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JUNE 2017

Business Start-Up 101
WEBINAR

27 June 2017
12:00-1:00 PM EDT

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ON-LINE

PRESENTED BY
U.S. Small Business Administration

Thinking of starting a business but don’t know where to begin? Want to be your own boss but not sure how to do it? Then this webinar is just what you need! Learn 10 basic steps to follow; what resources are available; important tips on starting a business; and the reality about grants.

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CALL (Audio): (888) 858-2144


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Funding Options for Small Business
WEBINAR

28 June 2017
12:00-1:00 PM EDT

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ON-LINE

PRESENTED BY
U.S. Small Business Administration

Starting a business? Expanding your business? Learn about SBA’s guaranty loan programs, expert help available and how to finance your business idea at this informative workshop! Topics include: how to finance your business; where microloans are available; what to take to your lender; and how the mentors and counselors can help.

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ACCESS CODE: 8495863
CALL (Audio): (888) 858-2144


QUESTIONS

E-MAIL:

CALL: (317) 226-7272 x112


Doing Business with the Federal Government
WEBINAR

28 June 2017
2:00-3:00 PM EDT

NO CHARGE

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ON-LINE

PRESENTED BY
U.S. Small Business Administration

Looking for new markets for your small business’ products or services? Need help but not sure where to start? Then this informative seminar is for you! Learn where to find contracting opportunities; how to register your business to sell to the government; how to market your products and services; why you may need a surety bond; and how to obtain a bond.

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ACCESS CODE: 3959639
CALL (Audio): (888) 858-2144


QUESTIONS

E-MAIL:

CALL: (317) 226-7272 x115


SBA HUBZone Program
WEBINAR

29 June 2017
10:30 AM-12:00 PM EDT

NO CHARGE

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ON-LINE

PRESENTED BY
U.S. Small Business Administration

What is the SBA HUBZone program? Is the program right for your business? Learn the history of the SBA HUBZone program as well as the eligibility and application requirements.

ON-LINE REGISTRATION

Webinar instructions will be sent 24 hours before the start of the Webinar.


Direct Mail Advertising
Lunch and Learn

29 June 2017
12:00-1:00 PM EDT

NO CHARGE

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ON-LINE

PRESENTED BY
U.S. Small Business Administration
United States Postal Service

The U.S. Small Business Administration is pleased to offer a free webinar, conducted by the U.S. Postal Service on the benefits of Direct Mail Advertising for Small Businesses. Guest speaker Randy Perteet, Business Development Specialist, U.S. Postal Service, will cover the following topics:

Why Direct Mail works in today’s marketplace
Elements of a Successful Direct Mail Campaign
Mail Piece Design Tips that net Positive Results
Why Every Door Direct Mail works to deliver new customers
How our Every Door Direct Mail Web Tool does the work for you

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ACCESS CODE: 7790762
CALL (Audio): (888) 858-2144


SBA Financing Basics
WEBINAR

30 June 2017
12:00-1:00 PM EDT

NO CHARGE

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ON-LINE

PRESENTED BY
U.S. Small Business Administration

The webinar gives current or prospective small business owners insight into the SBA Guaranty Loan Program and the criteria used by loan officers to evaluate a loan request. We will demystify the lending process, debunk the myths about SBA programs, and share real life examples of successful loan applicants. The webinar is best suited to those seeking financing for their business, have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in the business.

INSTRUCTIONS

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JULY 2017

USDA Services

11 July 2017
11:00 AM EDT

NO CHARGE

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SPEAKER/PRESENTER:
Savannah Halleaux
Public Affairs & Outreach Coordinator
Michigan Farm Service Agency, USDA

TOPICS INCLUDE

How to get started with USDA
FSA farm loans and programs
FSA partner organizations assisting farmer Veterans

USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management.

They have a vision to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation's natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the country. Michigan's unique micro-climates allow farmers to produce over 125 different food and fiber products. Agriculture, the 2nd largest industry in the state, annually contributes about $37 billion to Michigan's economy.

