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Dayton SCORE Workshops

Dayton SCORE offers a variety of free and fee-based business courses to meet your current situation and greatest business challenges. At the core of these workshops is a universal curriculum based on the SCORE BusinessWorx universal planning model which also provides a foundation for consistent counseling services and common counseling resources. We recommend the you follow a simple three step process to help structure the most beneficial educational experience for your needs.

Step 1: Evaluate your current education needs

  • Your current business situation:
    • Start-up, launch, and first year of operations;
    • Stabilize, position, and recover a struggling business; and
    • Compete aggressively and grow a successful business.
  • Your highest priority business performance or business operations challenges:
    • Problems that need to be solved to survive, stabilize, and recover;
    • Needs that need to be met to compete aggressively and grow; and
    • Opportunities that can be leveraged to speed or enhance the start-up, recovery, or growth process.

Step 2: Select the best workshop

  • SCORE counselors can help you maximize your education experience through individual counseling;
  • Register early and confirm your attendance for the applicable workshops; and
  • Arrive on time, register, participate in the program and network with other attendees.

Step 3: Apply what you have learned

Because most of these workshops are “basic orientation” or a specific subject matter in nature we strongly recommend that after you have attended your chosen workshop, that you contact your local SCORE office to learn more about how your local SCORE volunteers can help to maximize your workshop experience through additional workshops, webinars, counseling services and valuable resources.

For a printout of scheduled profit and non-profit workshops click here.


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Dayton SCORE presents: Small Business Simple Steps to Success Series

Dayton SCORE in partnership with MidUSA Credit Union introduce the proven Simple Steps to Business Success Series

A unique opportunity: This unique five week series presented by Dayton SCORE integrates core business principles, proven business strategies into a powerful business planning process designed to successfully launch new business start-ups, stabilize and recover struggling existing businesses and to help successful ones to compete and grow.

Bring your laptop and prepare to engage: A $200.00 value, this $90 special program deploys a proven, interactive curriculum designed to engage you in a simple step process to becoming a successful, new business entrepreneur or a better existing business owner, leader or manager while investing in your personal development.
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Small Business Simple Steps to Success Series
(Saturday, February 13, 2016)

Small Business Simple Steps

Start-up Track           Recovery/Growth Track

Saturday, 02/13/2016 9:00AM/11:00AM             Discovery                    Discovery

The first session will start buy sharing on some realistic marketplace perspective on today’s Experience-driven marketplace while helping you to discover your business DNA and your current business situation (Start-up, recovery or growth).

Thursday, 02/18/2016 3:30PM/5:30PM               Feasibility                   Assessment

The second session will focus on a more detailed look at todays sustainable business structure and the key business performance functions of the front-office and operations functions of the back-office of today’s business. You will learn to focus on the highest priority challenges (problems, needs, opportunities) facing your new or existing business and equip you solve those challenges through a proven planning process.

Saturday, 02/20/2016 9:00AM/11:00AM              Planning                     Planning

In this session, using the proven Dayton SCORE BusinessWorx contemporary business planning model, you will begin to scale the model to your business size and type and focus it on your specific challenges and solutions.

Tuesday, 02/23/2016 3:30PM/5:30PM                  Planning                     Planning

In this session you will transfer your business challenges to the business plan and identify viable solutions and strategies designed to impact those challenges.

Saturday, 02/27/2016 9:00AM/11:00AM               Launch                        Implementation

In the last session you will finish your start-up, recovery or growth plan and learn the key elements to a successful plan implementation. You will finish the series with a working start-up, recovery or growth plan and a valuable planning model that you can use to meet your business goals for years to come.

MidUSA  Directions: All of the simple steps sessions will be held at the MidUSA Middletown main office. The offices are located just west of the intersection of I-75 and State Route 122.

(Please do not contact MidUSA to register or for information on the series)

Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM
MidUSA Credit Union - MIddletown Main Office
3600 Towne Blvd, Suite A
Middletown, OH 45005

Online Registration

For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org

   Current Situation: Business Start-up Workshops

Education for entrepreneurs that what to start a for-profit business.
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MidUSA - Small Business Start-Up Orientation
(Tuesday, February 16, 2016)

Dreaming of Starting a New Business?

