Engage in Upcoming Seminars and Workshops with the Small Business Development Center at Gannon University

Center for Business Ingenuity

Center for Business Ingenuity

Women In Leadership Development (WILD) Conference 

Thursday, May 2, 2019 – 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m. 

Ambassador Banquet & Conference Center, 7794 Peach St, Erie. 

Cost: $75 (Pre-registration required.) 

With a 2019 theme of Inspiration, the conference will feature opening and closing speakers Karla Wludyga, Executive Coach and Senior Management Consultant with PRADCO in Cleveland and author, entrepreneur Donna Reese, and breakout sessions on the topics of leadership and marketing. Breakfast and lunch will be served. 

Register online at www.wildconf.org or call (814) 871-7232 for additional details. 

 

The First Step Seminar 

Thursday, May 9, 2019 – 6–9 p.m. 

Center for Business Ingenuity, Room 104, 900 State St., Erie, PA 

Cost: FREE in celebration of National Small Business Week (Pre-registration required) 

Are you considering starting your own business but don’t know where to begin? This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership, including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan and exploring financing options. 

Register online at http://www.sbdcgannon.org/seminars or call (814) 871-7232 for additional details. 

 

HR Basics for the New Business (and the not so new) 

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 9—10:30 a.m. 

Center for Business Ingenuity, Room 010, 900 State St., Erie, PA 

Cost: FREE (Pre-registration required) 

Starting out, most new entrepreneurs focus on the operational and financial sides of their business. HR concerns aren’t even a concern—until they hire their first employee. HR professional Tom Benson knows that the best time to address the Human Resources piece of the enterprise is at the very beginning. This seminar will provide you with a proactive approach to HR issues and help you to develop a simple foundation for employee relations and help your new business to acquire solid contributors that will grow with the organization and help it to succeed. 

Register online at http://www.sbdcgannon.org/seminars or call (814) 871-7232 for additional details.

 

Facebook Marketing Strategies for Your Small Business 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 9—11:30 a.m. 

Center for Business Ingenuity, Room 104, 900 State St., Erie, PA 

Cost: $35 (Pre-registration required) 

To be successful marketing on Facebook you must know the basics of attracting and engaging your followers so they will become valuable customers. Facebook can help you reach the people who matter most to your business. Shane Foster will discuss Facebook strategies used by the 50+ million small businesses to effectively to reach their audiences. 

You will learn: 

• How to maintain an effective presence on Facebook 

• How to efficiently use the features of Facebook for small businesses 

• How to make your Facebook Page easier to find by more people 

• Strategies for mixing social networking into your business marketing 

Register online at http://www.sbdcgannon.org/seminars or call (814) 871-7232 for additional details.

 

Preparing Your Credit for a Small Business Loan 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 9:30 -11 a.m. 

Center for Business Ingenuity, Room 104, 900 State St., Erie, PA 

Cost: $35 (Pre-registration required) 

Starting a small business requires time, determination, and sometimes, a little cash. In this seminar Marcia McGavisk, Director of Capital Acquisition for Kutztown SBDC, and Business Consultant, Jacob Jones, advise on how to get financials ready for a lender. Topics will include types and varieties of loan options, common mistakes or myths and what lenders look for in a personal financial statement. This is an essential presentation for any business owner contemplating seeking financing. 

Register online at http://www.sbdcgannon.org/seminars or call (814) 871-7232 for additional details.

 

Employee Retention Strategies 

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 9—10:30 a.m. 

Founders Room, Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce, 41 Chestnut Avenue, Sharon, PA 

Cost: FREE (Pre-registration required) 

Unemployment is decreasing. Labor markets are tightening, and many employers are having a hard time filling job vacancies. One way to respond--and a very cost-effective one--is to retain the employees you already have. In this fast-paced workshop you will learn how to assess your current Human Resources program as it relates to finding good employees and then keeping them. Discover the simple and basic components of a sound employee relations process that can help you accomplish these critical goals. 

Register online at http://www.sbdcgannon.org/seminars or call (814) 871-7232 for additional details.

 

Is Franchising Right for Me and How Do I Get Started? 

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 10 a.m.—12 p.m. 

Center for Business Ingenuity, Room 104, 900 State St., Erie, PA 

Cost: $35 (Pre-registration required) 

Learn the qualities to look for in a successful franchise and learn techniques to gather the facts. John Tubridy so your decisions are based on what you know, not what you suppose. John Tubridy, Market President with FranNet, will cover all of the ins and outs of choosing, owning, and operating a franchise. FranNet is the industry’s most respected leader in franchise consulting services. FranNet helps its clients make sound business decisions by assisting them in evaluating the various types of business opportunities in the marketplace. 

Register online at http://www.sbdcgannon.org/seminars or call (814) 871-7232 for additional details.

Gannon University Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge (I-HACK)

Gannon University announces the launch of the Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge (I-HACK).