FocusME

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Date: January 19 – March 9, 2021 Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am Location: Online FocusME provides a space for working women to support each other with connections and accountability as each sets her own professional and personal goals. New groups form every quarter and meet once per week for 8 weeks. Each is led by a facilitator whose role is to organize the group around weekly themes and to push each participant to achieve what she sets forth. As a participant, you will: Lean on each other, give advice, share connections and experiences. Do business with each other if/when appropriate, all while connecting with other women and resources. Be a source of support, referrals, and networking: the focus is on personal development that will impact your growth. Spend time and emphasis on topics such as goal setting, pitching your ideas, prioritization and time management. Cost to participate is $99 (inquire about scholarships!) and includes eight weeks of small group meetings.  Interested? Please download the application here, fill it out and then email to Ciara Ladroma at cladroma@theiowacenter.org. Once your application has been reviewed, you'll be contacted to schedule a short interview to determine your readiness for FocusMe. About our speaker Drawing on more than 25 years in healthcare, leadership development, and facilitation, Michelle Rembert inspires and supports individuals to create personal and professional lives they love. She blends her background in healthcare with powerful coaching strategies to address mind body & beyond! Her unique background and training approach, helps others to gain deep clarity on where they are now, where they want to be, and how they will get there. Michelle is the founder of Momentom3 Mind Body & Beyond, LLC, through which she offers individual coaching, small group coaching, and speaking/workshop facilitation. Michelle is an Associate Certified Coach...

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small business essentials: Your Small Business Taxes & The IRS

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: Ann M. Hartz, CPA Date: January 19, 2021 Time: 12-1pm Location: Online Everyone’s ready for a new year and a clean slate. But there’s one more hurdle to clear before we put 2020 behind us: taxes. Have you been tracking everything effectively for the new year? Will COVID affect the way you complete your taxes this year? Join us to learn more about what to expect this tax season and make sure you are ready to file stress-free. About our speaker Ann M. Hartz is a CPA with a passion for helping other business owners focus on parts of their business that matter to them most by taking away their concerns about day-to-day financial and bookkeeping issues. Ann’s business is an affordable way for small businesses to get their questions answered and their accounting and tax needs met. She wanted to run her own tax practice since before going to college to become a CPA. She says, “It is always what I wanted to do from the time I did my first tax return for myself.” Ann is a life-long resident of Iowa – born and raised in Albia and currently resides in Des Moines. She has 27 years of account and tax experience. She graduated from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa and worked early in her accounting career in the Southern Iowa area.

alwaysready: Business Plan

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: Ciara Ladroma, Project Manager, The Iowa Center' WBC & Ben Schultz, Client Services Coordinator Date: January 20, 2021 Time: 12:00pm - 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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small business essentials: Building Community Virtually

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: Erin Huiatt, Des Moines Parent Date: January 26, 2021 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Online A community is needed in all aspects of our lives including our journeys as entrepreneurs. In today’s world, virtual interactions have become the norm. Erin Huiatt will share actionable steps on how we can virtually join, build, and grow communities. Erin will be discussing why it is important to create or join a community that works for you, how to invest in a community of support, why having a community of support now is more important than ever, and how to change your mindset when you are burned out. About our speaker Erin Huiatt is a mother, wife, business owner, and community builder. She is a stepping-stone for thousands of families throughout the Midwest through her business Des Moines Parent. Erin is passionate about uplifting and supporting women in Des Moines and is currently the President of FemCity Des Moines. She loves to share her experiences and thoughts along the way to help others get through any given day. You can learn more about Erin and Des Moines Parent at https://desmoinesparent.com/ as well as FemCity Des Moines at https://femcity.com/des-moines.   

alwaysready: Financials

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: TJ Daniels, Sr Loan Officer + Credit Coach & Alex Polzin, Director of Finance & Administration Date: January 27, 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. We’ll also show you how to repair and build your credit. 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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DreamBuilder Virtual

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Start Date: January 28, 2021 Time: 9 am - Noon Location: Online Writing a business plan can be intimidating. You're juggling market research with competitor analysis, financial projections with marketing strategies. With so much to consider and organize, it's easy to lose your drive. DreamBuilder Virtual makes it simpler. Here's what you'll do during this 8-week online course: Work to develop your business plan Access online material as well as group + one-on-one virtual support Build your professional network Connect with others working toward the goal of business ownership Learn from guest mentors (including CPAs, attorneys, marketing experts and other small business owners) Class meets weekly online from 9 am to noon for 8 weeks beginning January 28.  Cost: $250 (inquire about scholarships!) What we cover: Creating a business plan Delivering the story of your business Targeted Small Business Access to capital Small business banking Taxes Legal considerations Insurance Leasing contacts Understanding profit margin Setting your price point Target audience Marketing Outreach strategy Social media and deciding what works for you Interested? Please download the application here, fill it out and then email to Ciara Ladroma at cladroma@theiowacenter.org. Once your application has been reviewed, you'll be contacted to schedule a short interview to determine your readiness for DreamBuilder.

