Training Events

Our mission is to IGNITE the economic power of women, and the best way to do that is to help address the #1 challenge women face: access to affordable childcare. weVENTURE WBC is committed to helping increase the local capacity for childcare by supporting childcare businesses throughout the Space and Treasure Coasts.

The IGNITE 360® PATHWAYS Business Launch Program is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their concepts into successful businesses. The program includes 4 weeks of how-to start-up instruction, followed by 3 weeks of intensive coaching and support. With this dual-focused strategy, you get the information you need along with the support you want to help turn your ideas into a reality and launch your start-up with greater success!  Led by weVENTURE WBC staff and featuring presentations from local subject matter experts, this is a fantastic option for entrepreneurs who want to be able to ask questions, talk through challenges and benefit from deadlines and accountability support. 

**New in 2024, weVENTURE WBC has partnered with the Early Learning Coalition of Brevard to add childcare-industry-specific content to the Pathways Program.  Aspiring entrepreneurs or those managing a childcare business for two years or less will benefit from both group sessions and additional 1:1 coaching with an experienced childcare industry consultant. The childcare cohort will follow the proven weVENTURE WBC Pathways program to establish a solid foundation for their business as well as smaller group instruction tailored to this unique industry. **

Dates:  March 2, 9, 16, 23; April 6, 13, 20

The IGNITE 360o Pathways Business Launch Program - Childcare - Home-Based or Center Care Facilities covers the fundamentals of business development, from business planning and strategy development to financial management and marketing. Participants receive live instruction, take-home resources, one-on-one business coaching, access to industry experts, and a supportive community of like-minded entrepreneurs to journey along with. 

If you are ready to take your business concept to the next level, register for the IGNITE 360o Pathways Business Launch Program - Childcare - Home-Based or Center Care Facilities. You'll gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to turn your dreams into a thriving business.

Program size is limited!  Talk to your weVENTURE WBC business coach to see if this program is a good fit for you.

Cost: $80

10 scholarships funded by the ELC are available for entrepreneurs starting childcare businesses within Brevard County - home-based or center care - or for entrepreneurs in business for 2 years or less. You can register for the free sessions but will need to be vetted/approved by weVENTURE WBC staff.   Email weventure@fit.edu with questions. 

Are you wondering if certification is right for you?  Join this webinar to learn more about opportunities to do business with local, state, federal and private entities that look for opportunities to support woman-owned small businesses. There are more opportunities out there than you might realize! 

Discover how women-owned businesses can utilize certifications to engage in commerce with government entities or major corporations.  Gain insights from procurement officers and explore the certification process to determine its suitability for your business.  This webinar will guide you on positioning your business to compete for contracts and provide resources for assistance when required.

Our panel will overview how to look for future contracts and prepare your business to place a winning bid. 

If you think certification is right for you, there is also an opportunity to sign up for our Certification Peer Group, where participants will have access to business coaches experienced in the certification process, as well as peer support as you navigate the process to get your business certified! To learn more or get registered, speak with your weVENTURE WBC Business Coach.  If you do not yet have a working relationship with one of our coaches, then email weventure@fit.edu to request an initial consultation.

For additional information on getting certified, register for the Supplier Diversity webinar on February 29, 10am hosted by the Florida Office of Supplier Diversity. 

Empowered Women Empower other Women! 

You're invited to a networking reception for female graduate students, postdoc researchers, and professors from across all fields.  This is an opportunity for the women of Florida Tech to make personal connections and foster collaborative cross-discipline relationships. 

After the TEDxFloridaTechWomen event, weVENTURE WBC was approached by two PhD students from IO Psychology, Bee Peters and Alexandra Silverman, who expressed interest in opportunities to connect with other women on campus, learn about their research, and explore opportunities to collaborate.  What better time than Women's History Month to host such a networking event! 

Join us at the Folliard Alumni House for a Wine Down Wednesday. 

While registration/RSVP is appreciated, it is not necessary. All are welcome to stop by.  We'd love to connect! 

 

 

Come join other entrepreneurs to learn about the the first steps to starting your own business. Each participant will receive a handout of the 12 Steps. Bring your questions as there will be time for Q&A. 

The weVENTURE Women's Business Center, located in the Florida Tech Bisk College of Business, is committed to being the leading voice and resource for women on the Space and Treasure Coasts.  Since 2012, we have proudly organized the Women Who Rock Awards in Brevard County to shine a spotlight on local women who are accomplishing remarkable feats and leading through their actions. 

It is very important that we set aside time to acknowledge, express gratitude, and celebrate the female leaders in business and our community, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of young women to follow in their footsteps.
 
Once again, we are hosting two award luncheons - one in Brevard on March 19th and one on the Treasure Coast on May 2. March, designated as Women's History Month, provides us with the perfect occasion to honor the women from Brevard who are currently making history right here on the Space Coast.  The first week in May is National Small Business Week and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women leaders on the Treasure Coast. So, please save the date and make plans to join us at one or both award events! 
 
