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Webinar: The Startup Guide to Business in Illinois-Basics

Sponsored by Business Development Center at College of DuPage

This webinar will cover the basic steps required to open a small business in Illinois. This session will provide fundamental knowledge about what it takes to start a business, including: understanding your entrepreneurial DNA, first thoughts of how to organize your business, federal, state and local requirements and the basic components of a business plan.
Learn about your aptitude as an entrepreneur. Understand risks, rewards, and lessons on the essential elements in launching a successful business in Illinois. By the end of the workshop you will be able to determine what your next steps are.

August 12, 2020 – 10:00am to 11:00am (CDT)

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Webinar: Live Strategic Naming for Business

Sponsored by Business Development Center at College of DuPage

This webinar is for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and existing growth companies, who seek to strategically name a business, product, service, division, etc. A business name is the cornerstone of your business. The right name is a launching pad to success; the wrong one is an obstacle to your sales efforts. Topics covered:

  • A systematic approach to strategic and creative idea generation
  • 3 types of business names
  • Researching competitive names in your marketplace
  • 10 golden rules of naming
  • How to evaluate, refine and select name ideas

  • Seminar may last longer than two hours depending on the amount of questions.

    August 13, 2020 – 10:00am to 12:00pm (CDT)

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    Webinar Live: Legal Issues for the Small Business Owner

    Sponsored by Business Development Center at College of DuPage

    This webinar is for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and existing growth companies, who seek legal information that may impact owning and operating a business. Topics covered:

  • Who Owns the Intellectual Property in Your Business?
  • Business Structure and Formation
  • Legal Corporate Formalities
  • Adding or Removing partners, and more…
  • August 18, 2020 – 10:00am to 12:00pm (CDT)

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    Webinar: Live Export 101: Trade to Scale

    Sponsored by Business Development Center at College of DuPage

    The service/product you offer has gained great success here domestically, now what? Maybe it is the time to take the next step and take your business global. Remember, companies no longer need to scale to trade, you need to trade to scale. Learning objectives include:

  • Product classification
  • Export Controls
  • Export Process
  • International Payment, and more…
  • August 18, 2020 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm (CDT)

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    Webinar: Business Model Canvas – A Planning Tool for Startups or Projects

    Sponsored by Business Development Center at College of DuPage

    This webinar uses the concept of the “Business Model Canvas” by Strategyzer® to help you design your business blueprint long before you write your business plan. The webinar will cover how to start your blueprint, explain all segments, and help you understand how to make connections between them.

    August 25, 2020 – 11:00am to 12:00pm (CDT)

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    Webinar: The Certification Process

    Sponsored by Business Development Center at College of DuPage

    Business Status: Pre-Venture, Startup, Existing
    Skill Level: Beginner
    Certifications: Interpreting the alphabet to pursue profits! Which small business certification is the best one for you?
    You will learn the details of the application process, documentation requirements, certification options, and how to market and leverage certifications for the growth of your business. Your Options:

  • Federal: 8(a), EDWOSB, HUBZone, SDB, SDVOSB, WOSB, VOSB
  • State: DBE, FBE, FMBE, MBE, PBE, VBE
  • Local: DBE, MBE, WBE, VBE
  • August 25, 2020 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm (CDT)

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    Webinar: The Startup Guide to Business in Illinois – Basics

    Sponsored by Business Development Center at College of DuPage

    This webinar will cover the basic steps required to open a small business in Illinois. This session will provide fundamental knowledge about what it takes to start a business, including: understanding your entrepreneurial DNA, first thoughts of how to organize your business, federal, state and local requirements and the basic components of a business plan.
    Learn about your aptitude as an entrepreneur. Understand risks, rewards, and lessons on the essential elements in launching a successful business in Illinois. By the end of the workshop you will be able to determine what your next steps are.
    Instructions: A link to sign-in to the webinar will be emailed to you one day prior to the scheduled date.

