The Small Business Certificate Program has been designed for use by the small business owner or prospective business owner. These courses offer practical knowledge based on business theories presented in a friendly format and are applicable in the small business setting. This series is offered by the Black Hawk College Illinois SBDC, the Iowa Small Business Development Centers, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, the Colona Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce, Kewanee Economic Development Corporation, and the village of Milan.
To register for any of the program series below, fax (309-757-7341) or mail our Registration Form (SBDC Courses) to our location.
Class location: All classes are at the Illinois Small Business Development Center, 4703 16th St., Suite G, Moline.
All sessions are 9 a.m. to noon and noon to 3 p.m.
Week 1 September 19, 2015
9:00 am – Is Owning a Small Business for You? & Overview of a Business Plan
Learn about the world of owning your own business, the myths and realities of self-employment, and your entrepreneurial potential. Discover what a business plan entails and why you need one.
CRN: 81803 Saturday, September 19, 2015 CEU .3 Fee: $50
12:00 pm – Expenses, Sales, Profits -What Do the Numbers Mean to the Business
This session will help you understand sales projections/cash flow statements and how they are part of your business plan.
CRN: 81804 Saturday, September 19, 2015 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Week 2 September 26, 2015
9:00 am – Financing a Small Business
This session examines the various funding sources available to finance a project. Learn how the SBDC can help you develop a successful approach to successfully acquiring a business loan.
CRN: 81805 Saturday, September 26, 2015 CEU .3 Fee: $50
12:00 pm – Creation of Pro-Forma and Start-up Financials for the Lender/Investor/Spouse
Create your startup and the and the 1st year of their pro-forma projections that businesses need before presenting to a lender, an investor, or spouse. You will also receive a flash drive with business plan templates, your personalized start-up and first year pro-forma statement.
CRN: 81806 Saturday, September 26, 2015 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Week 3 October 3, 2015
9:00 am – How to Market and Promote a Small Business
Learn the fundamentals of marketing. Learn which mediums of advertising and promoting are best suited for your type of business.
CRN: 81806 Saturday, October 3, 2015 CEU .3 Fee: $50
12 pm – Business Ownership Structures and Taxes & Types of Business Insurance
Identify different structures of business ownership, required taxes and basic legal pitfalls to avoid. Find out how much and what type of insurance you will need from a licensed insurance broker.
CRN: 81808 Saturday, October 3, 2015 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Week 4 October 17, 2015
9:00 am – Utilizing the Internet, Email, and Social Media as a Business Tool
Determine what type of online presence will best fit your business and how to develop it. Learn what qualities determine a good site, available options and the costs associated with owning and maintaining a site. Improve your bottom line with social media and effective e-mail campaigns.
CRN: 81809 Saturday, October 17, 2015 CEU .3 Fee: $50
12:00 pm – Enhance Your Online Presence
Learn about and view examples of social media marketing, blogging, e-mail marketing, online sales, search engine optimization and pay-per-click advertising. Facebook for Business and Constant Contact will be presented as options.
CRN: 81810 Saturday, October 17, 2015 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Week 5 October 24, 2015
9:00 am – Small Business Management Styles & Business Continuity Planning
Examine different styles of business managers and which one may best fit your personality Learn about business continuity planning and preparedness in the event of a disruption or disaster.
CRN: 81812 Saturday, October 24 2015 CEU .3 Fee: $50
12:00 pm – Human Resources
Employees are an asset. Learn the basic regulations of hiring, when to terminate, and methods to motivate and retain good employees. Also, learn how to preform CPR with American Heart Association training and certification.
CRN: 81811 Saturday, October 24, 2015 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Entire Series CRN: 81813
Entire Series CEU: 3.0
Entire Series Fee: $350
Black Hawk College
Illinois workNet Center
4703 16th St., Suite G
Moline, IL 61265
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joel YoungsRoom 214
Call Mary at 309.796.5714 to register for classes or email her at email@example.com