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Business Development Center

Calendar of Events


April 10, 2019

Topic TBD

Speaker: Mitch Tobol

8 - 10 a.m.,Hofstra University Club,

David S. Mack Hall, North campus

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Operation Downtown Series

This program is designed to assist small business owners and is sponsored by Hofstra University's Scott Skodnek Business Development Center and Flushing Bank. Seminars are planned during the academic year focusing on topics that provide skills to business owners to assist them with social media skills, new marketing strategies, increasing revenue and expanding the customer base.   

If you would like to be added to the email list for this series, please email bdc@hofstra.edu or call 516-463-7214. 

April 25, May 2, 9

 Thursdays, 6 - 8 pm

Oak Street Center

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Social Media Bootcamp Series

Marketing expert, Mitch Tobol, will discuss and lead businesses to utilizing the latest tools for marketing. These hands-on and dynamic small group workshops will assist you in building new business channels. 

Workshop topics:

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Fee: $100 per workshop; $270 for series of 3.

EAP Participants: $75 per workshop; $210 for series of 3.

To register, visit http://ce.hofstra.edu/social. For more information, please contact April Jones at 516-463-5850 or  April.Jones@hofstra.edu

Spring 2019

March 5,7,12, 14, 6-9pm

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Beginner QuickBooks Desktop Program

Learn skills to....

  • Create a New QuickBooks Company  
  • Modify the Preset Chart of Accounts
  • Write QuickBooks Checks
  • Work with Asset & Liability
  • Invoice Customers
  • Receive Payments from Customers
  • Open & Use Registers for Balance Sheet Accounts
  • Reconcile Checking & Credit Cards
  • Track Credit Card Transactions

Prerequisite: Basic computer skills required. Fee: $300 

Workshops are held at the Oak Street Center. Seating is limited. 

For more information call 516-463-5850 or email April.Jones@hofstra.edu.

To register, visit http://ce.hofstra.edu/qbd.

Spring 2019

March 19,21,26,28, 6-9pm

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Advanced QuickBooks Desktop Program

Learn to use QuickBooks to manage your business even better!   Topics covered include:

  • Create, Modify & Analyze Reports
  • Customize Forms
  • Setup & Manage Inventory
  • Estimate Job & Track Time
  • Understand Backup & Restore Data
  • Create Budgets
  • Track & Pay Sales Tax
  • Memorize Transactions
  • Advanced Tasks-Credit Memos, Refunds, Deposits, Invoices

Prerequisite: Beginner knowledge of QuickBooks. Fee: $300 

Workshops are held at the Oak Street Center. Seating is limited. 

For more information call 516-463-5850 or email April.Jones@hofstra.edu.

To register, visit http://ce.hofstra.edu/qbd.

February 27, 2019

Wednesday, 6 - 7 p.m.    

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Information session about the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP).   Learn how the EAP can provide you with the "nuts and bolts" skills to start or expand a business and complete a business plan.   Registration is required for the Information Session, please call  April Jones, 516-463-5850 or email April.Jones@hofstra.edu.


March 11 - May 15, 2019 
M/W, 6 - 9 p.m.

Oak Street Center

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Entrepreneurial Assistance Program
Join us and explore the opportunity of starting and expanding your own business. Workshops will provide you with the "nuts and bolts" skills required to operate and grow a successful business. You will also receive training and counseling that will enable you to complete a business plan. An Entrepreneurship Certificate may be earned by completing the following three components:  

Workshops (60 hours of training)

  • Start or Expand Your Business
  • Successful Entrepreneurship
  • Setting Goals - Self Discovery
  • Preparing A Business Plan
  • Insurance - Legal
  • Market Research
  • Developing A Marketing Plan
  • Advertising/Presentations
  • Sales/Networking
  • Recordkeeping - QuickBooks
  • Taxes
  • Financing Opportunities
  • Financial Management/Excel
Mentoring (Business Participation)
  • One-to-one counseling with business owners sharing their expertise and experiences as entrepreneurs.

Submission of a Business Plan

Participants will have the opportunity to compete in a BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION sponsored by Capital One Bank.  Prizes up to $2,500 for winning business plans!

Since February 1991 more than 1,330 entrepreneurs have enrolled in the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program. Their businesses were in the planning stage or already in existence and ready for expansion.

$495 fee includes manual and all materials (scholarships available).