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Small Business Seminars

Our business seminars provide you with the skills you need to run your small business, whether it be new, existing, or in-the-works. Learn about business plans, marketing, financing and more.
Cooperative Federal is now scheduling business seminars for groups of entrepreneurs, by request. If you or your organization are interested in co-hosting a workshop, call Meagan at (315) 473-0206.  

Build a Business: From Ideas to Realities

Do you have a great business idea but aren't sure how to get it going? This workshop will help you evaluate your ideas and lay the groundwork for you to create your written business plan.

Credit for Entrepreneurs

Positive personal credit is important for entrepreneurs seeking business loans. Learn to improve your (and your business's) credit worthiness by reviewing credit reports, fixing problems and improving your credit score. Connect with resources for business lending, planning, accounting and more.

Creating a Winning Marketing Strategy

A well-designed marketing strategy makes the difference between a good idea and a profitable business. Start crafting your plan and promoting your business with guidance from the trenches.

Organizing Your Workspace

Learn tips and techniques for decluttering your office in 6 easy steps. You’ll also learn how to maximize space and efficiency by discovering Your Four Operating Zones, and get a crash course on good filing systems and records retention. Presented by Lisa DeVeau, Owner of Completely Organized, Inc.

Copyright and Trademark Law

Learn what you need to know for your business regarding copyright and trademark. Taught by experts at Syracuse University College of Law’s Community Development Law Clinic.

Get Ready to Bid: Info for Small Contractors

Learn how to get certified as a minority or woman contractor and how to get financially ready to bid on big projects.

Opportunities for Minority or Woman Business Enterprise

Learn about special training, loan funds, government certifications, and other opportunities designed to counter legacies of discrimination against minority and/or woman-owned businesses. In particular, MWBE certification is useful for businesses that contract their services to government-funded agencies. At this workshop, we will review the basics about starting this process for the city, state and federal governments.

Grant Writing for Non-profits

Learn tips for grant-writing success for your non-profit organization.

Legal Issues for Small Businesses

Learn what you need to know about key legal issues for your business, such as trademark and copyright law, and the differences among incorporation structures. Presented by the Community Development Law Clinic of the Syracuse University College of Law.

Retail 101

A retail expert presents tips for starting a new retail business or managing your recently opened retail business. Learn about business plan ideas and what makes a retail store successful.

QuickBooks Course

QuickBooks is a market leader in small business accounting software, due to its easy use by anyone with or without formal accounting training. Get a crash course in our one or two session introduction to QuickBooks, or explore its capabilities more deeply in our intermediate level course, all led by experienced bookkeepers. Full course sessions can be taken individually, but registration preference will be given to those interested in the full course.

Selling Things Online

Online business is a huge market! Learn how to market yourself and sell your goods over the internet.

Small Business Financing

This workshop outlines various ways to finance your small business, including types of business loans available and the documents needed for a complete loan application package.

Green Practices, Business Success!

What is a truly green business? Learn about resources for strengthening your business model, start-up help, energy savings, office and storefront operations, employee education and more. 

Starting a Cooperative

Ever wonder what other business models are available? Learn about this alternative business model, how to start your own cooperative, finance, and run it.

Seminario de Negocio

¿Quiere ser dueño de su propio negocio? ¡Venga y aprenda cómo! Este seminario le dara las herramientas para el éxito.