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SBA Hurricane Sandy Funding brings free training to disaster-hit counties

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Women's Business and Training Center is offering business information sessions at no cost in Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas and Webster counties. Sessions are made possible through funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration's Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief.

Sessions include "Business Basics and Financing," "Marketing," "Customer Service," "Dealing with Difficult People," "Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint," "Affordable Healthcare Act," "HIPAA" and "Manufacturing Assistance."

There is no cost for the training; however, pre-registration is required, and lunch will be served. To pre-register, call Karen at 800-766-4556 or 304-253-3145.

Schedule for Fayette and Kanawha counties:

Business basics/financing

ABCs of Starting a Business: 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 30. Those wanting to own a business can discover how to obtain a business license, choose a business location and plan and finance a business. Get marketing and managing tips and information about how to select a legal structure for the business.

Business Planning and Financing: 12:30 to 2 p.m. July 30, at the SBA Office conference room in Charleston. Discover the basics of how to research and develop a business plan that will serve as the blueprint for a business idea. Explore how to prepare a budget and other financial data required to determine the feasibility of an idea or to package a loan when seeking funding sources.

Microsoft Office Use For Business: Aug. 21, Upper Kanawha Valley Community Building, Montgomery. MS Office Word for Business: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. MS Office Excel for Business: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and MS Office PowerPoint for Business, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Health care

Health care: Aug. 13, SBA Charleston office conference room. Affordable Care Act: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. HIPAA: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Manufacturing

Manufacturing: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 13, SBA Office, Charleston, conference room. Discover The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI). RCBI encourages job creation, economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship by supporting manufacturing companies of all sizes.

Marketing

Marketing Smarts Part 1: Developing Your Marketing Strategy, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Aug. 27, SBA Office conference room in Charleston. This workshop covers finding your target market, the psychology of sales, identifying your USP, making the best of a small budget, choosing and evaluating media, and new consumer trends.

Marketing Smarts Part 2: Marketing on a Budget, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 27, SBA Office, conference room, Charleston. Discuss the marketing strategies to utilize that will cost little or no money, and get up to date on new marketing options.

For information on other counties covered under this funding, contact Karen Jones at 304-253-3145 or visit our website at www.westvirginiawbc.org.


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