Last updated 3/28/2014
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 Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, the Geneseo Chamber of Commerce, the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce, Kewanee Economic Development Corporation, Regional Radio Group 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 20, 2014
9 a.m. – 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: 81711 Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Noon – Expenses, Sales, Profits – What Do the Numbers Mean to the Business Owner?
This session will help you understand sales projections/cash flow statements and how they are part of your business plan.
CRN: 81712 Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Week 2 – September 27, 2014
9 a.m. – 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: 81713 Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Noon – Creation of Pro-Forma and Start-up Financials for the Lender/Investor/Spouse
Attendees will have hands-on computer experience creating the start-up and 3 year pro-forma projections that businesses need before presenting to a Lender, an Investor, or a Spouse.
CRN: 81714 Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Week 3 – October 4, 2014
9 a.m. – 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: 81715 Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Noon – 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: 81716 Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Week 4 – October 18, 2014
9 a.m. – Utilizing the Internet, Email, and Social Media as a Business Tool
This session will outline the method of developing a web business presence, how much it will cost, and how to maintain and update it. Learn how small businesses utilize email and social media effectively to improve the bottom line.
CRN: 81717 Saturday, Oct. 18, 20143 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Noon – Facebook and Constant Contact Workshop
Attendees will have hands-on computer experience with Facebook for business pages and using Constant Contact as methods for attracting new clients and creating “buzz” about their business.
CRN: 81718 Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Week 5 – October 25, 2014
9 a.m. – Human Resources
Employees are an asset. Learn the basic regulations of hiring, when to terminate, and methods to motivate and retain good employees.
CRN: 81719 Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Noon – Small Business Management Styles & Business Continuity Planning
The different styles of business managers and which one may best fit your personality will be examined. This session will also cover business continuity planning and preparedness in the event of a disruption or disaster. a licensed insurance broker.
CRN: 81720 Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Entire Series CRN: 81721
Entire Series CEU: 3.0
Entire Series Fee: $350
Location: Black Hawk College
Illinois workNet Center
4703 16th St., Suite G, Room 214
Moline, IL 61265
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Instructor: Joel Youngs
Call Mary at 309-796-5714 to register for classes or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.