Small Business Basics—January 20, 2017
This class will cover the essential building blocks necessary for businesses to start, grow and prosper. The workshop is carefully designed to provide a complete overview of the many aspects a new entrepreneur will face when starting a business and provide a framework for how to undertake what may appear to be daunting tasks.
Exporting—January 27, 2017
Working From Home and The Home Office Deduction: Knowing The Tax Rules and Keeping Your Sanity—February 3, 2017
Presented by Lisa Bargsley, CPA, MBA
Working from home can reduce your tax liability but is it the best decision for you and your family? Not renting an office can save a lot of money, but can you stay focused on doing your work that pays the bills or will you become distracted by things like household chores, kids home from school, or neighbors dropping by? In this workshop, we will discuss the pros and cons of working from home including the physical boundaries for your home office tax deduction and the emotional boundaries to keep your sanity.
Second class added from 3 to 5 p.m.
Franchising Opportunities—February 10, 2017
Come and learn about the pitfalls and successes of owning a franchise. Cost of entry, funding options, pros and cons to different types of franchises and how to do proper research will also be discussed. This presentation is hosted by FranNet. FranNet has 13 years of experience in helping individuals with franchise ownership in Central Texas.
ReferenceUSA Lunch and Learn—February 14, 2017
Learn how ReferenceUSA, available at the Library, enables you to research many aspects of business and entrepreneurship including market segmentation and research, historic sales data, legal forms, and demographic information to help you identify potential customers.
Strategic Planning for Small Business—February 17, 2017
In this workshop you will be introduced to an easy-to-use, highly-effective process and tool to analyze your business’ greatest strengths, prioritize and strategize your greatest opportunities, shore up your organization’s weaknesses, and effectively prepare for and mitigate against an economic downturn, government regulations, and aggressive competition. This is much more than an informational class. In it, you will begin to develop a strategic marketing plan and implementation timetable for your company.
Contracting Panel Discussion—February 24, 2017
INFORMATION IS POWER! With this knowledge, you are much better positioned to grow your business and increase your revenue through federal contracts. This contracting panel for existing small business that are looking to successfully navigate the federal contracting industry and win federal contracts by knowing the rules and understanding the strategies.
Labor Laws and Compliance—March 3, 2017
The forum is an excellent opportunity to learn how to comply with federal labor laws.
Cybersecurity: Learning about Security, Protection and Growth for Businesses—March 10, 2017
Dr. Evelyn D. Robertson will highlight her mission to solve the cyber-fraud challenges business owners’ face by creating for them customized solutions to overcome fraud and fuel their growth.
Blogging and Copyright Laws—March 17, 2017
Lending Panel Discussion—March 24, 2017
This event will offer you a chance to learn about various lending products and provide you an opportunity to ask questions related to your capital needs.