6/8/21 8:00 AM (EDT)

 Becky Kilian

 Online Meeting (Live)
 COVID-19 General Support, Human Resources

How do you ensure that your company culture can scale? Whether your company is small or large, a vibrant team culture is essential to greater learning, collaboration, and innovation. Join us June 8th for a conversation with the team at EZ-Probate to hear about their experience with onboarding new employees and building a culture that can multiply and adapt as they grow.

About the Speakers: Joining us will be EZ-Probate Founder and CEO, Byron Batres, COO, Meryl Schneider, and Internal Innovation Strategist, Hannah Warren. EZ-Probate has developed and refined an online probate process to save you time and money by probating an estate with little or no need for an attorney. They provide ready-to-sign court documents and step by step instructions, saving you thousands on attorney fees. EZ-Probate is 70% female and their headquarters are located in Burlington, Vermont. 

About VCET Lunch & Learns:

These virtual workshops cover a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs and small businesses learn, grow, and succeed. VCET (Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies) also offers active coaching, business consulting, mentorship, coworking spaces, and seed investment.

 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM (EDT)
 Open – 11 places remaining
 6/10/21 8:00 AM (EDT)

 Becky Kilian

 Online Meeting (Live)
 Business Financing

If you recently started a business, you may be wondering what options are out there for funding and financing your new venture. Join us on June 10th at 4:30 PM for a conversation about startup financing!

Gwen Pokalo, the Director of CWE VT’s Women’s Business Center, will be facilitating this conversation and providing an overview about Vermont’s financing landscape. Please join us to learn about the options that are available for your business and bring any questions you have about startup financing and funding.

Date: Thursday, June 10th | 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Cost: This class is offered free of charge but space is limited!  If you are no longer able to attend the class, please reach out to us so someone else can take your spot. 

Instructor: Gwen Pokalo, Director of the Center for Women & Enterprise’s Vermont Women’s Business Center

It’s no secret that running a business is hard work, but how can we make it less stressful? Join us for this session to learn about how small business owners can identify stress and implement techniques to manage it. 

Akshata Nayak, a CWE Core Counselor & Instructor, will be leading this workshop. Having just launched her third business, she is an experienced entrepreneur and has many tips and techniques to help manage stress as a small business owner. Akshata is also a nutritionist at her clinic Alternative Roots Wellness Center in Essex and works to help people manage stress through nutrition and lifestyle choices. Join us to learn more about what stress is, how to identify it, and the best ways to mitigate it in your business.

Date: Friday, June 11, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cost: This class is offered free of charge but space is limited!  If you are no longer able to attend the class, please reach out to us so someone else can take your spot. 

Instructors: Akshata Nayak MSACN, MS

Growing up in India, Akshata was a science geek and believed that she would be a lab rat investigating genetic mysteries for the rest of her life. So she moved to the US and earned two Master of Science degrees – one in Biochemistry and another in Applied Clinical Nutrition while doing research in the fields of Genetics, Biochemistry, Toxicology, Immunology and Neuroscience.

But life had other plans, and her learnings converged into two businesses in 2010, both with the idea that your health is dependent on what you put in and on your body: The Orange Owl, a small-batch vegan skincare line that was managed and run solely by her, and Alternative Roots Wellness Center (www.alternativerootswellness.com), a holistic health center that she still runs with her husband, Dr. Greg Giasson, which offers chiropractic and nutrition counseling services. Recently, after a decade she decided to close down The Orange Owl due personal health issues and the COVID-19 crisis, but has pivoted to a new business opportunity in Little Patakha (www.littlepatakha.com) which has a mission to help kids see differences with others as something to learn from rather than be wary of.

Over the years, it has become obvious to her that even though women and BIPOC business owners have plenty of ideas, they hold back in recognizing their efforts, expressing opinions and asking for the support they need. Representation is vital within the business community and she is looking forward to playing an active role in the ecosystem that empowers these entrepreneurs, especially in her home state of Vermont, to believe in themselves and give their ideas a chance.

 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EDT)
 Open – 25 places remaining
 6/12/21 10:00 AM (EDT)

 Madeline Brumberg

 Online Meeting (Live)
 Business Plan

If you are planning to start a business or are in the early stages of launching one, then this workshop is for you.

In this workshop, you will learn to:
• Develop your business ideas and planning
• Consider your legal structure
• Discuss choosing a name and entity
• How to obtain an employer identification number, licenses, permits and insurance

Leave the session with an A-to-Z overview and specific tools and tips that will help you get started quickly. 

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cost: This class is offered free of charge but space is limited!  If you are no longer able to attend the class, please reach out to us so someone else can take your spot. 

Instructor: Cristine Hammer

Cristine Hammer has had several careers—therapist in mental health, owner of a home-based wearable arts business, marketing director of a film production company, senior vice president and equity partner of a graphic design company, and currently, a freelance marketing consultant and copywriter. Hammer’s involvement with CWEVT includes class instructor and Advisory Board member. In addition, Hammer serves as Chair of the Essex Conservation & Trails Committee, is a certified Vermont Master Gardener, a member of the League of Vermont Writers, and with her dog, Nikki, works as a certified therapy dog team. She also enjoys traveling the world when she can.

 8:50 AM – 9:50 AM (EDT)
 Open – 42 places remaining
 6/16/21 8:00 AM (EDT)

 Becky Kilian

 Online Meeting (Live)
 Social Media

Are you looking for an introduction into how to use social media ads effectively in your business? Join us for a session with Julia Scott and Ashlie Woods, from of J.Scott marketing to get an overview on how to best use social media ads in your business.

Topics include:
• The basics of advertising on social media such as Facebook and Instagram
• How to use social media ads effectively to help your business thrive
• How to start creating an effective social media ad strategy to bring in revenue
• Ways you can use social media ads to target your audience

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 8:50 AM – 9:50 AM

Cost: This class is offered free of charge but space is limited!  If you are no longer able to attend the class, please reach out to us so someone else can take your spot. 

Instructor: Julia Scott & Ashlie Woods

Session #1 6/17/21 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (EDT)  
Session #2 6/24/21 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (EDT)  
Session #3 7/1/21 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (EDT)  
Session #4 7/8/21 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (EDT)  
Session #5 7/22/21 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM (EDT)  

 Open – 12 places remaining
 6/17/21 8:00 AM (EDT)

 Becky Kilian

 Online Meeting (Live)
 Marketing/Sales

Marketing has been challenging over the past year requiring re-evaluating our strategies and tools. Join us for a 5-session series in which we’ll discuss business fundamentals, branding, messaging and connecting with customers and clients. With in-session exercises, breakout group conversations, and brainstorming, we’ll all learn how to become more strategic and creative with our marketing efforts. 

Date: Thursdays 6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/22| 9:30 – noon

Cost: This class is offered free of charge but space is limited!  If you are no longer able to attend the class, please reach out to us so someone else can take your spot. 

Instructor: 

Cristine Hammer: Hammer Consulting & Copywriting, LLC and CWE Instructor and Advisory Board Member. Cristine is a freelance marketing consultant providing brand exploration and development, graphic design art direction and management, creative copywriting and editing services, and small business management services.

Carolyn Cooke: Triple C Strategy. Carolyn is a dedicated business and brand champion, whose roles have included co-founder and president, general manager, and vice president of sales within innovative, market leading companies and has unique expertise in pioneering start-up products and brands.

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Call: 802-524-2194
Email: info@fcidc.com
Visit: 2 North Main Street, 4th Floor
St. Albans, VT 05478-1099

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