Networking: Strong Coffee, Strong Women

Digital Marketing MythBusters

Join weVENTURE and Scott Brazdo the CEO of Black Tie Digital Marketing as we get caffeinated and motivated while revealing the truth behind many popular myths concerning digital marketing. This interactive discussion will address Website Design, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Branding, Blogging, E-mail Marketing and much more!

scottbrazdombaScott Brazdo, MBA has always had a passion for marketing and business. He started his own auto detailing business at just 14 years old, and since then has never stopped. He received his BBA in Marketing from Stetson University in 2002, and continued to work his way up the corporate ladder.

After 5 years of working, Scott decided to go back to school and earn his MBA in Marketing from Stetson University. He has led many national brands with their marketing, advertising, and branding efforts, including RideNow Powersports, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, The Orlando Sentinel, Central Florida YMCA, and Astonish.

Scott has taken his unique vision and many years of marketing and advertising experience, and brought it to the digital marketing realm with Black Tie Digital Marketing.

 

Thursday 24th September

8:30AM - 10:00AM

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Strong Coffee, Strong Women is a bimonthly event where business professionals and entrepreneurs are encouraged to build and grow meaningful connections.


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Roundtable: Orientation & Biz Bytes

Interested in becoming a client of weVENTURE a power-packed, resource-rich center? RSVP for this short orientation, which includes an expert-led Biz Byte discussion that differs each month and are focused on helping you make more informed business and technology decisions for your business.

Services are offered by Florida Institute of Technology & the SBA, and our generous sponsors, advisors and mentors, at no cost to you.

OUR MISSION

  • Maximize the number of women who successfully innovate and grow their companies across all industries
  • Teach all women to leverage technology so they can actively participate in the technology boom unto the economic benefit of all
  • Inspire and equip girls and young women to consider futures in entrepreneurship or science and technology

weVENTURE amplifies womenpreneurs through business education courses, purposeful networking events and our signature mentoring program IGNITE 360.  In addition to getting oriented with weVENTURE, this Biz Byte session with focus on "Excellence as a Service".

Wednesday 7th October

2:00PM - 3:30PM

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SBA – Elements of a Business Plan

weVENTURE amplifies womenpreneurs through our business education courses, purposeful networking events and the signature mentoring program IGNITE 360. In this business education course, Vince LoPresti from the Small Business Administration (SBA) will discuss the fundamental elements of a business plan.

Tuesday 13th October

1:30PM - 3:00PM

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Roundtable: Orientation & Biz Byte

Interested in becoming a client of weVENTURE a power-packed, resource-rich center? RSVP for this short orientation, which includes an expert-led Biz Byte discussion that differs each month and are focused on helping you make more informed business and technology decisions for your business.

Services are offered by Florida Institute of Technology & the SBA, and our generous sponsors, advisors and mentors, at no cost to you.

OUR MISSION

  • Maximize the number of women who successfully innovate and grow their companies across all industries
  • Teach all women to leverage technology so they can actively participate in the technology boom unto the economic benefit of all
  • Inspire and equip girls and young women to consider futures in entrepreneurship or science and technology

BIZ BYTE

Topic: PR Marketing

Tina_cropTina Lange, APR is the owner and chief strategist at Melbourne-based Strategic Ink Public Relations. A seasoned PR and marketing communications professional, Tina has worked with and counseled a wide variety of high-profile companies such as The Boeing Company, FLORIDA TODAY Newspaper, Space Florida, Florida Health Care Coalition, Brevard Cultural Alliance, and weVENTURE, and many others.

In this session, Tina will discuss:

  • How to use social media for business growth
  • What is PR and why does my business need it?
  • How to begin your own PR and social media plan.

Please join us for this interactive session and learn how to leverage PR and social media for your business' benefit!

Monday 16th November

5:00PM - 6:30PM

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SBA Programs & Services

weVENTURE amplifies womenpreneurs through our business education courses, purposeful networking events and the signature mentoring program IGNITE 360. In this business education course, Vince LoPresti from the Small Business Administration (SBA) will discuss the programs and services the SBA provides to entrepreneurs.

Tuesday 17th November

1:30PM - 3:00PM

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Event: innovateHER Pitch Competition – Melbourne

weVENTURE Melbourne presents innovateHER Pitch Competition

A National competition with up 70k in prize winnings

To qualify for the innovateHER pitch competition you must have a business that meets the following criteria.

  • has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families (30%);
  • has the potential for commercialization (40%); and
  • fills a need in the marketplace (30%).

Friday, November 20th

weVENTURE will co-host the 'InnovateHER: Ideas That Impact Women and Families Challenge' in collaboration with Groundswell Friday, November 20th at 6PM. The national InnovateHER initiative serves to empower the lives of women and families during National Small Business Week.

Judges of the InnovateHER competition will select one local winner as a finalist who, if selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration committee, will compete for awards and prize money totaling $70,000 in Washington, D.C. This is a great opportunity to network and gain exposure at a national event that’s co-sponsored by Microsoft.

Applicants must be a US citizen at least 19 years old and must be incorporated in the US. InnovateHER applicants can be any gender, whole teams of innovators are also welcome to apply.

All interested applicants must submit a one-page business plan to weVENTURE by Sunday, Nov. 8th at midnight.

Sample business plan template: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_V7X-PyXpLhRHV4NTBpRDR6SGc/view?usp=sharing

For more information about the SBA pitch competition, visit the SBA website

Friday 20th November

6:00PM - 9:00PM

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SBA – Elements of a Business Plan

weVENTURE amplifies womenpreneurs through our business education courses, purposeful networking events and the signature mentoring program IGNITE 360¬ģ.In this business education course, Vince LoPresti from the Small Business¬†Administration¬†(SBA) will discuss the fundamental Elements of¬†a Business Plan.

