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Women Accessing Capital – Training Sessions

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100 Level: Preparation and Foundation: Are you Really Ready to Seek Money?
200 Level: Securing Credit and Understanding the Process
300 Level: Maintaining Business Processes

Additional Resource Materials


100 Level: Preparation and Foundation: Are you Really Ready to Seek Money?

Women Accessing Capital: Understanding the Federal Budget

Session Date: January 15
Recent Congressional battles leading to the Federal government shut down played out through the intricacies of the Federal budget process. The crisis highlighted the complexity of the process, its impact on Federal agencies and on their ability to deliver and procure services. This webinar describes the “normal” budget process from agency budget requests, through the White House budget process, to the Congressional process and back to the agency’s distribution of funds— and review where the process has been challenged in recent years. It will also provide some insight onto what the current state of the budget may mean to Federal agency decision-making and planning, and in turn how that affects Federal contractors.
Course Instructor: Lauren Weiner, President/CEO, Wittenberg Weiner Consulting, LLC
Click here to watch the presentation.

Training 101A: Putting Your Financial House in Order

Session Date: November 12, 2010 and April 28, 2010
This course creates a framework of preparing your company for capital. Topics covered include:
    • 4 Critical Financial Techniques
    • Managing Company Cash Flow
    • Top 10 Financial Tips
    • Choosing the Right Entity Type
Course Instructor: Nicolina A. Stewart, CPA, PFS, CLU, ChFC, President and CEO, Capital Management Advisors, Inc.
Click here to listen to the podcastClick here to view the presentationClick here for helpful links, provided by the instructor

Training 101B: Putting Your Financial House in Order

Session Date: April 21, 2011
Whether you plan to seek funding from a bank or private investor, you must have your basic financials in order first. Topics covered included:
    • What basic financial statements and personal financial information you will need to
        produce
    • Review a well-structured income statement and balance sheet
    • Understand how lenders will analyze your financials and know what to expect ahead
        of time
    • PLUS tips on business planning and forecasting!
Course Instructor: Michelle Hoffman, CEO, Hoffman CFO Consulting
Click here to listen to the podcastClick here to view the presentation

Training 105: Partnership for Employment

Session Date: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Partnership for Employment is an exciting new public/private initiative between Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), the Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) and the Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of this initiative is to assist federal workers in finding alternative work opportunities and to assist small businesses with the cost of recruiting, training and hiring these individuals through an existing government program, “Assisted Reemployment Program”.

Under this program, private employers who hire federal civilian employees who are currently receiving workers compensation benefits, may be eligible for a salary subsidy of up to 75% of wages paid (the exact amount and duration of the subsidy will depend on several factors, including the wage for the job and the amount of compensation benefit the employee is now receiving and training needs).To find out more information on Assisted Reemployment, please see http://www.dol.gov/owcp/contacts/dallas/assisted.htm

We have identified a number of qualified professionals who are ready, willing and able to help your organizations. If you have open positions, please post them the survey instrument located on the WIPP website (add link) for viewing by Federal Agencies. If a candidate is found whose skills and qualifications match your needs, we will forward a resume for your consideration.
If you determine that the person is a good fit for your organization after completing the interview process, a vocational rehabilitation specialist from the Department of Labor will support you through the hiring and on boarding process.
If you have any questions please contact Lisa directly at lfirestone@managedcareadvisors.com.
Course Instructor: Lisa Firestone of Managed Care Advisors.

