Local Workshops

Southwest Florida Workshops and Events

Upcoming Events

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March 31 Deadline Call for Distinguished Entrepreneur of SWFL Nominations.  Click here for info

Apr 7 - May 14 in Port Charlotte, or
Apr 20 - May 28 in Cape Coral, or
Apr 27 - June 4 in Fort Myers:  Goodwill's MicroEnterprise program is now accepting applications from aspiring small business owners in the SW FL area,  with low to moderate income levels and other disadvantages, who want to start or stabilize their own businesses with the skills and a business plan they need to succeed.  For more information and to register click here for an application or call (239) 995-2106, ext. 2219.  


May 19 – Distinguished Entrepreneur Banquet @ Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. Click here to sponsor

Upcoming SBA Programs


Monday, Mar. 2, 1 PM.  Federal Contracting Basics. This webinar is designed for 7j eligible firms. This webinar will allow participants to define common terms used in government contracting; identify the steps in the acquisition process; identify the most commonly used contract types and more.

Tuesday, Mar. 3, 1 PM.  Marketing to the Government Buyer. This webinar is designed for 7j eligible firms. This webinar will allow participants to identify marketing tools and opportunities; recognize various marketing concepts; develop a Capabilities Summary and Marketing Plan and more.

Wednesday, Mar. 4, 9 AM. Process Improvement for Small Business. How do you improve the work processes in your office or small business? This class focuses on applying “Lean” process improvement to add efficiencies to your business and improve your bottom line potential. Learn ideas about making your work processes flow better, faster, cheaper.

Wednesday, Mar. 4, 1 PM.  Using E-Commerce to Generate Federal Business Opportunities. This webinar is designed for 7j eligible firms. This webinar will allow participants to use E-Commerce; explain the requirements and process for selling to the federal government; determine whether the government purchases your good or service and more.

Thursday, Mar. 5, 1 PM. Capture Management. This webinar is designed for 7j eligible firms. This webinar will allow participants to provide a definition and practical steps in the Capture Management process; explain methodologies to identify business opportunities for small business and more.

NEXT WEEK: Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2 PM.  Protect Your Business: “Preparing for Severe Spring Weather” . April through June is the peak time for tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Southeast, Midwest, the Gulf States and the South Central region are particularly vulnerable to these dangerous windstorms. Now is a good time to make a plan to protect your clients, customers and your business for the threats caused by spring storms and floods. This free webinar will discuss the best practices for mitigating spring weather risks. These preparedness tips are based on real-life recovery experiences from business owners.

Most webinars are scheduled for one hour. Participants can ask questions about the information. Log-in and connection information can be accessed by clicking on course titles. Registration is encouraged so instructors can provided last minute log-in instructions or other change information if needed.

"In Person" Events

Friday, Feb. 27, Delray Beach, 7:30 AM.  Money Conference for Women In Business. This conference will motivate and empower women to manage resources to achieve financial goals. The agenda includes a luncheon keynote speaker, and 12 breakout sessions.

Friday, Feb. 27, North Miami, NOON.  Stronger North Miami Business Initiative Luncheon.  Join SBA at this meeting to learn about the city's downtown revitalization efforts and get connected with SBA resources for small businesses.

Saturday, Feb. 28, For Myers, 9 AM.  Improve Your Small Business Financials . Learn how to set up your financials in a logical manner from to improve your small business profitability. This is a not a course in bookkeeping but rather deals with the importance of income statements as a tool for the business owner to analyze information and to make critical business decisions.

Tuesday, Mar. 3, Fort Pierce, 10 AM.  Sales Training for Small Business. Learn to grow your revenue, one customer at a time; increase your average sale; help an irate customer, and create a better experience for your customer.  This class is taught by a business professional. Most of the sales knowledge passed on in this class applies regardless of your products or services.

Wednesday, Mar. 4, Tampa, 9 AM. B.Y.O.B. - Be Your Own Boss. Downsized? Laid Off? Unemployed? Dreaming about starting a business? Ready to be your own boss? Then join us for “mocktails” as we discuss mindset of an entrepreneur; the attributes of an entrepreneur; and getting started!

Wednesday, Mar. 4, Miami, 10 AM.  Emerging Leaders Open House. Are you ready to bring your business to the next level? Attend our open house to learn more about SBA's Emerging Leaders program that begins in downtown Miami in April. This open house will discuss the program, the time commitment involved and requirements for small business owners to qualify.

Wednesday, Mar. 4, Miami, 2 PM. Small Business Summit. This interactive summit will focus on helping local businesses learn how to successfully market their business online. Key areas for discussion include what are the elements of a great website; how do I increase traffic to my website and to my business and more!

Thursday, Mar. 5, Fort Pierce, 6 PM. Introduction to Government Contracting. This presentation will help you understand the government procurement process and determine if your business is ready to pursue these opportunities. This is open to any small business or entrepreneur interested in learning more about bidding on a government project or providing products/services to the government.

Thursday, Mar. 5, Miami, 6 PM. Owning and Operating a Franchise in Miami. Starting a business? Is franchising right for you? LEARN THE FACTS! Reality and myths about franchising trends; how the franchise business model works and what it takes to become a successful franchise owner.

Thursday, Mar. 5, Tampa, 6 PM. I.R.S. (It's Really Simple). Preparing for individual and business taxes It’s Really Simple, if you are prepared. This workshop will show you how to enjoy a stress-free tax season this year by learning: what’s new for 2014 and more.

Some "In Person" events may charge a fee. Please click on link for more details and any costs. 

Continue to check back periodically for new workshops and networking dates and registration. The Southwest Florida Chapter holds workshops throughout the year.   Specific invitations and registration will be available a few weeks before the date of each event.

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