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FGCU Small Business Development Center to host summer workshops

May 26, 2010
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center is hosting a series of workshops and seminars throughout the summer at various locations in Southwest Florida for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

- The Importance of Finan-cial Planning at All Stages of Your Business: Every business should have a financial "road map," and this informal seminar will help attendees understand how to get there - 9-11 a.m., Friday, June 4, at FGCU- Lutgert Hall Room 4201. There is no cost to attend.

- Bookkeeping for Small Business: Need to brush up on your accounting skills? Then make plans to attend this seminar - 2-5 p.m., Tuesday, June 8, at SBDC Cape Coral Office, 1020 Cultural Parkway Blvd S. Unit 3. Cost is $20 to attend.

- Frequently Asked Ques-tions about Starting a Business: Learn the "ins and outs" before deciding to open a business - 2- 5 p.m., Thursday, June 10, at FGCU- Lutgert Hall Room 4201. Cost $20 to attend.

- Small Business Resource Network Mixer: Join fellow professionals for an evening of networking and business card exchange at the Embassy Suites in Estero - 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, June 17. Guest speaker will be Nancy Boyle, state coordinator of the Small Business Resource Network. Cost to attend is $15 for members and $20 for guests.

- Survival Tips For the Summer: Learn tips on preparing and surviving the summer months - 11:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m., Tuesday, June 22, at Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, 17200 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. Cost is $20 to attend. Bring your own lunch. (This is part one of a three-part series).

- Frequently Asked Quest-ions about Starting a Business in Cape Coral: A panel of experts will be available to answer questions - 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 23, at the SBDC Cape Coral Office, 1020 Cultural Parkway, Unit 3. Cost to attend is $20.

- How Do I Get Certified as a Minority Business? Learn what you need to do to get your certification as a minority business owner - 4-6 p.m., Thursday, June 24, at Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, 2702 Tamami Trail, Port Charlotte. No cost to attend. Reservations are encouraged.

- Marketing Your Small Business: This workshop will teach participants how to market goods and services to consumers - 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, June 25, at Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, 2702 Tamiami Trial, Port Charlotte. This is a free event.

- Understanding and Writing a Marketing Plan: Attendees will learn the importance of having a marketing plan in place - 2-4:30 p.m., Monday, June 28, at the Fort Myers Downtown Library, located at 2050 Central Ave. No cost to attend but reservations are encouraged.

- Is Your Business Compliant? This month's PB&J brown bag lunch will focus on compliance issues such as I-9 and other important documents needed for business owners - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 30, at FGCU-Lutgert Hall Room 4201. No cost to attend but reservations are encouraged.

To make a reservation for any SBDC workshops, visit the website at or call the main office at (239) 745-3700.



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