The following are this week Rhode Island small business training events from the U.S. Small Business Association:
• How a Micro Loan Can Make a Major Impact on Your Small Business, from the SEED Corporation, Webenar from 10 to 11 a.m. and is free. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-528-4561.
Looking for some financing for your small business? Do you need $50,000 or less? If so, then an SBA micro loan may be the answer. Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with a loan specialist who can show you how a micro loan can make a major difference for your small business.
• Introduction to the Government Market, from RIPTAC and SBA, at 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence. The program runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is free. To register, visit www.riptac.org/training.
This session includes basic information about contracting with government entities for company personnel new to the government market with no — or very limited — experience in government procurement and contracting.
• SBA and Yelp present: Success With Online Reviews, from the U.S. Small Business Administration and Yelp. Webinar runs from 2 to 3 p.m. and is free. To register, visit www.sba.gov or call 401-528-4561 for more information.
In a recent national survey, 85 percent of consumers said that they read online reviews about local businesses. With that in mind, Yelp and the SBA launched the Success With Online Reviews partnership to help America’s small businesses successfully engage with online reviewers.
• How to Explore SBA Government Contracting Programs, from the U.S. Small Business Administration, at the Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Blvd., Providence. The program runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and is free. To register, visit www.cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800.
Looking for new markets for your small businesses’ goods or services? Consider selling to the federal or state government. Learn how to break into this market.
• BYB: Crowd Funding for Business Capital, from the Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Blvd., Providence. The program runs from 10 a.m. to noon.
The fee for the workshop is $40. Partial scholarships may be available to those who qualify. To register, visit www.cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800.
Are you looking for alternative financing for your startup? Come to this informative program on crowd funding, the hottest new way to get capital to start your business.
The following are this week’s Prophet Share seminars (to register, visit www.prophetshareri.com; all events will be held at the Centerville Seminar Center, 875 Centerville Road, Warwick, Building 2, Suite 5):
• Six Steps to Small Business Success ... Pricing for Profits, 6:30 p.m., free.
In this two-hour seminar, we will discuss starting, running and selling a highly profitable small business.
• For Employers: How to Conduct the Best Interview, 9 a.m., free.
Learn to conduct interviews like a professional. In this seminar, you will learn the necessary skills to properly identify who the best performers are and will increase your odds of a successful hire.
• Are You winning or Losing? Things Your Checkbook Won’t Tell You, 11 a.m., $25.
This seminar will help owners who ignore their profit-and-loss statement and instead use their checkbook balance or something else as their main financial tool.
• Personal Marketing … the end of mass communication and the beginning of 1-to-1 communication, 9 a.m., free.
Join marketing consultant Bob Salvas as he discusses segmentation, one-to-one technologies, and how to build lasting relationships with your best prospects and your customers.
• How to Self-Police Your Trademarks and Copyrights, 6:30 p.m., free.
This class will discuss trademarks and copyrights in general and, in specifics, how to police or enforce your trademarks and copyrights on your own. The focus will be on strategies for enforcing your trademarks and copyrights, and how to maximize the protection offered by these rights.
• Designing and Running High-Impact Meetings, 8:30 a.m., $49.
Learn the secrets and methods used to transform meetings from “talk and tell, I’m in hell” sessions to ones that pique people’s interest, serve their needs and the needs of the organization by being catalysts for action and drivers of accountability.