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UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Westminster Economic Development Initiative

  • All workshops listed below are free, live, and available online.

  • Local workshops are specified and highlighted in orange

National business volunteers

  • SCORE Prerecorded Webinars

Free prerecorded webinars at your convenience regarding a wide variety of topics from SCORE

Local business service organizations 

  • WEDI partners with many local organizations including:

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May 18th, 2021

Direct Mail Marketing for Small Business & Integration with Digital Technologies   12:00pm

Direct mail can be a highly effective marketing tool.  This webinar will take a deep dive into all there is to know about direct mail, including design, production and postage discounts.  It will then cover  techniques for integrating direct mail programs with digital technologies for  to achieve even greater marketing impact.

I Want to Start a Business, but....How? SCORE Buffalo Niagara can HELP!    12:00pm

Presented by SCORE Buffalo Niagara Chairman Phil Smith, in this session, you will learn:

 

• What is SCORE and How Can they Help me Start my Business?

• Local workshops to help your business succeed

• How can I schedule FREE confidential mentoring?

• Can I join SCORE and become a volunteer mentor?

Business Owners & Mental Health Outcomes from COVID    1:00 pm

To ensure the good health of your business, it is critical that you are aware of and appropriately addressing the mental health outcomes from COVID and other simultaneous stressors.

Crisis Management Expert, Lisa Dinhofer, will share in-depth insights into the mental health outcomes that are affecting businesses of all kinds and provide guidance on how to address this within yours.

Understanding Small Business Financial Statements    6:30 pm

Presented by SCORE Buffalo Niagara Chairman Phil Smith, in this session, you will learn:

 

• What is SCORE and How Can they Help me Start my Business?

• Local workshops to help your business succeed

• How can I schedule FREE confidential mentoring?

• Can I join SCORE and become a volunteer mentor?

May 19th, 2021

Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps    9:30 am

Buffalo Niagara SCORE, Better Business Bureau of Upstate NY, SBDC of Buffalo, Niagara and Jamestown Community College, Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce, SBA Buffalo District Office and Women's Business Center at Canisius College host today's webinar. 

 

Make sure your business profile is verified and updated. Explore Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. In this session you'll be shown: How to create and/or update your profile on Google Hide your address Use your Business Profile to connect with potential customers What's new, tips and tricks to updating your profile

SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program and HUBZone Program Webinar    10:00 am

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration Buffalo District Office  for an introduction to the 8(a) BD and HUBZone programs and learn how to gain a foothold in government contracting:

 

  •  Who is Eligible and How to Apply

  • Contracting Opportunities

  • Other benefits of the 8(a) and HUBZone Program

COVID Recovery Programs: Financial Statements    5:00 pm

Women's Business Center at Canisius College overviews:

-What/Why Financial Statements are important
- How to read Financial Statements
- FAQs with Financial Statements

Welcome to the “ReConnect. ReStart. ReGrow.” COVID recovery programs, in support of small, women-owned businesses facing challenges as a result of COVID-19.

Presenters: Nakiea Cook, of the COVID Recovery Task Force: Finance and LaTashia Martin, COVID Recovery Task Force: Technology

Leadership: Employee and Self-Motivation    6:00 pm

The Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) presents the last of the nine-part Entrepreneur series, focusing on leadership, motivating staff and one's self.  Presenter: James Mezhir. 

May 20th, 2021

Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps    11:00 am

Small Business Development Chamber of Jamestown and Jamestown Community College host today's webinar.  Make sure your business profile is verified and updated. Explore Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. In this session you'll be shown: how to create and/or update your profile on Google, hide your address, use your business profile to connect with potential customers, what's new, tips and tricks to updating your profile

Business Model Canvas    11:30 am

The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and lean startup template for developing new or documenting existing business models. It is a visual chart with elements describing a company’s value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances. It assists entrepreneurs and business owners in aligning their activities by illustrating a clear and basic template model of the flow of the business on 1 page. 

Advertising On and Measuring the Impact of Instagram    12:00 pm

With more than 1 billion people using Instagram each month, Instagram for Business has become a vital part of nearly every marketing strategy, offering opportunities for engagement, conversion, and advocacy. Join us for an informative presentation and dialogue with a social media maven from Miranda Creative.

6 Questions You Should Answer Before Investing in Marketing    12:00 pm

Are you just getting your business going, are overwhelmed, or don’t know where to start? Then this webinar is for you. If you have had successful results from your marketing campaigns but they’ve stopped working for you, the content of this workshop can help.

How to Avoid the Solopreneur’s Trap    1:00 pm

Presenter: Allen Clary, Startup Enthusiast, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Author
This game-changing webinar will show you the way to avoid the Solopreneur's Trap, and the path to creating significant wealth and time for you and your family.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software for Small Business    6:30 pm

Customer relationship management — or, CRM — is technology for managing your business interactions with customers and prospects. You can engage leads, grow revenue, and offer outstanding service — all from a single platform. Learn how to go from Excel to CRM. 

May 22nd, 2021

Cómo crear un plan de negocio?    9:30 am

Un taller que paso a paso le dará las herramientas y los fundamentos de como escribir un plan de negocio efectivo. Usted aprenderá acerca de los diferentes tipos de planes y como personalizarlos para su situación particular. Recibirá las plantillas que puede empezar a poblar de inmediato con sus recientes ideas y conocimiento.

Practical Selling Skills    11:00 am

Learn how you can improve the chances of making a sale. Just as important as the things that you should do are the things that you should not. Every member of a business is involved in sales whether directly or not so these skills can help your whole team.  Presenter, Bret Schubert, is CEO of Schubert Consulting and has decades of experience in both sales and sales training.

Pre-registration is required for this free event.

Worker Co-op Jumpstart    1:00 - 5:00 pm

Join Cooperation Buffalo for the first ever Worker Co-op Jumpstart! Come find out what the heck a worker co-op is and how you can join Buffalo’s growing co-op community. Whether you’re looking to start a new co-op, considering converting your current business into a cooperative, or want to learn about how we can ditch capitalism and build economic democracy, this event is for you! All are welcome to attend this free virtual event.