Business meetings, events and seminars

October 21, 2012 

Tuesday

Brass Tacks Business Basics, 5-8 p.m., YWCA's Women's Economic Empowerment Center, 324 E. Fifth Ave. This three-hour introductory class for prospective entrepreneurs is offered twice monthly and serves as an orientation to the process of starting a small business. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of entrepreneurism, business planning and managing a business. Free. (644-9611, ywcaak.org/finances.htm)

Starting a Business, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. Covered will be basic issues faced when starting a small business including business licensing, legal forms of business, business record-keeping, hiring employees, business planning and access to financing. Free. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)

Wednesday

Basic Business Bookkeeping in Wasilla, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Alaska SBDC, 201 N. Lucille St. This workshop is designed to help small business owners understand a number of practical ways to keep sound financial records and discuss how to use that information when making key business decisions. The presentation is a combination of guidelines for small business record keeping and a simple practical exercise in the creation of financial statements. Pre-register. $90, prepayment required. (373-7232, aksbdc.org)

Business Planning 101, 5 p.m., YWCA's Women's Economic Empowerment Center, 324 E. Fifth Ave. Effective business planning is the key to a successful business. This course takes students through the process of conceiving and planning a business start-up. The four-week course provides the framework for writing a detailed business plan. $350. (644-9611, ywcaak.org/finances.htm)

Signature Series: Performance Reviews, 9 a.m.-noon, Coastal Villages Building, 711 H St. Make them effective, productive and less painful. Invest three hours and walk away with strategies to get real results from performance reviews. Topics include components to an effective review; methods for the one-on-one and developing a company process that supports reviews. Learn about questions that engage your employee and create a meaningful conversation; addressing the "why" behind the review; and how to handle the employee who thinks he's an "A" but isn't. $129. (276-4769, thegrowthcompany.com)

Small Business Insurance, 1-2:30 p.m., Alaska Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 110. This workshop will cover the basics of general business insurance. Plus general liability, professional liability, commercial auto and commercial equipment. Discussion will also include information about workers compensation and benefits that can be offered to employees. $15. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)

Thursday

Eligibility Workshop on 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business Development Program, 10 a.m.-noon, Small Business Administration, 420 L St. What are the requirements? Learn the answers to these questions and more. Call 271-4022 to register. Free.

Alaska Information Technology and Business Expo, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave. The expo provides information technology decision makers with a comprehensive review of the latest innovations in security, infrastructure, programming, communications, storage, collaboration, virtualization and Cloud computing. Get direct access to experts in each specialty along with knowledge and insight that helps IT and corporate decision-makers achieve business success. $25. (562-8640, itexpoalaska.com)

Loan Briefing for Small Businesses, 1-2 p.m., Small Business Administration, 420 L St. The U.S. Small Business Administration provides financial assistance to new and existing small businesses through loan guarantee programs. To learn more, attend this free workshop presented every Thursday. Pre-register. (271-4022; Yolanda.Lassiter@sba.gov.)

COMING UP

IRS Symposium: The Alaska Society of Independent Accountants is sponsoring the annual IRS Symposium from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Loussac Library. To receive IRS-approved continuing education credits, attendees must register with the IRS Stakeholder Liaison Mike Cvitkovic prior to the event. To register, tax professionals are asked to email Mike at michael.e.cvitkovic@irs.gov with their name as it appears on their preparer tax identification number, their PTIN, email and contact phone number. Covered will be ethics, federal tax law updates and other federal tax updates. Enrolled Agents & Registered Tax Return Preparers may use these hours to fulfill requirements for continuing education. CPAs and attorneys may receive continuing education credit depending on their respective accrediting organization.

Alaska Resources Conference hosted by the Resource Development Council is set for 7 a.m. Nov. 14-15 at the Dena'ina Center. Get timely updates on projects and prospects in the oil and gas, mining, fishing, forestry and tourism industries. $375-$450 early bird registration by Nov. 2; $425-$500 after that. Register online at akrdc.org. (276-0700)

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