Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Bookkeeping Basics

This workshop is designed for the entrepreneur with little or no experience in business accounting and is taught by local bookkeeper Jeanne Celeste. Gain a better understanding of financial statements such as balance sheet and income statements, as well as all of the other record keeping essentials to help you keep score on your business.

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. Contact sami@goosefoot.org to be added to the wait list.

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Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Marketing 101

Increase the effectiveness of your marketing by laying out a plan with goals, a schedule, and measures of success. In this workshop, you will learn why having a marketing plan is important, and why you should stay on track to save money and be more effective.

Led by Sami Postma, Education Coordinator, Goosefoot

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

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Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Branding

Getting customers to choose and stay with you fuels growth and profitability. In this session you will learn how to:

  • Express your organization’s distinctiveness in words,

  • Create an operations and service culture that delivers your ideal customer experience, and

  • Design a relationship-building marketing approach.

When your business delivers its highest and best value in every customer interaction you win. Get a leg up—whether your competitors are around the corner or anywhere in the world.

Joe LePla has worked with 100’s of organizations to help determine and put their brands into action. His clients have ranged from local success stories Arnies, Zoka Coffee and Community Transit to global leaders including the Mayo Clinic and Microsoft. 

Beth Woolley founded bdub relations to help organizations fulfill their growth ambitions through brand-building inside and outside the organization. She wears her psychology degree on her sleeve—believing it gives her special insights into customer behavior. Clients include small local businesses, government and nonprofits, and national enterprises: Bradley Commercial Real Estate, Computer Concepts, City of Port Angeles, Housing Authority of Snohomish County, MCG, Point B, The 2 Sisters and many more.  www.bdubrelations.com       

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

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Jun
6
11:00 AM11:00

Finance Your Business

Are you looking to open a new business? Do you own a business with plans to expand? Ask your questions to a panel of finance experts from SBA, U.S. Bank, Craft3, Business Impact NW, Whidbey Island Local Lending, and crowdfunding. After lunch is served, talk 1 on 1 with your choice of finance experts about the option that interests you most.

Food provided courtesy of U.S. Bank. Please notify us in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Workshop is free, but registration is REQUIRED! Space is limited, so sign up by Friday, May 31st. Register at (360) 321-4246 or sami@goosefoot.org. Sponsored by U.S. Bank.

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Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Starting a Business

Increase your chances of starting a successful business. In this workshop you will learn how to write a business plan for success and receive an overview of critical things to consider before you ever apply for a business license, such as:

  • Where is the best location for your business?

  • Do you have customers?

  • How can you finance your new business?

  • How do you keep track of your income and expenses?

And more…

Led by Sami Postma, Education Coordinator, Goosefoot

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

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May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Intensive: Posters, Flyers, & Brochures Design

Learn design tips, tools, and resources to help you better design advertising documents for your business or events, including flyers, rack cards, post cards, brochures, and more! Get examples of what to do, and what not to do.

Then with the remaining extended time, pull out your laptops, pull up your design tools of choice, and work on your posters, flyers, or brochure. The aim is to have a print-ready piece when you walk out the door!

Led by Sami Postma, Education Coordinator, Goosefoot

Class size is limited to 6 attendees. Preregistration required. $10 registration fee must be paid in advance. Coffee & water provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch.

CLASS IS NOW FULL.

Contact sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246 to be added to the waiting list.

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May
23
1:00 PM13:00

How to Start a Food Business

A great food product or idea is just the first step. Set your goals and how you will measure success. Learn about important concepts such as business planning, consumer behavior, product differentiation and testing, pricing, advertising, distribution channels, and more. Learn what you’ll need to do to meet your goals! Geared towards producers of value-added food products (baked goods, jams, jellies, fermented foods, candy, dressings, sauces, etc).

Led by Gene Kahn, SCORE business counselor specializing in consumer packaged goods, farming, and product development. Gene was the founder of Cascadian Farm Organics; former VP of sustainable development for General Mills; and assisted farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South India to introduce innovative farm products into their marketplaces.

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

Goosefoot also offers Introduction to Food Business Licensing Requirements & Costs. More information at http://www.whidbeykitchen.org/workshops/

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May
16
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to Food Business Licensing Requirements & Costs

You've got a great food product to sell, now what?

Geared towards producers of value-added food products (baked goods, jams, jellies, fermented foods, candy, dressings, sauces, etc).

