Training

The Maricopa SBDC provides educational training events that cover current and practical information on business topics ranging from the basics to advanced business management skills.

Events include workshops, seminars, conferences, peer-to-peer masterminds and networking.

Most training opportunities are free, nominal fees may be charged for some training events.

We present training events in all of our centers and at partner locations across the state.

Online Registration is Required!

  • Loan Packages Lenders Love to Fund -- How to Prepare to Achieve Success, Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Where: Chandler Chamber of Commerce, Maricopa County - Chandler When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: FinancingDo you want to increase your chances of getting the funds you need to start a new business or grow your existing business? If you do not have experience preparing a commercial loan request, this program will get you started on the right track. Gathering the right documentation and preparing for the initial lender meeting are critical to overall success, and will enable you to move through the loan request process in a more timely and effective manner. After completing this program, you will: . Have increased knowledge about the basic commercial loan process and how it differs from consumer lending. . Know your role and how your actions can have an impact on successfully and efficiently navigating the funding process. . Overview the different types of documentation that may be required by the lender. . Know key elements lenders need to see in your business plan and financial projections. Audience: . Small businesses seeking a commercial loan to start or grow their business . Small businesses new to commercial loans . Small businesses that need a refresher on how to get through the process more efficientlySpeaker: Paula Wittekind, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Social Media Marketing 101 - The Basics, Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesOverwhelmed by the thought of social media marketing? Are you clueless when it comes to how it all works? At the end of this class you will understand: . How Google changed the way we market . A basic overview of the major social media networks - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat. . How content marketing works with social media to get you search engine optimization (SEO) . The steps to a successful online marketing strategy A copy of the presentation and some free resources will be emailed to all attendees after the class. Speaker: Presented by Giselle Aguiar of AZ Social Media Wiz. Giselle has been not only teaching but also doing Internet marketing since 1995. She's a social media, digital and content marketing specialist & trainer. She helps small to mid-sized business owners leverage the power of social media marketing, increase traffic to their websites, generate leads, increase brand awareness and establish themselves as experts in their fields. Giselle is also an award-winning author.Registration link: https://conta.cc/2mlbZgQ Fee: $ 25.00Link
  • ADOR Business Tax Workshop, Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Tuesday, November 05, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:30 AMTopic: Tax PlanningThis is a course on transaction privilege tax basics for businesses. Our guest speaker, from the Arizona Department of Revenue, will provide valuable information on the following topics: Licensing and Reporting, Location Based Reporting, Tax Rates, Exemption Certificates, Exemptions and Deduction Codes, Added Tax versus Tax Factoring, Calculating and ReportingSpeaker: Joann Arellano, Community Outreach Liaison, from the Arizona Department of Revenue.Fee: No CostLink
  • ADOR Business Tax Workshop, Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 9:00 AM to 11:30 AMTopic: Tax PlanningThis is a course on transaction privilege tax basics for businesses. The topics include: Licensing and Reporting, Location Based Reporting, Tax Rates, Exemption Certificates, Exemptions and Deduction Codes, Added Tax versus Tax Factoring and Calculating and Reporting Tax.Speaker: Joann Arellano, Community Outreach Liaison, from the Arizona Department of Revenue.This is a course on transaction privilege tax basics for businesses. Our guest speaker, from the Arizona Department of Revenue, will provide valuable information on the following topics: Licensing and Reporting, Location Based Reporting, Tax Rates, Exemption Certificates, Exemptions and Deduction Codes, Added Tax versus Tax Factoring and Calculating and Reporting Tax.Fee: No CostLink
  • Raising Capital - Funding Basics and Lender Insights, Thursday, November 07, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Thursday, November 07, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PMTopic: FinancingDoors open at 8:30 am.  The event will start at 9:00 am. Often times, knowing the lending options available for your specific business needs can be overwhelming for a small business owner. This informative and interactive program opens with an education portion that covers basic information about commercial loans, types, sources and how to prepare for lending requests. A panel of lenders will provide insight and information related to the types of business they service, loans offered, and suggestions for how to prepare for a meeting with a lender. The session concludes with open time to meet each panelist and gather information about their products and services. Note: This session is focused on capital sources from lenders and does not cover angel investors. Audience: This program is for small businesses that are currently seeking funds to grow their existing business. There is no fee for this event. Space is limited, register today.Speaker: Paula Wittekind and Jeff Swenson Co-Sponsor: SBDC and SBAFee: No CostLink
  • Angel Investors and What Makes Them Tick, Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    Where: LaunchPoint, Maricopa County - Mesa When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMTopic: FinancingHave you heard the term Angel Investor? Looking for Investor Capital? Understanding who Angel Investors are and what makes them tick can be the difference between getting your startup funded or not. Let's discuss what motivates Angels to open their wallets. In this workshop you will learn what goes on inside the mind of an Angel Investor. After this session you should be able to... . Understand the sequence of equity investing thereby allowing you to position your venture to optimize its capital acquisition strategy . Know the difference between Angel and Venture Capital and when they each are applicable. . Profile Angel Investors and their mindset thus enabling smooth engagements. . Appreciate Angel Investor's ROI and time horizon expectations so that your venture's "asks" aligns with their expectations. . Enhance pitch decks by incorporating key themes that are important to Angel Investors . Gain a realistic view on how Startups are valued thereby increasing your chances of closing a deal with Angels . Be more comfortable with the Angel Group Investment Process Register today! Speaker: This workshop is led by SBDC Business Analyst, Lou Farina. Lou is a local angel investor. He is a former technology leader with over 20 new ventures, mergers, acquisitions, turnarounds and divestures. For most of his career he focused large scale corporate ventures involving of hundreds of millions of dollars in capital and revenue on a global scale. More recently he has focused locally as an angel investor, strategic advisor and university consultant. Lou enjoys working with high-potential technology companies within the Arizona Ecosystem.Fee: No CostLink