Targeted audience: This Workshop curriculum is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs who have a dream of starting a new for-profit business or non-profit organization and do not have a clear understanding of where to begin and how to proceed.

Workshop description: Part one of this free workshop provides some basic business and realistic marketplace perspective while identifying traditional and contemporary business success factors. Part two of this highly interactive program provides additional new business start-up perspective and identifies the start-up process and what is required for building an effective start-up plan.

Key audience benefits:

•     Provides general business perspectives

•     Provides a realistic marketplace perspectives - External business impact

•     Provides realistic business start-up perspectives

•     Helps attendee to evaluate their personal business leadership DNA

•     Introduces the balanced business model concept to support new business start-up

•     Identifies the key steps in the business start-up process

•     Provides and introduction to the business start-up planning process

•     Introduces the SCORE universal business planning model

•     How to use the planning to identify start-up best practices and core business principles

•     Prepares attendee for the new business start-up series of four paid group counseling sessions


Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM
MidUSA Credit Union - Middletown Main Office
3600 Towne Blvd, Suite A
Middletown, OH 45005

Online Registration

For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org

Small Business Start-Up Orientation
(Saturday, February 13, 2016)

Dreaming of Starting a New Business?

Workshop Description:

Part one of this free workshop provides some basic business and realistic marketplace perspective while identifying traditional and contemporary business success factors. Part two of this highly interactive program provides additional new business start-up perspective and identifies the start-up process and what is required for building an effective start-up plan.

Key Audience Benefits:

  1. Provides general business perspectives
  2. Provides a realistic marketplace perspectives - External business impact
  3. Provides realistic business start-up perspectives
  4. Helps attendee to evaluate their personal business leadership DNA
  5. Introduces the balanced business model concept to support new business start-up
  6. Identifies the key steps in the business start-up process
  7. Provides and introduction to the business start-up planning process
  8. Introduces the SCORE universal business planning model
  9. How to use the planning to identify start-up best practices and core business principles
  10. Prepares attendee for the new business start-up series of four paid group counseling sessions

Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 10:00 AM - NOON
Washington-Centerville Public Library
111 West Spring Valley Pike
Dayton, OH 45458

Online Registration

For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org


   Current Situation: Business Recovery Workshops

Education for existing business executives that need to stabilize and recover a struggling business.
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MidUSA - Small Business Recovery Orientation
(Tuesday, March 15, 2016)

Need to Stabilize a Struggling Business?

Workshop Description:

Part one of this free workshop provides some basic business and realistic marketplace perspective while identifying traditional and contemporary business success factors. Part two of this highly interactive program provides additional business recovery perspective and identifies the recovery process and what is required for building an effective tactical recovery plan.

Key Audience Benefits:

  1. Provides general business perspectives
  2. Provides a realistic marketplace perspective - External forces of impact
  3. Provides realistic business recovery perspective
  4. Helps attendee to evaluate their personal business leadership DNA
  5. Introduces the balanced business model concept to support businesses recovery
  6. Identifies the key steps in the business recovery process
  7. Provides and introduction to the tactical business recovery planning process
  8. Introduces the SCORE universal business planning model
  9. How to use the planning model for identifying recovery assessment - problems and challenges
  10. How to use the planning model for identifying recovery solutions (strategies)
  11. Prepares attendee for the new business recovery series of four paid group counseling sessions

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM
MidUSA Credit Uniion - Middletown Main Office
3600 Towne Blvd. Suite A
Middletown, OH 45005

Workshop -- Registration process starts on Monday, February 22, 2016.

For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org

   Situation: Business Growth Workshops

Education for existing business executives that want to compete and grow a successful business.
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MidUSA - Small Business Growth Orientation
(Thursday, March 24, 2016)

Want to Grow a Successful Business?

Target Audience: This workshop is for the existing business owners and executives that want to compete aggressively to grow their already successful business and for those that realize the need to stabilize and recover a struggling business. The curriculum is also designed to give a clear understanding of where to begin to do this.

Workshop Description: This highly interactive program provides some basic business and realistic marketplace perspectives while identifying traditional and contemporary business success factors. It will also provide additional business growth and recovery perspectives, as well as to identify what both the growth and recovery process is and what each process requires for building an effective strategic plan.

