‘Business Pros’ classes are now in session

Business Pros classes are presented by business owners and experts who are knowledgeable about their subjects.

It’s fall, and classes are in session … for business owners and wanna-be business owners.

“Business Pros,” is a series of classes hosted by Sno-Isle Libraries and taught by business professionals sharing their expertise and experience on a range of topics in workshops, classes and lectures at community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties.

The series is aimed at helping grow existing businesses as well as supporting entrepreneurs trying to start businesses. Class subjects, times, dates and locations are at Business Pros calendar in Meetup.

“The lineup of presenters we have is just phenomenal, and the topics cover all aspects of starting and running a business,” said Emily Felt, lead librarian for business services. “These classes can connect people with these business leaders to help strengthen our local economy through support for entrepreneurs and small-business owners.”

Here are the Business Pros classes coming up this fall. Some events have suggested or required registration:

Business Pros, The One Page Business Plan

  • Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Jack Stiegler from SCORE will discuss the “Lean Canvas” as a solution using a one-page business modeling tool. You will complete a one-page model for a national company.
  • Lynnwood Library

Business Pros, How to Apply for a Business Loan

  • Saturday, Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon
  • Learn about the requirements and the preparation to apply for a bank loan. Understanding the bank lending process is critical to securing loan approval.
  • Mariner Library

Business Pros – Starting a Home Based Business

  • Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5-7 p.m.
  • This workshop covers the basic steps to starting a business with a focus on working from the home. Working from home can be very rewarding, but there are many factors that must be considered.
  • Oak Harbor Library

Business Pros, Empowering Women to Lead with Courage and Confidence

  • Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • This workshop takes you through how to find your voice and stand in your power so that you can live in your integrity and make the difference you have worked so hard to make.
  • Freeland Library

Business Pros – Ways to Finance a Business

  • Saturday, Sept. 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • The greatest cause for failure of a new business is the lack of startup capital to cover cash needs through the growing period. Supported by Camano Island Library Friends.
  • Camano Island Library

Business Pros, Starting a Home Based Business

  • Saturday, Sept. 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Discuss the advantages, disadvantages and other factors that must be understood to successfully start and manage your home business.
  • Darrington Library

Business Pros – High Grade Marketing Photos with your Smartphone

  • Saturday, Sept. 22, 2-4 p.m.
  • Modern smartphone cameras can now take excellent marketing photos for most advertising, social networks and websites. It just takes a few simple skills and DIY accessories.
  • Monroe Library

Business Pros, Protect your Business’ Intellectual Property

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Protecting inventions, brands, and artistic creations is essential to growing and remaining profitable.
  • Freeland Library

Business Pros – Empowering Women to Lead with Courage and Confidence

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. – noon
  • As a woman do you find yourself being talked over or struggle to find your voice in the board room? Learn how to find your voice, live your integrity, stand in your power and make a difference.
  • Lake Stevens Community Center
    1808 Main St.
    Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Business Pros, Steps to Starting a New Business

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • This workshop includes an overview of business plan options, a review of which legal entity is best for you, banking information, and a discussion on the need for patents and copyrights.
  • Mariner Library

Business Pros, Social Media Beyond Facebook

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • While Facebook remains the social media king, there are a number of other valuable platforms that you can use for online marketing.
  • Mukilteo Library

Business Pros – Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Business

  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Learn the many reasons how a retirement plan helps a small business owner, and the many choices available – it is not that complicated, and in some cases, does not cost your business anything!
  • Christ the King Community Church
    1036 SE Pioneer Way
    Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Business Pros, – Empowering Women to Lead with Courage & Confidence

  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 – 9 p.m.
  • This workshop takes you through how to find your voice and stand in your power so that you can live in your integrity and make the difference you have worked so hard to make.
  • Arena Sports
    13500 Bothell-Everett Highway
    Mill Creek, WA 98012

Business Pros – Prioritize Your Way to Success

  • Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – noon
  • To be successful we have to learn to get out of our own way. Learn how to become more focused and productive and lead yourself to your definition of success in your business and in your life.
  • Lake Stevens Community Center
    1808 Main St.
    Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Business Pros – SEO & Getting Your Business To Rank On Google

  • Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m.-noon
  • This class will cover the practical applications of search engine optimization (SEO) for your business.
  • Arlington Library

Business Pros, Safeguarding your business against recession

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 5 – 8 p.m.
  • In this class you will learn what it means to be recession proof, covering inventory, cash flow, budgets, marketing, multiple streams of income, turnaround times and human resources.
  • Freeland Library

Business Pros, Powerful Presentations 101

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Would you like to become a more confident, credible and compelling speaker?
  • Marysville Library

Business Pros, Create an Author Business Plan in 10 Easy Steps

  • Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Learn how to create, in 10 days or less, a substantive business plan for yourself as a writer.
  • Lynnwood Library

Business Pros, – Conversion Marketing 101

  • Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Are you wondering how to achieve greater success in your business by using online marketing? Clearly, it’s a jungle out there with an overwhelming number of strategies, tools, and technologies!
  • Sultan Library

Business Pros, Crowdsource Funding – Tips, Tricks, & Traps

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 5-7 p.m.
  • Learn the difference between crowdsourcing and crowdfunding as well as how to determine if your organization, project or idea is a good match for this concept.
  • Freeland Library

Business Pros, Financing Your Business, Where’s the Money?

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • One of the keys to a successful business is your ability to obtain and secure appropriate financing in a timely manner.
  • Marysville Library

Business Pros, – How to Handle Criticism and Move Forward

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • How can we prepare to handle the criticism that comes with success?  Learn 4 steps on how to handle criticism and move forward with confidence and courage.
  • Langley Library

Reinvent Yourself, Small Business Ownership After 50 — part 2 of 3 – Moving Forward with the Big Idea

  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Learn about, starting a business; creating a business plan using the Model Canvas, with templates and samples; business structures; a quick guide to financing; and how to avoid financial mistakes.
  • Mountlake Terrace Library

Business Pros, Speaking Skills Essential for Your Success!

  • Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Your ability to communicate is essential to growing your business. Learn how to connect with and engage others, and why it is important for you as a leader to develop your speaking skills.
  • Lake Stevens Community Center
    1808 Main St.
    Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Business Pros, Ways to Finance a Business

  • Saturday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. – noon
  • This workshop will cover the various methods of business financing that are available.
  • Darrington Library

Business Pros, Starting A Home-Based Business

  • Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • This workshop covers the basic steps to starting a business focusing on working from the home. We will discuss the advantages, disadvantages and other factors that must be understood.
  • Mukilteo Library

Business Pros – Personal Branding, It’s Not Just for Influencers

  • Monday, Oct. 29, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Everyone has a unique personal brand, whether they know it or not. How you view your personal brand may be different than how others see you.
  • Mountlake Terrace Library

Business Pros, – How to Be Referral-Ready and Referral-Worthy

  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. – noon
  • For every business that is being run, there is someone else out there doing the same thing. How will you stand out and be a super star in your business?
  • Stanwood Library

Business Pros – Safeguarding Your Business Against Recession

  • Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 – 3 p.m.
  • In this interactive class you will learn what it means to be recession-proof. Being prepared ahead of time can make all the difference in the world between surviving and capitalizing or going under.
  • Monroe Library

Business Pros, – Successful Internet Marketing and Social Media

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Whether just getting started or want to brush up on the basics, this workshop can serve as your essential guide to a successful Internet marketing strategy. Presented in partnership with the Mill Creek Business Association.
  • Arena Sports
    13500 Bothell-Everett Highway
    Mill Creek, WA 98012