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Training is something else that all of us "resource partners" offer to the small business community. The good thing is, we all work together planning and promoting workshops, classes and events so there's very little duplication of effort. Listed below is a calendar of events that's updated frequently, if not daily, that includes our SBDC events AND those of our resource partners and other organizations. If it's training that may help you, we want you to know about it, even if it's not our event!

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Essentials for Starting a Business

Location:
Off Campus
Cost:
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Contact:
No number available
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
As a new business owner you must become familiar with a variety of different subjects and resources to operate effectively. This workshop introduces you to these resources. Experts are available as resources to help you operate effectively in the business environment, but you must understand when they are needed and what questions to ask. Here you will learn the essentials to help you make good business decisions. You will become familiar with banking and Small Business Administration requirements, basics of marketing and utilizing social media to grow your business, types and benefits of business formation, business insurance, recordkeeping that meets IRS guidelines and more.  This workshop is limited to 10 people. Lunch is provided.

Speakers

The presenters are SCORE mentors who have many years of experience and leading businesses and local professionals who are experts in their fields.
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STOPfakes.gov Roadshow Austin

Location:
Off Campus
Cost:
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Contact:
No number available
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Overview

The STOPfakes.gov Roadshow delivers critically important information about intellectual property to the audience that needs it most – start-ups, entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses, independent creators, and inventors.

Objectives

A one-day seminar on how companies can protect and enforce intellectual property to get the most out of exporting abroad.

Event Information

Participants will learn: how to identify and protect the various intellectual property assets they have;
the mechanisms for obtaining IP protection in overseas markets and strategies for determining where they should seek protection;
how to record their mark with Customs, with on-site help, in order to exclude counterfeit goods from entering the United States;
how to combat counterfeits on international e-commerce sites and about government resources available to help U.S. business with intellectual property issues.
Please read the following information carefully:
The U.S. Commercial Service requires event registrants to accept specific Terms and Conditions and review Product Standards before payment can be collected.
LOCATION: Texas State Capitol, Capitol Extension Auditorium, 1400 Congress Avenue, Room E1.004.
COST:$25. Food and beverages are not included in the registration. No food or beverages are allowed in the auditorium.
The State Capitol Grill is across the hall from the auditorium, Capitol Extension, Room E1.002. www.austincapitolgrill.com
PARKING: Capitol Visitors Parking Garage, maximum parking is $12. 1201 San Jacinto Blvd. Entrance is off E 12th St. or E 13th St.
MAP: From parking garage to Capitol: tspb.texas.gov… Questions? Karen.Parker@trade.gov, 512-916-5939
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Davis-Bacon Act Contracting Compliance

Cost:
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Contact:
No number available
000.000.000
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
This course provides an overview of the Davis-Bacon Act and the necessity of insuring compliance when working on federally funded construction projects. Contractors have an obligation to ensure workers are properly classified, fringe benefits are properly paid, and payrolls are certified and workers paid on time. Failure to perform any of these tasks can lead to serious consequences. The Department of Labor has increased audits to ensure contractors are in compliance with the law. Failure to comply with the components of the law can have serious consequences to include not only paying workers back wages that are due, but also fines, possible criminal charges and debarment. Who should attend? CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Program/Project Managers, Business Developers, HR and payroll personnel. Learning Objectives 1. The importance of understanding and complying with the provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act 2. How to use and understand Wage Determinations 3. Understanding the certified payroll process 4. Understanding the relationship between the contractor and sub-contractor and who the Department of Labor holds accountable for complying with the Davis-Bacon Act.

Registration Fee: $30
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33rd Annual San Marcos Chamber Business

Location:
Off Campus
Cost:
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Contact:
No number available
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Free to the Public
We request 2 non-perishable items from attendees,
Hays County Food Bank will be on site collecting can goods.
EXPO After Hours
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The 2018 EXPO After Hours welcomes all attendees and exhibitors for a time to network and reach key business contacts all under one roof. A cash bar will be available to all attendees, and exhibitors will be able to use their drink tickets during the hour. At the end of the hour (5:30 p.m.), a winner will be announced for the completion of the EXPO Passport and will win $500! **Must be present to win.
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HR101: Employee Hiring and Retention

Location:
Off Campus
Cost:
See link for more information!
Contact:
No number available
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
A seasoned local HR professional, with small business and non-profit experience, presents an overview of key concepts necessary to manage the employee life cycle (from to hire to fire).  Participants will leave with an increased awareness of legally protected groups and best practice solutions to address common personnel challenges. Practical solutions include how to:  write a helpful job description, create meaningful interview questions, conduct background checks, develop an employee handbook checklist, preparing for the first day of employment.  Also covered are typical small business mistakes such as using contractors and interns, misclassifying workers, and managing overtime. The instructor’s style makes the program fun and allows ample time for individual questions. This is an overview program with plenty of “take away” resources such as HR checklists and external web links.  This is the right workshop for you if you are considering hiring, are about to hire, or you just need some new ideas to deal with persistent “people” issues that are keeping you from the strategic responsibilities of growing your business. Click here for more information
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Service Contract Act Compliance

Cost:
See link for more information!
Contact:
No number available
000.000.000
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Training Topics: Human Resources
Description:

This course provides an overview of the Service Contract Act and the necessity of insuring compliance when working on federally funded contracts. When providing services to the government, contractors have an obligation to ensure the correct wage determination is being used, workers are properly classified, pay is at least the minimum required by wage determination and fringe benefits are properly paid and identified. The Department of Labor has increased audits to ensure contractors are in compliance with the McNamara-O’Hara (SCA) law. Failure to comply with the components of the law can have serious consequences to include not only paying workers back wages that are due, but also fines, and possible debarment. Who should attend? CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Program/Project Managers, Business Developers, HR and payroll personnel.

