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.

Founded in 1989, Lavelle Law Ltd. is one of the most respected law firms in the Chicago area. Their expertise includes business and entrepreneurial law, estate planning, divorce and family law, criminal defense, commercial and residential real estate law, banking and securities law, law practice management, bankruptcy and more. The firm generously donates time to clients of the ISBDC.

When:  Monthly, check schedule

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.

 

Get tax, incorporation/business entity advice, QuickBooks help, and more with Margaret Borla, CPA with PorteBrown. 30 Minute appointments. Margaret and PorteBrown,LLC generously donate time to clients of Harper's ISBDC.

When: Every other month, check schedule

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.

 

Do you have an idea for a product and need help with prototyping, engineering and development? EIGERlab is an award winning full service prototyping and product development agency specializing in engineering, reverse engineering, computer-aided design (CAD),3D printing, manufacturing, commercialization and project management. If no dates are available, call 815.965.3522 or sales@eigerlab.org to schedule.

When: call 815.965.3522 or sales@eigerlab.org to schedule.

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.

 

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:

  • September 20, 8:30am - 10am
  • October 18, 8:30am - 10am
  • November 15, 8:30am - 10am
  • December 20, 8:30am - 10am

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:  TBD

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) 

 

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

When: Tuesday, September 26, 8:30am - 10:30am.

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.

  

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: TBD

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: Thursday, October 19, 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.

Upcoming sessions:

  • September 14, 8am - 9:30am
  • October 12, 8am - 9:30am
  • November 9, 8am - 9:30am
  • December 14, 8am - 9:30am

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.