East Central ISBDC Hosts Free and Low-Cost Workshops

East Central ISBDC workshops. Photo provided.East Central ISBDC workshops. Photo provided.

By: Christy Ragle—

The East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) has several workshops designed to help area businesses start, grow, and flourish in 2016. To learn more about these workshops or to register, visit www.isbdc.org and click on the “Workshops and Events” link or call Judy at (765) 282-9950.

The year begins with a “Launch Your Own Business” workshop from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, January 8, at the Innovation Connector in Muncie (1208 W. White River Blvd.). This session is designed to help those interested in starting a business evaluate a business idea and take steps toward opening and succeeding in business. The workshop is also open to those who have recently started a business. The cost to attend is $25 and includes a step-by-step workbook to go through during and after the class.

Many small business owners use QuickBooks, but there are often questions on how to use the software to simplify business processes. East Central ISBDC is offering 30-minute individual help sessions with a QuickBooks expert from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, January 12, at the Innovation Center in Richmond (814 E. Main St.) and Tuesday, January 26, at the Innovation Connector in Muncie. There is no cost for these sessions.

Learn tips and tricks for successful e-mail marketing from Lorraine Ball of Roundpeg at “Power of the Inbox” from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 14. This free workshop, which will be hosted at the Madison County Chamber of Commerce in Anderson (1106 Meridian St., Suite 109), will offer keys to effective strategies using e-mail.

The East Central ISBDC staff is planning several additional workshops for 2016 on topics including social media and establishing a business presence on Google. Follow East Central ISBDC on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter (@ecisbdc) for small business-related news and information about upcoming workshops.

The East Central ISBDC provides no-cost, confidential small business consulting to 11 counties of East Central Indiana. Access these services by visiting www.isbdc.org or calling (765) 282-9950.