Find one (or more) of our classes to elevate or start a small business

Mar
21
Thu
2019
Planning for Business Success – March 21 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center
Mar 21 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Planning for Business Success - March 21 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center | Coeur d'Alene | Idaho | United States

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Learn why planning is so crucial and the right way to chart a course for your business success.  Discover the essential ingredients for developing meaningful goals and a plan that will help you and your team achieve them.

Mar
26
Tue
2019
Advanced Pricing Strategy 201 – March 2019 @ North Idaho College Small Business Development Center
Mar 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Advanced Pricing Strategy 201 - March 2019 @ North Idaho College Small Business Development Center

Building on the concepts covered in the 101 Pricing Class, this course will explore some advanced pricing strategies, such as supply vs demand, cross market, parametric and performance base pricing, bundled  product pricing, pricing for competitive bidding and value-added pricing. The course will also build on the basic pricing management strategies covered in the previous course. Prerequisites include: a basic  understanding of the profit/loss or income statement and/or the Basic Pricing Strategies 101 class.

Mar
29
Fri
2019
National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day @ Various
Mar 29 all-day
National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day @ Various
Our economy couldn’t run without small mom and pop businesses. They create economic growth and provide almost 70% of all new jobs in the country. That’s why every year on March 29 we acknowledge the more than 27 million small businesses in this country by celebrating National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day! The holiday was established by Rick and Margie Segel in honor of their parents and the successful hat shop they opened in 1939 and grew into a 10,000 square foot, $2 million dollar clothing shop. It is a special day to appreciate the long hours, hard work and dedication it takes to run a small business. So on March 29, head to your favorite small business to say thank you! 

NATIONAL MOM AND POP BUSINESS OWNERS DAY ACTIVITIES

1. Shop local
Support the small business in your community by searching them out and frequenting them often. Hear about an interesting local spot? Go on an adventure to check it out, then tell all your friends!

2. Use social media
Most small businesses are happy to get a little extra attention. Make sure to follow your favorites on all their social media platforms and promote them whenever possible.

3. Write a “thank you” note
Running a small business is really hard work. If there is a special Mom and Pop shop you care about, take a moment to write a note to let the owners and employees know how much you appreciate all the effort and care they put into making your experience wonderful.

 

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL MOM AND POP BUSINESS OWNERS DAY

A. They make shopping personal
Finding that particular shop where they know you and understand what you need can make any day just a little brighter. Mom and pop businesses take a special interest in making sure their customers have a unique and enjoyable experience. They care about their customers in a way few large retail chains can by providing superior and personal customer service.

B. They support the community
Small businesses have a real impact on their community by providing neighborhood jobs and recycling the money they earn back into the local economy. So, by spending your dollars at a mom and pop establishment, you can make a real difference.

C. They provide a unique experience
Mom and Pop shops bring fresh ideas to the marketplace. In today’s economy, when you can find the same products in every Big Box in every city, it’s refreshing to find something new which everyone else hasn’t discovered yet.

Marketing Strategy For Profit – March 29 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center
Mar 29 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Marketing Strategy For Profit - March 29 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center | Coeur d'Alene | Idaho | United States

Marketing is the engine of your business. What problem is your business trying to solve? How big a problem is it? Who has these problems more than any other? How much would they pay for your solution? Answers to these are the difference between thriving and just surviving.  Understand what specific need you are meeting and how to create value that your customers will be willing to pay a premium for.

Apr
5
Fri
2019
Hiring Winners, Operational Excellence April 5 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center
Apr 5 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hiring Winners, Operational Excellence April 5 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center | Coeur d'Alene | Idaho | United States

Your employees are the future of your business. Learn how to hire and keep winners. Also, learn what key processes make up your business operations and improve productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency in your business for higher profit

Apr
9
Tue
2019
Facebook Marketing for Small Business – April 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center
Apr 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Facebook Marketing for Small Business - April 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center | Coeur d'Alene | Idaho | United States

Tailored to people just starting out with Facebook for business this workshop will cover how to manage Facebook for personal and business use. For those who are at a beginner to intermediate level with social media. This is also a hands-on workshop. Please bring your web friendly device-laptop (preferred), tablet, cell phone- that you will use to manage your social media channels. Also, bring and ask questions about the challenges you face with social media.

Apr
12
Fri
2019
Financial Management for Profit – April 12 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center
Apr 12 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Financial Management for Profit - April 12 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center | Coeur d'Alene | Idaho | United States

Business financials are not just for paying taxes, they are essential for making good business decisions. Gain an understanding of financial statements and learn how to use them for business

Apr
16
Tue
2019
LinkedIn and Twitter Marketing for Small Business – April 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center
Apr 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
LinkedIn and Twitter Marketing for Small Business - April 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center | Coeur d'Alene | Idaho | United States

Tailored to people starting out with LinkedIn or Twitter for business this workshop will cover how to manage these sites for personal or business use. A hands-on workshop for those who are at a beginner to intermediate level with social media. Please bring your web friendly device-laptop (preferred), tablet, cell phone – that you will use to manage your social media channels. Also bring and ask questions about the challenges you face with social media.

Apr
17
Wed
2019
Don’t Have a Website For Your Business? April 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center
Apr 17 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Don’t Have a Website For Your Business? April 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center | Coeur d'Alene | Idaho | United States

This training will walk you through how to create a functional easy to manage a website for your business using one of the many template website platforms out there.  For example Squarespace, Wix, or Weebly. You will learn about functional page structure, formatting, and best practices for maximizing your new website.

Apr
18
Thu
2019
Thinking of Starting a Business in Idaho? April 18 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center
Apr 18 @ 5:30 am – 8:30 am
Thinking of Starting a Business in Idaho? April 18 2019 @ North Idaho Small Business Development Center | Coeur d'Alene | Idaho | United States

This workshop gives an overview of what it takes to be a business owner and will help you perform a feasibility analysis of your business idea. Learn about the new business registration process and regulatory issues, as well as an overview of federal and state tax responsibilities.