ASBTDC Plans Workshops for Early 2019

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech University has announced training opportunities during the first quarter of 2019.

The ATU ASBTDC regional office is designed to assist new, existing, and expanding businesses by offering a variety of services including free one-to-one confidential consulting, free market research and low-cost or free training.

For more information go to www.atu.edu/asbtdc or call (479) 356-2067.

QuickBooks Desktop Basics & Beyond • Wednesday, Jan. 30
The ATU regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “QuickBooks Desktop Basics & Beyond” from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. This interactive workshop is for those using or planning to use QuickBooks Desktop (Pro, Premier, and Enterprise) software. Topics build from navigation and company set up to reconciling accounts, handling revenue, accounts receivable, accounts payable, bank feeds, inventory, customizing reports and more. A computer and a take-home workbook are provided. Cost to attend is $130. Seating is limited with registration required no later than Tuesday, Jan. 29, at www.asbtdc.org/russellville-events or (479) 356-2067.

Buying or Selling a Business? Ask the Experts First • Wednesday, Feb. 13
The Arkansas District Office of the Small Business Administration and the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center present “Buying or Selling a Business? Ask the Experts First” from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce. Before buying or selling a business, it is important to understand the process and the critical considerations involved. Hear from and interact with our panel of subject matter experts including a business broker, an attorney and a Certified Public Accountant. There is no fee to attend due to a sponsorship by Regions Bank. Registration is required at http://bit.ly/RussellvilleBizBuySell or (479) 356-2067.

Buying or Selling a Business? Ask the Experts First • Wednesday, Feb. 20
The Arkansas District Office of the Small Business Administration and the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center present “Buying or Selling a Business? Ask the Experts First” from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce. Before buying or selling a business, it is important to understand the process and the critical considerations involved. Hear from and interact with our panel of subject matter experts including a business broker, an attorney and a Certified Public Accountant. There is no fee to attend due to a sponsorship by Regions Bank. Registration is required at http://bit.ly/RussellvilleBizBuySell or (479) 356-2067.

Build and Protect Your Business Credit Score • Tuesday, Feb. 26
The ATU regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “Build and Protect Your Business Credit Score” from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Like individuals, businesses have their own credit scores. However, the way they are reported and your ability to freeze them is quite different. Strong business credit can open up opportunities to grow your business, including attractive financing options. But, you need to be proactive to build and protect your commercial credit ratings. Join credit expert Gerri Detweiler, education director for Nav, for this free webinar as she explains how to build, leverage and protect your business credit. You’ll learn which credit bureaus compile these reports and how they are used, business credit scores and the factors that help build strong scores, key ways business credit is different from personal, quick steps you can take now to build business credit, why you must monitor your business credit and how to do that for free. Registration required at www.asbtdc.org/russellville-events or (479) 356-2067.

Selling to the Government • Wednesday, March 6
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and the Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center presents “Selling to the Government” from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, March 6, at the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce. Selling to the government is different than selling in the private sector. Come learn about different government contract types, state and federal procurement processes, and how you can register your business to sell products or services to the government. This course is of special benefit to those companies that have no experience in government contracting or are relatively new to the process. Although there is no fee to attend, seating is limited with registration required no later than March 5 at www.asbtdc.org/russellville-events or (479) 356-2067.

Starting a Business in Arkansas • Tuesday, March 12
The ATU regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “Starting a Business in Arkansas” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. This basic seminar discusses essential startup steps, legal business structures, regulations, licensing, key issues that affect your business success and common pitfalls entrepreneurs face. This event is taught by a business consultant and an attorney. It is a must for first-time small business owners. Cost to attend is $30, and veterans attend free. Seating is limited with registration required no later than Monday, March 11, at www.asbtdc.org/russellville-events or (479) 356-2067.

QuickBooks Online Basics & Beyond • Thursday, March 21
The ATU regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “QuickBooks Online Basics & Beyond” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thurdsay, March 21, at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. This interactive workshop is for those using or planning to use the cloud-based version of QuickBooks (Simple Start, Essentials, or Online Plus). Topics build from navigation and company set up to reconciling accounts, handling revenue, accounts receivable, accounts payable, bank feeds, inventory, customizing reports and more. A computer and a take-home workbook are provided. Cost to attend is $130. Seating is limited with registration required no later than Wednesday, March 20, at www.asbtdc.org/russellville-events or (479) 356-2067.

Small Business Financial Management • Thursday, March 28
The ATU regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents “Small Business Financial Management” on Thursday, March 28, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn the rules and how to use the basic tools for sound business financial management. Topics include bookkeeping best practices, an overview of common financial statements and financing for your business. There is no cost to attend due to a sponsorship by Simmons Bank, but seating is limited and registration is required no later than Wednesday, March 27, at www.asbtdc.org/russellville-events or (479) 356-2067.

Free webinars for small businesses are now offered on a wide range of topics. The live sessions are led by ASBTDC staff and subject matter experts. Go to asbtdc.org/training/webinars for a list of seminars and registration information.

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration through a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Arkansas Tech University College of Business.

All ASBTDC programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Ronda Hawkins at (479) 356-2067.

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