Training 110: Putting Your Business in Order: The Business Plan

Session Date: May 4, 2010 and December 9, 2010
Topics covered include:
    • What do banks and investors really want to see in your business plan?
    • Write a strong, marketable business plan to win the investment you need
    • Not for startups, this webinar is designed for small business owners committed to
       expanding their businesses
Course Instructor: Mary Ellen Hickman, Brand Management and Marketing Strategy, Hickman Consulting Partners, LLC
Click here to listen to the podcastClick here to view the presentation

Training 111: Putting Your Business in Order: Increasing Profitability

Session Date: June 22, 2010 and March 31, 2011
Get your business in financial shape. We’ll discuss how to:
    • Focus on the best customers for your business
    • Rethink your marketing tactics to deliver higher return on investment
    • Rework pricing and discounts to bring in more cash
Course Instructor: Mary Ellen Hickman, Brand Management and Marketing Strategy, Hickman Consulting Partners, LLC
Click here to listen to the podcastClick here to view the presentation

Women Accessing Capital Presents:
WATT Training 117: Perspectives on Investing in Technology for Your Small Business

Session Date: May 10th, 2011
This dual session will provide insight into why and how to invest in your company’s technology – both from the small business and lender perspectives.
Small Business Perspective: Terri McNally, President, Global Capital Ltd.
    • Get a Small Business view of upgrading your technology and the tax benefits gained
       from these modifications.
Spotlight on AT&T Capital: Steven Klepper, Director of Sales
    • Learn about the who, what and why of this financing and leasing option for
       technology investment
    • PLUS get tips on getting engaged with AT&T Capital and being competitive for funding

Training 120: Putting Your Business in Order: Build Your Team

Session Date: March 22, 2011 and August 23, 2011
A discussion of the importance of:
    • Having an advisory team, who is on it, and defining their roles
    • Learn how to find the players
    • Examining various business models to utilize an advisory team
Course Instructor: Nicolina A. Stewart, CPA, PFS, CLU, ChFC, President and CEO, Capital Management Advisors, Inc.
Click here to listen to the podcastClick here to view the presentation
Click here for helpful links, provided by the instructor

Training 125: Putting Your Business in Order: Doing the Research

Session Date: October 19, 2010
   • Researching your industry, competition and customers is crucial to your business
   • Learn how the right type of targeted research helps you identify opportunities and
     threats in your business and better prepare you moving forward
Course Instructor: Loy Sheflott, Principal/President, Consumer Financial Service Corporation
Click here to listen to the PodcastClick here to view the Presentation

Training 129: A Rising Tide – Financing Strategies for Women Owned Firms

Session Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
In this webinar, Dr. Susan Coleman drew upon the findings from her recently published book to describe the state of women’s entrepreneurship in the U.S. today as well as the strategies that women entrepreneurs use to finance their firms. Dr. Coleman will highlight some of the differences and similarities between women and men in terms of financial sources and strategies. In addition, she provided participants with a “toolkit” of financial strategies derived from interviews with successful women entrepreneurs. This timely and topical webinar is a must for women entrepreneurs and women who are considering entrepreneurship!
Course Instructor: Dr. Susan Coleman, Professor of Finance, University of Hartford.

Training 130: Understanding Your Funding Sources

Session Date: January 25, 2011
Evaluate and understand various funding sources and discuss the pros and cons of each. A resource list of groups and organizations that help businesses get the funding they need will be provided.
This webinar will explore:
   • Financial Statements & Credit Scores: What you need to have and know for successful
   funding
   • Using Your Money: Owners investment capital and loans, cash draws on credit cards,
   and bootstrapping
   • Using the Money of Others: Friends and family, Banks, AR Factoring and Private equity
Course Instructor: Michelle Hoffman, CEO, Hoffman CFO Consulting
Click here to listen to the PodcastClick here to view the Presentation

Training 133: Alternative Financing to Manage Your Cash Flow

Session Date: September 8, 2010
Whether for business growth or to increase your contracting capacity, find out your options to accessing capital, and how to be prepared.
In this Course you will learn:
   • Financing Terminology 101
   • Timing – Get things in place when you need to
   • Financing – Learn what you can and can’t negotiate
Course Instructor: Amy Horn, Executive Vice President, Federal National Payables, Inc.
Click here to listen to the PodcastClick here to view the presentation

Training 134: Alternative Funding: Finding Non-Profit Lenders for Your For-Profit Business

Session Date: June 2, 2011
Course topics include:

   • Uncover the ins and outs of Mission Driven Lenders
   • What are they? Who offers them?
   • Where do you find these lenders? What kind of capital can they offer?
   • Is this a good option for my business?

