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8(a) BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM OVERVIEW FOR GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS

Join us to learn about the benefits and application process of the SBA's 8(a) Business Development Government Contracting Program. The 8(a) Business Development Program is designed for government contractors who have been in business for two or more years.
Space is limited - sign up today. NOTE: Photo identification is required to enter the building. Please bring your license plate number in order to validate parking.
10:00 am- 11:00 am      JAN  10   MAR  14   AUG 8

Register online:  www.eventbrite.com/e/8a-business-development-program-overview-for-government-contractors-tickets-30962641093

HUBZone OVERVIEW FOR GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS
Join us to learn about the benefits and application process of the SBA's HUBZone Government Contracting Program. The HUBZone Government Contracting Program is for businesses who are currently located in a HUBZone area. For more information about the HUBZone program, or to review the HUBZone requirements, please visit: www.sba.gov/hubzone
11:00 am - 12:00 pm     JAN  10   MAR  14   AUG 8

Register online:  www.eventbrite.com/e/hubzone-overview-for-government-contractors-tickets-30963232863 


MAKING THE SALE AND BRINGING IN MORE BUSINESS
  • Get Your Message Heard – Marketing that works to get in front of qualified prospects
  • End Your Frustration (And Voice Mail Hell) – How to follow up and get/set appointments
  • Making The Sale – A sales system that helps your prospect decide to buy from you
This seminar is provided by David S. Kelly, CEO, The Growth Coach of Greater Baltimore and will make a difference in your business life.        Free        
 
JUL  13     SEPT  7     NOV  2

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 Register online:  www.eventbrite.com/e/making-the-sale-and-bringing-in-more-business-registration-30257529084 


ACCOUNTING

Get Professional instruction on how to maintain your business accounts. This workshop includes instruction on basic accounting principles. This seminar is provided by Ann Graham, MS, EA, CPA, Crosdale & Associates, LLC  Free

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

JUN 19   JUL 17   AUG  21  SEPT 11   OCT 16   NOV 6   DEC 4

Register online:  www.eventbrite.com/e/accounting-workshop-registration-30225745017


BUSINESS PLAN

What is A Business Plan? Why do you need a Business Plan? Get these questions answered and learn how to develop your Business Plan at this informative workshop. Free

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

JUN 16   JUL  21   AUG  18   SEPT  15   OCT  20   NOV  17   DEC 8

Register online:  www.eventbrite.com/e/business-plan-workshop-registration-30228157232


QUICKBOOKS INTERMEDIATE

This QuickBooks workshop will cover how to set up accounts payable, accounts receivable and financials. This seminar is provided by Philippe Lerner, CFO, MBA of PL Consulting.  Free

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

JUN  26   JUL  24   AUG  28   SEPT  18   OCT 23   NOV  13  DEC  11

Register online:  www.eventbrite.com/e/quickbooks-intermediate-workshop-registration-30229011788


SUCCESS COACHING WORKSHOP

-Do you find yourself juggling too many things and feel like you are not making progress?
-Do you feel like work is always on your mind even when you are with family and friends?
-Would you like to spend more time working “on” rather than “in” your business?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then this workshop is for you. During the workshop we will explore what’s keeping you from taking your business to the next level and help you develop a simple action plan to begin making immediate progress.

Topics we will cover include:

  • Determine what’s working well in your business & life
  • Pinpoint what needs improvement in your business & life
  • Identify & eliminate the time wasters
  • Identify & focus on your “money making” talents
  • Develop a simple, achievable action plan

This FREE workshop is provided by MCE Women's Business Center.

10:00 am- 12:00 pm

JAN  24   APRIL  25   JULY  25   OCT  31

Register online:  www.eventbrite.com/e/success-coaching-workshop-registration-30357732796 


OPERATING A HOME OFFICE

This workshop will discuss the requirements of properly setting up a business office in a home in order to qualify for the business use of home tax deduction.  This seminar is provided by Catherine Wright of Wright Way Tax Solution.  FREE

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

JUN  23     AUG  11     OCT 27

Register online:  www.eventbrite.com/e/operating-a-home-office-workshop-registration-30357360683


GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING
This workshop will include information on Seeking Contracts, Core Basic Contract Standards, Documentation on Contract practices and Proposal Presentation tips.  This workshop os provided by Shawnte Wright, Multi-Stream Consulting Contract Training.  Free 
                  
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

JUN  20     JUL  18    
AUG  15     OCT  17     NOV  14 

Register online:   www.eventbrite.com/e/government-contracting-workshop-registration-30359860159

LOAN WORKSHOPS

KIVA IS EXPANDING IN BALTIMORE!
Kiva.org is a non-profit that enables passionate and determined entrepreneurs to access 0% interest small business loans:

