VIRTUAL SPARK Tank sessions & Chat Notes Archive

Below you will find and the posts and links to our ZOOM sessions for review.

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Mail: PO Box 2610, Dunedin, FL 34697

COVID-19 has created a lot of new challenges for small businesses and entrepreneurs…

This is a strange time for us. And, as a small business owner, the COVID-19 crisis can be a real problem. In our role as supporters of small businesses and entrepreneurs, we want to help. Since our normal Thursday morning Spark Tanks at the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce have been canceled, continued with virtual Spark Tank (as of March 19). In them, we have checked in, offered experts working within the resources being discussed for Smal Businesses and Entrepreneurs.

Recent Challenges Rounds
  • Zoom Video: of our 10/22 Round Table Discussion on various businesses & Jeff Gow speaks on data in Dunedin
  • Zoom Video: of our 07/30 Round Table Discussion on various business challenges
Sept 3rd - 3 Reason You're Stuck Growing Your Business & How to Get Unstuck

Conversation with Dino Eliadas:  When you own a business it can feel lonely and overwhelming.  It can leave you feeling like you’re stuck! In this presentation, by Dino Eliadas, He will share the 3 reasons owners get stuck growing their business and a single strategy that can be applied to get yourself – UNSTUCK! 

Aug 20th - Spark Up Your SEO and Your Keywords!

Video Link: Conversation with Bob Linger on the topic of SEO including presentation

July 25th - Banking Services for Small Businesses during COVID-19

Conversation with Kevin Osbourn and upcoming additions to small business support

July 16th - Challenges Round

What challenges are you facing with your small business? Meet that challenge with ideas you’ll get from out Challenges Roundtable.  We discuss trademarks, challenges, and introduce new visitors.

July 9th - Challenges Round

Conversations about racial injustice and equality, and our usual challenge round

July 2nd - Challenges Round

Conversations about why businesses close, what motivates a business to keep going, and challenge round

June 25th - Disaster Prep Your Tech

With Hurricane Season looming our technology is often not thought about until we are in the midst of emergencies. Evelyn Dufner is presenting “Hurricane Prep your Tech” with what-to-do tips, a list of tools, and thoughts on making recovery easier!

June 18th - Challenges Round

What challenges are you facing with your small business? Meet that challenge with ideas you’ll get from out Challenges Roundtable.

June 11th - re-Spark the Spark Tank

The COVID 19 virus has changed a lot of things just as the participation in Florida Business Incubator SPARK TANK was taking off. Now we’ve taken a few steps back. With the idea of re-sparking that take-off, this week’s Spark Tank is focused on what do YOU want from the Florida Business Incubator that would serve your needs and help your business grow.

June 4 - Does Your Message Resonate with your Customers

Description: There are some basic metrics that tell you if your message speaks to your target audience. Join us this Thursday to learn how to find out if your speaking to your audience. Then I’ll share a simple process you can use to refine your message so that it better resonates with your target audience.

May 28th - Challenges Round
May 21st - How-Tos & Tips on Instagram for your Business
May 14th - Make Your Own Marketing Video

 

May 7th - Small Business Legislative Check In
April 30th - How to Monetize Your Business Online!
April 22nd-23rd - Marketing Your Business Through Your Own Personal Brand & Dino's Conversations

Britt Bishop gave an overview of how to market yourself in a way that creates awareness and goodwill for your business in these unprecedented times.

April 16th - Beat Your Stress, Don’t Let it Beat You
Dr. Michael Broom went over indicators of stress, disstress and tools to handle what is disstressing.

April 9th - Current State of The Small Business Environment with Kevin Osbourne

We discussed the needs of our community with a focus on Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs.

April 2 - Sources of Financial Relief for Small Businesses
March 26th - SPARK Check In & Needs

Offering the group opportunity to request topics and check-in since the closure of so many non-essential businesses.

Resources: Business & Community Resource List
  • Excel Profit/Loss by Carl Schrader: Excel File
  • SBA (Small Business Association) Expanded access to U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans: As part of its disaster assistance program, the SBA is providing working capital loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and nonprofits affected by the coronavirus. These loans carry an interest rate of 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. Loan repayment terms vary by applicant, up to a maximum of 30 years. The stimulus updated the program so that sole proprietors and businesses with fewer than 500 employees qualify, and applicants don’t need to provide a personal guarantee on loans under $200,000. Payments can also be deferred for up to four years.
    Emergency grant of $10,000 to SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan applicants: Even if your business is denied a loan, you can still access this grant, which can be used to provide employee sick leave, maintain payroll or meet other needs like paying rent.:
     https://www.sba.gov/
  • Federal Income Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extension:  The federal tax return filing deadline is now July 15, 2020. For tax payments of up to $10 million, the IRS has also extended the deadline for both individuals and businesses to July 15, 2020. Estimated tax payments for 2020 originally due on April 15 will now be due on July 15. Check with your state tax agency to find out if your business has more time to file or more time to pay state and local taxes this year as a result of the coronavirus. Several states have already aligned their tax filing and payment deadlines with the new federal deadline. States also may waive or reduce penalties on late tax payments.
    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) coronavirus resource page provides a list of relief programs, and it offers guidance to small business owners during this crisis.
  • Payment Protection Program (PPP) The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will guarantee loans with terms of up to 10 years and interest rates of up to 4% to businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Businesses can qualify for loans of up to $10 million, and the loans will be provided by lenders including banks and credit unions. Eligible businesses can get loan deferment for six months to a year, and the loan may be forgiven if the businesses maintains its payroll for eight weeks at employees’ normal salary levels.: SBA.Gov
  • Florida Disaster Loan: https://floridadisasterloan.org/
  • SBDC Resource File (PDF)
  • Florida Governor: https://www.fox13news.com/
  • Visit SPChttps://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/
  • Unemploymenthttps://www.careeronestop.org/
  • COVID-19 Caseshttps://floridahealthcovid19.gov/
  • Government Assistance: https://www.ppa.com/inittogether/government-assistance
  • FL Department of Economic Opportunity (Solopreneurs)https://connect.myflorida.com
  • Employ Florida: https://www.employflorida.com/
  • Dunedin Cares:  https://dunedincares.org/need-food%3F
  • Dunedin City Surveyhttps://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=158221625021
  • Dino’s Resource Page  Updated Regularly
  • Applying CARES Act  Information page

SPARK Tank

Your business “break-out” starts every Thursday with facilitated brainstorming sessions & Guest Speakers. Ignite new ideas, new perspectives, new revenue opportunities with individuals who are as passionate about their success as you! Free to attend. See our calendar for events.

Business Growth Simplified

streamlines your path to sustainable growth. In powerful cohorts, BGS helps you better understand your revenue streams, productivity and profitability results to develop a solid foundation for greater sustainable success.

COVID-19 Economic Development/Assistance

Looking for answers regarding Pinellas CARES? Have you applied for all you are eligible for? Buried under forms? Don't understand PPP Forgiveness? The City of Dunedin, the Chamber of Commerce are supporting our business community! 

Weekly Zoom 2 SPARK!

Virtual Spark Tanks #socialdistancing in mind!

 

Florida Business Incubator, Inc.'s Virtual Spark Tank series features weekly virtual learning presentations from local experts across multiple facets of business. These interactive sessions are designed to grow your knowledge base in a collegial and supportive environment, answer questions you have on the week's topic, and provide networking opportunities with other emerging entrepreneurs.

What are Virtual Spark Tanks?Archive of SPARK Meetings