Lake County Workshops & Seminars

Business Fundamentals

A series of seminars to help new entrepreneurs get the foundation of information needed to start you on the correct path.

How to Start Your Business

This NO COST seminar is designed to help entrepreneurs understand what it takes to start a business, including:

  • An introduction to business plans and the importance of preparing one.
  • Exploring business entities – sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, and Limited Liability Corporation.
  • Determining the local, state, or federal licensing requirements.

This workshop will help take the mystery out of starting a business and give you the confidence to become a business owner.

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Financing Your Business

Do you need money to start or expand your business? In this seminar, you will learn about various financing options through banks; types of loans and SBA guaranteed loan programs.

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Business Plan Writing Made Easy

Writing a successful business plan requires preparation. More importantly, you must get started! From identifying your target market to financial projections, this seminar will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan, making the writing process easy.

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Bookkeeping and Tax Fundamentals

Starting your business with the right set of books will save you time and money in the future! This class provides the basic record keeping and tax preparation for your small business. Topics include chart of accounts, federal & state tax requirements, sale tax and tax decisions. Prepare yourself to find solutions to financial organization you may face within your business!

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Marketing for Business Success

This is a “Basic” Marketing class. Come find out about the four “P’s” of Marketing. Learn what a feature, benefit and value statement are and know when and where to express each. Learn about the new emerging marketing mediums so you will be better prepared for the future!

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Web & Social Media for Business Success

It all starts with a website!  Learn the “Basics” of what needs to be in your website and how the search engines see you.  Then what?  Exploit the internet to the benefit of your business!  What Social Media platform is best for your business? Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and geo-location services?  Topics include: strategy, return on influence, and keys to success.  Come learn how to make electronic media work best for you!

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Insurance for Business

How much business insurance do I need?  What kind of insurance do I need?  Where do I get it?  This is a “Basic” Business Insurance class.  It will discuss the most common types of insurance necessary for start-up business ventures and help you explore how to tailor your insurance requirements to your specific business.

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Advanced Business Training

A series of seminars focused on assisting established businesses go to the next level.

Market Research: Knowing Your Customer and Your Market

Understanding your customers and the market for your product/service is important for every business. And market research is the tool that can give you the deeper and broader grasp of your market you want to maximize business success. It can help you evaluate business opportunities and guide key decisions and plans about, for example, the feasibility of a new business or product, expansion into new markets or the causes of a decline in revenues, to name a few. In this seminar you will learn about the two types of market research, the methodologies you can use and the steps to take to organize and analyze the information for maximum benefit to your business.

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Managing in Today’s Workplace

Managing in today’s workplace is more complex than ever. With multi-generational employees, a focus on teamwork, and ever changing rules and regulations it’s hard to know what to do! Our experts will take a two-prong approach with this topic. From Setting the Vision, Employee Roles and Teamwork, and Diversity and Leadership to the do’s and don’ts of Annual Reviews, Conflict Resolution and Hiring and Firing practices we’ll cover it all.

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Success is No Accident: Strategic Planning for Small Business

Make your future happen; don’t let it happen to you. With a strategic plan, you will be able to establish your company’s direction, make better business decisions and have a source of increased market share and profitability.

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Lunch with the Experts

The “Lunch with the Experts” seminar series is a NO-COST series presented by the professionals of the Small Business Resource Network of the Florida SBDC at UCF.

Web Marketing Trends for 2017 and Optimizing for Mobile Devices

Marketing, by its very nature, is about change. Web marketing is no different. People are always coming up with new ways to more effectively reach customers. Native advertising, personalization and virtual reality are “all the buzz,” for 2017 and now more than ever your website needs to be mobile-friendly. Join our experts as they share the new trends and strategies you will want to implement to expand your customer base.

Location: Lake-Sumter State College
Address: 1250 N. Hancock Rd, Clermont
Room: 102 & 103

Registration Open: 11:15 am
Program: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Market Research: What it is and How to Use it to Grow Your Business

Understanding your customers and the market for your product/service is paramount to your business. Market research is a tool that can give you a clearer understanding of not only your market, but your competition and industry as a whole. It can also help identify business opportunities. Join our experts as they explain what research is available to you as a business owner and how and where to access that information.

Location: WT Bland Public Library
Address: 1995 N. Donnelly St, Mt. Dora

Registration Open: 11:15 am
Program: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Human Resources 101: Getting It Right from the Start!

Managing human resources is one of the most difficult challenges when running a business. Whether you’re pre-venture, start-up or have been in business for several years, you need to have policies and procedures, written and implemented. Our experts will cover a checklist of the “must-haves” and will discuss the legal implications of non-compliance with human resources regulations.

Location: Lake-Sumter State College
Address: 1250 N. Hancock Rd, Clermont
Room: Boardroom

Registration Open: 11:15 am
Program: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Sales Techniques for Non-Sales People: Everyone Should be Doing It!

Sales – just the word sends shivers down some business owner’s spines, yet converting new customers and retaining existing ones is core to business success. Our experts will provide effective sales strategies and tools to help you build a sales process that everyone can implement to start closing sales and driving revenues.

Location: WT Bland Public Library
Address: 1995 N. Donnelly St, Mt. Dora

Registration Open: 11:15 am
Program: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

FSBDC at UCF – Lake County Workshop Locations

North Lake County
Lake Sumter State College – North Lake Campus
Building M, Executive Conference Room
9909 US. Highway 441
Leesburg, FL 34788

South Lake County
Lake Sumter State College – South Lake Campus
Building 2, Room 201
1250 North Hancock Road
Clermont, FL 34711