Course Instructor: Connie Evans, President and CEO, Association for Enterprise Opportunity

Training 135: New Ways to Fund Your Business: Explore Equipment Leasing

Session Date: July 19, 2010
Learn about the advantages of equipment leasing such as: preserve bank lines, 100% financing, trade depreciation for a lower rate, and match asset life to finance term. Other topics covered include:
    • What types of assets should you lease?
    • How liens are filed on equipment
    • Full Financial Packages v. Application Only – Plus filling out a credit application
    • FICO scores and how they are calculated
    • Leasing industry – large corporations with cash lease their assets – you should too!
Course Instructor: Terri McNally, President, Global Capital, Ltd.
Click here to listen to the podcastClick here to view the presentationClick here to view Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Equipment Finance 101, provided by the instructor

Training 136: Bigger and Better! Financial Strategies for Growth-Oriented Firms

Session Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
In this webinar, Dr. Susan Coleman focused on the particular challenges and opportunities provided by growth-oriented firms. Although the majority of women-owned firms are relatively small, an increasing number of women are embarking on the path of growth-oriented entrepreneurship. Dr. Coleman addresses the financial strategies and resources that can help women scale their firms and overcome obstacles in their path to growth. In doing so, she drew upon the experience of real world women entrepreneurs who have successfully navigated these waters.
Course Instructor: Dr. Susan Coleman, Professor of Finance, University of Hartford.

Training 140: Picking the Right Bank

Session Date: June 3, 2010
Getting the right people on your side can make all the difference.
    • It’s not one size fits all.
    • What kind of bank is the best fit for your business?
    • Ways to make sure you are getting enough attention from your financial institution.
Course Instructor: Sydnee Stein, Vice President/Business Development Officer, EagleBank
Click here to listen to the podcastClick here to view the presentation

Training 150: Increasing Financial Health – The 5 Steps to Grow Your Money

Session Date: February 21, 2012
The 5 key steps every woman must take to embrace their own financial destiny:
    • The very first step to start growing your money
    • A common reason why women often sabotage their own financial health
    • Simple systems that invite wealth
    • The quickest way to get on track for reaching financial goals
    • One common mistake investors make with their money and how to avoid this costly mistake

Course Instructor: Camille Gaines, CEO and Founder, Financial Woman
Click here to listen to the podcastClick here to view the presentation


Training 160: How SBA Lending Can Work for You

Session Date: May 24, 2011 and May 25, 2010
Course topics include:
    • What is available – yes there is money still out there for your business!
    • How does it work – we will be discussing the nuts and bolts of accessing capital
    through SBA lending programs.
    • And how to make it work for you and your business – practical steps.
Course Instructor: Sue Malone, President of Strategies for Small Business/Director of Marketing, Superior Financial Group
Click here to listen to the podcastClick here to view the presentation


Training 166: The SBA Approach to Disaster Assistance Funding

Session Date: December 7, 2011
Course topics include:
    • A background the history of SBA’s disaster assistance program.
    • The basics of the disaster loan program (SBA makes disaster loans to homeowners, renters, business of all sizes and most private, nonprofit organizations)
    through SBA lending programs.
    • Information on how to apply for a loan, eligibility details, dollar limits.
    • Common mistakes (like waiting for the insurance settlement before applying) and misconceptions (disaster loans for homeowners and renters)
Course Instructor: Alana Chavez, Public Affairs Specialist SBA Office of Disaster Assistance
Click here to listen to the podcastClick here to view the presentation