Learn about the licenses and permits you'll need to get your food business going and get an idea of the expenses you'll incur before you even set foot into a commercial kitchen. Will you need a food processor's license or are you eligible for a cottage food permit?  You will also hear about Goosefoot's plans to develop a professionally equipped, shared incubator commercial kitchen on South Whidbey, geared towards food product businesses and caterers.

Led by Marian Myszkowski, Director of Programs, Goosefoot

Admission is free; pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Please email sami@goosefoot.org or call 360-321-4246 to register. Thank you! Sponsored by Goosefoot.

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May
14
1:00 PM13:00

Facebook Advanced for Business

Learn how to put Facebook to work for your business. Tabs with additional information, ads and promoted posts, optimizing your posts, using analytics, and more! This two-hour course will focus in on how businesses can get the most bang for their buck from Facebook.

Note: This workshop is for those who already have business page and want to maximize its use or who are adept at managing a personal page and want to expand into a page for their business.

Led by Sami Postma, Education Coordinator, Goosefoot

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

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May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Marketing 101

Increase the effectiveness of your marketing by laying out a plan with goals, a schedule, and measures of success. In this workshop, you will learn why having a marketing plan is important, and why you should stay on track to save money and be more effective.

Led by Sami Postma, Education Coordinator, Goosefoot

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

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Apr
30
1:00 PM13:00

Hiring Smarter

Learn techniques for finding, interviewing, hiring great teams.

Hiring for attitude and training for skills is a great way to start.   During this 2 hour class we will talk about how to find more candidates, best practices for job postings and most important, HOW to interview so that you know you’ve got the right person for the job.

Led by Anne Bly.  Anne has been recruiting and hiring in the Seattle area for over 30 years.   She is excited to share her experience with local business owners and hiring managers on Whidbey.

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

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Apr
23
1:00 PM13:00

How to Start a Food Business

A great food product or idea is just the first step. Set your goals and how you will measure success. Learn about important concepts such as business planning, consumer behavior, product differentiation and testing, pricing, advertising, distribution channels, and more. Learn what you’ll need to do to meet your goals! Geared towards producers of value-added food products (baked goods, jams, jellies, fermented foods, candy, dressings, sauces, etc).

Led by Gene Kahn, SCORE business counselor specializing in consumer packaged goods, farming, and product development. Gene was the founder of Cascadian Farm Organics; former VP of sustainable development for General Mills; and assisted farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South India to introduce innovative farm products into their marketplaces.

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

Bayview School Building, upper level classroom, 5611 Bayview Road Langley, WA 98260 

Goosefoot also offers Introduction to Food Business Licensing Requirements & Costs. More information at http://www.whidbeykitchen.org/workshops/

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Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Intensive: Web Design

Websites are a necessity for many businesses, but most small business owners shy away because of the cost and the technological skill. With all the tools and technology that exist today, websites have never been easier! We will go over the biggest website design tools, basic guidelines, and search engine ranking.

Then with the remaining extended time, pull out your laptops, log in to your website platform of choice, and, with a class size limited to 6 participants, work on your website with individualized help from the instructor.

Led by Sami Postma, Education Coordinator, Goosefoot.

CLASS IS FULL.

Contact sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246 to be added to the wait list.

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Apr
16
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to Food Business Licensing Requirements & Costs

You've got a great food product to sell, now what?

Geared towards producers of value-added food products (baked goods, jams, jellies, fermented foods, candy, dressings, sauces, etc).

Learn about the licenses and permits you'll need to get your food business going and get an idea of the expenses you'll incur before you even set foot into a commercial kitchen. Will you need a food processor's license or are you eligible for a cottage food permit?  You will also hear about Goosefoot's plans to develop a professionally equipped, shared incubator commercial kitchen on South Whidbey, geared towards food product businesses and caterers.

Led by Marian Myszkowski, Director of Programs, Goosefoot

Admission is free; pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Please email sami@goosefoot.org or call 360-321-4246 to register. Thank you! Sponsored by Goosefoot.

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Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Starting a Business

Increase your chances of starting a successful business. In this workshop you will learn how to write a business plan for success and receive an overview of critical things to consider before you ever apply for a business license, such as:

  • Where is the best location for your business?

  • Do you have customers?

  • How can you finance your new business?

  • How do you keep track of your income and expenses?

And more…

Led by Sami Postma, Education Coordinator, Goosefoot

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

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Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to Social Media

Social media is meant to be a fun and interactive tool, but for many it gets quickly overwhelming. From Facebook to Instagram to Twitter to YouTube and more, how do you choose which to use? How do you make them work for your business? How often and what do you post?

