• 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

    Top Automation Tools and Technology for Small Businesses
    Tuesday, March 7th, 9:00am - 12:00pm PT

    You've started a new business, but now you need a point-of-sale system, website host, accounting system, and payroll system. Where do you go for advice? Look no further! Here's a workshop that will give the answers to these automation questions plus provide you insight into many of the best small business technologies available today.

    LinkedIn Marketing Essentials for Business
    Wednesday, March 8th, 9:00am - 12:00pm PT

    LinkedIn is the Number One B2B social media platform with over 740 million users. Using LinkedIn for networking yourself and your business is fundamental if your business is selling to other businesses. This workshop will not only help you to use LinkedIn effectively and efficiently, but also drive your brand recognition sales.

    Buying or Selling an Existing Business Step by Step
    Thursday, March 9th, 9:00am - 12:00pm PT

    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!!

    Creating a Quick Business Plan in Three Hours
    Monday, March 13th, 1:00pm - 4:00pm PT

    You have a great business idea, but what's the next step in starting the business? Join other entrepreneurs in this hands-on workshop in which you will first write your "Unique Value Statement" that concisely describes your product or service and its value. Using the "Lean Canvas," you will write a draft one-page business plan - all in three hours!

    Financing Your Small Business
    Tuesday, March 14th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm PT

    You need money to get your business off the ground or to expand when the opportunity arises. How much do you need? Where do you turn? Want to know about choosing the right kind of financing for your business? Here's a SCORE workshop that will provide you the basics as to the many, many alternatives there are for financing a small business like yours!!

    Becoming a Facebook Master: The Latest Tips and Tricks for Facebook
    Wednesday, March 15th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm PT

    Facebook is the largest and most important social media platform for business. Mastering this application can grown 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.

    Strategies to Identify and Reach Your Target Customers
    Thursday, March 16th, 9:00am - 11:00am PT

    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 processes in this interactive workshop.

    Taxes for Small Business
    Thursday, March 16th, 12:00pm - 2:00pm PT

    Reporting and paying taxes are crucial for any successful small business. In this SCORE workshop, learn about the federal, state, and local taxes you need to report and pay based on your business's sales and profits and the salaries paid to your employees. We also discuss the records you need to keep to ensure you are audit-ready.

    Tax Essential for New and Existing Business Owners
    Friday, March 17th, 9:00am - 11:30am PT

    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!

    Quickbooks Online Basics You Need to Know
    Saturday, March 18th, 9:00am - 12:00pm PT

    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!!

    Become a Small Business Owner Through Franchising
    Monday, March 20th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm PT

    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.

    Pricing Products and Delivering Satisfaction
    Wednesday, March 22nd, 1:00pm - 3:00pm PT

    Nothing hurts the profitability of your business more than choosing the wrong price for your products or services. In this workshop we show you how to decide on your product and services pricing for greater profit. We also show you how to distribute your product and services efficiently, providing customer satisfaction. 

    Tax Savings Strategies for Small Businesses
    Thursday, March 23rd, 1:00pm - 4:00pm PT

    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!

    Successfully Starting A New Business
    Saturday, March 25th, 10:00am - 12:00pm PT

    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!

    Financial Basics for New Small Businesses
    Tuesday, March 28th, 1:00pm - 4:00pm PT

    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!


    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.