Registration Fee: $30
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Subcontractor Training (Vaughn)

Cost:
See link for more information!
Contact:
No number available
000.000.000
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Learn about the upcoming contract opportunities for the North Austin Complex

This training is highly recommended to all subcontractors that are interested in doing business with us, and offer an opportunity to meet with Vaughn Construction.


Current contractors can participate in this training to increase an understanding on upcoming bid opportunities.


New contractors can get an introduction to TFC’s requirements on ways of doing business.

Agenda:
  • Meet Key stakeholders of TFC and Vaughn Construction
  • Project Overview
  • Preconstruction Process
  • Safety Protocols and Procedures
  • Questions and Answers
Vaughn Construction will procure the work in two bid packages with a single bid process for each package. We will allow approximately three weeks for preparation and submission of trade contractor/supplier proposals for each package. We will accept proposal solicitations for the following packages of work. This is a rough breakdown of the scope items in each package. We will continue to refine the list as needed.

For Project Overview to webpage at https://tfc-nac.com/
BID PACKAGE 2: Building Package - Build-Out, Elevated Structure, Landscape, Parking Garage, Plant, and Skin

September 5, 2018 - Scheduled to Issue Request for Proposals
September 12, 2018 - Pre-Proposal Meeting (Location TBD)
September 27, 2018 - Trade Contractor Proposals Due to Vaughn

Scopes Needed are:

October 12, 2018 - Scheduled to Issue NTP to Trade Contractors (Group 1)

Elevated concrete structure & site concrete
Steel and metal stairs
Drywall & acoustical ceilings
Elevators
Fire protection
Plumbing
HVAC
Electrical & fire alarm

October 24, 2018 - Scheduled to Issue NTP to Trade Contractors (Group 2)
Masonry
Ornamental metals
Metal panels & louvers
Roofing
Flashing, waterproofing, insulation, expansion joints, joint sealants
Doors/frames/hardware
Louvers
Overhead doors & loading dock equipment
Automatic doors
Operable partitions
Telecom
Security, access control, surveillance
Audio visual

November 9, 2018 - Scheduled to Issue NTP to Trade Contractors (Group 3)
Rough carpentry
Millwork
Firestopping
Fireproofing
Interior glazing
Tile
Terrazzo
Flooring
Painting
Specialties
Fence & mesh partitions
Parking bumpers & striping
Interior & exterior signage
Roller shades
Rooftop fall protection systems
Landscape & irrigation
Pavers
Site furnishings 
Final cleaning
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Introduction to Digital Marketing--Spanish

Cost:
See link for more information!
Contact:
No number available
000.000.000
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
El consumidor moderno busca en el internet durante todas las fases de compra. Pero para muchas empresas, donde invertir para sobresalir en el internet puede ser confuso. Para tener éxito, las empresas necesitan una estrategia que los posiciona en la primera página de resultados, y pone su oferta en frente de su público en una manera económica, con propósito y convincente.

Actualmente, clientes personales y comerciales están buscando sus productos y servicios en línea.
  • ¿Cuál es la estrategia ganadora?
  • Haciendo su oferta útil y convincente.
  • Sea reconocido económicamente.
  • Cosas que hacer de inmediato.
Today’s consumer is searching online throughout all phases of the purchase process. But for many businesses, where to invest to win online can be confusing. In order to succeed, businesses need a strategy that gets them on top of page one search results and places their offer in front of their audience in a purposeful, economical and in a compelling way.

Personal and business customers are searching for your products and services online.
  • What’s the winning strategy
  • Making your offer purposeful and compelling
  • Get the word out economically
  • Things to do now
Speaker: Fernando Paz
512-284-4792
fernando@pageoneguru.com
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Financial Statements: What Are They and What Do They Tell Me?

Location:
Off Campus
Cost:
See link for more information!
Contact:
No number available
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Financial statements can be overwhelming sometimes. But if you think of them as pictures revealing the story of your financial decisions, the story becomes fascinating and not just about numbers. This interactive class will show you how to read and understand the story.  This workshop will help participants:

Understand the accounting equation
Become familiar with accounting terminology
Understand the differences and relationships of a balance sheet, a profit and loss statement, and a cash flow statement
Tell the story and realize that there might be more to it than just the numbers!
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lynn Construction - Subcontractor Training on Upcoming Deferred Maintenance Projects

Cost:
See link for more information!
Contact:
No number available
000.000.000
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Learn about the upcoming contract opportunities for the Multiple Deferred Maintenance Projects

This training is highly recommended to all subcontractors that are interested in doing business with us, and offer an opportunity to meet with Flynn Construction.


