Upcoming SBDC Training & Events

Looking to brush up on your business know-how? The SBDC’s offer educational programs geared towards entrepreneurs. Training resources include:

  • First Step Seminars
  • Business Workshops
  • Online Training
  • Pennsylvania SBDC Seminar Schedule

Business Skills Workshops

WordPress Beginners: Thursday, March 7 in Oil City
Learn How to Create Your Own Website:

This workshop will teach you:
• Getting Your Website Set-Up and Moving Around
• Using Your Dashboard
• Choosing a Theme
• Adding Pages and Menus

Fair Labor Standards Act: Tuesday, March 19 in Clarion

How does the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) affect your business? Whether you are looking to hire your first employee or if you are ready to expand your staff to 100, this seminar has the answers you are looking for. A U.S. Department of Labor specialist will present on the following topics:

• Wage and Hour’s Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) Program – how it works
• FLSA’s Minimum Wage and Overtime Requirements
• Compensable Hours Worked and Recordkeeping
• Minors – When and Where Can They Work?

Marketing 101: Wednesday, March 20
Marketing Your Small Business:

This Workshop Will Teach You:
• How to keep your marketing consistent
• How to understand your customers
• How to choose the right advertising
• How to measure your efforts
• How to build a marketing plan

WordPress Advanced: Thursday, March 21 in Oil City
Getting the Most from Your Website:

This Workshop Will Teach You:
• Working with Images and Video
• Widgets and HTML
• Linking
• Plug Ins
• Users/Security and Basic Optimization
• Social Media Tools

LaunchLINK: Wednesday, March 27 in Clarion
Know the Rules of Engagement for 1099 Independent Contractors:

In this webinar, you will learn about the issues surrounding the mounting problem of employee miss-classification, how to avoid the most common-and costly-classification mistakes, and how to create a paper trail that will protect your company-and you- in case a claim is ever made against your organization.

Facebook For Business: Thursday, March 28 in DuBois (This is taught by Ask Me.)

Have you been using Facebook for your business, but wonder how you can get more from it? What can you do to get more “likes”? What are these “Ads” all about? Do I need to sponsor my posts? Join us to learn how to get the most out of Facebook Business Pages. We’ll discuss getting started through proper planning, utilizing apps to help you manage Facebook, using insights, Facebook ads, creating quality content and more!

Topic: Facebook for Small Businesses: This workshop will teach you how to use Facebook as a marketing tool for your business by optimizing your time and efforts. You will learn how to grow your reach, expand your fan base, and build valuable relationships online.F

First Step Seminars

The First Steps to Start and Finance Your Business

Clarion: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s March 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

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