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Free Small Business Workshops

Small business Webinars

All of our programs are free to attend. To find out more about any program or register use the links below.for a webinar, please use the schedule shown below. Question? Contact us at info@mbmentors.org

What to expect from our workshops

MBMentors regularly presents FREE Minneapolis small business workshops covering a variety of topics, from the elements of starting a business, to forming a growing your brand with the right sales and marketing strategies. We even present workshops other topics such as social media and finance. Currently, due to the Corona Virus, all of our free business workshops are presented live and online by one of our expert volunteer business mentors.

 

Why participate in our small business workshops?

Participating in an MBMentors small business workshops will help you increase your entrepreneurial skills and/or show you how to fine-tune and grow your business. Our small business workshops are perfect for entrepreneurs that manage businesses in the Twin Cities area.

Upcoming Free Webinars

Make It Legal

Choosing the Right Business Entity

Choosing the right entity is an important step in starting a new business. Your decision will impact control over key decisions, access to outside capital, liability for debts, taxes and a host of other factors.

 

This session will examine the pros and cons of each entity type, and help you understand the key factors to consider in choosing the right entity for your new business. 

April 20, 2021

9:00 - 10:00 am

Small Business 

Social Media Marketing

In this session we will cover the basics of social media marketing for your small business. Topics include:

  • 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

  • And more!

April 27, 2021

9:00 - 10:00 am

Business Plan Basics

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 anatomy and structure of an effective plan.

 

We will review 3 different types of plans:

  • Feasibility plan:

  • Lean business canvas 

  • Comprehensive plan

May 4, 2021

10:00 - 11:30 am

Financing Your Small Business

Need to learn about how to finance your small business? This is the webinar for you!

 

During this session learn the following:

  • Actions to to take to strengthen your credit

  • How personal assets can be used

  • Is it wise to borrow from family & friends?

  • How to build a bank relationship

  • What’s Involved in Crowd Funding

Learn from the experts!

May, 11 2021

10:00 - 11:00 am

PPP Loan Forgiveness

With Choice Bank

In Join us for this informative session about PPP loan forgiveness session with Bridget Hansen and Cristen Purdy of CHOICE BANK.

 

This presentation will cover the following:

  • The difference between each forgiveness application type.

  • The supporting documentation required based on the qualifying payroll and non-payroll expenses.

  • Timeline for PPP loan forgiveness.

  • Answers to common questions

April 28, 2021

1:00 - 2:00 pm

From Full-Time to Being 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.

May 15, 2021

9:00 - 10:30 am

The Basics of 

Selling

To some, the thought of having to sell yourself, your services or products can be overwhelming and intimidating. Selling doesn't have to painful or a daunting task. We will share with you a simple 3-step sales process for how to approach selling. You will learn

  • How to approach customers.

  • How to put together a sales proposal.  

  • How to define benefits and value.

  • How to get customer commitment.

  • And more!

May 18, 2021

8:30 - 9:45 am

QuickBooks Online

You can do your own bookkeeping and control all your finances in-house! This class demonstrates all the basics so you can get started right away with QuickBooks Online.

 

This is a lecture-format workshop. You will receive handouts to follow the computer-based visual demonstration. Learn how to set up a company, customer invoicing, receiving payments and lots more!

May 25, 2021

10:00 - 11:30 am

The 4 Ps of Marketing

In this session you'll learn the 4 Ps of the marketing mix:

  1. Product - the goods or services

  2. Price - What the customer pays

  3. Placement - Location of where the product goes

  4. Promotion - Advertising The four essential factors are key to any marketing strategy.

Here's your opportunity to learn from a master marketer!

June 1, 2021

8:30 - 9:30 am