Training Events

Learn to set up QuickBooks for your business.  You will learn how to sync bank accounts, record transactions, invoice customers, and generate financial reports.  Dawn Thompson, owner of Simply Blessed Books will show you how!

Part 2 of 2 will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 10:00am-12:00pm.  

How do I get started with Government Contracting? Is this right for me and my business? Whatisthedifferencebetweencommercialcontractingand governmentcontracting?Whatisacontract? How are “set-aside” contracts and goals determined? In this course,participantswilllearnthe basic insand outsabout how the government buys goods and services.Participantswillalsobeintroduced to important websites, and externalagenciessuchastheProcurementTechnicalAssistance Center(PTAC). Marketing to the government will also be discussed.

 

weVENTURE WBC is pleased to offer a startup Peer Group for entrepreneurs in Brevard, Indian River and St. Lucie Counties.  Startup Peer Groups help members take their business to the next level.  This peer-to-peer community provides perspective and support to entrepreneurs.

Led by experienced business coach, Hutch Hutchinson, cohorts are carefully matched to provide the time and space for female entrepreneurs to pursue ongoing personal and professional development. 

  • Sessions are for 3 months
  • 3rd month participate in Pitch Panel
  • Held virtually except  Pitch Panel will be in person
  • Cost:  $150 

Contact Kathy Register at kregister@fit.edu for more information.

Learn to set up QuickBooks for your business.  You will learn how to sync bank accounts, record transactions, invoice customers, and generate financial reports.  Dawn Thompson, owner of Simply Blessed Books will show you how!

 

Learn how SBA's 8(a) Business Development Program helps small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. This class focuses on the benefits of this program. It also covers the eligibility requirements necessary to participate.

  • The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • Therearesubstantialbenefitsof partakingintheprogram,suchastheconsiderationandpreferencefor governmentprocurement.
  • The 8(a) Program is an essential instrument for helping socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society. The program helps thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs to gain a foothold in government contracting.

 

The ATHENA Leadership Series at weVENTURE WBC is a program that we are proud to bring back for a sixth year!  Today, the ATHENA Leadership Model can help women transform their leadership skills and empower them to step up during these times of economic turmoil, a pandemic, and a worldwide movement for economic and racial justice to be the leaders we need them to be. 

Based on the eight ATHENA principles of enlightened leadership identified by ATHENA International, this course is designed to help emerging female leaders grow in confidence and clarity of purpose. Participants read and discuss the book, Becoming ATHENA by Martha Mertz, and each class session is a dedicated deep dive into one of the principles.

The 2023 Treasure Coast Cohort will meet every week starting on April 6.  April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 and June 1 and 8 at Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. 

Crystal Morris, CEO, One Caring Adult and Certified ATHENA International trainer, will be facilitating the Treasure Coast Cohort.

Thank you to PNC Bank for sponsoring the ATHENA program in 2023! 

ATHENA participants will have access to:

  • coaching opportunities 
  • capacity building seminars 
  • group communications 
  • networking opportunities 
  • volunteer engagement through weVENTURE WBC

Participants in the program are also invited to join us at Strong Coffee Strong Women events and our *2023 IMPACT Summit on October 6th at no extra cost.

Limited partial scholarships are made available by generous support from PNC Bank and private donors. Please inquire with weVENTURE WBC to: learn more

Interested in sponsoring a woman for ATHENA or sponsoring the program?  Email krudloff@fit.edu to discuss how your business can help bring this fantastic program to local women.  

More about the program: 

The ATHENA Leadership Model can help women transform their leadership skills and empower them to step up during these times of economic turmoil, a pandemic, and a worldwide movement for economic and racial justice to be the leaders we need them to be. 

Based on the eight ATHENA principles of enlightened leadership identified by ATHENA International, this course is designed to help emerging female leaders grow in confidence and clarity of purpose. Participants read and discuss the book, Becoming ATHENA by Martha Mertz, and each class session is a dedicated deep dive on one of the principles. They also have access to all of ATHENA International's virtual programming and online resources for one year.  