Savannah Halleaux is a combat veteran with six years of active duty service and currently serves as a public affairs officer in the Michigan Army National Guard. Savannah also owns and operates a small sheep farm near Flint, Michigan

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NOTE: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


SBA Financing Basics
WEBINAR

12 July 2017
12:00-1:00 PM EDT

NO CHARGE

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ON-LINE

PRESENTED BY
U.S. Small Business Administration

The webinar gives current or prospective small business owners insight into the SBA Guaranty Loan Program and the criteria used by loan officers to evaluate a loan request. We will demystify the lending process, debunk the myths about SBA programs, and share real life examples of successful loan applicants. The webinar is best suited to those seeking financing for their business, have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in the business.

INSTRUCTIONS

FROM YOUR COMPUTER: connectmeeting.att.com
MEETING NUMBER: 888-858-2144
ACCESS CODE: 7790762
LOG IN AS: “participant”


FROM YOUR PHONE: 888-858-2144


How Do I Do Business With Western Michigan University?

20 July 2017
1:00 PM EDT

NO CHARGE

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SPEAKER/PRESENTER:
Donald Penskar
Director
Logistical Services Western Michigan University

TOPICS INCLUDE

How to do business with WMU
How to bid on contracts at WMU
How to approach an education institution for contracts
How to seek University procurement card purchases
Regular WMU employees and departments are eligible to obtain an University proHow to seek University procurement card purchases
Keys to success in the procurement process
Common mistakes by the business owner
A few success stories in WMU procurement

Western Michigan University, in partnership with VetBizCentral a Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) of the Small Business Administration (SBA), will be hosting the webinar on How to Do Business with Western Michigan University (WMU).

They procure and provide supply chain management resources and services in an efficient and effective manner for the Western Michigan University community. Learn how individuals and/or departments may purchase through use of the University procurement card and how your business may compete to provide services and products.

Up to $50,000 Written bids will be obtained by filling out a purchase requisition. Verbal or telephone bids will be accepted in an emergency. Sole source situations must be verified by a buyer or a letter of justification must be submitted by the requester and approved. Verbal or telephone bids will be accepted in an emergency, provided approval from the associate vice president for business and finance is received.

$50,000 and over Sealed bids will be issued along with affirmative action compliance. Exceptions to this rule may be made only with the written approval of the vice president for business and finance, or designee.

SOLE SOURCE PURCHASE: Sole source purchases over $5,000 must be justified to the satisfaction of a purchasing buyer/director of logistical services. Sole source documentation and authorization form must be attached to purchase requisition.

Donald Penskar (Don) Director, Logistical Services Western Michigan University will be holding the webinar. The Logistical Services vision is to become a leader among Western Michigan University colleges and universities in innovative and effective logistics and customer service.

REGISTER ON-LINE

NOTE: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Business Start-Up 101
WEBINAR

25 July 2017
12:00-1:00 PM EDT

NO CHARGE

Small Business Administration Logo

ON-LINE

PRESENTED BY
U.S. Small Business Administration

Thinking of starting a business but don’t know where to begin? Want to be your own boss but not sure how to do it? Then this webinar is just what you need! Learn 10 basic steps to follow; what resources are available; important tips on starting a business; and the reality about grants.

QUESTIONS

LOG-IN: AT&T Connect
ACCESS CODE: 8495863
CALL (Audio): (888) 858-2144


Funding Options for Small Business
WEBINAR

26 July 2017
12:00-1:00 PM EDT

NO CHARGE

Small Business Administration Logo

ON-LINE

PRESENTED BY
U.S. Small Business Administration

Starting a business? Expanding your business? Learn about SBA’s guaranty loan programs, expert help available and how to finance your business idea at this informative workshop! Topics include: how to finance your business; where microloans are available; what to take to your lender; and how the mentors and counselors can help.

QUESTIONS

LOG-IN: AT&T Connect
ACCESS CODE: 8495863
CALL (Audio): (888) 858-2144


AUGUST 2017

Michigan eLibrary Resources
Business Decision

8 August 2017
10:00 AM EDT

NO CHARGE

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SPEAKER/PRESENTER:
Julie Peterson
Business Decision

Business Decision is a resource to help you find customers, target advertising, reach audiences, research and calculate market size. Learn to research comprehensive business-to-consumer market and spending data, Company profiles, rankings and market share data and product/brand information.

MeL Business provides support and resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses as they contribute to the Michigan and global economies. Explore core eResources, identify key partners, conduct research, and connect with your local library to succeed in running your business. MeL Business is here for you and has the tools and connections you need.

