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SBA Cyber Summit – each Wednesday in October 2023. This is your chance to immerse yourself in a world of opportunities, insights, and inspiration that will shape your cybersecurity journey for years to come.  Register today at
SBA CYBER SUMMIT 2023 (each Wednesday in October) Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite
 and be a part of the cybersecurity revolution!

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – Multiple Dates in October
Part I of the Intellectual Property Basics series will focus on an introduction to the different types of IP including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  The discussion will also cover how to determine whether your invention is novel and illustrate the difference between provisional and non-provisional patent applications.
Intellectual Property Basics and Helpful Resources Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite

SBA Disaster Recovery & Resilience Workshop  –  October 6   9 am
This is an in-person event in Fort Myers. Please join us for an informative workshop on participating in disaster recovery efforts. Discover contracting opportunities with state and federal agencies involved in recovery work and learn the essential steps to qualify your business for these opportunities.
Meet with representatives from the following invited agencies:
APEX (PTAC) • FEMA • SBDC • Veteran’s Business Center • Women’s Business Center • SLED • State Emergency Management • Local Emergency Management
Disaster Recovery Procurement Workshop (

Quickbooks Payroll (en Español)  –   October 7   9:30 am
¿Su empresa cumple correctamente con las leyes para los pagos a los empleados?
Este taller informativo, es para conocer lo que la Ley pide con el mantenimiento de los archivos de los Empleados, preparación de las Nóminas y los Reportes de Impuestos trimestrales y anuales.
También para conocer algunas regulaciones gubernamentales que norman el cálculo y forma de pagos de los salarios, horas extras, vacaciones y los impuestos respectivos.
En este taller, vamos a mostrar algunos tópicos importantes, como: Configuración de empleados: Hourly or Annual Rate (Salario Anual o por horas) Payroll Schedule (tipos de payroll), Pay Frecuency (tipos de pago) Additions, Deductions and Company Contribution (Bonificación, Vacaciones, Seguro de Salud, etc.), Sick/Vacation. Taxes: filing status, dependents, extra withholding, Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Federal & State QuickBooks Payroll (en Español) | SCORE

Operation Plan   –  October 9   6:30 pm
Elon Musk said that having a good design for a car was very important. However, being able to build the car in large volumes profitability was what made a business. Service or product-based businesses need an operating plan so that they can deliver performance or products, day after day, week after week, year after year. In this webinar you will learn about: Identifying the key daily activities of the business and who does them. Identifying the key resources needed and how they are acquired. Identifying key partners and how they interact with the business. Designing key workflows Operation Plan | SCORE

Magical Mystery Tour of Marketing Your Business   –  October 10   10 am
You know why your business rocks. Does anyone else? Take this class to uncover the characteristics that make up your business’ DNA. Soon, you’ll be able to boost consumer loyalty and company profits. After answering the two most important questions in all of marketing, you’ll be ready to skillfully implement customer-winning strategies and face the competition.
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Federal Contracting Certification: Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)
–  October 10   11 am
This class provides an overview of the WOSB and EDWOSB Federal Contracting Program as well as eligibility requirements.
The Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) program is designed to help more women owned small businesses to win federal contracts by providing a level playing field for WOSBs to compete. This class provides an overview of the WOSB and EDWOSB Federal Contracting Program as well as eligibility requirements. All small businesses that are interested in submitting an offer on a solicitation that has been set aside for WOSBs under the WOSB Program must complete this certification prior to submitting the offer. This class also covers recent regulatory changes regarding sole source authority and self-certification.
Federal Contracting Certification: Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) – The Centre

5 documentos para estar listos para un pequeño préstamo commercial   –  October 10    1 pm
Sabia que si su negocio tiene estos 5 elementos siempre listos tendrá mas posibilidades de ser considerado para un préstamo? Los esperamos para conversar acerca de los 5 requisitos fundamentales.
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Start Your Business: Test the Viability   –  October 10   6 pm
Think you have a great business idea, but don’t know how to start? In this FREE webinar we will help you understand what is involved to start a business and your personal stage of readiness.
We will not only discuss the basics behind starting a business, but also give you the tools you need to decide whether or not you have a viable business.
Topics covered are: Myths and realities of Entrepreneurship. Do you have what it takes to start and run a small business? – Assess your skills & Experience. What is the difference between a Strategic Plan and a Business Plan? – And why do you need them. Is Your Business Idea Viable? Hands on exercise to help you test the viability of your Business Start-up. This workshop is guaranteed to be the first, solid step towards achieving the success you desire.
Start Your Business: Test the Viability | SCORE

Legal & Tax Implications of Starting a Business in Florida  –  October 10    6 pm
Set your business up the right way and minimize taxes and personal liability. Learn how to protect your assets.
Many new business owners do not spend enough time & planning to ensure they choose the right legal entity when formally setting up their business. They push off legal and tax issues, and see them as boring and confusing. As a result, they neglect to view the law and the tax system as avenues to potential success in their businesses and roadways away from potential pitfalls. When a business owner understands legal and tax issues that affect his or her business, however, he or she may become more empowered to discover the paths to success in business.
Join Eric for an interactive workshop that will provide you with a wealth of information necessary to start or formalize your young or evolving business.
Legal & Tax Implications of Starting a Business in Florida | SCORE

