Atlanta Georgia Self-Reliance Services

At LDS Employment Resource Services (LDS Jobs), we'll help you become gainfully employed through education and networking with local companies.Whether you are you looking for a better job, interested in starting your own business, in need of education or training, or just need help managing your family budget or personal finances, Self-Reliance Services (SRS), formerly known as LDS Employment Resource Services, can help support you on your path to greater temporal and spiritual self-reliance. Contact your local bishop or the stake Self-Reliance specialist and ask about attending an upcoming Self-Reliance devotional and joining a Self-Reliance group. You can also receive one-on-one assistance by visiting a Self-Reliance Resource Center or LDS Employment Resource Center if available in your area.

Even if a center is not close enough for you to visit, we recommend that you log-in to ldsjobs.org and create your profile. On ldsjobs.org you will find many tools and tips to help you, including links to local employment, self-employment, and education resources.

Upcoming Events

Lunch & Learn: Want to Own a Business but Don’t Know What? Consider Franchising!

June 12, 2018
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Atlanta Technology Park
107 Technology Parkway
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
USA

Many people would like the benefits of owning their ownbusiness; more flexibility, control, financial reward, building equity andfulfillment but get stuck because they don't have the next big idea likeFacebook or Uber.

Business ownership through franchising can be thesolution.  There are thousands offranchise businesses and most franchises have nothing to do with french friesor sandwiches.

Franchising is being in business for yourself but not byyourself. 

The challenge is finding a business that matches yourskills, budget and desired outcomes. Join us to see if owning a franchise business is an alternative for you.

In this comprehensive workshop, you will learn:

What is franchising?

What are the real costs?

What are my financing options?

Who is and is not a good candidate for franchise ownership?

How do I make a safe and wise decision?

What research is necessary when looking at a franchisebusiness?

How to assess the risk involved in business ownership vs. atraditional career path or starting a business from scratch?

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A boxed lunch will be provided for all registrants.

Official Google Grow Your Business Online Workshop

June 13, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rockdale Career Academy
1064 Culpepper Drive
Conyers, GA 30094
USA

People no longer "go" online, they live online.More than ever, it's important for businesses to show up in the criticalmoments when potential customers search for answers, products, and servicesthey need.

In this session, presented by Demming Bass, Google's Official Presenter and Trainer for their Get Your Business Online Program,we'll introduce the basics of connecting with customers online, including reaching local customers with a free business listing, search engine optimization tips to help your website be found, and an introduction to online advertising. You'll also learn about additional free Google Business tools that will help grow your business online including Google Analytics, Trends, and Search Console.

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FEE $20

Develop an Import/Export Business

June 15, 2018
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
SBA Georgia District Office
233 Peachtree Street, NE 3rd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
USA

ABOUT the Workshop

Small businesses looking to increase sales and profit,reduce dependence on the domestic market and stabilize seasonal fluctuationsshould consider importing and exporting. With nearly 96 percent of consumers living outside the U.S. andtwo-thirds of the world’s purchasing power in foreign countries, opportunitiesawait U.S. small business.

Go where the customers are. There is significant opportunityfor small businesses to profit through importing and exporting operations.

Do you have what it takes to become a successfulinternational business? Are you ready to make international sales? Importing /Exporting offers great opportunities but requires preparation and planning.

This is a two part series taught by international expertsfrom the Georgia Small Business Development Center, a resource partner of theSBA.

Module I will aid you in assessing your readiness,understanding what you need to know and consider before pursuing aninternational strategy.

Module II will introduce you to those topics needed todevelop and implement your strategy: international pricing and costing issues,proforma export quotations, payment terms, and risk assessment.

The workshops will help you gain the knowledge to developand implement an international  plan. Youwill become acquainted with the key components of an effective import / exportplan.  The instructors will raisequestions you should answer to complete your plan and provide the resources tohelp you answer those questions.