This workshop will provide an overview of the major social media platforms for business use.

Led by Sami Postma, Events & Education Coordinator, Goosefoot

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4145. Sponsored by Goosefoot.

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

CANCELLED! Introduction to Food Business Licensing Requirements & Costs

You've got a great food product to sell, now what?

Geared towards producers of value-added food products (baked goods, jams, jellies, fermented foods, candy, dressings, sauces, etc).

Learn about the licenses and permits you'll need to get your food business going and get an idea of the expenses you'll incur before you even set foot into a commercial kitchen. Will you need a food processor's license or are you eligible for a cottage food permit?  You will also hear about Goosefoot's plans to develop a professionally equipped, shared incubator commercial kitchen on South Whidbey, geared towards food product businesses and caterers.

Led by Marian Myszkowski, Director of Programs, Goosefoot

Admission is free; pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Please email sami@goosefoot.org or call 360-321-4246 to register. Thank you! Sponsored by Goosefoot.

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Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Marketing 101

Increase the effectiveness of your marketing by laying out a plan with goals, a schedule, and measures of success. In this workshop, you will learn why having a marketing plan is important, and why you should stay on track to save money and be more effective.

Led by Sami Postma, Education Coordinator, Goosefoot

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

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Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

Instagram

Instagram is quickly surpassing Facebook in number of user hours and engagement. Get the ins and outs of this image-based social media app, including how to set up an account, how to make posts, hashtags, and other helpful tips.

Note: This workshop is intended for businesses and organizations, not individuals.

Led by Sami Postma, Events & Education Coordinator.

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

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Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Bookkeeping Basics

This workshop is designed for the entrepreneur with little or no experience in business accounting and is taught by local bookkeeper Jeanne Celeste. Gain a better understanding of financial statements such as balance sheet and income statements, as well as all of the other record keeping essentials to help you keep score on your business.

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL.

Please email sami@goosefoot.org or call 360-321-4246 to be added to the waitlist.. Thank you! Sponsored by Puget Sound Energy.

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Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

How to Start a Food Business

A great food product or idea is just the first step. Set your goals and how you will measure success. Learn about important concepts such as business planning, consumer behavior, product differentiation and testing, pricing, advertising, distribution channels, and more. Learn what you’ll need to do to meet your goals! Geared towards producers of value-added food products (baked goods, jams, jellies, fermented foods, candy, dressings, sauces, etc).

Led by Gene Kahn, SCORE business counselor specializing in consumer packaged goods, farming, and product development. Gene was the founder of Cascadian Farm Organics; former VP of sustainable development for General Mills; and assisted farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South India to introduce innovative farm products into their marketplaces.

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

Bayview School Building, upper level classroom, 5611 Bayview Road Langley, WA 98260 

Goosefoot also offers Introduction to Food Business Licensing Requirements & Costs. More information at http://www.whidbeykitchen.org/workshops/

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Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

Intensive: Posters, Flyers, & Brochures Design

Learn design tips, tools, and resources to help you better design advertising documents for your business or events, including flyers, rack cards, post cards, brochures, and more! Get examples of what to do, and what not to do.

Then with the remaining extended time, pull out your laptops, pull up your design tools of choice, and work on your posters, flyers, or brochure. The aim is to have a print-ready piece when you walk out the door!

Led by Sami Postma, Education Coordinator, Goosefoot

CLASS IS FULL. NO SEATS ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

Contact Sami at sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246 for more information or to be added to the waiting list.

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Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to Food Business Licensing Requirements & Costs

You've got a great food product to sell, now what?

Geared towards producers of value-added food products (baked goods, jams, jellies, fermented foods, candy, dressings, sauces, etc).

Learn about the licenses and permits you'll need to get your food business going and get an idea of the expenses you'll incur before you even set foot into a commercial kitchen. Will you need a food processor's license or are you eligible for a cottage food permit?  You will also hear about Goosefoot's plans to develop a professionally equipped, shared incubator commercial kitchen on South Whidbey, geared towards food product businesses and caterers.

Led by Marian Myszkowski, Director of Programs, Goosefoot

Admission is free; pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Please email sami@goosefoot.org or call 360-321-4246 to register. Thank you! Sponsored by Goosefoot.

