Want to start a business but don’t know where to begin? This workshop series, conducted by a team of professionals from SCORE's Norwalk and Western CT Chapters, will give you the boost to get you on your way!
Attendees are expected to attend all five sessions and those who attend at least four classes will be given a certificate of class completion. Snow dates are scheduled for the following day (Tuesday). Check in is at 5:45 PM - The programs start promptly at 6:00 PM. Snacks will be served.This program is part of the Skillsbox: Tools for Business Success series sponsored by Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce and SCORE.
Monday, February 27, 6-8:30 PM - Self-Assessment/Business Plan
Learn about the risks and rewards of starting a business in today’s competitive marketplace. The traits of successful entrepreneurs will be discussed for the purpose of assessing one’s innate and acquired ability to start and manage a successful business. The session will also focus on structuring a dynamic business plan.
Monday, March 6, 6-8:30 PM - Marketing Strategy & Research
Learn the importance of market research and planning to start-up and build a competitive and successful business. Emphasis will be on sound market positioning of a small business’s products or services within its target market that will enhance profitable sales and success
Monday, March 13, 6-8:30 PM - Marketing Execution
Learning how to execute successful marketing effort is the core of this presentation that will include interactive attendee worksheets. The use of online-based marketing tools, including website and social media, will be extensively discussed.
Monday, March 20, 6-8:30 PM - Financial Reporting & Planning
This presentation reviews a business’s key financial statements and walks the participants through the development of a comprehensive financial plan. The importance of understanding the key financial drivers of the business will be a center-piece of the discussion.
Monday, March 27, 6-8:30 PM - Funding Sources/Conversations with Entrepreneurs
Learn about the funding structures required for start-up businesses today, including a presentation from lending sources specializing in start-up and small businesses. Includes discussion and Q & A with SCORE-mentored, start-up business entrepreneurs.
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Money Smart Week: Join us for a Women and Money Roundtable all about retiring successfully.
Discussing money matters can seem awkward. Over the years, our facilitators have repeatedly encountered women who wished they were more informed about finances as they related to their family, children and themselves. Join us for this roundtable where you can bring up any questions you may have and benefit from women who have the expertise to help provide you with answers.
Retiring successfully takes planning. Ensuring that your money will outlast you can be tricky. We will discuss how much money you'll need to save, how much you can spend, how to account for unforeseen expenses, and how to invest to minimize risk and maximize return. We'll share several successful strategies you can implement to help give you peace of mind - whether you're already retired or you're still planning for a future retirement.
Our Facilitators: Julia Strayer, CRPC®, CIMA®, CPWA®, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor. Julia joined Merrill Lynch in 2000. Prior to her career at Merrill, Julia was a vice president and private banker for BankBoston's Private Bank for 7 years, responsible for asset management and trust services. Previously, Julia worked in marketing for 9 years with Merrill Lynch. Julia has a BA from Ohio State University and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. Julia has appeared on the CNBC show "Power Lunch," CBS "This Morning," WGCH's "Women in Business," in addition to featured articles in USA Today. Julia has hosted women roundtable discussions throughout her career. She is also an adjunct professor at New York University.
Liz Maccarone, CRPC®, Financial Analyst. Liz joined Merrill Lynch in 2012 and is a graduate of Fairfield University
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Money Smart Week: Save money on electricity without getting burned
You may know that in CT you can shop around for cheaper electricity. But you've also likely heard of people who tried it and got burned! It is possible to consistently save money by switching suppliers, but you need to be armed with some basic information and be aware of the games suppliers play. Join Kevin Manley to learn how to read and understand your Eversource bill, research and sign up for cheaper plans safely, and save hundreds per year on electricity. You'll also learn how you can get renewable power directly from the grid without putting solar panels on your roof. Bring a recent bill if you'd like to ask questions about your specific situation.
Kevin Manley is a Ridgefield resident and CTO of Utiliz LLC (http://myutiliz.com). BF