How to Write a Business Plan, noon to 4 p.m., Anchorage Small Business Development Center, 430 W. Seventh Ave. This interactive workshop will cover the basics of writing a business plan and how it can help you focus your business, obtain financing and keep your business on track. First, the class will cover the financials for a dummy company chosen by the attendees. Second, the narrative portion of the business plan will be covered. This is relevant for the person just planning to start to the seasoned entrepreneur. Registration and payment required at aksbdc.org. $50. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)
Business Planning 101, 5 to 9 p.m., YWCA's Women's Economic Empowerment Center, 324 E. Fifth Ave. This four-week seminar takes students through the entire process of conceiving and planning a business start-up. Students are introduced to the framework for writing a successful business plan including marketing and financial analysis, competitive strategy and pricing, sales and growth forecasting, and short and long-term financial planning. If you have a business idea and are ready to launch it, this is the class for you. $350. R.S.V.P. by registering at www.ywcaak.org.
Health Care Reform: The Impact on Small Businesses, 10 a.m. to noon, Anchorage SBDC, 430 W. Seventh Ave. This course provides an overview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from the perspective of Alaska small businesses. Discuss upcoming changes facing business owners. Key topics include minimum essential benefits, small business tax credits and upcoming changes to health benefit plans. By understanding the implications of new and proposed regulations, business owners can be better equipped to make appropriate decisions enhance profitability. Registration and payment required at aksbdc.org. $20. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)
Alaska Professional Communicators, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kinley's, 3230 New Seward Highway. This month's guest speaker is Michael Carey, who was a member of the Anchorage Daily News editorial page staff before becoming a columnist. For the last decade, he has hosted Public Broadcasting Service's "Alaska Edition." (274-4723, www.akprocom.org/meetings.php)
Legal Aspects: LLCs, presented by attorney Andrew Mitton, is 1:30 to 3 p.m., Anchorage SBDC, 430 W. Seventh Ave. Forming an LLC is probably the least expensive insurance you can buy to protect your assets. Learn how LLCs work, the factors to look at in deciding whether you need an LLC and how to maintain and manage your LLC. Preregister at aksbdc.org, and prepayment required. $20. (274-7232, aksbdc.ecenterdirect.com)
The Meet Alaska Conference and Trade Show is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (with reception at 4 p.m.), at the Dena'ina Convention Center. Speakers will include Gov. Sean Parnell; Joe Bovee of Ahtna, Inc.; Steve Butt, project manager, Alaska LNG Project, ExxonMobil; Greg Conrad, executive director, Interstate Mining Compact Commission; Gina Dickerson, senior project manager, Point Thomson, ExxonMobil; Matt Fox, executive vice president, Exploration and Production, ConocoPhillips; Bill Hardham, Alaska project manager, Repsol; Phelim McAleer, director, FrackNation; Hal Quinn, president and CEO, National Mining Association; and Janet Weiss, president, BP Exploration Alaska Inc. Register at alaska alliance.chambermaster.com.
Anchorage Chamber of Commerce will meet at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Dena'ina Convention Center. Heidi Heinrich, general manager of Lucky Wishbone restaurant, and Paul Fuhs, executive director of the Fairview Business Association, will discuss Anchorage's growing homeless inebriate problem and how it is affecting the local business community. R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Friday at anchoragechamber.org.
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