Category Archives: Business Development

Developing your business

Grants

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Grants are a form of funding awarded by a private foundation, or a federal or state government department or agency. Grants are based on a competitive process with strict guidelines for applying and using the funds. Grant funding agencies use grants as a way to accomplish a specific goal that the organization wants to achieve. There is a common belief that grants do not have to be repaid which is true but there are guidelines in place that must be followed and if not you can end up having to repay the grant. If your organization can benefit from a grant it may be beneficial to check out grants.gov, you can access the website by clicking HERE. When accessing the website we recommend the following:

  1. Create a username and password
  2. Check out the “Learn Grants” tab at the top of the website
  3. Be motivated and ready to read lots of information
  4. Be goal oriented
  5. Seek help for grant writing proposal

Grants can be a great way to fund your business but keep i mind that grants are very specific. We encourage you explore the website in full detail. For further hands on exploration check out the grants.gov YOUTUBE channel bu click HERE

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8(a) Program Certification Boot Camp (Doing business with the Federal Government)

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All small business owners are invited to join the U.S Small Business Administration  for these series of workshops to gain more insight about the best kept secret in the federal government and more.

Don’t miss these monthly informational workshops on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s flagship program; the 8(a) Business Development (BD) Program. The 8(a) Program is designed to help small businesses who are owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals compete in the federal marketplace. The 8(a) BD Program offers executive level business training that helps to keep your small business competitive! There are many benefits, requirements, and an online application process for the 8(a) BD Program.


When

January 10, 2017

February 14, 2017

March 14, 2017

April 11, 2017

May 9, 2017

June 13, 2017

July 11, 2017

Where:

North Florida District Office

 7825 Baymeadows Way, Suite 100B

  Jacksonville, FL 32256

 Lucille B. Trotter Conference Room

BENEFITS:

  • Sole-source contractsup to $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing
  • Specialized business training, marketing assistance, counseling and high-level executive development 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Your business must be qualified as small
  • Your business must be majority-owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individual(s)
  • Your business must demonstrate potential for success as well as other requirements!

Jacksonville ranked among highest for starting a business in 2015

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Did you know that Jacksonville Florida is considered to be one of the best cities in our country to start a small business? It’s ranked # 51 on Wallethub . When you’re done reading this article feel free to go and get all the specifics. Let’s go ahead and jump right into the goodies for those that want to start or grow their business but just don’t know how to get it accomplished. Start at your local library. That’s right, the Jacksonville Public Library! They pride themselves on sharing information, because that’s what libraries are for. Let’s have a close look at what they offer……….

*Information: Being in the center of the city and partnering with local businesses they are the source of information. Start your information search by speaking directly with a librarian. When it comes to you business questions you can contact Kate Holmes, she works in the business outreach department. Tell her that we sent you!

*Workshops: The Jacksonville Public Library offers FREE workshops that aim to educate. Some topics include business, computers, computer software, and even foreign language. Yes, you can learn a new language for free at the local library. This month it’s French. See our event calendar for more detailed information

*Reference Materials: The Jacksonville Library offers business books, periodicals, market research, economic indicators and even information about other companies so that you can scope your competition. The best part of this is that most of this information can be accessed from home via your computer. Your library card gives you free access to online databases. Click here to check out our article on how to access those databases.

*Collaborative Space: Need a place to brainstorm or go over projects with your business partner and others? Look no further, you can rent space inside the library for free and away from everyone else as you discuss important ideas. All you have to do is head over to your nearest library or give them a call to check for availability at 904.630.2665

This is just the tip of the iceberg and it’s up to you to go and find the unlimited possibilities located at the local library for free at your disposal. Don’t wait to manifest your vision of success and don’t forget we can help. Contact us using our contact form for more information.

Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce:Women’s Business Center

Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC) started operations in November 2004 to advance the success of women entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. Both aspiring and existing business owners gain access to education, capital, resources and networks to help them become more successful. Programs are designed to deliver these benefits in support of women as they launch and grow their businesses. The JWBC serves clients in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

Supporting Women Entrepreneurs at Every Step
Jacksonville Women’s Business Center is committed to supporting the woman entrepreneur at every stage of business development as she faces all types of business challenges while becoming increasingly successful.

  • Aspiring – Has an idea and a commitment to explore it
  • Emerging – Engaged in defining a market, developing products and services and building a business organization
  • Growing – Has experienced dramatic expansion success with evidence of developing professional management and systems
  • Accomplished – Proven processes, effective management and continuous profitable growth

View the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center Programs & Services

SBA Helps Small Businesses Develop an Export Business Plan

WASHINGTON – Small businesses interested in starting or expanding sales of their goods and services overseas have access to a new, free online tool that will gauge their readiness to export and help them develop an export business plan.

The Export Business Planner, developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, offers a ready-made, customizable and easily accessible document that can be updated and referenced continuously as the business grows.

