Upcoming Small Business Services

December 9, 2018

InnoVentures Applications Are Open!

InnoVentures is our annual pitch competition and fundraiser

InnoVentures is a unique opportunity exclusively for Ventures entrepreneurs to pitch an innovation for their business while gaining exposure, networking, and competing for prizes. Apply now or learn more about InnoVentures.

Need help with your application?

Sign-up for a free drop-in application clinic on Wednesday, December 12th between 11:00 – 1:00 pm or 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Otherwise, make sure to submit your application by Monday, January 14 at 5:00 pm!

Prep for Tax Season!

Here are some resources to get you started along with the 2019 schedule of our tax workshops.

What Are Your Needs as an Entrepreneur?

The Ventures team wants to do a better job of advocating for your needs with government officials, policymakers, and other small business supporters. Please take this short survey to help us out.


Ventures’ office will be closed from Monday, December 24 – Tuesday, January 1. We will reopen on Wednesday, January 2. We wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Event: Home-Cooked Stories

Join us at Makeda & Mingus, a cafe owned by our client Prashanthi Reddy, to share your stories about what home cooking means to you and network with other business owners. RSVP ►

Tuesday, Dec. 11
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Makeda & Mingus  

Lunch & Learn: Saving Your Acorns

Let’s talk about budget management and “saving your acorns” during winter months. We’ll also discuss 2019 vending plans, goals, and strategies. (Bring your own lunch) . Sign-up to talk (food) business and network ►

Tuesday, Dec. 18
12:00 – 1:30 pm


Federal Business Taxes Workshop

Learn which tax form you need to submit for your business structure, how to report expenses, and how 2018 tax law changes affect your filing. Workshops will be lead by a certified bookkeeper. Sign-up ►

Thursday, Jan. 10 or Jan. 24
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Define Your Marketing & Build Your Brand

Create a functional marketing plan for your business that defines who you want to reach, your brand, and how you’ll reach your customer. All based on market research and what makes you unique to help increase your sales. Enroll ►

Wednesdays, Jan. 16, 23, & 30
7:00 – 9:00 pm
$20, $40, $60 sliding based on income for full course

Free Legal Help & Workshops: Jan. 22

Free Legal Help for Your Business

Sign-up to meet with an attorney for 45-minutes to ask them legal questions about your business. Make an appointment with a lawyer ►

Tuesday, Jan. 22
4:00, 5:00, 6:00, or 7:00 pm

Which Legal Entity to Use for Your Business

Learn about the different types of business entities: limited liability corporations, partnerships, S –Corps, C-Corps, etc. Why is one entity is better for your business than another? They affect the taxes you’ll pay and the liability you’re exposed to.

Tuesday, Jan. 22
4:15 – 5:15 pm

The Basics of Contracts

What is a contract? What are its key parts? What happens when something goes wrong? We’ll cover the basics of what you need to know before signing any type of contract or written agreement.

Tuesday, Jan. 22
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Reminder: Use the Client Login to register for programs with your password

All Ventures entrepreneurs now have access to Ventures’ online registration page. Find up-to-date information on all upcoming courses, workshops, and coaching opportunities. Your password has been emailed to you if you are on the Small Business Services newsletter. If you are not on our email list, please reach out to your business coach to get one.

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