Professional individuals planning on starting a small business in Michigan should take advantage of the market research and census data made available through the MeL Database. This allows business owners to understand current and potential markets and trends, such as consumer spending trends or industry conditions. Upon identifying goals, entrepreneurs can formulate a business plan with a strategy to grow their services with potential sales leads and mailing lists.

Under Legal Forms Library, individuals will find copies of essential legal forms to assist them in their goal to register a business in Michigan, research current laws, and an attorney directory. The focus of MeL Business eResources is to provide visitors the necessary tools and support for success. The information at your fingertips is geared toward helping you launch and grow your business. Our services provide core resources that are always free to Michigan residents. MeL Business is here to assist you with all of your business needs to help you get started on the path of success the correct way.

Coordinated effort between VetBizCentrral and D. R. Biggs, MA AMLS. Library Consultant & Michigan eLibrary Coordinator Library of Michigan/Michigan Department of Education.

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Michigan eLibrary Resources
Business Resources

24 August 2017
10:00 AM EDT

NO CHARGE

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SPEAKER/PRESENTER:
Andrea Devlin
Gale Business Resources

Gale Business Resources contain actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. It provides entrepreneurs with how-to information that they can apply to their own business. Entrepreneurs can turn to a variety of sources to finance their startups or expansion of their businesses. Learn about Business Structures / Legal Entities and keeping track of your finances, people management, marketing, sales efforts and much more.

MeL Business provides support and resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses as they contribute to the Michigan and global economies. Explore core eResources, identify key partners, conduct research, and connect with your local library to succeed in running your business. MeL Business is here for you and has the tools and connections you need.

Professional individuals planning on starting a small business in Michigan should take advantage of the market research and census data made available through the MeL Database. This allows business owners to understand current and potential markets and trends, such as consumer spending trends or industry conditions. Upon identifying goals, entrepreneurs can formulate a business plan with a strategy to grow their services with potential sales leads and mailing lists.

Under Legal Forms Library, individuals will find copies of essential legal forms to assist them in their goal to register a business in Michigan, research current laws, and an attorney directory. The focus of MeL Business eResources is to provide visitors the necessary tools and support for success. The information at your fingertips is geared toward helping you launch and grow your business. Our services provide core resources that are always free to Michigan residents. MeL Business is here to assist you with all of your business needs to help you get started on the path of success the correct way.

REGISTER ON-LINE

NOTE: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


OCTOBER 2017

Doing Business with the Veterans Health Administration

12 October 2017
10:00 AM EDT

NO CHARGE

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SPEAKER/PRESENTER:
Pak Sa Dewhurst
Small Business Liaison
Veterans Health Administration

Mr. Pak Sa Dewhurst will educate prospective small business vendors on how the VA’s Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Network Contracting Office (NCO) does business that stems from a philosophy that “In order for the Government to do business with prospective businesses, they must know how WE do business first”. The briefing covers various topics concerning day-to-day operations to include, but not limited to, agency's mission and operating locations; defining contracting's and other roles.

Pak Sa Dewhurst is a Small Business Liaison located in Kettering, Ohio. He represents the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) 23,000 employees throughout the Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) 10 who operate and support 12 VHA medical centers and 61 Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio on small business concerns.

Pak is assigned to the Network Contracting Office (NCO) 10 who directly supports 170 government contract professionals at 12 locations acquiring supplies, services, construction, medical sharing, prosthetics and leasing efforts.

Pak retired from active-duty as a commissioned officer from the United States Air Force with over 23 years service. Pak earned his Bachelor of Science in Management Studies from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science, Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Administration from Tiffin University and has a FAC level 3 certification in Contracting and DAWIA level 1 certification in Program Management.

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NEW CLIENT
REQUEST FOR COUNSELING

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The U.S. Small Business Administration requires all clients to complete the Request for Counseling (Form 641). This form will act as our Confidentiality and Code of Conduct Agreements. All client information is held in strictest of confidence.

To start the process, please click on the above e-CENTER button to access our electronic Request for Counseling form. After submission, a counselor will contact you shortly.

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USDA Services
11 July 2017
11:00 AM EDT

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How Do I Do Business With Western Michigan University?
20 July 2017
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Michigan eLibrary Resources
8 August 2017
10:00 AM EDT

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Michigan eLibrary Resources
24 August 2017
10:00 AM EDT

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Doing Business with the Veterans Health Administration
12 October 2017
10:00 AM EDT

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