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Location:
Texas State University SBDC 505 E Huntland Dr. (Training Room), Austin TX 78752
Cost:
$75
Contact:
Francisca Arana (512) 420-9379
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
This is a hands-on workshop for small business owners and managers, HR managers, and anyone who has responsibility for carrying out policies and procedures in the workplace. Attendees will have access to an electronic template that will allow each attendee to create or revise your policies with the direction and assistance of UTSA PTAC's certified HR professional, Deirdre Pattillo.

Attendees of this clinic will:
-Learn and set up the key elements of an Employee Handbook
-Learn how to effectively state and apply your company policies
-Determine the federal and state regulations that apply to your company
-Establish "house rules" that meet the needs of your company's culture
-Receive assistance in developing your handbook and a critique when it's completed

Class is limited to 10 attendees. Lunch and Laptops to be provided by Texas State SBDC.
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Location:
Entrepreneur Center of Austin
4029 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Suite 110
Austin, TX 78704
Cost:
$35
Contact:
City Of Austin Small Business
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
This course provides a practical, step-by-step instruction in how to develop a business plan for a small start-up business or the expansion of an existing business. A business plan can be submitted to a financial institution or private investor for funding or used for implementation. Emphasis will be placed on a plan's components, format, marketing and financial projections and analysis. This class will teach you how to review all the various components of a business plan and apply learned concepts in developing a plan for your own business.

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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Location:
The workplace in Dripping Springs
100 Commons Rd, Suite 11
Austin, TX 78620
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Bill Grosskopf
SCORE Austin, Chapter 249
512-928-2425
bill.grosskopf@scorevolunteer.org
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
The HR mistakes business owners make are remarkably consistent and expensive to correct! These mistakes also are easy to avoid. You will leave the presentation knowing the most expensive mistakes business owners  frequently make, how to avoid those mistakes, and where to go to find the information you need. Missing this workshop is a big mistake. Click here for more information
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Location:
Entrepreneur Center of Austin
4029 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Suite 110
Austin, TX 78704
Cost:
$15
Contact:
City of Austin Small Business
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
This class is designed for people beginning their entrepreneurial journey. It's most valuable to those interested in starting their own business or who have been in business for less than two years. Before you invest your time and funding into your small business discover the “lean start-up process” and how it differs from a traditional start-up plan. Determine which process is most appropriate for your business as you develop and test your product with minimal startup costs, informed by your customer’s values and feedback.

Free parking.
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Location:
SCORE
5524 Bee Cave Road
Westland Office Park, Building M
(at the rear of the complex)
Austin, TX 78746
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Bill Grosskopf
SCORE Austin, Chapter 249
512-928-2425
bill.grosskopf@scorevolunteer.org
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Eric will define SEO and explain its benefits. He will also provide five key things that you need to know and discuss whether you can do it yourself and explain outsourcing options. Eric will address:

Definition of search engine optimization; Basic understanding of how search engines work; How people interact with search engines and why that matters; Why SEO is necessary;  How it helps your business

Main differences between on-page and off-page SEO; On-page SEO-friendly design (meta tags, etc.); Off-page SEO best practices (backlinks, citations, social profiles, content creation); Top tools to use to help manage your SEO; How to monitor and track your results

Should You DIY or Outsource;  What is your bandwidth;  What is the scope and how will it get done; c. How much time, what tools will you need, and what are the added expenses;  How to find and interview SEO experts
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Location:
Ruiz Public Library
1600 Grove Blvd.
Austin, TX 78741
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Bill Grosskopf
SCORE Austin, Chapter 249
512-928-2425
bill.grosskopf@scorevolunteer.org
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Do you have a product and struggle to find your customer? Have a target but not sure how to reach them? In this session Mélissa will help you define your target customer. Using her WIIFT (What's In It For your Target?) worksheet, we'll answer two fundamental questions:

1. Who are you helping?
2. What are you giving?

We will use this Helping/Giving framework in a 60 min interactive group exercise followed by a Q&A period. You will leave with a defined customer target and the building blocks to help you start expressing your value to that customer in marketing copy.
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Location:
Capital One Cafe at the Domain
11801 Domain Blvd
Ste 160
(near Green Garage)
Austin, TX 78758
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Bill Grosskopf
SCORE Austin, Chapter 249
5129282425
bill.grosskopf@scorevolunteer.org
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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Location:
Division of Workers' Compensation
Texas Department of Insurance
7551 Metro Center Drive, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78744
Cost:
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Contact:
Contact info: safetytraining@tdi.texas.gov; 512-804-4610
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
The OSHA 30-hour construction courses (English Only) intended to provide workers that have safety responsibilities as part of their job duties a greater understanding of hazards and requirements involved on the construction jobsite. Training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention.

Promotes safety culture through peer training

Training is intended to be participatory, using hands-on activities

Outreach training content includes hazard recognition and avoidance, workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint; it emphasizes the value of safety and health to workers, including young workers

Tuesday September 3rd 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday September 9th  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday September 16th 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday  September 23rd 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday September 24th 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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Location:
SCORE office
5524 Bee Cave Road
Westland Office Park, Building M (at the rear)
Austin, TX 78746
Cost:
$40
Contact:
Bill Grosskopf
SCORE Austin, Chapter 249
512-928-2425
bill.grosskopf@scorevolunteer.org
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
QuickBooks is presented as a tool for storing transaction data for your business. In this basic introduction, you will see how the user interface works. The different versions of QuickBooks will be compared, so you can make the choice that best meets your needs. You will be prepared for free, one-on-one sessions with a SCORE mentor to help your set up your company in QuickBooks, begin the data entry process, and generate your financial reports. Supporting the presentation are several short video tutorials using the online version of Quickbooks. There is time allowed for discussion and answering questions.  This is not a hands-on workshop, so a computer is not needed. At the mentoring sessions after the workshop, we will help you individually to set up your business in QuickBooks with an appropriate chart of accounts and with an understanding of how to do data entry.

The video tutorials for the online version are located at:                quickbooks.intuit.com…

Videos for the desktop version can be found at:
www.youtube.com…
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Location:
SCORE Office
5524 Bee Cave Road
Westland Office Park
Building M (at the rear of the complex)
Austin, TX 78746
Cost:
$30
Contact:
Bill Grosskopf
SCORE Austin, Chapter 249
512-928-2425
bill.grosskopf@scorevolunteer.org
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Training your board members is a key to success. New board members can be chosen to bring new skills. All members will benefit from learning how  to serve the needs of your nonprofit. Robin’s presentation covers best practices in fundraising, leadership and management, as well as legal and insurance protections.

VALUABLE TAKEAWAYS FROM ROBIN - 
Predictable Stages of Organizational Development
Board Responsibilities and Opportunities
Legal Protections
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Location:
Entrepreneur Center of Austin
4029 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Suite 110
Austin, TX 78704
Cost:
$35
Contact:
City of Austin Small Business Program
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Cash flow- you can live and die by it. Many small business owners get stuck in the day to day business operations and fail to pay enough attention to cash flow. This class will help you understand cash flow and how to use it as a tool to keep your business healthy. This course will provide you with the fundamentals needed to manage, measure, understand, and improve business cash flow.

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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Location:
Trinity Hall
311 East 5th St.
Austin, TX 78701
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Yolanda Tafoya
Regional Hispanic Contractors Association
yolanda@regionalhca.org
972-786-0909
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
The Luna Awards celebrates the achievements of women, women-owned businesses and advocates who promote and develop women at all levels in Architecture, Engineering and Construction. The Luna Awards will be recognized throughout the great State of Texas with regional ceremonies in San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, and Houston. These Regional Luna Awards will include the following categories: Lifetime Achievement; Outstanding Executive; Business Advocate; and Outstanding Professional. Click here for more information
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Location:
Entrepreneur Center of Austin
4029 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Suite 110
Austin, TX 78704
Cost:
$35
Contact:
City Of Austin Small Business Program
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Make your business stand out on Google and attract new customers for Free!

