There are always a lot of things going on for small businesses to take note of.  Starting with a Google On Air workshop and a Virtual Job and Apprentice Fair, and ending with our Level Two Small Business Book Club, let’s send your September out with a Bang!

Also, you do not want to miss this new Small Business Grant opportunity from our friends at LISC:

Beginning today, 9/28, LISC has a small business relief grant open to rural areas nationwide or communities with fewer than 50,000 people. Our local LISC office primarily focuses on Indianapolis so our statewide economic development/small business partnerships are limited. We know many of you have LEDO, SBDC and other contacts that touch small businesses in rural areas in Indiana. If you feel this opportunity is relevant.  You can view a map of eligible areas on this site if you are unsure of the size of a particular city or town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hendricks County Virtual Apprenticeship and Trades Fair

Monday September 28th – October 2nd

  1. Check out “Explore Industries” to search vendors by sector.
  2. If you are not sure what you are looking for, start with Resources!
  3. Make sure to sign up for live chats ahead of time.
  4. Don’t forget to fill out the survey for a chance to win!

 

Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps – Part 1

Monday September 28th at 3:00 pm

Showing up when customers are searching online is more important than ever. Ensure customers can find accurate, updated information about your local business on Google Search and Google Maps, no matter which device they use. Part 1 will teach you how to create and manage a Google business profile from start to finish.

Products: Google Search, Google Maps, Google My Business
Difficulty Level: Introductory

Tuesday September 29th at 1:00 pm

When we don’t feel rested and energized, it directly impacts our life and our business. If you want to ramp up your impact today, it starts by getting sleep.

The World Health Organization has declared sleep loss as an epidemic across all industrialized nations with staggering statistics.

Join this life-altering presentation with Success Coach and Speaker Holly Jean Jackson, and walk away with:

  • Sleep facts & a clear understanding of why sleep is crucial to you and your business
  • The 3 biggest sleep challenges
  • Concrete strategies to boost your sleep & double your business impact

If you find yourself feeling exhausted all of the time and lacking the energy you need to build your dream life and business, this is the webinar for you.

Tech Hire Sponsored by TechPoint

Tuesday September 29th at 3:30 pm

Indy Women in Tech is hosting EMPOWERIndy @Home. The series of virtual events are designed to develop and engage the STEM community of Indiana during the time of COVID-19. Our goals are to introduce engaging topics to the Indy tech community by partnering with local organizations who want to share their playbook for success and teach others how to make the tech workforce more inclusive.

Tech Hire, Sponsored by TechPoint, is our kick-off event for the series. We will discuss various pathways and programs that help transform tech into an inclusive workforce in Indiana. Our goal is to highlight what is needed to enter the tech workforce, resources available to those in need, and how can we increase the number of underrepresented tech professionals to the growing workforce.

Starting a Business During a Pandemic WEBINAR (SBA)

Tuesday September 29th at 5:00 pm

Have you been thinking of starting a business but don’t know where to begin? Want to be your own boss but not sure how to do it? Then this workshop is just what you need! Learn 10 basic steps to follow; what resources are available; important tips on starting a business; and the reality about grants. Instructions for joining this Microsoft Teams meeting will be given at time of registration.

Selling In A Pandemic Workshop Series (ISBDC)

Wednesday September 30th at 12:00 pm

The workshops listed will be hosted via Zoom and you can pick which ones you would like to attend. All business to consumer sales workshops are from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm and all business to business sales workshops are from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. There are limited seats available and if all the seats are filled for a workshop that you are interested in attending, you will be put on a waitlist. More information about each workshop below!

September 30th – Starting the Sales Relationship in a Pandemic

This workshop will discuss what is or isn’t working when it comes to identifying, qualifying, and capturing new clients during the pandemic.

Wednesday September 30th at 3:00 pm

Showing up when customers are searching online is more important than ever. Ensure customers can find accurate, updated information about your local business on Google Search and Google Maps, no matter which device they use. Part 2 will show you how to optimize an existing Google business profile with features to help you stand out online.

Products: Google Search, Google Maps, Google My Business
Difficulty Level: Introductory

 

Funding Options for Small Business WEBINAR

Wednesday September 30th at 5:00 pm

Learn about SBA’s guaranty loan programs, disaster loans, expert help available and how to finance your business idea at this informative webinar! Topics include: how to finance your business; what SBA Disaster Loans cover; where microloans are available; what to take to your lender; and how the mentors and counselors can help.

20 Cyber Topics in 20 Weeks Series

Thursday October 1st at 11:00 am

Under the leadership of the Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Purdue MEP and many Indiana cybersecurity providers have developed a series of essential cybersecurity topics. 20 cybersecurity topics in 20 weeks is an effort to provide Indiana businesses with the training needed to achieve CMMC Level 1/basic small business information security and to improve the Indiana DIB’s cyber-health. In addition to live webinars, all of the presentations will be recorded to create a library of cyber information that clients can view when they do have the time to focus on cyber health and defense acquisition regulation compliance.

Keep your Business FINANCIALS Well, in the age of COVID! (ISBDC)

Thursday October 1st at 1:00 pm

An overview explaining how small businesses position their firms to successfully win Federal contracts.  A proposal development methodology consisting of collecting effective marketing intel and applying small business regulations, using knowledge-based decisions for creating winning proposal themes and compliant/compelling proposals. Coaching and training on how to prepare, support and negotiate a FAIR and REASONABLE Federal bid (Cost Proposal).  Learn how contractor’s cost accounting system is a major source of data used in preparing for proposal for a negotiated contract and in accumulating costs during contract performance. This webinar is brought to you by Ruffin Consulting, an SBA 8(a) Graduate and Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) contracted by the U.S. Small Business Administration to bring contracting training to small businesses.

 

 

 

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