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Small Business: How the New Tax Laws Impact You

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Small business owners face unique challenges compared to other professionals. Time and capital are critical to start a small business, and strategic financial planning and tax management are essential for a small business owner’s success over time. Join Caroline Wetzel, CFP® and Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor with Procyon Private Wealth Partners LLC, and Chris Eck, CPA and Partner, Berkow Schechter & Company LLP, for a special session designed specifically for small business owners. Caroline will share financial planning tips for small business owners and Chris will discuss implications of the recent 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on small business owners. Register online. 

Chris Eck is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Bachelors in Accounting from Sacred Heart University in 2007. Chris is also a Certified Forensic Accountant since 2013 and the Audit and Attestation Partner at Berkow, Schechter & Company in Stamford, Connecticut. Chris helps small business owners and entrepreneurs grow their business and established organizations take their operations to the next level by providing accounting, planning and tax strategies. His specialties are Tax, Auditing, Accounting, Payroll, Bookkeeping, IRS correspondence, Tax Planning, Consulting, QuickBooks, Tax Research, IRS & State Tax Debt Settlement.

Caroline Wetzel is passionate about equipping her clients with information and tools to make informed financial decisions. Through financial planning, Caroline assists clients in defining financial goals and determining how to achieve them. Prior to joining Procyon Partners as a Private Wealth Advisor, Caroline worked at UBS for nearly 16 years in both the United States and Switzerland, spending her last 2 years specializing in the development of comprehensive financial plans for affluent individuals, couples, and multi-generational families. Caroline earned her B.S. degree in Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University and holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Advanced Certification in Marketing from the University of Connecticut School of Business. She also holds the Certified Financial Planner™ and Accredited Wealth Management Advisor designations. 

Disclosure: Procyon Private Wealth Partners, LLC and Procyon Institutional Partners, LLC (collec-tively "Procyon Partners") are registered investment advisors with the U.S. Securities and Ex-change Commission (“SEC”). This presentation is provided for informational purposes only and for the intended recipient[s] only. This presentation is derived from numerous sources, which are be-lieved to be reliable, but not audited by Procyon for accuracy. This report may also include opin-ions and forward-looking statements which may not come to pass. Information is at a point in time and subject to change. Procyon Partners does not provide tax or legal advice. 
 

 

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Business: Connect With and Grow Your Facebook Audience

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Jon Dupree of Calibrate Marketing & Mentoring and Jeff Seaver of Seaver Interactive explore ways to expand content reach using "the new Facebook," including the ongoing changes to its news feed and other overhauls to its management of business pages. They will also take an in-depth look at using Facebook advertising to successfully reach targeted audiences while staying within the limited budgets available for small business. Register online.

Note location: Classroom at Westport Police Station, 50 Jesup Road

Jon Dupree, owner Calibrate Marketing & Mentoring, has a unique perspective on internet marketing with over 20 years of sales experience in B2B marketing. Jon creates marketing strategies for start-ups and small businesses that improve results and ROI in social media, SEO and email marketing, and provides extensive in-house mentoring and training. Jon holds an Economics degree from Syracuse University and is a certified ISO 9000 auditor.

Co-presenter Jeff Seaver owns Seaver Interactive, a digital marketing and design firm marketing firm in Westport, CT. He is a designer and computer expert and has been crafting and building websites and social media presences for over 25 years. Jeff is an adjunct professor teaching at the graduate level and has written and lectured widely on web design and digital marketing.

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Reading the Room: Using Emotional Intelligence to Attract Business

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Jenny Drescher is a co-founder of Bolder Company which specializes in the use of improv skills for business and life. She will lead this learn-and-apply session to teach participants a fresh, results-oriented approach to business development and leadership. Participants will build self-awareness and tune into facets of emotional intelligence to better navigate challenging business situations and focus in on business opportunities. 

