Small Business Development Center
Monthly Update
January 2012

Happy New Year!
 

Welcome to our first monthly update for 2012!  Each month we'll keep you posted on upcoming events and current information we find will be beneficial to a small business owner.  Your input is always welcome, please let us know if you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns.

 

Small Business Articles




Jack at desk Welcome from the Director! 
Thank you for taking the time to review our monthly update! As best we can, we will keep you advised of classes, workshops, and events that are relevant to your business enterprise. This issue highlights topics such as doing business with the government, a tax webinar, and opportunities to "pitch" your business.  We also offer classes on starting a business, writing a business plan, and understanding business financials.

As always, we also provide one-on-one business counseling made available by simply making an appointment with our office. For more information, visit our website:  http://www.sou.edu/sbdc
 
May you have a healthy and prosperous 2012!

Jack

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GCAP Doing Business With the Federal Government
There is still space available in the two day, FREE Doing Business With the Federal Government workshop.

Attend all 5 or choose individual sessions!

Session 1: Basics of Doing Business With the Federal Government
Session 2: Simplifying Government Procurement through the General Services
                    Administration's (GSA) Federal Supply Schedules Program
Session 3: Introduction to GCAP's Government Contract Opportunities Match (GCOM)
Session 4: Introduction to a Capabilities Statement
Session 5: Major Steps in Preparation of a GSA FSS/MAS Proposal

February 1-February 2


RSVP is required 
To Register: Call 541-552-8300 or email the completed registration form below

 Click Here for More Information & Registration Form 

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IRS Logo   IRS Webinar: Small Business Tax 
  Compliance Prio
rities in 2012  
    FREE Webinar for:
      • Tax Professionals
      • Small Business Owners & Industry Organizations
      • Media Representatives

Learn about IRS Small Business/Self-Employed Compliance, directors will discuss their top priorities and challenges for 2012, SB/SE's  approach to compliance and working with tax professionals, Exam's National Research Project, Collection's Fresh Start initiatives and new operating unit, Campus Compliance plans for improving Automated Under Reporter (AUR) and their Centralized Offer-in-Compromise programs  

 

January 11, 2012 at 11 am

Register & Attend:
 

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January 31, 2012: Approaching Deadline for Angel Investment Conference
Do you know any entrepreneurs that could benefit from a private equity investment opportunity to get off the ground?  The Application Deadline for the Southern Oregon Angel Investment Conference is approaching fast. 
 
Anyone interested in applying for private equity funding can visit this link for more information:

All applicants will need to create a profile on http://www.gust.com.
There is a $99 application fee, which will also cover registration and attendance at the conference, the preconference reception and the next two upcoming educational seminars. 


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Jefferson Grapevine: Pitch Clinic 
J
anuary 18 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm    

Bigham Knoll campus in Jacksonville


Polish off your pitch with the help of Nate LiaBraaten, advocate and coach for entrepreneurs with Concepture Consulting.  Nate will provide information and interactive discussion focusing on how to give an effective business presentation that gets results.  This is an excellent opportunity for anyone hoping to secure financing for their business to practice giving their presentation before a group that will ask pertinent questions.  This seminar will help hone the competitors for the Southern Oregon Angel Investment prize, but these skills also apply to anyone giving a pitch to a bank or any other prospective investor.

All registered applicants for the Southern Oregon Angel Investment, may attend this clinic at no charge. Otherwise, there will be a fee of $10 to attend. 
 

Click Here for Directions 

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Jefferson Grapevine
January 18 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm 
The SOREDI Pitch Clinic will be followed by the Jefferson Grapevine from 5:00 - 7:30 pm.

Jefferson Grapevine provides a unique and powerful forum where leaders of growing businesses can network with fellow entrepreneurs, key advisors, business professionals, and qualified funding sources.  Jefferson Grapevine bi-monthly events offer an important networking tool for achieving entrepreneurial success now and into the future.

 

Drinks and appetizers will be provided for the networking hour from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. 
 
At the end of the evening, finalists from the Pitch Clinic will share their newly polished pitches for in front of a panel. 
One will be chosen to receive a subscription to Oregon Entrepreneur's Network, which will provide them with a year full of coaching, mentoring and educational resources.

There is a $20 entrance fee to the Jefferson Grapevine, to cover the cost of food and wine/beer.
  

For More Information Visit: http://www.jeffersongrapevine.org/  

 

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SBA LogoNew SBA Programs for 2012

In 2011, the U.S. Small Business Administration asked community lenders to provide comments on ways that the SBA's CAPLines Program could work more effectively for both SBA lenders and small businesses.

 

SBA's CAPLines Program helps small businesses meet their short-term and cyclical working capital needs. The SBA provides up to an 85 percent guarantee. There are four loan programs under CAPLines: Seasonal Line of Credit Program, Contract Loan Program, Builders Line Program and Working Capital Line.

 

Key Benefits of the Program:

  • The SBA no longer requires small business owners without building or equipment to use their personal assets as collateral to secure working capital.
  • Small businesses can pledge accounts receivable, inventory, contracts, and purchase orders in order to secure an SBA revolving line of credit.
  • Small business subcontractors can obtain an SBA-guaranteed line of credit to finance their work on a contract with a federal prime contractor.
  • Small businesses working on a contract that requires surety bonding can obtain an SBA-guaranteed line of credit. 

Whether you are a startup, currently in business, or a business that is experiencing difficulties, ask us about the SBA programs. 

Upcoming Events

Smart Start Workshop: January 12 (6:00-9:00 pm) & January 27 (9:00-12:00 pm)
Get the important information you need to know before you start your business in southern Oregon. This 3-hour workshop provides the "nuts and bolts" and more to help you succeed.    

Profit Mastery Workshop: January 25 - February 15 (3:30-7:30 pm)

This workshop  is designed to take you from "Profit Mystery" to "Profit Mastery" by giving you practical financial tools to enable you to make better business decisions, obtain better bank credit lines, and create a compelling business plan.   The workshop will be held for 4 hours over the course of 4 consecutive weeks. 

More Information on Profit Mastery

Visit the Business Resource Service's Website for Additional Information

 

Business Plan Workshop: February 16 (6:00-9:00 pm)
This 3-hour workshop will address the question, "Why write a Business Plan?"  Topics covered include the executive summary, management, business description, services/products offered, market strategy and more.  For additional information and to register, contact the SOU Small Business Development Center at 541-552-8300.  Space is limited, advance registration is strongly advised.

Questions?  Need business advice?
The SOU SBDC is here to help you with your small business needs.

Call our office at 541-552-8300 or email nickelb@sou.edu