There are always a lot of things going on for small businesses to take note of.  Starting with a Google On Air workshop, not to mention a Happy Hour in partnership with the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce and ending with the Level Two Small Business Book Club, this is a great week in October!

But first, you will want to check out this grant opportunity from the state of Indiana.  The Small Business Restart Grant program has been extended and the eligibility has been expanded.   Here are details:

Grants will be issued up to $10,000 per company and will be issued in the order in which applications are received until funding is exhausted.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Business must be registered to operate in Indiana
  • Business must have had less than 50 employees at of 12/31/2019
  • Business must have had less than $5 million in revenue in 2019
  • Business must have been profitable in 2019
  • Businesses must demonstrate a monthly revenue loss of at least 40% compared to pre-COVID-19 revenues
  • Must be in good standing with the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) or have a DOR-approved payment plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boost Your Entrepreneurship Skills with Women Will – Part 2

Tuesday October 6th at 3:00 pm

Women Will is a Grow with Google program that focuses on economic empowerment for women across the world. In this two-part workshop tailored to aspiring women entrepreneurs, you will learn how to plan, launch and grow your business. In Part 2 we will discuss how to seek finances, boost sales, and improve your negotiation strategies. Plus, learn how to turn objections and criticisms into powerful tools to improve your business.

Note: This workshop is tailored to those who identify as women, and is open to all. To get the most from the workshop, it is recommended to attend both parts. Sign-up to watch Part 1 here.
Difficulty Level: Introductory

Wednesday October 7th at 12:00 pm
With the new normal of social distancing in place, people are online now more than ever. How do you leverage more traffic to social networks, more orders online, and thousands of hours of video being watched on the internet every day?

Business Ownership 101 – Indy Chamber

Wednesday October 7th at 1:00 pm

The Business Ownership 101 workshop conducted in partnership with SOURCE Entrepreneurship Center, Inc outlines four critical stages of business development. It will help shape your business idea, share a variety of resources in each stage, and create next steps needed to launch and/or grow. The workshop will also give you time to ask questions and learn from others who are looking to launch a business. This is the first step on your path to becoming a successful business owner!

Selling In A Pandemic Workshop Series (ISBDC)

Wednesday October 7th at 6:00 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!

 

How to Explain Your Products and Services with Infographics – SCORE

Thursday October 8th at 1:00 pm

How well you communicate information about your products and services can make or break your potential sales with customers. In today’s noisy world of information overload and short attention spans, infographics are a quick and easy way to explain the details about your products and services engagingly.

This webinar, presented by product expert Dinah Ramirez with Easelly, will provide you with basic formats and strategies for tackling an infographic’s writing and development so that your customers can learn what they need to know and move forward with a purchase.

You’ll learn:

  • What an infographic is and the benefits of using them to explain your products and services
  • How other companies and businesses use infographics to explain their products and services – from simple to complex
  • How to write, organize, and streamline content for an infographic
  • Ways to get your infographic designed 

20 Cyber Topics in 20 Weeks Series

Thursday October 8th 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.

Happy Hour at Brew Link Brewing

Thursday October 8th at 4:30 pm

Join Level Two and the Plainfield Chamber and some of our friends for a gathering at Brew Link for some fellowship and fun outside on the west side of town!
Friday October 9th at 12:00
Join us for gBETA Indy’s Lunch & Learn, Friday, October 9, 12pm!

Legal-101 for Startups
There are some common legal mistakes new startups make, but you don’t need a law degree to avoid them. You just need to come to this Lunch & Learn to make sure you set your company up for success from day one!

Speaker: Travis Stegemoller, Attorney, Director of Entrepreneurial Services at Barnes & Thornburg LLP

What you will learn:
–Structuring your company for the type of financing you are pursuing
–Protecting the intellectual property of the company
–Vesting founder and employee equity to incentivize future contributions

Next Week:

Small Business Roundtable – Plainfield Chamber of Commerce

October 13th at 8:30 am at Level Two Inc

The Small Business Roundtable is an opportunity for business owners to find solutions to their common business pain points. Additionally,
· Learn from each other.
· Participate in an informal group discussion.
· Discuss monthly topics important to small business.
· Connect with other chamber members.
· Share your expertise and discuss your business challenges.

 

Sell Online This Holiday Season with E-Commerce Tools

October 14th at 12:00 at Level Two Inc

As a Grow with Google Partner, Level Two Coworking would like to invite you to tune in to a special livestream for small businesses: Sell Online This Holiday Season with E-Commerce Tools.

Learning objective:

Learn how to sell online to customers as they kick off their holiday shopping this season. We’ll walk through the benefits of setting up an online store with Shopify and how to list your products on Google so that you can sell from anywhere. Plus, learn about more helpful tools to stand out online, such as Local Opportunity Finder and Grow My Store.

The Big Week for Small Business – US Chamber of Commerce and Inc.com

October 13th – 15th

Join us October 13-15, 2020 for The Big Week for Small Business, three days of audience-driven discussions, powerful advice, unique networking moments, engaging breakout sessions, and practical strategies from business owners like you. Share your successes and challenges with your peers and gain the skills and perspective you need to come out on the other side stronger than ever.

Photo by J. Kelly Brito on Unsplash

 

 

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