Note location: Classroom at Westport Police Station, 50 Jesup Road

The Bolder Company connects individuals to themselves, to each other, and to the futures of their organizations. They are committed to helping people build trust, courage, and levity so that organizations become collaborative, generative environments. Their most popular programs focus on empowering the confidence, clarity, ease and power of emerging leaders and executives. Their clients include St. Francis Hospital, the AARP, and the UConn School of Business Career Development Center.

Jenny Drescher is a co-founder of The Bolder Company which specializes in the use of improv skills for business and life. As an accomplished performance improviser and candid-yet-kind facilitator and coach, she draws out courage and playfulness in her audiences and students. She has 10+ years of coaching and training experience in workplaces, service agencies, and schools. She has been a certified coach since 2007.

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Foundation Center Workshop: How to Approach a Foundation, from Initial Contact to Getting Funded

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Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian at Foundation Center, discusses how to build relationships with foundation prospects and prepare for calls and meetings with funders, from initial contact to getting funded, following field-tested best practices to increase your chances of getting the grant. Topics include:

  • Initiating contact with potential funders
  • Planning calls and meetings, including site visits
  • Effectively communicating with funders during the grant process
  • Learning how using Foundation Directory Online Professional adds value to your prospect research.

Register online.

Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian, provides leadership and support for Foundation Center public services for social sector and philanthropy professionals in the New York City metropolitan region. Susan’s achievements since joining the organization in 1995 include directing the national expansion of Foundation Center’s proposal writing seminar program and managing prospect and philanthropy research for over 1,000 nonprofit members of Foundation Center’s historic Associates Program. She is a popular and engaging Foundation Center training expert and public speaker. She is has an M.L.S. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Barnard College.
 

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Speed Business Counseling

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If you are thinking of starting a business or are in the start-up phase of your business, how would you like to have access to several business advisers for a brief period to answer your most pressing questions? The Westport Library, in conjunction with the Women's Business Development Council, will provide access to those Westport business advisers in a "speed counseling" event. Advisors will be available on topics such as accounting, IT, marketing, banking/finance, social media and more.You have the opportunity to have a fifteen minute one-on-one session with just one counselor or meet with all four counselors in the span of one afternoon.  Though walk-ins are welcome, we would appreciate registration ahead of time. Register online.

 

For more information, contact Ellen Janpol, Business Librarian, at ejanpol [at] westportlibrary [dot] org

Community partner: Women's Business Development Council

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Effective Networking in Business and Life

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Business development consultant and principal of Rob Thomas CT and the creator of the Rob Thomas Method (RTM)  Rob Thomas discusses the effective technique he developed to help whether networking externally or with your colleagues at work. Learn practical tactics to use immediately to improve the success of your networking activities.

 

Note: A networking opportunity precedes the program from 6-6:30 pm.

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How to Succeed in Business as an Artist

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Miggs Burroughs will lead a panel discussion of Westport artists and advisors on the necessary attributes and qualities that lead to business success for artists. Other panelists will consist of Sooo-z Mastropietro, artist/musician; Alan Neigher, entertainment, media, and intellectual property attorney as well as TV producer; and Wendy Nylen, gallery owner and custom framing business owner. Some of the topics covered will include: necessary knowledge from the business world; need for marketing, legal, and financial information; defining your uniqueness and building your brand; how to develop and maintain relationships, etc.  Each of the panelists will bring their unique perspective and story to the conversation.

Guide to The Business of Art: How to Succeed as a Professional Artist

Note: A networking opportunity precedes the program from 6-6:30 pm.

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CANCELLED: Dig into Databases: Business Edition featuring Thomson Reuters Eikon Database and Portfolio Management

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Cancelled.

Mark Nettle, a client specialist at Thomson Reuters, returns with a class focusing on portfolio management. Mark has been working at the company in various roles for more than 20 years. His area of specialism is Foreign Exchange and Money Markets with accompanying experience in Fixed Income. Register now. 
This session will focus on the following resources:

  • Business and financial information for listed companies.
  • Historical equity data.
  • Government and corporate bonds information from over 100 countries
  • Comprehensive coverage on commodities and energy.

