The City of Santa Fe Business Ombudsman’s Office in partnership with the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), are announcing their free Business Education Series of Workshops and Seminars to Santa Fe businesses. Starting November 2, 2013, the Fall Series will consist of three interactive workshops and one seminar. The workshops and seminars are designed to enhance the skills of business owners and entrepreneurs and are developed to provide key resources for Santa Fe businesses.
“We’re proud to partner with SCORE to offer these resources to help Santa Fe’s economy grow and prosper one business at a time,” said Fabian Trujillo, Economic Development Division Director.
The workshops and seminars will give business owners free access to expert consultants in each subject. Registration is required and there is limited space, and participation is first come first serve. Workshops are limited to 15 attendees and seminars to 40 so space is limited. All workshops and seminars are free and will be held at the Santa Fe Business Incubator located at 3900 Paseo del Sol. For more information visit the website at www.santafescore.org.
Register by phone: 505-424-1140 (option 1) or by
These workshops and seminars provide information on key business resources and skills that are critical to the success of small businesses. Below is the schedule:
- Practical Accounting and Budgeting - Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m. - noon.
Presenter: Maryanne Mowen. Don't let numbers get you down! This workshop will help business owners determine how best to keep track of, record, and use financial information. A flexible system that can be used for budgeting and decision making will be explained. Basic budgeting will be presented and tailored to your business needs.
- Intermediate Quickbooks - Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m. – noon.
Presenter: Suzanne Atkinson. This is a hands-on, interactive workshop featuring expert presenter Suzanne Atkinson. It is designed for business owners/finance officers who are currently using Quickbooks. The workshop is ideal for those who are ready to move beyond just using the register to the specifics of invoicing, entering bills, and creating more sophisticated reports. Participants who want to bring their own Quickbooks files on a laptop to get specific advice are welcome to do so. Participants who wish to email the presenter with their questions in advance are encouraged to do that.
- Pitching Your Ideas To Grow Your Business - Saturday, November 16, 9 a.m. – noon.
Presenter: Stephanie Palmer and Ben Taxy. In Hollywood, the writers and producers at the top routinely pitch and sell multi-million dollar ideas that are invisible, intangible, and unquantifiable. They do it in a seemingly casual and effortless way, though there is a strategy to how they succeed. In this interactive workshop, former MGM studio executive Stephanie Palmer and professional writer Ben Taxy will share these pitching techniques and help you to customize what works in Hollywood for your own business. This workshop is designed for small business owners and entrepreneurs who are looking to find new clients, build their customer base, or secure financing from investors.
- Understanding Contracts & Legal Structures - Wednesday, November 6, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Marcia Swain. This seminar presents information on selecting the legal structure (e.g., corporation, limited liability company and the like) most appropriate for organizing your business and describes the process of setting up a company, including regulatory and compliance matters. Information about contracts and contractual issues of importance to all small business owners, including the meaning of legal terminology frequently used in contracts will also be discussed, enabling workshop participants to determine what contracts say and what they mean. Expert presenter Marcia Swain has spent her career in the practice of law as well as mediation and negotiation.