SCORE Keeps Small Businesses A Step Ahead With Free Webinars

David Bjorkgren

SCORE Chester and Delaware Counties is hosting these free seminar in February.

Getting Certified as a Woman Owned Business
On Tuesday, Feb. 23, take this free webinar to learn about “Getting Certified as a Woman Owned Business”.
This webinar, 11 a.m. to noon, is hosted by Colleen LaCoss is the certification manager with the Women’s Business Enterprise Center – East.
This is a guide to the importance, process, and benefits of WBE Certification, plus resources for women entrepreneurs.

Becoming certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) is about so much more than being able to attach the colorful “women owned” logo to your business card.

It’s about opening up doors to a network of thousands of other women entrepreneurs and hundreds of corporate and government partners looking to work with women-owned businesses.

We’ll show you how to gain this prestigious certificate and use it to build your business!

We will cover:

  • The eligibility requirements so you can know if certification is right for you
  • The process, costs, documents required and what to expect
  • The benefits and opportunities available to certified women owned businesses

Who should attend:

  • Established women-owned businesses (brand new businesses welcome!)
  • Businesses interested in obtaining corporate or government clients
  • Anyone interested in certification, whether you are unfamiliar with it or already certified

About the presenter:

Colleen LaCoss is the certification manager with the Women’s Business Enterprise Center – East, leading a team that certifies and serves over 1,500 women owned businesses each year, and growing!
Colleen began her career working with the Girl Scouts, and since has managed numerous non-profits and associations, helping them to grow membership and engagement and achieve their missions.
She is a jack-of-all-trades, having successfully lead efforts across all aspects of non-profit management, including strategic planning, education, marketing and branding, special events, membership growth, process management, and committee and board of directors coordination.
Her strategy includes a lot of creativity, and she’s not afraid of a little chaos. In her own words, “I love coming to work every day to a place where women are empowered to change the world.”
Click here to register.
Shoestring Solutions to Common Startup Issues
On Tuesday, Feb. 23, this free webinar will offer “Shoestring Solutions to Common Startup Issues”.

This webinar, at 1 p.m., is hosted by “America’s small business expert,” Steve Strauss, best-selling author of The Small Business Bible and USA TODAY senior small business columnist.
The webinar will help you understand what the most common startup pitfalls are and how to avoid or solve them – without spending a lot of money!
The idea of starting a business can be quite daunting, and especially in today’s times.In this hands-on startup webinar,  and author of , Steve Strauss will help you understand what the most common startup pitfalls are and how to avoid or solve them – without spending a lot of money!Topics of this session include:

  • Getting a website for free (or almost free!)
  • DIY legal and operations
  • Marketing on a shoestring
  • And more…
About the presenter:
Steve is a one-of-a-kind presenter as well as an attorney, thought leader, and the author of 17 books. His content and media appearances reach millions.
Steve regularly speaks around the country and around the world and he is often tapped to be a spokesperson for companies like Bank of America and Microsoft.
He sits on advisory boards for the World Entrepreneurship Forum, SCORE and P&G. The Strauss Group creates exceptional content for Fortune 500 companies down to small chambers.Steve’s latest venture is the tech startup,  Steve has a combined 100,000 social fans/followers/likes.  He also really dislikes ketchup.
Click here to register.

Expand to New Markets with Small Business International Shipping

On Thursday, Feb. 25, this free webinar will show you how to “Expand to New Markets with Small Business International Shipping”.

This webinar, at 1 p.m., is hosted by Stephen L. Smith, Marketing Director for FedEx Services.

Find out how to speed up growth by shipping to international customers, with less paperwork and fewer obstacles than you may think.

Many small-business owners want to speed up growth by selling and shipping to international customers, but don’t know where to start.

Navigating the many processes and requirements may seem overwhelming, but with the right guidance, international shipping can be simpler than you might think.

In this webinar, Stephen Smith, discusses how to prepare for shipping internationally.

You’ll learn about:

  • How to choose and use International solutions, services, and resources
  • The basics of customs brokerage and clearance activities
  • Getting a rate, filling out documents, finding codes/customs documents/duties & taxes
  • Overcoming common obstacles and preventing delays

About the presenter:

Stephen Smith supports FedEx Logistics (Supply Chain, Freight Forwarding and Customs Brokerage), Sensor Based Logistics and the enterprise Healthcare vertical.

During his 16-year FedEx career, he has gained a deep understanding of international shipping as Marketing Manager for FedEx International Deferred and Express products and roles on several international marketing teams.

Stephen has experience supporting multiple small businesses including his father’s 35-year air conditioning and heating company, and his wife Elizabeth’s small animal veterinary practice.

This webinar is sponsored by FedEx.
Click here to register.

SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer business experts, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals.

Since 1964, it has provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs nationwide.

SCORE Chester and Delaware Counties has been operating since 1985, with 100 dedicated volunteers today who provide confidential mentoring at no charge and offer business seminars, workshops and webinars to benefit the local community.

SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Find out more about SCORE by clicking here.