Training 175:Financial Priorities for You and Your Business

Session Date: March 6, 2012
A discussion of the importance of:
    • Essentials in Identifying Your Business Advisory Team
    • Choosing an Entity Type
    • Cash Flow and Budgeting
    • Financial Planning Tips – personal, business, estate planning
Course Instructor: Nicolina A. Stewart, CPA, PFS, CLU, ChFC, President and CEO, Capital Management Advisors, Inc.
Click here to listen to the podcastClick here to view the presentation

Training 190: Business Strategic Planning

Session Date: May 17, 2012
A discussion of the importance of:
    • Organizing your mission, vision and objectives
    • Developing policies, plans, projects and programs
    • Utilizing resources to enhance business
    • Yearly performance and progress evaluation
    • Setting goals
Course Instructor: Michelle Dolberry- Thompson, President, EMDO Enterprises and WIPP Director of Strategic Initiatives
Click here to view presentation.Click here to listen to podcast.

Training 198: Understanding and Accessing Venture Capital and Angel Investors

Session Date: November 15, 2011
In this session, you’ll learn:
    • What is venture capital and who accesses this market?
    • Who are angel investors and what does an angel investment mean for your company?
    • Tips for presenting you and your company to venture and angel investors.
Course Instructor: Amy Millman, Springboard Enterprises
Click here to listen to the podcastClick here to view the presentation


200 Level: Securing Credit and Understanding the Process

Training 201: How to Build Your Presentation for the Bank/Investors

Session Date: August 26, 2010
Ready to talk to a bank or investor? Create a strong presentation and compelling pitch to close the deal. We’ll step through exactly what you need to know in order to get the investment your business needs. Designed for small business owners with a proven history of success.
Course Instructor: Mary Ellen Hickman, Brand Management and Marketing Strategy, Hickman Consulting Partners, LLC
Click here for the Podcast and Presentation

Training 207: Setting up an Accounting System For Government Contractors

Session Date: December 14, 2010
This course will focus primarily on QuickBooks, as we:
    • Learn how to structure an accounting system
    • Overview of DCAA cost requirements for accounting systems
    • PLUS hands on use of the SF 1408 as a class guide
Course Instructor: Michelle Hoffman, Hoffman CFO Consulting
Click here for the Podcast and Presentation

Training 210: Putting Your Legal House in Order

Session Date: July 13, 2010 and April 13, 2011
Topics covered include:
    • What is the bank looking for from a legal perspective?
    • What is the process and major areas of investigation and concern?
    • How to prepare well in advance
Course Instructor: Aileen Pisciotta, Executive Counsel PLC
Participants must be WIPP dues-paying members to access the Podcast and Presentation.
Click here for the Podcast and Presentation.

Training 255: Financing Your Business: Conventional Financing v. Investor Cash

Session Date: June 16, 2010
    • Business owners who are looking for an outside cash infusion into their business must     understand the pros and cons of conventional financing v. investor cash.
    • Although it may seem like a good idea to avoid debt by finding an investor who will
    exchange cash for stock in the business, there are federal and state securities issues as     well as the problem of dealing with a minority shareholder in your business.
Course Instructor: Lucy Benham, Attorney-at-Law, Lucy R. Benham PLLC
Participants must be WIPP Dues-paying members to access the Podcast and Presentation.
Click here for the Podcast and Presentation.

Training 285: Your Loan Application was Rejected. What Next?

Session Date: July 29, 2010
You thought you were ready for a loan. Why did you get turned down? Get the inside scoop from an experienced banker. This course will spell out what to do if your bank rejects your application for a line of credit or loan and set you up for success on your next application. The course will also touch on alternative financing.
Course Instructor: Sydnee Stein, Vice President – Business Development, EagleBank
Participants must be WIPP dues-paying members to access the Podcast and Presentation.
Click here for the Podcast and Presentation.


