No-Cost & Low-Cost Training for Maryland Small Businesses

The SBDC offers a comprehensive range of training courses and programs.  Our online courses offer an excellent way to work training into your busy schedule when it’s most convenient for you. Our face-to-face sessions will not only provide you with invaluable knowledge, but by sharing ideas and issues with entrepreneurs with similar experiences, you will also have the opportunity to establish beneficial professional relationships.

Designed With You in Mind
SBDC training programs are designed with you in mind. Most courses are offered in the evening and range in length from two hours to several weeks. They are presented by local business leaders from many professional disciplines to help you develop the planning, management, and financial skills necessary to make your business thrive. By leveraging the resources of professionals in the community, we are able to offer a wide range of high-quality workshops, conferences, seminars, and courses at no cost, or a nominal fee.

New Venture Series Training

Starting a business is a challenging and rewarding undertaking. As you begin your business venture, you need to be prepared with the facts and resources necessary to legally run and successfully compete in your industry. 

Knowledge is Power
To help you get started effectively, we have developed two core New Venture Series training workshops that we strongly recommend taking if you are just starting your business. You’ll learn how to avoid common pitfalls, explore the feasibility of your idea and increase chances for success.

New Venture Series Courses:

1) Business Start Up
This workshop addresses the legal, accounting, and insurance issues to consider when starting a new business in Maryland. Ultimately, you’ll leave this workshop with an overview of everything it takes to start a successful business in Maryland.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Legally define your business and register your business name
  • Keep proper financial records and report taxes
  • Assess the insurance requirements needed to safeguard your business and personal assets

2) Business Plan Development
The Business Plan workshop is designed to assist entrepreneurs in moving ideas from mind to paper in an organized, clear and concise manner, while keeping a focus on key points. In this workshop, you will learn how to develop a well crafted plan that will act as a blueprint as you build, maintain or expand your business. It is also a requirement if you plan to present your company as a viable and sustainable business entity in the financing process.

You’ll learn how to develop the key sections of a business plan, including an:

  • Executive summary
  • Business description
  • Proposed management team and employees
  • Operations and suppliers
  • Customer and market analysis (marketing, competition, location)
  • Plan strategy (including a SWOT Analysis)
  • Financial statements (balance sheet, operating statement, personal finances, cash flow)

Special Programs

Our Special Programs offer training too. Check our calendar today!

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