  • Executive Summary
  • Business description
  • Products and/or services
  • Sales and marketing
  • Operations
  • Management team
  • Development
  • Financial summary

 

vloprestiVince LoPresti rejoined the SBA as Area Manager in April 2009 and was promoted to Senior Area Manager in 2012.  Vince formerly worked for the South Florida District Office, as a loan officer and the Atlanta Disaster Office as a Supervisory Loan Officer.

 

Thursday 7th January

1:30PM - 3:00PM

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Roundtable: Orientation & Biz Byte

Interested in becoming a client of weVENTURE a power-packed, resource-rich center? RSVP for this short orientation, which includes an expert-led Biz Byte discussion that differs each month and are focused on helping you make more informed business and technology decisions for your business.

Services are offered by Florida Institute of Technology & the SBA, and our generous sponsors, advisors and mentors, at no cost to you.

OUR MISSION

  • Maximize the number of women who successfully innovate and grow their companies across all industries
  • Teach all women to leverage technology so they can actively participate in the technology boom unto the economic benefit of all
  • Inspire and equip girls and young women to consider futures in entrepreneurship or science and technology

Muth

The topic of this Biz Byte discussion is Cash Flow Management and will be facilitated by Tim Muth.

Tim Muth earned a BS degree in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University and an MBA degree from Wake Forest University. In 2010, Tim earned the Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) designation. The CGBP demonstrates proficiency in both knowledge of and experience in international business.  In addition to his academic accomplishments, Tim is also an active member of the weVENTURE board where he serves on the executive committee.

Monday 11th January

5:00PM - 6:30PM

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Networking: Strong Coffee, Strong Women – Personal Branding

Personal Branding is one of today's hottest professional development topics and it’s receiving a lot of press attention. Although initially a strategy for celebrities, it is now being widely used by job seekers, authors, small and large business owners, and entrepreneurs. Business professionals are finding value in branding themselves to accelerate relationship development, drive business development, and strengthen their thought leadership online and off. Entrepreneurs recognize they need to be self-aware and understand how to use their unique strengths to deliver the greatest value to their organization.

Counter to what many think, branding is not about creating a false image for the outside world. It’s about gaining clarity on your strengths, passions, values and skills and using this self- awareness to drive greater value for your career and your organization. To achieve your goals, you must demonstrate your value through everything you do and make an indelible mark on your internal and external constituencies. You must build a powerful and pervasive reputation among team members and with everyone with whom you interact.

During this meeting you will learn: * The truths and myths about personal branding   * Why developing a strong, authentic personal brand is essential in the 21st century market place  * The process of personal branding  *  How to assess your personal brand online and off

MickleyRyan Mickley Bio:

Called to cultivate servant leaders, Ryan Mickley helps young professionals discover, define and deliver their gifts to this generation. He is 1 of 20 Master Certified Personal Branding Strategists worldwide and is the youngest person to ever earn that level of distinction. As the executive producer of the Reach Personal Branding Interview Series, Ryan managed every aspect of show production for the monthly podcast, including building relationships with New York Times best-selling authors and thought leaders. Ryan has spoken to audiences from 5 to 500 on topics pertaining to leadership development, personal branding, and content marketing. After his keynote presentation at DeVry University's Portfolio Week, Ryan was offered, and accepted, the opportunity to join their Career Services team in Orlando. His articles have been published on Ken Blanchard’s Lead Like Jesus blog, the Central Florida Employment Council blog, and was featured in the 30x30x30 Blogathon by Japan’s personal branding pioneer, Peter Sterlacci. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism from the University of Florida and graduated Valedictorian from Full Sail University, where he earned a second Bachelor of Science in Internet Marketing, was the Founder and President of the Student Branding Society, 13-time recipient of the Course Director Award, and was honored with the Advanced Achievement Award at the commencement ceremony.

This event will be held in Melbourne on the campus of Florida Tech in the Denius Student Center in the Hartley Room.

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Friday 29th January

8:30AM - 10:00AM

Strong Coffee, Strong Women is a bimonthly event where business professionals and entrepreneurs are encouraged to build and grow meaningful connections.


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$20

Workshop: QuickBooks Fundamentals

During this two-part QuickBooks Fundamentals workshop, attendees will learn how to navigate and use QuickBooks properly as well as discuss the basics of cash flow management.  There are two sessions in this workshop.  The first session will take place on Thursday, February 4 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and the second will follow on Thursday, February 11 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Attendees must attend both sessions.

QuickBooks is Intuit Inc's set of software solutions designed to manage payroll, inventory, sales and other needs of a small business. The software's features include marketing tools, merchant services, product and supplies, training solutions.

Joe for Brochure

Joe Danielle has been using QuickBooks since 2007 exclusively in his company which maintains accounting books for his clients. He has been teaching others the use of QuickBooks since then. As an instructor, he has been instrumental in educating hundreds of individuals in income tax preparation through classroom instruction and on-the-job training. He has authored tax preparation manuals and textbooks on various subjects. He is an Enrolled Agent, licensed to practice before the Internal Revenue Service; a QuickBooks ProAdvisor; member of the National Association of Tax Professionals; an Authorized Reporting Agent for the Federal Electronic Filling Tax Payment System and the State of Florida.

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Thursday 4th February

5:30PM - 8:00PM

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$200