    * organizationaland product readiness,

    * market research,

    * guidance fordeveloping your strategy and marketing plan,

    * promoting yourproducts in target market, and

    * complying withUS and foreign regulations.

Fee for Module  I is$50 per person and is taught 9:30am - 12:30pm

Fee for Module II is $50 per person and is taught 1:15pm-  4:30pm

Both modules can be attended as a full day event for asingle Fee of $89 per person

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Tricks with Pricing - How to Turn Your Business into a Gold Mine

June 15, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
11605 Haynes Bridge Road
Alpharetta, GA 30009
USA

ABOUT the workshop

Knowing how to position your pricing relative to yourcompetitors is critical.

Do you want to be the most expensive or the least expensive?

Choosing the correct pricing model affects how you bid, howyou offer customer service, and how you handle price changes in the market. Thebusiness decisions you make are radically different in each, and beingsomewhere in the middle can muddle your choices. If you don’t know which modelyou are following, you are probably leaving behind money... a lot of money.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to determine whether youshould produce premium products or be a cost leader. Then you'll learn what todo with that information to be wildly profitable.

Attendees will learn:

How to know if you are premium product producer or costleader and why being neither is a recipe for disaster

How to properly discuss which you are in your advertising,promotion, and even elevator pitches.

When to make changes in your pricing and when to sit tight

How to respond to bids to maximize your profit

When to discount your products and when to say no

How to invest the right amount of effort in customer serviceand technical support

When to put your resellers to work for you on the front lineand when it’s a bad idea

Fee $25

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Accounting for Non-Accountants

June 19, 2018
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
SBA District Office
233 Peachtree Street NE, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
USA

Presented by SCORE Atlanta

The success of your business may well depend upon how wellyou understand the numbers. In this workshop, owners, managers, and prospectivemanagers will gain the financial skills they need to prepare budgets, completereports, support funding proposals, and identify potential problems.

Cost: $25

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Mini Business Plan workshop

June 20, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Norcross Community Center
10 College Street
Norcross, GA 30071
USA

This workshop will examine the four sections of a businessplan:

Business description

Management and operations

Marketing and sales

Financial projections

You will learn how to analyze the strengths and weaknessesof your business and that of your competition. It will also help you determinethe overall feasibility of your business plan. Important aspects of startingand operating a business are discussed, along with applying financial data tothe decision processes.

Also included in this workshop is an application for fundingalong with a discussion about funding resources, both conventional andalternative.

The program includes handouts that are valuable resources inwriting a successful business plan.

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Fee $25

Executive Certificate Program in Business Strategy: The Coles College Mini MBA

June 21, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
ROAM Perimeter
1151 Hammond Drive NE
Dunwoody, GA 30346
USA

Are you ready to take your business expertise, and your career, to the next level? We can help you! The Michael J. Coles College of Business now offers an Executive Certificate Program in Business Strategy which the industry commonly refers to as a Mini MBA. The next program, held in the Sandy Springs area, starts on April 26th. There's still time to register!Program dates and topics are below.

Executive Certificate Program in Business Strategy: The Coles Mini MBA

April 26, 6-9 PM; Strategic Thinking: The Planning Process

May 24, 6-9 PM; Strategic Marketing: Growing Revenues in the Digital Age

June 21, 6-9 PM; Strategic Human Resources: Winning the War for Talent

July 26, 6-9 PM; Strategic Finance: Understanding the Language of Business

August 23, 6-9 PM; Strategic Business Models: Mastering the 9 Building Blocks

September 20, 6-9 PM; Strategic Data Analytics: Identifying and Leveraging Key Insights

October 25, 6-9 PM; Strategic Change: Building an Agile Organization

November 15, 6-9 PM; Strategic Innovation: Creating and Delivering New Value

December 20, 6-9 PM; Strategic Decision-Making: The Execution Phase

Bonus Feature: You will also have access to the Coles College's Leadership Excellence mobile-learning program. Over 300 high-quality leadership videos transported directly to your laptop, tablet or smart phone.Delivered on a mobile-learning platform using best practices in gamification and micro-learning.

