Small Business Essentials: 5 Ways to get over your midwestern humility and talk yourself up!

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: Sally Cooper Smith, President and Creative Director of Cooper Smith & Company Date: April 6, 2021 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Online Get tongue-tied at networking events and feel like you should be able to do better a job of telling your story? When someone says, “what’s new with you?” do you have an answer ready? In this session, learn five ways to network like a pro and deliver a 20 second introduction that is memorable and engaging. We’ll cover everything from telling your origin story, to making an ask. About our speaker Sally Cooper Smith is the President and Creative Director of Cooper Smith & Company, a marketing and design firm she founded in 1993. Sally Cooper Smith specializes in marketing and business strategy for small businesses. She works with founders and entrepreneurs to grow their businesses through more effective branding, advertising, and communications—online and off. Ms. Cooper Smith graduated with honors from Iowa State University, where in 2011 she was granted their prestigious lifetime Design Achievement Award. Sally continues to be involved with her alma mater, serving on the advisory board to the Department of Graphic Design. Her studio’s work has been published internationally in Logo Lounge and PIE Books, as well as Communication Arts, Graphic and Studio magazines. They’ve also received awards in numerous regional and national in competitions for the American Advertising Federation, The Art Director’s Association, and the American Marketing Association. Sally brings her experience in branding, communications, marketing, and business management to the boards she works with, having served in the past as president of the Des Moines Symphony Ambassadors, the Civic Music Association, the Art Director’s Association of Iowa and Ballet Des Moines. Sally is a member of the Rotary Club of Des Moines, A.M. and volunteers as a mentor for the...

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alwaysready: Financials

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: TJ Daniels, Sr Loan Officer + Credit Coach & Alex Polzin, Director of Finance & Administration Date: April 6, 2021 Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location: Online As a small business owner, you won’t ever really know the unexpected challenges or opportunities that await you in life and business. Always Ready: Financials is a working session for you to learn how to financially prepare your small business for the next step in your journey. The Iowa Center staff will show you what you need to do to always be ready to make financial moves in your business, including applying for a loan or buying/selling new goods. This class is especially for you if you’ve ever been denied a loan or need a helping hand to get your financials on track. About our speakers TJ Daniels is the official cheerleader of The Iowa Center. She’s a vibrant supporter of our mission, programs, clients and staff. As a Certified Credit Counselor, she assists clients with their credit, budget, financial statements and so much more. She also works with our lending programs assisting clients from start to finish, and often times well after the loan has closed making many friendships along the way. Alex is responsible for Iowa Center accounting and governmental reporting, he also helps with lending and education programs provided by the Iowa Center.

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Small Business Essentials: ADA and Small Business

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenters: Emmanuel Smith & Cynthia A. Miller, J.D. Date: April 13, 2021 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Online ADA and Small Businesses: Learn the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it applies to your business in the areas of physical access, reasonable accommodations to policy and practices and effective communication. We will review issues related to service animals, COVID 19 and masks, and websites and mobile apps. Plus, a review of practical suggestions and solutions to increase your inclusivity of persons with disabilities with your business. About our speakers Emmanuel Smith attended Drake University where he completed his Bachelors in Political Science. Born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, he has held a lifelong interest in disability and political action to improve the rights of disabled people everywhere. His work at DRI focuses on barriers to employment, disability discrimination in the workplace, and advocating for effective employment services for people with disabilities. Cynthia A. Miller, J.D., received her undergraduate degree from University of Iowa in 1997, graduating with distinction with a bachelor of arts in English. Cynthia received her doctorate of jurisprudence (J.D.) from Drake University Law School in 2000. She was admitted to the State Bar of Iowa in 2000, and is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Iowa and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Cynthia is the Legal Director at Disability Rights Iowa and provides legal representation and systemic advocacy to individuals with disabilities in the State of Iowa in areas including special education, community integration, guardianship, accessibility and employment law.      