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to: Create an online Google My Business Listing; Understanding why being online matters; Be found online with advertising; Understand how Gsuite can give your business the tools to Connect, Create and Control and Connect with customers with compelling videos on YouTube.

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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Location:
4029 S Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, TX 78704
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Class Point of Contact Phone Number (210) 403-5900
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
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Location:
Location: Bastrop, Texas
Workshop Venue: TBA
Cost:
$10
Contact:
Texas Economic Development
(512) 936-0100
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
The Governor’s Small Business Workshops provide rural small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to interact with small business resource providers, such as business lenders, business-oriented non-profits, and local, regional, state and federal agencies. Small business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend the Workshops to receive interactive, hands-on assistance from the resource providers and gather the information needed to start and strengthen their businesses.

Special Guest: Commissioner Julian Alvarez
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Location:
4029 S Capital of Texas Hwy
Austin, TX 78704
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Class Point of Contact Phone Number (210) 403-5900
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
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Location:
Entrepreneur Center of Austin
4029 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Suite 110
Austin, TX 78704
Cost:
$35
Contact:
City of Austin Small Business Program
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Social media like Facebook and Twitter are not only great ways for people to stay in touch with one another, they're also a great marketing tools when implemented well. Businesses throughout the world want to use social media to: increase their brand image and awareness, develop stronger customer relations, and improve ROI. This class is designed to familiarize you with social media itself, the do's and don'ts of social media, and best practices in social media. You'll understand how to best employ social media like Facebook and Twitter to better position your businesses in your markets.

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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Location:
Entrepreneur Center of Austin
4029 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Suite 110
Austin, TX 78704
Cost:
$35
Contact:
City of Austin Small Business Program
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Of all the decisions business owners make, none impacts the effectiveness of their business more profoundly than hiring. Understanding how to interview a potential employee and hire for the right fit is necessary for any small business owner. This course will teach you how to develop your own structured interviewing techniques, help you to differentiate between behaviors and traits, and show you how to write effective behavioral based questions so that you can prepare to ask the right questions when interviewing a potential employee. This class also looks at the legal environment of hiring and will help you to create a defendable hiring process.

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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Location:
Cedar Park Public Library
550 Discovery Blvd
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Cost:
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Contact:
Bill Grosskopf
SCORE Austin, Chapter 249
512-928-2425
bill.grosskopf@scorevolunteer.org
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
Do you have a product and struggle to find your customer? Have a target but not sure how to reach them? In this session Mélissa will help you define your target customer. Using her WIIFT (What's In It For your Target?) worksheet, we'll answer two fundamental questions:

1. Who are you helping?
2. What are you giving?

We will use this Helping/Giving framework in a 60 min interactive group exercise followed by a Q&A period. You will leave with a defined customer target and the building blocks to help you start expressing your value to that customer in marketing copy.
Click here for more information
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Location:
Division of Workers' Compensation
Texas Department of Insurance
7551 Metro Center Drive, Suite 100,
Austin, TX 78744
Cost:
See link for more information
Contact:
safetytraining@tdi.texas.gov; 512-804-4610
Campus Sponsor:
SBDC
The OSHA 30-hour construction courses (English Only) intended to provide workers that have safety responsibilities as part of their job duties a greater understanding of hazards and requirements involved on the construction jobsite. Training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention.

Promotes safety culture through peer training

Training is intended to be participatory, using hands-on activities

Outreach training content includes hazard recognition and avoidance,
workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint; it emphasizes the value of safety and health to workers, including young workers

Monday October 14th 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesday October 15th  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday October 16th 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday October 17th 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday October 18th 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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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.