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July 2020

Webinar – Scrum 101

Jul 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Scrum is a structured and disciplined, team-based approach to product development and project management. Its basis is around converting customer requirements into usable product quickly, then re-evaluating those requirements and working the cycle again. With the radically changing environment we live in today, a scrum approach to problems may be the key to success for you. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Protecting the Company’s “Secret Sauce”: Trade Secret Basics

Jul 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will teach small business owners how to protect the company’s inventions, ideas and secrets. Attendees will learn the basics of trade secret law; the kinds of information that can be protected as a trade secret; confidentiality requirements; ownership issues; how to avoid losing trade secret protection; and how to avoid violating the trade secret rights of others. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Negotiation Process and Skills Series – 5 Sessions

Jul 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Session 1: Process and Analysis - 7/1 We all negotiate things every day. However, that does not mean we know what we are doing. What is the process of negotiation? How do you initially analyze your negotiation to set yourself up for success? Strategy development is paramount to a successful negotiation. This webinar series starts here, with the big picture and a strong foundation. No more “trial and error” or “we’ll see how it goes”. Session 2: BATNAs and ZOPAs…

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Webinar – Sales Strategies Tips for Your Business

Jul 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Come ready to learn Sales Strategies Tips for Your Business as you explore the following: -Skill Set vs. Style -Pricing -Competitive Advantage -Value Proposition REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – How to Start Your Business for Veterans, Military and Spouses

Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Learn to start, run and grow your business. This workshop covers critical topics such as business development, market research, business entities and so much more. Don’t waste another minute, join us in learning how to bring your entrepreneurial idea life. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Trademark Basics: Can I protect that name, phrase, symbol?

Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will provide small business owners with information on why a “trademark” is a valuable asset for a company to own; how “trademarks” help customers identify goods and services; how to select, use and protect a “trademark”; the importance of doing “search and clearance” activities prior to adoption and use; state and federal trademark “registration”; and how to avoid violating the trademark rights of others. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar -E-Commerce Summer Series – How to Use Multi-pay Purchase Options on Your Site to Grow Sales

Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

E-Commerce Summer Series Featured Topics - Come Ready to Learn: July 9th - How to Use Multi-Pay Purchase Options on Your Site to Grow Sales REGISTER NOW

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Webinar-E-Commerce Summer Series – Strategies & Tools to Monitor Your Competitions Pricing and Marketing Part 1

Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

E-Commerce Summer Series Featured Topics - Come Ready to Learn: July 15th & July 16th - Strategies and Tools to Monitor Your Competitions Pricing and Marketing  - Part 1 REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Negotiation Process and Skills Series – 5 Sessions

Jul 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Session 1: Process and Analysis - 7/1 We all negotiate things every day. However, that does not mean we know what we are doing. What is the process of negotiation? How do you initially analyze your negotiation to set yourself up for success? Strategy development is paramount to a successful negotiation. This webinar series starts here, with the big picture and a strong foundation. No more “trial and error” or “we’ll see how it goes”. Session 2: BATNAs and ZOPAs…

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Webinar – Legal Issues in Marketing And Promotion

Jul 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will introduce small business owners to legal issues in marketing and promotion, such as “puffery” vs. fraud and misleading advertising; steering clear of copyright infringement and rights of privacy/publicity; marketing by phone, fax, email, and text; using social media; differences in federal and state laws; legal protections in marketing; and legal penalties for noncompliance. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar-E-Commerce Summer Series – Strategies & Tools to Monitor Your Competitions Pricing and Marketing Part 2

Jul 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

E-Commerce Summer Series Featured Topics - Come Ready to Learn: July 15th & July 16th - Strategies and Tools to Monitor Your Competitions Pricing and Marketing (Part 2) REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Intellectual Property(IP): Patent, Patent Search and other IP Options

Jul 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Entrepreneurs and business owners may have Intellectual Property (IP) as an asset, but many don’t know it. It’s important to know what the options are for protecting Intellectual Property(IP). This webinar will discuss: -An overview of different types of Intellectual Property -Importance of Intellectual Property -Patents – Initial Search and Resources -Other types of Intellectual Property REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Negotiation Process and Skills Series – 5 Sessions

Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Session 1: Process and Analysis - 7/1 We all negotiate things every day. However, that does not mean we know what we are doing. What is the process of negotiation? How do you initially analyze your negotiation to set yourself up for success? Strategy development is paramount to a successful negotiation. This webinar series starts here, with the big picture and a strong foundation. No more “trial and error” or “we’ll see how it goes”. Session 2: BATNAs and ZOPAs…

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Webinar – E-Commerce Summer Series – How to Start an E-commerce Business (Part 1 and 2)

Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

E-Commerce Summer Series Featured Topics - Come Ready to Learn: July 22nd & July 23rd - How to Start an E-commerce Business  - Part 1 REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – E-Commerce Summer Series – How to Start an E-commerce Business (Part 2)

Jul 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

E-Commerce Summer Series Featured Topics - Come Ready to Learn: July 23rd - How to Start an E-commerce Business  - Part 2 REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Negotiation Process and Skills Series – 5 Sessions

Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Session 1: Process and Analysis - 7/1 We all negotiate things every day. However, that does not mean we know what we are doing. What is the process of negotiation? How do you initially analyze your negotiation to set yourself up for success? Strategy development is paramount to a successful negotiation. This webinar series starts here, with the big picture and a strong foundation. No more “trial and error” or “we’ll see how it goes”. Session 2: BATNAs and ZOPAs…

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Webinar – Protecting Creative Work: Copyright Basics

Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will teach small businesses how to protect legal rights in creative materials, such as training manuals, articles, publications, photographs, software, music, videos and website content. Attendees will learn the basics of copyright law; requirements for copyright protection; determining ownership; the benefits of registration; how to avoid violating the copyrights of others; and important copyright considerations for materials created by employees and independent contractors. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – E-Commerce Summer Series – How to Write and Optimize a Blog for SEO

Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

E-Commerce Summer Series Featured Topics - Come Ready to Learn: July 30th - How to Write and Optimize a Blog for SEO REGISTER NOW

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August 2020

6-Part Webinar Series – Building and Launching Your Shopify Store

Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Thinking about launching a Shopify Store?  Learn how to build and launch your Shopify Store over a 6-part webinar series with the following sessions: -Introduction to e-commerce and Shopify – 8/4 -General store setup (admin functions, taxes, shipping, etc.) – 8/11 -Product loading and inventory management – 8/18 -Static and automatic collection/category creation (sorting and filtering) – 8/25 -Theme/Design setup – 9/1 -Shopify App Store and How to find the best apps for business and launching – 9/8 REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Got Intellectual Property?: Strategies to Explore

Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will discuss unknown and often underutilized strategies for exploiting the company’s intellectual property (IP), such as understanding IP as an asset; how IP can provide a competitive advantage; licensing for additional revenue streams; enforcement strategies; and sale of company IP. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – E-Commerce Summer Series – How to Effectively Use Subscriptions to Grow Your Online Sales

Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

E-Commerce Summer Series Featured Topics - Come Ready to Learn: August 6th - How to Effectively Use Subscriptions to Grow Your Online Sales REGISTER NOW

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6-Part Webinar Series – Building and Launching Your Shopify Store

Aug 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Thinking about launching a Shopify Store?  Learn how to build and launch your Shopify Store over a 6-part webinar series with the following sessions: -Introduction to e-commerce and Shopify – 8/4 -General store setup (admin functions, taxes, shipping, etc.) – 8/11 -Product loading and inventory management – 8/18 -Static and automatic collection/category creation (sorting and filtering) – 8/25 -Theme/Design setup – 9/1 -Shopify App Store and How to find the best apps for business and launching – 9/8 REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Doing Business Online: Electronic Contracts, Signatures and Records

Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will discuss legal issues in ecommerce, such as using electronic contracts, signatures and records with clients and vendors; state and federal laws; and reducing liability online. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – E-Commerce Summer Series – The Power of Reviews and the Review Technology to Explore

Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

E-Commerce Summer Series Featured Topics - Come Ready to Learn: August 13th - The Power of Reviews and the Review Technology to Explore REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Grant Writing as a Funding Resource for SBIR/STTR Programs and more

Aug 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

This webinar will present a brief overview of funding resources – SBIR/STTR Programs. We will also cover best practices in developing a skillset for grant writing, how to avoid pitfalls of grant writing and resources to develop grants. Grant writing is skill that can be learned! Grant funding provides a non-dilutive funding option for early stage technologies. With limited resources, startups bootstrap to maximize their resources. Federal grants can serve as great resource for financial help and access to other commercialization…

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6-Part Webinar Series – Building and Launching Your Shopify Store

Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Thinking about launching a Shopify Store?  Learn how to build and launch your Shopify Store over a 6-part webinar series with the following sessions: -Introduction to e-commerce and Shopify – 8/4 -General store setup (admin functions, taxes, shipping, etc.) – 8/11 -Product loading and inventory management – 8/18 -Static and automatic collection/category creation (sorting and filtering) – 8/25 -Theme/Design setup – 9/1 -Shopify App Store and How to find the best apps for business and launching – 9/8 REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Protecting the Company’s “Secret Sauce”: Trade Secret Basics

Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will teach small business owners how to protect the company’s inventions, ideas and secrets. Attendees will learn the basics of trade secret law; the kinds of information that can be protected as a trade secret; confidentiality requirements; ownership issues; how to avoid losing trade secret protection; and how to avoid violating the trade secret rights of others. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – E-Commerce Summer Series – The Top Dropshipping Platforms to Help You Source More Product

Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

E-Commerce Summer Series Featured Topics - Come Ready to Learn: August 20th - The Top Dropshipping Platforms to Help You Source More Product REGISTER NOW

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6-Part Webinar Series – Building and Launching Your Shopify Store

Aug 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Thinking about launching a Shopify Store?  Learn how to build and launch your Shopify Store over a 6-part webinar series with the following sessions: -Introduction to e-commerce and Shopify – 8/4 -General store setup (admin functions, taxes, shipping, etc.) – 8/11 -Product loading and inventory management – 8/18 -Static and automatic collection/category creation (sorting and filtering) – 8/25 -Theme/Design setup – 9/1 -Shopify App Store and How to find the best apps for business and launching – 9/8 REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – E-Commerce Summer Series – How to Use Social Commerce to Generate More Sales

Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

E-Commerce Summer Series Featured Topics - Come Ready to Learn: August 27th - How to Use Social Commerce to Generate More Sales REGISTER NOW

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September 2020

6-Part Webinar Series – Building and Launching Your Shopify Store

Sep 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Thinking about launching a Shopify Store?  Learn how to build and launch your Shopify Store over a 6-part webinar series with the following sessions: -Introduction to e-commerce and Shopify – 8/4 -General store setup (admin functions, taxes, shipping, etc.) – 8/11 -Product loading and inventory management – 8/18 -Static and automatic collection/category creation (sorting and filtering) – 8/25 -Theme/Design setup – 9/1 -Shopify App Store and How to find the best apps for business and launching – 9/8 REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Trademark Basics: Can I protect that name, phrase, symbol?

Sep 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will provide small business owners with information on why a “trademark” is a valuable asset for a company to own; how “trademarks” help customers identify goods and services; how to select, use and protect a “trademark”; the importance of doing “search and clearance” activities prior to adoption and use; state and federal trademark “registration”; and how to avoid violating the trademark rights of others. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – E-Commerce Summer Series – DIY Conversation Rate Optimization to Fix Issues on Your E-commerce Site

Sep 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

E-Commerce Summer Series Featured Topics - Come Ready to Learn: September 3rd - DIY Conversation Rate Optimization to Fix Issues on Your E-commerce Site REGISTER NOW

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6-Part Webinar Series – Building and Launching Your Shopify Store

Sep 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Thinking about launching a Shopify Store?  Learn how to build and launch your Shopify Store over a 6-part webinar series with the following sessions: -Introduction to e-commerce and Shopify – 8/4 -General store setup (admin functions, taxes, shipping, etc.) – 8/11 -Product loading and inventory management – 8/18 -Static and automatic collection/category creation (sorting and filtering) – 8/25 -Theme/Design setup – 9/1 -Shopify App Store and How to find the best apps for business and launching – 9/8 REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Meetings, Minutes and Motions: Preparing Corporate Documents

Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will teach business owners of corporations and LLCs how to prepare basic corporate documents, such as statements of information; sending notices and holding director and shareholder meetings, preparing motions and minutes, voting requirements; and other corporate formalities required by the company’s bylaws, operating agreement or by law. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Protecting Creative Work: Copyright Basics

Sep 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will teach small businesses how to protect legal rights in creative materials, such as training manuals, articles, publications, photographs, software, music, videos and website content. Attendees will learn the basics of copyright law; requirements for copyright protection; determining ownership; the benefits of registration; how to avoid violating the copyrights of others; and important copyright considerations for materials created by employees and independent contractors. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – E-Commerce Summer Series – Customer Service Best Practices for Your E-commerce Business

Sep 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

E-Commerce Summer Series Featured Topics - Come Ready to Learn September 17th - Customer Service Best Practices for Your E-commerce Business REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Investor Tips: How to Pitch to an Investor and Finding/Attracting Investors

Sep 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Entrepreneurs and innovators can change the world, but many of them don’t get funded because the pitch is the first introduction of the idea to the investors. Capital raising and developing a fundraising strategy is a crucial part of realizing financial stability in the initial stages of the company. Learn the following: -How to Effectively Pitch your Idea to Investors -Explore Resources to Find and Attract Investors REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Got Intellectual Property?: Strategies to Explore

Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will discuss unknown and often underutilized strategies for exploiting the company’s intellectual property (IP), such as understanding IP as an asset; how IP can provide a competitive advantage; licensing for additional revenue streams; enforcement strategies; and sale of company IP. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – E-Commerce Fall Series – Re-commerce: What is it and how can you leverage it in your E-commerce Business?

Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

E-Commerce Fall Series Featured Topics – Come Ready to Learn: -September 24th - Re-commerce: What is it and how can you leverage it in your E-commerce business? -October 1st - How to Effectively Use Video to Grow E-commerce Sales -October 8th - Email Marketing Best Practices for Your E-commerce Business -October 15th - How to write E-commerce design and development project requirements and how to hire the best developer/designer -October 22nd - How to insure your product photography is optimized to sell products -October…

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October 2020

Webinar – Say What? Product Advertising and Labeling

Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will introduce small business owners to the basics of California and federal advertising and labeling law. Attendees will learn the difference between truthful vs. fraudulent and misleading advertising; business “puffery”; lawful product comparisons; requirements when using terms such as “organic” and “fat free”; required disclosures for certain ingredients such as nuts and other allergens; and liability for violating advertising and labeling laws. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – E-Commerce Fall Series – How to Effectively Use Video to Grow E-commerce Sales

Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

How to Effectively Use Video to Grow E-commerce Sales REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Privacy Policy and Terms of Use: The Basics

Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will discuss the importance of privacy policies and terms of use in ecommerce; relevant state, federal and international privacy laws small business owners should be aware of; drafting a privacy policy and terms of use; and how privacy policy and terms of use clauses can reduce liability. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – E-Commerce Fall Series – Email Marketing Best Practices for Your E-commerce Business

Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Email Marketing Best Practices for Your E-commerce Business REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Franchises, Businesses Opportunities and Seller-Assisted Marketing Plans

Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will explain alternative business models such as franchises, “business opportunities” and seller-assisted marketing plans; state and federal regulatory requirements; traps for the unwary (such as how a trademark license could turn into an “accidental franchise”); and strategies for buying and selling these kinds of businesses. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – E-Commerce Fall Series-How to Write E-commerce Design and Development Project Requirements

Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

October 15th - How to write E-commerce design and development project requirements and how to hire the best developer/designer REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Role of Effective Communication when Starting your Business & Beyond

Oct 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Communication is an important skill not just in the initial stage of the business, but throughout the life of the business. This webinar will help streamline and improve communication with practical and proven methods. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and Mediation

Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will discuss how small business owners can use alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to avoid litigation; specific types of ADR such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration; the pros and cons of ADR; how to incorporate ADR clauses into contracts; and state and federal ADR laws small business owners should be aware of. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar E-Commerce Fall Series-How to Insure your Product Photography is Optimized to Sell Products

Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

October 22nd - How to insure your product photography is optimized to sell products REGISTER NOW

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Webinar- E-Commerce Fall Series – How to Leverage Influencer Driven Commerce to Drive More Traffic

Oct 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

How to leverage influencer driven commerce to drive more traffic REGISTER NOW

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November 2020

Webinar- E-Commerce Fall Series – How to Help Reduce Fraud in Your E-commerce Business

Nov 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

How to help reduce fraud in your E-commerce business REGISTER NOW

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Webinar- E-Commerce Fall Series – The 10 Must Have Shopify Apps to Help Grow Your Business

Nov 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - Nov 12, 2021 @ 1:00 pm
Free

The 10 must have Shopify Apps to help grow your business REGISTER NOW

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Webinar- E-Commerce Fall Series – How to Use Private Labeling to Scale Your Merchandising Efforts

Nov 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

How to Use Private Labeling to Scale Your Merchandising Efforts REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Tips to Jumpstart your Business

Nov 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

This webinar will provide tips and resources help jumpstart your business including: -Key Elements for Developing a Cost Structure -Value Proposition -Competitive Advantage -Effective Business Processes -Successful Jumpstarted Businesses REGISTER NOW

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December 2020

Webinar E-Commerce Fall Series – Return Policy,Privacy Policy and Terms of Service:Why You Need Them

Dec 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Return Policy, Privacy Policy and Terms of Service: Why You Need Them and How to Create Them REGISTER NOW

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Webinar E-Commerce Fall Series – The Top 3rd Party Fulfillment Services and How to Set Things Up

Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

The Top 3rd Party Fulfillment Services and How to Set Things Up REGISTER NOW

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Webinar E-Commerce – Headless Commerce:What is it and How Can You Use it to Scale Your E-commerce Business

Dec 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Headless Commerce: What is it and How Can You Use it to Scale Your E-commerce Business REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Business Succession Planning: Seamless Transition

Dec 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Succession Planning is a roadmap to help guide future leadership at a business. Every business, regardless of its size, needs succession planning. Are the right people moving at the right pace into the right jobs at the right time? Leadership Development is a fundamental element of Succession Planning. It can help a company to create a workplace that recruits and retains high quality employees. REGISTER NOW

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