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CEDF Spring 2018 Leadership Conference Guest Registration

Paths to Greatness & an Extraordinary Business Future
CEDF Spring 2018 Leadership Conference, May 16

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Thank you for attending our 2018 Leadership Conference. We take surveys of our seminar attendees to be able to share with our grant funders the impact of our programming. Kindly take a moment to respond to the questions below.

Tax changes impacting CT small business owners

Every CT small business owner should participate in this call.

So you want to buy a building

Curious about the process of getting a commercial mortgage? CEDF's Director of Lending will explan the requirements.

Building relationships with journalists to promote your business

Almost every small business owner would love to have their operation featured in the local newspaper. Lee Howard, award winning journalist for The Day, will help you learn how.

Marketing foundations for new and established businesses

If you think your marketing plans are self-evident and the only research facts and data you have are swimming around in your head, Rich Laria can teach you a more effective way.

Create Contract-Winning Capability Statements

Every year, the government spends billions of dollars funding contracts to hire firms for a variety of projects, products, and services. Although competing with other companies to win contracts may sound overwhelming, an expertly designed capability statement can significantly improve your potential for success.

CEDF Cyber Security Seminar Guest Registration

Cyber Weapons You Must Deploy to Defeat the Criminals Stalking your Small Business
(and a Battle Plan to Launch Today)

CEDF Cyber Security Seminar Registration for SBDC Guests

Cyber Weapons You Must Deploy to Defeat the Criminals Stalking your Small Business
(and a Battle Plan to Launch Today)

Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

The job market has changed, as have the demographics of the current workforce. Employees can afford to be selective in today’s environment, making it harder to fill positions and more important than ever to retain valuable talent. Millennials now represent more than 35% of the workforce and companies cannot afford to ignore the changes in mindset this generation brings. This presentation explores these adjustments and some of the ways successful companies are adapting to a new landscape.
Presenters: John Adinolfi, Director of Sales & Matt Webber, District Manager

How to Buy a Building

Curious about the process of getting a commercial mortgage? CEDF's Director of Lending will explan the requirements.

Maximum Crowdfunding: The Complete Guide to Raising Capital for Your Business

Businesses are leveraging crowdfunding to raise tens of thousands and even millions of dollars. This webinar covers the basics of running a campaign.

Social Media Integration Tools to Increase Productivity

We review several tools to improve your social media presence while reducing the time you spend managing this essential marketing element of your business.

How to Collect Business Debts

Learn the basic concepts of liability enforcement and strategies and tips for using the legal system to recover what’s owed to your business.

CEDF Client 25th Anniversary Reception Ticket Request

CEDF 25th Anniversary Celebration of Success -- Ticket Request

CEDF 25th Anniversary Celebration of Success -- Ticket Request (payment by check)

12 smart tips for getting a small business loan

Minimum wage increases: What should a business owner do?

Minimum wage will soon begin climbing. What analysis and actions must be conducted to be prepared?

Use Instagram to create Insta-business

Learn all the tips to making your business’s Instagram account profitable.

How to improve your work/life/money balance

Learn the seven strategies and three essential habits of work/life/money balance to get you to on track.

Understanding CT sales, use and payroll tax obligations

Be sure your knowledge is accurate and up-to-date by registering for this informative briefing by two representatives from the Connecticut Department of Revenue, and submit questions to better understand your responsibilities as a business owner.

New CT employer mandates – what a small business owner needs to know

Overview of the new responsibilities small business owners face and the plans that need to be made to achieve compliance and minimize risk and expense.

Pitfalls of Worker Misclassification

Misclassification of workers creates a minefield for Connecticut employers in Connecticut. This webinar will review the requirements of appropriate classifications.

Women's Business Success 2020

Women's Business Success 2020: Leaving your Comfort Zone

How to apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Many small businesses are concerned with the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the the health and stability of their business. We will provide the most current information available.

Preparing your Business for a Crisis

Were you unprepared for the disruptions in your business that recently occurred? Are you headed for facing the next crisis, or the next phase of this one, without a plan? Crisis management focuses on developing a problem-solving strategy for complex business issues. Don’t go into any crisis blind. This program will help you prepare an impact analysis and a strategy for your success and survival. It will help you deal with the present and the future.

Managing Change in a Challenging Environment

Learn how to build change resiliency in your company by understanding the effects of rapid change on human performance.

