Upcoming Training & Events



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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: WBC New Member Orientation

Tuesday, Jul 17 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Are you a new member to the WBC?

Come learn about WBC membership benefits and all our resources!

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Marketing and Branding, Which Comes First?

Tuesday, Jul 17 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Marketing and Branding are the 2 most important things when it comes to creating a successful business. In order to maximize your efforts you must learn how and when to introduce these 2 practices.
 
In this workshop you’ll learn the true definitions of marketing and branding, understand which comes first and how to easily apply them to your business. 
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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Blogging Meet Up

Wednesday, Jul 18 5:30 to 7:30

Blogging for Business Meet Up with WBC member Zoe Brown, and creator of GoneGirlGo blog. Zoe will lead workshops teaching basic steps for blogging, and how to organize your schedule to be a productive blogger and other tricks that will enhance your blog presence. The goal of this group is to facilitate each of you creating your own blog, creating content for your blog and posting your blogs. In addition, it is hoped that you will create your own support group and learn from others who are also blogging.

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Access to Capital Networking Event

Wednesday, Jul 18 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Find out how to get capital to take your business to the next level. Come here how The Urban League of Greater Cleveland and ECDI has helped take small businesses to the next level by getting them access to capital.

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Legal (WBC Only)

Thursday, Jul 19 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Registration Closed

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: TTT: The Secret Sauce to Success: Consumer Feedback

Thursday, Jul 19 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Consumer feedback and community management are integral and valuable to growing your business. For example, customer feedback will help you improve products and services and also improve customer retention.

Join us to learn best practices for how to manage both positive and negative feedback on social media and beyond!

Presented by the Nestle Lean Cuisine team. After the presentation, there will also be a small group Q&A. 

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Akron: class: AKRON: Lunch N Learn Managing Cash Flow

Tuesday, Jul 24 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Operating a successful business, requires managing incoming and outgoing financials. Learn how to manage cash flows from banking professionals.

  • Understand the purpose of cash flow management in a small business.
  • Make cash flow projections based on the cash cycle.
  • Identify some ways to manage cash flow, including receivables and payables.
  • Work more effectively with technical experts.
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Cleveland: class: ECDI Info Session

Tuesday, Jul 24 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

A forty-five minute presentation to inform prospective ECDI clients about programs to develop, fund, and launch a business with Q&A. The information session will also explain ECDI program requirements, follow-ups, and procedures. Program is required for prospective training and lending clients and is highly recommended for any other prospective ECDI client. This session will be held at ECDI.

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Marketing (WBC Only)

Thursday, Jul 26 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: TTT: Understanding the Numbers Game

Thursday, Jul 26 9:15 Am to 11:15 AM

Understanding your small business’s financial performance is fundamental to knowing if the business is meeting your financial goals or if changes are needed in the way you do business.
 
Learn what and how to measure! It is easy to get caught up in the exciting startup tasks of choosing a business name or picking out equipment, yet without a solid understanding of the numbers, the business will not survive.
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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Legal (WBC Only)

Thursday, Aug 02 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Think Tank Thursday: Intersectionality: the Interconnected Nature of Social Categorizations such as Race, Class, and Gender

Thursday, Aug 02 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Join us as we discuss the theory of intersectionality and how the adoption of such an approach serves as a key tool in building highly profitable and multifaceted professional relationships.

This program is designed for women of color entrepreneurs.  All are welcome.

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Akron: class: AKRON: Go to market strategy

Wednesday, Aug 08 5:30 PM

TBA

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Cleveland: class: S.E.E.D. at the Library

Wednesday, Aug 08 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Price: $150.00

Sometimes even well-equipped entrepreneurs can find themselves in a rut, or just hungry for more information on small business success and growth. The Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training Series is designed for entrepreneurs who are ready to enhance their business idea or expand an existing small enterprise into a viable and profitable business. Clients taking this course will focus on four critical developmental areas; business concept, organization, customer relations, and operations using the GrowthWheel® concept, an interactive tool that helps entrepreneurs develop their business through an action-oriented process. Clients will also complete homework assignments that will assist them in developing a business plan and 30/60/90-day action plan. 

Schedule

 Module 1: Business Concept
Wednesday August 8th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Wednesday August 15th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Wednesday August 22nd, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Wednesday August 29th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $150.00 for four-class series and certificate of completion. This series will be held at The Warrensville Heights Branch Library, 4415 Northfield Road, 44128.