 Key Audience Benefits:

•     Helps attendee to evaluate their personal business leadership DNA

•     Introduces the balanced business model concept to support business growth and recovery

•     Identifies the key steps in the business growth and recovery process

•     Provides and introduction to the tactical and strategic business growth and recovery planning process

•     Introduces the SCORE universal business planning model

•     How to use the planning model for business growth assessment – needs and opportunities

•     How to use the planning model for identifying recovery assessment – problems and challenges

•     How to use the planning model for strategic business solutions for growth and recovery planning

•     Prepares attendee for the new business growth and recovery series of four paid group counseling sessions


Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM
MidUSA Credit Union - Middletown Main Office
3600 Towne Blvd. Suite A
Middletown, OH 45005

Workshop -- Registration process starts on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org

Want to Grow a Successful Business?
(Saturday, February 27, 2016)

Simple Steps to Small Business Growth Orientation

Workshop Description:

Part one of this free orientation workshop provides some basic business and realistic marketplace perspective while identifying traditional and contemporary business success factors. Part two of this highly interactive program provides additional business growth perspective and identifies the growth process and what is required for building an effective strategic growth plan. 

Key Audience Benefits:

  1. Provides general business perspectives
  2. Provides a realistic marketplace perspective - External business impact
  3. Provides business growth perspective
  4. Helps attendee to evaluate their personal business leadership DNA
  5. Introduces the balanced business model concept to support business growth
  6. Identifies the key steps in the business growth process
  7. Provides and introduction to the strategic business growth planning process
  8. Introduces the SCORE universal business planning model
  9. How to use the planning model for business growth assessment - needs and opportunities
  10. How to use the planning model for strategic business growth planning - solutions (strategies)
  11. Prepares attendee for the business growth series of four paid group counseling sessions

Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 10:00 AM - NOON
Washington-Centerville Public Library
111 West Spring Valley Pike
Dayton, OH 45458

Online Registration

For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org

   Highest Impact Challenges: Business Performance Workshops

Education to support business start-up, tactical recovery or strategic growth business plans through top-line --- leadership, marketing, sales, distribution, promotion, advertising, and customer service business functions and strategies designed to acquire customers, increase sales, revenue, profit, customer service and employee productivity.
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Introduction to Web-Based Marketing and Website Design

Want to Harness the Internet?

Target Audience: Entrepreneurs who have a dream for their for-profit business or non-profit organization but do not have a clear understanding of how to economically market their organization.

Workshop Description: A practical "How-To" overview of web-based marketing and determine how it fits your organization. Time for individualized question and answer discussion with experienced marketers.

Key Audience Benefits: Attendees will: achieve an understanding of how to incorporate web-based marketing to generate sales, limiting the cost of marketing using on-line methods, and when it is most effective to use a professional. A worksheet is provided that contains key web links to resources needed to effectively market online.

Expected Outcomes: This workshop will provide a broad overview of web-based marketing that will provide you with an understanding of:

  1. Marketing basics used in web based marketing,
  2. The steps to create a professional looking website,
  3. The role of your website as the foundation for economical marketing,
  4. How to increase site traffic and the search engine ranking of your website,
  5. How to evaluate the performance of your website, and
  6. Incorporating social media into your web based marketing.

Expected Outcome: Attendees will acquire the knowledge and information to make educated decisions about what types of digital marketing are most effective for their type of new or existing business and what it will cost.

Note: Four additional paid group sessions make up this series: advanced website creation, creating a website using Wordpress, effective search engine optimization and analytic tools, and using social media marketing.


For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org

MidUSA - Small Business Tune-up Series - Business Productivity
(Thursday, February 25, 2016)

Improve Bottom-line Business Productivity with a Back-office Business Tune-up

Workshop duration: 2 hours (Free Lunch and learn)

Targeted audience: This workshop curriculum is designed for existing business owners, executives or operations managers that want to improve their bottom-line business performance through effective cost control and management of back-office business functions.

Workshop description: This free lunch and learn provides basic insight into the key elements of the back-office business functions such as administration, human resources, finance, operations and production. It introduces core business performance principles, key front-office business functions and proven resource management, operations and production strategies that can help prevent, manage and reduce costs while delivering quality produces and services.  

