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  • Webinar: How To Maximize Your PPP Loan Forgiveness

    Webinar: How To Maximize Your PPP Loan Forgiveness

    During this free one-hour interactive webinar, Mountain BizWorks Coach Mike Ames will provide an overview of the rules surrounding the Small Business Administration’s PPP program and walk you through 8 Guidelines for PPP Forgiveness that can help your business maximize the forgivable portion of your loan, before opening the webinar for questions.

    In the meantime, as a PPP loan borrower, there are two very important things you must do to avoid trouble and maximize your forgiveness amount under this program. First, your business MUST use at least 60% of your loan proceeds for eligible payroll costs. And you must make sure that your PPP loan proceeds are only spent on items from the very specific list of eligible uses for funds. Failure to meet these guidelines will certainly reduce your potential forgiveness, AND could even create penalties including fines or criminal charges if the use is determined to be fraudulent. Get a deep dive on these two key things and 6 more guidelines, as well as lots of helpful tips and tricks in this webinar!

    Prior to the webinar, we recommend reading MBW’s Guide to Maximizing Your PPP Forgiveness, which contains the latest information and examples to help you better understand the program, consider strategies to optimize your results, and answer common questions.

    PPP is a very new program, created extraordinarily quickly by the Federal Government to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on employment. We are still getting frequent clarifications, new rules and guidance from the Small Business Administration and Department of the Treasury. As the program is refined we will continue to update the guide and make the most recent version available at our COVID-19 Funding Help Center website page.

    Jul 01 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

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  • Using WordPress to Build a Website for Your Business

    Using WordPress to Build a Website for Your Business

    Do you have a local business and are trying to get the word out about it? Looking for new clients, or trying to show that your business has a new and improved look? From landscaping to catering companies, everybody needs a website and there is no easier platform these days than WordPress. With the ability to easily add content, Google maps, videos and photos, that is no reason why your business should not have an impressive looking website full of details and ways for potential clients to contact you.
    Speaker(s): Boomer Sassmann
    Preregistration required.
    Fee: No Cost

    Jul 08 @ 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

  • Webinar: How To Maximize Your PPP Loan Forgiveness

    Webinar: How To Maximize Your PPP Loan Forgiveness

    During this free one-hour interactive webinar, Mountain BizWorks Coach Mike Ames will provide an overview of the rules surrounding the Small Business Administration’s PPP program and walk you through 8 Guidelines for PPP Forgiveness that can help your business maximize the forgivable portion of your loan, before opening the webinar for questions.

    In the meantime, as a PPP loan borrower, there are two very important things you must do to avoid trouble and maximize your forgiveness amount under this program. First, your business MUST use at least 60% of your loan proceeds for eligible payroll costs. And you must make sure that your PPP loan proceeds are only spent on items from the very specific list of eligible uses for funds. Failure to meet these guidelines will certainly reduce your potential forgiveness, AND could even create penalties including fines or criminal charges if the use is determined to be fraudulent. Get a deep dive on these two key things and 6 more guidelines, as well as lots of helpful tips and tricks in this webinar!

    Prior to the webinar, we recommend reading MBW’s Guide to Maximizing Your PPP Forgiveness, which contains the latest information and examples to help you better understand the program, consider strategies to optimize your results, and answer common questions.

    PPP is a very new program, created extraordinarily quickly by the Federal Government to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on employment. We are still getting frequent clarifications, new rules and guidance from the Small Business Administration and Department of the Treasury. As the program is refined we will continue to update the guide and make the most recent version available at our COVID-19 Funding Help Center website page.

    Jul 08 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

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  • How to Build Your Authority Online (Thought Leader Marketing)

    How to Build Your Authority Online (Thought Leader Marketing)

    This seminar will teach you how to activate the know, love and trust factor on and offline. Participants will learn strategies for showing up as experts.
    Fee: No Cost

    Jul 09 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

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  • Small Business Federal Certifications Workshop “ In-Person

    Small Business Federal Certifications Workshop “ In-Person

    Hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, North Carolina District Office.

    Learn about the various federal certifications you may be eligible for to sell your goods and services. SBA will cover:

    Woman-Owned Small Business
    Small Disadvantaged Business
    Service-Disabled Veteran Program
    8(a) Business Development Program
    HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program

    WHEN: July 14, 2020, 9 “ 11 a.m.

    Jul 14 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

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  • Using Analytics to Develop Your Business Platform

    Using Analytics to Develop Your Business Platform

    How many people visited your website this week? What parts of the world are they visiting from? How long did they stay? What page keeps people’s attention the longest? Google Analytics offers a free tool to track and improve business. We will start by setting up an account followed by adding the tracking code to the website. The majority of the class will cover navigating and understanding the basic reports. The main focus of this class will be an introduction to the short and long term benefits of utilizing Google Analytics to help grow website traffic. Mobile activity, social media, and live tracking will also be discussed.
    Speaker(s): Boomer Sassmann
    Preregistration required.
    Fee: No Cost

    Jul 15 @ 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

  • Webinar: How To Maximize Your PPP Loan Forgiveness

    Webinar: How To Maximize Your PPP Loan Forgiveness

    During this free one-hour interactive webinar, Mountain BizWorks Coach Mike Ames will provide an overview of the rules surrounding the Small Business Administration’s PPP program and walk you through 8 Guidelines for PPP Forgiveness that can help your business maximize the forgivable portion of your loan, before opening the webinar for questions.

