Upcoming Sessions

As community leaders and conveners, both the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce and the Angelo State University Small Business Development Center are dedicated to provide the San Angelo business community with relevant, accurate and useful information in a timely manner. All details regarding sessions will be posted at this page. Keep up with the ASU-SBDC on Facebook, as well as the Chamber Facebook.

Previous Sessions Available On Demand

Anti-Fraud and Embezzlement in a COVID-19 Environment – Friday, June 26 @ 11:00 am

Being mindful of fraud in today’s environment is more important than ever with so many people working with fewer employees or working remotely. Pressures and opportunities to commit fraud are increased with the current economic uncertainty, and it’s important to create and maintain internal controls to protect your business and your employees.

When: Friday, June 26 @ 11:00 am
Where: Online via Zoom
Speaker: Gayla Thornton, CPA and Partner, Armstrong Backus & Co., LLP

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A Return to Normal: Cybersecurity Ramifications – Friday, June 19 @ 11:00 am

Join us as we discuss some of the ramifications on cybersecurity as it relates to returning to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as there were additional threats and vulnerabilities associated with transitioning to a remote or work from home environment, there will be new considerations as we transition back to a normal business environment. Some of the issues we’ll discuss include: updating your cybersecurity policy and plans, lessons learned, data protection and transfers, sterilization of returning equipment, and reinforcing good cyber hygiene practices with your workforce. At the conclusion of the presentation, we’ll answer as many questions as we can.

When: Friday, June 19 @ 11:00 am
Where: Online via Zoom
Speaker: Troy Richardson, Business Development Specialist, UTSA SBDC Center for Government Contracting

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Actions to Help Your Business Recover – Friday, June 12 @ 11:00 am

This session will focus on action steps your business can take today and in the near future to help your business survive and thrive as the state of Texas begins to re-open for business. Hear from the ASU-SBDC certified business advisors on how to help your business recover. Attendees will also receive an overview of the San Angelo & the Concho Valley COVID-19 Business Recovery Plan, a resource created by the Economic Recovery Task Force.

When: Friday, June 12 @ 11:00 am
Where: Online via Zoom
Speakers: Dezaray Johnson, Certified Business Advisor, ASU-SBDC, James Leavelle, Certified Business Advisor, ASU-SBDC, and Alejandro Castanon, Certified Business Advisor, ASU-SBDC

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Alternative Financing Options for COVID-19 Relief – Friday, June 5 @ 11:00 am

Many business owners have found some financial relief with the Disaster funding provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Many businesses may need additional funding options. During this session, the ASU-SBDC will cover some additional financing opportunities to help businesses find financial relief during the Covid-19 crisis. We will cover alternative financing options and highlight local opportunities specific to the San Angelo area.

When: Friday, June 5 @ 11:00 am
Where: Online via Zoom
Speakers: Dave Erickson, Director and Certified Business Advisor, ASU-SBDC and Dezaray Johnson, Certified Business Advisor, ASU-SBDC

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Don’t Stop Networking – Friday, May 29 @ 11:00 am

Join us for this free session to learn valuable tips and tricks to keep networking and thriving during COVID-19! Your featured speaker is Steve Black, Executive Director at BNI West Texas. Network like a pro after attending this session!

When: Friday, May 29 @ 11:00 am
Where: Online via Zoom
Speakers: Steve Black, Executive Director, BNI West Texas

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Business Recovery Plan: Tools & Information for Your Small Business – Friday, May 22 @ 11:00 am

The San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, the Angelo State University Small Business Development Center, and fellow community leaders are dedicated to reviving our economy following the impact of COVID-19 on our community. Through the creation of the Economic Recovery Task Force, economic development partners in San Angelo have come together to address the challenges businesses will face throughout the recovery process.

Join us for this free session and learn about the steps to take toward recovery, access valuable recovery resources, and hear from leading economic development individuals and organizations.

When: Friday, May 22 @ 11:00 am
Where: Online via Zoom
Speakers: Economic Recovery Task Force

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Digital Marketing – Connecting with Your Customers – Thursday, May 21 @ 9:00 am

Marketing is increasingly taking place in digital spaces. Your customers, and prospects, are looking to engage online. This workshop will cover the essentials of digital marketing in 2020. New marketers will learn the basics and understand how to effectively spend their time and money. Experience marketers will get important updates regarding algorithms, search engine optimization, and tools that make you better. We’ll have plenty of time for Q&A so bring your hard questions!

