Upcoming Business Programs

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NaperLaunch Meetup: Making a Funding Pitch

Thursday, May 05, 2016 at 8:00 AM -- Nichols Library
Kenn Miller from West Suburban Angels will offer guidance on what an investor wants to hear and see in a funding pitch. Learn what the expectations are of a venture capitalist, angel investor or even a commercial banker. Understand how to pitch your idea and business plan to get the funding needed for business growth.

Small Business Week: Choosing an Organization Structure (95th)

Monday, May 09, 2016 at 6:30 PM -- 95th Street Library

NOTE: location changed to: NSL     Meeting Room C

Allison Cychosz of AMC Legal will discuss the different ways in which a business can be organized as well as the pros and cons of doing business as a sole proprietorship, partnership and the various forms of incorporation. Additionally, the reporting requirements of each will be compared - most importantly, the limits of liability each form provides and how a business owner might lose the corporate veil by not taking the proper actions.

Small Business Week: Writing a Business Plan at the Library(95th)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:30 PM -- 95th Street Library
NOTE: location changed to: NSL     Meeting Room A
Mark Quigley, CEO of Deziner Software, and business librarian Kent Palmer will present the various steps to write a business plan, including the resources available at the library as they relate to each section of a business plan. Participants will learn how to use available software to prepare an excellent plan to manage a business that can also be presented to venture capitalists or bankers for funding requests.

Small Business Week: Goof proof Your Start-up(95th)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM -- 95th Street Library
Bruce Jones, CEO of Design & Promote, will present the 25 most common Internet marketing mistakes that end up making a start-up business look unprofessional. When customers are trying to connect with a business online, the process should be easy and enjoyable - otherwise, they'll take their business elsewhere. Attendees will learn key Internet marketing strategies that can help grow and sustain a business.

SCORE Business Roundtable at NaperLaunch

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 8:00 AM -- Nichols Library
A 90 minute discussion on relevant business issues every entrepreneur faces. Get feedback and guidance from experienced fellow entrepreneurs on how to solve every-day business challenges. No business owner should walk alone. Use this group for advice and counsel that will lead to simply elegant solutions. This roundtable will focus on eCommerce businesses.

Small Business Week: Using Quickbooks(95th)

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM -- 95th Street Library
NOTE: location changed to: NSL     Meeting Room A
Mike Peters, managing director of JCMP & Associates who is a certified professional advisor in QuickBooks, will discuss how QuickBooks can be tailored to a business model to include initial setup of the accounts, customers, employees, vendors and transactions. He will demonstrate its capabilities including creating invoices, purchase orders and posting cash receipts and the difference between the desktop and online versions.

SCORE Business Roundtable at NaperLaunch

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM -- Nichols Library
A 90 minute discussion on relevant business issues every entrepreneur faces. Get feedback and guidance from experienced fellow entrepreneurs on how to solve every-day business challenges. No business owner should walk alone. Use this group for advice and counsel that will lead to simply elegant solutions. This roundtable will focus on service businesses.

SCORE Business Roundtable at NaperLaunch

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 8:00 AM -- Nichols Library
A 90 minute discussion on relevant business issues every entrepreneur faces. Get feedback and guidance from experienced fellow entrepreneurs on how to solve every-day business challenges. No business owner should walk alone. Use this group for advice and counsel that will lead to simply elegant solutions. This roundtable will focus on technology and manufacturing businesses.