Full series is required for start-up phase prospective ECDI lending clients. Clients are encouraged to attend an Info Session and Entrepreneurial Readiness beforehand. Registration closes 2 business days before the class or when the class is fully booked; series fills up quickly. Classes are subject to cancellation. Please arrive at The Library approximately 15 minutes prior to the beginning of class.  For special considerations, call Lauren Smith at (216) 912-5665.

Registration is now closed for this event. Please look for future events to register for.

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Think Tank Thursday: Credit Reporting

Thursday, Aug 09 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Come join us and banking professionals to learn about the topic of credit reporting. During this session, you will get a chance to ask questions and learn how to:

  • Understand how credit reports are used in the underwriting of business loans.
  • Apply common business practices and tools to help in proper credit reporting.
  • Develop strategies to build or improve your business’ credit.
  • Protect yourself from credit-related scams and know what to do if your business becomes a victim.
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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Financial (WBC Only)

Thursday, Aug 09 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Legal (WBC Only)

Thursday, Aug 16 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Think Tank Thursday: Access to Capital Panel

Thursday, Aug 23 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Price: $25.00

Join us to hear from a panel about financial resources available to small business owners from our diverse panel of lending institutions. Attendees will learn which types of financing are most appropriate for their needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, alternatives to traditional bank loans, and tips on improving their chances for success.

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: HR & General Business (WBC Only)

Thursday, Aug 23 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Think Tank Thursday: Record Keeping

Thursday, Sep 06 9:15 AM to 11:15 AM

This session guides participants through best recordkeeping practices, and how to apply tricks and tools relevant to their business. It will also compare the various softwares available to support recordkeeping.

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Legal (WBC Only)

Thursday, Sep 06 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland: class: S.E.E.D. at the Library

Thursday, Sep 06 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Price: $150.00

Sometimes even well-equipped entrepreneurs can find themselves in a rut, or just hungry for more information on small business success and growth. The Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training Series is designed for entrepreneurs who are ready to enhance their business idea or expand an existing small enterprise into a viable and profitable business. Clients taking this course will focus on four critical developmental areas; business concept, organization, customer relations, and operations using the GrowthWheel® concept, an interactive tool that helps entrepreneurs develop their business through an action-oriented process. Clients will also complete homework assignments that will assist them in developing a business plan and 30/60/90-day action plan. 

Schedule

 Module 1: Business Concept
Thursday September 6th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Thursday September 13th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Thursday September 20th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Thursday September 27th, 2018. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: $150.00 for four-class series and certificate of completion. This series will be held at The Maple Heights Library Branch, 5225 Literary Lane, 44137.

Full series is required for start-up phase prospective ECDI lending clients. Clients are encouraged to attend an Info Session and Entrepreneurial Readiness beforehand. Registration closes 2 business days before the class or when the class is fully booked; series fills up quickly. Classes are subject to cancellation. Please arrive at The Library approximately 15 minutes prior to the beginning of class.  For special considerations, call Lauren Smith at (216) 912-5665.

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Financial (WBC Only)

Thursday, Sep 13 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Legal (WBC Only)

Thursday, Sep 20 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Toledo: class: Toledo Small Business Resource Days: South Branch

Tuesday, Sep 25 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

ECDI and our Toledo small business partners present: Toledo Small Business Resource Days!

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Legal (WBC Only)

Thursday, Sep 27 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Legal (WBC Only)

Thursday, Oct 04 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Financial (WBC Only)

Thursday, Oct 11 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Legal (WBC Only)

Thursday, Oct 18 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment toda

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: HR & General Business (WBC Only)

Thursday, Oct 25 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Legal (WBC Only)

Thursday, Nov 01 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Financial (WBC Only)

Thursday, Nov 08 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Legal (WBC Only)

Thursday, Nov 15 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Legal (WBC Only)

Thursday, Dec 06 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Financial (WBC Only)

Thursday, Dec 13 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register

Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Professional Advisory Network Appointments: Legal (WBC Only)

Thursday, Dec 20 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

he Professional Advisory Network (P.A.N.) is a diverse group of women professionals that help local women entrepreneurs achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.

PAN advisors donate their time to members of the WBC for one-on-one consultations. Professionals specialize in the areas of legal, financial, marketing, and HR/general business. 

1st  Thursday- Legal

2nd Thursday- Financial

3rd Thursday- Legal

4th Thursday- General Business or HR & General Business

 

This service is available for members of the WBC. Schedule your appointment today!

Register