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alwaysready: Business Plan

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: Ciara Ladroma, Project Manager, The Iowa Center' WBC & Ben Schultz, Client Services Coordinator Date: April 14, 2021 Time: Noon - 1:00pm Location: Online Turn your dream into a plan with this small group, one-hour business planning class. The Iowa Center staff will help you kickstart your business plan by providing you a road map on completing your plan and taking the next steps towards business ownership. Also connect with other aspiring small business owners to refine your business ideas as you put them into real plans. About our speakers As our new WBC project manager, Ciara will be organizing and implementing programs to train and counsel Iowans, specifically women, interested in starting or growing a business. Ben spends his time at The Iowa Center meeting with new clients to help connect them with best resources and events for education and advancement. He works to make sure people are aware of the countless opportunities available at The Iowa Center and in the community.

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alwaysready: Financials

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: TJ Daniels, Sr Loan Officer + Credit Coach & Alex Polzin, Director of Finance & Administration Date: April 19, 2021 Time: 10:00am - 11:00am Location: Online As a small business owner, you won’t ever really know the unexpected challenges or opportunities that await you in life and business. Always Ready: Financials is a working session for you to learn how to financially prepare your small business for the next step in your journey. The Iowa Center staff will show you what you need to do to always be ready to make financial moves in your business, including applying for a loan or buying/selling new goods. This class is especially for you if you’ve ever been denied a loan or need a helping hand to get your financials on track. About our speakers TJ Daniels is the official cheerleader of The Iowa Center. She’s a vibrant supporter of our mission, programs, clients and staff. As a Certified Credit Counselor, she assists clients with their credit, budget, financial statements and so much more. She also works with our lending programs assisting clients from start to finish, and often times well after the loan has closed making many friendships along the way. Alex is responsible for Iowa Center accounting and governmental reporting, he also helps with lending and education programs provided by the Iowa Center.

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Small Business Essentials: Funding Your Business: Where to Start?

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: Jose Venales, Director of Microloans at Iowa Center for Economic Success Date: April 20, 2021 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Online Jose Venales, Director of Microloans at the Iowa Center for Economic Success, will lead us through understanding how much money an entrepreneur actually needs to start their business. Jose will also share creative ways entrepreneurs can fund their small businesses to start sooner than later. About our speaker As the Director of Microloans, Jose manages, develops, and implements The Iowa Center microloan programs. At the same time, Jose has the responsibility to maintain a healthy loan portfolio to ensure the availability of these resources for future entrepreneurs.  

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Small Business Essentials: Small Business Tax Prep

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: Alex Polzin, Director of Finance + Administration Date: April 27, 2021 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Online Tackling your annual business tax returns: whether you’re waiting until the last minute or you’ve already filed and still aren’t sure if you did it right, we’ve got you covered. Join The Iowa Center tax pro Alex Polzin, to discuss best practices, general FAQs, and what you can do today and all year to set yourself up for success next tax season. About our speaker Alex is responsible for Iowa Center accounting and governmental reporting. He also helps with lending and education programs provided by the Iowa Center.  

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alwaysready: Business Plan

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: Ciara Ladroma, Project Manager, The Iowa Center' WBC & Ben Schultz, Client Services Coordinator Date: April 27, 2021 Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location: Online Turn your dream into a plan with this small group, one-hour business planning class. The Iowa Center staff will help you kickstart your business plan by providing you a road map on completing your plan and taking the next steps towards business ownership. Also connect with other aspiring small business owners to refine your business ideas as you put them into real plans. About our speakers As our new WBC project manager, Ciara will be organizing and implementing programs to train and counsel Iowans, specifically women, interested in starting or growing a business. Ben spends his time at The Iowa Center meeting with new clients to help connect them with best resources and events for education and advancement. He works to make sure people are aware of the countless opportunities available at The Iowa Center and in the community.

