Career & Entrepreneurship Center

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Career & Entrepreneurship Center

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Starting a Business
Tuesday, December 5th; 12-2PM
Description: The best way to get started! Receive information on the necessary licenses, permits, legal documents and requirements to do business in the State of Florida. Learn to refine your ideas into a plan for success
Where: EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
$10 | Click to Register.

SCORE What Every Small Business Should Know About Business Law
Tuesday, December 5th; 6-8PM
Description: Are you a small business owner, or thinking of starting your own business? Will you go out on your own, or do you have one or more business partners involved in the venture? Do you need to set up a corporation, or maybe an LLC? Will you have employees running the business, or will you control the day-to-day operations? Get help answering these questions at this FREE workshop.
Where: Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755.
FREE. Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE Entrepreneurship 101: Opportunities in Franchising
Tuesday, December 5th; 6:30-8:30PM
Description: Who doesn't love the idea of being their own boss and controlling their own destiny? This workshop is the first step for anyone who is thinking about going into a franchise business for themselves. During this session, you will learn about business ownership and be enlightened as to the numerous options available in the franchise world.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE. To Register, Click here.

Accounting &Tax Procedures
Tuesday, December 12th: 12-2PM
Description: Understand proper accounting procedures and record keeping requirements necessary to manage your business, calculate payroll, and pay state and federal taxes.
Where: EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
$20 | Click to Register.

SCORE How to Start and Operate a Non-Profit Business
Wednesday, December 13th; 6-8PM
Description: Thinking about starting a nonprofit charitable organization? Join us at this workshop to learn more. We will discuss the state and federal requirements, selection and management of your board, how to run a nonprofit, fund raising, best practices and what organizations qualify.
Where: SPC - Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew Street, ES127, Clearwater, FL 33765
FREE. Please RSVP to Attend.

QuickBooks
Thursday, December 19th; 12-2PM
Description: Get an overview of Quickbooks accounting software. Learn to set up the chart of account and the basic functions of the most popular software among accounting professionals today. Guest presenter Michael Carlisle, Enrolled Agent.
Where: EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
$20 | Click to Register.

8th Annual Business Plan & Elevator Pitch
Thursday, April 19, 2018; 6PM
Description:
Students compete to win more than $10,000 in cash prizes to launch their business ideas!
Where: Digitorium, SPC Seminole Campus
Click to Submit your Intent to Compete.  Email competition@spcollege.edu for more information. Please RSVP if you plan on attending. 

SPC's Career Services offers free workshops, job fairs and other events. See SPC Career Services Events.

The event information provided is updated regularly, but these events are not managed by SPC. Students are encouraged to confirm event times, locations and costs prior to attendance.

SCORE Setting Up Your Financial System - It's Easier Than You Think
Monday, December 4th; 6-8PM

Description: It is critical for a startup or early stage business to have proper financial systems in place to monitor and analyze their cash flow and other aspects of their finances. Learn how today's software applications can be utilized to interface with your other financial databases, like your bank, to take a lot of the grunt work out of handling your bookkeeping.
Where: The Greenhouse, 440 2nd Avenue N 2nd floor, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. 
FREE | Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE 10 Tips for Social Media Managers and Business Owners
Tuesday, November 7th; 7-9PM
Description: This workshop will coach you through the process of creating powerful social media content.  The workshop will include features to help you: Determine how to identify which social media channels your ideal customers are using, Learn how to create an effective brand presence on social media, Learn how to create and design compelling content, Discover how to craft a monthly content calendar to keep your message focused, Explore tools the social media pros use and more!
Where: Tarpon Springs Library 138 East Lemon St, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 
FREE | Please RSVP to Attend.

1 Million Cups
Wednesday, November 8th; 9-10AM
Description: A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Petersburg.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE | More Information.

How to Research and Write Your Business Plan; Second Wednesday of the month
Wednesday, November 8th; 5:30-8PM
Description: Businesses that fail to plan, plan to fail. Most business problems arise from not planning ahead. Your business plan provides you a method to take a look inward at yourself and your business, find the STRENGTHS, WEAKNESSES, OPPORTUNITIES, and THREATS (SWOT) and be able to assess, analyze, and correct the direction of your business BEFORE it becomes a critical threat to your success.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE | Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE Establishing a Home Based Business
Wednesday, November 8th; 6-8PM
Description: There are many advantages to a home-based business. This workshop focuses on the unique issues that go with it: addresses, tax implications, insurance, homeowner association covenants, and creating a private and professional space for visiting clients.
Where: The Greenhouse, 440 2nd Avenue N 2nd floor, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. 
FREE | Click to Register.

SCORE  7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Web Developer
Wednesday, November 8th; 6-8PM
Description: Your web presence defines who you are and what your aspirations are for your organization. A sloppy website design built using free DIY templates will scream to the world how much you care about your brand, compared to a website created by a professional who sat down with you to capture the essence of your business in its true sense. Your web developer has a higher calling as a change agent to take your business from 0 to 60 in the quickest amount of time.
Where: Clearwater Main Library 100 N. Osceola Ave. Clearwater, FL 33755. 
FREE | Click to Register.

SCORE  How to Develop & Design Content that will Turn Prospects into Loyal Brand Followers
Thursday, November 9th; 2-4PM
Description: Is your online/social media content converting your prospects into followers, fans and customers?  Content is the key to growing loyal brand followers online.  We will show you the tools and techniques you will need to have an awesome brand following!
Where: The Greenhouse, 440 2nd Avenue N 2nd floor, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. 
FREE | Click to Register.