Key audience benefits:

  1. The curriculum introduces the sustainable business model concept to support back-office business functions.
  2. It provides and overview of the six key business operations (back-office) functions.
  3. It identifies core business principles and proven strategies under each key business function.
  4. It provides a check list for identifying key business operations challenges that are impacting office efficiency, operating and production costs and employee productivity.
  5. It identifies a process by which you can apply solutions to these challenges and work with a SCORE counselor to improve business operations.
  6. Prepares the attendee for continued SCORE counseling or additional educational opportunities to build on their back-office challenges and solutions.

Expected outcomes:

Attendees will walk away from this seminar with a clear understanding of their business operations challenges and viable solutions that they can implement to create a bottom-line impact on their business. They will be able to connect with a SCORE counselor or other resources that can help them to implement their new solutions.

Note: This seminar is designed to lead attendees into other free and fee based workshops and/or free counseling the help them to improve the operations of their business.

Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
MidUSA Credit Union - Middletown Main Office
3600 Towne Blvd., Suite A
Middletown, OH 45005

Online Registration

For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org

Small Business Marketing, Sales, and Service
(Wednesday, February 17, 2016)

Want to Increase Your Front-Office Business Performance?

Workshop Description:

This free workshop provides basic insight into the key elements of front-office business functions such as strategic and tactical marketing, promotion, initial, transition and lifecycle sales, and customer service. It introduces the business performance planning process and how it can impact business goals, objectives and stakeholder expectations.

Key Audience Benefits:

  1. Introduces the balanced business model concept to support front-office performance
  2. Introduces the SCORE universal business planning model - Business Performance
  3. How to use the planning model for business assessment. Assessing current front-office challenges (Problems, needs and opportunities)
  4. How to use the planning model for planning. Identifying front-office challenge solutions, best practices and core business principles
  5. Introduces the tactical planning mind map
  6. Introduces the front-office budgeting process
  7. Prepares the attendee for the two part group counseling series designed to help the attendee to prepare a front-office business performance plan.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Washington-Centerville Public Library
111 West Spring Valley Pike
Dayton, OH 45458

Online Registration

For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org

Small Business Planning Orientation

Business Planning

Targeted audience: Existing business owners, executives or managers that want to learn how to build and implement effective business plans that can drive realistic business goals and objectives while meeting stakeholder expectations.

Workshop description: This free workshop provides some basic business and realistic marketplace perspective while identifying traditional and contemporary business success factors. Part two of this interactive program provides additional business growth perspective and identifies the growth process and what is required for building an effective strategic growth plan.

Key audience benefits:

  1. Provides general business perspectives
  2. Provides a realistic marketplace perspective - External force of impact
  3. Provides and introduction to the business planning process
  4. Introduction to the SCORE universal business planning model
  5. How to use the planning model for business assessment.   Assessing current business challenges (Problems, needs and opportunities)
  6. How to use the planning model for planning. Identifying challenge solutions, best practices and core business principles
  7. Introduces the tactical planning mind map
  8. Introduces the budgeting process
  9. Prepares the attendee for the three part planning workshop series designed to prepare a formal business plan.

For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org

Social Media Marketing

Supercharge your small business sales using internet based marketing

This workshop is designed to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations effectively use email and social media marketing to build closer relationships with customers and supporters.  This is a workshop for beginners in online marketing who want to accomplish more in less time - with a small budget.  Topics covered will include:

1.  What type of content to use in your campaigns;
2.  How to get more people to read your messages;
3.  How to get more action- or reaction to your promotions;
4.  Why using images on social media networks creates higher engagement; and
5.  Why your content should be mobile-friendly.

You’ll learn what it means to run effective email and/or social media marketing campaigns and what tools you can use to measure the success of your efforts without spending lots of time or money.

Participants will leave with a worksheet of ideas for timing their messages, how to write a winning subject line,  what kinds of offers to try and how to approach their next outreach project. 


For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org

Want to Increase Sales, Revenue, and Profits?

Workshop Description:

This free workshop provides basic orientation to the Next Generation - Buyer Experience selling process. It introduces the buyer perspective selling process and identifies the four types of selling and the steps to increasing sales performance in today′s highly competitive marketplace.

