Upcoming Rhode Island Small Business Training Events

Thursday, December 13

HOW TO: Explore SBA’s Export Express/STEP Program (Center for Women & Enterprise – 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence from 9:00 – 11:00am and is free of charge. For more information or to register, please visit www.cweboston.org , or call 401-277-0800, or email ngirard@cweonline.org ):

Come learn more about the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program. A program created under a federal grant from the Small Business Administration. The Chafee Center at Bryant University provides a range of services to eligible Rhode Island small businesses interested in increasing their export sales.

Services include:
* training program
* seminars
* market research
* project specific consulting
* business development

Assistance under the STEP program will be available to experienced small businesses looking to explore new markets as well as to companies relatively new to exporting looking for guidance and training.


Tuesday, December 18

Business Development: Entrepreneurs – Benefiting From 360 Support (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – East Bay Chamber of Commerce, 16 Cutler Street in Warren from 12:00 – 1:30pm and is free of charge. For more information or to register, visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

This Program Offers an Opportunity to…Maximize your “full potential” by tapping into all your resources. As you know, to successfully manage a business it requires sacrifice in terms of time away from family and personal life. Professional studies have proven that entrepreneurs find it extremely difficult to reach and maintain high levels of success without a “balanced life.” Developing a life style that achieves a better balance between business and personal responsibilities requires… A better understanding of the dynamics of the balance process, the joint effort required and a personalized plan a one day at a time, mutual commitment to work at making the new balance approach succeed

Valuable for …Business owners and operators, family members and significant others, multi-generational/family businesses; partnerships made-up of individuals and their spouses/significant others and or siblings.

Course Takeaways…
• Acquire a better understanding of the communication dynamics necessary to maintain an ongoing working relationship
• Understand and maintain a respectful sense of the feelings / emotions naturally associated with achieving this balance
• Create a frame work for establishing and agreeing on goals and plans to sharing responsibilities
• ID methods for problem solving and sources of help when needed
• Establish and agree on a common schedule that incorporates both business and personal activities
• Develop specific goals and strategies to increase specific amounts of time for “critical activities” everyone has agreed upon
• Incorporate within your planning process regular evaluation, discussion and adjustment where necessary

Seven Ways To Get More Business Today And Plan For An Abundant Future (Rhode Island Small Business Development Center – Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, 3280 Post Road in Warwick from 6:00 – 8:00pm and is free of charge. For more information or to register, visit www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702):

This two hour session will provide you with seven crucial business-development techniques and seven ways to generate more business today! Created for the Small Business Owner and Entrepreneur. In these challenging times how can you get more business now and plan for a steady flow of business in the future?

Bring us your most pressing Business Development question and we will answer it in this lively and interactive workshop. We will not only answer your question and show you how to get more business today, but we’ll provide you with a step-by-step process to do it and show you how to build your business development plan for the future.

Is collecting an impressionable stack of business cards working for you? Have you been able to turn those contacts into customers with whom you have a meaningful relationship? Do you even want to? It’s not just about the fishing or the bait that you use or how often you fish. You need to be fishing in the right pond! Successful business development begins with Vision, Strategy, and Finance; and is followed by Marketing, Networking, Relationship Building, & Contact Management. Your goal is to attract healthy and mutually rewarding business relationships with your customers so that they become life-long, raving fans!

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