Southwest Idaho Events & Workshops

August

Thursday, August 24, 2017 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
You’re invited to Boost Your Business with Facebook, Zions Bank and the Idaho SBDC!
Featuring special guest: Senator James E. Risch

This Boost Your Business summit will provide Idaho businesses with the most up-to-date tools, insights, and best practices for achieving success on Facebook & Instagram and in your community. Learn directly from Facebook experts, local business resource organizations, and successful businesses in the area. You will walk away with the resources you need to grow your business!

Schedule
9:30 AM
Check-in and Socialize
Enjoy food, coffee, photo opportunities and more!

10:00 AM
Main Presentation
Welcome from community leaders and special guest Sen. Risch, and presentation from Facebook expert

11:15 AM
Small Business Panel
Hear local success stories from businesses in your community

11:45 AM
Lunch with Robert Spendlove
Enjoy lunch along with a keynote about Boise’s economy from Zions Bank Senior Vice President of Economic and Public Policy.

1:00 PM
Idaho Small Business Resource Panel
Hear from resource centers in Idaho that can help make your business grow
*Moderated by Katie Sewell, State Director, Idaho SBDC

2:00 PM
Small Business Growth Panel
Hear from a panel of CEOs that grew their business from a local favorite to national or international success

3:00 PM
Closing Remarks and Event Ends

Thursday, August 31, 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

September

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, 10 sessions ending Wednesday, November 15
Topic: Business Fundamentals
This 10 week intensive course takes entrepreneurs through the essentials of how to model a business. We create small groups of entrepreneurs that meet every week in focused learning sessions. This course will keep your startup moving forward. The course covers:

Business Model Generation
Value Proposition and Customer Segment Matching
Creating a Hypothesis and testing it
Creating a Minimum Viable Product
Customer Creation
Organization Building

Speaker: Will Fowler, Kim Sherman-Labrum, Doug Covey

Fee: $ 500.00

Monday, September 11, 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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Topic: Not Set
Join us for a hands-on workshop that will teach you to use the B Corp Impact Assessment Survey. In collaboration with our local B Corporation community, we’ll show you how to assess, compare, and implement strategic and operational changes in your business that can have economic, social and environmental impacts, and help you become a more sustainable company.

Tuesday, September 19, 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: Steve Miller, Will Fowler

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
The Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with partners located across the Rocky Mountain region , hosts quarterly virtual interactive sessions with experts from the USPTO’s Trademark Assistance Center (TAC), which is based at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. During these virtual programs, TAC experts will provide an overview of various aspects of the trademark registration process, and answer any questions that program participants may have. Registrants will watch a live video feed from Denver and be able to ask real-time questions of the presenters.

September’s presentation will be a trademark basics presentation which will include general information about trademarks, clarification of terminology, searching considerations, and enforcement/post registration filing requirements.This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of trademark knowledge. To get the most out of this event, we recommend participants view informational videos regarding trademark registration before the session and prepare questions to ask the trademark experts.Please bring your own lunch to enjoy during the session. Space is limited.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
Running your business is hard, and reaching new customers is even harder. Advertising seems like a good way to get your name out there, but it’s so complicated? Do you use Google Ads or FB ads? What’s a Yelp?

In this fast-paced but casual class, Kim Sherman-Labrum of the Idaho SBDC, will work through best practices, marketing ideas, and strategies for implementing online advertising into your business. Kim has been an online marketer for 15 years, taught classes on this topic and others all over the state. She will give you the base knowledge you need to start ad campaigns online for your small business.

Thursday, September 21, 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!

Speaker: Blair Nicol, FranNet

Monday, September 25, 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

Friday, September 29, 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, September 29, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This class applies to QuickBooks for Windows Pro, Premier, and Enterprise versions.

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, September 29, 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

October

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Topic: Special Interest
Keep your job and start a business!

Join us for an interactive, 45-minute webinar introducing Semi-Absentee Franchise Ownership.

Nearly half of FranNet’s placements are in semi-absentee ownership models, and much of the general public isn’t aware of this lucrative option!

We’ll feature some of the most exciting franchise models in this category, which allow you to keep your job options open, plan your exit strategy, or enjoy semi-retirement.

Franchisor representatives wil introduce their business models, describe their ideal candidates, and answer your questions.

Discover:

How to capitalize on your strengths to find an ideal business to run part-time
Investment level options
How to build equity and residual income

Speaker: Kenny Rose, FranNet of Los Angeles

Thursday, October 05, 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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business
60% of Small Business That Are Hacked Do Not Survive 6 Months

That is scary, but this course will not be. Small business owners who attend this event will:
– learn practical, actionable steps to protect their business.
– be taught in easy-to-understand language.
– watch live demos of low- and no-cost tools and best practices.
– work side-by-side with industry experts.
– leave with a custom draft 5 part cyber workplan for their business.

This interactive training is designed for a general audience of small business owners with little to no knowledge of this particular area of risk management. We will cover the basics, but you will leave comfortable enough to implement the instructions you’ll receive.

And remember, 80% of cyber events can be prevented with basic risk management.

Note: The above-described programming for this event will run from 8:00-12:00 with lunch to follow and is intended for a general audience. After the general morning session, we may be able to arrange industry-specific programming or a session of particular interest based on demand. To request a breakout session, please email Laura Mathews at lauramathews@boisestate.edu.

Fee: $ 20.00

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Topic: Special Interest
Discover the latest and greatest specialty franchises available in your local market!

We’ll feature some of the most exciting brands. Franchisor representatives will introduce their business models, describe their ideal candidate, and give you an idea whether an opportunity like this may be right for you.

Discover:

Franchise opportunities in various industries
How to capitalize your strengths and find your ideal business
What unique skills are needed for these new businesses

Speaker: FranNet

Tuesday, October 17, 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: Doug Covey, Kim Sherman-Labrum

Friday, October 27, 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, October 27, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Topic: Not Set
This class applies to QuickBooks for Windows Pro, Premier, and Enterprise versions.

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, October 27, 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

November

Thursday, November 02, 2017 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Not Set
As you consider business ownership, you have three options: start from scratch, buy an established business, or invest in a franchise. It’s an important decision and this educational workshop will help you evaluate your options as Blair Nicol, a franchise consultant with FranNet, explains how you can safely evaluate, select, finance and succeed in a franchise business. Join us and discover whether franchising might just be a good career alternative for you.

Speaker: Blair Nicol, FranNet

Tuesday, November 07, 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: Will Fowler, Doug Covey

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Topic: Special Interest
Discover this “C” suite of franchise opportunities.

Are you a Driver?
Can you leverage resources to grow a large business?
Do you have the desire to scale a business and build equity in a company?
Master Franchising offers the owner exclusive rights to develop a franchise system by selling or opening a number of franchises within a large territory. Create substantial revenue and a consistent income stream by generating franchise fees and ongoing royalties while helping other franchisees grow and succeed.

Join us for this exclusive look at Master Franchising from industry insiders, and discover where this rare opportunity is currently available.

Speaker: FranNet