    August 26, 2020 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm (CDT)

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    Webinar: Understanding the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Pre-Award Process

    Sponsored by Business Development Center at College of DuPage

    Registration process for upcoming Illinois state grants on the GATA portal including a short introduction of the SAM registration. This workshop will not cover existing and future grant opportunities nor will we give grant writing advice . We will cover a list of prerequisites to prepare for a registration to be able to submit a grant application to the state of Illinois. We will also show the process of the needed risk assessments before the issuance of a state award.
    Instructions: After you signed up you will see below this line another line that states: Attendee Instructions followed by the a link to get into the webinar. Please cut and paste the link into your internet browser.

    September 8, 2020 – 10:00am to 11:00am (CDT)

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    Webinar: The Startup Guide to Business in Illinois-Basics

    Sponsored by Business Development Center at College of DuPage

    This webinar will cover the basic steps required to open a small business in Illinois. This session will provide fundamental knowledge about what it takes to start a business, including: understanding your entrepreneurial DNA, first thoughts of how to organize your business, federal, state and local requirements and the basic components of a business plan.
    Learn about your aptitude as an entrepreneur. Understand risks, rewards, and lessons on the essential elements in launching a successful business in Illinois. By the end of the workshop you will be able to determine what your next steps are.

    September 9, 2020 – 10:00am to 11:00am (CDT)

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    Webinar: Live Value Proposition: Your Unfair Advantage

    Sponsored by Business Development Center at College of DuPage

    The customer value proposition is arguably the most important tool in the product marketer’s toolset. It is the foundation for understanding how your product or service will realistically be valued by the target user. This is the #1 issue that determines whether people will continue to read about your product or not. It’s also imperative to “test your impact” – if you get this right, it will determine your ability to scale and grow.

    September 10, 2020 – 10:00am to 12:00pm (CDT)

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    Webinar: Business Model Canvas – A Planning Tool for Startups or Projects

    Sponsored by Business Development Center at College of DuPage

    This webinar uses the concept of the “Business Model Canvas” by Strategyzer® to help you design your business blueprint long before you write your business plan. The webinar will cover how to start your blueprint, explain all segments, and help you understand how to make connections between them.

    September 14, 2020 – 11:00am to 12:00pm (CDT)

    For more information and registration click here


    Webinar: Restaurant 101

    Sponsored by Business Development Center at College of DuPage

    Do you enjoy cooking? Do people love your food and tell you to open your own restaurant? Has opening a restaurant always been a dream? Yes! Then it is time to investigate making it a reality! Starting a restaurant is more than following a 1-2-3 guide, it takes time to plan, investigate, and proceed with action. Come learn the basic steps that help launch a successful restaurant.

    September 15, 2020 – 10:00am to 11:00am (CDT)

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    Webinar: 9 Rules of Branding

    Sponsored by Business Development Center at College of DuPage

    Why is branding so important in today’s marketplace? Are you wondering what it might take to develop your business brand? How is branding different than marketing? This webinar will cover the 9 Rules of Branding and the steps you can take today to create a better, and stronger image for your business. Establishing a great brand helps you create a clear and concise reputation as you grow your business. A brand identifies those core pieces of a business that set it apart from competitors. Strong brands create credibility and trust; both vital in maintaining and growing your customer base.

    September 17, 2020 – 10:00am to 12:00pm (CDT)

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    BIG IDEA Pitch Contest – Virtual

    Sponsored by College of DuPage Foundation, SBDC Illinois, E2 Emerging Entrepreneurs & Innovation DuPage

    The BIG IDEA Pitch Contest gives you an opportunity to pitch your business idea to a panel of expert judges. It all starts with a BIG IDEA. We are looking for innovative products and services that solve real problems to satisfy the needs of growing markets. Successful applicants introduce scalable concepts that can be accelerated by connecting to key mentorship and business resources. Whether your idea is conceptual, in development or a launched startup, this competition is right for you.

    November 18, 2020 – 4:30pm to 6:30pm (CDT)

    For more information and Registration click here