• It's Fall Y'all! Updates from Florida SBDC at UWF

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    October 04, 2021
    Find Us at One of Our Outreach Locations! 
    Business with Brea Every Thursday @ Chipola College
    Florida SBDC at UWF business consultant, Brea Webb, will be at the Chipola College outreach location every Thursday from 9:30am-3:00pm. She is available for no-cost consulting with no appointment necessary!
    Building Z Room 216
    A Change in New Hire Reporting
    "Beginning October 1, 2021, Florida businesses will be required to report new hire information for independent contractors to the Florida Child Support Program. To learn more about the requirements, read section 409.2576, F.S.
    The Child Support Program provides a variety of ways to report, including online and by mail or fax.
    Note: The online reporting system, Services for Employers website, will be unavailable October 2, 2021 to make changes for reporting independent contractors. This system will be available on October 3, 2021."
    Additional Resources: 
    Due to the Passage of Amendment 2, Florida's Minimum Wage Increased September 30, 2021. 
    "In November 2020, Florida voters approved changes to the state’s minimum wage, which will gradually increase from the current $8.65 an hour to $15 an hour by September 2026. The first increase will take place September 30, 2021, with the remainder occurring annually until September 2026.
    On September 30, the minimum hourly wage in Florida was raised to $10.00. The minimum hourly cash wage rate for eligible tipped employees will be $6.98."
    If you need assistance preparing for this change or the future minimum wage requirements, contact your Florida SBDC at UWF business consultant! You can also email us at sbdc@uwf.edu
    Client Spotlight: Nonie's Ark, Animal Encounters 
    Read more about Nonie's Ark: 
    "Have you ever heard of an “edutainer”? That’s what I am, an Educator and an Entertainer.
    If you love animals and like to be up close and personal with them, then this is the party for you! Even if it’s not your birthday. I can bring my animals to you wherever you are, whoever you are, any age.
    My programs are fun, educational, and hands-on animal encounters using rescued small exotic pets. A zoo type interactive show with live animals at your home or other location where animals are permitted." - Nonie Celeste, Owner
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    Upcoming Training Events
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    Bookkeeping & Accounting Basics: Part 1 - Oct 5
    Time: 10:00am to 11:00pm
    Location: Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce - Conference Room 4th Floor
    Topic: Business Accounting and Budget 
    Does the thought of bookkeeping and accounting duties for your business give you chills? During this session, get valuable information about the basics. Topics such as journal entries, balance sheets, assets, liabilities and owner’s equity plus depreciation will be discussed. This is part 1 of a 2-part presentation. You can attend just one or both; we suggest both sessions to give you the most comprehensive view of this topic.
    Speaker(s): Kyle Polhlopek, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF
    Registration ends 24 hours prior to workshop.
    Fee: $ 25.00
    Starting a Business Workshop - Oct 5
    Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location: Florida SBDC at UWF/Emerald Coast Campus Bldg 1, Rm 126
    Topic: Start-up Assistance
    In this workshop, we will take an in-depth view of your business concept and discuss the steps to a successful start: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money at it? Are you the right person to bring this to market? Is this business compatible with your personal goals? What rules, laws and licensing apply to your business? We will discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies, legal business structures, taxation and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture.
    Speaker(s): Diana Jernigan, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF/FWB
    Please arrive early to park and sign in.
    Fee: $ 50.00
    Next Level Business Writing - Oct 7
    Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
    Location: Destin Chamber of Commerce, Suite A 
    Topic: Business Basics
    Take your business writing to new heights in this midday workshop which covers the theory and practice of better business communication. Learn the strategies for effective messages, including positive, negative and persuasive messages, and how to incorporate these strategies into letters, memos and emails. In addition to theory, the workshop shares best practices for writing concisely at the sentence level. Improve your professional success, and your company’s reputation and economic impact by learning to compose concise, emphatic business messages. Bring a lunch and join us at the Destin Chamber of Commerce.
    Speaker(s): Diana Jernigan, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF/FWB
    Co-Sponsor(s): Destin Chamber of Commerce
    Fee: $ 20.00
    Bookkeeping & Accounting Basics: Part 2 - Oct 12
    Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
    Location: Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Conference Room - 4th Floor
    Topic: Business Accounting and Budget 
    Are income statements or payroll taxes stumbling blocks to managing your business? If you need answers to these important topics, join us for a live, online webinar entitled Bookkeeping & Accounting Basics: Part 2. During this session, learn about income statements and how the income statement relates to the balance sheet. The discussion will also include information about sales and expenses and how to do payroll and payroll taxes. If you did not get to attend the first part, no problem; Part 2 has valuable information on even more aspects of this topic.
    Speaker(s): Kyle Polhlopek, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF
    Registration ends 24 hours before workshop.
    Fee: $ 25.00
    Payment online only by debit/credit card. No refunds without a 48 hour notice. No walk-ins. Employees or Students of UWF may attend for no charge by calling 474-2528 to sign up.
    Starting a Business Workshop - Oct 12
    Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location: Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce
    Topic: Start-Up Assistance
    Have an idea for a business, but not sure where to start? In this workshop, we will talk about business concepts and find answers to many of your questions: Is there a need for your product or service? Can you make money with your business idea? Is this business compatible with your goals? What rules, laws and licenses apply to your business? Attendees will learn legal business structures, best management practices, funding options, basic marketing strategies. We will also talk about how to write a business plan and the importance of financial statements. After attending, you will be assigned a Florida SBDC Business Consultant to get assistance (at no cost to you) in moving through the stages of your business venture.
    Speaker(s): Christa Wilson, Assistant Director, Florida SBDC at UWF
    Please arrive early to sign in and receive your packet.
    Fee: $ 50.00
    Make Your Website Work for You - Oct 14
    Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
    Location: Online
    Topic: Marketing & Sales
    In this presentation, attendees will discover how to create a search-friendly website that drives user action and supports their goals. Whether launching a new website or sprucing up an old one, this workshop will help.
    Speaker(s): Matt Weber, President and CEO of ROAR! Internet Marketing and a National Google Supported Trainer
    Link to the Zoom session will be provided to the registrants 24 hours prior to the webinar.
    Fee: No Cost
    Request No-Cost Consulting 
    The Florida SBDC at UWF is available to assist small businesses that need assistance from a variety of consulting topics. To learn more about our services, please visit our website and click on the "Services" tab. While on our website you will also be able to request no-cost consulting. sbdc.uwf.edu.
    The Florida SBDC Network is state designated as Florida’s Principal Provider of Business Assistance [§ 288.001, Fla. Stat.] and recognized as Florida’s “premier source” for business assistance.
    The Florida SBDC at the University of West Florida is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America’s SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network’s headquarters. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency."
    Kelly Massey, Executive Director
    kmassey@UWF.edu, (850) 474-2528