SCORE 10 Tips for Advertising Your Business
Thursday, November 9th; 2-4PM
Description: The media, positioning your business; the internet; and marketing tips for small business owners.
Where: Enoch Davis Recreation Center. 1111 18th Ave South, St Petersburg, FL 33705
FREE | Please RSVP to Attend.

Nonprofit Business Startup
Monday, November 13th; 6-8PM
Description: Interested in starting a non-profit organization? This workshop consists of a two-part presentation and Q&A session and will help you understand what a non-profit organization is and if it is a fit for you.
Where: The Greenhouse, 440 2nd Avenue N 2nd floor, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. 
FREE | Click to Register.

Tampa Bay Innovation Center Presents TECH Talk
Diary of an Entrepreneur From Startup to Public Company: The Strategic Investments That Fueled the Growth of Tribridge
Tuesday, November 14th; 8:30-10:00AM
Description: The November program will be presented by Tony DiBenedetto, Tribridge chairman and CEO. He will discuss leading Tampa-based Tribridge from a startup in 1998 to a $180 million software, services and cloud business before recently being acquired by DXC, the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company. He will share his journey on growing Tribridge through outside capital as well as strategic investments in developing culture, talent and innovation.
Where: Microsoft 5426 Bay Center Drive , 7th Floor, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33609
FREE | Register to Attend.

SBA Disaster Recovery Loan & Preparedness
Tuesday, November 14th; 2-4PM
Description: Learn about Disaster Preparedness by developing a plan to mitigate your risk.  Educate yourself on preparedness as well as learning about the SBA Disaster Recovery Loan: when and where disaster loans are made, eligibility requirements, and the process to apply.
Where: The Greenhouse, 440 2nd Avenue N 2nd floor, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. 
FREE | Click to Register.

How to Apply for an SBA Loan
Thursday, November 14th; 6-8PM
Description: Learn about how to apply for SBA Loans and financing programs.  Loan programs, loan eligibility, and available SBA lenders for your type of business will be discussed.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE | Register to Attend.

1 Million Cups
Wednesday, November 15th; 9-10AM
Description: A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Petersburg.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE | More Information.

Using SEO to Improve Your Google Rankings
Wednesday, November 15th; 6-8PM
Description: This workshop will help attendees understand the basics of Google Rankings and Search Results. Also included will be information on SEO Planning including planning, content, keywords, site organization and Google Analytics.  Speaker: Pinellas SBDC representative.
Where: The Greenhouse - 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE | Please RSVP to Attend.

How the City Buys
Thursday, November 16th; 2-3PM
Description: The City of St. Petersburg's Procurement & Supply Management Department has automated its entire procure-to-pay process. In this class, suppliers will learn how the City sources its supplies and services and how to communicate effectively with the City.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE |
Register to Attend.

SCORE Business Startup Basics
Tuesday, November 21st 6-8PM
Description:  Are you ready to start a new small business? This workshop will lead you through the steps you should take to be successful. Some of the topics for discussion are startup myths, critical success factors, your roles as a business owner, the most important business functions, cash flow, dealing with regulations, and finding good professional advisers. Sign up for this workshop to learn a no-nonsense approach to starting a business with a higher chance for success.
Where:  The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE | Please RSVP to Attend.

Networking Success: The How TO and DO
Tuesday, November 21st; 6:30-8:30PM
Description: Networking is in the TOP 3 lead generation strategies for business, yet many of them don't know HOW TO generate results. This interactive event is designed to help you learn HOW to make networking your top source for new customers and referrals. You will also get time to practice Doing what you learned right away with your fellow attendees.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE |   Click to Register.

SCORE Rapid Business Planning Using Lean Canvas - Part 1: Principles
Tuesday, November 28th; 6-8PM
Description:  Sharpen your business plan. Clearly communicate your company's message. Target your most important customers. Uncover your competive advantage. All this and more in two action-packed workshop sessions on Rapid Business Planning, using the new one-page “Lean Canvas” planning tool.approach to starting a business with a higher chance for success.
Where:  The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE | Please RSVP to Attend.

Basics of Bonding, Part 1
Tuesday, November 28th; 6:30-8:30PM
Description: This is an introductory course for both contractors and subcontractors providing vital information for meeting the bonding requirements of your projects.
Where: The Greenhouse - 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE | Register to Attend.

Successfully Launching Your Business: Grand Openings & Beyond
Wednesday, November 29th; 6-7:30PM
Description: Get tips for preparing for a successful grand opening and strategies for growing your customer base after the ribbon is cut.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE | To Register, click here.

UNDERSTANDING AND PREPARING BASIC FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Wednesday, November 29th; 6:30-8PM
Description: Learn how to make sense of the basic financial statements that are essential to your success in business.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE | To Register, click here.

SCORE Understanding and Preparing Basic Financial Statements
Wednesday, November 29th; 6:30-8PM
Description:  Learn how to make sense of the basic financial statements that are essential to your success in business. The workshop will review basic accounting terms and the concepts they represent and then, using concrete examples, go through the steps involved in preparing and understanding each of the Big Three.
Where:  The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE | Please RSVP to Attend.