Workshops and Classes

Learn new skills to manage your business.

Understanding business fundamentals, such as finance and marketing, as well as staying abreast of the changing business environment, is key to the success of a business.

Harper College SBDC offers low cost seminars and workshops to help you manage your business and to keep up-to-date on new business developments.

Do you have the personal characteristics, the financial fitness and the business readiness skills to own a business. Find out if entrepreneurship is right for you. Learn about the critical steps to opening your own business including viability, business formation, financing, and more.

Choose one session to attend:

  • March 15, 8am-9:30am
  • April 19, 8am-9:30am
  • May 24, 8am-9:30am
  • June 28, 8am-9:30am

Where:  650 East Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, 60173 in the Harper Professional Center, (not on main campus) Suite 18N

Cost: Free

Registration: To register for this free seminar please sign up here.

 

Hands-on class in our computer lab designed for entrepreneurs with little experience working with QuickBooks. Topics include: setting up a new company, accounts receivable and accounts payable transactions, bank reconciliation, credit card reconciliation, running basic financial reports, tracking and paying sales tax. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to directly work on examples in QuickBooks during the session.

This session is taught by Anthony Baldassano, partner with BG Associates LLC and a small business advisor with the Harper College SBDC.  BG Associates is a tax and accounting practice located in Barrington.

When:  Thursday, May 11th from 9am-3pm 

Where:  650 East Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, 60173 in the Harper Professional Center, (not on main campus) Suite 18N

Cost: $150 (includes box lunch and QuickBooks manual)

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LLC or sole proprietorship? S-Corp., C Corp. or partnership? Which corporate form is right for my business? 

While there is no quick answer to this question, this session will explore the differences between these options, helping entrepreneurs better understand the cost and legal flexibility of each option. 

This session is taught by Margaret Borla, Senior Accountant, Porte Brown LLC, a full service accounting and consulting firm headquartered in Elk Grove Village.

When: Wednesday, May 10, 8 to 10am.

Who: For small business owners and entrepreneurs

Where:  650 East Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, 60173 in the Harper Professional Center, (not on main campus) Suite 18N

Cost: Free

Registration: To register for this free seminar please sign up here.

  

A good website is at the core of successfully marketing. Because more than 50% of searches are done via mobile phones, a mobile responsive website is a must for most businesses. But having a website is not enough. Your website needs to convert visitor traffic into customers. What key elements are needed to do this?

Many options exist. This seminar will discuss various types of websites and provide guidelines for you to use in evaluating your options.

We’ll also discuss how to track and analyze how well your website and other social media tools are working. Speaker Joe Skibbie, of JRS Mar/Com, a digital marketing firm, connects the dots between what you know, what you’ve heard and what is best practice.

When: Wednesday June 14th, 8:00 to 9:30am

Who: For small business owners, entrepreneurs and their marketing staff

Where:  650 East Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, 60173 in the Harper Professional Center, (not on main campus) Suite 18N

Cost: Free

Registration: To register for this free seminar please sign up here.

 

Whether you've been recently downsized or dream about being your own boss and using your skills and knowledge to assist a multitude of companies rather than just work for one, this seminar will address the positive and the negative of working on your own.  It will give the novice entrepreneur and the experienced consultant details they will need to make the decision to build their business model and act on it.  Join Bob Podgorski who has taken the journey of executive to small business owner and consultant as he shares his formula for success.

When: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017,  6pm to 8pm

Where:  650 East Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, 60173 in the Harper Professional Center, (not on main campus) Suite 18N.

Cost: Free

Registration: To register for this free seminar pleasesign up here.

 

Attention women entrepreneurs! Join this warm and wonderful group of women business owners who meet monthly to share knowledge, network, and support one another in our business endeavors. Our mission is to support, instruct and inspire each other as we expand our businesses. Group meetings take place the 2nd Thursday of each month.

When: 2nd Thursday of Each Month

Who: Women Business Owners (start ups welcomed)

Where:  650 East Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, 60173 in the Harper Professional Center, (not on main campus) Suite 18N.

Cost: Free

Registration:To register for this free seminar please sign up here.

 

A good website is at the core of successfully marketing. Because more than 50% of searches are done via mobile phones, a mobile responsive website is a must for most businesses. But having a website is not enough. Your website needs to convert visitor traffic into customers. Learn the key elements to accomplish this.

When: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, 8am to 9:30am

Who: For small business owners and entrepreneurs

Where: 650 East Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, 60173 in the Harper Professional Center, (not on main campus) Suite 18N.

Cost: Free

Registration:To register for this free seminar please  sign up here.