Small business development seminar/workshops will be offered at various places throughout September
09/07/2005

Fort Hays State University's Small Business Development Center is providing various seminars/workshops during September. The seminars available are the Business Plan and Start-up Seminar; three workshops in the Back to the Basics Series: Basics of record Keeping, Basics of Office Management and Basics of Marketing; and the E-Commerce Roundtable.

The Business Plan and Start-up Seminar is offered in three locations: Hays, Colby and Great Bend. The Hays start-up seminar is offered Sept. 7 and 21 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the SBDC office, 109 W. 10th St. The Colby seminar will be Sept. 16 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Thomas County Office Complex, 350 S. Range. The Great Bend start-up seminar will be Sept. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, 1307 Williams.

Starting a business is an important process with many decisions and duties. This seminar is provided to offer an overview of what starting a business in Kansas is like. At these sessions, participants learn about naming the business, making important decisions in determining the legal form of the business and the mechanics of writing a business plan, paying taxes, preparing a cash flow projection and confronting other issues important to a new business.

Basics of Record Keeping is offered in Hays, Colby and Great Bend. The Hays seminar is offered Sept. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Commerce Bank Basement, 718 Main St. The Colby seminar is Oct. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Thomas County Office Complex, 350 S. Range. The Great Bend seminar is Nov. 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Golden Belt One-Stop, 1025 Main St.

Basics of Record Keeping teaches how to set up a chart of accounts while understanding the purpose for each account. Discussion covers all types of forms. If you would like to better understand your manual or computerized accounting system, this seminar is especially beneficial to the beginner. It covers both manual and computerized accounting systems.

Basics of Office Management is offered in Hays, Colby and Great Bend. The Hays seminar is Sept. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. at the Sternberg Museum, 3000 Sternberg Dr. The Colby seminar is Oct. 26 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Thomas County Office Complex, 350 S. Range. The Great Bend seminar is offered Nov. 16, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Golden Belt One-Stop, 1025 Main St.

Basics of Office Management teaches the best techniques and practices for running a more efficient and effective office. It covers telephone techniques, filing systems, time management, customer service, organizational skills, business etiquette, record keeping, petty cash policy and cross-training. The seminar focuses on providing new office management trends that will serve as either a refresher for those already trained or a basic overview who are new to formal office management training.

Basics of Marketing is offered in Hays, Colby and Great Bend. The Hays seminar is Sept. 13 from 10 to noon at the Sternberg Museum, 3000 Sternberg Dr. The Colby seminar is Nov. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Thomas County Office Complex, 350 S. Range. The Great Bend seminar is Nov. 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Front Door, 1615 10th St.

This seminar gives an overview of the marketing process in a small business. Topics include how much to spend, who to target, knowing the competition, defining the message, how and where to schedule messages and other communication methods. Participants need to bring a calculator, sales projects for the next 12 months or for the next calendar year and percent of sales by month for the last 12 months or actual and projected monthly sales for the current year.

E-Commerce Roundtable is offered only twice, both in Hays at the Sternberg Museum, 3000 Sternberg Drive, on Sept. 14 from noon to 2 p.m., and on Nov. 9 from noon to 2 p.m.

The seminar is a round table for current SBDC clients who are in some phase of e-commerce, from beginning to selling products and services online. E-commerce professionals will make presentations and answer questions on the issues and challenges of e-commerce.

Pre-registration and a $40 fee is required for each seminar. For more information or to register, call (785) 628-6786 or email: sbdc@fhsu.edu.


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