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    April 19, 2021
    Small Business Updates and Upcoming Webinars!
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    Upcoming Training Events
    Take Advantage of Our No-Cost Training Events
    Gaining Customers and Maximizing Sales Webinar (4/29)
    How does your small business find customers or clients? Is your small business continually successful at winning new business?  
    One of the biggest challenges for a business owner is finding customers to buy what you are selling. “Selling” may come with a less than pleasant connotation, but make no mistake, selling is crucial to growing your company.  
    This one hour session includes relevant sales topics and a panel discussion covering the variety of ways to bring people to your business and create a relationship that brings you revenue growth.
    Speaker(s): Jenny Kunz, Florida SBDC Business Consultant
    Co-Speakers: Steve Wilmer, Owner of Steve Speaks; John Kizziah, Owner of John Kizziah Insurance Agency Inc; Erin Wilmer, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones
    Profitable Financial Skills for Restaurant Owners & Managers (5/5)
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Topic: Managing a Business
    Your financial statements and "numbers" depict the true health of your restaurant. Understanding how to analyze and manage restaurant financial reports is critical to becoming and remaining profitable.
    What you will learn:
    - how to calculate key restaurant performance metrics, such as food and labor cost, table turnover rate, inventory turnover, check average, and employee turnover
    - what these calculations actually mean
    - how to determine if these numbers are good or bad and how to react
    - industry averages on key costs and how your restaurant compares.
    Speaker(s): Terry Mauer, Business Consultant, Florida SBDC at UWF
    Fee: No Cost
    Starting a Business During or After a Crisis (5/6)
    10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Topic: Start-up Assistance
    During this Starting a Business online webinar, you’ll learn how to choose the right business structure and what types of licensing and permits are required for your new or existing business. We’ll also show you where to look for the money to fund your business, ways to use digital marketing, record keeping requirements and the corporate compliance mistakes many start–up businesses make.
    You’ll learn how to monitor your success by reading, understanding and making decisions from your financial statements as easily as you read the gas gauge and speedometer in your car. This workshop will help you to organize and identify your next steps and who is available to help you move forward with confidence and clarity!
    Speaker(s): Glenn McDuffy & Christa Wilson, Business Consultants, Florida SBDC at UWF
    Fee: No Cost
    Buying a Business (5/26)
    11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Topic: Business Basics
    Building a home and buying one someone else built are very different, and the same goes with businesses. The considerations you need to make when buying a business are vastly different from what goes into building one from the ground up.
    Tax allocation strategies, acquisition type, and valuation are some of the topics that will be discussed in this session. Buying a business can take a long time, so no matter how early you are in the process, this session will help you proceed down the right path. The last thing you want to do is overpay or find skeletons in the closet when you open the doors. This webinar will help you minimize those risks and maximize profitability.
    Speaker(s): Adam McCloskey, Associate Director, Florida SBDC at UWF/FWB
    Fee: No Cost
    Business Continuity and Disaster Preparedness for Small Businesses (6/3)
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Topic: Business Basics
    The unprecedented events of 2020 illustrated how important it is for business owners to have a business continuity plan in place. This webinar will provide some practical steps that business owners can take to ensure that their business is able to both survive a crisis and also resume operations as soon as possible following the crisis.
    Speaker(s): Ayesha Haider, Assistant Director, Florida SBDC at UWF
    Fee: No Cost
    Grow with Google - Make Better Business Decisions with Analytics (6/8)
    9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    Topic: Marketing and Sales
    Learn best practices and analyze trends about how customers engage with your business online, then turn these insights into well-informed, actionable decisions.
    In this session we will cover:
    -An introduction to Google Analytics
    -Creating and understanding reports
    -Making goals
    -Using Analytics with other Google tools
    Speaker(s): Matt Weber, President and CEO of ROAR! Internet Marketing and a National Google Supported Trainer
    Fee: No Cost
    What times for webinars do you prefer?
    Morning (9:00am-10:00am)
    Afternoon (12:00pm-1:00pm)
    Evening (6:00pm-7:00pm)
    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.
    No-Cost Consulting
    "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