Business Plan

Thursday, November 05, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
This two (2) hour workshop training events assist the participant in understanding the processes involved in the development of a viable and comprehensive business plan, as well as, helping to establish a framework for undertaking the necessary steps to test a business concept and determine feasibility. The workshop facilitates discussion on the important elements of the business plan, and assist the participant in understanding their relative importance. During the workshop, considerable resource and reference materials are made available to participant.

Government Contracting

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Wednesday, October 28
Small and mid-sized government contractors require proven solutions that will help them win new business. SBA, DC-PTAC and DSBDC are sponsoring 3 powerful training sessions that will accelerate growth. SESSION 1 DEVELOPING THE VALUE PROPOSITION • WEDNESDAY, 10.14.15 • 1PM-4PM This session teaches techniques for establishing uniqueness in the government market. It provides framework for developing a relevant value proposition and succinct “elevator pitch”. SESSION 2 ENGAGING IN STRATEGIC CAPTURE • WEDNESDAY, 10.21.15 • 1PM-4PM This session is designed to introduce proven and effective tactics for capture. It includes providing a system for identifying, analyzing and pursing high win probability contract opportunities. SESSION 3 ACHIEVING SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS • WEDNESDAY, 10.28.15 • 1PM-4PM This session teaches the principles and strategy for succeeding with large prime contractors. It provides the steps to take get a funded subcontracts and access to new business opportunities.
Fee: $ 112.50

International Trade

Thursday, November 05, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you an entrepreneur ready to take your product or services overseas? Exporting can offer your company major growth opportunities in markets outside the United States. The Samall Business Development Center at the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation is hosting a training workshop for businesses and entrepreneurs interested in international markets. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to identify the primary markets for their product or service, successful market entry strategies and best practices from experts in international trade. This workshop is taught from a beginner’s perspective and will provide you with a comprehensive overview of strategies and resources to help you decide if exporting is right for your business and how to get started. Topics will include: • Basic understanding of exportable products and services • Overview of international markets and export marketing • Rules, regulations, and customs that govern international trade • Exporting resources and technical assistance
Speaker: Ian J. Oliver

Legal Issues

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, 1 sessions ending Tuesday, November 24
This event is $50.00 This eight-part course is for existing small business owners, including sole proprietors, business parnerships, general managers and owners of LLC's. Participants will learn the basics of employment law, risk management, contracts, joint ventures and accounting from experienced business attorneys of D.C.'s most prestigious law firms. " How to Set Up Your Business" This session will focus on when it is time to transition from a sole proprietorship to a corporation and the tax treatment of various types of corporations. " Basics of Employment Law I" This session will discuss the legal requirements of having employees, including employee versus independent contractors; wage and hour laws; wage withholding; worker's compensation and unemployment insurance. " Basics of Employment Law II" This session will focus on hiring and firing employees; fair employment laws; unemployment insurance; and OSHA compliance. " What's in a Contract and Why" This training session will discuss the basics of business contracts. It will review the major components of standard business contracts, why those provisions are in a contract, and what they mean to the business owner. " Joint Ventures" This session will explain the implications of entering into a joint venture with another business; what a business should know about the other business before it enters into a joint venture and what the other business will want to know about you; also what provisions should be in any joint venture agreement and whether a business should consider a strategic merger. " Basics of Government Contracts" This session will discuss what additional responsibilities a business must take on when signing a business contract which is funded by the District of Columbia or Federal Governments, including performing in accordance with the terms of the contract, and the additional regulatory and recordkeeping and reporting requirements. " Risk Managment" This session will deal with the basics of insurance coverage, including general liability, worker's compensation, directors and officers insurance and business auto insurance. It will also discuss how to run a safe workplace; how to prevent a law suit and how to protect a business against potential litigation. " Accounting and Fiscal Controls" This session will focus on how to put together appropriate accounting and fiscal control methods to make certain your business run smoothly. It will also discuss implementing processes in order to streamline compliance. Questions: Please contact Lauren Paley at the Pro Bono Center at 202-737-4700, ext. 3357 or DSLBD at 202-727-2241. * Participants who successfully complete the course will be given a certificate of achievement by the sponsors, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, the D.C. Small Business Development Center Network and the D.C. Department of Small & Local Business Development.
Thursday, October 08, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Business planning is usually conducted when starting a new organization or a new major venture, for example, new product, service or program. Essentially, a business plan is a combination of a marketing plan, strategic plan, operational/management plan and a financial plan. Far more important than the plan document, is the planning process itself. This seminar provides an overview of the thought process that goes into the development of a business plan and a discussion of the reasons why.