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Upcoming Workshops & Training Events

*The posted duration of the SBDC workshops are approximate. Workshops may be shorter or longer depending on the content and attendee participation. The SBDC reserves the right to cancel any workshop.*

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. NO REFUNDS. Transfer of payment to another workshop can be accommodated with prior notice and approval.

Farmingdale State College students, faculty, and staff may attend our workshops free of charge.  Some exclusions may apply.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

7:00pm  to 9:00pm

Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club-

Is Your Invention a Tax Write-Off?


Information presented at this meeting.......

  • Is your invention a tax write-off?
  • What are the different types of business formation?
  • Which formation is best for your business?

Pre-registration is required.

Speaker: Joseph Scarpa, C.P.A. PC
Accounting - Tax Services- Business Logistics

Joseph Scarpa has been a CPA since 1990 specializing in small businesses, including start-ups. Mr. Scarpa started his career with KPMG, one of the big 4 accounting firms, in the audit department. Mr. Scarpa has extensive audit experience and forensic accounting experience.

Conference Center (by golf driving range)


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Thursday, March 14, 2019

9:30am to 11:30am

How to Create a Winning Proposal

This workshop will help businesses understand how to write winning proposals for government contracts. By the end of the workshop, businesses will be able to identify contract opportunities realistic for them, understand how the government describes what it needs, prepare responsive and effective proposals, and improve their chances at winning government contracting. Pre-registration is required. Coffee will be served.

Presenter: Lauren Linakis, SBDC Business Advisor

Campus Commons Building (behind Campus Center)

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:30am to 11:30am

Employee or Independent Contractor?

Business owners frequently choose to classify workers as independent contractors, but that classification-- Employee or Independent Contractor? -- is determined by law, not by choice. In this workshop we will discuss the indicators that determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor, and become familiar with various government agencies' approach to this issue. We will provide information about the various factors that come into play, how those factors influence each other, and what Business Owners should think about in making classification decisions.
Misclassification by an Employer can lead to costly penalties. This workshop will give Employers the information they need to avoid those mistakes.  Pre-registration is required.  Coffee will be served.

Thomas M. Farrell, Esq., TMF Law Offices, P.C. 


Conference Center (by golf driving range)

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 Fee: $10.00  Register Online

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

9:30am to 11:30am

Personal Branding

Personal Branding is identifying your assets, characteristics, strengths, and skills as an individual. Understanding Personal Branding will provide advantages in your participant's personal and professional lives. Branding is a mix of how you present yourself and how others see you. It is important to be aware of how you are viewed.   Workshop Objectives:

  • Define your image.
  • Control your image.
  • Manage your brand in a crisis.
  • Develop a professional appearance.

Pre-registration is required.  Coffee will be served.

 Presenter: Joann Venezia, CEO, YPI Consultants

Conference Center (by golf driving range)

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Thursday, March 28, 2019


WordPress 101

This workshop will teach you the basics of setting up and running a WordPress site for your business. Topics covered will include an overview of WordPress, its advantages and disadvantages, what you need to get started, how to set up your site and get it online, keeping your site secure and more....  Pre-registration is required.  Coffee will be served.

Presenter: Gary J. Weiner, PCQB WordPress Solutions

Conference Center (by golf driving range)

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Thursday, April 4, 2019


Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

This workshop is geared towards helping Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs avoid "overwhelm" in goal setting. This information will help you become familiar with the goal setting process and how to develop skills to create S.M.A.R.T goals and achieve the success desired. Pre-registration required.  Coffee will be served.

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Patricia Barrington, V.I.P Speaker-Victory.Influence.Power-The Women's Empowerment Coach

Conference Center (by golf driving range)

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Fee: $10.00 Register Online