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Financially Savvy

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Date: May 3, 2021 Time: Mondays & Wednesdays, Noon-1pm Location: Online You don’t need to be a financial expert to own a healthy and whole small business, but you do need to understand your financials to feel clear and confident in making sound business decisions. Join The Iowa Center and local financial experts to increase your awareness of best practices for financial management. Expect to gain practical knowledge on the following areas of your small business: Financial Foundations & Budgeting – May 3 Financial Statements – May 5 Cash Flow – May 10 Small Business Banking Best Practices – May 12 Business Financing & Loan Applications – May 17 Credit Reports – May 19 Record-Keeping – May 24 Tax Planning – May 26 This is the right course for you if managing your small business financials is completely out of your comfort zone, you're starting a new business and want to start off on the right track, or you need a refresher on basic financial management practices. All classes will be held online from Noon-1pm on Mondays and Wednesdays starting May 3, 2021. 

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Small Business Essentials: Building Realistic Goals, Expectations, and Action Steps as a First Time Small Business Owner

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: Dr. Ryan Anderson, No Coast Consulting  Date: May 4, 2021 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Online Many times Entrepreneurs start with a passion and a desire to make the world a better place. Dr. Ryan Anderson of No Coast Consulting, will share realistic expectations and timelines for all entrepreneurs to understand as they begin their businesses. Dr. Ryan Anderson will also speak on how entrepreneurs can best support themselves through the journey of starting and growth. At some point in the journey of starting and running a business - every entrepreneur will hit a point where they are exhausted. Tune in to learn how to support yourself through the ebbs and flows of entrepreneurship. About our speaker Dr. Anderson founded No Coast Consulting with a vision of empowering individuals to align their passion and vocation, achieve their professional aspirations and attain fulfillment while maintaining a positive balance between work, life and community involvement. Dr. Anderson started his professional career with a focus on Project Management and Financial Analytics primarily for Financial Services and Insurance Companies gaining a repertoire of experience among large Fortune 500 companies such as Standard and Poors (McGraw-Hill), Principal Financial Group and Hewlett Packard.  

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alwaysready: Financials

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: TJ Daniels, Sr Loan Officer + Credit Coach & Alex Polzin, Director of Finance & Administration Date: May 5, 2021 Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm Location: Online As a small business owner, you won’t ever really know the unexpected challenges or opportunities that await you in life and business. Always Ready: Financials is a working session for you to learn how to financially prepare your small business for the next step in your journey. The Iowa Center staff will show you what you need to do to always be ready to make financial moves in your business, including applying for a loan or buying/selling new goods. This class is especially for you if you’ve ever been denied a loan or need a helping hand to get your financials on track. About our speakers TJ Daniels is the official cheerleader of The Iowa Center. She’s a vibrant supporter of our mission, programs, clients and staff. As a Certified Credit Counselor, she assists clients with their credit, budget, financial statements and so much more. She also works with our lending programs assisting clients from start to finish, and often times well after the loan has closed making many friendships along the way. Alex is responsible for Iowa Center accounting and governmental reporting, he also helps with lending and education programs provided by the Iowa Center.

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The Story Of….Keesha Ward | Ward Creative Studios & Vegan Knees

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: Keesha Ward, owner of Ward Creative Studios & Vegan Knees Date: May 7, 2021 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Online Come and listen to the stories of entrepreneurs, small business owners and community members making their mark in Iowa. As you create your own story, treat yourself to this time each month to rekindle your entrepreneurial spirit and connect with others. In May listen to the amazing story of Keesha Ward, she is a Photographer, Business Coach, Plant-Based Coach, and owner of Ward Creative Studios and Vegan Knees About our speaker Keesha is a public speaker, photographer, business coach, and plant-based coach who values entrepreneurship. She earned her Child, Adult& Family Services degree and MBA from Iowa State University, and her Plant-based Nutrition certificate from Cornell University. She has more than a decade of experience in business administration/development, higher education, and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion; and has served on panels and has given presentations in these areas. As an advocate for health and wellness through plant-based coaching, her philosophy is to not see animal products or animal derivatives as something you have to give up. Instead, see the plant-based lifestyle as a way of giving your body exactly what it needs.She empowers by applying a holistic approach (mind, body, and soul) to every aspect of our lives.As a photographer, she’s the hype-woman that makes it a point to help her clients feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera.As a small business coach, Keesha mentors and guides entrepreneurs and business owners (both aspiring and currently operating) as they look to establish successful growth opportunities.    

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