Attend A CT State Community College Seminar

Attend A CT State Seminar!

As the rapidly changing small business and startup ecosystem adjusts to a new normal, it's important for founders, entrepreneurs, and businesses owners to know that they are not alone. CT State Community College, and the State of CT, care about and want to support a thriving small business environment for existing businesses and the ones yet to be created. One of the most effective methods for getting help with your business is to have a face-to-face conversation with an expert that can help you solve your most pressing business challenges. These State-wide Small Business Seminars are designed to get you the expert help you need, based on topics you've told us are important to you, especially as we come out of this Covid season.

Choose from a variety of seminars specifically designed to provide you with tangible resources, answers, guidance, and experience on topics you deal with on a regular basis like e-commerce, social media, cyber security, blockchain, and more, all of which you can attend from the comfort of your own home. In-person seminars are also available for most topics if you'd prefer, with food and drinks provided! You may sign up to attend as many seminars as you'd like, though there is a limit of two attendees per business for each individual seminar.

E-commerce: Get started with online selling

E-Commerce SeminarWhile brick & mortar businesses have been around for a long time, online selling has quickly grown from an interesting idea to a mandatory part of the selling process. Post Covid, even businesses that had resisted getting into online selling found that it was time to expand into the digital marketplace. However, e-commerce isn't as easy as it sounds! In this seminar you'll learn how to transition your business to online sales and you'll discover the different aspects of the sales process that change when you shift from in-person to virtual including web marketing, growing your customers, building online shopping carts, and payment processing.

Instructor: Prati Kaufman | Read Bio Here

October 6 @ 5:30PM-8:30PM (Virtual)
October 24 @ 9AM-12PM (Virtual)
November 8 @ 5:30PM-8:30PM (Virtual)
December 6 @ 5:30PM-8:30PM IN-PERSON! (at Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, 59 Field Street, Torrington CT 06790)

Cyber Security: Protect your business and your customers

Cyber Security SeminarEvery day, cyber security becomes more important as the majority of our lives are slowly moved online. Every day you can read of another virus, hack, ransom, and 'glitch' that causes chaos for businesses. In this seminar you'll review the threat landscape for business that use technology and learn tools to protect yourself against phishing, malware, vulnerabilities in your network, mobile devices, servers, and IOT devices, and you'll get an overview of the laws that cover protecting user privacy.

Instructor: Harry Morrow Long | Read Bio Here

October 11 @ 5:30PM-7:30PM IN-PERSON! (at Housatonic Community College, 875 Broad St, Bridgeport CT 06604. Room 331)
November 10 @ 5:30PM-8:30PM (Virtual)
December 8( @ 9AM-12PM Virtual)

Blockchain: Understanding the distributed ledger

Blockchain SeminarThe blockchain and the development of Bitcoin may be one of the most significant developments in finance in the last 100 years. Understanding this fundamental technology as it goes through its early development can be difficult to follow. This seminar will explain what blockchains are, what cryptocurrencies are and how to use them, what NFT technology is and what it means for tokens, and will provide a great overview of how these technologies interact as they create a brave new world of payment systems, trust, and security.

Instructor: Harry Morrow Long | Read Bio Here

October 13 @ 5:30PM-8:30PM (Virtual)
October 28 @ 5:30PM-8:30PM (Virtual)
November 14 @ 9AM-12PM IN-PERSON! (at Middlesex)
December 12 @ 5:30PM-8:30PM (Virtual)

Social Media: Launch and grow your online brand

Social Media SeminarThis seminar lays the groundwork for establishing and growing your brand online through social media. The course breaks down the creation of engaging content, how to navigate various social media platforms, common social media tactics, a review of common software and programs used by social media managers/influencers, and how to develop a social media strategy that’s the best fit for your business. Those who attend this seminar should come away with the ability to identify the social channels their audience uses and create content for those channels in a way that works towards their marketing and business goals. The seminar also allows for Q&A and discussion components.

Instructor: Jenn Accuosti | Read Bio Here

October 18 @ 9AM-12PM (Virtual)
November 16 @ 5:30PM-8:30PM (Virtual)
December 14 @ 5:30PM-8:30PM

Finance: Find the capital you need

Finance SeminarMost businesses need access to capital. When you're not a high-risk/high-growth startup, you're most likely not going to be raising money from venture capitalists. So where do you find financing? In this seminar, Chris Gauthier will walk you through all the different types of financing sources, support organizations, and processes that exist to help your business get the money it needs to launch. You'll also learn what types of capital your business should avoid, and when, so you can make smart decisions as you launch and grow your business.

Instructor: Chris Gauthier | Read Bio Here

October 19 @ 5:30PM-8:30PM IN-PERSON! (at Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich CT 06360. Room B120)

Fund Raising: Build an investible startup

Fundraising SeminarBuilding a business that can raise financing through investment is no easy task. In this seminar, you'll learn what types of traction, vision, and metrics venture capitalists and angel investors look for before committing to help you raise a seed or pre-seed round, and go-to-market product shortcuts to hit them. You'll look at the different types of customer segments you're reaching, your serviceable and addressable market size, and what systems you need in place for future growth in order to take advantage of the venture capital investment. This seminar is perfect for startups and small companies considering if, how, and when they should raise financing for rapid growth.

Instructor: Elan Kawesch | Read Bio Here

November 3 @ 5:30PM-8:30PM (Virtual)

Cannabis: Get ready to launch cannabis in CT

Cannibis SeminarWith the new Connecticut cannabis laws coming into effect over the next year, more people are becoming interested in learning what it will take to open a business that serves the cannabis industry. Growing, transporting, selling, and serving the industry will create many new startup opportunities, but the legal regulation surrounding the industry is difficult to navigate! Get started learning with industry expert Ellie and bring your cannabis-related questions as she unpacks this new industry in CT.

Instructor: Ellie Siegel | Read Bio Here

October 26 @ 5:30PM-8:30PM (Virtual)

Regulation: Startup and small business legal considerations

Regulation SeminarMost startup and small business owners aren't legal experts. But every business needs to interact with, follow, and be aware of the laws that govern their company and their industry. In this seminar, you'll learn from legal expert Bob Statchen what regulations exist that will impact your business, your customer relationships, and your ability to sell, grow, and potentially sell your business. You'll also learn what new changes in the law mean for you if you run a website that takes customer information, and you'll get a chance to ask your most important business-law related questions.

Instructor: Bob Statchen | Read Bio Here

November 18, 9:00AM-12:00PM (Virtual)

Strategy: How to maximize business planning

Strategy SeminarA business plan is a valuable roadmap to success at any stage of your small business. As you put your plan into action, making strategic informed decisions is essential. These decisions are often made in uncertain conditions and with big tradeoffs. This interactive workshop will discuss what goes into a winning business plan, as well as the basics of business strategy.

Instructor: Milena (Stankova) Erwin | Read Bio Here

December 15, 5:30PM-8:30PM IN-PERSON! (at Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm Street, Enfield, CT 06082. Strom Conference Room)

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CT State Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or genetic information in its programs and activities. In addition, the College does not discriminate in employment on the basis of veteran status or criminal record.



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