|It’s a free, virtual event! |
Tuesday, October 12, 7am to 5pm
The 25th annual virtual Biz Fair is free to attend and the goal is to help current and aspiring small business owners learn from experts on how to start or grow their business.
Gain access to valuable small business resources by visiting the Small Business Resource Center staffed by representatives from federal, state and local government agencies, and business and trade associations.
More more information, please visit the BizFair website.
Accelerate Kitsap (https://acceleratekitsap.weebly.com/) is a recently relaunched non-profit organization focused on providing education, information and guidance to budding entrepreneurs and emerging start-up and existing small businesses in Kitsap County and throughout West Sound. The organization will be updating its web site and adding new board members in the months ahead.
This year the event is VIRTUAL for the first time!
Join hundreds of experts and thousands of small business owners and managers from home – or anywhere.
MEET with mentors, advisors, trainers, educators, fellow small business owners, and entrepreneurs.
LEARN from savvy business experts who will share their knowledge and real-life experiences.
CONNECT with federal, state and local government agencies to find out about starting a business or contract opportunities.
FIND OUT how non-profit organizations can help you with funding, legal support, and more.
NETWORK with Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Authorities and statewide Business Associations.
CHECK OUT the Digital Marketplace for products and services to help you do business.
NO COST TO ATTEND! – NONE – NADA – ZIP
If you would like to register to attend the 24th Annual
Washington State Small Business Fair, use this link. Register Here
SCORE surveyed pre-startups and startups in early April 2020 about how they think how coronavirus could affect their business, and this infographic highlights the findings.
Data from a SCORE survey conducted from April 3-16, 2020. 492 business owners responded with 125 respondents identified as thinking of starting a business or in their first year of business ownership.
- 65% of those surveyed are solopreneurs
- 28% have 2 to 5 employees
- 5% have 6 to 10 employees
- 2% have 11 to 20 employees
- 2% have 21+ employees
The respondents owned businesses in the industries below:
The economy helped many small businesses thrive in 2019, but 2020 could be a whole different story. SCORE’s latest infographic highlights the outlook and challenges for small businesses in 2020. You will find hot links below the infographic. Continue reading
The first year of operations is a critical time for any small business, with decisions made about market focus, finding financing and hiring a team that will have a significant impact on the business’s success or failure in the future.
SCORE’s fall 2019 “Megaphone of Main Street” data report focuses on the challenges facing startups, which are companies in operation for less than one year.
This latest installment of the Megaphone of Main Street is the fourth in a data report series that presents a snapshot of the current American small business landscape. This particular report delves into the world of startup entrepreneurship, sourcing both qualitative and quantitative data directly from a diverse group of roughly 1,000 startup small business owners across the nation. Continue reading
by Kelly Deis of SoundPoint Consulting
- Decrease risk (discount rate) 2 pts: +$80,000
- Increase profitability 10%: +$100,000
- Increase annual growth 2 pts per year: +$120,000
Kitsap SCORE and local Chambers of Commerce are working to develop a series of roundtable discussions for people who want to solve problems, find opportunities, and grow their businesses. Please share your answers to four simple questions and help us pick the best time to meet and choose topics for conversations.
by Susan Shoemaker, Principal-Project Manager, Peninsula Web Design
The single most common challenge for creating a website is writing good content. Why is this an issue? We encounter this speed bump with almost every website project.
The written content of your website impacts the performance of your website. This is how both the search engines and users find you, and determine if you have what they want. For your website to produce results for your business it first has to be found, and then it must connect with the user, in order for that person to be inspired to reach out to you.
This simple strategic planning technique can help you identify what your business is doing well, what it needs to improve, where it needs to grow, and what could be its undoing.
Choosing the right direction for the future of your company can be a daunting task. Should you add services? Is your team staying competitive? How can you improve cash flow?
All of these questions and more can be answered by performing a regular SWOT analysis.
What is a SWOT Analysis?
SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Taking a deep look into your business by examining these four elements will provide you with an overview of the health of your company. Your strengths and opportunities offer avenues for your company to flourish, while your weaknesses and threats can inspire improvement and help you recognize emerging competition.
It’s likely that you completed a SWOT analysis in the beginning stages of your business plan to help determine where you stood in the market and identify target customers. Now that your business is established, it’s imperative to conduct regular SWOT analyses to help improve your operations and systems and stave off problems.
How to Get Started with a SWOT Analysis
The most vital step in conducting your SWOT analysis is determining what your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats are, but sometimes they can be hard to narrow down. Continue reading