2017-08-10 / Business News

SCORE programs designed to enhance small business success

SCORE Naples presents COLLIER 2020, “the biggest small business event in Collier County” on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Hodges University. With a concept of “10 for 5,” Collier 2020 will feature senior executives of 10 major Collier County business organizations speaking for five minutes each about numerous new and upcoming factors and developments that will affect Collier County businesses in the immediate future.

In 50 minutes, attendees will get a crash course covering the major sectors in Collier County to help them develop fact-based plans for their company’s growth. Attendees are asked to bring their toughest questions for their business sector expert to answer.

Michael Dalby, president of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce will deliver opening remarks and introduce the panelists. They are:

¦ Kristi Bartlett, vice president/ economic development at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce

¦ Eric Berglund, president of the SWFL Economic Development Alliance

¦ Cindy Carroll, president of Carroll & Carroll real estate appraisers

¦ Tim Cartwright, chairman of Tamiami Angels Funds

¦ Lois Croft, SWFL regional director at the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

¦ Kathy Curatolo, executive vice president of the Collier Building Industry Association

¦ Tammi Teece of Regions Bank

¦ Aysegul Timur, Ph.D., dean of the Johnson School of Business at Hodges University

¦ Kris Van Lengen, community planning manager at Collier County Growth Management

¦ Jack Wert, executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau

Registration is $25. Check-in and continental breakfast starts at 7:45 a.m. The program takes place from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Coming up next

A SCORE workshop for potential business owners, “Is Starting a Business Right for You? What You Need to Know to Reach a Go or No-go Decision” is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Community Foundation of Collier County, 1100 Pine Ridge Road.

SCORE mentors will take attendees through a series of simple steps addressing what entrepreneurs should do — and what they should not do — when launching a business. Three two-hour sessions will address key start-up activities, marketing must-dos and funding/ finance basics. There will be ample time for Q&A.

Presenters are Karl William, a retired GE executive with experience in several of GE’s businesses including aerospace, telecommunications and industrial products; Michael Zahaby, the owner of a multi-unit Wendy’s franchise who has 39 years of experience in banking and lending with leading financial institutions; and business consultant Joseph Binder, the owner of a software services company and a publishing group and a senior sales and marketing executive in the computer industry.

Registration is $50 and includes breakfast and lunch.

And from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce headquarters at 2390 Tamiami Trail N., SCORE presents “Let’s Take the Mystery Out of Social Media.” Attendees will learn how to build their presence using the five most-popular social media networks for business.

Discussion topics will include the benefits of each network and how to determine which one is best for your business needs, content requirements (how much, how often) and how to measure the effectiveness of your efforts.

Presenter Barbara Langdon, the owner of Marketing Momentum LLC, has been helping small companies use email and social media marketing to grow sales and profits, not least by increasing customer retention and referrals. Ms. Langdon worked for Constant Contact on extending its reach by creating the Authorized Local Experts program, now a key component of Constant Contact’s local success strategy.

Registration is $25.

To sign up for one or more of the above events, all SCORE at 430-0081 or go to www.scorenaples.org.

For more information about SCORE services and programs, call Frank Friend at 206-0058 or send an email to frank.friend@scorevolunteer.org. ¦

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