Straight Talk 2020

Will begin on Saturday January 25, 2020

Join us for the 24th year of this World-Class Program

Register Now for Straight Talk 2020 Kickoff Conference

 

Straight Talk Kickoff Conference 2020

Aspiring or existing entrepreneurs are invited to attend Straight Talk 2020, a small business assistance conference on Saturday, January 25. 2020. You get the entire Saturday event PLUS the complete 8-session follow on series all for one very low price!

Save with pre-registration of only $20 for everything!

Do not miss out on this once-a-year world-class event attended by hundreds! This is up to 27 hours of networking and workshops for you. Choose a few or take them all.

Small business owners will attend the introductory session “Business Basics” and choose from two additional seminars from the 8 that will be offered throughout the day. Topics at this event include: 

1. MAKE YOURSELF CREDIT WORTHY

2. MAXIMIZE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL CERTIFICATIONS

3. SHOW ME THE MONEY!

4. SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

5. NAVIGATING YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH PERMITS AND TAXES

6. WE DID IT!  YOU CAN TOO!

7. HOME-BASED BUSINESS ISSUES.

8. EFFECTIVELY BUILDING BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS FOR WOMEN

Save with pre-registration of only $20 for everything!

CLICK HERE to download 2020 Straight Talk Brochure

 

Straight Talk Seminar Series (February - March, 2020)

The Straight Talk 2020 Program begins with a major kickoff conference on January 25, 2020. By signing up for the Conference, participants get FREE admission to 8 consecutive Thursday evening follow-up seminar sessions which will be from 5:45 PM to 8:30 PM TBD.

Straight Talk kickoff conference pre-paid registration costs $20, so if you already paid for it then you are paid for the 8 week series. Note: Student with valid current ID costs $10 & Veterans with valid military ID is FREE.

You can register separately for each individual seminar if you like. Cost is only $5 per seminar. See Table below for each seminar descriptions and registration links.

An Exceptional Eight-Week Straight Talk Series for Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Existing Businesses

  • 5:45 PM – 8:30 PM TBD
  • Light refreshments (e.g. pizza or subs) served at break
  • Register before January 25, 2020 for the Kickoff Conference ($20) which includes the 8 week series  OR
  • Register for each seminar in the series as you wish (maximum $5 each session)
  • Attend all 8 sessions and receive a Certificate of Completion that satisfies educational requirement for ECIDA Microloans.

                                                     

CLICK HERE to download 2020 Straight Talk Brochure

REGISTER NOW for Straight Talk 2020 Kickoff Conference

If you registered and paid for Straight Talk 2020 Kickoff Conference, you are already registered and paid for the 8 week series.

World Class Straight Talk Seminar Series Schedule & Registration Links:

Session 1

Business Plans I and Library Resources – A business plan provides you with a comprehensive, detailed overview of all the aspects of your business. It is critical to start, grow and obtain financing for your business. The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library provides a wealth of information for free to business owners. This seminar will teach you the critical inputs to your business plan and about the important services provided by the library and how to access them. 

Cost is only $5.

CLICK HERE to register

Session 2

Business Plans II and Elements of a Financial Plan – To successfully operate a business, it is necessary to understand your Balance Sheet, P&L and Cash Flow. This program will provide you an understanding of the most important part of the business, how your cash and money work for you.

Cost is only $5.

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Session 3

Business Ethics, Risk Management from the Legal Perspective and Federal Government Contracting– Business Ethics are critical no matter what industry you are in, the wrong move can make or break your business.  Understanding the different organizational types (Sole Proprietor, LLC, Corporations) have a significant impact on your business. Learn about opportunities for small businesses to get involved with Federal Government contracting.

Cost is only $5.

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Session 4

Employee Life Cycle: Hiring & firing Employees, New York State Taxes – Learn strategies for success when hiring and firing employees, information on what you need to do for your New York State sales and income tax. 

Cost is only $5. 

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Session 5

Risk Management from the Insurance Perspective and Federal Taxes – Protecting yourself, your employees and your business is critical to every business owner. Join us to learn about insurance protections you should take to run your business. The second part of this workshop will focus on Federal Tax strategies and information.

Cost is only $5.

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Session 6

Marketing your Small Business and Getting your Business Online – Marketing brings customers through your door to generate sales. Marketing is an ever-evolving and important business process. One important part of Marketing in 2019 is making sure your business is online. This program will teach you strategies and tactics for Marketing your business and how to get your business online.  

Cost is only $5.

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Session 7

Social Media & Internet Marketing Secrets, Crowdfunding and How to borrow Money – Social Media and Internet Marketing create significant leads and advantages for small business owners. Attend this program to learn the secrets of social media and internet marketing. Learn the fundamentals of online crowdfunding and best practices for how to borrow money. 

Cost is only $5.

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Session 8

Managing your Credit Score, Next Steps and Moving Forward, Graduation – When getting financing for your business, having good credit is important.  As entrepreneurs managing our credit scores is crucial to getting the best rates on financing to help grow the business.  Attend this seminar to learn the ins and outs of managing your credit score.  We’ll also review and discuss all of the resources available to entrepreneurs in WNY and how you can get better connected.  We’ll finish the program with graduation of the attendees who had perfect attendance throughout the series.

Cost is only $5.

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2020 Straight Talk program will begin on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

Click here to download Straight Talk 2020 Brochure

Other Local Workshops Registration Link

Straight Talk is a collaboration between the U.S. Small Business Administration Buffalo District and Buffalo Niagara SCORE working in concert with dozens of lending and service organizations in the WNY region. See the Straight Talk Steering Committee Membership. It would not be possible without their generous support.

SBA's participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All of SBA's programs and services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.