NIH)
• National Science Foundation (NSF)
• Department of Defense – Air Force (USAF)
• Department of Defense – Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
• Department of Defense – Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA)
• Department of Defense – Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
• Department of Defense – Navy (USN)
• Department of Defense – Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
• National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
• United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Fee: $ 39.95

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Financing
Thinking about buying a business or franchise? Learn your best and most strategic financing options and start your business on a solid foundation.

We’ll cover:

How much money do I REALLY need to buy a business or franchise?
What are the BEST resources and what are my options?
Can a 401k help fund a business? What about taxes and penalties?
If you’re ready to invest in yourself, attend this highly informative session and discover your options. Business ownership may be more accessible than you think!

Join Guidant Financial’s Sr. Financing Consultant, Ralph Nilssen, and FranNet Franchise Specialist.

Speaker: Emily Anderson, FranNet of Oregon

Thursday, May 04, 2017 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
The Idaho SBDC in conjunction with the Nampa Chamber of Commerce are proud to bring the founder and CEO of Jitasa, Jeff Russell to inspire Treasure Valley entrepreneurs. Jeff will review the concepts from his book, “Do What You Do Best”, to help you focus your efforts and drive success in your business. Hear how he’s grown his company from the Watercooler, a Boise based incubator, into a global organization with 5 offices on 3 continents serving thousands of clients. Jeff will explore how concepts such as “comparative advantage” and “core competencies” can apply to small and medium sized businesses, not just the Nike’s of the world.

Please join us for breakfast and networking after Mr. Russell’s remarks.

Speaker: Jeff Russell, Jitasa

Thursday, May 04, 2017 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
The Idaho SBDC, Buy Idaho and the SBA are proud to bring the founder and CEO of Jitasa, Jeff Russell to inspire Treasure Valley entrepreneurs. Jeff will review the concepts from his book, “Do What You Do Best”, to help you focus your efforts and drive success in your business. Hear how he’s grown his company from the Watercooler, a Boise based incubator, into a global organization with 5 offices on 3 continents serving thousands of clients. Jeff will explore how concepts such as “comparative advantage” and “core competencies” can apply to small and medium sized businesses, not just the Nike’s of the world.

Join us after Mr. Russell’s remarks for light refreshments and networking.

Speaker: Jeff Russell, Jitasa

Fee: $ 50.00

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Business Base Camp is an interactive two-hour workshop that helps vet the feasibility of your business idea. The first part of the workshop focuses on the fundamental things you need to know before starting any business. The second part of the workshop uses the Business Model Canvas to look at your idea from may different perspectives in order to give you the tools you need do determine whether or not it will be successful.
Speaker: Will Fowler, Doug Covey

Friday, May 12, 2017 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This class applies to QuickBooks for Windows Pro, Premier, and Enterprise versions.

This class is a combination section of Beginning & Intermediate Quickbooks. By registering for this section, you save $30 and are enrolled in both sections of the class.

Katey O’Brien is QuickBooks Training Certified Instructor as well as owning her own bookkeeping and payroll business, 1st Point Bookkeeping.

Speaker: Katey O’Brien, 1st Point Bookkeeeping

Fee: $ 100.00

Friday, May 12, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Starting off the use of QuickBooks with a solid foundation will help you make the most of this powerful accounting software. The class is targeted for the small business owner or entrepreneur to show you how Quickbooks can work for your small business.

Participants in the hands-on workshop will be taught lessons on the following topics:

• Getting Started and Setting up QuickBooks
• Working With Lists
• Working With Bank Accounts
• Using Other Accounts in QuickBooks
• Entering Sales Information (including the basics of invoicing)
• Receiving Payments and Making Deposits
• Entering and Paying Bills

You can register for the combination class and save $30.

Speaker: Katey O’Brien is a QuickBooks Trained Certified Instructor as well as owning her own bookkeeping and payroll business, 1st Point Bookkeeping.

Fee: $ 65.00

Friday, May 12, 2017 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Teaching workshop participants how to take QuickBooks to an advanced level is the purpose of Intermediate QuickBooks. This class is targeted for the small business owner or entrepreneur and how QuickBooks can work with your small business.

• Analyzing Financial Data
• Setting up Inventory
• Tracking and Paying Sales Tax
• Doing Payroll with QuickBooks
• Tracking Time
• Estimating and Progress Invoicing
• Customizing Forms and Writing QuickBooks Letters

You can register for the combination class and save $30.

Speaker: Katey O’Brien is a QuickBooks Trained Certified Instructor as well as owning her own bookkeeping and payroll business, 1st Point Bookkeeping.