Special thanks to Clevens Face and Body Specialists, the Presenting Sponsor of the 2024 Women Who Rock Awards in Brevard!
 

2024 Women Who Rock Awards Categories 

  • Small Business Owner of the Year
  • Executive of the Year
  • Excellence in Mentorship
  • Women Trending in Tech
  • Excellence in Caregiving
  • Zonta Yellow Rose Award for Excellence in Community Service 

 

Nominations are due Feb. 9th for Brevard and mid-March for the Treasure Coast.

Event sponsorships begin at $150.  Table sponsorships are $1,000. 

Visit our website for more information about how to nominate a woman or sponsor the event. 

Note this registration page is to reserve individual tickets only. Event and Table sponsorships should use the link above, or email weventure@fit.edu to request an invoice. 

Overview:

Gain an understanding of AI basics, explore safe and user-friendly tools, and navigate intricate ethical considerations. We'll delve into best practices, empowering you to leverage AI's transformative potential responsibly and ethically. Additionally, we will present examples of company guidelines and usage. Join us as we strive to equip you with the insights and resources necessary to navigate the AI landscape with confidence and integrity.

Agenda:

  • Overview of AI
  • Recommended Tools
  • AI & Efficiency Trends
  • Current AI Ethics
  • Example of Guidelines
  • Best Practices and Usage

Presented by Elizabeth Huy.  Elizabeth serves as the VP of Services Lines and Cybersecurity Compliance Project Manager for Alluvionic, Inc. In this capacity Elizabeth leads service line development efforts and cybersecurity compliance client engagements, specializing in project management and organizational change management. Prior to joining Alluvionic Elizabeth led manufacturing and technology industry support services for the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast and served as founding manager of the region’s manufacturing association. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing and a PMP (Project Management Professional). Alluvionic, Inc. is a Cyber-AB Registered Practitioner Organization (RPO).

 

Pathways en Español

Únete a nosotros por 4 semanas informativas para LANZAR y HACER CRECER tu propio negocio.

Día 1:

  •  Cómo empiezo: Requisitos para todos los nuevos negocios
  •  Los roles y responsabilidades de ser dueño: el trabajo del negocio

Día 2:

  •  La Mente Emprendedora: actitudes y habilidades esenciales para la gestión empresarial
  •  El dinero: Conceptos básicos financieros para los negocios

Día 3:

  •  Canvas (BMC) Modulo de Negocio: Creación de tu hoja de ruta, plan para el éxito
  •  El Plan de Negocios: Creando tu hoja de ruta para el éxito parte dos

Día 4:

  •  Marketing y Ventas: Creciendo tu negocio
  •  Recursos

Después del seminario, tendrás tu propio mentor GRATIS para ayudarte y guiarte a través del proceso.

El evento se llevará a cabo en español.

El costo es de $40 y hay becas disponibles.

Se ofrece en persona en:

Cocoa Civic Center

430 Delannoy Avenue

Cocoa, FL  32922

Fechas: 2, 9, 16, 23 de abril

El Programa Pathways cubre los fundamentos del desarrollo empresarial, desde la planificación empresarial y el desarrollo de estrategias hasta la gestión financiera y el marketing. Los participantes reciben instrucciones en vivo, recursos para llevar a casa, coaching empresarial individual, acceso a expertos de la industria y una comunidad de apoyo de emprendedores con ideas afines para recorrer el camino juntos.

Así que, si estás listo para llevar tu concepto de negocio al siguiente nivel, regístrate hoy en el programa de lanzamiento de empresas Pathways. Obtendrás el conocimiento, las habilidades y la confianza que necesitas para convertir tus sueños en un negocio próspero.

El tamaño del programa es limitado, así que no esperes; ¡habla hoy mismo con tu Coach Empresarial de weVENTURE WBC!

 

Para más información, llame a Sondee Lima al 321-343-7899

 

Este proyecto está financiado en parte por un acuerdo de cooperación con la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas de EE. UU (SBA por su sigla en inglés). weVENTURE WBC no discrimina por raza o género, y de hecho el 30% de nuestros clientes son hombres. Los servicios están disponibles en inglés y en español.

 

How do you improve the work processes in your office or small business? This webinar focuses on applying “Lean” process improvement to add efficiencies to your business and improve your bottom line potential. Learn ideas about making your work processes flow better, faster, cheaper.  You will learn how to apply “Lean” thinking to any business process, regardless of your industry. In many cases, this can result in improved customer service, saved labor, better inventory control, and reduction of expenses. This webinar focuses on problem solving, and identifying “value added” activities. We will discuss examples of improved processes from many different industries.

 

Presented by CJ Castro, SBA Senior Area Manager.

