Schedule of Workshops

  • Date/Time:

    2016-03-10 18:00:00
    2016-03-10 21:00:00

    Location:

    John H. Boner Center
    2236 E 10th St
    Indianapolis, IN 46201

    Employees from the City of Indianapolis and the State of Indiana will be on hand to speak on the process of being certified as a Minority, Veteran and/or Woman owned business. 

    This certification adds one more tool in your sales toolkit when it comes to marketing your business. Certification

    Note:  While ALL workshops are FREE to Indy Chamber members, a nominal fee ($10) is required to secure a seat.  Reservation fees will be returned upon attendance or 24 hour notice of cancellation.  Failure to attend forfeits your reimbursementthrough the City and State are FREE.  

  • Date/Time:

    2016-03-22 18:00:00
    2016-03-22 20:00:00

    Location:

    Southeast Community Center
    901 Shelby Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46203

    Key Selling Techniques to Help You Close the Deal

    The economy has changed. The way people buy products and services has changed. What has not changed is the way we go to market. Learn how to think differently about your role as a ‘salesperson’ and gain some practical ideas that can be implemented immediately to sell more and sell more quickly.

    Learn how to:

    • Be viewed as a trusted advisor, not a salesperson
    • Sell yourself & your ideas
    • Focus on your techniques
    • Sell to different personalities
    • Overcome stalls & objections
    • Sell differently than your competition
    • Close the dealnitiative

    Note:  While ALL workshops are FREE to Indy Chamber members, a nominal fee ($10) is required to secure a seat.  Reservation fees charged to Indy Chamber members (only) will be returned upon attendance or 24 hour notice of cancellation.  Failure to attend forfeits your reimbursement.  

  • Date/Time:

    2016-03-23 09:00:00
    2016-03-23 10:30:00

    Location:

    Indy Chamber
    111 Monument Circle #1950
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    When it comes to succeeding in the fast-paced, high-pressure, male-dominated business world, it’s nice to know you have a support system when you need it.Business Ownership Initiative (BOI) and the Central Indiana Women’s Business Center (CIWBC), a program of the Indy Chamber, wants you to be a part of our support system by joining us for CIWBC Support Circles, a year-long program of women supporting women for leadership and growth.
     
    What are CIWBC Support Circles?
    • The program is for women entrepreneurs and women leaders and aspiring leaders in business.
    • Participants meet in small group Support Circles of 10-12 in non-competing industries.
    • You will receive support through the startup and growth phases of your business as well as through your leadership development.
    • Support Circles meet monthly, so the time commitment is minimal, but the benefits are BIG! 
     
    We are in the process of forming new groups, so if you are interested in joining our Support Circles program, let us know! Contact Jacqueline Troy at 317-464-2245 or jtroy@businessownership.org for more information.

    Kick off meeting will take place Wednesday, March 23. 
     
    ACT NOW!! As an ADDED INCENTIVE, those who participate can attend the 2016 Indy Chamber Women in Business Breakfast series for FREE!
  • Date/Time:

    2016-03-31 16:00:00
    2016-03-31 18:00:00

    Location:

    US Small Business Administratioin
    8500 Keystone Crossing ## 400
    Indianapolis, IN 46240

    Women-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing sectors in the small business world.  Learn about the
    Women-Owned Small Business Federal contract Program (WOSB) at this informative workshop!  Discover: the five steps necessary to participate in the program; how to register your business; what industry codes are eligible; and how to find contracting opportunities.

    Presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

    Note:  While ALL workshops are FREE to Indy Chamber members, a nominal fee ($10) is required to secure a seat.  Reservation fees will be returned upon attendance or 24 hour notice of cancellation.  Failure to attend forfeits your reimbursementthrough the City and State are FREE. 

  • Date/Time:

    2016-04-07 17:00:00
    2016-04-07 21:00:00

    Location:

    John H. Boner Center
    2236 E 10th St
    Indianapolis, IN 46201

    Bankers require them.  Business educators advocate them.  Consultants make their living writing them. And venture capitalists won’t give you the time of day without one…but most entrepreneurs or small business owners can’t or won’t write a business plan; it’s just too difficult. UNTIL NOW!  This hands-on half day course will walk you through this easy process and you will leave this course with a draft business plan in your hand.

    Note:  While ALL workshops are FREE to Indy Chamber members, a nominal fee ($10) is required to secure a seat.  Reservation fees will be returned upon attendance or 24 hour notice of cancellation.  Failure to attend forfeits your reimbursement.