We Care About Your Character, Not Your Credit Score:
• No credit score, collateral, business plan or financial statement required
• You establish your reputation and community of support by inviting lenders from your network
• Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, our community of 1.5 million lenders funds the majority of the loan amount
Why Now?
• Kiva is looking to grow its impact in Baltimore
• We will be promoting Baltimore borrowers and they will have an above 90% success rate of getting fully funded

JUNE 2    (10:00am - 12:00 pm)    OR    JUNE 5    (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Register online: www.eventbrite.com/e/kiva-loan-workshop-registration-34000564604

 

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EDG MICRO LENDING WORKSHOP

EDG is a division of the ECDC which is a Community Building Organization that uses Micro-Lending and other social services to build communities throughout Baltimore City.

About EDG's Micro lending:
• Our loans range from $500 to $50,000
• We help a little over 100 clients a year
• Loans are at 8.9%
• Payable in 1 - 4 years
No one goes away empty handed. If a business loan is denied, we start the applicant with a $500 credit builder loan!

JUNE 13    (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)    OR    JUNE 15    (6:00 pm - 8:00)

Register online: www.eventbrite.com/e/edg-micro-lending-workshop-registration-34862392354



BaltimoreMICRO Loan Revolving Loan Fund
Administered by the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), the purpose of BaltimoreMICRO is to provide small businesses with financing for the working capital (the difference between current assets and current liabilities) essential for businesses to meet operational needs, and to remain financially viable. Loan funds will also be available for capital purchases such as furniture, fixtures, machinery, and equipment. BaltimoreMICRO is designed to as­sist small businesses that may not be able to secure financing from a traditional lender. BaltimoreMICRO will provide critical financing when credit access is limited, supporting the development and expansion of small, local businesses. The primary objective of BaltimoreMICRO is to stimulate employment, assist small businesses in obtaining fixed rate financing, and to encourage private sector investment in Baltimore City.

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EVENING BUSINESS PLAN WRITING WORKSHOP

Hamilton Branch Library - JULY 27th, 5:30 pm - 7:30pm
5910 Harford Road
Baltimore MD 21214
Register online:  www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-business-plan-writing-workshop-hamilton-branch-library-registration-30898509273

Pennsylvania Avenue Branch Library - OCTOBER 18th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
1531 W. North Avenue
Baltimore MD 21217
Register online: www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-business-plan-writing-workshop-pennsylvania-avenue-branch-library-registration-30899020803



EVENING CASH FLOW PLANNING WORKSHOP
 
Reisterstown Road Branch Library - NOVEMBER 21st,, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
6310 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore MD 21215
Register online:  
www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-cash-flow-planning-workshop-reisterstown-road-branch-library-registration-30900259508


EVENING MARKETING WORKSHOP
Herring Run Branch Library - JUNE 5th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
3801 Erdman Avenue
Baltimore MD 21213
Register online: www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-marketing-workshop-herring-run-branch-library-registration-30902093995
 
Orleans Street Branch Library - SEPTEMBER  21st, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
1301 Orleans Street
Baltimore MD 21231
Register online:  www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-marketing-workshop-orleans-street-branch-library-registration-30902578444
 
Brooklyn Branch Library - DECEMBER 11th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
300 E. Patapsco Avenue
Baltimore MD 21225
Register online:
www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-marketing-workshop-reisterstown-road-branch-library-registration-20042328143


FREE COUNSELING AVAILABLE

SCORE
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE volunteers offer free in person business management counseling. Appointments must be made in advance by calling 443.451.7160
To receive one-on-one business counseling register online @ www.score.org/mentors 



FEDERAL/STATE PROCUREMENT

MDPTAP COUNSELING
Businesses are eligible to receive Maryland PTAP counseling services
provided you have a product or service that has reasonable expectation of being procured under government contract. There is NO COST to the business owner who receives counseling services. Training courses are offered at a nominal fee. It is required that your business have at least 2 years past performance history in the commercial, local, state or federal government arena. Our services include:

  • Information on federal/state/local procurement opportunities.
  • Advice for obtaining solicitations, references, specifications, and drawings from buying offices.
  • Assistance with preparation of bidders mailing list applications
  • Market research to locate government agencies who buy your products or services.
  • Help in locating subcontracting opportunities.
  • Access to library of federal, state, and local procurement resources.
  • Support with bid package preparation.
  • Pre/post-award contract assistance.
  • Aid with electronic commerce/electronic data interchange.
  • Guidance for small minority, women-owned, and disabled veteran certifications.
  • Referrals to other programs or activities to support businesses when appropriate.

To get started with the Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Program, please complete our signup application http://www.mdptap.org/



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