Emergency Planning for Local Business Leaders

A proactive business owner should be immediately implementing a new communications strategy plus 10 other strategies to help survive this COVID-19 crisis. Learn Tom Maier’s recommendations in a one-hour webinar.

Maximizing your Online Presence

The world just changed. Your online presence has never been so important. COVID-19 won’t last forever and at some point, businesses will rebound. Take this time to educate yourself and your key employees on what steps you can take to maximize your digital marketing capabilities.

Join Nathan Berger, founder of the user experience agency KnockMedia, as he explores the top five things you should be doing to maximize your online presence.

Update on Small Business Assistance Programs

Since mid-March new programs have been proposed and launched. Get an update on what state and federal assistance is being made available to struggling small businesses.

Twelve Tips for Getting a Small Business Loan

Understanding how things look from the lender’s point of view can help prepare a small business for a successful effort to raise debt capital, whether from a community lending source like CEDF or from a bank or credit union. Lack of knowledge of certain principles can cause loan applicants to waste time, effort and emotions. With a grasp of these concepts, small business owners can focus on what’s truly important to move toward to secure lending support. Using CEDF’s lending programs and bank offerings for comparison, this seminar also illustrates the typical policies that business owners must accommodate.

20 Questions About the Paycheck Protection Program

We'll review the Paycheck Protection Program requirements to apply and comply and show you where to go to get more information about specific situations.

Twelve Tips for Getting a Small Business Loan (May 2020)

Understanding how things look from the lender’s point of view can help prepare a small business for a successful effort to raise debt capital, whether from a community lending source like CEDF or from a bank or credit union. Lack of knowledge of certain principles can cause loan applicants to waste time, effort and emotions. With a grasp of these concepts, small business owners can focus on what’s truly important to move toward to secure lending support. Using CEDF’s lending programs and bank offerings for comparison, this seminar also illustrates the typical policies that business owners must accommodate.

Staying Relevant with Social Media during a Crisis

Learn how to leverage social media, make meaningful connections, and contribute to your local community in ways that will help keep you visible when life returns to normal.

SBDC Test Form -- How to Operate a Lemonade Stand

Learn how to leverage social media, make meaningful connections, and contribute to your local community in ways that will help keep you visible when life returns to normal.

Harnessing the Power of Positive Thinking

Explore a wide range of proven techniques for being able to harness the power of positive thinking both in and out of work.

Motivating Employees on a Budget

Understand how to keep employees engaged and satisfied without busting the salary budget.

Maximizing COVID-19 Tax Savings & PPP Forgiveness

Ed Muenzner, CPA, will highlight the most important COVID-19 tax considerations so you can prepare for further discussion with your accountant.

Financial Fundamentals -- Professional Development Workshop for CT Artists

This two-part introduction lays the groundwork for understanding small business financial fundamentals so you can temper decisions with a balanced eye toward the long term.

Managing your Finances During a Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis is forcing changes on every American. Consider taking the right management steps to stay on track. This webinar will help you navigate the uncertainty and prepare for recovery.

Pivoting Your Business During the Pandemic

Discover practical changes you can make to stay connected with your customers while social distancing.

How to Finance your Small Business

Learn the fine points of getting a small business loan. When do you need equity and debt? How does a lender view your application?

Latest IRS Rulings and Tax Law Changes that Help Small Businesses

While much recent attention has focused on small business loan and grant programs in reaction to the COVID-19 crisis, there have been significant tax changes that merit attention and consultation between a business owner and his or her tax advisor.

When Debt is Good and Equity Isn't: Finding the Balance

Learn what is an intelligent balance between debt and equity for startups and established businesses and why your preconceptions might be keeping you off the right path for growth.

You Gotta Know Your Numbers

This webinar will expose the importance of using key indicators to help you improve your cash position, your profits and make plans in both favorable and adverse circumstances over the coming month, quarter or remainder of the year.

Cómo financiar tu pequeña empresa

¿Busca financiar su pequeña empresa en los próximos meses con un banco o prestamista sin fines de lucro como CEDF? Aprenda a pulir su propuesta para el éxito.

Eliminate the 10 Business Profit Drains

Are your profits going down the drain? This seminar will help you identify the ten most common business profit drains and offer tips on how to plug them.

Easy Steps to Get Started with Email Marketing

As a business owner, you never want to be forgotten by your clients. Email may be your answer to efficiently, economically and effectively staying visible. But only if you learn these important concepts.

