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Find events happening around Lancaster County to help move your business forward.

April 2024

Upcoming Event

How to Secure Grant Funding

April 16, 2024 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Grants are an important funding source for small businesses. By leveraging grants, small businesses can access capital and stimulate growth while reducing the burden of traditional financing methods. In this webinar, certified grant writer Lauren Frary will explain the grant writing process and strategies on how to best win grants.

You will learn:

• The four phases of grant proposal writing and the key elements for each phase.
• About the various funding resources and how to find the best match for your organization.
• Key elements to a grant proposal narrative that will outline your company’s unique qualifications.
• How engagement, cultivation, and stewardship with donors will help enhance funding opportunities.

 

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Upcoming Event

Marketing Part 1: Developing Your Marketing Plan

April 17, 2024 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Many entrepreneurs create products or services they can’t sell no matter how hard they work. It doesn’t have to be this way. This webinar will help you build a roadmap you can use to identify your ideal clients and discover a value proposition that will set you above your competition. We’ll also explain how to conduct a competitor analysis. Plus, we will review different pricing strategies and show the impact of pricing on profits.

This webinar sets the stage for the next webinar in the Small Business Essentials series, Marketing Part 2: Promoting Your Business.

All registrants will receive access to webinar materials in advance, and link to the recorded webinar after the live event.

This webinar is part of SCORE’s Small Business Essentials (SBE) Webinar Series. The series is designed to prepare anyone who is considering starting a business to make the decisions and plans you need to successfully launch your business. All webinars are taught by experienced certified SCORE Mentors.

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Upcoming Event

Merchant Meeting

April 17, 2024 | 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Lancaster business owners and community organizations are invited to attend our Monthly Merchant Meetings on the third Wednesday of every month (Except December), 8:30 a.m. at The Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street. Get timely information for your business, engage with the community, and network with other businesses. RSVP: info@teamlanc.org

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Upcoming Event

Marketing Part 2: Promoting Your Business

April 18, 2024 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

You’ve developed a wonderful new product or service and now you need to get customers to buy it! In this webinar we’ll walk through the most common promotional methods used by entrepreneurs, including networking, referrals, social media, content marketing, email marketing and search engine optimization (SEO). We’ll help you decide how you can best reach your targeted customers and show you how to create your next promotional plan.

While not required, to get the most out of this webinar, please consider attending “Marketing Part 1: Developing Your Marketing Plan” first.

All registrants will receive access to webinar materials in advance, and link to the recorded webinar after the live event.

This webinar is part of SCORE’s Small Business Essentials (SBE) Webinar Series. The series is designed to prepare anyone who is considering starting a business to make the decisions and plans you need to successfully launch your business. All webinars are taught by experienced certified SCORE Mentors.

 

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Upcoming Event

Creative Release Saturdays

April 20, 2024 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you have creative aspirations but never seem to make the time? Do you want the companionship of others to overcome your creative blocks and “just do it”?

Whether you’re an experienced artist or just looking to explore your creative side, Creative Release is a safe place to explore your ideas with others. Bring your ongoing projects or use the art materials available.

Every month there are demonstrations on how to use different materials.

What to Expect:

A welcoming, inclusive environment
Demonstrations on how to use different art materials.
A variety of art materials to experiment with
The opportunity to work on your personal projects
The chance to meet and collaborate with fellow creatives
A moment to relax, create, and escape the usual routine

Who Should Join?
Anyone and everyone! Bring an idea for a card, a knitting pattern you’ve been wanting to try, a shirt that needs mending, or a full-on canvas and paints. Most of all, bring your lovely self! We believe in the power of community and creativity.

Let’s Create Together!
Join us this Saturday and every Saturday. Bring your ideas, your passion, and your project – let’s make something beautiful together!

 

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Upcoming Event

Stress-Free Watercolor for Beginners

April 20, 2024 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Taking that leap to start something completely new can be scary. Don’t worry. I’ve got your back!

Through a slow pace and step-by-step instruction, you will learn practical methods to unfold into the practice of watercolor. Rather than working towards a finished art piece, you will be focusing on basic techniques that can be incorporated into a daily meditative practice.

When getting started with a new hobby or creative endeavor it’s easy to get preoccupied with the finished products we’ve seen around us. With painting, this can often lead to a premature sense of defeat when the thing we make doesn’t look like what we set out to do.

It’s crucial to go easy on ourselves and remember that we are at the very beginning. You can’t expect to ride a bike perfectly the first time you touch one, and the same goes for any new art practice. While developing honing skills are essential to a meaningful and sustainable painting practice, with time they will follow a genuine curiosity and slow play with the medium itself.

The bottom line is you’ve gotta start someplace! We all tend to be too hard on ourselves, but this class will help you get started with gentle kindness towards yourself.

IN THIS COURSE YOU WILL
– Become familiar with tools for watercolor painting
– Get a tutorial on how watercolor paints work
– Discuss and explore how the act of painting can be a powerful tool for emotional healing, self-care, and managing stress.
– Learn how much water to use on your brush for different outcomes
– Practice meditative techniques like enso circles, wet washes, and slow brush lines
– Try different ways to work “back into” a dry area of paint
– Try different blending methods
– Learn ways to get a painting started without needed to come up with what you want to paint
– Learn ways to keep a watercolor painting from getting out of control
– Leave this workshop connected more deeply to yourself and others in the workshop

 

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Upcoming Event

How To Use Local SEO to Build Your Online Presence

April 23, 2024 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Download the webinar presentation. (Available 12 hours to 24 hours before the webinar)

In this free webinar, learn how to how to use local SEO (Search Engine Optimization) strategies to build your online presence. Online marketing strategist and impact influencer Jimmy Newson will explain what local SEO is, why you need it, and how to use local SEO strategies drive results.

