Even in the face of the pandemic, residents of Mendocino County have a couple more things to worry about: the onset of fire season and the potential for Public Safety Power Shutoffs. Indeed, the current fires in the north of the county and to the south of us, are a stark reminder of how rapidly the situation can change. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, more than 40% of businesses never reopen after a natural disaster. Following the wildfires in Lake and Mendocino Counties over the past few years, West Business Development Center learned a great deal about the importance of businesses being prepared for a disaster.
Join instructor Rachel Clark on Tuesday August 25 at 9:00AM for Emergency Preparation for Your Business, a 60-minute deep dive into preparation tips and tools to keep your business operational during an emergency. Youâ€™ll learn how to keep your documents safe, crisis planning with your employees, proper insurance coverage, and much more.
The workshop is free! Please sign up here.
Here are the Upcoming Workshops offered by West Business Development Center.
Fundamentals of PR: How to Reach a Million People (Without Spending a Million Dollars)
Thursday, September 3, from 4-5 PM
This is the first in a series of sessions to help you learn how to add Public Relations (PR) to your business toolkit, and market yourself in a new way to reach new audiences. Before we dig into the nuts and bolts of how to begin the work, we will provide an overview of how to think about using public relations for your business.
ABCs of Zoom: How to Use Zoom for Your Meetings
Wednesday, September 9, from 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Are you new to the world of Zoom video conference calling? Then this is the webinar for you! Together we will review the basics of using Zoom from the first-time setup to how to start or join a meeting and any troubleshooting questions you might have about using this video conferencing platform. Sign up today so we can help cover all of your basic zoom questions.
Get Answers to all Your PPP Questions: Q&A with Steve Lamb & Sid Harper
Thursday, September 10, from 12-12:45 PM
Are you a small business owner trying to figure out how to proceed with your PPP Loan? With the PPP Loan, one size does not fit all. In this 30 minute open Q&A you will have the opportunity to have all of your PPP Loan questions answered directly by Steve Lamb, West Loan advisor, and Sid Harper, Loan Officer of the Savings Bank of Mendocino.
Fundamentals of PR: The Power of The Pitch!
Thursday, September 10, from 4-5 PMï»¿
Now that we’ve covered the fundamentals, it’s time to move to the core building block of PR – the pitch. A writer or journalist will appreciate your passion and hearing from you directly about what youâ€™re doing, and why it matters, but it’s important to bring them a compelling story angle or idea that’s relevant and timely for them.