• Business Workshops & Mentoring

    Thinking of starting or expanding your business?

    We have the resources and mentors to assist you in gaining knowledge and marketing to reach your goals. Reach out to admin@jeffcountychamber.org for more information.

    Funded, in part, through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE provides free and confidential one-on-one business mentoring. SCORE also conduct workshops for both start-up entrepreneurs and seasoned small business owners. Our partnership is with the Greater Seattle SCORE chapter, one of the most dynamic and highly-skilled chapters in the nation.

    The Chamber’s commitment is to assist this community in re-imagining and revitalizing by investing in our community, and to strengthen the area by creating opportunities to assist our businesses in rebounding and sustainable growth. Our SCORE partnership is created to do just that.  Our educational classes and Workshops have been growing in the last few years, however, alone we cannot assist all levels of business on an ongoing basis with the specific target classes is not feasible. However, with this partnership we are excited to be able to fill that niche.  

    Upcoming SCORE Workshops

    Become a Small Business Owner Through Franchising

    Monday, December 5, 2022, 9:00am - 11:00am PST

    Franchising is a great way to become what you always wanted to be: A Small Business Owner. But before you take that big step, it’s important to learn from someone who has lived and breathed franchising for many years. This workshop allows you to hear from an expert and take away key learnings you’ll need for your franchising opportunity.

    Quickbooks Online Basics You Need to Know

    Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 9:00am - 12:00pm PST

    Want to get started the right way with QuickBooks Online? Want to learn the basic skills within QuickBooks Online so that you know you’re recording your business transactions properly? Want to know why QuickBooks Online is an excellent choice for small business accounting? Look no further as this workshop is exactly what you need!!

    Pay Per Click Advertising - Or How Not to Lose Your Shirt on Google

    Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST

    Imagine showing up in an online advertisement right when people are looking for you! Google makes it easy to get started with its advertising program, but it's even easier to waste gobs of money on it. Attend this workshop to learn how to write good ads, to effectively target them how to avoid costly keyword bidding wars and other common mistakes.

    Increase Sales and Profits with Pricing and Distribution Strategies

    Thursday, December 8, 2022, 9:00am - 11:00am PST

    Nothing hurts the profitability of your business more than choosing the wrong price for your products or services. In this workshop we show you a process for pricing your products. Since pricing a service is very different than a product, we cover the separate process for pricing your services. We also show you how to distribute your product or service efficiently.

    Financial Basics for New Small Businesses

    Thursday, December 8, 2022, 1:00pm - 4:00pm PST

    You’re starting a new business or are just bought a business. Great!! But . . . You’re worried about what your sales will be. Or if you can make a profit and how you will manage your cash flow. And the worst of it all, you’re all alone in your business!! If you need help in any of these areas, this workshop is for you!

    Legal Basics for Small Business Owners

    Friday, December 9, 2022, 9:00am - 12:00pm PST

    Want to know about choosing the right entity for your business? Want to ensure you know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor? Look no further! Here’s a SCORE workshop that will provide you the basics to help you comply with Federal, state and local laws, and minimize your legal risks in your daily transactions.

    Strategies to Identify and Reach Your Target Customers

    Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 9:00am - 11:00am PST

    You’ve developed a wonderful new product or service. Great! Now you need to find customers and get them to buy it. You do that by identifying your target market, creating your value proposition, marketing your brand message and then by creating a promotional plan. Learn how to do all these in these processes in this interactive workshop3

    How to Become a Facebook Master

    Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT

    Facebook is the largest and most important social media platform for business. Mastering this application can grow your business’s customers, sales and profits. This workshop will help you learn the essentials of how to post great content, leverage advertising and call features, develop schedules and routines, and more.

    Tax Savings Strategies for Small Businesses

    Thursday, December 15, 2022, 1:00pm - 4:00pm PST

    Do you want to know the 10 top tax saving strategies small business owners use to reduce their Federal taxes on their businesses and themselves? Do you want to see how other small business owners have implemented these strategies to save lots of taxes? If you answered "yes", you need to attend this workshop which is designed to save you money!

    Buying or Selling an Existing Business Step by Step

    Friday, December 16, 2022, 9:00am - 12:00pm PST

    You want to buy a business and become a small business owner. Great!! But how do you find one to buy? How do you avoid paying too much for the business? Where can you get financing? How do you finalize the deal? If these questions are those that are on your mind, then you need to take this workshop which has the answers to all of them!!

