Schedule of Workshops

  • Date/Time:

    2015-07-30 18:00:00
    2015-07-30 21:00:00

    Location:

    John H. Boner Community Center
    2236 10th Street
    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 through the City and State are FREE. 

  • Date/Time:

    2015-08-06 18:00:00
    2015-08-06 20:00:00

    Location:

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

    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:

    2015-08-13 17:00:00
    2015-08-13 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:

    2015-08-21 12:00:00
    2015-08-21 13:30:00

    Location:

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

    In today's online economy, your next big sell could be just a click away.  Join us as we wlak you through the dos and don'ts of e-commerce security and how to keep your online presence secure for your company and your customers.

    • Website transactions, clicking thru the site and electronic signature
    • Doman names and social media
    • Copyright, trademark and other intellectual property
    • Vendor and contractor agreements
    • Terms and conditions
    • Privacy and security
    • Ratings, reviews and other use 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:

    2015-08-27 18:00:00
    2015-08-27 20:00:00

    Location:

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

    Now that you understand and know what your target market is interested in online, you need to engage them in your company.  It is vital to keep your potential clients engaged so when they are ready to buy they remember you.  During this workshop you will learn how to:

    • Put a strategy together to keep your company’s name in front of leads on an ongoing basis.
    • Create a promotional plan so you can build engagement one step at a time.
    • Stand out in a crowd with storytelling.

    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:

    2015-09-24 18:00:00
    2015-09-24 20:00:00

    Location:

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

    You have now reached and engaged your target market.   So, how do you get them to buy?  Interested in learning how to turn your website into your #1 salesman?   During this workshop you will learn how:

    • To Improve marketing with Google Analytics data.
    • A high quality, converting website is critical to your online marketing efforts.
    • Landing pages can generate leads and sales for your company.

    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.

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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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