March

The Ask Webinar Series: How Do I Access Capital For My Business?   Register

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Topic: Financing

You Ask- We Answer! During this live online chat we will address your questions regarding access to capital and different financing options. Join us for this open, one-hour, online dialogue with our expert financial and accounting consultant team and a representative from Fifth-Third Bank. Program is formatted for new or existing businesses. This online webinar is brought to you at no cost through our valued sponsor Fifth-Third Bank. 3/1/2016 10:30 -11: 30 AM -Starter Questions- 1. What will the bank ask for when I apply for my business loan? 2. My personal credit score is below 500, will I be able to find financing? 3. Will I need a business plan for a loan? 4. What is factoring? 5. What is crowdfunding? 6. What is angel investing? This workshop is sponsored by: Fifth Third Bank

Speaker: Multiple

Location: Online

Think Tank – Small Business Meeting   Register

Wednesday, March 02, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Topic: Managing a Business

Lehigh Acres “Think Tank” small business meeting. The small business owner will learn 21 Century concepts to grow their business. They will take away benchmarks to develop personal S.K.A’s. Program is formatted for existing businesses. The workshop is no cost and a light lunch is provided.

Location: Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce, Lehigh Acres

B2B Luncheon – Downtown Fort Myers   Register

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Topic: Managing a Business

The luncheon is designed to bring together small Business owners to share from each other and learn products and practices that will grow their Business and wealth. Topics include best practices, business planning, networking, Financing/loans, and credit. The program is geared towards existing businesses and for the business owner. Sponsors for the B2B Workshops include the Florida SBDC, Fort Myers CRA, Lee County Economic Development, and The Community Press.

Location: Southwest Florida Enterprise Center, Fort Myers

How to Plan to Exit Your Business   Register

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Topic: Managing a Business

Over 50% of Business Owners are over 55. That means a lot of owners will be exiting their businesses in the next 10 years. Most do not have a plan for Exiting their business. The likely result is just shutting down their business and not selling it. We will show you how to plan for exiting your business. This MUST be done several years in advance to your wanting to exit.

Speaker: Duane Hoversten

Location: Iberia Bank, Iberia Bank, Fort Myers

Small Business Chat – Cape Coral   Register

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Topic: Managing a Business

Business owners gather to chat and discuss business issues and network. Program is no cost and a light lunch is provided. Program is formatted for aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners.

Location: Community Room in the Nicholas Annex, Cape Coral

The Business of Social Media   Register

Thursday, March 24, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Topic: Marketing and Sales

Many of you have probably heard about social media marketing, maybe even dabbled a bit with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus or Blogging but you are still not sure how you can effectively put social media to work for you and your business. In this workshop we will discuss how social media is changing the way we market, and effective utilization of social media including what social sites are the most important to use.

Speaker: Theresa Ayers, FSBDC Social Media Specialist

Location: Hendry County Economic Development Council, Labelle

Securing a Business Loan   Register

Monday, March 28, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Topic: Not Set

Participants will expand their knowledge about business finances and what financiers and banks are looking for when it comes to extending business loans. This workshop is for new or established businesses and designed for the business owner or accounting staff. This seminar is sponsored by The Fort Myers Regional Library.

Location: Downtown Fort Myers Library, Fort Myers