Free Workshops & Webinars
MBMentors regularly presents FREE small business workshops covering a variety of topics, from how to start a business, to growing your brand with the right sales and marketing strategies. We also present workshops on topics such as social media marketing, finance, QuickBooks, buying & selling a business and much more. Due to the Corona Virus, all of our workshops are presented live and online by one of our expert presenters and trainers.
Participating in an MBMentors small business workshop will help you increase your entrepreneurial skills and can show you how to fine tune and grow your business. Our workshops are perfect for new entrepreneurs and those who want to further develop their knowledge and skills about running a small business.
Upcoming 2022 Webinars
All of our programs are FREE to attend. To find out more about any webinar or to register, please use the links below. All session are being conducted virtually. If you have any questions please contact us here.
Weds. January 11, 2022. 9:00 - 10:30 am
Financial Management For Small Businesses
This program will provide an overview of small business financial management and is designed to help participants understand how effectively managing their finances can benefit their business.
Topics covered include:
Why financial management is important to a small business.
Identifying good financial management practices, rules, and tools that are commonly available to a small business.
The financial basics for start-ups and growing businesses.
The basics of working capital.
Financing fixed assets.
The benefits of attending this session include:
Knowing your profitability.
How to forecast your growth.
How to plan for diversification, new product lines, reaching new markets.
How to prepare for financing (e.g., loans).
This session is part of the MONEY SMART series for Small Business and presented by Pauline Allison of Minneapolis Business Mentors
Weds, January 19, 2022. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses
This presentation will cover the following:
Learn about the social media tools you need to market your small business.
How to use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to get your business noticed.
The features and benefits of each platform to connect with your customers.
Join us for this informative session!
Presented by Paul Richardson of Minneapolis Business Mentors.
Weds, January 26, 2022. 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Are You Ready to Start a New Business?
Thinking of starting a new business? If so, do you have what it takes to launch successfully? In this 2-hour session you'll:
Assess your knowledge, skills and motivation to start a new business venture.
Determine if you are ready, willing and able to be an entrepreneur.
Identify the 10 steps to starting a business.
Determine the viability of your product/service/idea for succeeding in the marketplace.
You'll start with a self-assessment of your knowledge, skills and abilities to be an entrepreneur. This will provide you a baseline of understanding of what it takes to be a successful business owner.
Weds, Feb 16, 2022. 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
How to Design a Pitch Deck
A Pitch Deck is a visual representation of an entrepreneur’s business plan. It is a presentation designed to persuade key decision makers to invest in your business. It is typically a slide presentation that gives a short summary of your company, your business plan and your startup vision. Additionally, if the you are looking for investors - it’s how they will make money.
A well designed pitch deck clearly conveys what your business does (value proposition), why and how you will be successful and how investors will benefit.
Objectives of Session:
Identity the 10 steps to building a pitch deck.
Know how to create a clear, concise, compelling presentation of your business product/ service or idea.
Identify the pitch deck presentation process.
Space is limited - register today!
Weds, Feb 23, 2022. 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Legal Entities for a New Business
Choosing the right business entity is an important step in starting a new business. Your decision will impact things like control over key decisions, access to outside capital, liability for debts, taxes, and a host of other important factors.
This session will examine the pros and cons of each of the major types of business entities including: Sole Proprietor, LLC, Partnerships, S-Corp, C-Corp and non-profits. We will help you understand the key factors to consider in choosing the entity for you and your business.
Presented by Peter Brehm J.D, LL.M., CVA. Partner at Business Law Center, MN
Weds, Mar, 9, 2022. 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Marketing 101 - The Basics
This workshop will cover the essential elements of marketing. You will gain an understanding of key marketing concepts that are critical to forming a solid foundation for your Marketing Plan (part of your overall Business Plan). Learn how to frame-up your positioning and assess competition as building blocks to a successful plan.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
Marketing mix known as the 4 P’s (Price, Product, Placement and Promotion).
Brand positioning and path to purchase.
Understanding your competition.
All participants receive a workshop handout with templates and free individual follow-up mentoring is available.
Presented by Ben Marcovitch of Minneapolis Business Mentors
Sat. Mar, 12, 2022. 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
From Full-Time to Independent
While it’s exciting to take control of your career path, lifestyle and income, there are also many questions surrounding how to become self-employed. What steps should you take to prepare? What do you need to start an independent business? How do you leave your employer?
In this 90-minute webinar we will look at the steps you should consider before taking the leap into self-employment.
Held on Saturday morning!
Join us for this informative session.
Weds. Mar, 16, 2022. 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
This program will cover the banking services available to small businesses. Participants will learn:
The banking services commonly available to a small business and how these services work.
The advantages and disadvantages of each of the banking services.
The forms of deposit insurance.
The benefits of building effective long-term relationships with a banker or lender.
The role of a personal credit score in the lending process.
The benefits of separating business and personal bank transactions.
Presented by Mark Ratner of Minneapolis Business Mentors and sponsored by CHOICE BANK
Weds. Mar, 23, 2022. 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Business Plans - Part 1
This webinar is part 1 of a 2-part series on how to write a Business Plan.
We will starting by answering these questions:
What a business plan is and why would you may need one?
Who is a business plan for?
Do you need a formal plan to be successful?
What are the different types of business plans?
During this session we will review 4 different types of plans: Mini plan Lean canvas Pitch deck Traditional plan We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each with a focus on the first 3.
The second part of this series will go into more detail about the Traditional Business Plan along with the financials aspects and templates to use.
Weds. Apr, 6 2022. 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Business Plans - Part 2
This is the 2nd part of a 2-part webinar series.
Starting a new business? Do you know the basics of designing a business plan? If not this session is for you! Find out why a business plan is important to starting and growing your new venture and how it will keep you on track for years to come.
In this webinar you'll learn the importance the financial section of a business plan and why it is one of the most essential components of the plan. If you are seeking investors or obtaining a bank loan - this is the part of the plan you're going to have to show in detail. Even if you don't need financing, you should compile a financial forecast in order to simply be successful in steering your business.
Join us for this informative session!
Presented by Jerry Rudick of Minneapolis Business Mentors.