This program aims to cultivate women on their personal growth journey while inspiring them to connect and share with others. Sessions are led by weVENTURE Executive Director, Kathryn Rudloff, and feature a diverse group of successful women business leaders from the Space Coast as guest speakers and panelists. Participants learn from these inspiring women as they share their own stories and leadership lessons. Women are encouraged to share their life experiences to learn from and support each other. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Small Businesses 

Now more than ever, businesses are looking for tangible ways to diversify their workforce and equip emerging leaders with the tools they need to rise into management roles. 

Sponsoring an emerging leader from your business is a great way to invest in her career development and connect her to the local weVENTURE WBC and global ATHENA network of women.   The program provides supplemental experiential learning and enrichment opportunities during and after the monthly meetings. 

This is a webinar to teach you about managing your businesses finances. After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Explain how the personal finances of a business owner impact the ability of a business to get credit.
  • Identify financial management practices, rules, and tools that are commonly available to a small business
  • Explain financial management basics for a small business
  • Explain the basics of financing working capital

The ATHENA Leadership Program is designed to create stronger female leaders. Join a dynamic cohort of women from across all industries as we study the 8 principles of ATHENA leadership.  This program is an inspiring and uplifting series that will motivate you to connect, share and grow.

8 Month-Program, meets one time per month on the 4th Thursday of the month. 

2023 dates: Apr. 27; May 25; Jun. 22; Jul. 27; Aug. 24; Sep. 28; Oct. 6*; Nov. 16 and Dec. TBD.  *IMPACT Summit - October 6

All sessions are from 8:30am-10:00am at Florida Tech's Center for Aeronautics and Innovation, 1050 W. Nasa Blvd, Melbourne. Breakfast and networking available at 8:00am. 

Scholarship opportunities available thanks to Zonta Club of Melbourne.  To apply, please email weventure@fit.edu.  Interested in sponsoring a woman through ATHENA, or sponsoring the program?  Email krudloff@fit.edu to discuss how your business can help bring this fantastic program to local women. 

More about the program: 

The ATHENA Leadership Model can help women transform their leadership skills and empower them to step up during these times of economic turmoil, a pandemic, and a worldwide movement for economic and racial justice to be the leaders we need them to be. 

Based on the eight ATHENA principles of enlightened leadership identified by ATHENA International, this course is designed to help emerging female leaders grow in confidence and clarity of purpose. Participants read and discuss the book, Becoming ATHENA by Martha Mertz, and each class session is a dedicated deep dive on one of the principles. They also have access to all of ATHENA International's virtual programming and online resources for one year.  

This program aims to cultivate women on their personal growth journey while inspiring them to connect and share with others. Sessions are led by weVENTURE Executive Director, Kathryn Rudloff, and feature a diverse group of successful women business leaders from the Space and Treasure Coasts as guest speakers and panelists. Participants learn from these inspiring women as they share their own stories and leadership lessons. Women are encouraged to share their life experiences to learn from and support each other. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Small Businesses 

Now more than ever, businesses are looking for tangible ways to diversify their workforce and equip emerging leaders with the tools they need to rise into management roles. 

Sponsoring an emerging leader from your business is a great way to invest in her career development and connect her to the local weVENTURE WBC and global ATHENA network of women.   The program provides supplemental experiential learning and enrichment opportunities during and after the monthly meetings.  

As a small business owner, it is important to know how much cash is moving in and out of your business. You need to think ahead in order to meet financial obligations and run a profitable business on a long-term basis. This class introduces some basic cash flow concepts that can get you started.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

• Describe the purpose of cash flow management in a start-up small business.

• Assess a cash flow cycle and make some cash flow projections.

• Describe how a cash flow statement can help assess and improve the financial health of a start-up.

• Identify some ways to manage cash flow in terms of managing costs and potential income.

• Identify ways to seek out expert technical assistance to improve cash flow management.