Fee: $ 65.00

Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Join us for an interactive, 1-hour webinar that’s your personal “how-to” Buyer’s Guide to Owning a Business or Franchise!

Learn about the best business ownership opportunities and how to identify and thoroughly research a business before you buy!

We’ll cover:

What are my ownership options?
How much risk is really involved in business ownership vs. traditional career path?
Which industries are proven to succeed in any economy?
What questions should I ask the Franchisor and/or the Seller?
Who can help with my financing and legal questions?

Make a safe and wise decision in securing your future!

Questions? Contact Blair Nicol at bnicol@frannet.com or 503.534.3695

Speaker: Blair Nicol, FranNet

Thursday, May 18, 2017 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
Is marketing a mystery? Don’t understand the difference between a social media and a SWOT? In this class, we will demystify the discipline of marketing in terms you will understand and be able to use in your business.

Some of the topics we’ll cover:
-SWOT Analysis
-What is your marketing mix?
-Social media
-Marketing plan

Join us for this interactive session that will help learn tips and techniques to take back to your business and use today!

Speaker: Steve Miller, Business Consultant, Idaho SBDC; Kim Sherman-Labrum, Associate Business Consultant, Idaho SBDC

Fee: $ 20.00

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Business Fundamentals
Ladies, let’s get real …
We are running out of options that provide sufficient income, security and flexibility for ourselves and our families
We are intelligent, driven, compassionate, creative (and maybe a little “bossy”)
We are sacrificing our family lives, our careers, and/or ourselves

Women are finding flexibility, control and fulfillment – while making a real income – in specialty franchise ownership,
(and it doesn’t matter if the last 15 years were spent in the board room or laundry room)

How?
Access to a proven, replicable business system
Initial and on-going support & training, along with a community of franchisees
Home-based, office-based, semi-passive ownership options

Get first-hand information!
First, we’ll speak with “MomPreneurs” and hear about specific specialty franchise business models that provide flexibility, fulfillment and earnings for a career-driven mom

Speaker: Emily Anderson, FranNet of Oregon

June

Thursday, June 01, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Hiring. Daunting? Not so.

In this class, we will take a couple of hours to help you break this big process into edible pieces. We will start with some simple recruiting tips, some helpful selection tricks, and offer the best known methods for retaining your best employees. We will also discuss a critical and often under utilized process called ‘on-boarding’ so that you can help make your newest employee’s transition to productive team members and take as little time as possible. Employees can be a great investment into your company. Adding just the right team member, at just the right time can make a great positive impact.

Speaker: Patrick Crow
Training Manager, Micron Technology
Kepner Tregoe, Program Leader
President, Walking J Companies

Fee: $ 20.00

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
The City of Mountain Home, the Idaho SBDC and the Small Business Administration are combining forces to bring the power of Google resources to small businesses in Mountain Home. Please join us for a completely free session on how to get your business online, getting found on Google search and maps as well as other resources available to the small business owner.

The web isn’t just for the big companies anymore, it’s now in the hands of small and medium size businesses and is making the difference in profitability and competition. Google wants every business online and they are making it easier with tools and training for entrepreneurs.

Attendees can bring their mobile devices or laptops for a more hands-on experience, or they can just relax and listen. Join us for a great time and some cool Google swag!

Speaker: Kim Sherman-Labrum, Idaho SBDC

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Financing
Attend this free, educational workshop and learn how various entrepreneurial paths can help you reach your professional, financial, and personal goals.

We’ll cover:
Which of the entrepreneurial paths best suits me?
What industries are recession-resistant?
How can I leverage my skill-set and experience to succeed as an entrepreneur?
What are the best local resources to support me in entrepreneurship?
What are my best financing options?

Jumpstart your success!

Attend this informative and interactive online session. FranNet gives meaningful guidance and valuable information on what it really takes to succeed in business and franchise ownership.

Gain tips and resources you can use immediately!

>> Register and access an online B.E.S.T. (Business Evaluation & Suitability Test) to discover your best matching businesses and industries.

Speaker: Roxanne Rapske

Thursday, June 15, 2017 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
This class applies to QuickBooks for online users only. If you are looking for the desktop version, please see our Beginning or Intermediate classes.

Starting off the use of QuickBooks with a solid foundation will help you make the most of this powerful accounting software. This class is delivered via video conferencing technology in the comfort of your own home or office and s is targeted for the small business owner or entrepreneur to show you how Quickbooks can work for your small business.

