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SBDC at Lorain County Community College
The Richard Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center (DEC)

Phone: 440-366-4370
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Center Director: Kimberly Plzak

Comprehensive business management and education services.
Free, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling and low- or no-cost training.

  • Strategic Planning
  • eCounseling
  • Technical Assistance
  • Quality-Based Assessments
  • Information about Federal, State and Local Programs
  • Loan Packaging Assistance

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you nearing retirement and exploring new opportunities? Or, are you wondering how you will generate income once you retire? A growing number of individuals over the age of 50, or “Encore Entrepreneurs”, are turning to small business ownership. Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or are intending to wait until after retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities. The SBA has a number of resources and tools to help encore entrepreneurs effectively prepare for starting and running a small business, including business planning, mentoring and financial assistance. This event will also feature a panel of local "Encore Entrepreneurs" who will discuss their experiences and offer insight and advice. Doors open at 10:00am.
Speaker: Gil Goldberg - SBA District Director AND a panel of local "Encore Entrepreneurs"

Business Start-Up

Thursday, April 24, 2014 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Learn the basics on how to project your true start-up costs, your potential sales figures, costs and estimate your potential profits. This workshop will assist you with designing the financial section of your Business Plan.
Speaker: Lisa Hutson

Marketing Planning

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Every day, meaningful causes are trying harder than ever to get noticed, rise above the noise, inspire change, motivate action, and speak with one voice. Is your cause one of them? Raise Your Voice principles guide how an organization communicates its purpose, character, and culture. Participants will gain an understanding of how mission-driven design can positively impact their communications and relationships. Who Should Attend? Non-Profit and grant-making executives, board members and communication & development officers.
Speaker: Speaker: Brian Sooy, Design Director of Aespire; author, Raise Your Voice: A Cause Manifesto

Tax Planning

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
Just for Not-for-Profit Organizations! You need to make every dollar count, but without sound financial management and a strong Board, it's oftentimes difficult to do more than merely survive in the Not-for-Profit arena. This discussion will help you to understand how accounting and tax knowledge can directly affect the fiscal stability of your not-for-profit organization and why you should rely on outside consultants to help guide you to make more informed decisions. Many of the Corrigan Krause not-for-profit team members are actively involved in not-for-profits and sit on Boards so they understand firsthand the scrutiny from government agencies, contributors and even members of the organization's Board of Trustees. Corrigan Krause is pleased to have Al Harsar and Ann Emery offer some guidance on these not-for-profit accounting and tax topics: 1) Preparation of IRS Form 990 (types and who needs to file), 2) General Accounting Best Practices; 3) When do you need an audit? 4) Internal Accounting Control Systems. Grants Plus founder, Lauren Steiner, will be joining the discussion to offer suggestions on Board Development and how to get the most out of grant applications. There will be a Q & A session afterwards.
Speaker: Al Harsar & Ann Emery

Marketing Planning

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Learn how to design a course of action to move a program from Concept to Completion & Ensure Success in achieving SMART and strategic objectives.
Speaker: Speaker: Jennifer Madden - President, Leverage Point Development @ideas2fruition

Cash Flow Analysis & Management

Friday, June 06, 2014 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
8:00 - 10:00am Seminar This class will review basic business financial tools (Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss Statement, Cash Flow Statement) from a different view. This class is designed for beginners as well as experienced business owners that want to use their financial statements as a tool to gain profitability and strong cash flow. You will walk away with new ideas and tips on how to manage the finances of your business. Please feel free to bring a refreshment and for your convenience, vending machines are available.
Speaker: Dennis Willis - Action Coach

Marketing Planning

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Fundraising for sustainability is much more than grant applications and signature events. Learn from Stacy’s 20+ years of fundraising experience on how to raise and also sustain funding.
Speaker: Speaker: Stacy A. Caddey - Certified Fund Raising Executive, Fundraising Counsel
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The Richard Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center (DEC)151 Innovation Drive
Elyria, OH 44035
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