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February 13, 2017

Start Your Own Business Workshop in Springfield on March 3rd

Filed under: SRDC — admin @ 12:13 pm

The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is holding their next workshop, “Starting Your Own Business”, on Friday March 3rd from 9 am – 1 pm at the SRDC office on Clinton Street in Springfield. The session is aimed at helping future entrepreneurs turn their passions into a full-fledged business venture.

Starting a business can be challenging. The workshop, conducted by an experienced business advisor, is designed as a guide for the first-time business owner. Participants receive a comprehensive start-up workbook, handouts and resources in marketing, financing, management and operations. By the end the workshop they will be well-informed about the tools and resources available to them and the ‘next steps involved in launching a successful business. The price of the workshop is $129 to attend and you can register online at www.vtsbdc.org under the training tab.

A few workshop highlights include how to:

  • Use the “Business Model Canvas” to evaluate whether there is a viable business in their good idea
  • Identify target customers and “unique selling proposition(s)”
  • Register their business and apply for tax numbers
  • Consider start-up costs, sales, expenses and financing options
  • Pitch their idea and develop a business plan
  • Plus much more!

Vermont Small Business Development Center is a non-profit partnership of government, education and business, organized to help Vermont small businesses succeed. No-cost, confidential advice is provided to existing business owners and new entrepreneurs throughout the state. The local VTSBDC office is located at Springfield Regional Development Corporation.  For more information visit www.vtsbdc.org or contact Debra Boudrieau at (802) 885-2071 or dboudrieau@vtsbdc.org.

February 6, 2017

Website & Online Marketing Workshop Coming Up March 9th in Chester

Filed under: SRDC — admin @ 12:58 pm

“Online Business Done Right The First Time” is the title for an upcoming workshop geared towards small businesses in the region.  It will be held on Thursday, March 9th, from 10 am – 1 pm at the Newsbank Conference Center in Chester Vermont. The session is co-sponsored by the Vermont Small Business Development Center and Springfield Regional Development Corporation.

Establishing a robust online presence is essential to a company’s successful future. Today’s customers expect to find your business quickly and easily when they look online. If they don’t, there are plenty of other options available to take your place. But with various website building tools and options, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more, it can be a challenge to determine where to focus your energy. That, coupled with time and budgeting constraints, make it easy to make a wrong turn when it comes to decisions regarding your overall online business strategy.

This workshop will help you learn the options, costs and risks associated with various digital platforms and website building strategies, as well as what online marketing tools to consider once your online presence has been established. The session will cover website building, social media, paid online marketing, analytics and more.

The cost of the event is $49/person and you can register online at https://vtsbdc.centerdynamics.com/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=30370011 .  For more information, please contact Springfield Regional Development Corporation at 802-885-3061.