Hello, Vermont Small Business Owners!

What’s Happening in February 2023?

Vermont’s Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP) partners are working together to help small business owners everywhere in our state.

All sessions are free and open to anyone who is starting or building a business. Check in with this page for new additions or follow us on social media on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram.

We are in your corner – please join us!

Intro to Running a Small Food Business | Feb. 8, 12 noon to 1 p.m. | Online

The first class will teach the participants the basics of how to start a food business, learn what skills are a must, and the resources and tools to help you become successful in this industry. This introductory class is for those interested in starting a small food business.

Register here

Questions? Contact Micro Business Coach Pacifique Nsengiyumva pnsengiyumva@cvoeo.org

Excel For Beginners | Feb. 9, 4-5:30 p.m.| Online

Learn how to format a cell, basic functions, and how sort data in this interactive workshop on the basics of Excel.

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Questions? Contact Micro Business Coach Pacifique Nsengiyumva pnsengiyumva@cvoeo.org

Lunch with Lenders: Exploring Funding Opportunities for Small Businesses | Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.| In person

At the O’Brien Center in Winooski, commemorating Black History Month. We invite small business owners and those in the start-up phase to come together for a conversation on accessing capital for your business.  Interpreters available. Co-hosted by CVOEO, the SBA, and VtSBDC. Lunch will be provided. Please pre-register ahead of time: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MBWorkshopsCVOEO

Many thanks to our supporters: M&T Bank; NEFCU; Key Bank; Northfield Savings Bank; TD Bank

This event is funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Co-sponsorship Authorization # 23-16-C. SBA’s participation in this Cosponsored Activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any Cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: Rachel Goldstein, rgoldstein@cvoeo.org, 802-860-1417 ext 121.

Marketing and Advertising for Small Food Businesses | Feb. 15, 12 noon to 1 p.m. | Online

This second class is on how to start and run a successful Food Micro Business. In this class, you will learn the nuts and bolts of how to market and advertise your Micro Food Business.

Register here

Questions? Contact Micro Business Coach Pacifique Nsengiyumva pnsengiyumva@cvoeo.org

 

How to Create a Website in the Google Suite (for Business Owners) | Feb. 16, 4-5:30 p.m. | Online

Did you know that Google is more than just a search engine and email provider? Join us to learn about Google Suite and how to create a website in Google Sites. Attendees will learn what tools are available, how to access them, how to get started, and how to create a free website. This class is intended for small business owners. Bring your questions and come ready to learn! Brought to you by CVOEO and CNPP.

Register here

Questions? Contact Microbusiness coach Pacifique Nsengiyumva

CWE Steps to Starting Your Business | Feb 16, 5-7pm | Online

If you are planning to start a business or are in the early stages of launching one, then this workshop is for you.

You will learn to:
• Develop your business ideas and start planning
• Consider your legal structure
• Discuss choosing a name and entity
• How to obtain an employer identification number, licenses, permits, and insurance

Leave the session with an A-to-Z overview and specific tools and tips that will help you get started quickly.

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Customer Satisfaction (for small food businesses) | Feb. 22, 12 noon to 1 p.m. | Online

This third class is on how to start and run a successful Micro Food Business. This class discusses key customer service qualities. This class discusses the importance of customer service qualities and how they relate to sales, revenues, and customer loyalty.

Register here

Questions? Contact Micro Business Coach Pacifique Nsengiyumva pnsengiyumva@cvoeo.org

How to Make Contracts the Right Tools for Your Business | Feb. 23, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Online

How can businesses make contracts useful tools? Vermont Law and Graduate School Professor Nicole Killoran and a panel of law students will explain in this webinar how contracts can be useful tools for businesses as they start up and grow. They will talk about contract basics, when and why to put things in writing, setting customer expectations, and how contracts can protect your business when things go wrong using examples from the manufacturing, health and wellness, creative, construction, and service and consulting industries.

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Funding [in part] through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration

Questions? Contact Micro Business Coach Pacifique Nsengiyumva pnsengiyumva@cvoeo.org

The Community Navigator Pilot Program is funded [in part] by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.