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Perfecting the Business Pitch Workshop (Part 2 of 3): RICxOED

Perfecting the Business Pitch Workshop (Part 2 of 3): RICxOED

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT

After our Building A Compelling Pitch Deck Workshop, this session provides a rare opportunity for business owners to practice their pitches to experienced mentors in a safe space and receive valuable feedback to improve their pitches and pitch deck.

Space is limited so please email longy.han@vencaf.org to register and receive an appointment time. First come, first serve so get in touch early. There is another practice session on May 18th.

At the end of these workshop series, Roxbury Innovation Center will host a Pitch Night on May 21 and we encourage everyone who participated in this series to present their businesses to the community and investors.

This workshop is sponsored by Office of Economic Development and is open to Boston businesses and residents.

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Perfecting the Business Pitch Workshop (Part 3 of 3): RICxOED

Perfecting the Business Pitch Workshop (Part 3 of 3): RICxOED

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT

After our Building A Compelling Pitch Deck Workshop, this session provides a rare opportunity for business owners to practice their pitches to experienced mentors in a safe space and receive valuable feedback to improve their pitches and pitch deck.

Space is limited so please email longy.han@vencaf.org to register and receive an appointment time. First come, first serve so get in touch early! 

At the end of these workshop series, Roxbury Innovation Center will host a Pitch Night on May 21 and we encourage everyone who participated in this series to present their businesses to the community and investors.

This workshop is sponsored by Office of Economic Development and is open to Boston businesses and residents.

Click the Google Link for the address.

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? (Part 1 of 5): RICxOED

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? (Part 1 of 5): RICxOED

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

So you’re thinking of starting your own business? Being your own boss? Setting your own schedule, and making a living doing something you enjoy? Starting your own business can be an exciting and rewarding experience but it requires thorough planning, creativity and hard work.

This workshop brings together a panel of experienced entrepreneurs who will share their motivations, successes and tribulations of founding their businesses. If you are thinking about starting your own business or are in the early stages of growing your business, don’t miss out on this evening of conversation, learnings, and networking.

Inspiring panelists include:

Agenda:

6:00 – 7:00PM: Panel disucssion
7:00 – 7:30PM: Audience Q&A
7:30 – 8:00PM: Networking

This workshop is sponsored by Office of Economic Development and is open to Boston businesses and residents. Registration is required.

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Understanding Cash Flow Management (Part 2 of 5): RICxOED

Understanding Cash Flow Management (Part 2 of 5): RICxOED

Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Many new business owners feel intimidated by the financial aspects of running their new venture, however, it is vital to the success of any business strategy. This workshop will help you to understand the importance of proper cash flow management and how it can help your business survive and thrive during the first years of operation. 

In this session, you will:

  • Learn the basics of cash flow projections and how it can help you avoid risks associated with cash flow shortages
  • Understand how a cash flow projection can be used as a tool to project cash needs and resources
  • Understand the key drivers of cash in your business
  • Learn about some of the financial products available that may be able to support you in managing your business’s cash flow
  • Build a 12-month cash flow projection for your business using MS Excel

A template for the cash flow projection will be provided in this workshop. Students will need to have a basic level of proficiency in MS Excel in order to participate in the interactive portion of the workshop.

Registration is required.


About the Presenter:

Adam Gibbons is a consultant at Community Collaborative Consulting since 2001. He is focused on expanding economic opportunity, equity, and community empowerment in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan and other neighborhoods in Boston.

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Social Media Marketing (Part 3 of 5): RICxOED

Social Media Marketing (Part 3 of 5): RICxOED

Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Are you looking to use social media for your business?

Join us for this workshop and learn:

  • The basics for using social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest to help your business thrive
    • Ways to decrease time spent on social media with automation
    • How to integrate different social media into your marketing strategy to bring in additional revenue
    • How you can use social media to target your audience with effective marketing messages

Registration is required.

About the Presenter:

Doreen Nicastro has built a successful social media and email marketing consulting business in Boston, Massachusetts over the past 8 years. It’s a second career after a successful 25-year career in higher education information technology administration. Using her knowledge and passion for teaching and technology, she started a consulting business to help small business with digital, Internet and email marketing.

Doreen holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Suffolk University, a Master’s Degree in Public Health and certification in Emergency Management and Business Continuity from Boston University. As a Constant Contact solutions provider, she is committed to teaching digital marketing workshops to groups of small businesses and non-profit organizations.

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Legal 101 Businesses (Part 4 of 5): RICxOED

Legal 101 Businesses (Part 4 of 5): RICxOED

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware of when starting a new company. 

Attending this workshop will help you avoid common mistakes and employ preventative measures that can protect and ensure the success of your new business. Workshop topics will include:

  • Different types of entity formations
    • Contract basics
    • Intellectual property considerations
    • Licenses and regulations

Registration is required.

About the Speaker:

Sankeetha Selvarajah is the CEO and managing partner of Selvarajah Law P.C. Selvarajah Law P.C. focuses on startups and small businesses. Their goals are to aid the formation, protection of the brand, maintenance of the organization and the growth of the venture. They are a business law firm that aids business evolution with skilled counsel, experience and tact.

Starting and maintaining a company can be daunting without a plan. Selvarajah Law PC has curated an effective system that realizes the startup dream without dismissing the necessary legal steps to properly build your company.

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Explore Small Business Resources (Part 5 of 5): RICxOED

Explore Small Business Resources (Part 5 of 5): RICxOED

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

This workshop is presented by members from the local SBA team, Office of Economic Development, as well as a Roxbury Innovation Center. This workshop is designed to help entrepreneurs understand the various resources in the ecosystem as well as SBA programs and services available to help them start or expand a business.

Topics covered include:

  • Office of Economic Development resources
  • Roxbury Innovation Center resources
    • Workshops
    • Pre-accelerator program
    • Entrepreneurs one-on-one
  • SBA resources:
    • Technical Assistance Program
    • SBA Loan Guarantee Program
    • 8(a) Business Development Program
    • HUB Zone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) Program
    • Government Contracting Opportunities

Registration is required.

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