Business Workshops to Gain that Edge

HR Basics for Small Business Owners
4/17/12 Thursday 1-3:30 p.m.
Small Business Center Fee: $25
When you hire that first employee, it takes your business to a whole different level. Hiring, training, managing, and firing employees can keep you up at night wondering if you are putting yourself and your business at risk. This workshop can help you figure out what you need to know and when you should ask for help. Come prepared with your own questions—there will be lots of time for answers!
The workshop will include:
•Keeping personnel records that meet compliance requirements
•Setting up and enforcing policies and procedures
•Overview of employment laws that affect your business

Speaker: Karen Stone Mickool, Executive Director, Stone Associates LLC

Coaching… It’s Not Just for Athletes Anymore
04/19/11 Thursday 1-3:30 p.m. Small Business Center Fee: $25
Being a skilled coach is the answer to a more efficient and happier workplace. Come learn about coaching and how being a skilled coach can contribute to your bottom line. It’s about being a partner and tapping into a potential that even your employee may not be aware of. You will experience an actual mini-coaching session and join in the Q&A discussion. Participants will gain an understanding of:
• what coaching IS and what it ISN’T
• the definition, purpose, and guiding principles of effective coaching
• an introduction to fundamental coaching skills
• how to utilize coaching principles and skills in your life and your work

Speaker: Ed Mickool, Master Certified Coach, Stone Associates

A Marketing Plan that Builds Community
04/24/2012 Tuesday 1-4 p.m.
Small Business Center Fee: $25
Many businesses and organizations struggle with creating a marketing plan. Join Rubina Cohen Founder and CEO of Firefly Innovation Group and learn how to create and implement the various parts of a marketing plan that not only grows and sustains your business or organization, but one that gives back and builds our communities. Utilizing a brand new and easy method of marketing planning called the Firefly Method that focuses on the needs of the business and the needs of the community, participants will learn how they can market and grow their business or organization for long term sustainability by building a name for themselves in their communities and developing loyal customers or donors for many years to come.

Speaker: Rubina Cohen, Founder & CEO, Firefly Innovation Group, LLC

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