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North Central Idaho SBDC sets seven workshops for October

LEWISTON, Idaho – The North Central Idaho Small Business Development Center at Lewis-Clark State College has scheduled seven workshops for October and will cover a variety of topics that include cash flow, working with an attorney to control risk, Quickbooks, and web content.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. To pre-register or for more information for any of the workshops call 208-792-2465, email [email protected], or visit the website All of the workshops in Lewiston will be held at the North Central Idaho SDBC office, located at 406 Main St. in Lewiston.

The first workshop is Oct. 4 on “Cash Flow and Feasibility.” It will be held at 9-11:30 a.m. and has a $20 fee. Instructor Barbara Leachman, the director of the North Central Idaho SBDC, will discuss financial topics that include making predictions, cash and profit, capital needs, breaking even, testing, research, borrowing, and feasibility analysis. The same workshop also will be offered on Oct. 28 at 9-11:30 a.m. at the Grangeville Adult Learning Center, located at 158 E. Main Suite 4. This workshop will have a $30 fee.

There will be two offerings during the month on Quickbooks. The first session is Quickbooks Basics Part 1 and 2, and will be held on Oct. 8 and 15 at 9 a.m.-noon. The instructor is Judy Schumacher and the registration fee is $90, which covers both sessions. The hands-on course will teach the fundamentals of using Quickbooks. It will start out with how to set up accounts, add customers, vendors, products and services, manage and reconcile bank accounts and credit cards. The second session will focus on how to enter sales, receive payments, make deposits, pay bills and sales tax, manage inventory, and review financial reports.

The second offering on Quickbooks will be on Payroll Part 1 and 2 on Oct. 22 and 29. It will run at 9:30 a.m.-noon and will be taught by Janice Gobbi. The fee to cover both workshops is $70. The workshops will cover how to use the payroll functions in Quickbooks, including how to set up employees correctly, adding payroll items, taxes, and deductions. Both Idaho and Washington payroll requirements will be discussed.

On Oct. 11, the workshop on “Working with your Attorney on Controlling Risk” will run 9:30-11:30 a.m. and will have a $20 fee. Attorney Paul Burris will show how attorneys help with forming and formalizing a business entity. He also will discuss contracts, leases, employees, transferring ownership, and lawsuits.

The final two workshops in Lewiston will focus on websites. On Oct. 18, the workshop on website content and search engine optimization (SEO) will be held at 9-11:30 a.m. Leachman will be the instructor and the workshop has a $20 fee. Leachman will show how to improve a website by choosing the right content for search engines, and how to build customer trust. She will show how to map and use social media, and other affordable ways, to market a business.

The other workshop is on Oct. 25 and is “30 steps to increase your website action.” It will be held at 9-11:30 a.m., has a $20 fee, and will be taught by Leachman. The workshop will show how to take a few minutes each day to optimize a website for search engines and customers. Examples include creating unique headlines and to identify and rectify broken links.