December saw the re-launch of our Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce workshops with Eric & Tapan’s Dynamic Business Planning. Many thanks to Alice Harrington and her staff in helping to coordinate the workshop.

Check the right sidebar for info and links to our January workshops. Also, here are 12 sound reasons why owners of small business should register immediately:

  • Conducted by people who have “done it" and no, they have not written the book ... yet!
  • Conducted at a convenient time for the owners of small business ... 5pm — 830pm on a regular pattern each month.
  • No theory ... just good practical stuff that can be implemented into the business next day.
  • All sessions are “interactive,” with questions, dialogue, discussion, encouraged throughout.
  • Several SCORE Counselors are always in attendance for additional input.
  • FREE counseling for all attendees who request future 1-on-1 counselling.
  • Limited to 25 attendees per session.
  • Registration and payment easily handled by Paypal or credit card via SCORE website.
  • Full set of workshops posted on the website 3 months ahead.
  • $25 per workshop ... about the price of a haircut
  • Feedback from previous attendees has been highly positive ... over 90% would recommend their workshop to a friend. Also, 100 % rated their session as ”helpful" or "very helpful."
  • Each attendee receives a 1g flash drive containing workshop presentations often with many relevant articles, resources, etc. ... FREE!

We’d love to hear your feedback about the workshops. Here’s a link to survey we’ve put together. Please take a few minutes to complete it. Your feedback will help us determine what’s important to you, what we’re doing well and where we could use some improvement.

As we close out the year, it’s time to set your goals and start your planning for 2010, if you haven’t done so already. To jump start your efforts, here’s a link to and article on our national site, titled, Resources that Give You a Head Start on Business Planning. You might also want to check out, Scenario Planning for Your Small Business’s Future.

Have a great holiday season!

From the Wall Street Journal Online | Small Business
Five Year-End Tax Strategies for Small Businesses
Attention, small-business owners: it's not too late to make some smart moves and slash your business' 2009 taxes. To start with, some soon-to-expire tax breaks are too good to ignore if your operation is healthy enough to need and be able to pay for equipment and software. And there's more. Here's my list of the best year-end tax-saving moves.

Services Tailor Apps for Small Businesses
Programs Are Seen as Good Marketing Tools for Regular Customers, but Less Useful in Attracting New Clients.

From BusinessWeek Online| Small Business
Social Media Checklist for Small and Medium Size Businesses
With the goals of raising awareness, expanding market share, and improving customer loyalty, it's critical to be creative in how your business engages and participates in the social media arena.

StartupNation.com
10 Steps to Grow Your Business
Build an accurate and complete understanding of your business’ current status. From there, learn how to use tools and tactics to grow your busness..

• More than 45% of the private sector payroll is generated by small business.

• Over the last decade small businesses have accounted for 60 to 80% of all new jobs created on an annual basis

• Two-thirds of small businesses survive for at least two years declining to 44% after four years.

• The Small Business Administration defines a small business as an independently owned business with less than 500 employees. There are an estimated 23 million businesses in the United States that meet that classification.

• The number one barrier to small business start up and a primary concern of existing small business owners is access to private health insurance.

Source: Small Business Administration

Managing Cash Flow
In small business, cash flow is king. Discover the tools and techniques to ensure your cash is flowing the right way.
Date: 01.05.10
Time: 5:00 PM
Cost: $25
Margate Community Center
6199 NW 10th St, Margate, FL 33063

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Demystifying Websites & SEO
Learn the core concepts of Web design and search engine optimization to enhance communication with your Web designer/developer and maximize your Web presence.
Dates: 01.09.10
Time: 9:00 AM
Cost: $25
Citibank
5825 N University Drive, Tamarac, FL 33321

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Use Social Media to Grow Your Business
This interactive and entertaining workshop will teach you everything you need to know to start using social media and develop a social media plan that will drive traffic to your website and increase sales.
Dates: 01.12.10
Time: 5:00 PM
Cost: $25
Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce
4185 Davie Road
Davie, FL 33314

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Insurance: What You Really Need to Know
Business insurances can be a confusing matter. Along with core coverages, odds are, there are insurances specific to your type of business that you need to keep you safe.
Date: 01.19.10
Time: 5:00 PM
Cost: $25
Margate Community Center
6199 NW 10th St, Margate, FL 33063

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Managing Cash Flow
In small business, cash flow is king. Discover the tools and techniques to ensure your cash is flowing the right way.
Date: 01.21.10
Time: 5:00 PM
Cost: $25
Repeat at IKEA Sunrise
151 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise, FL 33325

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