Small Business Workshops

Learn Lab Workshop Series

A partnership between Microsoft and the Venture Café Foundation.

This partnership between the Venture Café Foundation and Microsoft will host a series of workshops at Roxbury Innovation Center designed to help innovators develop technology skills to achieve their goals.

Workshops span a wide range of topics from how to build apps to email productivity, from spreadsheet and presentation skills to special tools for learning in the classroom.

Website Design

When: 6/20/17 5:30pm-7:00pm

Crash course demonstration specifically targeted for small businesses. Introduction to web design methods. The Learn Lab Workshops are a partnership between the Venture Café Foundation and Microsoft This series of workshops at the Roxbury Innovation Center are designed to help innovators develop technology skills to achieve their goals. Workshops will span a wide range of topics from how to build apps to email productivity, from spreadsheet and presentation skills to special tools for learning in the classroom.

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Fundamentals of Powerpoint and Sway

When: 7/25/17 5:30pm-7:00pm

This workshop will cover the basics of presentations, from presenting in-person with PowerPoint or presenting over the web with Sway. We’ll discuss the best ways to keep your design simple, elegant, and professional, and cover not only the software of PowerPoint but the art of presentation. We’ll then introduce the new, free Microsoft tool Sway, which makes it easy to create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more.

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Intermediate Excel

When: 10/03/17 5:30pm-7:00pm

This workshop builds on the previous fundamentals class by diving a bit deeper. The workshop will cover creating PivotTables, using VLOOKUP, and absolute references. Attendees will also learn to make attractive charts and link tables in PowerPoint to present your data. The instructor will teach from Office 2016, but will indicate differences in previous versions.

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CyberSecurity

When: 10/17/17 5:30pm-7:00pm

Ninety-five percent of cyber risk is preventable by modernizing your company’s technology and educating your employees. With cybercrime at epidemic levels, it’s important for small and medium sized businesses to get cyber-savvy.
You will:
-Learn 10 Tips to safeguard your business from online security threats.
Educate yourself about online fraud, the steps you can take to help guard against it, and what you can do if you fall victim to it.
-See how other small businesses are taking advantage of the latest technology to guard against malicious attacks.
-Learn about Microsoft’s commitment to cybersecurity
-Discover free tools that teach your employees how to work more securely on the Internet.

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OneNote in the Classroom

When: 10/03/17 5:30pm-7:00pm

Want to go paperless? Looking for a way to revolutionize your teaching and learning?  Experience the power of Microsoft OneNote! A free tool that takes digital notebooks to the extreme while keeping everything together on all your devices. Organize, create, and collaborate anytime anywhere with text, audio, video, files, digital ink, and so much more!
Class objectives:
-Gain a basic understanding of how to use OneNote as a personal organizational tool
-Gain a basic understanding of how to use OneNote as a collaborative tool
-Investigate examples of how to use OneNote in the classroom
-Explore OneNote Class Notebooks and OneNote Staff Notebooks

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Google Workshops

How to leverage Google AdWords to grow your business

When: 9/13/17 5:30pm-7:00pm

Join Google to learn how to grow your business online using Google AdWords to help your business be found when people are searching for the products and services that you provide. The course will walk through the basics of Search Engine Marketing and help setup your first campaign.

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How to measure your efforts with Google Analytics to improve continuously

When: 10/4/17 5:30pm-7:00pm
Audience:

Learn how customers are finding your website online and what they do once they arrive.  This workshop will help you understand the basics of Google Analytics and equip you with some action items to improve your website experience right away.

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SBA Workshops


SCORE Workshops

E-Commerce Basics

When: 8/16/17 5:30pm-7:00pm

ECommerce is the new frontier for small businesses, and has made it possible for small business owners to compete much larger companies. In this workshop, we explain the basics of eCommerce and how to grow and (more importantly) retain customers. In the second half of the workshop, we discuss selling on Amazon. Amazon.com is the perfect marketplace for small businesses to start selling and marketing their (or someone else’s) products. We’ll discuss the strategy and tactics behind what makes a successful Amazon business.

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