Covid-Era Legal Landmines for Small Business Owners

This webinar will update you on the biggest current risks small business owners face and some unseen issues you never dreamed of.

Amaze Yourself by Learning to Use Google Analytics

So you’ve made a heavy expenditure developing your business website, but do you know what that investment is doing for you?

Building a Digital Marketing Strategy: A Simple Guide

Learn a simple step-by-step guide on how to develop a holistic digital marketing strategy that maximizes your return on marketing dollars spent.

Turning Obstacle into Opportunities

This interactive webinar will provide you with tools and take-away for developing and maintaining a positive mindset and practical examples of applying it to turn obstacles into opportunities.

Why Your Small Business Needs an Ethics Program, Especially if You’re Selling to the Government

Learn how to leverage social media, make meaningful connections, and contribute to your local community in ways that will help keep you visible when life returns to normal.

Marketing Your Small Business in a Digital World

Learn the basics of digital marketing tactics so that you can be an informed consumer of marketing agency services.

Manager or a Mouse? How to Have Brave Conversations

Equip yourself with tools to help you build confidence in how to handle those tough conversations in the workplace and beyond.

Is Your Business Name Protected by Trademark?

If you think your business name is protected just because you registered your entity with the CT Secretary of State, you've got something to learn about trademarks.

Create Your 90-Day Action Plan

Are you prepared to grow your business under the “new normal?”

Invest four hours over two days in this nationally-conducted workshop and feel more confident and ready to meet the uncertain but inevitable challenges of the year ahead.

How Employee Handbooks Protect Businesses

This webinar, presented by ADP, will discuss the importance of handbooks and how they play a major role in the safety and security of your business and employees.

Cómo comprar un edificio para tu negocio

Sueña con liberar su negocio de una renta alta que no puede pagar o de un dueño que ofrece poca ayuda? Comprar una propiedad con una hipoteca commercial es una experiencia muy diferente a una transacción residencial. Aprenda lo que se necesita para estar preparado.

Small Business Assistance Updates

Connecticut businesses and nonprofits can receive a one-time $5,000 grant under the DECD $50 million program. The SBA and Treasury have released a streamlined application form for PPP loan forgiveness. Learn which businesses are eligible.

Managing Your Reaction to Volatility in Your Business and Your Investments

Learn why people have such strong reactions to economic volatility and how the right ideas can lead you toward creating effective strategies and smart planning to manage your own reactions.

Navigating the Unemployment Insurance System

A tutorial on the unemployment compensation system with a focus on the special circumstances the pandemic created and how you can save money.

Understanding the Basics of CT Paid Leave Program

CT Paid Leave is launching. Understand which employers must participate, who will be eligible for paid leave, and the resources available to support implementation.

Don’t fall hook, line and sinker for phishing

Learn how to refocus your priorities and training to reduce your cyber risks and prevent what for many small businesses can be a life-threatening mistake.

How to Finance Your Small Business

Understand what's accessible to most small businesses and learn the fine points of getting a small business loan.

How Landlord-Tenant Relations Will Change After COVID

Get a commercial leasing expert's observations on the give and take between tenants and landlords over the last several months and the approaches he is recommending that tenants take going forward.

How to Buy a Commercial Building

Learn the complexities in commercial mortgages so you can prepare to own your own building.

What’s Your Business Really Worth?

Learn the concepts behind business valuation and what you can do to improve your circumstan

Small Business Relief Legislation

We'll update with the latest information available on the small business relief provisions administered by the SBA.

Leadership Skills for New Businesses

It doesn’t matter whether you are a Main Street startup or a company with ambitions to raise venture capital, the crucial leadership skills are the same. In this webinar, you’ll learn why investors invest in people, not technology or products.

Help! I Don’t Know How to Sell

Learn straightforward, practical advice that when systematically followed is guaranteed to improve your ability to successfully sell and to revenues.

Using Video to Sell in Your Small Business

Learn tips for producing effective video and how to use it to drive business, including insights for businesses of all sizes and budgets.

Raise More Capital or Raise Sales: What’s the Right Priority?

Do you seek investors (or loans), or focus on improving sales? This webinar explores the potential impacts of concentrating on raising capital and how you can make the best decisions for your venture.

Is Selling on Amazon Right for Your Business?

Peek behind the scenes of one successful Connecticut merchant's use of Amazon to learn more about the complexities and opportunities that await.

Let the software robots do your work!