    In the meantime, as a PPP loan borrower, there are two very important things you must do to avoid trouble and maximize your forgiveness amount under this program. First, your business MUST use at least 60% of your loan proceeds for eligible payroll costs. And you must make sure that your PPP loan proceeds are only spent on items from the very specific list of eligible uses for funds. Failure to meet these guidelines will certainly reduce your potential forgiveness, AND could even create penalties including fines or criminal charges if the use is determined to be fraudulent. Get a deep dive on these two key things and 6 more guidelines, as well as lots of helpful tips and tricks in this webinar!

    Prior to the webinar, we recommend reading MBW’s Guide to Maximizing Your PPP Forgiveness, which contains the latest information and examples to help you better understand the program, consider strategies to optimize your results, and answer common questions.

    PPP is a very new program, created extraordinarily quickly by the Federal Government to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on employment. We are still getting frequent clarifications, new rules and guidance from the Small Business Administration and Department of the Treasury. As the program is refined we will continue to update the guide and make the most recent version available at our COVID-19 Funding Help Center website page.

    Jul 15 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

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  • Deep Dive Lab: Social Media for Small Business Owners

    Deep Dive Lab: Social Media for Small Business Owners

    This course is designed to give social media tips that will help small business owners connect, converse and convert more clients via their preferred social media platforms. Participants will learn strategies to help them broaden their audience via social media. They will also explore how to convert their audience into paying customers.
    Speaker(s): WWBC
    Fee: No Cost

    Jul 16 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

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  • July Business Before Hours

    July Business Before Hours

    Start your day off right connecting with others in the business community! Grab a cup of coffee and your favorite breakfast snack and join us for a VIRTUAL Business Before Hours on Tuesday, July 21st, at 9:00 am!

    We’ll host our Before Hours event via Zoom, where you’ll have an opportunity in small group settings to reconnect with others, meet new faces, and share about your business!

    After the event, we will share everyone’s contact info with all attendees — since you can’t hand out a business card — please let us know if we have permission to share your email address.

    And of course, we hope to have door prizes to give away — we’ll coordinate the logistics, so if you’d like to contribute a prize, let us know when you register.

    Business Before Hours is an opportunity for members of the Asheville Chamber to find connections and engage with other members. if you would like to attend one of these events and are not a member of the Chamber, please contact Tommy Dennison, our director of member development, at tdennison@ashevillechamber.org, for more information.

    Jul 21 @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST

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  • Nonprofit 101: Successful Foundations

    Nonprofit 101: Successful Foundations

    Are you thinking about starting a non-profit or are you currently working with an organization that is just getting off the ground? This workshop will offer a comprehensive checklist of things that must be done in the first three years to lay a foundation for success. Participants will walk away with resources to ensure that their organization is in compliance with state/federal laws as well as a greater understanding of the key components of development that impact sustainability. At the end of this session, you will be able to: Understand key documentation and legal processes for beginner non-profits Establish a checklist/timeline for your non-profit with critical development milestones Ensure that your organization is in compliance and can legally solicit funds at the local, state, and federal level. Apply knowledge to create a more realistic/competitive operating budget
    Speaker(s): Amanda Pearce, Funding for Good
    Fee: No Cost

    Jul 22 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

  • Intro to Strategic Planning

    Intro to Strategic Planning

    To be successful, a non-profit should always have a detailed strategic plan. Participants will learn key components in the strategic planning process and how to engage the appropriate board members, staff, volunteers, and/or stakeholders in the process. This workshop offers a roadmap for non-profits who want an overview of strategic planning from start to finish as well as some practical tools to use along the way.
    Speaker(s): Marie Palacios, Funding for Good
    Fee: No Cost

    Jul 22 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

  • Webinar: How To Maximize Your PPP Loan Forgiveness

    Webinar: How To Maximize Your PPP Loan Forgiveness

    During this free one-hour interactive webinar, Mountain BizWorks Coach Mike Ames will provide an overview of the rules surrounding the Small Business Administration’s PPP program and walk you through 8 Guidelines for PPP Forgiveness that can help your business maximize the forgivable portion of your loan, before opening the webinar for questions.

