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!

  • Put Your Business Idea in Motion, Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    Where: LaunchPoint, Maricopa County - Mesa When: Tuesday, July 23, 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: Marcus Browne, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Understanding Angel Investors and What Makes Them Tick, Tuesday, July 16, 2019
    Where: AZ TechCelerator, Maricopa County - Surprise When: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 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
  • Business Income and How it is Taxed, Tuesday, August 20, 2019
    Where: GateWay Community College, South Building, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Tax PlanningIn this workshop you will: Learn about the different types of business entities o Sole-proprietor o Partnership o LLC o S-Corp o C-Corp o Others ? Including corporate maintenance ? Avoid commingling of money Learn what is business income o Revenue minuses expenses o Not cash taken by the owner o Recordkeeping Requirements Business income tax forms o Understand which type o Define & discuss flow-through entities How business income is taxed How to pay income tax on business income o EFTPS/AZ Taxes o Quarterly Payments o Underpayment penalties & how to avoid them Legislative Updates (plus changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act). Speaker: Tanya Luken, Luken CPAFee: No CostLink
  • Business Income and How it is Taxed, Thursday, August 15, 2019
    Where: Huntington University, Peoria Campus, Peoria When: Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Tax PlanningIn this workshop you will: Learn about the different types of business entities o Sole-proprietor o Partnership o LLC o S-Corp o C-Corp o Others ? Including corporate maintenance ? Avoid commingling of money Learn what is business income o Revenue minuses expenses o Not cash taken by the owner o Recordkeeping Requirements Business income tax forms o Understand which type o Define & discuss flow-through entities How business income is taxed How to pay income tax on business income o EFTPS/AZ Taxes o Quarterly Payments o Underpayment penalties & how to avoid them Legislative Updates (plus changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act). Speaker: Tanya Luken, Luken CPAFee: No CostLink
  • Small Business Payroll, Thursday, September 12, 2019
    Where: GateWay Community College, South Building, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: Tax PlanningIn this workshop you will learn about: Employee vs Contractor Rules New Hires o Required Paperwork (New Hire Packets) o Recordkeeping o E-verify & New Hire Reporting Exempt vs. Non-exempt employees (Salary or Hourly) Payroll Taxes o Understanding ? Employee withholding ? Employer payroll taxes ? Gross pay vs net pay Workers Compensation o Based on Estimates o Self-Audit Working with payroll company o How to review payroll reports o How to record transactions Legislative Updates o Prop 206 AZ Minimum Wage & Sick Leave o FLSA Update (minimum salary for exempt employees) Speaker: Tanya Luken, Luken CPAFee: No CostLink
  • Put Your Business Idea in Motion, Wednesday, August 21, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Wednesday, August 21, 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: Marcus Browne, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Get a Handle on Financial Projections, Thursday, August 22, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Thursday, August 22, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: FinancingAs a business owner it is challenging to forest 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: Marcus Browne, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Set Up Your Business for Success, Wednesday, August 28, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Wednesday, August 28, 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, July 24, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Wednesday, July 24, 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: Michael Cohen, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Put Your Business Idea in Motion, Wednesday, July 17, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Wednesday, July 17, 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
  • Get a Handle on Financial Projections, Thursday, June 20, 2019
    Where: Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC, GateWay Community College, Maricopa County - Phoenix When: Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMTopic: FinancingAs a business owner it is challenging to forest 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: Mike Bull, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Put Your Business Idea in Motion, Thursday, August 08, 2019
    Where: Maricopa SBDC - Estrella Mountain, Ocotillo Building, Room 101, Maricopa County - Avondale When: Thursday, August 08, 2019 4:00 PM to 5:30 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: Jeff Swenson, Deputy Center DirectorFee: No CostLink
  • Put Your Business Idea in Motion, Thursday, July 11, 2019
    Where: Maricopa SBDC - Estrella Mountain, Ocotillo Building, Room 101, Maricopa County - Avondale When: Thursday, July 11, 2019 4:00 PM to 5:30 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: Mike Pineda, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Put Your Business Idea in Motion, Monday, August 12, 2019
    Where: Mesa Community College, Business Building (BP43A), Maricopa County - Mesa When: Monday, August 12, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:00 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: Katie Boddy, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Set Up Your Business for Success, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    Where: Huntington University, Peoria Campus, Peoria When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:30 PM to 5:30 PMTopic: 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: Michael Cohen, SBDC Business AnalystFee: No CostLink
  • Put Your Business Idea in Motion, Tuesday, August 13, 2019
    Where: Chandler Chamber of Commerce, Maricopa County - Chandler When: Tuesday, August 13, 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