This is our statewide listing of workshop events. If you click on the workshop events listed below on the calendar, more information and registration instructions will pop up.

Jul
26
Wed
Social Media Breakfast @ First Citizens National Bank
Jul 26 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Join the social Media Breakfast Club in Mason City to make some business and social connections through sharing stories and discussion about the influence of social media!

Aug
2
Wed
Smart Start Workshop @ North Iowa Area Community College, PC 117
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Start Smart is a two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a business or expanding a business. Attendees will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership, and learn how to register a business with the state.

Pre-registration is required.

To Register, please call Mary Spitz at 641-422-4111 or email her at mary.spitz@niacc.edu.

 

Aug
4
Fri
First Friday Event: Vanessa McNeal @ Gravitate Valley Junction
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

To Register for this event, click HERE.

This First Friday event features Vanessa McNeal, MSW, of McNeal Media. Vanessa is an accomplished and acknowledged public speaker and storyteller. Through her work in speaking and film production, she informs and transforms audiences with her passion and veracity. Vanessa is a survivor of child abuse and sexual violence, but she uses her past as a vehicle to empower, educate, and inspire others. ​Vanessa is the producer of the internationally recognized documentary, “The Voiceless”, an hour long documentary that features the stories of male survivors of sexual violence. The documentary explores taboos, stereotypes, intersectionality, and the impact sexual violence has on male survivors. To learn more about Vanessa, visit www.vanessamcneal.com.

First Friday is an opportunity for savvy, successful business owners and entrepreneurs in Greater Des Moines (DSM) to share their stories. The First Friday series gives a chance for attendees to catch some words of wisdom from women who have experienced entrepreneurship first-hand. Past speakers include Leng Vong Reiff of Akili Design and Marketing Services, Liz Lidgett of Adore Your Walls and Emma Walsmith of Tikly.

Sessions are free and open to the public from Noon to 1 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Locations rotate among The Iowa Center, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Gravitate Valley Junction.

Presented by:

Iowa Center for Economic Success – www.theiowacenter.org.
Iowa Women’s Business Center – http://theiowacenter.org/womensbusinesscenter
Greater Des Moines Partnership – https://www.dsmpartnership.com

 

Aug
8
Tue
Social Media Breakfast @ Northwood Chamber of Commerce
Aug 8 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Join the social Media Breakfast Club in Mason City to make some business and social connections through sharing stories and discussion about the influence of social media!  Registration not required.

 

Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map – with Google @ BioVentures Center, Multipurpose Room
Aug 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This is a hands-on workshop. Please bring a laptop or mobile device with you.

Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  To Register, click HERE

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
This program helps local businesses in our cities and state update and improve their online information where customers are searching for them the most – Google Search and Maps.

Without a local business listing in an online search engine, small businesses are missing out on potential customers, which means a lot of small businesses are missing out on sales. Businesses that have complete business information online are TWICE as likely to be considered reputable by consumers.

In this 1 1/2 hour, NO-FEE workshop you and your fellow businesses will:
• Learn how to put more information about your businesses into Google
• Get your companies verified for Google searches
• Add information such as location and hours of operation
• Add photos to enhance the listing
• Get a diagnostic tool to see how you can improve your listing and visibility
• Have access to a one-year free website and domain name from Google partner StartLogic

Here is a link to frequently asked questions and answers about the program.
https://www.gybo.com/faq

INSTRUCTOR
Pam Johnson, a former SBDC Regional Director, will be facilitating the workshop. Please feel free to contact Pam directly at pjohnsonep@gmail.com or 612-940-3369 if you have any questions about the program.

SPONSORED BY
America’s SBDC Iowa
Google
The University of Iowa Research Park

 

 

Aug
9
Wed
Social Media Breakfast @ Center I
Aug 9 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Join the social Media Breakfast Club in Mason City to make some business and social connections through sharing stories and discussion about the influence of social media! Registration not required.

 

Aug
10
Thu
Data Analytics for Small Businesses: Getting Started @ NICC Town Clock Business Center
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

To Register, click HERE or call 563-557-8271, Ext. 380 and register for Workshop #56757.

You know the importance of using data analytics to guide business decisions, but how do you get started if you haven’t hopped on that bandwagon yet? This workshop is designed to answer that question. We will demonstrate how the entrepreneurial software LIVEPLAN and customer contact management program MailChimp make real-world business benchmarks accessible to you.

Please bring your laptop or device with you because these applications will be available at no cost.

We will also be discussing financial software, e-commerce and social media platforms that automate connections between various software applications, enabling live data feeds into an easy-to-interpret dashboard. You’ll be equipped with the tools to begin making decisions and setting goals based on measurable data rather than on hunches.

Trainer: Ralph Kluseman

Workshop sponsored by Startup Dubuque, America’s SBDC Iowa, and Northeast Iowa Community College.

Aug
15
Tue
TechBrew North Iowa @ Lake Time Brewery, Ste C
Aug 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

TechBrews are networking events designed to bring together entrepreneurs, technologists, business people and investors. It is presented by the Technology Association of Iowa in partnership with the North Iowa Corridor and NIACC’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

To Register, email Mandy McWherter at mandy@technologyiowa.com.

 

Aug
16
Wed
Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map – with Google @ Robert W. Barlow Library
Aug 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This is a hands-on workshop. Please bring a laptop or mobile device with you.

Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  To Register, email chamber@iowafallschamber.com or call 641-648-5549. 

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
This program helps local businesses in our cities and state update and improve their online information where customers are searching for them the most – Google Search and Maps.

Without a local business listing in an online search engine, small businesses are missing out on potential customers, which means a lot of small businesses are missing out on sales. Businesses that have complete business information online are TWICE as likely to be considered reputable by consumers.

In this 1 1/2 hour, NO-FEE workshop you and your fellow businesses will:
• Learn how to put more information about your businesses into Google
• Get your companies verified for Google searches
• Add information such as location and hours of operation
• Add photos to enhance the listing
• Get a diagnostic tool to see how you can improve your listing and visibility
• Have access to a one-year free website and domain name from Google partner StartLogic

Here is a link to frequently asked questions and answers about the program.
https://www.gybo.com/faq

INSTRUCTOR
Pam Johnson, a former SBDC Regional Director, will be facilitating the workshop. Please feel free to contact Pam directly at pjohnsonep@gmail.com or 612-940-3369 if you have any questions about the program.

SPONSORED BY
America’s SBDC Iowa
Google
Iowa Falls Chamber of Commerce/Main Street
Green Belt Bank & Trust
Iowa Falls State Bank
GNB Bank

 

Aug
17
Thu
Understanding S Corporations Part 1: Overview and Election @ Online webinar
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
To Register for this Free Webinar, Click HERE.
There is a Closed Captioning Session later today at 1:00 pm. Go back to the calendar and click on it to register.

 A webinar on the 2nd half of this subject is being held on Sept. 7th. 

This webinar will provide an overview of:
  • Definition of an S corporation and its qualifications
  • Discussion on how and when to elect to be taxed as an S corporation
  • Discussion on late election relief procedures
  • The concept of reasonable compensation for S-Corp shareholder/employees
  • Discussion on rules for fringe benefits to 2% shareholders
  • A Live Q & A

Presenters:  Richard Furlong, Senior Stakeholder Liaison
Senior Stakeholder Liaison
Moderator:   Kristen Deazeley, Stakeholder Liaison

NOTE: You can earn up to 1 CE credit of Federal Tax between BOTH web conferences broadcast on Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Workshop brought to you by the IRS.