 

The Planner, located at www.sba.gov/exportbusinessplanner, allows users to:

• Determine their export readiness

• Learn about training and counseling opportunities

• Complete worksheets for global market research

• Obtain financing information and options

• Customize export marketing plans, and

• Access resources for exporters

 “Creating jobs through exporting is one of the nation’s top economic priorities, as the President indicated when he launched the National Export Initiative,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. “Giving exporters the tools to do their part in this effort is essential. The new Export Business Planner is one such tool and will serve businesses in the critical process of planning for their success.”

 The Planner is a PDF file that can be easily downloaded, accessed, customized, and updated every time you use it. It features an extensive compilation of export research and information, including quick links to websites, video profiles, training podcasts, trade statistics, contact information to counseling resources such as SCORE and SBDCs, a list of current SBA lenders and much more.

 The tool is organized in comprehensive chapters that are cross-linked and indexed for efficiency and easy access to related topics.

 The chapters include:

• Introduction to Exporting

• Training and Counseling

• Getting Started: Creating an Export Business Plan

• Developing your Marketing plan

• Financing your Export Venture

• Accounting Worksheets: Costing, Financial Forecasting and Product Pricing

• Utilizing Technology for successful Exporting

• Your New Marketing Plan: Summary, Timeline

• Updates, Transportation and Documentation

 A special, very useful feature of the Planner is the customizable worksheets, which provide templates for developing your export business plan, conducting business assessments and foreign market research, creating your marketing plan, costing and sale projections, goal setting and much more.

You may need further assistance with your business plan, please feel free to CONTACT US !

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Local small business seminars includes free stuff

The Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida continues its 35-year tradition of assisting small businesses in the 18-county region with a variety of resources — one of the most visable of which is its workshop seminars.

This time, a couple of the seminars offers are free of charge to attend. Both are June 8 and have to do with web marketing and communication.

To register or for more information on any upcoming workshops call 620-2476 or go to the SBDC website. Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are at the UNF University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive.

• How to S-T-A-R-T-U-P Your Own Business, 6-9 p.m. May 17. $40 in advance or $50 day of workshop. Thinking of starting a business?  This workshop will give you an overview of the seven basic requirements for business STARTUP.  A business startup kit for Duval and surrounding counties is included in the workshop fee.

• QuickBooks for Small Business Owners 1-4 p.m. May 19. Cost is $60. QuickBooks got you stumped? Not sure where to start? This workshop will provide you with the information you need to get started on the right foot. Students will work in a computer lab with Instructor on examples for real experience using QuickBooks.

• Nonprofit Startup 101 6-7:30 p.m. May 24. Cost is $25. The process of transforming your idea into an operating organization can be complicated.  This workshop will provide the information you need to start a nonprofit organization in Northeast Florida – begin with an understanding of why you may or may not want to start a nonprofit organization and what opportunities may be available to you.

• Business Plan Basics 6-8 p.m. June 2. Cost is $40 in advance or $50 day of workshop. No matter what the purpose – to evaluate the feasibility of starting a business, or to present to a bank for financing, or to serve as a roadmap for the future – a business plan is a critical tool for successful small businesses. This workshop provides an overview of the format and content of a business plan. Participants will be introduced to the key components of a plan and resources to help get them started.

• Marketing 101 6-9 p.m. June 7. Cost: $40 in advance or $50 day of workshop. Achieve your sales and marketing goals by understanding your product or services, customers, prospects and competitors.  This class is taught by a marketing professional.

• Social Media Marketing Strategy Made Simple 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. June 8. Cost is Free. Not sure how (or why) to incorporate social media (FaceBook, Twitter, Linked-In) into your marketing strategy? This session is for you! Participants will review: why use social, media marketing to promote your organization, what are the differences between FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and which ones are best for you; how to come up with good content for your social media marketing campaign and how to allocate resources (time and energy!) for social media marketing.

• Getting Started With Constant Contact 1:30-3 p.m June 8. Cost: Free. Review the basics of Constant Contact’s email marketing system and showcase how to link it to all of your social media marketing efforts.  Participants will review: how to work with templates, how to include images, links and .pdf files in your emails, how to link emails to FaceBook and Twitter, how to encourage your email readers to share your communication on their social media pages,  and how to find out who is opening your emails and what their interests are.

• Nonprofit Fundraising 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. June 17. Cost is $40. A feasibility and planning study provides you with the data and tools you need to raise funds by exploring both internal and external issues, including organizational capacity and capabilities, public perception, and sources and levels of financial support.  This workshop will teach you what questions to ask, who to ask, and how to analyze the results.

• The Steps to Starting a Business Webinar 5:30 – 7 p.m. June 29. Cost is $20. This live webinar will take you through the seven basic steps of starting a business.  Registration fees include a downloadable start-up kit and workbook.  All attendees must have internet access and a telephone. For more information please click here

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