For Indiana Veterans – Achieve your Small Biz Dreams Webinar

Happy Small Business Week!  This For Veterans—Achieve Your Small Biz Dreams Webinar is just one of many events throughout Indiana in honor of Small Business Week.

National Small Business Week

SBA Indiana teams up with VetBiz Central to deliver information on a variety of programs, opportunities, and benefits for aspiring or established Vetrepreneurs.

Topics include:

  • SBA resources throughout the state
  • Financing options
  • SBA contracting programs
  • VetBiz Central’s unique services and programs for Veterans
  • VOSB/SDVOSB Verification
  • Supplier Diversity Program

WHEN:       May 1, 11 am

WHERE:     Online

COST:         Free

Registration is required.  Click or type www.vetbizcentral.org in your browser and sign up today!

This workshop brought to you through a partnership between Veterans Business Outreach Center VetBiz Central and the SBA.  Questions? Email Public Affairs Specialist Laura Schafsnitz at laura.schafsnitz@sba.gov.

Registration

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

SBA Indiana District Office

8500 Keystone Crossing, Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN  46240
317-226-7272
www.sba.gov/in

Insuring Your Small Business

Recorded Webinars: Laws That Business Owner Should Know

by Carolyn Sennett on June 2, 2016

Employee terminations and payroll record keeping are just two examples of routine business matters that if not handled properly could quickly spiral into a serious problem for business owners.

Employee termination checklist

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The law presumes that employees are employed at will. That means an at-will employee may be fired at any time, for any reason (except for a few illegal reasons). But even when termination decisions are made with good cause, there are hundreds of potential grievances that could be filed by former employees. The defensibility of those claims is often dependent on the actions that employers take before the decision to terminate an employee is made or shared.

Watch a 20-minute webinar that guides employers in how to better manage the process before decisions are made so they can take steps now to mitigate those risks.

Overview of federal wage and hour laws

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Federal wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) continue to rise nationwide. Simple errors in payroll or recorded hours worked, while seemingly insignificant on a per employee basis, can lead to significant exposure under the FLSA due to the collective action nature of these litigations.

Watch a 20-minute webinar that guides employers in avoiding common errors and mitigating risks.

The videos were provided under an arrangement with The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company. Contact a local Erie Insurance agent to learn more about affordable ways to protect your business.

5 Tips for an Effective Small Business Website

by Carolyn Sennett on June 20, 2017

A website is essential to marketing your business. As customers research your products and services, one of their first stops will be your website. It is their first introduction to your business, so naturally you’ll want to do all you can to make their virtual visit a positive experience.

Here is a five-question checkup to help make sure your website is in tip-top condition and gives you a competitive edge.

  1. Are you using a responsive website design?

With more people browsing websites using their smartphones, tablets and other devices, it’s important to create a website that operates seamlessly on multiple platforms. Google reports that more than half off all searches begin on a mobile device. You don’t want to miss a sale or a customer because of a poor website experience.

  1. Is your website optimized for search?

A few simple things that you can do to optimize your site for search engines are add keywords and title tags to your web pages and create and regularly post to a blog to help drive traffic to your website. If you are new to search, look for guides for beginners or tips from reputable resources like moz.com.

  1. Is your site meeting your customers’ expectations?

First impressions of your website are important to keep someone engaged. It’s OK to have graphics on your home page, but do not use complex graphics that may take a long time to download. Be sure your site explains why your business is the best solution for your customers’ needs. Most business websites include at least these four pages: home, product and services, about us and contact us. If you have an interesting business history, add that to your site, too. You may even want to include bios and pictures of yourself and your staff. People like to feel personally connected to the business that they are working with. Check out the infographic from Entrepreneur for more must-have business website features.

  1. Is your web content clear and up to date with clear calls to action?

Keeping your content current is a smart way to build awareness, generate sales and maintain customer relationships. It’s also important for your site to have clear calls to actions. In other words, what do you want your site visitors to do? Common calls to action are to contact you, make a purchase, sign up for a service or get a quote. Capturing visitors’ email addresses could also help you stay in touch with them if they are not ready to buy right away.

  1. Is your website (and your business) listed on search directories?

If your business has a physical address, then you will most likely have a local listing in Google, Yelp, Bing, Internet Yellow Pages, Yahoo! Local and other directories. It is important to claim your listing because it can then lead people to you to find essential details like your business’s address, phone number and hours. It can also help your business rank in local search engine results and encourage customers to post reviews about your products or services. Websites like Google and Facebook for Business let you claim and update the information without a fee, but others will charge you for the privilege.

As you can see, a well-designed website is an asset and a necessity for businesses. It’s a way to build relationships and communicate directly with your customers about the products and services that you offer. An effective business website also gives you credibility to show that you’re committed to providing solutions to your clients’ needs. The more you work on your website, the better your chances for business success.

Visit our Business Website: Scott Lynch Agency

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Be a Boy Scout

If you were ever a Boy Scout as a kid, you know how important it is to be prepared. Prepared for what? For anything that life throws at you. It’s true when you’re camping in the woods, and even more true when you’re running a business.

 

We really hope that your business is never affected by an earthquake , tornado, freak meteor from the sky or other natural disaster. But these things do happen, and an ounce of preparation before the unexpected can make picking up the pieces much easier.

 

  • Back up your data early and often at an offsite location. An external hard drive won’t help you if it is damaged or destroyed in a storm. Consider offsite data storage or storage in the cloud.
  • Make a comprehensive list of all of your equipment, furniture, and fixtures. It’s much easier to file your claim with a full list of your property. Pictures are even better!
  • Have a disaster preparedness plan. Do your employees know what to do and where to go in case of an emergency? What if you have customers in house when disaster strikes? Click here for more information on creating a plan, and make sure to store it both on and offsite. It’s estimated that 40 percent of businesses never reopen after a natural disaster. With a little planning and some help from an Erie property insurance policy, you’ll be back on your feet before you know it. Call us to talk about how you can protect your business at (317) 420-2867 or visit us online at Scott Lynch Agency.

Erie Insurance Custom Collection Auto Services Program

Being an auto service provider means you’re committed to providing your customers – and their cars – with reliable, quality service. With the Erie Insurance Custom Collection Auto Services Program you can count on ERIE and your agent to protect the business you’ve worked so hard to build. Contact me to learn more, (317) 420-2867. Or Visit us on line at Scott Lynch Agency

Wear that gorilla down!

Success is like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired.

Scott Lynch Agency

Driven — Behind the Wheel Trucker Documentary

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Former Yale University swimmer and aspiring Olympian Siphiwe Baleka is on a mission: end the trucker health epidemic. See how he went from the pool to “the pull” in Driven, the second installment in our Behind the Wheel trucker documentary series.

View the video here: Driven — Behind the Wheel Trucker Documentary