Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The Central Mountain Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has an array of events scheduled for the remainder of February and leading off in March. Aimed at small businesses in all sectors and in varying stages of maturity, most are virtual/online, allowing owners to fit them into their busy calendars.

Courtesy image

Lunch hour workshops for everyone

Social Media Efficiencies“, offered online at 12:00 noon on Wed. Feb. 22 is part of the Marketing Power Hour series. Most people already know from their personal lives that social media can suck all of the energy out of the day, if you let it. According to session organizers, social media can be a “monster or a mouse”.

Yet in all businesses, social media is a vital marketing tool and powerful way to build relationships with customers. In this session, “participants determine the best channels for their business, review best practices and share efficiencies to make the precious time spent on social media marketing easier and less stressful.” The speaker is Leanne Pressly, a local business and marketing strategist for 25+ years.

Recruiting, Hiring and Onboarding. Staffing Practices To Mitigate Bias” runs online from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on Tue. Feb. 28. Acknowledging and mitigating bias is a vital, learned personal as well as business skill. Beyond being the right thing to do, mitigating bias helps avoid legal and reputational issues as well as being just plain smart business practice. The session is co-sponsored by the Chaffee County Community Foundation.

According to the SDBC announcement, “Katie Davis of 5 Branches Consulting will walk through each phase of the hiring process -from job announcements to onboarding – addressing where and how leaders can more equitably engage and support potential and new hires.”

The LeanUp Series, Part 3 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 at the Scout Hut, 210 East Sackett Ave. in Salida.  Topics for this concluding session include “Start + Scale Business Development Proforma + Cash Flow + Experiments.”

This series helps entrepreneurs expand their ideas, or existing businesses to quickly establish a plan for high-growth success. Speakers include Jamie Billesbach, Central Mountain SBDC Center Director, Kayla Doan – Central Mountain SBDC Consultant and Founder of Wildflower Kombucha, as well as local entrepreneur and consultant Shawn Allison.

The complete agenda and registration link are here. This series is co-hosted and promoted by Salida Chamber of Commerce.

SDBC events and workshops available online, on-demand

The various regions of the SDBC across Colorado have a full menu of online, “on-demand” offerings available to anyone, now through March 30. Business owners looking for past and upcoming topics are encouraged to visit the Events/Workshops page.

Free, confidential business advice

Business owners may avail themselves of free, confidential business advice from SBDC advisors. Registration is fast, easy, and free.