Schedule of Workshops

  • Date/Time:

    2015-03-18 18:00:00
    2015-05-27 21:00:00

    Location:

    Indianapolis Urban League
    777 Indiana Avenue
    Indianapolis, IN 46202

    Get Your Business on the FastTrac to Success!

    You can’t afford to miss a moment of our FastTrac® NewVenture™ series, designed to help you navigate your business down the road to success! Whether you are an emerging entrepreneur with an idea to start a business or a small business owner looking for ways to improve your current model, FastTrac® allows you to sharpen your business ideas, create marketing plans,  experiment with real case studies, and gain professional feedback in a collaborative and supportive environment.

     

    During this 10 week course,program participants will:

     

    • Explore entrepreneurship;
    • Identify and meet market needs;
    • Objectively evaluate business concepts and plans for moving forward;
    • Develop a working knowledge of business fundamentals such as marketing, product/service development, management, and financials;
    • Begin building infrastructure, and business operations and processes;
    • Explore the risk and success factors in the marketplace;
    • Understand how to access the human, financial, and business resources;
    • Network with entrepreneurs and professionals;
    • Respond to changes that can impact business;
    • Build an actionable business plan; and
    • Pitch their idea to a blue ribbon panel fo experts for critique and feedback.


    Each week, you will have the opportunity to hear personal insights from varying industry experts on what it takes to launch, grow and run a successful business. At the end of the 10 week series, you will use what you have learned to pitch your ideas to a distinguished panel of professionals and receive candid feedback to consider as you move forward to pursuing your professional endeavors.

  • Date/Time:

    2015-04-02 18:00:00
    2015-04-02 21:00:00

    Location:

    John H. Boner Community Center
    2236 E Tenth Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46201

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    THE CORRECT WORKSHOP DATE IS APRIL 2nd

    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:

    2015-04-09 17:00:00
    2015-04-09 21:00:00

    Location:

    John H. Boner Community Center
    2236 10th Street
    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:

    2015-04-14 16:00:00
    2015-04-14 18:00:00

    Location:

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

    Join this informative seminar and learn how to make the world’s largest buyer of goods and services your customer!

     

    During this workshop, we'll discuss:

    • The first steps necessary to becoming a government contractor;
    • Determine what Agency is buying your product or Service; and
    • Learn where the contracting officials are, who can help you.
  • Date/Time:

    2015-04-17 12:00:00
    2015-04-17 13:30:00

    Location:

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    11 South Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    One of the best ways to reach consumers these days is online. If you are selling online and the consumer is buying, it’s important to have certain protections, policies and procedures in place. Attorneys Josh Hollingsworth and David Wong of Barnes & Thornburg will walk you through the basics and answer more in-depth questions about e-commerce, particularly:

    • Electronic transactions, click thrus and electronic signatures
    • Domain names and social media
    • Copyright, trademark and other intellectual property
    • Website development agreements
    • Vendor and contractor agreements
    • Terms and conditions
    • Privacy and security
    • Ratings, reviews, and other user generated content

    Moderated by David Hooper, Barnes & Thornburg

    Registration will begin at 11:30 and the program will begin promptly at noon.  A light lunch and beverages will be provided.

    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:

    2015-04-28 18:00:00
    2015-04-28 20:00:00

    Location:

    Indianapolis Urban League
    777 Indiana Avenue
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Are you looking to finance your small business, but confused about your options?  If so, this is the workshop for you.

    During this workshop, small business owners will learn about:

    • How to determining your finance needs;
    • Types of finance options available;
    • Credit Factors;
    • Eligibility; and
    • Alternative financing.


  • Date/Time:

    2015-05-07 18:00:00
    2015-05-07 21:00:00

    Location:

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

    Does the term cold-calling send chills down your spine? Frustrated that you have a great product or service but few seem interested? Don’t know how to initiate simple conversations that get people curious

    This workshop is about filling your pipeline. In this session you will:

    • Identify what holds you or your salespeople back from prospecting.
    • Create a unique 30 second commercial that sounds different than your competitors and gets people’s attention.
    • Learn how to turn conversations in to appointments in a way that puts no pressure on you or your prospect.
    • See ways to use use LinkedIn or Facebook to get warm introductions that lead to quality conversations.

    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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2. Success spectacularly

3. Change the economic climate of their neighborhood, city, country or world

4. Dream and act outrageously

5. As Teddy Roosevelt would say: "..knows great enthusiasms, great devotions"

6. Rise every morning with a belief that today can be the day. (See the Entrepreneur's Christmas Pony Story.)

 

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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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