Your speaker is S. David Ramirez. S. David Ramirez is a digital marketer and events manager for TINT, a company that makes marketing software for the world’s top brands. David speaks at conferences around the country about digital marketing, social media, and user-generated content. He is a guest marketing instructor at the U.T. San Antonio Institute for Economic Development, a mentor in the Break Fast and Launch Culinary Accelerator, and executive director of San Japan, an annual conference the brings over 20,000 attendees to downtown San Antonio. Mostly, he’s just a nerd. Talk to him about anime, video games, or marketing.

When: Thursday, May 21 @ 9:00 am
Where: Online via Zoom
Speakers: S. David Ramirez, User Generated Content Evangelist at TINT

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Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) – Friday, May 15 @ 11:00 am

Join us for a webinar to learn about paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) with featured speakers from the U.S. Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division! Information to be covered include the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA).

When: Friday, May 15 @ 11:00 am
Where: Online via Microsoft Teams
Speakers: Brenda Hernandez – Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist and Rosalinda Huffman – Assistant District Director

Contact communications@sanangelo.org if you’re interested in accessing this session on demand.

Shifting Your Mindset: Maintaining Control through Chaos and Crisis – Friday, May 8 @ 11:00 am

Leadership is easy when all is working well. It is when we are challenged or blindsided that leadership becomes difficult and our leadership is tested. It is at these times the test for real leadership begins. Right now with Covid-19, the small business environment is difficult and challenging. We are on uncharted waters amidst a storm.

Research shows that uncertainty breeds stress. It also shows stress and anxiety are magnified by focusing on things out of our control. Now is the perfect time to hone our leadership skills through this uncharted time. We need to tap into new ways of thinking and new ideas as never before.

Join the Chamber and guest Becky Benes, Certified Business Coach, as she shares with you strategies you can take NOW, to shift your mindset, tap into ideas and take powerful actions so you can step into the powerful and authentic leader required of you to get through these turbulent times.

When: Friday, May 8 @ 11:00 am
Where: Online via Zoom Webinars
Speaker: Becky Benes, Certified Business Coach at Oneness of Life Leadership Development

Contact communications@sanangelo.org if you’re interested in accessing this session on demand.

COVID-19 Tax Updates – Friday, May 1 @ 11:00 am

Join us for a live Q & A to learn about COVID-19 tax updates! Topics include the impact of COVID-19 on your bookkeeping needs, as well as important information regarding future filings.

When: Friday, May 1 @ 11:00 am
Where: Online via Zoom Webinars
Speaker: Brad Fly, Armstrong, Backus & Co., LLP

Contact communications@sanangelo.org if you’re interested in accessing this session on demand.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Small Business Websites – Tuesday, April 28 @ 11:00 am

Technology changes fast. Have you ever felt like you’re three steps behind the rest of the world when it comes to understanding what your small business needs in the form of a website? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

In this webinar, we start at the beginning and explain the basics behind content management systems, hosting, and website security. We’ll compare the pros and cons of the four largest web platforms: WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly to help you determine which is best for you and your small business.

​​​​​​​Take The URL Dr’s quiz to help you figure out the best web platform to use. After this presentation you’ll be better educated to make intelligent decisions about websites and your small business.

When: Tuesday, April 28 @ 11:00 am
Where: Online via WebinarJam
Speakers: Kim Merritt – The URL Dr. and Kim Labrum – Idaho SBDC

Topics include:
– Basics of content management systems
– Pros and cons of WordPress, Wix, Weebly, Squarespace
– How to determine which website platform is best for your small business
– Basics of WordPress hosting
– How to determine the best WordPress hosting package
– Basics of website security
– How to keep your website safe
– Basics of responsive design and mobile friendliness
– Lead gen or sales in websites

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Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness: Best Practices – Friday, April 24 @ 11:00 am

Join us for a live Q&A with a local CPA and banker to better understand the Paycheck Protection Program and how to apply for forgiveness on the PPP Loan.

When: Friday, April 24 @ 11:00 am
Where: Online via Zoom
Speakers: Jeffrey McCormick – Oliver, Rainey & Wojtek and Casey Barrett – Texas Bank

Topics include:
– Overview of Paycheck Protection Program
– Details on how to manage PPP Loan funds
– Applying for PPP Loan Forgiveness
– Hear from a local CPA and Lender on tips for success

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