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PowerPoint: Basics

SBDC: CPD Thursday, June 30 | 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn the basics of PowerPoint to create and deliver professional-looking slides  while easily sharing information. The purpose of PowerPoint is to act as a visual aid as a presenter presents his/her ideas, sales presentation, story, etc. No cost, Register for PowerPoint Basics. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, June 30, 2022, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

Be a Talent Magnet: Ways to Post, Interview & Hire for Top Talent

SBDC: HR Thursday, June 30 | 9 - 9:45 a.m. (1 Session), "Be slow to hire and quick to fire" may seem crazy in today's super-hot labor market, but the principle holds true.  It's critical to know how to attract the right candidates and then assess them for the best fit with an organization before taking the plunge together in a working relationship. Cost: $0, Register for Be a Talent Magnet: Ways to Post, Interview and Hire for Top Talent. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, June 30, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. LIVE ZOOM.

Comenzando su negocio en Illinois (Starting your Business in Illinois)

SBDC: STU Martes, 12 de julio | Tuesday, July 12 | 6-7 p.m. ¡Aprenda la información básica para iniciar un negocio exitoso en Illinois y obtenga respuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes! Learn the basic elements of starting a successful business and get answers to the most frequently asked questions! FREE, Regístrese para Comenzando su negocio en Illinois  (Starting your Business in Illinois). Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

Excel Intermediate

SBDC: CPD Tuesday, July 19 | 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Excel intermediate will expand your Excel knowledge to new horizons. You are going to discover a whole range of skills and techniques that will become a standard component of your everyday use of Excel. No cost, Register for Excel Intermediate. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

Setting the Foundation for Solid Business Credit

SBDC: ACC Thursday, July 19 | 5 - 7 p.m. This webinar will demonstrate to new and existing businesses how to acquire business credit from the ground up. Business owners will be provided with the knowledge to successfully use credit in their businesses. No Cost, Register for Setting the Foundation for Solid Business Credit. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

PowerPoint Advanced

SBDC: CPD Wednesday, July 20 | 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PowerPoint provides you with a variety of tools that can help you deliver content in nearly any situation, while saving time and effort. Learn to add tables and charts, integrate previous presentations, work the Slide Master, animation, slide show function and more.  No cost, Register for PowerPoint Advanced. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

How Businesses Can Reduce Service Provider Costs

SBDC: MGMT Thursday, July 21 | 10 – 11 a.m. Several ideas will be presented on how mid-sized businesses can save money in these challenging times, through the reduction of service-provider pricing, tax incentives, and process improvements. No Cost, Register for How Businesses Can Reduce Service Provider Costs. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, July 21, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. LIVE ZOOM.

Starting Your Business in Illinois

SBDC: STU Thursday, July 21 | 5 - 6 p.m. CST (1 session), Learn the basic elements of starting a successful business and get answers to the most frequently asked questions! FREE, Register for Starting Your Business in Illinois. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, July 21, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

Excel Beginner

SBDC: CPD Friday, August 5 | 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This course will take you from the very beginning (opening a spreadsheet), through entering and working with data, and finish with saving and sharing. No cost, Register for Excel Beginner. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Friday, August 5, 2022, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

Creating a Written Social Media Strategy for Your Small Business

SBDC: MKT Tuesday, August 9 | 12 - 1:30 p.m. Getting your social media strategy on paper has a number of benefits including holding yourself accountable to create and post the right content at the right time and making it easier to train interns and support staff.  No cost, Register for Creating a Written Social Media Strategy. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

Comenzando su negocio en Illinois (Starting your Business in Illinois)

SBDC: STU Martes, 9 de agosto | Tuesday, August 9 | 6-7 p.m. ¡Aprenda la información básica para iniciar un negocio exitoso en Illinois y obtenga respuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes! Learn the basic elements of starting a successful business and get answers to the most frequently asked questions! FREE, Regístrese para Comenzando su negocio en Illinois  (Starting your Business in Illinois). Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

PowerPoint: Basics

SBDC: CPD Monday, August 15 | 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn the basics of PowerPoint to create and deliver professional-looking slides  while easily sharing information. The purpose of PowerPoint is to act as a visual aid as a presenter presents his/her ideas, sales presentation, story, etc. No cost, Register for PowerPoint Basics. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Monday, August 15, 2022, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

How to Use Video to Drastically Improve Your Social Media Strategy

SBDC: MKT Tuesday, August 16 | 9 - 10:30 a.m. 9 out of 10 consumers WANT to see more video content from brands and businesses and the average person is consuming 100 minutes per day of online video content. If you want your business to be seen within the highly competitive social media newsfeeds and want to remain relevant, it’s time to embrace video marketing! No cost, Register for How to Use Video to Improve Social Media Strategy. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM. LIVE ZOOM.

Employee Attraction & Retention Series

SBDC: HR Thursday's, August 18 – September 29 | 9-9:45 a.m. (7 Sessions), Affordable and easy solutions for small business owners addressing key issues associated with attracting, hiring and keeping talent in today’s tough labor market. Join Management Consultant Michelle Arentz, owner of Lazarus Learning LLC, in this virtual seven-part series exploring what workers are looking for and how small businesses can be competitive beyond wages. This series includes seven live virtual sessions. 1.  The Great Resignation: What's Really Going On? 2.  Boosting Business by Boosting Benefits, 3.  Culture Eats Strategy, so What Are You Serving? 4.  Who I'm Working for Matters to Me, 5.  Career Development: Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, 6.  Balancing Act: How to Be Flexible Without Breaking, 7.  Be a Talent Magnet: Ways to Post, Interview and Hire for Top Talent, No cost, Register for Series of Seven. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, August 18, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. LIVE ZOOM.

