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Is money controlling you? Or are you controlling your money?
Majority of small businesses fail within the first five years, but a recent study by U.S. Bank determined that 82% of the time, poor cash flowmanagement or poor understanding of cash flow contributes to the failure of a small business. Join TX State SBDC as we help you better understand how to maximize your cash flow and keep a steady flow moving in and out of your business.
- What is Cash Flow?
- Reasons for Cash Flow Problems
- Cash vs. Accrual Accounting
- Cash Flow Budgeting
- More tips to Manage Cash Flow
This four-week course helps small business owners learn how to land their brands the media attention it deserves. In this curriculum, special guest Rebekah Epstein will teach her signature four step OPEN Method, which helps get your emails opened by your dream publication.
With high unemployment rates, hiring should be easy. People need to work right? Not necessarily. Workers may be afraid to return and unemployment benefits may pay more.
In this session, we will learn where to find and how hire employees during COVID. We will learn about budget-friendly tools for recruiting and small business resources. Learning objectives include:
• Where to find Job Seekers
• Do’s and Don’t during COVID
• Small Business Resources
Having accurate financial reports to work with has never been more important than it is today! Listen as Chris Tripoli and featured guest Jane Bennett of Keystone Business Services share their knowledge of the impact COVID 19 has had on the many independent restaurant owner-operators they work with. They will discuss the benefits from knowing your daily financial status and provide insights and recommendations for ways to increase your profit by better managing your finances. This program includes;
* What are prime costs and how to track key items daily
* What makes a good weekly summary report
* How to better understand your monthly profit and loss statement
* Why annual plans and quarterly budget reviews make you money
Join us for our HR Series where CJ Petitt SPHR MBA & Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. This free speaker lunch & learn workshop series explores a range of Human Resources topics while operating a business during COVID.
HR Series Topic: Vaccinations- COVID testing
Can the COVID vaccination be required for all employees? Attend this session and learn when and how to develop a vaccination strategy for your small business. Sample policies will be available for attendees.
Did you know that visuals increase people’s desire to read content by 80%?
As small business owners, that means the images you use in your marketing–specifically in social media–matter A LOT. Join us for a workshop focused on creating captivating visuals that speak to your target customer and strengthen your business’s message with every post. Instagram is an increasingly valuable tool for brands to utilize, and with over 130 million users shopping on the platform every month, it’s that much more important to create memorable online moments. Attendees will leave with a checklist of ideas, tips, and tricks to implement within your own business Instagram account.
Texas State SBDC in conjunction San Marcos Chamber of Commerce welcome special guest Shane Barker as he discusses how to understand and audit your offline business, explain what the online lifecycle is and why it’s important. Also, he talks about the process of moving your business online through creating, hosting, and optimizing your ecommerce website.
COVID continues to impact the small business community and the commercial real estate industry. Business owners NEED to be proactive and stay steps ahead to survive.
In this 4-part series you'll learn from an experienced broker and commercial real estate attorney what the pandemic means for owners and tenants; how to respond to the changing real estate landscape; understand leasing vocabulary and how to reopen and operate your business during COVID.
Communicating those decisions is equally tough! In this session, we willl walk through a series of employment actions from hiring to firing and learn how to have difficult conversations with employees. We will also discuss legally defensible layoffs.
Our Learning Objectives include:
- Decision making tools
- Diverse communication skills
- Difficult personalities