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SBDC Workshop Series: Fall 2020

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Thinking of launching your own business venture? Pace’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering a ton of free workshops to help you get started on financing, guarding against fraud, selling products, and more.

Have a great idea for a business but don't know where to start? You wouldn't be the first Pace student—think Asher Levine '10 or Gregory Matarazzo '16

Pace’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) works to provide in-depth and confidential one-on-one business advisement, training, and research to help small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs grow or launch their business venture—free! From helping to access financing to identifying contract opportunities, from product marketing to regulatory compliance, their experienced and NYS-certified business advisors have the expertise to help your business reach its full potential.

Check out what’s on deck for their Fall 2020 workshop lineup:


Selling Digital Products Online
Monday, September 14, 2020 | 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. | Register to attend the Selling Digital Products Online session
​Do you want to distribute your writing, photos, thoughts, art, comics, tutorials, books, music, software, workbooks, and media far and wide? By shifting focus to selling online, not only do you generate new customer leads and sales channels, but with a little re-framing, you can tap into your talents to provide value in many different forms.

Adjunct Professor Julie Gauthier will cover online sales techniques to translate the value your products bring to other people into digital content to distribute online, as well as the tools to sell them.


Internal Controls: Detecting Fraud in Your Small Business
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Register to attend the Internal Controls session
Did you know that businesses lose (on average) five percent of their gross revenues to fraud each year? Understanding how to identify and eliminate fraud is essential, as it can be the difference between whether a business remains profitable or not.

In this webinar hosted by the SBDC, Yigal Rechtman, CPA, an adjunct professor at the Lubin School of Business, will review internal controls to help protect your small business from fraud in the workplace. He will also help attendees understand and assess risks to internal controls, and how to develop soft skills in addressing instances of suspected fraud.


Selling Physical Products Online
Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. | Register to attend the Selling Physical Products Online session
You can sell and buy anything you could imagine from the comfort of your home. Now how do you create an online shopping experience that brings in customers and drives them to make purchases? By shifting focus to selling online, not only do you generate new customer leads and sales channels, but with a little re-framing, you can tap into your talents to provide value in many different forms. Adjunct Professor Julie Gauthier will share her experience selling highly customized handmade goods and demonstrate platforms and approaches to selling physical products in an online store.​


Small Business Leases and Evictions: What Is Legal? What Is Reasonable?
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Register to attend the Leases and Evictions session
Are you a commercial tenant struggling to make rent? Are you facing eviction? Or are you a small business entrepreneur seeking to lease a space for your business? Become familiar with your commercial lease, what is permitted and prohibited to be included by law, and your rights under recent executive orders. The presentation will address: what happens when you default on rent, whether leases can be modified, and whether you have to perform obligations of the lease when the premises are untenable.

In this webinar hosted by the SBDC, John R. Nolon, distinguished professor at law at the Elizabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, and law students Christopher Makowski and Emily Lively, will lead the discussion on lease terms, eviction protection, lease defenses, and the protection of recent executive orders.​


Integrating the Value of Sustainability into a Small Business Model
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Register to attend the Value of Sustainability session
Today, key stakeholders expect companies to conduct business in a sustainable manner; be attentive to the company’s positive and negative impact on the environment, be aware of the social structure, and be aware of the governance process (ESG). Such sustainability considerations are not just for large companies, but business of all sizes in all sectors.

In this webinar hosted by the SBDC, Steven Mezzio, PhD, CPA, former partner with PwC and current professor of accounting at the Lubin School of Business, and Richard Kravitz, editor-in-chief of The CPA Journal, will lead the session to achieve the following:

  • >> Help attendees better understand ESG context, terminology, approaches, and applications;
  • >> Present the potential benefits associated with integrating ESG into a small business model such as a more resilient supply chain, establishing ESG criteria for product/service development and vendor selection, attracting customers, partners and employees, and brand enhancement in the marketplace; and
  • >> Discuss the initial steps a small business can take to begin the process of strategically integrating and reporting ESG impacts and outcomes.

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