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Mat-Su Small Business Development Center Workshops for 2012


Alaska SBDC -
Mat-Su Region
New Workshops!!!
Jan-Mar 2012
10 brand new classes, pass it on & don't miss out!
New Workshops - To view our full list of classes, click HERE.   Green titles are links.

The Myth of Grants for Businesses  $20.00

Presenter - Bea Adler

Have you been tempted by the promise of lucrative free grants to support your business? They're all over the Internet, and they're all false. Learn the facts about where grants come from, grant eligibility, and why for-profit businesses do not qualify for most funding. Learn about the few legitimate funding opportunities that exist.    


What Women Want:(Various Topics of Interest to Women In Business)  $10.00  

The 2nd Friday of each month we will give women in business what they want... business information & networking opportunities. Topics change monthly, this month Ina Mueller with Lakeshore Entertaining & Event Management and Diamond Airport Parking will lead a discussion to help you learn how to make the most of your networking opportunities in "Networking". What is the best way to approach a new contact? When and how do you sum up your business in a concise, provocative way? What is the best way to keep in touch with the contacts you make? How do you get referrals and "open doors" from those contacts?  

In February learn the hot industries and products as well as generational spending habits and trends. Julie Nolen, Director of the Mat-Su SBDC will present "Hot Biz Trends for 2012".  

In March Linda Myers-Steele will present on "Professionalism".  What is it really? Why is it important? Or is it?     


Attorney Andrew Mitton:(Various Business Related Legal Topics)  $20.00  

Presenter-Andrew Mitton, Esq., Vellum LLC

On the 3rd Wednesday of each month spend an hour and a half with a lawyer that specializes in Small Alaskan Businesses. This month learn "Strategies for Tenants of Commercial Leases". Your lease is one of your biggest expenses and long-term obligations. You want to make sure you negotiate it well. Learn how to negotiate smart leases, minimize leasing costs, and improve your bottom line.  

In February he will present "Employees". You need employees to grow, but employees present many risks. Learn how to draft offer letters, create an employee handbook, and manage the risks that come with employees. Vellum, LLC is an Alaska law firm providing services to small businesses and their owners. 

March's topic will be "LLC's". Forming an LLC is probably the least expensive insurance you can buy to protect your assets. Learn how LLCs work, the factors to look at in deciding whether you need an LLC, and how to maintain and manage your LLC. Vellum, LLC is an Alaska law firm providing services to small businesses and their owners. Vellum, LLC is an Alaska law firm providing services to small businesses and their owners.   


5 C's of Credit  $20.00

Presenter - Amanda Clayton, Key Bank

This workshop will cover what a lender will be evaluating on a credit application and what each term means in general. The presenter will explain some "hiccups" that come up and how they are viewed by lenders and what can be done to fix them. A simple cash flow analysis sample will show how lenders determine capacity. The workshop goal is for each participant to know how to assess their own credit risk and therefore how to approach a lender.   


Google Apps in the Cloud for Small Business  $25.00

Presenter - Joe Schaafsma, MacHaus

Learn how to use the power and cost effective Google Apps with cloud computing to enhance your small business tools. We'll explain what cloud computing is, and the advantages of using Google's services to boost efficiency, lower costs, and remove the headache of extra upkeep and maintenance. Topics will include services like email, chatting, documents, shared calendars and much more. Simple and useful tools on the surface, but pair these tools with the cost effective and maintenance free power of Google Apps, and you've got a combination that can't lose.   


How to Keep Your Business Thriving When...  $20.00

Presenter - Bea Adler, Mat-Su Department of Emergency Services

Your key employee is out for a long time, the flu hits your staff, the pipes freeze or the toilets flood, we lose power, or harsh weather cause closures. More than half of all businesses that close due to unforeseen hardships never re-open. Every business should have a plan for coping with emergencies of all kinds, from something affecting only your business to a community-wide disaster. Learn how to plan for the survivability of your business, no matter what!


Scams & Your Small Business: What to Look Out For  Free

Presenter - Cindy Drinkwater, Consumer Protection Unit of the Attorney General's Office

Did you know that small businesses are frequently targeted by con artists? Small business owners in Alaska have recently reported scams involving telephone relay fraud, yellow pages and directory advertising, computer security scams, and phony business grants. Learn how to recognize and defend against small business fraud. We will also discuss other types of unfair trade practices, the role of the Consumer Protection Unit of the Attorney General's Office, and how the Alaska Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act may be a useful tool for your small business.

Sexual Harassment: What It Is & What It Isn't  Free

Presenter - Paula Haley, State of Alaska Human Rights Commission

What you need to know to protect your employees from sexual harassment and your business from complaints. This training will provide an understanding of sexual harassment, with the main focus on prevention and solutions. The training will benefit employers, human resource directors, personnel managers, and all staff.

Zoning What?  Free

Presenters - Lauren Kruer, Chief of Planning, Mat-Su Borough
                       Tina Crawford, City Planner, City of Wasilla
                       Ron Anderson, Planning & Code Compliance Tech, City of Palmer

How do I apply for a permit and push it through quickly? Do you want to know the best short cuts to getting your permits? Almost every business needs a permit; find the answers before you put the money into a project. All three Planning and Zoning Departments, The Mat-Su Borough, City of Palmer and City of Wasilla, will be here to help you!

Microsoft® Excel 2007 to Enhance Your Business  $80.00

Presenter-Linda Myers-Steele

Learn techniques of Microsoft® Excel to create efficiency and improve record keeping. If you own Excel 2007, but have not mastered the program successfully, this is the class for you. This is a hands-off, instructor presented visual, class. If you are presently using Microsoft® Excel 2003 and have not upgraded to 2007, you will benefit from this class. Learn details of the menu, sorting, formulas, charting, and more.
   You can also call (907) 373-7232 for information and to pre-register for classes.
Space is limited so please pre-register.
Unless otherwise noted all seminars are held at the Alaska SBDC office in Wasilla. 
Schedule is subject to change.  Children and pets are not permitted in SBDC Classes.  
Please read the SBDC registration policies at the bottom of each class link listed above or visit aksbdc.org  for more information.
Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration


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