    Successfully Starting A New Business

    Saturday, December 17, 2022, 10:00am - 12:00pm PST

    Starting a new business can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Is your business able to conduct its affairs legally in Washington? Do you have the right insurance? What funding is available to launch your business? If you’re asking yourself any of these questions, you need to attend this workshop for start-up businesses in Washington!

    Tax Essentials for New and Existing Business Owners

    Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 9:00am - 11:30am PST

    You’ve started a new small business, or you’ve been in business for some time. Great! Yet you feel you may not be reporting and paying all your taxes properly. Look no further! Here’s a workshop that provides you the essential information about Federal, Washington & local taxes you need to know for your business, plus how to report and pay them!


     

    Get Free Business Advice from Experienced Mentors

    Mentors can:

    • Provide expertise & practical “know-how”
    • Help you optimize your business plans
    • Troubleshoot new strategies and ideas
    • Offer you proven business tools
    • Become your trusted small business advisor
    • And more

    The next success could be yours!

    In 2020 SCORE mentors helped start 45,027 businesses, create 74,535 non-owner new jobs and 119,562 total new jobs.

    Mentoring works. Small business owners who receive 3 or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth.

    • Let the Chamber help identify your small business needs and desired support and schedule your free mentoring session with a SCORE mentor. Since SCORE is a nonprofit resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), our mentoring services are free, regardless of the number of times you visit a mentor.
    • You can meet with one or several mentors via email, video, phone or online chat.
    • Our mentors are experienced in all aspects and stages of business development, whether you’re thinking of starting a business or growing your existing company.

    You can continue your relationship for 1 or more sessions and for the life of your business at NO COST to you. And reap great awards.

    What is better than one very passionate, forward-thinking entrepreneur working to make a business highly successful? How about two very passionate, forward-thinking entrepreneurs working on your business ownership goals? That is what SCORE offers to all small business owners: mentors who work alongside entrepreneurs to realize their small business ownership dreams.

    Get Chamber Membership Credit for Participating

    To assist you in making the decision to invest your time in educational endeavors we are providing this access along with up to $50 in membership credit for up to 3 workshops you take within a year through our partner, SCORE.   If you are currently a member, we will credit you with those funds toward your next annual membership investment and for non-members wishing to join the chamber these credits can apply to your initial investment or a renewal. All participating in this program have access to the Chamber incubation program as well as the Community Development Fund projects.

    How do I Participate in this Program?

    Fill out the inquiry form below. We'll help connect you to the mentoring and/or workshops that best meet your needs. Then, after you take the classes, just copy us with the completion notices from SCORE and you are good to go!

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    Prior to Arlene Alen taking on her current role as Executive Director of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, she served as CEO / President of a Northern AZ Chamber. Recently Alen was appointed to serve on the Jefferson County Planning Commission. Ms. Alen was elected to the Town Council of Dewey-Humboldt where she also served as Vice-Mayor. Alen is a member of the International Placemaking Leadership Council and represented the Town of Dewey-Humboldt on the Executive Board of CYMPO (Central Yavapai Municipal Planning Organization), the Yavapai County Water Advisory Commission, the Yavapai County Veterans Mental Health Advisory Commission as well as the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Neighborhood, Sustainability and Quality of Life Committee.

    A Fellow at the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership Center, Flinn Foundation, Alen earned degrees in Architecture & Design and is graduate of Pepperdine University’s Arbitration & Mediation program. She served as CEO of several nonprofits and served on multiple Boards of Directors including the Executive Board of Trustees for PATH Intl. (The Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship) and on the Executive Board of Directors, of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation.

    Ms. Alen is a founding Principal in TSRG, The Strategic Resource Group dedicated to assisting nonprofits and small businesses in achieving successful sustainability. She has earned the Institute of Organizational Management IOM Certification through the US Chamber of Commerce and is a completing candidate for CEcD certification through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Ms. Alen was awarded a Certification in Public Management (CPM) from Arizona State University. Alen is a graduate of the ASU-Lodestar Nonprofit Leadership Academy as well as the Prescott Area Leadership Academy Class XXll. She received the Quad-Cities Manager of the Year Award from the Lockheed Martin Leadership Association and the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce Award for Community Service.