He will cover:

• Google Business Profile
• Keyword research and content optimization
• Link building
• Citations, managing reviews and ratings, and more

 

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Upcoming Event

How to Start a Successful Food Business

April 24, 2024 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Download the webinar presentation. (Available 12 hours to 24 hours before the webinar)

Whether you want to launch a food truck, open a restaurant, be a personal chef or caterer, manufacture food products or start a ghost kitchen, there are many factors to consider when starting out.

In this webinar, our expert presenter will take you through the essential steps and things to consider when starting a food business.

You’ll learn:

• The details people overlook
• Affordable ways to start
• Licensing and other regulatory matters to consider
• Why starting small and building up might be the strategy for you

 

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Upcoming Event

Developing Financial Projections for Your New Small Business

April 25, 2024 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

You’re starting or have started your new small business. Great!! But . . . you’re worried about what your sales will be, or if you can make a profit and how you will manage your cash flow. If you need help in any of these areas, this webinar is for you! We’ll review calculating your startup costs, projecting sales, creating a projected profit and loss statement and cashflow statement.

All registrants will receive access to webinar materials in advance, and link to the recorded webinar after the live event.

This webinar is part of SCORE’s Small Business Essentials (SBE) Webinar Series. The series is designed to prepare anyone who is considering starting a business to make the decisions and plans you need to successfully launch your business. All webinars are taught by experienced certified SCORE Mentors.

 

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Upcoming Event

Photographer Meetup

April 25, 2024 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Connect with other photographers at this casual, FREE monthly meetup hosted by Lancaster Photography School at The Candy Factory.

Things can get lonely very quickly in the solopreneur business world — but it doesn’t have to be that way!

Take some time to chat with and get to know other photographers. It’s a great way to connect with potential second shooters/ lead photographers looking to hire/ potential referral sources.

Don’t underestimate the power of networking.

 

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Upcoming Event

Business Compliance & Insurance

April 25, 2024 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Navigating the complex world of entity, tax, licensing, and insurance requirements across multiple states can be daunting. With each US state imposing unique business regulations, maintaining good standing, mitigating risk, and fostering growth can often seem overwhelming, especially in today’s largely virtual economy.
Join us for an insightful in-person seminar led by Gabby Vasquez from Harbor Compliance & Jay Gandy from Ender’s Insurance, where you will gain a comprehensive understanding of corporate lifecycle compliance, tax registration, and business licensing & insurance requirements. Learn how to turn regulatory complexity into opportunity and transform compliance & insurance from a burden into a catalyst for growth.

In this session, we will cover:

  • The essential elements of corporate lifecycle compliance, tax registration, and business licensing.
  • The most common types of insurance for small business & associated costs.
  • The impact of recent trends on business footprint expansion and the increased burden of multistate registrations due to these trends.
  • Proven strategies for meeting requirements in every jurisdiction where your business operates.
  • We believe knowledge is power and want to empower you to confidently navigate the intricate regulatory landscape.

Note: The event will take place at Southern Market, in Room B, located in the back of the food hall. (Walk to the far back of the food hall, on the right side of the building. Go through the glass door in the back and look for Room B on your left.)

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Upcoming Event

Creative Release Saturdays

April 27, 2024 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you have creative aspirations but never seem to make the time? Do you want the companionship of others to overcome your creative blocks and “just do it”?

Whether you’re an experienced artist or just looking to explore your creative side, Creative Release is a safe place to explore your ideas with others. Bring your ongoing projects or use the art materials available.

Every month there are demonstrations on how to use different materials.

What to Expect:

A welcoming, inclusive environment
Demonstrations on how to use different art materials.
A variety of art materials to experiment with
The opportunity to work on your personal projects
The chance to meet and collaborate with fellow creatives
A moment to relax, create, and escape the usual routine

Who Should Join?
Anyone and everyone! Bring an idea for a card, a knitting pattern you’ve been wanting to try, a shirt that needs mending, or a full-on canvas and paints. Most of all, bring your lovely self! We believe in the power of community and creativity.

Let’s Create Together!
Join us this Saturday and every Saturday. Bring your ideas, your passion, and your project – let’s make something beautiful together!

Register Now

Upcoming Event

Running a Nonprofit Like a Business

April 30, 2024 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Download the webinar presentation. (Available 12 hours to 24 hours before the webinar)

A nonprofit is an actual business and needs to be managed like one. This includes all the normal financial, operational, sales (fundraising) and regulatory issues that all small organizations deal with, especially striving to break even on revenue and expenses. If not, over a period of time, the nonprofit runs the risk of using up its assets and going out of business and with it, its mission.

In this webinar, for both new and existing small profits, learn the fundamentals of running a nonprofit like a business to help your nonprofit fulfill its mission.

Topics covered include:

• Governance, Boards and Annual Reports (990’s)
• Financial and management reporting
• Taxes, compliance and other regulatory matters
• Fundraising
• Volunteers vs staff

 

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Organizations

Aspire WorksLabs

Types of Services Offered:

Coworking • Innovation & Technologies • Product Development • Product Testing

Small Business Administration – Philadelphia District Office

Types of Services Offered:

Accounting, Bookkeeping, & Taxes • Business Plan Development • Certifications • Funding • Growth Strategies • Licensing, Insurance, Credentials • Market Research ... and 6 more

The Candy Factory

Types of Services Offered:

Coworking • Networking & Events

Jeremy and the team at the Lancaster City Alliance….

Jeremy and the team at the Lancaster City Alliance have done an excellent job of administrating the Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) and encouraging new technology companies. Their efforts have helped Triode Media Group obtain tax credits and expand our technology offering.

Evan Scudner, Executive Producer, Triode Media Group