The Thomson Reuters Eikon Database is a comprehensive investment tool used by financial and investment analysts worldwide. It is available to use for free at The Westport Library.

More on the "Dig into Databases" Series.

 

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WestportWRITES: "Write Your Business" Mini-Conference

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Alice Mattison

Aubrey Sitterson

The writing is the fun part, right? The business side of being a professional writer, however, can be more nebulous.

Join us for in-depth discussions about what it takes to make it as a writer today, including tips and tricks. Learn how to traverse social media in a way that makes sense to help promote your work and propel your career.

The day will feature talks by bestselling author and teacher Alice Mattison (The Kite and the String) and writer, editor, and podcaster Aubrey Sitterson (Street Fighter).

WestportWRITES is a robust, year-long series designed to take your writing to the next level. Designed to create a support structure along the path to publication, the monthly mini-conferences and workshop-based programming will culminate with a fall 2018 writers’ conference.

 

Aubrey Sitterson is a freelance writer and host specializing in comic books, professional wrestling, fantasy and heavy metal.

He has written comics for all of the industry’s top publishers – Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, Oni and Viz – but his most popular work has been done on the G.I. Joe franchise, with both the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe crossover as well as the ongoing G.I. Joe series. Aubrey also writes and performs SKALD. Available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Podomatic, SKALD is an ongoing sword & sorcery narrative, released every week, without fail, since April, 2015. 

Previously, Aubrey was an editor at Marvel Comics. He has also edited at Image Comics, where he worked on Robert Kirkman’s line of books, including Invincible and The Walking Dead, the basis for the hit AMC series.

Every week, Aubrey also hosts the fan-favorite STRAIGHT SHOOT series on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher and Podomatic. Aubrey has also worked as a writer, editor and web producer for WWE.com, the official website of, you guessed it, World Wrestling Entertainment, and as the Interactive Marketing Manager for WWE Games at both THQ and 2K, where he was responsible for all of the hit franchise’s web and social media presence.

 

Alice Mattison is a widely acclaimed author and longtime writing teacher. Her seventh novel, Conscience, will appear in August, 2018. The Kite and the String: How to Write with Spontaneity and Control—and Live to Tell the Tale appeared in 2016. Her earlier novels include The Book Borrower, Nothing Is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn, and When We Argued All Night, and she is also the author of four books of stories and a collection of poems.

Twelve of her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, and other work has been published in The New York Times, Ploughshares, and Ecotone and anthologized in The Pushcart Prize, PEN/​O. Henry Prize Stories, and Best American Short Stories.

She has held residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and has taught at Brooklyn College, Yale University, and, for more than twenty years, in the Bennington Writing Seminars, the MFA program at Bennington College.
 

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Website Design for Small Business-Part II

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In a two-part series, designer and marketing professional Jeff Seaver explores what makes a business website effective. The first part, on Wednesday, February 21, examines elements of website design and construction and user experiences. On Wednesday, February 28, the second part will look at search engine recognition and integrating the website with the many other digital and non-digital marketing channels.

Business websites serve many purposes, from creating a sense of legitimacy (like a business card) to acting as a community, from being a resource for information and inspiration to generating leads and ecommerce offerings. Exploring elements of content marketing, branding and graphic design, blogging, user experience research and search engine recognition, this presentation will help demystify the world of web design and how business owners can make effective use of this still-growing medium to build and grow a brand and a business. 

Topics will include: establishing goals for visitor engagement and conversion; content management platforms (such as WordPress and Drupal); do-it-yourself (DIY) website hosting sites (such as Wix and SquareSpace); search engine recognition and optimization; integration with social media platforms; and integration with email marketing.

Register online here.

 

Jeff Seaver owns Seaver Interactive, a website design and digital marketing firm in Westport, CT. He is an accomplished graphic designer and computer expert and has been designing and building websites for over 25 years. Jeff is an adjunct professor who has taught at the graduate school level and lectures widely on web design and digital marketing.
 

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