300 Level: Maintaining Business Processes

Training 330: Collections and Maintaining Cash Flow

Session Date: January 18, 2011
Cash is king! How can you make sure to collect what you are owed and keep the cash flowing in your business?
   • You’re a creditor – what does that mean?
   • Collections lawyers – if you think you need one, it’s too late!
   • Payment terms – make your customers want to pay!
   • Contract remedies – include teeth that keep you out of court!
   • Collection calls – turn them into business development opportunities!
   • Final Demand letters – why they aren’t necessarily the last word!
Course Instructor: Aileen Pisciotta, Executive Counsel PLC
Participants must be WIPP dues-paying members to access the Podcast and Presentation.
Click here for the Podcast and Presentation.

Training 345: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Finding and Making an Acquisition

Session Date: September 16, 2010
Going through an acquisition is time consuming and stressful, so knowing what to expect and having a game plan can be the difference between success or failure. Topics covered include:
   • Finding, negotiating, financing, closing and integrating an acquisition.
   • Explore the various business strategies that lead to an acquisition along with finding
    the target companies.
   • Objectives and issues that the company you are trying to purchase has as it relates to
    the transaction and post transaction life so you are prepared to address them during
    the courtship.
   • Negotiating the transaction, financing and closing the deal are critical, as well as
    understanding the impact on the seller and your organization
Course Instructor: Eric Oganesoff, Managing Director, Focus LLC
Participants must be WIPP dues-paying members to access the Podcast and Presentation.
Click here for the Podcast and Presentation.

Training 347: Leveraged Buyouts (LBO): How To Buy A Company For Little Cash

Session Date: February 18, 2011
Learn how Leveraged Buyouts (LBO) Can Expand Your Market Share, Capabilities and Customer Base!
This webinar will explore:
   • What is an LBO? Understand the Mechanics and Goals of an LBO
   • When is an LBO right for your company? Things to Consider and Successful LBO
    Strategies
Course Instructor: Sheri Orlowitz, Principal, SLOCO Consulting Group
Participants must be WIPP dues-paying members to access the Podcast and Presentation.
Click here for the Podcast and Presentation.


WIPP Special Presentation:
Understanding Trends and Opinions in Access to Capital in Today’s Marketplace

Session Date: June 2, 2010
How do your fellow business owners feel about the economy, access to capital and general business outlooks for 2010? Hear the results of the WIPP Access to Capital Survey from Q1 and compare your insights and expectations as you begin to formulate your plan for the remainder of 2010 and 2011.
Presentation by: AllPoints Research and Consumer Financial Service Corporation
Click here to listen to the podcastClick here to view the presentation


Women Accessing Capital — Resource Materials

For current news on Access to Capital, check out the WIPP website by clicking here.

WIPP Access to Capital 2010 Statistics

Women, Money and Opportunity offers: Helpful Small Business Resources

Maria on Money: Blog by Maria Coyne for KeyBank – Dedicated to offering actionable tips to help women business owners navigate business trends while continuing to grow – professionally and personaly.

Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) Information:
    • Program Factsheet
    • “Getting Started” Guide for Banks
    • Preferred Term Sheet
    • Preferred Term Sheet for CPP or CDCI Refinancing
    • Application Instructions
    • Small Business Lending Plan Guide for Banks

MyMoney.Gov
This is the U.S. government’s website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. The resources on MyMoney.gov can help you maximize your financial decisions. Throughout the site, you will find important information from 20 Federal agencies and Bureaus designed to help you make smart financial choices.
    • Click here to go to their page on Growing Small Business
    • Click here for the article “Ideas for Growing a Small Business: Tips on getting loans
    and managing money”

The SBA has a new website – Click here!
    • The SBA offers free, online courses, as well as financial assistance information.
    • Click here for a Business Loan Application Checklist
    • Click here for a SBA Loan Application Checklist
    • SBA Office of Advocacy – Includes full agency reports

Useful Articles:
    • Women and Retirement Planning
    • Why Are Women-Owned Firms Smaller Than Men-Owned Ones?
    • Changing Jobs? Take Your 401(k) and…Roll It!
    • Contracting Business Magazine: “Seller Beware: Put Your Financial House in Order” (Jan. 09)