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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 workshop or to register, please use the links below. If you have any questions please 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 also present workshops on topics such as social media marketing, finance, QuickBooks and more. Currently, due to the Corona Virus, all of our workshops are presented live and online by one of our expert volunteer business mentors and trainers.

 

Why participate in our small business workshops?

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.

 

Register today and join us!

Upcoming Programs

June 22, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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

Team Brainstorm

June 30, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

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!

Accountant at Work

July 8, 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.

Register today 

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July 13, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

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:

  1. How to approach customers.

  2. How to put together a sales proposal. 

  3. How to define benefits and value.

Join us for this informative and lively session!

Dry Cleaning Manager

July 21, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

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.

Computer Tutorials

July 22, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Small Business Social Media Marketing

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.

Space is limited - register early!

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July 29, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Marketing 101 - Learn the Basics

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!

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August 5, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

How to Design & Deliver an Elevator Speech

An elevator speech is a short statement designed to get the attention and interest of investors, potential customers, and other people important to your business. It explains in simple terms what you do, why you do it, how you’re unique, and why it’s important to the listener. this short speech should do all of that in 30 seconds or less!  

 

For entrepreneurs the speech should present your business in a way that gets attention and makes a listener interested enough to say, “Tell me more.”

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