Current contractors can participate in this training to increase an understanding on upcoming bid opportunities.


New contractors can get an introduction to TFC’s requirements on ways of doing business.

Agenda:
  • Meet Key stakeholders of TFC and Flynn Construction
  • Project Overview
  • Preconstruction Process
  • Safety Protocols and Procedures
  • Questions and Answers
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Small Business Accounting

Cost:
See link for more information!
Contact:
No number available
000.000.000
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Gain basic accounting knowledge and skills, manage current operations, ensure timely and accurate tax compliance and attract new partners or investors.

This class is taught by a University of Texas Instructor and counts toward the 6 course requirement needed to earn your Business Skills Certification.
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Marketing Your Certification: I'm Certified. So Now, What's Next?

Cost:
See link for more information!
Contact:
No number available
000.000.000
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Join the City of Austin and several of our partners to learn more about Marketing Your Certification. SMBR and our partners will there to give you advice from our purchasing departments and to give you an opportunity to meet and network with organizations who accept Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Disadvantaged and Small Business Enterprise Certifications.

You're not certified?

That's ok. Feel free to join us.

Partners:
  • City of Austin - Small & Minority Business Resources
  • City of Austin - Austin Energy
  • City of Austin - Purchasing
  • City of Austin - Capital Contracting Office
  • City of Austin- Small Business Program
  • Central Health District
  • Austin Community College
  • Texas Facilities Commission
The event and parking are both free.

Parking is free. Please park in front of the building and take a parking ticket. We will validate parking.
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The Basics for Website Design: How to Get Started and Good Tools to Use

Location:
Off Campus
Cost:
See link for more information!
Contact:
No number available
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Eric will offer guidance for good design and how to get started. He will also introduce you to the best tools and resources with a focus on WordPress.  He will provide what you need to know to have a great website:

Know your prospects and site visitors, build a profile; What is the purpose of the site; What will you offer them; Less is more in design; Be innovative and avoid clutter; Make it conversion friendly; Use visual elements to guide the visitor; Don’t let them leave empty handed (content marketing)

What is WordPress;  Why would you consider WordPress; Who will be creating the site; Build the project and manage it; How to hire a developer; How to do it yourself (host, install, theme, plugins, design)

Book recommendation on learning WordPress; Introduction to the WP community; Where to find themes and plug-ins for sale; Where to find design companies and freelance developers
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Writing a Winning Business Plan

Location:
Off Campus
Cost:
See link for more information!
Contact:
No contact available
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
A business plan is a tool for thinking more clearly about your business idea. It helps you stay organized and on track, gain a better understanding of your market, confirm that your financial model is realistic, and create a long term vision and strategy. We will introduce you to the essential elements for preparing a plan for business success. This workshop will provide general and individual guidance for preparing a business plan utilizing essential elements. Your presenter will identify content and format for a business plan--including sources of information to aid in the development of your business plan.  You should understand that a business plan is a valuable internal tool, even when not required for the benefit of investors or loan officers. A business plan may force you to think about your idea in new ways and to question the validity of your product/service target markets. It can serve as a guide or benchmark to allow you to track your progress and to stay committed to your long-term goals. If you have partners, it can help avoid misunderstandings. It will help you to better describe and to speak more concisely about your company. All these elements of a business plan can contribute to successful implementation of your business idea. Click here for more information
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Google Workshop & Mixer

Cost:
Free
Contact:
No number available
000.000.000
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
GAACC and Google are hosting a marketing workshop followed by a networking reception. Come to Google's downtown office and learn about the different tools Google offers for you to help expand your business.

This workshop is specifically designed for creatives but any business is welcome to attend. The speaker is Google Digital Coach, Vicky Sepulveda.

After the workshop, there will be time for networking. Light appetizers and drinks will be served. This event is free with registration.

6:00 PM  Registration
6:30 PM  Workshop
7:00 PM  Networking
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Marketing Essentials

Cost:
See link for more information!
Contact:
No number available
000.000.000
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
This class covers five essentials to market your small business. Marketing requires a blend of traditional and emerging practices, creativity, and 100% tenacity. Learn the right strategies and tactics to maximize success and avoid wasting valuable time and money.

This class is taught by a University of Texas Instructor and counts toward the 6 course requirement needed to earn your Business Skills Certification.
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Facebook to Grow Your Business

Cost:
see link for more information!
Contact:
No number available
000.000.000
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Jennifer will teach the basics of working on Facebook business pages and help you with action items to apply after leaving the class. You will learn about
  • Defining Your Goals
  • Content Creation
  • Likes + Comments + Shares = Engagement
  • Insights in Action
  • Who is Your Audience?
  • Facebook in 2018
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Funded in part through the State of Texas and a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any of the cosponsors’ or participants’ opinions, findings, conclusions, recommendations, products or services. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Texas State University SBDC by phone at 512.716.4800 or via email at sbdc@txstate.edu.