SBDC seminars-workshops available throughout November
10/11/2005

Fort Hays State University's Small Business Development Center is providing various seminars and workshops during November.

The Business Plan and Start-up Seminar is offered in three locations: Hays, Colby and Great Bend. The Great Bend start-up seminar will be Oct. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, 1307 Williams. The Hays start-up seminar is offered Nov. 2, 16 and19 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the SBDC office, 109 W. 10th St. The Colby seminar will be Nov. 11 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Thomas County Office Complex, 350 S. Range Ave.

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.

Registration for this seminar is $35. Pre-registration is required.

Record Keeping with Quickbooks will be offered in Colby on Nov. 3, 10 and 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 at Colby Community College's Bedker Hall, room 607, and in Hays at FHSU's McCartney Hall, room 103.

The workshop is taught in three sessions using QuickBooks software.

Session one, on Nov. 3, covers the Basics of Recordkeeping, Getting Started with QuickBooks and Working with Lists. Session two, on Nov. 10, covers How to Set up Inventory, Invoicing, Customizing/Designing Forms and Payment Processing. Session three, on Nov. 17, covers Payroll, Sales Tax and Creating Reports.
Registration is $150 until Oct. 27. Late registration is $180.

Basics of Marketing is offered in Hays and Colby. The Hays seminar is Nov. 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the SBDC office. The Colby seminar is Nov. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Thomas County Office Complex.

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 projections 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.

Registration for this seminar is $40. Late registration, one week before the seminar, is $55.

The Basics of Record Keeping is offered in Great Bend on 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. This seminar is especially beneficial to the beginner. It covers both manual and computerized accounting systems.

Registration for this seminar is $40. Late registration, one week before the seminar, is $55.

Basics of Office Management is offered in Great Bend on Nov. 16 from 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 for those who are new to formal office management training.

Registration for this seminar is $40. Late registration, one week before the seminar, is $55.

E-Commerce Roundtable is offered in Hays at the Sternberg Museum, 3000 Sternberg Dr., 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.

This free seminar requires pre-registration.

How to Get More Customers (Marketing) will be offered in Colby on Nov. 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Thomas County Office Complex, 350 S. Range Ave.

The seminar will focus on techniques for advertising, public relations and promotional techniques that have proven successful in today's market. Topics will cover tips in how to identify your target audience, defining appropriate media for your market niche and utilizing databases for maximum impact.

Registration is $40. Late registration, one week before the seminar, is $55.

OSHA 10-Hour. Safety Training is offered in at Larned, over two days, on Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Chamber of Commerce, 502 S. Broadway St.
The workshop is a full-course on OSHA regulations. Employees are qualified in areas of means of egress, fire protection, machine guarding, personal protective equipment, walking/working surfaces, hazard communications, record keeping, ergonomics, lockout/tagout and electrical.

Registration is $150 and the registration deadline is Nov. 10. Late registration is $180.

For more information or to pre-register, call (785) 628-6786 or e-mail: sbdc@fhsu.edu.


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