 

weVENTURE WBC is proud to partner with the ATHENA Leadership Institute for an eighth 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, and a worldwide movement for economic and racial justice, to be the leaders we need them to be. 

Based on the Eight Principles of Enlightened Leadership™ identified by ATHENA International, this course is designed to help emerging female leaders grow in confidence and clarity of purpose. Each class session is a dedicated deep dive into one of the principles with engaging discussion and activities that cultivate women on their personal growth journey while inspiring them to connect and share with others. 

LIVE AUTHENTICALLY -  LEARN CONSTANTLY  - BUILD RELATIONSHIPS - FOSTER COLLABORATION -  ACT COURAGEOUSLY  - ADVOCATE FIERCELY  -  GIVE BACK - CELEBRATE

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.  Traditional leadership development is focused on teaching people management. However, we know management is very different than true leadership. Management-focused programs don’t teach individuals how to foster personal growth and development in themselves and others, or walk them through the process of self-discovery. ATHENA bridges this crucial gap.

Sponsoring an emerging leader from your business is a great way to invest in her career development and connect her to the weVENTURE WBC and ATHENA International network of women. This provides supplemental ongoing  enrichment opportunities during and after participants in the ATHENA Leadership Program learn core curriculum competencies. 

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. 

2024 dates: Apr. 25; May 23; Jun. 27; Jul. 25; Aug. 22; Sep. 26; Oct. 24; Nov. 12 and Dec. TBD.   

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 are available thanks to Zonta Club of Melbourne.  To apply, please email weventure@fit.edu.  If you are 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. 

Cost:  $700

Learn to set up QuickBooks for your business.  You will learn how to sync bank accounts, record transactions, invoice customers, and generate financial reports.  This is a three-hour session with a break at 4:30pm. 

Dawn Thompson, owner of Simply Blessed Books is the presenter.

 

Would you like your business to bring in more revenue? Would you like to become more valuable as an employee? This Sales Skills webinar is just the ticket. Learn to grow your revenue, increase your average sale, “Close the sale”, and help an irate customer. Help customers choose your products and services. You will learn these skills and more. This class is taught by a business professional with many years of coaching and sales experience. Most of the sales knowledge passed on in this class applies regardless of your products or services.

Presented by CJ Castro, SBA Senior Area Manager.

 

Robert Green, ICC Project Design Leader, Business Strategy Advisor and CEO of Melbourne Business Advisors will present three webinars on Pricing Strategies for Your Business.  June 12, July 17 and August 14, 12:00pm-1:00pm.  

Pricing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them (June 12)

In this webinar, Robert will discuss what is the function of Price, why pricing strategy is important to your business, the 7 most common pricing mistakes in setting prices, and how to calculate prices using a formula that doesn't cut into your expected margins, calculating the break-even, while touching on price elasticity and the concern that higher prices might impact customers.

Pricing to Value (July 17)

In this webinar, Robert will discuss shifting your thoughts on the value of Value, comparison shopping your competition, and how you can consider the value proposition across Time, Identity, Money (or other benefits), Energy, and Reputation, as well as basic formulas to increase prices of your product, programs, or services.

Discounting Strategies that Preserve Profits (August 14)

Robert will discuss the benefits and costs of discounting, and devising a way to package up your value proposition in such a way that you are not losing earnings when someone has a desire to buy at a lower price point, and allows you to have a way to promote a customer to a higher class of products, programs, or services. 

¿Estás listo para lanzar o hacer crecer tu negocio?

Únete a nosotros para una mañana de networking, beneficiosas presentaciones, y un delicioso almuerzo.

¡Todo en español!

Los talleres incluyen:

  • Comenzar un negocio desde el primer paso
  • Creación de un Plan de Negocios
  • Obtención de Capital y Préstamos
  • Estrategias para Comercializar tu Negocio
  • Mantener una mentalidad emprendedora
  • Utilizar la inteligencia artificial en los negocios

Cuando: Sabado 22 de junio 9am-1pm

Donde: Brevard Adult and Community Education Center

1225 Clearlake Road

Cocoa, FL 32922

Costo: $20 - Almuerzo latino incluido

 

¿Preguntas? Llama a Sondée Lima al 321-343-7899.

En asociación con la SBA y el Centro Hispano Brevard.

 

This webinar discusses the multiple sources of capital for starting and growing a small business. The pros and cons of the funding sources are also reviewed. Topics to be discussed include familiar options such as self-financing, funding from friends & family, and partnerships. Other sources are reviewed such as:

  • Small Business Loans
  • SBA Loan Guaranty Program
  • Microloans

Some less conventional financing sources along with their pros and cons are also discussed, including selling equity (shares), venture capital, angel investors, and crowd funding.

Presented by CJ Castro, SBA Senior Area Manager.

 

This is webinar teaches you about managing your businesses finances. After completing this webinar, 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

Presented by CJ Castro, SBA Senior Area Manager.