  • Get a Handle on Financial Projections, Tuesday, December 03, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: FinancingAs a business owner it is challenging to forecast sales and expenses. This program will give you a basic understanding of how to unwrap the mystery of making realistic financial projections. Participants will learn how to easily follow the path to develop real, beneficial, and supportable forecasts.Speaker: Lou Farina, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Set Up Your Business for Success, Wednesday, December 11, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Start-up AssistanceHow you structure your business from day one will go a long way towards your ultimate success. An unintended mistake could result in unnecessary costs and unproductive use of time when you can least afford either. This workshop covers everything from choosing a business entity to hiring other people to setting up useful financial documents. It will serve as a road map to your grand opening!Speaker: Carol Laisure Pool, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Set Up Your Business for Success, Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Start-up AssistanceHow you structure your business from day one will go a long way towards your ultimate success. An unintended mistake could result in unnecessary costs and unproductive use of time when you can least afford either. This workshop covers everything from choosing a business entity to hiring other people to setting up useful financial documents. It will serve as a road map to your grand opening!Speaker: Katie Boddy, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Set Up Your Business for Success, Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Start-up AssistanceHow you structure your business from day one will go a long way towards your ultimate success. An unintended mistake could result in unnecessary costs and unproductive use of time when you can least afford either. This workshop covers everything from choosing a business entity to hiring other people to setting up useful financial documents. It will serve as a road map to your grand opening!Speaker: Marcus Browne, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Put Your Business Idea in Motion, Wednesday, November 13, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Start-up AssistanceAre you an entrepreneur in the early stage of exploring and planning a new business venture? Do you know if it is a viable idea, one that will be a good investment of your time, resources and money? In our Put Your Business Idea in Motion program, you will learn about the critical questions you need to ask, and be given tools and resources you will need to use, to make a "Go" or "No Go" business start decision. During this interactive session, you will: . Learn how to develop a winning value proposition . Know the resources available to help you start your market research . Be introduced to the concepts and tools you need to identify startup costs and working capital needs. Participants are given short activities to apply what they learn to their business idea. Audience: This program is intended for new entrepreneurs and first time business owners who have not yet opened their doors for business. Note: The session does not include information related to legal structure, tax or licensing information. Speaker: Michael Cohen, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Put Your Business Idea in Motion, Thursday, December 05, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Thursday, December 05, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Start-up AssistanceAre you an entrepreneur in the early stage of exploring and planning a new business venture? Do you know if it is a viable idea, one that will be a good investment of your time, resources and money? In our Put Your Business Idea in Motion program, you will learn about the critical questions you need to ask, and be given tools and resources you will need to use, to make a "Go" or "No Go" business start decision. During this interactive session, you will: . Learn how to develop a winning value proposition . Know the resources available to help you start your market research . Be introduced to the concepts and tools you need to identify startup costs and working capital needs. Participants are given short activities to apply what they learn to their business idea. Audience: This program is intended for new entrepreneurs and first time business owners who have not yet opened their doors for business. Note: The session does not include information related to legal structure, tax or licensing information. Speaker: Jenny Herschaft, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Put Your Business Idea in Motion, Thursday, January 16, 2020
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Start-up AssistanceAre you an entrepreneur in the early stage of exploring and planning a new business venture? Do you know if it is a viable idea, one that will be a good investment of your time, resources and money? In our Put Your Business Idea in Motion program, you will learn about the critical questions you need to ask, and be given tools and resources you will need to use, to make a "Go" or "No Go" business start decision. During this interactive session, you will: . Learn how to develop a winning value proposition . Know the resources available to help you start your market research . Be introduced to the concepts and tools you need to identify startup costs and working capital needs. Participants are given short activities to apply what they learn to their business idea. Audience: This program is intended for new entrepreneurs and first time business owners who have not yet opened their doors for business. Note: The session does not include information related to legal structure, tax or licensing information. Speaker: Mike Bull, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Put Your Business Idea in Motion, Tuesday, October 29, 2019
    Where: Chandler Chamber of Commerce, Maricopa County - Chandler When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 3:00 PM to 5:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceAre you an entrepreneur in the early stage of exploring and planning a new business venture? Do you know if it is a viable idea, one that will be a good investment of your time, resources and money? In our Put Your Business Idea in Motion program, you will learn about the critical questions you need to ask, and be given tools and resources you will need to use, to make a "Go" or "No Go" business start decision. During this interactive session, you will: . Learn how to develop a winning value proposition . Know the resources available to help you start your market research . Be introduced to the concepts and tools you need to identify startup costs and working capital needs. Participants are given short activities to apply what they learn to their business idea. Audience: This program is intended for new entrepreneurs and first time business owners who have not yet opened their doors for business. Note: The session does not include information related to legal structure, tax or licensing information. Speaker: Paula Wittekind, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink