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Starting a Business in NJ: The Steps You Need to Take
June 29, 2017 | 6:00 pm EST – June 29, 2017 | 8:00 pm EST
UCEDC, 75 Chestnut Street, Cranford, NJ 07016
 
Organization:               UCEDC
Contact Name:             Rogers Ramsey
Contact Email:             rramsey@ucedc.com
Program Website:        https://ucedc.com/event/starting-business-nj-cranford/
Contact Phone:            (908) 527-1166
Event Fee:                    FREE

Event Description:  This is a free program being offered by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community and sponsored by Wells Fargo. Have a great idea?  Ready to start a business?  Learn what you need to know before you take the plunge!  The decision to start a business is an exciting time for any entrepreneur.  However, there are many steps you’ll need to take to protect yourself from potential liability, legal and tax issues.

Doing Business with Federal Agencies
July 13, 2017 | 8:30 am EST – July 13, 2017 | 1:00 pm EST
Liberty Hall Corporate Center, 1085 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
 
Organization:               UCEDC
Contact Name:             Rogers Ramsey
Contact Email:             rramsey@ucedc.com
Program Website:        https://ucedc.com/event/sba-doing-business-with-federal-agencies/
Contact Phone:            (908) 527-1166
Event Fee:                    FREE

Event Description:  This is a free program being offered by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community.  Do you want to do business with the federal government, but don’t know where to begin? Do you have a basic understanding of procurement, but want to better your chances of getting the contract?

We’ve designed this seminar to provide you with the necessary knowledge and tools to navigate the federal market to sell your products or services.  Government contracts can offer significant opportunities for small businesses including getting the revenue they need to grow their businesses.  In this workshop, we’ll cover:

  • Federal contracting fundamentals
  • How to find opportunities
  • How to get started
  • Federal contract types

Attend this free seminar and learn how to jump-start your business with procurement opportunities with the federal government

How to Do Business with the US Department of Transportation
July 27, 2017 | 8:30 am EST – July 27, 2017 | 1:00 pm EST
Liberty Hall Corporate Center, 1085 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
 
Organization:               UCEDC
Contact Name:             Rogers Ramsey
Contact Email:             rramsey@ucedc.com
Program Website:        https://ucedc.com/event/doing-business-with-us-dot/
Contact Phone:            (908) 527-1166
Event Fee:                    FREE

Event Description:  This is a free program being offered by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community.  The DOT’s mission is to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future. Agencies that fall under the DOT include the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration and the Maritime Administration.

Along with the way, the DOT spends over $1 billion annually on products and services provided by small businesses. Bids are surprisingly diverse; you’ll find requests for educational services , office equipment, copywriting, data base management, etc., alongside the typical construction and engineering projects. So, whatever business you’re in, there’s a good chance that the DOT could be interested.

Learn how you can get started in this FREE briefing.

QuickBooks 101
June 27, 2017 | 6:00 pm EST – June 27, 2017 | 8:00 pm EST
UCEDC, 75 Chestnut Street, Cranford, NJ 07016
 
Organization:               UCEDC
Contact Name:             Rogers Ramsey
Contact Email:             rramsey@ucedc.com
Program Website:        https://ucedc.com/event/quickbooks-101-cranford/
Contact Phone:            (908) 527-1166
Event Fee:                    FREE

Event Description:  This is a free program being offered by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community and sponsored by TD Bank.  One of the most important, yet frequently overlooked components for most business owners is recordkeeping.  QuickBooks 101 is an interactive workshop created with the needs of businesses who manage their own financial records.

This informative workshop walks participants through the ground level stages of “bookkeeping”.  Although this workshop is interactive, it was designed for registrants to follow along on their laptop or with pen and pad!

During the workshop, we’ll focus on the following areas:

  • The effective use of an accounting system
  • How to set up your company in QuickBooks
  • Adding customers, vendors and employees to your records
  • How to produce accurate and timely reports to analyze your company’s performance
Doing Business with the Port Authority of NY/NJ & Air Service Development Office
August 10, 2017 | 8:30 am EST – August 10, 2017 | 1:00 pm EST
Liberty Hall Corporate Center, 1085 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
 
Organization:               UCEDC
Contact Name:             Rogers Ramsey
Contact Email:             rramsey@ucedc.com
Program Website:        https://ucedc.com/event/doing-business-with-port-authority-and-njasdo/
Contact Phone:            (908) 527-1166
Event Fee:                    FREE

Event Description:  This is a free program being offered by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community.  The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is responsible for infrastructure critical to the region’s trade and transportation network.

