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September 2017

LinkedIn 101: Set Up

September 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UTSA Downtown Campus (Durango Building, 1.402), 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Small Business Development Center - Durango Building 1.402
San Antonio, TX 78207 United States
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Part one of the LinkedIn series classes. A step by step training workshop to set up your professional LinkedIn profile. Be prepared with a professional business image that you can upload and bring with you a recent resume or professional portfolio. You will leave this class with a well organized, professional LinkedIn profile that you can now utilize to promote yourself and your business. Even if you already have a LinkedIn profile this class will help enhance your profile for…

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Cherish Your Customers

September 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
UTSA Downtown Campus (Durango Building, 2.316), 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Small Business Development Center - Durango Building 2.316
San Antonio, TX 78207 United States
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Most companies focus on acquiring new customers, which is definitely important. But did you know that acquiring a new customer is anywhere from five to 25 times more expensive than retaining an existing one? Focusing on that bottom line, increasing customer retention rates by 5% will increase profits by 25% to 95%. And who doesn’t want more profit? This workshop focuses on how to deliver superlative customer service to decrease your expenses and increase your revenue. Discover how companies have…

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Introduction to SBIR/STTR Funding and the Application Process

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
UTSA Downtown Campus (Durango Building, 2.316), 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Small Business Development Center - Durango Building 2.316
San Antonio, TX 78207 United States
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You may have seen television or magazine advertisements with pitchmen talking about “free money from the government.” This is not what you think it is. This is a way for you to provide benefit for society and build your business assets at the same time. It’s about getting resources for your business without borrowing or selling off part of your business; it takes hard work, but it has led to success for many technology-based businesses. This session will introduce you…

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Exploring International Opportunities

September 7 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Launch San Antonio, 600 Soledad St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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Along with large multinational companies, small and midsized enterprises are also important participants in the global marketplace. San Antonio is home both to many small and mid-sized businesses involved in international business, and to numerous universities with global connections. In this session hosted by LiftFund’s Women’s Business Center on Thursday, Sept. 7, you will learn from Adesegun Oyedele (University of the Incarnate Word) and Annie Hudspeth (Small Business Administration) about how to expand your business beyond the U.S. Adesegun will…

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Tackling Challenges: Clarity for Your Small Business

September 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UTSA Downtown Campus (Durango Building, 2.316), 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Small Business Development Center - Durango Building 2.316
San Antonio, TX 78207 United States
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Whether you need creative ideas, a strategic steer or a trusted sound board to your thinking, PictureSpark is an ideal opportunity to help you find clarity in your business ventures, purpose in your vision, and strategic action in reaching your goals. It is an interactive two hour workshop facilitated by an experienced business innovator, Matt Guiver, who helps key decision makers find clarity and direction to one of their pressing business challenges by using professional picture cards that help identify…

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Planning Ahead: Retiring from Your Business

September 12 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Launch San Antonio, 600 Soledad St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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You’ve built—or are still building—a successful small business that has allowed you and your family to thrive. But as you face retirement, you may be asking: how will I retire my business? What exit options are there, how do I plan for them, and what resources are available to guide me? Join the LiftFund Women’s Business Center and Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Financial Advisor Dan Ebert on Tuesday, Sept. 12, as we answer these and many other key questions applicable…

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LinkedIn 102: Using it Effectively

September 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UTSA Downtown Campus (Durango Building, 1.402), 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Small Business Development Center - Durango Building 1.402
San Antonio, TX 78207 United States
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Join Charity Matthews and the UTSA SBDC for this Part two of the LinkedIn series classes. Using your professional LinkedIn profile you will be walked step by step through advanced sales techniques. Learn how to cultivate a targeted lead list, connect with the decision makers, market yourself as an industry expert, boost your SEO, build your list, have your dream clients request to meet with you and more. *Prerequisites: It is preferred that attendees have a working knowledge of computers…

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Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media – Geekdom Event Centre

September 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Geekdom Event Centre, 131 Soledad Street
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies, tools and tactics to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But between Facebook and Twitter, email and mobile, deals, and whatever new social network is rolling out that month — there's a lot to keep up with. And there are only so many hours in each day. The number of possibilities can feel overwhelming. Join Alejandro Quetzeri, from Nube Internet and the UTSA SBDC for this workshop…

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Start Smart

September 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
UTSA Downtown Campus (Durango Building, 2.316), 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. Small Business Development Center - Durango Building 2.316
San Antonio, TX 78207 United States
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Are you ready to turn your business idea into reality? Come to this workshop and have all your questions answered! The SBDC business advisors will present the basics of starting a new business and help answer your start-up questions. If you are considering opening a small business, you want to START SMART! Topics discussed in this workshop include: evaluating your business idea, business legal structure and name, local, state and federal resources & requirements and business start-up costs.

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SBA 8(a) Certification Info Session

September 14 @ 9:30 am - September 15 @ 11:30 am
Launch San Antonio, 600 Soledad St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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Join the LiftFund Women's Business Center and the SBA San Antonio District Office on Thursday, September 14, for a seminar on the 8(a) Certification Program. The objective of the SBA's 8(a) program is to promote socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses who are interested in selling to and doing business with the federal government. The 8(a) Certification can be an essential instrument for socially & economically disadvantaged small businesses in an effort to stimulate business opportunities and job growth. During…

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Food Truck Fast Track

September 18 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Launch San Antonio, 600 Soledad St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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Interested in opening your own food truck business? Don’t miss this rapid-fire panel presentation on Monday, Sept. 18, where you will learn all the essential information needed to have a successful start on your venture. Carlos Acosta, Business Advisor at LiftFund WBC will discuss the importance of having a plan in place and will demonstrate how to create a business model canvas as your roadmap. Hugo Villarreal, Small Business Liaison at the City of San Antonio will provide information about…

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Ask A Lender! Open Office Hours

September 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Launch San Antonio, 600 Soledad St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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Are you interested in applying for a small business loan, but want more information on what the process entails and how to best prepare? Drop in to our open office hours to have a free one-on-one consultation with a Business Development Officer from LiftFund who will explain the general criteria for obtaining a small business loan and will help you identify what steps you need to take to increase your chances of successfully obtaining funding. Launch SA is located on…

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