Participants in this workshop will be taught lessons on the following topics:

• Getting Started and Setting up QuickBooks
• Working With Lists
• Working With Bank Accounts
• Using Other Accounts in QuickBooks
• Entering Sales Information (including the basics of invoicing)
• Receiving Payments and Making Deposits
• Entering and Paying Bills

Speaker: Katey O’Brien, 1st Point Bookkeeping

Fee: $ 10.00

Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Not Set
This class applies to QuickBooks for online users only. If you are looking for the desktop version, please see our Beginning or Intermediate classes.

Starting off the use of QuickBooks with a solid foundation will help you make the most of this powerful accounting software. This class is delivered via video conferencing technology in the comfort of your own home or office and is targeted for the small business owner or entrepreneur to show you how Quickbooks can work for your small business.

Participants in this workshop will be taught lessons on the following topics:

• Reconciling
• Reports
• Tracking receivables

Speaker: Katey O’Brien, 1st Point Bookkeeping

Fee: $ 10.00

Thursday, June 29, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Power of the Inbox:
Tips and Tricks for Successful Email Marketing

What is the first impression you give when customers see you in their email inbox? And when they see you there, what do they do? This powerful seminar takes you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing:

– What it really is (and isn’t)
– What it can do for your business
– And the five easy steps you must take to harness the power of the inbox!

1. Grow a healthy list
2. Create great content
3. Customize a beautiful, mobile-friendly template that matches your brand
4. How to get your emails opened
5. Tracking your results

From revealing why regular email doesn’t work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work (and those that don’t!), this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective marketing you can do: email marketing. Join us!

Speaker: Constant Contact, Idaho SBDC & Tartan Bee Communications

July

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Business Base Camp is a two hour interactive workshop aimed at discovering the feasibility of your business idea. The first section covers the topics every new business must know. The second half covers using the Business Model Canvas to test the feasibility of your idea.
Speaker: Kim Sherman-Labrum, Steve Miller

Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
You know you should be on social media for your business or non-profit. You know it can help you drive more new and repeat business for your organization. But, do you know why? Do you know which social media platform will have the biggest bang for your buck? And when you start your profile, do you know what to say and how to grow your following? This session will answer all of those questions and more!

Let us help you:
• Determine the platform that’s right for you and your organization
• Announce your presence and build your network
• Create and share content that encourages action
• Understand social media advertising and learn your options
• Convert social media leads into potential customers by growing your email list

From understanding the different social media platforms, to choosing what to say and where to say it, this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective social media marketing for you. You don’t have to be on every platform, and you don’t have to make every post by yourself. Let us make social media easy – join us!

Speaker: Idaho SBDC, Constant Contact & Tartan Bee Communications.

Friday, July 28, 2017 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This class is a combination section of Beginning & Intermediate Quickbooks. By registering for this section, you save $30 and are enrolled in both sections of the class.

Katey O’Brien is QuickBooks Training Certified Instructor as well as owning her own bookkeeping and payroll business, 1st Point Bookkeeping.

Speaker: Katey O’Brien, 1st Point Bookkeeeping

Fee: $ 100.00

Friday, July 28, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Starting off the use of QuickBooks with a solid foundation will help you make the most of this powerful accounting software. The class is targeted for the small business owner or entrepreneur to show you how Quickbooks can work for your small business.

Participants in the hands-on workshop will be taught lessons on the following topics:

• Getting Started and Setting up QuickBooks
• Working With Lists
• Working With Bank Accounts
• Using Other Accounts in QuickBooks
• Entering Sales Information (including the basics of invoicing)
• Receiving Payments and Making Deposits
• Entering and Paying Bills

You can register for the combination class and save $30.

Speaker: Katey O’Brien is a QuickBooks Trained Certified Instructor as well as owning her own bookkeeping and payroll business, 1st Point Bookkeeping.

Fee: $ 65.00

Friday, July 28, 2017 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Teaching workshop participants how to take QuickBooks to an advanced level is the purpose of Intermediate QuickBooks. This class is targeted for the small business owner or entrepreneur and how QuickBooks can work with your small business.

• Analyzing Financial Data
• Setting up Inventory
• Tracking and Paying Sales Tax
• Doing Payroll with QuickBooks
• Tracking Time
• Estimating and Progress Invoicing
• Customizing Forms and Writing QuickBooks Letters

You can register for the combination class and save $30.

Speaker: Katey O’Brien is a QuickBooks Trained Certified Instructor as well as owning her own bookkeeping and payroll business, 1st Point Bookkeeping.

Fee: $ 65.00