These facilities include America’s busiest airport system, marine terminals and ports, the PATH rail transit system, six tunnels and bridges between New York and New Jersey, the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, and the World Trade Center.

All of this is made possible by thousands of minority, women-owned, and small-business enterprise vendors in a broad range of industries.

Learn how you can join this savvy group of contractors.

How to Become a Vendor with SEPTA
August 24, 2017 | 8:30 am EST – August 24, 2017 | 1:00 pm EST
Liberty Hall Corporate Center, 1085 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
 
Organization:               UCEDC
Contact Name:             Rogers Ramsey
Contact Email:             rramsey@ucedc.com
Program Website:        https://ucedc.com/event/how-to-become-a-vendor-for-septa/
Contact Phone:            (908) 527-1166
Event Fee:                    FREE

Event Description:  This is a free program being offered by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community.  Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) offers a vast option of transit services, including buses, trolleys, trackless trolleys, subways, Regional Rail (our commuter rail).

SEPTA’s procurement & contracts department is committed to providing a full and open competitive environment for procurement opportunities.  With a particular emphasis on contracting opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses, SEPTA offers technical assistance, training, and other resources for vendors looking to do business with them.

Learn how you can get started at this seminar, and find out just how easy it is to bid with SEPTA.

QuickBooks 201 – Beyond the Basics
August 31, 2017 | 6:00 pm EST – August 31, 2017 | 8:00 pm EST
UCEDC, 75 Chestnut Street, Cranford, NJ 07016
 
Organization:               UCEDC
Contact Name:             Rogers Ramsey
Contact Email:             rramsey@ucedc.com
Program Website:        https://ucedc.com/event/quickbooks-201-beyond-basics-cranford/
Contact Phone:            (908) 527-1166
Event Fee:                    FREE

Event Description:  This program is being presented by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community and sponsored by Investors Bank.  QuickBooks is a popular way for small and midsized businesses to keep track of their accounting, but many users aren’t aware of the software’s powerful advanced features beyond the basics.  In this workshop, we’ll cover:

  • Getting the most out of this feature-packed program
  • How to multiple company files and how to export and import list data from one file to the next
  • Entering price levels and tracking discounts and credits.
  • Creating customer statements and assessing finance charges on overdue balances
  • Writing off past-due balances when it appears that the customer is not going to pay.
How to Get Your Business on the GSA Contract Schedule
September 14, 2017 | 8:30 am EST – September 14, 2017 | 1:00 pm EST
Liberty Hall Corporate Center, 1085 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
 
Organization:               UCEDC
Contact Name:             Rogers Ramsey
Contact Email:             rramsey@ucedc.com
Program Website:        https://ucedc.com/event/how-to-get-on-gsa-contract-schedule/
Contact Phone:            (908) 527-1166
Event Fee:                    FREE

Event Description:  This is a free program being offered by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community.  Want to put your business in front of thousands of government purchasers?  This workshop will give you the practical information you need to get on a schedule and start winning contracts.  You’ll learn:

  • How to begin the process of getting a Federal Supply Schedule.
  • Which schedule is right for you?
  • How to decipher the terms and conditions for a Federal Supply Schedule.
Getting Started with Government Contracting

September 19, 2017 | 6:00 pm EST – September 19, 2017 | 8:00 pm EST

UCEDC, 75 Chestnut Street, Cranford, NJ 07016
 
Organization:               UCEDC
Contact Name:             Rogers Ramsey
Contact Email:             rramsey@ucedc.com
Program Website:        https://ucedc.com/event/getting-started-with-government-contracting-sept/
Contact Phone:            (908) 527-1166
Event Fee:                    FREE

Event Description:  This program is being presented by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community.  We’ll lead you through the registration processes for the federal and state procurement systems, show you exactly where to go to get a clear picture of who’s buying what, and share the secrets to becoming a sub-contractor, among other essential practices.

This is your opportunity to get the clear directions you need to get started in government contracting.  No matter what you are selling, somebody in the federal or state government is probably interested in buying it!  You’ll start small, but some of our most successful clients started out with contracts worth just a few hundred dollars!

Already registered with the government but need a refresher in making the most of procurement opportunities?  Attend this workshop and you’ll come away better prepared to find relevant postings and close the sale!

Subcontracting Opportunities with Prime Contractors: Great Lake Dredge & Dock Company
September 28, 2017 | 8:30 am EST – September 28, 2017 | 1:00 pm EST
Liberty Hall Corporate Center, 1085 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
 
Organization:               UCEDC
Contact Name:             Rogers Ramsey
Contact Email:             rramsey@ucedc.com
Program Website:        https://ucedc.com/event/subcontracting-opportunities-prime-contractors/
Contact Phone:            (908) 527-1166
Event Fee:                    FREE

Event Description:  This is a free program being offered by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community.  Subcontracting – taking a portion of a contract from the Prime Contractor or another subcontractor – can open a world of opportunities for small businesses.  It allows them to participate in contract opportunities that would otherwise be unattainable. It can also be the gateway to larger contracts, as small businesses build a track record of contract success.