Program Fee: The cost is $3,895 per person with discounts available to companies sending a team, non-profit organizations, military veterans and KSU alumni. Payment plans are available upon request.

VISIT WEBSITE: http://coles.kennesaw.edu/executive-education/index.php

DOWNLOAD BROCHURE: http://coles.kennesaw.edu/executive-education/docs/Mini-MBA-03-28-2018.pdf

REGISTER ONLINE: https://epay.kennesaw.edu/C20923_ustores/web/classic/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=2008

Earn a new credential! Earn that next promotion!

At the end of the program, you earn an Executive Certificate in Business Strategy credential that you can add to your resume and Linked In profile! Please call me at 470-578-3685 if you have questions.

Fundamentals of Grant Writing

June 22, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cobb County Chamber of Commerce
240 Interstate North Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339
USA

For many people, applying for a grant is a mysteriousprocess that requires special skills and "inside connections".  However, in most cases, grants are awardedbased on merit after a careful review process using guidelines that everyonehas access to.

This class removes the veil of mystery surrounding thegrant-writing and provides step by step guidance for completing a solid grantproposal.

Participants will learn:

Proposal elements, preparation & approach

How to develop a proposal narrative

How to develop a nonprofit budget

Supplemental documents included with grant applications

Fee $25

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How to Start Your Business

June 22, 2018
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
SBA District Office
233 Peachtree Street NE, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
USA

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testingyour business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-upsuccess. Start-up Basics provide you with an overview of the skills and toolsneeded when deciding to start a business.

Cost: $25

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Business Start-Up: Have an Idea? Turn It Into a Business

June 30, 2018
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The Way, The Truth and The Life Christian Center
2255 Miller Road
Decatur, GA 30035
USA

Starting a successful business requires more than a greatidea, conviction and ceaseless energy to make it happen. A solid plan and theability to act on it are equally important.

In this workshop, the experts at SCORE share startup successsecrets, including ways to refine your business idea – and then turn your"concept" into a viable business. These same principles apply forearly stage businesses which are ready to break out!

What you will learn:

How to develop your idea

Learn about business structures & financing

Managing your money

Begin building a plan

FREE

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Develop an Import/Export Business

July 13, 2018
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
SBA District Office
233 Peachtree Street NE, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
USA

ABOUT the Workshop

Small businesses looking to increase sales and profit,reduce dependence on the domestic market and stabilize seasonal fluctuationsshould consider importing and exporting. With nearly 96 percent of consumers living outside the U.S. andtwo-thirds of the world’s purchasing power in foreign countries, opportunitiesawait U.S. small business.

Go where the customers are. There is significant opportunityfor small businesses to profit through importing and exporting operations.

Do you have what it takes to become a successfulinternational business? Are you ready to make international sales? Importing /Exporting offers great opportunities but requires preparation and planning.

This is a two part series taught by international expertsfrom the Georgia Small Business Development Center, a resource partner of theSBA.

Module I will aid you in assessing your readiness,understanding what you need to know and consider before pursuing aninternational strategy.

Module II will introduce you to those topics needed todevelop and implement your strategy: international pricing and costing issues,proforma export quotations, payment terms, and risk assessment.

The workshops will help you gain the knowledge to developand implement an international  plan. Youwill become acquainted with the key components of an effective import / exportplan.  The instructors will raisequestions you should answer to complete your plan and provide the resources tohelp you answer those questions.

    * organizationaland product readiness,

    * market research,

    * guidance fordeveloping your strategy and marketing plan,

    * promoting yourproducts in target market, and

    * complying withUS and foreign regulations.

Fee for Module  I is$50 per person and is taught 9:30am - 12:30pm

Fee for Module II is $50 per person and is taught 1:15pm-  4:30pm

Both modules can be attended as a full day event for asingle Fee of $89 per person

REGISTER: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efa4rxk06251773f&oseq=&c=&ch=