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Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

How to Start a Food Business

A great food product or idea is just the first step. Set your goals and how you will measure success. Learn about important concepts such as business planning, consumer behavior, product differentiation and testing, pricing, advertising, distribution channels, and more. Learn what you’ll need to do to meet your goals! Geared towards producers of value-added food products (baked goods, jams, jellies, fermented foods, candy, dressings, sauces, etc).

Led by Gene Kahn, SCORE business counselor specializing in consumer packaged goods, farming, and product development. Gene was the founder of Cascadian Farm Organics; former VP of sustainable development for General Mills; and assisted farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South India to introduce innovative farm products into their marketplaces.

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

Bayview School Building, upper level classroom, 5611 Bayview Road Langley, WA 98260 

Goosefoot also offers Introduction to Food Business Licensing Requirements & Costs. More information at http://www.whidbeykitchen.org/workshops/

View Event →
Jan
28
1:00 PM13:00

Hiring Smarter

Learn techniques for finding, interviewing, hiring great teams.

Hiring for attitude and training for skills is a great way to start.   During this 2 hour class we will talk about how to find more candidates, best practices for job postings and most important, HOW to interview so that you know you’ve got the right person for the job.

Led by Anne Bly.  Anne has been recruiting and hiring in the Seattle area for over 30 years.   She is excited to share her experience with local business owners and hiring managers on Whidbey.

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

View Event →
Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Food Business Licensing Requirements & Costs

You've got a great food product to sell, now what?

Geared towards producers of value-added food products (baked goods, jams, jellies, fermented foods, candy, dressings, sauces, etc).

Learn about the licenses and permits you'll need to get your food business going and get an idea of the expenses you'll incur before you even set foot into a commercial kitchen. Will you need a food processor's license or are you eligible for a cottage food permit?  You will also hear about Goosefoot's plans to develop a professionally equipped, shared incubator commercial kitchen on South Whidbey, geared towards food product businesses and caterers.

Led by Marian Myszkowski, Director of Programs, Goosefoot

Admission is free; pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Please email sami@goosefoot.org or call 360-321-4246 to register. Thank you! Sponsored by Goosefoot.

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Jan
15
1:00 PM13:00

Sessions with Sami

For those who have previously attended a Goosefoot workshop, we are now offering 30 minute scheduled sessions with our Education and Event Coordinator, Sami. Have 30 minutes of one-on-one time to go over anything we’ve covered in past workshops, or anything else you might be wondering! We’ll go at the pace that works for you, answer all your questions, and take a more individualized approach than can be offered in workshop settings.

SESSIONS ARE NOW FULL. Please see the next Sessions with Sami on March 25 for individualized assistance.

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Jan
12
10:00 AM10:00

Intensive: Web Design

Websites are a necessity for many businesses, but most small business owners shy away because of the cost and the technological skill. With all the tools and technology that exist today, websites have never been easier! We will go over the biggest website design tools, basic guidelines, and search engine ranking.

Then with the remaining extended time, pull out your laptops, log in to your website platform of choice, and, with a class size limited to 6 participants, work on your website with individualized help from the instructor.

Led by Sami Postma, Education Coordinator, Goosefoot

CLASS IS FULL. NO SEATS ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.
Contact Sami at sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246 to be added to the waiting list.

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Jan
8
1:00 PM13:00

How to Start a Business

Increase your chances of starting a successful business. In this workshop you will learn how to write a business plan for success and receive an overview of critical things to consider before you ever apply for a business license, such as:

  • Where is the business going?

  • Do you have customers?

  • How can you finance your new business?

  • How do you keep track of your income and expenses?

And more…

Led by Sami Postma, Education Coordinator, Goosefoot

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

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Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Sessions with Sami

For those who have previously attended a Goosefoot workshop, we are now offering 30 minute scheduled sessions with our Education and Event Coordinator, Sami. Have 30 minutes of one-on-one time to go over anything we’ve covered in past workshops, or anything else you might be wondering! We’ll go at the pace that works for you, answer all your questions, and take a more individualized approach than can be offered in workshop settings.

Not open sessions—RSVP required! Please email sami@goosefoot.org or call 360-321-4246 to secure your spot.

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Nov
27
1:00 PM13:00

Marketing 101

Increase the effectiveness of your marketing by laying out a plan with goals, a schedule, and measures of success. In this workshop, you will learn why having a marketing plan is important, and why you should stay on track to save money and be more effective.

Led by Sami Postma, Education Coordinator, Goosefoot

Free; RSVPs encouraged to sami@goosefoot.org or (360) 321-4246.

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