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.
Registration deadline is February 10, 2016.
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 February 20, 2016
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: 11543 Saturday, February 20, 2016 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: 11544 Saturday, September 19, 2016 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Week 2 February 27, 2016
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: 11545 Saturday, February 27, 2016 CEU .3 Fee: $50
12:00 pm – Financials for the Lender/Investor/Spouse
Create your start-up and first year of 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 as well as their personalized start-up and 1st year pro-forma statement.
CRN: 11546 Saturday, February 27, 2016 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Week 3 March 5, 2016
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: 11547 Saturday, March 5, 2016 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: 11548 Saturday, March 5, 2016 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Week 4 March 12, 2016
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: 11549 Saturday, March 12, 2016 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: 11550 Saturday, March 12, 2016 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Week 5 March 19, 2016
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: 11552 Saturday, March 19, 2016 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: 11551 Saturday, March 19, 2016 CEU .3 Fee: $50
Entire Series CRN: 11553
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 Youngs
Call Mary at 309.796.5714 to register for classes or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration deadline is February 10, 2016.