Key Audience Benefits:

  1. Provides an introduction to selling to today′s experience based consumer
  2. Introduces the four types of selling
  3. Identifies the four types of seller and buyer profiles
  4. Highlights the buyer - seller compatibility process
  5. Introduces the next generation seller success factors (20% and 80% factors)
  6. Highlights the natural buying and universal selling process alignment conept
  7. Highlights the steps in the next generation - buyer perspective selling process
  8. Discusses the selling process scaling process
  9. Identifies the selling steps success factors
  10. Prepares the attendee for their applicable sales strategies workshops
For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org

Winning or Losing in Business Today?

Small Business Success Orientation

Targeted Audience:

This Workshop curriculum is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs who are dreaming about starting a new business and current business owners, operators, executives and managers who want a realistic assessment of their current business situation.

Workshop Description:

This workshop is designed to give potential new business start-up entrepreneurs and existing business owners a fresh perspective on today’s experienced based marketplace and a realistic assessment of their current business situation.

Key Audience Benefits:

  1. Provides a realistic marketplace perspective;
  2. Profiles today’s experience generation consumer;
  3. Focuses on defining small business;
  4. How to measure small business success;
  5. How to assess your current situation assessment; and
  6. Prepares attendee for one of the three simple steps orientation programs
For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org

   Highest Impact Challenges: Business Operations Workshops

Education to support business start-up, tactical recovery or strategic growth business plans through bottom-line – management, human resources, finance, operations and production business functions and strategies designed to prevent or reduce costs, manage and control expenses, improve efficiency and produce quality offerings.
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MidUSA - Small Business Operations Tune-up
(Tuesday, March 01, 2016)

Improve Bottom-line Business Productivity with a Back-Office Business Tune-Up

Workshop duration: 2 hours (free Lunch and learn)

Targeted audience: This workshop curriculum is designed for existing business owners, executives or operations managers that want to improve their bottom-line business performance through effective cost control and management of back-office business functions.

Workshop description: This free lunch and learn provides basic insight into the key elements of the back-office business functions such as administration, human resources, finance, operations and production. It introduces core business performance principles, key front-office business functions and proven resource management, operations and production strategies that can help prevent, manage and reduce costs while delivering quality produces and services.  

Key audience benefits:

  1. The curriculum introduces the sustainable business model concept to support back-office business functions.
  2. It provides and overview of the six key business operations (back-office) functions.
  3. It identifies core business principles and proven strategies under each key business function.
  4. It provides a check list for identifying key business operations challenges that are impacting office efficiency, operating and production costs and employee productivity.
  5. It identifies a process by which you can apply solutions to these challenges and work with a SCORE counselor to improve business operations.
  6. Prepares the attendee for continued SCORE counseling or additional educational opportunities to build on their back-office challenges and solutions.

Expected outcomes:

Attendees will walk away from this seminar with a clear understanding of their business operations challenges and viable solutions that they can implement to create a bottom-line impact on their business. They will be able to connect with a SCORE counselor or other resources that can help them to implement their new solutions.

Note: This seminar is designed to lead attendees into other free and fee based workshops and/or free counseling the help them to improve the operations of their business.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
MidUSA Credit Union - Middletown Main Office
3600 Towne Blvd, Suite A
Middletown, OH 45005

Online Registration

For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org

Want to Improve Bottom-Line Business Productivity?

Small Business Management, Finance, HR, Operations, and Production Orientation

Workshop Description:

This free workshop provides basic insight into the key elements of back-office business functions such as administration, human resources, finance, operations and production. It introduces the business operations planning process and how it can imact business goals, objectives and stakeholder expectations.

 Key Audience Benefits:

  1. Introduces the balanced business model concept to support back-office operations
  2. Introduction to the SCORE universal business planning model - Business Operation
  3. How to use the planning model for business assessment. Assessing current back-office challenges (Problems, needs and opportunities)
  4. How to use the planning model for planning. Identifying back-office challenge solutions, best practices and core business principles
  5. Introduces the tactical planning mind map
  6. Introduces the back-office budgeting process
  7. Prepares the attendee for the two part planning workshop series designed to prepare a back-office business operations plan.

For more information about SCORE workshops or mentoring services, visit our website at www.daytonscore.org, call us at 937-225-2887, or send email to score@daytonscore.org



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