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SEMINAR: Effective Decision Making for Organizational Leadership

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS - A seminar titled “Effective Decision Making for Organizational Leadership” will be sponsored by Forward DeFuniak, Inc. from 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, September 30, at the Civic Center in DeFuniak Springs. A registered professional parliamentarian (Lee Wright) is coming from Montgomery to lead the session. Call 850-830-7663 to register. Pre-registration is needed to ensure space, handouts and refreshments for all. Parliamentary procedure was taught in high school many years ago, but not in recent years. Consequently, while some may have learned it - and may have learned a few inappropriate habits by observing others. If you are an elected or appointed officer on your church board, a civic or social organization, or if you are simply a member of such groups, this seminar will assist you to participate effectively in the decision-making process.  If you feel intimidated when you must address a governing body, this seminar can assist to secure their attention by utilizing the correct forms of address and by stating concerns or motions succinctly. Become an engaged citizen after understanding the formalities of decision-making that are designed to ensure fairness. The fee is $20 which will defray the cost of the venue, the honorarium, travel for the speaker, and refreshments.  Call 850-7663 for information, questions or registration.


Seminar: 'Starting a Business'

Panama City - The Florida SBDC at UWF/Panama City will present “Starting a Business” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 3. Take the first step in starting your small business, Attendees will learn the essentials for getting started in business including: idea evaluation, legal business structures, regulations & licensing, taxation, finding capital and more. Location: FSBDC/Panama City, Panama City Mall, Ste. 2196. Attendance fee is $50. To register: 850-474-2528 or 850-818-0570 or visit online at: and click on “Training Opportunities”.


Workshop: 'Grow Your Circle: Use Social Media to Reach Customers'

Panama City - The Florida SBDC at UWF will present a workshop from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, entitled “Grow Your Circle: Use Social Media to Reach Customers”. Among Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the seemingly hundreds of other networks, managing your social media can be a job by itself. And with 50 million businesses on Facebook alone, it’s hard to stand out. In this workshop, you’ll learn to better identify the platforms your customers are using, the best practices for posting and how to help build customer loyalty. Fee: $25 (cash or check); pre-registration is strongly recommended as seating is limited. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Location: Panama City Mall, Ste 2196, 32405. For further information, or to register call 850-474-2528 or visit online at: website (


'Government Contracting 101'

PANAMA CITY - The Florida SBDC at UWF Government Contracting Services will offer a workshop entitled “Government Contracting 101” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 11. This workshop will provide basics on what you need to know to prepare for entering the federal government market. Learn the procurement process, how to register and the basics on how to sell to the federal govt. agencies. Covers the requirements for certification of small, disadvantaged, women, veteran and service-disabled veteran owned businesses. Location: FSBDC/Panama City Mall, Ste. 2196, Panama City, FL 32405. Fee: $20; pre-registration is recommended. To register, call 850-586-7809 or visit the FSBDC website at “Training Opportunities”. Speaker: John DiGiacomo, Florida SBDC at UWF Government Contracting Specialist. The Florida SBDC at UWF Government Contracting Services is funded through federal and state agencies to provide counseling and technical assistance to Florida firms interested in the local, state and federal markets.