Peek behind the scenes of one successful Connecticut merchant's use of Amazon to learn more about the complexities and opportunities that await.

Decontaminate Your Toxic Workplace Culture

Achieve positive change with improved employee performance, reduced turnover and a better bottom line.

My Business Jump Start

An online program for new business creation and young business success cultivating entrepreneurs in Connecticut's underserved communities.

Effective Customer Communication for Business Owners and their Front-Line Managers

Learn helpful strategies on how to take control of conversations and present value-added solutions in a positive manner that will leave your customers satisfied and willing to refer others to your operation.

Identifying Small Business Risks and Reducing Them

Learn the basic external threats every business (no matter how small) must address and how and why you should spend attention and money on mitigations for the biggest risks.

Why Do You Want to Go Into Business?

Planning for success when considering starting a business means more than “let’s see how this idea does” and this webinar will provide you the checklist to be sure you aren’t missing any crucial considerations.

How to Pitch Investors

Explore business funding in Connecticut and how to convince the decision makers to write you a check.

How to Apply for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Learn the details, application procedures and requirements of the $28 billion Restaurant Relief Fund administered by the SBA.

How to Negotiate with Your Suppliers

Learn how mastering the business basics of negotiation can lead to improved margins, lower expenses and competitive advantages.

Create Your 90-Day Action Plan 2021

Are you prepared to grow your business under the “new normal?”

Invest four hours over two days in this nationally-conducted workshop and feel more confident and ready to meet the uncertain but inevitable challenges of the year ahead.

Communicating Your Value to Clients & Customers

Get ready to improve your communication so you can land that new business account and speak with confidence about your business and services.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Opening

Learn if you are qualified to apply for the first phase of the $28 billion Restaurant Relief Fund administered by the SBA.

How to Validate Your Business Idea (Before You Jump Off into Thin Air)

Learn the amazingly easy steps that make up the craft of idea validation and the tricks to keep from telling yourself what you want to hear.

Finding the Right Legal Structure for Your New Business

Choosing the structure that’s right for your objectives and resources is crucial for efficient operation and protecting the personal assets of the owner from liability.

Do You and Your Partners Have a Proper Agreement?

If you are going into business with one or more partners, you need a legal agreement spelling out how you are going to run the business, how much each will earn, and, most importantly, what will happen if you can’t get along and decide to split.

Sharing Financials with Your Employees

Many of the most forward-thinking leaders of small businesses share company financials with their team members. Learn how to share your financial information for the maximum positive effect.

Is Your 1099 Worker Really an Employee?

Learn the difference between an employee and an independent contractor to better understand how to identify, mitigate and manage risks in your worker arrangements.

12 Tips for Getting a Small Business Loan

Understanding how things look from the lender’s point of view can help prepare a small business for a successful effort to raise debt capital.

How to Turn a Supervisor into a Leader

Discover what you need to do to get yourself out of the trenches to work "on your business" by empowering supervisors to be leaders.

Develop Your Marketing Playbook

Learn how to develop a digital marketing playbook for your business to turn a stranger into a client with little to no marketing budget.

Building Employee Satisfaction & Engagement

Gain valuable insight into the critical role that leaders must play to ensure employee engagement.

Strengthening Your Business to Become Bankable

Understand the ratios, yardsticks and milestones that bankers and their underwriting departments expect so you can work toward getting your financials in shape.

Do You Really Own that Bit of Intellectual Property?

What you think is yours may not be if you didn’t take the right steps at the creation. You may find your rights of ownership compromised. Learn how to protect your company.

How the SBA's EIDL Loan Can Still Help Your Business

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program has undergone major updates that have provided the agency more capacity to process loans with greater speed, and for business owners many new beneficial aspects.

The Strategy Your Small Business Needs to Grow

This workshop will discuss the importance of studying the external environment, developing a solid business model along core competencies, selecting strategic goals and priorities, and other crucial requirements.

Top Ten Reasons Loan Applications Fail

Employment Law Changes Impacting Your Business

Learn the implications for your operation, how to stay in compliance with the law, and what you need to do to avoid penalties or costly, contentious litigation.

Seven Strategies to Improve Your Business Cash Flow

Learn seven secrets to making the river of cash that flows through your bank account slow down and get both deeper and wider.

How Connecticut’s New Cybersecurity Law Impacts Your Business

Learn from cyber security experts what it takes to put the right safeguards in place to be shielded from both hackers and legal penalties.

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