Region 10’s Small Business Development Center hit the ground running in 2016. With a robust schedule of businesses classes already scheduled for the new year, SBDC is striving to provide valuable content that small business owners and entrepreneurs are demanding.
Classes will take place at Montrose’s new coworking facility, the Proximity Space (210 E. Main), and Delta County Economic Development’s new office (145 W. 4th St.). Prices are the same for all courses: $5 for Chamber and Proximity Space members, $10 for non-members.
Google Analytics and Basic Web Design
SBDC introduces a new, highly requested topic: Google Analytics. Google Analytics helps website owners better understand the traffic that is finding their page—who they are, where they live, when they visit, etc. Facilitated by Jay Stooksberry, a local freelance writer and marketing consultant, this course serves as a beginner’s course for those who are interested in learning more about this unique platform. Stooksberry will cover the basics of the platform and provide helpful tips on how to improve search engine optimization (SEO). The class is scheduled for February 9th in Montrose and February 16th in Delta (12-1 pm).
In March, Stooksberry will also host another beginners’ web class titled “Is Your Business Website Worthless?” This course is designed to help those with an existing page consider what it will take to save their page or start all over. Stooksberry will deliver best practices and provide a series of questions that website owners need to ask themselves, such as “Is my page ‘mobile friendly’?” or “Should I make this website myself or pay somebody else to do it for me?” The class is scheduled for March 8th in Delta and March 15th in Montrose (12-1 pm).
Crowdfunding, Small Business Law, and Employment Law
Presenting a three part series that focuses on small business law, Anthony D. Edwards from the San Juan Law Office in Silverton, CO returns with his expertise in legal advice. Edwards also specializes in crowdfunding, and has presented all over the region on this topic. His first class titled “Regulation A+” addresses the federal law that allows small businesses to raise up to $50 million per year from both accredited and non-accredited investors. This class will be available on February 16th in Delta from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Edwards will return on March 3rd to present on small business legal considerations and April 13th to share his insights on employment law. All same time of day and location as his first course.
Also, back by popular demand is Juniper Phillips and her steadfast knowledge of QuickBooks. Phillips will lead an intensive, four part series of hands-on workshops—all related to the finer details of QuickBooks management. As a small business consultant, Phillips is well equipped to help business owners track the money coming in and out of their QuickBooks accounts. She will open the series with her kickoff introduction on March 9th in Montrose from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. On the very next day (March 10th), Phillips do it all over again in Delta (same time of day). Participants are highly encouraged to bring their QuickBooks equipped laptop and a lunch in preparation for the class.
Phillips’ future classes will cover banking and customizing with QuickBooks (April), accounts receivables and accounts payable (May), and inventory and balance sheets (June). Interested parties should watch the Region 10 website for future information and registration details.
To provide some added insight into the realm of social media, Heidi Hudek of Vista Verve Networking returns with a couple of courses targeting the new online world of marketing. Hudek’s first course, “3 Tools to Save Time on Social Media”, will aid participants better manage the time spent posting content on Facebook, Twitter, etc. This class is tentatively scheduled to take place in May.
Hudek will also present on HootSuite, which is a multi-platform marketing tool that allows individuals and businesses to post content to multiple social media accounts with the click of one button. This class is tentatively scheduled to take place in June.