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IdeaSpace Grand Opening and Entrepreneurs' Week

December 09, 2012

IdeaSpace – Grand Opening! Schedule of Events:

Monday Dec 10 – Watch WCYB @ Noon

Tuesday Dec 11 — 10:00 am — Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening of IdeaSpace

Tuesday, Dec 11 — 5:00 pm — Flood Work Sessionwith West Field Services, hosted in IdeaSpace focusing on • General Overview / Basics of Flood Insurance • What is Flood Ins.
• General coverage and how it works
• Understanding the risks
• National Program
• Substantial improvements of Historic Properties • Flood Proofing Buildings
• Examples / What’s out there
• Discussion of what the cities have worked on or are working on.

Wednesday Dec 12 – 10 am – 3pm — The City of Bristol, Networks Sullivan Partnership, and the Foundation Event Facility will be hosting a greater Bristol job fair on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. at the Foundation Event Facility, 620 State Street. Several local employers will be in attendance seeking qualified applicants to fill available positions. In addition, a state job services representative will be available to provide counseling for entrepreneurs, and also resume and interview instruction for job seekers. The fair will include comments from Scott Tollett, the bestselling author of Bounce Forward. Scott is the founder of Sales Leader Experts, the legendary sales leadership program for high achievers. He will be sharing his first-hand experiences and will outline his job search formula in a clear and practical way. Scott will speak at 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Dec 12 – 4pm - BIB IdeaSpace– “Entrepreneur Basics” workshop presented by Becky Nave, People Inc. Becky will discuss financing, business plans, credit and managing expenses in this workshop. This workshop is to assist you in your new business endeavor or help you run your current business more profitably. We will discuss the importance of a business plan. Every business, from startups to existing businesses, has a need for business planning. Businesses that write a business plan have a 50% greater chance of success than businesses that do not. We will discuss credit and finance. What are lenders looking for? The process of managing your income and expenses is a learned financial skill. With a budget, you can make informed choices about spending and saving money. This workshop will provide insight on how to improve your credit score and the importance of using credit wisely.

Thursday Dec 13 – 6pm – BIB IdeaSpace – “Mobile Marketing for today’s Business” workshop presented by Sandy Ratliff, Virginia Department of Business Assistance. Small and local businesses use every tool available to grow their leads and increase business....except the one in their purse or pocket...the cell phone! The one device that people have with them everywhere can be an advantage in reaching new customers. 84% of mobile phone users use their devices to look for information about local businesses and organizations. Today’s consumers use mobile search in almost every area of their lives. Many of them use their mobile phones to find information on prices as well, even if they plan to make the actual purchase offline at your store. The challenge for area small businesses is to make sure that their online marketing efforts are “mobile friendly”. Come join us for this course and discover the different means of connecting with a prospect through a smart phone, learn how to integrate mobile marketing into your current web site and much more.

Friday Dec 14 – 6pm – BIB IdeaSpace – Believe in Bristol’s Annual Christmas Party open to those entrepreneurs who want to jump right in and hear firsthand about the movement happening in Historic Downtown Bristol. Meet and mingle with Believe in Bristol Board and Committee Members and see where you fit in!

Remember all events are FREE, and there will be a drawing for a free Amazon Kindle Thursday evening.

Visit believeinbristol.org or call 276-644-9700 for more information!