How to Make Your Business Bankable   –  October 11   12 pm
This is an in-person event in Key West. Are you looking to take your business to the next level? Don’t know where to begin to fast track business growth?
The Truist Small Business Growth Certificate Series is here for you! This series will help you better understand key areas of growth such as financing, marketing and government contracting, identify ways to overcome common obstacles such as cyber threats, and give you insights into being a bankable business.
Overview ⋮ How to Make Your Business Bankable ⋮ Blackthorn ⋮ Events

Tips For Writing Successful Business Plans  –  October 11   12 Noon
This presentation could also have been titled “The Art of the Start”. You no longer need to experience writer’s block when staring at a blank page attempting to draft a Business Plan. Follow the suggested steps to create a winning business plan that uniquely fits your situation. 
Tips For Writing Successful Business Plans | SCORE

Consumer Fraud and Scams Prevention   –  October 11   6 pm
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Consumer Services is the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints, information, and protection. We regulate various businesses, such as motor vehicle repair shops, charitable organizations, pawnbrokers, health studios, sellers of travel, intrastate movers, professional surveyors and mappers, sweepstakes/game promotions and telemarketers. In addition, we protect consumers and businesses from unfair and unsafe business practices across a wide range of market sectors, including gasoline, brake fluid, antifreeze, liquefied petroleum gas, amusement rides, and weighing and measuring devices.
Consumer Fraud and Scams Prevention | SCORE

“ASK MARILYN” Allows You To Ask Questions And Get Answers To Support The Growth Of Your Business   –  October 12   11:30 am
Census Bureau data expert, Marilyn Stephens will present data available from current economic sources. You will learn about the different types of business data available via business surveys from County Business Patterns, Non-employer Statistics, Business Dynamics, Statistics of U.S. Businesses, and the Economic Census. This live session will show you how to find the data along with illustrations of real world applications.

Show me the money – Financing options for your small business   –  October 12   1 pm
This webinar discusses the multiple sources of capital for starting and growing a small business. The pros and cons of the funding sources are also reviewed. Topics to be discussed include familiar options such as self-financing, funding from friends and family, and partnerships. Other sources are reviewed such as: Small Business Loans SBA Loan Guaranty Program Microloans Some less conventional financing sources along with their pros and cons are also discussed, including selling equity (shares), venture capital, angel investors, and crowd funding.
Show Me the Money – Financing Options for Your Business (

Introduction to Starting Your Nonprofit   –   October 12    6 pm
Do you have a big heart and interested in solving some of the biggest social problems in the world? Starting a non-profit and carrying out a social mission can be an extremely rewarding entrepreneurial experience. But just like starting a for-profit business, there are steps that you need to take to ensure that your non-profit organization is effective, competitive and sustainable. 
If you are thinking of starting a non-profit organization, you should attend this workshop. During the session we will discuss: What to know before starting a non-profit organization Framework for your strategic plan and financial projections Legal and Organizational requirements Options for Funding a non-profit organization Introduction to Starting your NonProfit | SCORE

Cyber Security – Lessons From the Criminal Underground   –  October 12   6 pm
Learn how to prevent and protect from data loss and data leakage resulting from cyber threats. At the end of the course, participants will have multiple, actionable steps to both recognize attacks as well as new behaviors that will thwart attacks.
Cyber Security – Lessons From the Criminal Underground | SCORE

Social Media…Content Creation Made Easy   –  October 13   12 noon
This webinar will introduce you to specializing in driving awareness and engagement through strategic online campaigns. We will review building an influential online presence to maximize conversations.
Social Media – Content Creation Made Easy | SCORE

Ecommerce Internacional para Pequeños Empresarios   –   October 14    9:30 am
Lo que hace poco tiempo era considerado una práctica solo para empresas globales que contaban con los recursos necesarios para una expansión internacional, ahora se ha convertido en algo vital para que pequeños empresarios puedan prosperar. En este taller compartiremos las bases y herramientas sobre las cuales podrás construir tu estrategia de comercio electrónico internacional. Dentro de los temas que vamos a revisar encontraras:
Introducción al concepto Cross Border / comercio electrónico internacional
Ventas y Marketing eCommerce internacional, comunicación trasnacional
Como hacer un análisis de mercado de otro país?
Como diferenciar los diferentes tipos de compradores?
Ecommerce Internacional para Pequeños Empresarios | SCORE

Content 101: The 365 Hack to Making Content All Year Round   –   October 14   10:30 am
Creating content is a tough job.
Where does one get the time to make all of these things happen? How can we manage our businesses AND still have an online presence.
What platforms should I start using first? How do I create a formula for success that I can rinse and repeat 365 days of the year? Come out for a light-hearted discussion, and we’ll break down the steps for creating content all year long.
Content 101: The 365 Hack to Making Content All Year Round (Virtual) | SCORE

Succession Planning   –  October 16   12 Noon
Thinking ahead to ownership transfer and/or exit strategies. Many business owners don’t think about this process until it is too late.  A good succession plan takes over one year to plan and execute.  This session will also cover Business Valuations – How to determine how much your business is worth.    Presenters: SBDC, TD Bank Trust/lender, Estate planning attorney, and others.
Succession Planning Tickets, Mon, Oct 16, 2023 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite

Resources for Veterans from SBA and other Agencies  –  November 14   12 Noon
This class covers the programs and services the Small Business Administration (SBA) offers to help veterans start and grow a business. Although the SBA is usually associated with loans, this over view will run through the SBA Loan Programs as well as our other programs and services for veterans including Counseling, Export Assistance, Government Contracting, Surety Bonds, and Disaster Assistance.  In addition, other veterans support programs will be covered.
Resources for Veterans Starting a Business | SCORE

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