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The Entrepreneurial Center (EC)

The Entrepreneurial Center (EC), founded in 1985, provides hands-on coaching and business training for new and expanding small business owners, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs. Through business advising, technical assistance, trainings, mentoring programs, and networking events, the EC helps entrepreneurs gain the business skills needed to succeed in the marketplace. The Center offers its services to both men and women.

The Women's Business Center (WBC) is an initiative of the EC. The WBC specializes in serving women in business. Our training and advising are focused on the learning styles, qualities, and particular needs that women bring to business.

The EC also offers a number of special programs during the year. 

How to Start Your Own Small Business

This one-session workshop will meet on:

Wednesday, October 4; 6 – 8:30 pm                  
Free workshop
Location:  Founders Business Park, 222 Pitkin Street, East Hartford
Register at:  hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur?  Move your ideas into action!  In this workshop you will learn the steps to get started.

·         Learn how to navigate through the governmental regulations
·         Learn about available resources and plan action steps to reach your goal
·         Explore important considerations in starting or expanding a business including your experience, financial and other resources, available investment capital, and lifestyle needs.

Do It Yourself Market Research

Wednesday, October 11; 6 – 8:30 pm   
Thursday, October 12; 9:30 – 11:30 am 
Free workshop
Location:  Founders Business Park, 222 Pitkin Street, East Hartford
Register at:  hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

Learn tips and practical tools to use when researching the market information you need to start and grow your business.

We’ll review:

• What you may learn about your business through research
• Primary and secondary research methods
• Data available on industry, market and competition
• Available resources

SAM Registration and Women-Owned Business Set-Aside and Certification

Friday, October 13; 9:30 am – 12 pm
Free workshop
Location:  Founders Business Park, 222 Pitkin Street, East Hartford
Register at:  hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

This workshop is presented in two parts.

Session 1 (9:30-10:30) will cover the government's new registration system called System for Award Management (SAM).

Session 2 (10:45-12:00) will cover the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program and the certification process.

Presented in partnership with:
·         CT PTAP
·         SBA CT District Office
·         WBENC

Work for Yourself@50+℠

Tuesday, October 17; 9:30 am – 12 pm
Free workshop
To register:  Call 888-339-5671 or visit aarpfoundation.org/workforyourself
Location:  Babcock House, 260 Girard Avenue, Hartford, CT

Are you over 50, and have you ever dreamed of being your own boss? Work for Yourself@50+ can help you get the information you need to succeed.

Work for Yourself@50+, an initiative of AARP Foundation, can help you gain the knowledge, support, and resources you need to make informed decisions about working for yourself — and figure out the right first steps toward successful self-employment.

The Entrepreneurial Center will be hosting a free, interactive workshop where you’ll learn to:

·       Explore your options
·       Find your focus
·       Make a plan
·       Watch out for pitfalls
·       Connect with resources in your community

Live Stream on Social Media for Beginners

Monday, October 16; 9:30 – 11:30 am
Free workshop
Location:  Founders Business Park, 222 Pitkin Street, East Hartford
Register at:  hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

Join us for this beginner workshop, which will provide an overview of live stream: including Facebook Live!, Instagram Stories, and YouTube Live.

LinkedIn Sales Navigator - WEBINAR

Monday, October 23; 9:30 – 11:30 am
Free webinar
Location:  Online
Register at:  hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

Find more leads and build your social sales strategy with the power of LinkedIn Sales Navigator!  LinkedIn is a natural platform for social selling, and with Sales Navigator you can increase your opportunity for successful connections.

Topics to be covered include:

·       Setting up Sales Navigator
·       Using the mobile app
·       Adjusting your settings
·       Syncing with your CRM
·       Working with accounts
·       Finding saved prospects
·       Using InMail on Sales Navigator

This webinar is designed for the business owner who already has a LinkedIn profile and understands the basics of LinkedIn.

Getting Started with Webinars to Grow Your Business

Monday, October 30; 9:30 – 11:30 am
Free workshop
Location:  Founders Business Park, 222 Pitkin Street, East Hartford
Register at:  hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

In this beginner class you will learn how to run a successful online webinar for your business.

Topics include:

·      The different types of webinar platforms
·      The types of equipment needed to run a successful webinar
·      The difference between live and evergreen webinars
·      Marketing your webinar
 

Rock Your Holiday Marketing

Wednesday, October 25; 9:30 – 11:30 am
Free workshop
Location:  Founders Business Park, 222 Pitkin Street, East Hartford
Register at:  hartford.edu/ec-register or call 860.768.5681

It's that time of year – the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. There is no better time to reach out to your customers, bring new clients in, and boost repeat and referral business!

Whether you have a retail shop, provide a specialized service, work business-to-business, or have a nonprofit in need of outreach, this workshop will provide simple, practical tips for closing out 2017 on a high note. We will also discuss how to prepare for Small Business Saturday and make the most of this exciting, nationwide opportunity.


The Entrepreneurial Center (EC)

E-mail us at empower@hartford.edu for more information or to sign up for a class. As course listings change frequently, please check back often.