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Our Workshops -- Next Up!

ABCs of Starting and Growing Your Business | February 19 | 9am-12pm | Presenter: Vic Berniklau | Location: Kaplan Real Estate Education |  If you're thinking about starting or growing a small business, boost your chances of success before spending any of your hard-earned money!  How can I come up with a good business idea? Will it be embraced by the marketplace? Will it be profitable? How can I expand my existing business with an assurance of success?  In this "one-stop shop" SCORE workshop, presenter Vic Berniklau will teach you everything you need to know to start your business and avoid the common pitfalls that take down 80% of startup businesses within the first five years.  As SCORE mentor, Vic has helped hundreds of local business owners start and grow their businesses. He is a popular SCORE workshop presenter, Business Owners Council facilitator, and really knows the local small business scene.  Vic Berniklau retired as a Senior Executive from the US Dept. of Energy.  With his wife and son, he started two tech-based businesses achieving a level of $2M in annual revenue and 30 employees before turning the businesses over to his son who continues their growth. For the past 10 years, Vic has been a Certified Mentor with SCORE. Learn more & register here.

Secrets of Selling Online | March 18 | 9am-12pm | Presenter:  Andrés Gallegos | Location:  Kaplan Real Estate Education | The way consumers shop and navigate online is changing constantly, and so are the management tools and strategies. Business to Consumer (B2C) strategies, platforms and software are the heavy lifting required for success in the marketplace.  Your product or service is the easy part -- not the other way around!  This boot camp will help prepare you to execute the B2C strategies that make sense for your brand Andrés Gallegos is President and CEO of Z-CoiL® Footwear. He and his father started the Albuquerque company in 1995, grew it to 500 stores and distributors by 2005. He directed the company from initial patents to a nationwide franchise plan and over 65 employees at the headquarters. Then Andrés lead the company through the retail downturn to online sales, which are now 75% of the company’s revenue. He was named NM SBA Small Business Man of the Year 2006. Learn more & register here.

Doing Business in a Gig Economy | April 22 | 9am-12pm | Presenters: Panel including JoHanna Cox & Kent Paul | Location: Kaplan Real Estate Education | Do you provide personal or business services to a variety of companies or individuals? If so, you are part of a growing sector called the Gig Economy.  This includes traditional service suppliers like solo practitioner lawyers, bookkeepers, accountants, barbers, and therapists.  It also includes new service providers like ride-hailers, restaurant food deliverers, dog walkers, and short-stay accomoodations providers. Our panelists will cover major issues faced by gig workers as well as  the skills, practices, and habits that will make you more successful -- whatever your gig!  Learn more & register here.

Accounting Solutions from a QuickBooks Queen | May 20 | 9am-12pm | Presenter: Sheryl Brown | Location: Kaplan Real Estate Education | Drop your bank reconciliation time to possibly seconds. Track by product line, address or funding source. Create customized reports, not canned reports included in the software. Learn these and other tips and tricks in QuickBooks Desktop that will simplify your bookkeeping and help manage your finances like a pro!  Sheryl Brown is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New Mexico and President of Taking Care of Business, LLC.  Ms. Brown has extensive business consulting experience and also assists her clients with tax planning and preparation services. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico (received a Certificate of Merit from the Small Business Institute) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.  She is also a certified SCORE mentor. Learn more & register here.

Fund Your Business in Six Steps | July 22 | 9am-12pm | Presenter: Stephanie Skaggs | Location: Kaplan Real Estate Education | Plenty of business funding options are available -- as long as you take the right steps!  Whether you are starting a business or getting ready to expand, you may find yourself in a situation where you need business funding. The old days of going to your local bank and getting a signature loan may be over, but there are still plenty of funding options available -- as long as you take the right steps!  Stephanie Skaggs has spent over 20 years as an entrepreneur, health and safety professional, business consultant, financing specialist, and real estate investor. She has started and operated 12 companies either by herself or with partners. Stephanie was the president of Asset Financing Group, Inc., which specialized in small business financing and commercial mortgages. Her expertise focuses on creative funding strategies for small businesses and real estate. Stephanie is also a certified SCORE mentor.  Learn more & register here.

Workshops -- More Info & Live Registration Coming Soon!

Build Your Website for Results You Want | June 24 | 9am-12pm | Presenters: Walter Paul & Pete Mikelson | Location: Kaplan Real Estate Education | A good website is an essential small business marketing tool. It should grab visitors' attention, pull them in, and motivate them to take the actions you want. How can you do this with little or no technical or marketing experience? Join us to build a professional website that gets results.

Grow Your Business Using Social Media | August 19, 9am-12pm | Presenter: Kristelle Siarza | Location: Kaplan Real Estate Education | Are you getting the social media results you want for your small business?  If not, you're probably spending far more time and effort than necessary. Learn how to be much more effective through time management and advertising practices used by social media professionals.

Top 10 Legal Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Business | September 23 | 9am-12pm | Presenter: Larry Donahue | Location: Kaplan Real Estate Education | Legal issues are often put on the back burner. Failing to do some basic legal planning can result in costly mistakes, impaired growth and even the untimely collapse of the company. Learn about protecting corporate shield and personal assets, key employee issues, copyrights, contract basics, reducing the risk of litigation, and more!

Expert Tips to Buying and Selling a Business | October 21 | 9am-12pm | Presenter: Tommy Thompson | Location: Kaplan Real Estate Education

Legal Aspects of Hiring and Firing Employees | November 18 | 9am-12pm | Location: Kaplan Real Estate Education

Our Sessions -- Next Up!

First Session -- Twice per month

See dates below.  Held twice per month from 12-1:30pm at Office Alternatives (Lang Ave.).

First Session is an orientation to a business owner's lifelong learning journey. It is a valuable first step for small business owners and entrepreneurs, especially before meeting with one of our mentors. You will learn about SCORE and all our small business resources and services.  We will help you clarify why you are in or going into business, the nature of your capital and the role of your business plan.  Accounting and marketing concepts and their relationship are discussed. Held twice per month.  The session is free, but please register. Registration is now open for these dates: 2/19, 3/2, 3/18, 4/2, 4/15

Ask the Expert on Business Startups -- Monthly (Jan.-Nov.)

See dates below.  Held every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 12-1pm at Office Alternatives (Lang Ave.).

Has your business generated revenue for less than a year? If so, you're probably a startup! From idea stage to business success, get the feedback you need in this interactive Q&A style session, facilitated by Vic Berniklau and Pete Mikelson.  Held every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 12-1pm. Free. Attend as often as you like, but please register. Registration is now open for these dates:  3/10, 4/14

Ask the Expert on Marketing -- Monthly (Jan.-Nov.)

See dates below. Held every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12-1pm at Office Alternatives (Lang Ave.).

Are you having challenges getting -- and keeping -- customers? If so, bring your marketing questions to this interactive Q&A style session, facilitated by local marketing experts DJ Heckes or Diane Villegas. Held every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12-1pm. Free. Attend as often as you like, but please register. Registration is now open for these dates:  2/18, 3/17, 4/21

Ask the Expert on Business Funding -- Monthly (Jan.-Nov.)

See dates below. Held every 4th Tuesday of the month from 12-1pm at Office Alternatives (Lang Ave.).

Is access to capital holding you back from growing your small business? Get the expert answers you need in this interactive Q&A style session, facilitated by local funding and alternative financing experts Stephanie Skaggs and Jim Byrd, plus guests including Kent Paul, Shelley Brown, and Jim Scott.  Held every 4th Tuesday of the month from 12-1pm. Free. Attend as often as you like, but please register. Registration is now open for these dates:  2/25, 3/24, 4/28

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