Career & Entrepreneurship Center

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Career & Entrepreneurship Center

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Starting a Business
Tuesday, September 1st; 12-2PM

Description: The best way to get started! Receive information on the necessary licenses, permits, legal documents and requirements to do business in the State of Florida. Learn to refine your ideas into a plan for success.
Where: Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
$10 I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE Options for Manufacturing Your Product
Thursday, September 3rd; 6-8PM

Description: This workshop will cover key manufacturing related topics including should you produce your product yourself or contract it out, how to choose a contract manufacturer, the importance of product and material specifications, the need for quality control, realistic marketing projections, production planning, financing the start-up, and many more.
Where: SPC Clearwater Campus. 2465 Drew Street, Room ES324, Clearwater 33765.
FREE I Register to Attend.

QuickBooks
Tuesday, September 8th; 12-2PM

Description: Get an overview of QuickBooks accounting software. Learn to set up the chart of account and the basic functions of the most popular software among accounting professionals today. Guest presenter Michael Carlisle, Enrolled Agent.
Where: Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
$20 I PleaseRSVP to Attend.

Business Plans
Tuesday, September 15th: 12-2PM

Description: Develop the right plan for your business needs. Receive an overview and discount on LivePlan cloud based business planning software which features easy financials, a simple pitch format, and performance tracking. Ideal for new or experienced business owners to manage business growth, communicate ideas, or borrow money.
Where: Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
$20 I Click to Register.

Business Plans
Tuesday, September 15th: 12-2PM

Description: Develop the right plan for your business needs. Receive an overview and discount on LivePlan cloud based business planning software which features easy financials, a simple pitch format, and performance tracking. Ideal for new or experienced business owners to manage business growth, communicate ideas, or borrow money.
Where: Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
$20 I Click to Register.

CEO- Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization Club Meeting-Fall Kick Off!
Thursday, September 17th; 5-7PM

Description: Come join us for the Fall Kick Off meeting of the CEO Club! All are welcome to attend and join in the fun! We will have food and refreshments, so please RSVP! We will be voting on officers, networking and more!
Where: SPC Seminole Campus-Room UP156
Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE Managing Your Time, People and Resources
Thursday, September 17th; 6-8PM

Description: Can you effectively run your own business with employees and the ever increasing crunch on your time? Upon completion of this complimentary, interactive course, you will understand a full range of Human Resources operational and administrative practices including: Recruiting; selection/interviewing/orientation; Employee & career development; Performance management; Record keeping/record retention; The legal requirements of Human Resources management; Common compliance pitfalls and Employment law basics.
Where: SPC Clearwater Campus. 2465 Drew Street, Room ES324, Clearwater 33765.
FREE I Register to Attend.

Selling to Pinellas County Government
Tuesday, September 22nd; 12-2PM

Description: Get an overview of the Pinellas County Purchasing Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program. Learn how to register to do business with County Government.
Where: SPCPinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SPC's Career Services offers free workshops, job fairs and other events. See SPC Career Services Events.

The event information provided is updated regularly, but these events are not managed by SPC. Students are encouraged to confirm event times, locations and costs prior to attendance.

Sales 101: How to Close Deals and Make Money
Tuesday, September 1st; 2-4PM

Description: Becoming a master at selling your product and getting clients to buy can be a challenging task for many small business owners. Join us for an intense two-hour workshop focused on how to sell your product. Learn how to determine distribution channels, evaluate your sales process, build a sales team and motivate them using sales tools and much more!
Where:The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE Franchising 101: Exploring the Myths and Facts
Tuesday, September 1st; 2-3:30PM

Description: Learn about options in the franchise world, the benefits and how to find the right franchise.
Where:The Palm Harbor Library. 2330 Nebraska Avenue, Palm Harbor 34683.
FREE I to Register click here.

SCORE 10 Tips for Advertising Your Business
Tuesday, September 1st; 6-8PM

Description: The media, positioning your business; the internet; and marketing tips for small business owners.
Where:Enoch Davis Recreation Center. 1111 18th Ave South, St Petersburg, FL 33705
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, September 2nd; 9-10AM

Description: Each week, Kaufman Foundation’s 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their start-up to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
Where:The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please Register to Attend.

Introduction to Business Startup
Wednesday, September 2nd; 6-8PM; First Wednesday of the month

Description: Covers concept feasibility, marketing, business planning, financing and licensing issues.
Where:The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

Tampa Bay Innovation Center Presents TECH Talk
“Diary of an Entrepreneur”

Tuesday, September 8th; 8:30-10:30AM

Description: September's TECH Talk is the quarterly "Diary of an Entrepreneur" series. The program, “Creative Sign Designs – A Startup from an Unintended Turnaround,” will be presented by Creative Sign Designs President and CEO Jamie Harden. Harden will describe how he went from acquiring Creative Mailbox & Sign Designs in 2005, then going through the down housing market that began 2008, to a new focus on the signage business. Creative Sign Designs is now a nationally-recognized custom sign company focused on providing design-build architectural signage solutions. With headquarters in Tampa, Creative also has offices in Orlando, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale.
Where:: Microsoft, 5426 Bay Center Drive, 7th Floor, Tampa 33609
FREE I Please Register to Attend.

Intellectual Property Anyone?
Tuesday, September 8th; 6-8PM

Description: Fundamentals of copyrights, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights and trade secrets critical to protecting your business.
Where:: The Greenhouse - 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I RSVP to Attend.

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, September 9th; 9-10AM

Description: Each week, Kaufman Foundation’s 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their start-up to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
Where:: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Register to Attend

Grant Writing Basics
Wednesday, September 9th; 6-8PM

Description: Is your nonprofit looking for additional funding and considering pursuing grants to meet this need? Is your organization ready? Attend this working to gain an understanding of what the grant writing process involves. Some workshop highlights are: determining grant readiness in your organization, identifying funding prospects, preparing the grant proposal and best practices in grant writing.
Where:: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend

How to Apply for an SBA Loan
Thursday, September 10th; 2-4PM

Description: Learn about how to apply for SBA loans and financing programs. Loan programs, loan eligibility, and available active SBA Lender for your type of business information will be discussed.
Where: GREENHOUSE - (Formerly Business Assistance Center) 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend

SCORE How to Make Your Business Thrive, Not Just Survive
Thursday, September 10th; 5-6:45PM

Description: In this workshop you will receive practical advice about using the essential disciplines of Money, Marketing, and Management to build a better business
Where:Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater, 33755.
FREE I Please Register to Attend

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery for Small Business Owners
Thursday, September 10th; 6-8PM

Description: Learn strategies for preparing your business for hurricane season and other potential disasters as well as SBA Disaster Recovery Loan info.
Where: The Greenhouse - 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend

SCORE Grow Your Business- Full Day Workshop
Saturday, September 12th; 8AM-3:30PM

Description: FREE one day, fast track program for existing small businesses to learn and develop new strategies to grow their business. Presented by skilled, seasoned business experts from SCORE, they will help you identify and prioritize actions necessary for you to grow your business and succeed.
Where: Enoch Davis Center. 1111 18th Avenue South, St Pete 33705.
FREE I Please Register to Attend

SCORE Keys to Running a Successful Business
Saturday, September 15th; 7-9PM

Description: In this workshop, Larry Hunt will first highlight the Key reasons for business failure. Once that has been covered, he will go through several of the KEYS TO RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL SMALL BUSINESS and how you can master these KEYS to make sure that you meet your profit goals.
Where: Tarpon Springs Library, 138 East Lemon Street, Tarpon Springs 34689.
FREE I Register to Attend

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, September 16th; 9-10AM

Description: Each week, Kaufman Foundation’s 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their start-up to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Register to Attend

Keys to Developing a Product That People Will Buy
Wednesday, September 16th; 6-8PM

Description: This workshop focuses on developing a product that people will buy, whether your business is consulting, retail, physical product or tech. It’s about understanding your potential customer and answering the three critical questions: is there a real problem that a lot of people actually have? Is there an urgent need to solve the problem? Does your product offer a compelling solution?
The workshop goes over customer investigation techniques to prove that you can generate a motivated buyer. Without a motivated buyer for your product you don’t have a saleable product, and without a saleable product you don’t have a business to build.
Where: The Greenhouse - 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend

Basics of Bonding, Part 2
Thursday, September 17th, 6-8PM

Description: This workshop includes a discussion of the function, types and cost of surety bonds; and how to obtain them. SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program will also be discussed.
Where: The Greenhouse - 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Register to Attend

SCORE Business Startup Basics
Tuesday, September 22nd; 6-8PM

Description: Are you ready to start a new small business? This workshop will lead you through the steps you should take to be successful. Some of the topics for discussion are: startup myths, critical success factors, your roles as a business owner, the most important business functions, the critical importance of cash flow, dealing with regulations, and finding good professional advisors.
Where: The Greenhouse - 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend

Introduction to Business Financing
Wednesday, September 23rd; 2-3PM

Description: Learn about small business financing programs and requirements.
Where: The Greenhouse - 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I To Register, click here

SCORE Advanced QuickBooks (Q&A)
Thursday, September 24th; 6-8PM

Description: This hands-on workshop is for advanced QuickBooks users who are having difficulties with specific QuickBooks applications, and/or have tax questions that may not be covered by basic and intermediate workshops.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I To Register, click here

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, September 23rdth; 9-10AM

Description: Each week, Kaufman Foundation’s 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their start-up to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Register to Attend

SCORE How to Research and Plan for Your Business
Tuesday, September 29th; 5:30-8PM

Description: Understand the importance of a business plan, what kind you need, and its major elements. You will be able to start writing a business plan, and make an appointment with a SCORE counselor to guide you through the process.
Where: Enoch Davis Recreation Center. 1111 18th Avenue South, St Petersburg 33705.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend

Successfully Launching Your Business: Grand Openings & Beyond
Wednesday, September 30th; 6-7:30PM

Description: Get tips for preparing for a successful grand opening and strategies for growing your customer base after the ribbon is cut.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I To Register click here

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, September 30th; 9-10AM

Description: Each week, Kaufman Foundation’s 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their start-up to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Register to Attend