small business essentials: Pricing and Profit Margin

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: Deb Bishop, Drake Professor  Date: February 2, 2021 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Online Putting a price on your passion can feel difficult, but profitability is the path to long-term business sustainability and growth. Whether you are just getting started, considering a new location, or taking the next big step towards growth—join us to learn more about the principles of break-even analysis. About our speaker Dr. Debra Bishop received a doctorate in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering with a concentration in operations research from Iowa State University in 1996. She has been at Drake University since 1996 and until February held the position of Director of the Buchanan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership as well as the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship Outreach. She is a Professor of Practice in Management and International Business teaching primarily operations management. Dr. Bishop has taught courses in entrepreneurship, operations improvement, break-even analysis and procurement to business professionals. She has been the recipient of the Brooks Faculty Excellence Award as well as the David B. Lawrence Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Additionally, Dr. Bishop is a visiting professor at Makerere University Business School in Kampala, Uganda taking students to Uganda for a short-term course studying sustainable development issues each May.  

alwaysready: Business Plan

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: Ciara Ladroma, Project Manager, The Iowa Center' WBC & Ben Schultz, Client Services Coordinator Date: February 2, 2021 Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm 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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The Story Of…Pernell Cezar | BLK & Bold

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: Pernell Cezar, founder of BLK & Bold Date: February 5, 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 February listen to the amazing story of Pernell Cezar, founder of BLK & Bold. About our speaker Pernell Cezar is the CEO and Co-Founder of BLK & Bold, the first-ever black-owned nationally distributed coffee that makes social impact a priority. Pernell is an accomplished sales executive, successful entrepreneur and leader with more than 10 years of leadership success, significantly in retail. His diverse portfolio which spans from merchandising and negotiations at Target Corp, sales and business development at SheaMoisture, and more, highlights his ability to influence and build brands at scale whether start-ups or multi-national brands. As a longstanding sales executive and advisor to other emerging packaged goods brands, Pernell continues to change the way black-owned brands and consumer dollars are respected and supported by retailers. The entrepreneur now has his sights set on his own company, BLK & Bold. BLK & Bold is founded in his core values: social impact, quality product and community. Pernell takes much of his inspiration from his own upbringing where philanthropy and community programming helped his widowed mother take care of Pernell and his sister. Pernell earned his Bachelors in 2010 at University of Northern Iowa, with majors in Finance and Marketing. BLK & Bold recently achieved 2019 Des Moines NAACP Small Business of the Year.

alwaysready: Financials

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Presenter: TJ Daniels, Sr Loan Officer + Credit Coach & Alex Polzin, Director of Finance & Administration Date: February 8, 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. We’ll also show you how to repair and build your credit. 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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DreamMaker

Webinar Online, Des Moines

Date: February 15 - March 17, 2020 Time: 9 am - 12 pm Location: Online Why is maturing your business as hard as—or even harder than—launching? All of the same challenges and obstacles that face a brand new entrepreneur don’t just fade away after the doors open. They grow and change right along with a business that is finding its feet. It is just as important to reevaluate your values and principles, community impact, and strategic plan as you work towards sustainability and growth—and that’s what we will cover in this course. DreamMaker is a six-week course to help you find sustainability or even growth in your business after you’ve built your foundation. This course will help you better understand and manage the many hats you’re required to wear as a small business owner. Here's what you'll do during this 6-week online course: Personal Story & Community Impact – February 15 Product, Growth, & Scalability – February 17 Brand Management | Marketing – February 22 Advertising | Digital Content – February 24 Sales | Customer Service – March 1 Real Estate | Facilities – March 3 Vendor Management | Data Security – March 8 Accounting | Finance – March 10 Risk Management | Human Resources – March 15 Strategic Planning – March 17 Interested? Please download the application here fill it out and then email to Zach Ohlson at zohlson@theiowacenter.org. Don't forget to RSVP below!

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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: February 17, 2021 Time: 12:00pm - 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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