This free program will provide you with a unique opportunity to meet with prime contractors – Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company – to learn about their current and potential subcontracting opportunities.

The seminar is a great networking and learning opportunity that could lead directly to subcontracting opportunities for your small business.

Business Insurance & Bonding for Small Businesses
October 19, 2017 | 8:30 am EST – October 19, 2017 | 1:00 pm EST
Liberty Hall Corporate Center, 1085 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
 
Organization:               UCEDC
Contact Name:             Rogers Ramsey
Contact Email:             rramsey@ucedc.com
Program Website:        https://ucedc.com/event/business-insurance-bonding-small-businesses/
Contact Phone:            (908) 527-1166
Event Fee:                    FREE

Event Description:  This is a free program being offered by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community.  When it comes to protecting your business, do you know what types of business insurance coverage options are available to you?  Also, you’ve probably seen advertisements about bonded and insured.  But what exactly is bonding? And is getting bonded something that’s critical for your business? 

There are many things to consider in managing a business, and it’s crucial that all business owners know what insurance coverage they need as well as bonds to operate legally and protect their business.

This workshop is designed to provide insight and practical guidance for getting your business insured and bonded.

Introduction to Franchising

October 26, 2017 | 6:00 pm EST – October 26, 2017 | 8:00 pm EST

UCEDC, 75 Chestnut Street, Cranford, NJ 07016
Organization:               UCEDC
Contact Name:             Rogers Ramsey
Contact Email:             rramsey@ucedc.com
Program Website:        https://ucedc.com/event/intro-to-franchising-cranford/
Contact Phone:            (908) 527-1166
Event Fee:                    FREE

Event Description:  This program is being presented by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community and sponsored by TD Bank.  Are you considering entrepreneurship as a career option, but want a proven business model to get your goals more quickly and safer?  If you have answered ‘Yes’ to either of these questions, then the franchise workshop is for you! Presented by one of North America’s Top Franchise Consultants.

This session will include:

  • Common myths and truths about franchising – it’s not just food and retail
  • Remarkable ownership options like professional advisory services, facilitation, light manufacturing, social entrepreneurship, education, home services, passive owner models and regional master license options for the true builder
  • Government regulations for franchises
  • The importance of knowing your personal goals and objectives before taking the plunge
  • How to finance your business
  • Available resources and consultant services from an industry leader at no cost.
SBA: What You Need to Know about Certifications, Marketing & Subcontracting
 
November 16, 2017 | 8:30 am EST – November 16, 2017 | 1:00 pm EST
Liberty Hall Corporate Center, 1085 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
 
Organization:               UCEDC
Contact Name:             Rogers Ramsey
Contact Email:             rramsey@ucedc.com
Program Website:        https://ucedc.com/event/sba-certifications-marketing-subcontracting-for-small-businesses/
Contact Phone:            (908) 527-1166
Event Fee:                    FREE

Event Description:  This is a free program being offered by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community.  Many government agencies require that some percentage of the procurements be awarded to small businesses. Certifying your business can definitely help you successfully compete for government contracts.  Small business certifications document a special capability or status that will help you compete in the marketplace.

Come and learn about certifications, how to market your business to government agencies as well as tips for subcontracting with prime contractors.

Marketing Made Real: The Essential Steps for Small Business Success
 
October 26, 2017 | 6:00 pm EST – October 26, 2017 | 8:00 pm EST
 
UCEDC, 75 Chestnut Street, Cranford, NJ 07016
Organization:               UCEDC
Contact Name:             Rogers Ramsey
Contact Email:             rramsey@ucedc.com
Program Website:        https://ucedc.com/event/marketing-made-real-cranford/
Contact Phone:            (908) 527-1166
Event Fee:                    FREE

Event Description:  This program is being presented by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community and sponsored by TD Bank.  Marketing is an integral key to the success of small businesses, yet many small businesses don’t understand how to effectively market their business, or even what marketing really means. You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify your target customers and what drives them to buy
  • Understand your competition
  • Create your marketing message
  • Choose the best vehicles to reach your customers
  • Focus your time and energy on your ‘most likely to purchase’ customers

We’ll take a case study from inception to the sale, answering real-life questions about how to find your customers, outsmart your competition, and get the most bang out of your marketing budget, no matter the size.

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