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New World Training - Looking at Your Operations from the Outside In

Tue 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business

Park, Lake and Chaffee Counties are the Heart of the Rockies, much like our small businesses are the heart of our economy. Recent economic downturns have more adversely affected our small businesses as compared to the effect on larger ones. Since small businesses make up 99.9% of all firms and account for 65% of net new jobs in America, these small businesses are key to recovery and they have the ability to grow faster than our large businesses. In a recent survey conducted by NFIB in regard to the latest financial challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, 92% have been negatively impacted by the outbreak with over 70% reporting they cannot remain operational longer than 4 months. The effects on the overall economy sustained from failing small businesses can be significant.

This 6-part series will help small businesses develop strategies for surviving an economic downturn, and provides the tools and methodology that provide an ongoing framework to help small businesses assess and reassess their purpose, understand and improve their current financial and operational health, ensure they have the right team in place to execute, and PIVOT during changes in market conditions and of course changing customer needs. This series is intended to be foundationally implemented at our small businesses as part of a continuous improvement mindset: allowing frequent pivots and a more nimble approach to changing situations. We seek to establish an ongoing “Strive to Thrive” mentality in our small businesses as opposed to a “Scramble to Survive” one. The result...small businesses that plan for and adapt to change and THRIVE as a result. Ultimately, the series is intended to inspire local businesses to learn “how to fish” and rely on the tools they have to succeed in any circumstance.

Looking at Your Operations from the Outside In - Cheryl Mehaffey Description: Re-create your operations for sustainability Section Objectives: How to Structure a Lean Operation Establish a Healthy & Safe Workspace Understand How to Build Your Team Streamlining systems and processes in the workflow How to use the 5 Why’s System What You Will Learn: How to create efficient ergonomic workflow How to Establish a Healthy & Safe Workspace Ways to communicate, train and empower your staff Concept of “Just on Time” inventory and what it means to your business Why should you make a commitment to being socially responsible How to maintain sustainability through periods of change How to create systems and processes for a streamlined workflow.

Speaker(s): Cheryl Mehaffey - Central Mountain SBDC counselor. Cheryl has 25 years experience as a small business owner and operator in Chaffee County, Cheryl co-founded and operated Bongo Billy’s Cafe’s, MOTHERS Bistro, and as an In-home care provider, Cheryl has accrued skills in troubleshooting, problem solving, educating and training staff. Cheryl has become adept at organizing and coordinating efforts to accomplish goals. She understands the importance of scheduling staff, managing inventories, advertising and building a place with community. After many years of cooking Cheryl still enjoys cooking, as well as hiking, biking, and creating pottery.

Co-Sponsor(s): Chaffee County Economic Development Center, Lake County Economic Development Center, Buena Vista Chamber, Salida Chamber, Platte Canyon Chamber, Leadville Lake County Chamber, and Chaffee, Lake & Park Counties.

Once you register you will be sent an Zoom link with connection instructions. If you have questions please call 719-221-0274. Thank you.

Fee: No Cost

Looking at Your Operations from the Outside In

Phone: 719-221-0374


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