The Great Resignation: What's Really Going On?

SBDC: HR Thursday, August 18 | 9-9:45 a.m. (1 Session), An exploration of money myths most business leaders assume are the reason behind why workers quit or fail to apply for jobs during the pandemic, and how to better tackle the real reasons behind labor shortages today. No cost, Register for The Great Resignation: What's Really Going On? Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, August 18, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. LIVE ZOOM.

Starting Your Business in Illinois

SBDC: STU Thursday, August 18 | 5 - 6 p.m. CST (1 session), Learn the basic elements of starting a successful business and get answers to the most frequently asked questions! FREE, Register for Starting Your Business in Illinois. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, August 18, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

Boosting Business by Boosting Benefits

SBDC: HR Thursday, August 25 | 9 - 9:45 a.m. (1 Session), Benefits in business can - and should - mean much more than strictly compensation and health care coverage. Employees are seeking workplaces that value more than the bottom line, and offer additional ways of supporting holistic well-being of workers. Offering more than a paycheck, medical and dental goes a long way to making a company more attractive. No cost, Register for Boosting Business by Boosting Benefits. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, August 25, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. LIVE ZOOM.

Culture Eats Strategy, So What Are You Serving?

SBDC: HR Thursday, September 1 | 9 - 9:45 a.m. (1 Session), Culture is a hot topic for business this year. It encompasses a whole host of elements crucial to business success. This session hones in on a few key strategic areas’ businesses need to address in order to create and maintain a workplace people want to be a part of. No cost, Register for Culture Eats Strategy, So What Are You Serving? Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, September 1, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. LIVE ZOOM.

Who I'm Working For Matters to Me

SBDC: HR Thursday, September 8 | 9 - 9:45 a.m. (1 Session), More than ever, workers are concerned about who they work with. Top performers want to work with other top performers, and most of us want to be surrounded by others who make our working lives positive, productive and enjoyable.  No cost, Register for Who I'm Working For Matters to Me. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, September 8, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. LIVE ZOOM.

Comenzando su negocio en Illinois (Starting your Business in Illinois)

SBDC: STU Martes, 13 de septiembre | Tuesday, September 13 | 6-7 p.m. ¡Aprenda la información básica para iniciar un negocio exitoso en Illinois y obtenga respuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes! Learn the basic elements of starting a successful business and get answers to the most frequently asked questions! FREE, Regístrese para Comenzando su negocio en Illinois  (Starting your Business in Illinois). Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

Career Development: Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go

SBDC: HR Thursday, September 15 | 9 - 9:45 a.m. (1 Session), More than ever, employees are keen to have developmental opportunities at work. Career growth and advancement is a "must" as are learning and development that provide skills and knowledge beyond a basic job description or function. What can you offer your staff when it comes to their careers? No cost, Register for Career Development: Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, September 15, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. LIVE ZOOM.

Navigating Supply Chain Disruptions: Updates and Recommendations

SBDC: INT Thursday, September 15 |  10-11 a.m. CST (1 Session), Live Zoom - Watch for email with directions. Since the pandemic, supply chain management has not been easy due to various unexpected outside conditions. Attend this virtual live workshop to understand the causes and effects of supply chain issues and learn how to remain resilient and flexible. Cost: $0, Register for Navigating Supply Chain Disruptions. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, September 15, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. LIVE ZOOM.

Quarterly Update: Program & Policy Updates from SBA, DCEO, IRS, SBAC

SBDC: MGMT Thursday, September 15 | 10 - 11:15 a.m. Join this virtual, no-cost webinar series to receive quarterly updates on current programs, policies and legislation. Small businesses benefit greatly by understanding the organizations and systems available to support their success.  No cost, Register for Quarterly Update: Program & Policy Updates from SBA, DCEO, IRS, SBAC. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, September 15, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. LIVE ZOOM.

Starting Your Business in Illinois

SBDC: STU Thursday, September 15 | 5 - 6 p.m. CST (1 session), Learn the basic elements of starting a successful business and get answers to the most frequently asked questions! FREE, Register for Starting Your Business in Illinois. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, September 15, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

Excel Beginner

SBDC: CPD Friday, September 16 | 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This course will take you from the very beginning (opening a spreadsheet), through entering and working with data, and finish with saving and sharing. No cost, Register for Excel Beginner. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Friday, September 16, 2022, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

PowerPoint Advanced

SBDC: CPD Tuesday, September 20 | 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PowerPoint provides you with a variety of tools that can help you deliver content in nearly any situation, while saving time and effort. Learn to add tables and charts, integrate previous presentations, work the Slide Master, animation, slide show function and more.  No cost, Register for PowerPoint Advanced. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. LIVE ZOOM.

What Bankers Want to See in a Business Plan

SBDC: ACC Tuesday, September 20 | 9 – 10 a.m. This workshop helps potential loan applicants to understand the things that lenders consider necessary for loan approval. More specifically, the workshop covers the components of a solid business plan, the documentation required to secure a loan as well as credit and equity requirements. No cost, Register for What Bankers Want to See in a Business Plan. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. LIVE ZOOM.

Balancing Act: How to Be flexible Without Breaking

SBDC: HR Thursday, September 22 | 9 - 9:45 a.m. (1 Session), The ability to have flexibility and balance between work and personal life remains highly desirable; no surprise as the pandemic continues and many workers face a number of challenges to the new ways of doing business. Explore how you can get creative in being more flexible and balanced, and how to make it work as more workers demand this option. No cost, Register for Balancing Act: How to Be flexible Without Breaking. Organization: WPDI:Illinois Small Business Development. Event: Is catering needed for this event: FALSE. Thursday, September 22, 2022, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. LIVE ZOOM.