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Business Seminars

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Prior Seminar Topics

Our last session was “Handling Difficult Conversations with Employees,” presented by Heather Vose, of Machias Savings Bank’s Human Resources department. Heather provided  attendees with the opportunity to learn empowerment tools to tackle the most difficult situations with professionalism and finesse. 

Workplace Violence: Recognition, Prevention and Response presented by Lt. Chris Martin of the Brewer Police Department. Nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Unfortunately, many more cases go unreported. The truth is, workplace violence can strike anywhere, anytime, and no one is immune. We will take a look at the following areas of workplace violence:

  • Define workplace violence.
  • Recognize behavior that may be warning signs of potential violence and indicators of domestic violence.
  • Recognize the importance of situational awareness and how it applies to detecting and responding to potential danger.
  • Identify circumstances and situations in the workplace.
  • List the immediate action steps to be taken by an employee or manager.
  • Identify general strategies to prevent workplace violence.

In March 2014, we presented “Developing Your Employees and Onboarding Your New Employees” by BBR veterans Danielle Caricofe, VP of Human Resources at Machias Savings Bank and Matthew Raynes, Labor and Employment Attorney at Eaton Peabody. For a copy of the presentation, please click here.

In November, we hosted Jeff Dalrymple, Vice President of Business Banking at Machias Savings Bank and he presented “Understanding Business Cash Flow”. The most intense, anxious and anguishing moments of your career as a small business owner won’t be about making a profit – they will be about being out of CASH. Manage your business to be profitable, but operate it to maximize cash flow. To do that, you must be able to prepare for the cash peaks and valleys that all businesses experience. It is critical to analyze your business cash flow cycle and devise a plan to ensure that you have the operating funds you need for a successful operation of your business.

Our last seminar was held on June 25th, 2013, on the timeless topic of customer service: Customer Service Training: What Your Competition Doesn’t Want You to Know. The speaker for this topic was Heather Vose, the customer service trainer (and resident expert!) for Machias Savings Bank.

In the first session of 2013, we focused on Health Care Reform – What Your Business Needs to Know. Edward F. Feibel, Senior Counsel for Eaton Peabody, shared his knowledge and practical advice on the upcoming 2013-2014 Affordable Care Act (ACA) changes and what these changes mean for you and your business.

In November 2012, we were pleased to host Sari Stern Greene, President of Sage Data Security and her presentation on Fraud and ID Theft. Cyber criminals are targeting the financial accounts of owners and employees of small businesses resulting in a significant business disruption and substantial monetary losses due to fraudulent transfers. We learned how to protect, detect, and respond if your business was targeted.

Our seminar on October 16th, 2012, Introduction to QuickBooks, was an introductory seminar that helped attendees gain a good understanding of QuickBooks concepts and their real life applications. Topics covered were basic set up, creating accounts, tracking inflow and outflows and reconciliations. For a copy of the presentation, please click here.

Our next topic was “Starting Your Own Business: What’s the worst that can happen?!” on September 19th, 2012. Ann McAlhany walked us through the nuts and bolts about starting a business and the joys (and trials!) about becoming your own boss. The City of Brewer’s Economic Development Team also made an appearance with their talk on finding the perfect location for your business and how to avoid common location pitfalls.

Our session on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 was called, “Hiring, Firing and More: HR for the Small Business.” We had Matthew Raynes, an employment attorney from Eaton Peabody, and Danielle Caricofe, the VP of Human Resources at Machias Savings Bank, educate our group about the good, the bad, and the ugly of hiring and firing.

A big thank you to our  Brewer Business Resources Sponsor:
581 Wilson Street, Brewer, Maine 04412 207.989.3019