  • Date/Time:

    2016-04-12 16:00:00
    2016-04-12 18:00:00

    Location:

    U. S. Small Business Administration
    8500 Keystone Crossing STE 400
    Indianapolis, IN 46240


    The workshop will explore the basics of markeitng to the Federal government.  We will cover the basics including having and using registrations such as SAM, finding government solications, using your certifications to your advantage, and develping a federal government marketing strategy.  We will also discuss what the government buys, how to use that to your advantage, and how to find the right people to talk to.

    Note:  While ALL workshops are FREE to Indy Chamber members, a nominal fee ($10) is required to secure a seat.  Reservation fees will be returned upon attendance or 24 hour notice of cancellation.  Failure to attend forfeits your reimbursement.

  • Date/Time:

    2016-05-05 18:00:00
    2016-05-05 20:00:00

    Location:

    John H. Boner Center
    2236 East 10th Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46201


    Key Selling Techniques to Help You Close the Deal

    The economy has changed. The way people buy products and services has changed. What has not changed is the way we go to market. Learn how to think differently about your role as a ‘salesperson’ and gain some practical ideas that can be implemented immediately to sell more and sell more quickly.

    Learn how to:

    • Be viewed as a trusted advisor, not a salesperson
    • Sell yourself & your ideas
    • Focus on your techniques
    • Sell to different personalities
    • Overcome stalls & objections
    • Sell differently than your competition
    • Close the dealnitiative

    Note:  While ALL workshops are FREE to Indy Chamber members, a nominal fee ($10) is required to secure a seat.  Reservation fees charged to Indy Chamber members (only) will be returned upon attendance or 24 hour notice of cancellation.  Failure to attend forfeits your reimbursement.  

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Written by Kelly Young, president, Baise Communications

 

Earlier this month, I found myself sitting around the table with some very smart, creative and talented women as part of the Central Indiana Women’s Business Center (CIWBC) Support Circles. This yearlong program is designed to serve as a forum for women to discuss issues that affect women in business – a program for women, led by women. The Indy Chamber best describes it as “a year-long program of women supporting women for leadership and growth.” I’ve offered to write about our monthly sessions because I believe the information is going to be worth sharing.

 

Friday’s topic was “authentic communication and getting/receiving feedback.” Some of us in the group are business owners, some are managers and directors, so our approach and examples varied, but what remained the same was our need to communicate effectively and efficiently whether it’s with other employees or clients.

 

My three top takeaways worth sharing:

 

1.     Build relationships: Develop a relationship first with the person/people you are communicating with so you understand and respect their communication styles. Men and women are different, yes; but no matter our gender, we all want to be seen, heard and valued.

2.     Gain awareness: Keep in mind, there’s always something bigger going on. Before communicating, first understand and be aware of what’s going on around you and around the person you’re communicating with, receiving feedback from, or giving feedback to.

3.     Show up: Ask the question “how do I want to show up today?” to help you be a better communicator. It sounds like a simple question to ask, but it may be harder to answer.

 

Our 90 minutes went too fast – and next month seems too long to wait to get together again. Until then though, I look forward to putting into practice what we discussed. Most importantly, I look forward to finding the best way for me to be a more authentic and present communicator – personally and professionally.

 


 

One of the questions we get most often from BOI/CIWBC clients is "What is the best way to fund my idea?"  This is the age old question that has been the challenge of all entrepreneurs since time immemorial.  There are many options:  traditional bank funding, microloans, angel investors, venture capital, and "bootstrapping" your business through slow growth without debt.  In addition, crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular way to get the money you need to take your business to the next level.

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) was signed into law in 2012 and changed the rules regarding crowdfunding.  Crowdfunding is defined as "the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet."  Before the law was passed, investors had a long list of rules and regulations that they needed to adhere to in order to protect them from bad investments.  The JOBS Act loosened those regulations so that anyone can invest in the small business or idea that they believe in.

This recently published story from PBS NewsHour answers a lot of questions about crowdfunding.

 

In addition, this blog post from of the Huffington Post asks the important question "Will the JOBS Act Actually Create Any Jobs?" by outlining some of the potential risks of crowdfunding.

What this means to you, the entrepreneur, is this:  Do ALL your homework.  Look at all your options and explore your funding needs from all angles.  The old adage "if something is too good to be true, it probably is" tends to hit home more often than not.  You may be able to get started with less money than you anticipated.  Always seek the advice of someone who is not emotionally or financially invested in your business - like one of BOI's Business Coaches - to help you make these life/business altering decisions.

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