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  • Small Business Updates from the SBDC at UWF

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    September 01, 2020
    Small Business Updates from the SBDC at UWF
    More Local Grants Coming Soon!
    The Florida SBDC at UWF and local partners are finalizing grant programs to assist local small business owners dealing with the affects of the pandemic. Details have yet to be announced, but follow our Facebook page linked here for announcements and updates coming soon.
    Buying or Selling a Business?
    Business consultants Adam McCloskey and Ayesha Haider are both accredited as a Business Certified Appraiser (BCA), and available to help you at no-cost whether you are planning or in the processing of buying/selling a business. Some of the areas they can assist you include:
    • a professional business valuation
    • understanding what is for sale
    • identifying risks to a purchase
    • developing succession plans
    • negotiating a buy/sell agreement
    • identifying strategies that increase value for a future sale
    • developing a transition plan
    Those interested in any of the services listed above should request consulting from this link and include "buying/selling a business", in the description of requested assistance.
    Did You Know?
    According to a recent Zapier survey, about 44% of small business owners say changes they've made since the pandemic are here to stay. These changes include using using technology differently, changing operations, and finding new ways to deliver products and services.
    Other relevant stats from the survey include 13% of businesses surveyed have used more technology than they did prior to COVID-19. Unsurprising, "maintaining revenue" was the number one concern of the business owners polled at 24%.
    Upcoming Webinars At No-Cost
    Starting a Business During or After a Crisis
    REALITY CHECK! You want to start a business. Is your idea a good one? With the
    craziness of 2020, is it even a good time to consider starting a new business?
    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to assess the feasibility of your
    business idea. We’ll identify and explain the eight good reasons to start a business
    in or after a crisis or recession. This workshop will help you determine if your
    business idea matches any of the eight reasons. You’ll also discover the top 10 reasons
    WHY businesses fail. You’ll learn why a business plan is important and the easiest
    way to create your road-map from where you are today to where you want to be!
    This same workshop will be delivered in back to back weeks, so those interested should pick the time that best suits their schedule.
    Register for Starting a Business (9/3)
    Register for Starting a Business (9/10)
    Restaurant COVID-19 Playbook Series
    The restaurant industry landscape has been forever changed due to COVID-19. In an already fragile industry, it can be difficult navigating ever-changing governmental guidelines, changes in guest trends, and necessary adjustments to ensure your business's survival.
    Join us in this three-part series developed to help restaurateurs and managers better understand how to surmount the challenges presented by COVID-19.
    Those interested are encouraged to register for and attend all three parts of this series, but also have the option of picking individual sessions focusing on the specified topic.
    Register for Part 1: Standard Operating Procedures (9/9)
    Register for Part 2: The Guest (9/16)
    Register for Part 3: Surviving a Crisis (9/23)
    Proposal Writing 101
    You found THE bid opportunity that exactly matches your company. Now you need to write your proposal, and how do you do that? Join us online, Tuesday, September 15, from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm for “Proposal Writing 101”. The best way to win RFP's, Request for Proposals, is to make sure you understand how and why the government chooses one competitor over another, what to look for, the elements of a contract and much more. Decisions are being made on price, and competitors are “buying” the business with low-ball bids. But, you also may be the victim of your own loss of identity because your message and tactics have not evolved with your client’s increased choice.
    Learn the single most important secret to being successful when you write your proposal. Join us while we go over the proposal process and learn what it takes to "win".
    Register for Proposal Writing 101 (9/15)
    Unlocking the Secrets of Government Contracting
    During part 1, we will focus on FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation) requirements and the importance of an adequate accounting system. Learn about how a compliant accounting system results in reliable financial reporting, the ability to monitor your company’s direct and indirect cost pools plus unallowable costs and how this system is the foundation for forecasting and proposing. Timekeeping is also emphasized.
    Topics presented during part 2: indirect rates; financial reporting; DCAA audits and policy and procedures. Join us for this informative conclusion.
    Register for Part 1 (9/30)
    Register for Part 2 (10/7)
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