    In the meantime, as a PPP loan borrower, there are two very important things you must do to avoid trouble and maximize your forgiveness amount under this program. First, your business MUST use at least 60% of your loan proceeds for eligible payroll costs. And you must make sure that your PPP loan proceeds are only spent on items from the very specific list of eligible uses for funds. Failure to meet these guidelines will certainly reduce your potential forgiveness, AND could even create penalties including fines or criminal charges if the use is determined to be fraudulent. Get a deep dive on these two key things and 6 more guidelines, as well as lots of helpful tips and tricks in this webinar!

    Prior to the webinar, we recommend reading MBW’s Guide to Maximizing Your PPP Forgiveness, which contains the latest information and examples to help you better understand the program, consider strategies to optimize your results, and answer common questions.

    PPP is a very new program, created extraordinarily quickly by the Federal Government to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on employment. We are still getting frequent clarifications, new rules and guidance from the Small Business Administration and Department of the Treasury. As the program is refined we will continue to update the guide and make the most recent version available at our COVID-19 Funding Help Center website page.

    Jul 22 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

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  • Building an A-List Board

    Building an A-List Board

    When you take a look at your board of directors, what do you see? Worker bees exhausted from the daily grind of keeping the organization running? Are there simply warm bodies in seats? Perhaps there are seats left empty by big-name people who never seem to find the time for meetings? This workshop evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of your board. Participants will gain a clear understanding of who could and should be on their board of directors as well as processes and procedures to ensure that board members are screened, equipped, and empowered to generate impact for your organization.
    Speaker(s): Amanda Pearce and Marie Palacios, Funding for Good
    Fee: No Cost

    Jul 23 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

  • Diversified Funding Strategies for Successful Nonprofits

    Diversified Funding Strategies for Successful Nonprofits

    Nonprofit organizations must diversify their funding streams or risk closing the doors when that one source dries up. This workshop is a game-changer for board members or staff members who are ready to develop the new, diverse funding streams needed to sustain and grow an organization. Participants will evaluate the pros and cons of diversified funding, best practices for new capacity-building opportunities, the primary elements of successful fundraising, and time management skills needed to navigate a new world of resource development.
    Speaker(s): Amanda Pearce, Funding for Good
    Fee: No Cost

    Jul 23 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

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  • 8(a) Applications

    8(a) Applications

    8A Applications 5

    Jul 28 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST

  • Rocket Business Planning Workshop

    Rocket Business Planning Workshop

    Topic: Business Basics
    ROCKET BUSINESS PLANNING workshop is a quick and intensive way to get the tools needed to write a business plan in one-week. The workshop will take place over two days in a one-week period with fast paced sessions covering the following topics: marketing, operations, financials, entrepreneur role, capital funding and business planning.

    Speaker(s): Western Women’s Business Center (WWBC)

    Fee: No Cost

    Jul 28 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

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  • Webinar: How To Maximize Your PPP Loan Forgiveness

    Webinar: How To Maximize Your PPP Loan Forgiveness

    During this free one-hour interactive webinar, Mountain BizWorks Coach Mike Ames will provide an overview of the rules surrounding the Small Business Administration’s PPP program and walk you through 8 Guidelines for PPP Forgiveness that can help your business maximize the forgivable portion of your loan, before opening the webinar for questions.

    In the meantime, as a PPP loan borrower, there are two very important things you must do to avoid trouble and maximize your forgiveness amount under this program. First, your business MUST use at least 60% of your loan proceeds for eligible payroll costs. And you must make sure that your PPP loan proceeds are only spent on items from the very specific list of eligible uses for funds. Failure to meet these guidelines will certainly reduce your potential forgiveness, AND could even create penalties including fines or criminal charges if the use is determined to be fraudulent. Get a deep dive on these two key things and 6 more guidelines, as well as lots of helpful tips and tricks in this webinar!

    Prior to the webinar, we recommend reading MBW’s Guide to Maximizing Your PPP Forgiveness, which contains the latest information and examples to help you better understand the program, consider strategies to optimize your results, and answer common questions.

    PPP is a very new program, created extraordinarily quickly by the Federal Government to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on employment. We are still getting frequent clarifications, new rules and guidance from the Small Business Administration and Department of the Treasury. As the program is refined we will continue to update the guide and make the most recent version available at our COVID-19 Funding Help Center website page.

    Jul 29 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

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  • Financial and Legal Strategies in the New Normal – Part 2

    Financial and Legal Strategies in the New Normal – Part 2

    We are in historic times. The social and human impacts of COVID-19 are significant. So, too, are the economic impacts. As businesses navigate through these changing months, it is ever-important to stay updated with pertinent legal and financial guidelines to best manage your business.

    Attorneys Derek Allen and Jamie Kilbourne from Allen Stahl + Kilbourne, and Rollin Groseclose, CPA from Johnson Price Sprinkle PA, will share pertinent legal and financial updates and information to help you manage your business through this time. A lot has changed since Part 1 of this webinar, and this update will provide updates that have occurred.

    What are your legal and financial questions regarding your business’ response and recovery strategies? Please share your questions for our presenters when you register. We want to make this hour tailored to you and your business.

    Jul 30 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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