Whether you are a business-savvy expert or looking to start a new venture, we can help you sharpen your skills to take your business to the next level. We have partnered with chambers, local colleges, universities and training experts in the fields of finance, sales and business to provide a variety of lectures, courses and workshops throughout Hudson County. Our training ranges from two-hour lectures to six-week courses; in-depth, advanced training up to 15 weeks is also provided to established businesses.
We focus on helping businesses evaluate the realities of starting a business and help those in the early years of operating a new business to achieve stability and sustainable business practices. Financial education is a priority and we offer education topics ranging from: knowing and improving your credit score, financing and accounting tools to manage your business.
Business Smarts 2022
Business Planning in Times of Economic Change
Thursday, November 17th, 10:00-11:30 am
This webinar was developed to guide businessowners through the process of developing a business plan and provide participants with a hands-on systematic way to develop an outline, investigate and evaluate the resources and create a draft business plan. A particular focus will be placed on assessing aspects of the business plan to meet the challenges of economic change and disruptions like the COVID-19 crisis. In this workshop, participants will learn how to:
- Research and analyze the individual components needed for a business plan
- Apply skills to create a business plan for different audiences, including investors and banks
- Explain the purpose and future of your business in easy to understand terms
- Describe your marketing, sales, and planning strategies and more
For More Information & to Register, Visit: Business Planning in Times of Economic Change
Disaster Preparedness for Your Business
Wednesday, September 21st, 10:00 am-11:30 am
This Live Webinar will focus on preparing for disaster, insurances a business should have in place and resources in the event of a disaster. Participants will learn how to shift their business from a state of vulnerability to a state of readiness with a sound and actionable plan that will help avoid costly and disruptive incidents.
For More Information & to Register, Visit: Disaster Preparedness for Your Business
This Live Webinar will address how access to capital is critical to many small businesses, yet most owners don’t understand how to determine what they qualify for, what money is available to them and the roadblocks they may face obtaining financing. This workshop was created to address these issues as well as inform business owners of what’s expected of them in obtaining capital. This workshop will focus on the following areas:
- Financing options available to small businesses
- What lenders look for
- Matching the right financing program to your needs
- How to prepare for a meeting with a lender
- Identify issues that will “kill” your deal
For More Information & to Register, Visit: Basics of Financing Your Business
Digital Marketing & Social Media
Thursday, November 10th, 10:00-11:30 am
This Live Webinar will address the basics of harnessing the power of digital, within the context of an organization’s marketing strategy. Digital marketing is an important part of a business’ promotional mix and social media platforms are valuable tools to use in a marketing communications strategy. This workshop, will cover:
- Using your website to build a foundation for communicating content
- Integrating digital marketing into your overall promotions
- Search Engine Optimization
- Key aspects of popular social media platforms
For More Information & to Register, Visit: Digital Marketing & Social Media
Climate Change Business Resiliency Free Webinar Series
Disaster Preparedness for Your Business
September 21, 10:00 am-11:00 am
This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the essentials for developing and executing a preparedness plan. For more information and to register, visit Disaster Preparedness for Your Business
Identifying Key Climate Hazards
September 27, 10:00 am-11:00 am
This webinar will provide information and examples of climate disasters. Participants will learn about potential barriers to preparedness. For more information and to register, visit Identifying Key Climate Hazards
Business Risk Assessment
October 5, 10:00 am-11:00 am
This webinar will guide participants through the basics of conducting a risk assessment of their business and prioritizing investments. For more information and to register, visit Business Risk Assessment
October 18, 10:00 am-11:00 am
This final webinar will help participants develop strategies and a recovery plan. Participants will be guided on adapting to short and long-term changes in the business environment. For more information and to register, visit Action Plans
Small Business Resiliency Network
The Hudson County Economic Development Corporation is proud be a part of the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC)’s 20-organization cohort of the Small Business Resiliency Network. With the generous support of the Wells Fargo Foundation, the Small Business Resiliency Network would ensure that businesses are prepared for disasters and have adaptation strategies in place to strengthen the resilience of communities through the resilience of small businesses.
The HCEDC will offer a range of services in partnership with various organizations including educational webinars, as well as access to disaster recovery experts and Hudson County Community College interns.
To learn more about the Small Business Resiliency Network, contact Michelle Richardson, Executive Director or Rosennies Feliz, Program Coordinator at (201) 369-4370, ext. 2 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information regarding the Wells Fargo Foundation/Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) partnership, please visit: LISC Launches Pilot Program with Wells Fargo Grant to Help Small Businesses Build Disaster Resilience
Energy Incentives for the Business Community- Including Direct Install, Energy Assessments, Rebates and More Webinar
The HCEDC joined the Passaic County Division of Economic Development for a Live Webinar: Energy Incentives for the Business Community- Including Direct Install, Energy Assessments, Rebates and More on April 29th.