National Small Business Week Events to Help You Start and Grow Your Legacy

National Small Business Week events can help you start and grow your legacy. SBA is hosting multiple webinar and in-person events during the week throughout Florida. Most webinars are scheduled for one hour.


Friday, May 1, 10 AM.  Elements of a Business Plan.

This one-hour webinar covers the basics of preparing a buisness plan. Webinar will also discuss online resources that you can use to write your plan.

Monday, May 4, 1 PM.  Developing Pricing and the Cost Volume in Response to RFPs.

This webinar will enable participants to explain the basic steps in building the Cost Proposal ; recognize various pricing objectives and strategies and understand when audits may occur.

Monday, May 4, 6 PM.  The Secrets to Crafting a Digital Footprint.

Small business owners are faced with the challenge of being where consumers are looking and providing the right information. Engage the experts on creating an impactful digital footprint.

Tuesday, May 5, 9 AM.  Show Me the Money – Financing Options for Your Business.

This class discusses the multiple sources of capital for starting and growing a small business. The pros and cons of the funding sources are reviewed.

Tuesday, May 5, 3 PM.  What Small Business Owners Need to Know about Liability for Counterfeit Fraud on Chip Card Accounts.

As of October 1, 2015, liability for counterfeit fraud on chip card accounts will shift from the chip card issuer to business owners who have not upgraded to chip-activated terminals.  Experts will help educate small business owners understand how new payment technologies impact their business’ bottom line

Wednesday, May 6, 9 AM.  Credit Reporting for Small Business.

This webinar will train you on business credit reports.

Wednesday, May 6, 1 PM.  Sales Training for Small Business.

Learn to grow your revenue, one customer at a time; increase your average sale; help an irate customer, and create a better experience for your customer. Learn about the sales process.

Wednesday, May 6, 1 PM.  Audits & Accounting Systems .

This webinar is designed for 7j eligible firms. This webinar will allow participants to: Explain what a compliant accounting system is and how it is different from a commercial accounting system and more.

Wednesday, May 6, 4 PM.  Voluntary Benefits: Not Just for the Big Guys.

Many small businesses do not offer benefits. Many business owners don’t think they can afford them.  If you have at least three employees, you can offer the same voluntary benefits as a large corporation – at no direct cost to you.

Thursday, May 7, 1 PM.  Construction Contracting.

This webinar is designed for 7j eligible firms. In this webinar, participants will learn to locate federal government construction contracting opportunities; make informed bid/no bid decisions ; understand the process of preparing bids and more.

Thursday, May 7, 2:30 PM.  How Online Payments Can Drive Small Business Growth.

PayPal and the SBA present a special National Small Business Week webinar about payments as a trigger for small business growth.

Most webinars are scheduled for one hour. Participants can ask questions about the information. Log-in and connection information can be accessed by clicking on course titles. Registration is encouraged so instructors can provided last minute log-in instructions or other change information if needed.

In Person Events

Friday, May 1, Hollywood, 11:30 AM.  Exporting Workshop .

Selling outside the U.S. is like developing any new market: it requires hard work and a plan.  Discover the resources from SBA that will help you open new markets!

Saturday, May 2, Miami, 9:30 AM.  Simple Steps Workshop Sessions 4 and 5.

The Miami Dade SCORE series work starting a business continues with these sessions on financing.

Monday, May 4, Boca Raton, NOON.  National Small Business Week Townhall with SBA Administrator Maria Contreras Sweet.

Join us to celebrate small businesses and recognize their distinguished efforts as the engine of our nation’s economy at the kick-off of the annual week-long event. Attendees will hear from experienced small business professional on relevant trends of the industry.

Tuesday, May 5, Melbourne, 10 AM.  Business Planning – Business Preparation for both new and existing businesses .

A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success.  Business planning tools, examples and outlines will be discussed and provided.

Tuesday, May 5, Tampa, 11 AM.  Social Media 101: How The Heck Do I Use Social Media For Marketing?

Learn how to find the right social media channels to reach your target audience and get your message heard. Post content that your fans/followers will want to like, comment and share.

Tuesday, May 5, Miami, 6 PM.  Learn How to Handle and Understand Your Business’ Numbers like a Boss.

Finance is one of the fundamental pillars of any business, but when it comes to numbers, many entrepreneurs struggle.  In this workshop, you will learn why numbers matter.

Wednesday, May 6, Tampa, 8 AM.  28th Annual Government Small Business Conference.

The purpose of the 28th conference is to promote increased contracting by government agencies and major corporations to small businesses. This is a great opportunity for small businesses, government agencies and major corporations to network and develop strategic relationships.

Wednesday, May 6, Tampa, 9 AM.  B.Y.O.B. – Be Your Own Boss.

Have you dreamt about starting a business? Are you ready to leave corporate America? Then join us for “mocktails” as we discuss the Mindset of an Entrepreneur as well as the Credentials, Character, Capabilities and Commitment that it takes to be an Entrepreneur.

Wednesday, May 6, West Palm Beach, 10:30 AM.  SBA Programs and Resources Introduction.

The SBA serves entrepreneurs nationwide through its programs and services, including targeted resources to women, minorities, veterans, boomers, etc. Learn about loan guarantees, training, counseling, partners and more.

Wednesday, May 6, Fort Lauderdale, 6 PM.  Basics of Starting a Restaurant.

Learn the basics of running a profitable restaurant operation year in and year out. Kitchen operations, customer service and more!

Thursday, May 7, Tampa, 1 PM.  Expanding Your Business – Is Franchising an Option?

Learn what you need to consider in deciding to franchise – what you can do now to make your business a successful franchised company.

Thursday, May 7, Miami Gardens, 5:30 PM.  Business Preparedness Workshops .

Is your Business prepared should a disaster strike? Join The FIU Small Business Development Center, The US Small Business Administration and the Beacon Council to discuss ways to prepare.

Thursday, May 7, Coral Gables, 6 PM.  Crowdfunding 101.

This workshop will provide information on the four types of crowdfunding – Lending, Reward, Donation and Equity – and will help you to understand if one of these types is right for you.

Friday, May 8, West Palm Beach, 10:30 AM.  Palm Beach SCORE’s 2nd Annual Entrepreneur Celebration & Awards.

Join more than 100 local entrepreneurs, startups and small business owners to celebrate three special small business owners and award one deserving winner Palm Beach SCORE’s 2nd Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Some “In Person” events may charge a fee. Please click on link for more details and any costs.