SCORE Small Business Workshop


Meeting Room A

Join us for these roundtables geared toward small business owners, that include a lecture by a knowledgeable professional, followed by plenty of time for Q&A and discussion. These groups are always dynamic and engaged, and we're sure you'll find your evening well-spent. 

SCORE - May 4

May 4 - "Get Your Business Online with Google" 

SCORE and Google have partnered to help put every business in Marion, Cedar Rapids, and surrounding communities on the map—including yours.

In celebration of National Small Business Week (April 30-May 6), SCORE is again offering this workshop on Getting Your Business Online with Google!  Businesses that have complete business information online are twice as likely to be considered reputable by consumers. When people can find info about local dentists, dry cleaners, and your business, our community becomes even stronger.  If you want to start showing up in search results like these, you need to get your business listed on Google. 

Instructor:  Sherry Bonelli
Sherry is the owner of Early Bird Digital marketing ( a real down to earth digital marketing agency that helps local businesses get found on the Internet.  Her motto -- Digital Marketing: Trust. Experience.  She has appeared and been featured on the TODAY Show, CNN, ABC News, Boston Globe and other media outlets. She is a Certified Content Marketing Specialist and Customer Value Optimization Specialist and has a Master’s Degree in Internet Marketing.  Sherry has more than 18 years’ Internet marketing and content experience, specializing in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), social media, content marketing, reputation marketing and other digital marketing strategies.  As a SCORE mentor, Sherry coaches small businesses on how to use digital marketing effectively and has presented at numerous local digital marketing workshops.

SCORE - May 18

May 18 - "Cash Flow for Small Businesses" 

Don't underestimate the importance of cash flow for your small business. You'll talk about cash flow, what it means, how to calculate cash flow, and learn tips for improving your business's cash flow both internally and through external means.

Instructor: Greg Christiansen
Greg has been in the banking industry for more than 20 years. He started in credit, moved through all other areas of lending, and eventually landed in commercial lending some 15 years ago.  A local lender for his entire career, he has advised businesses of all sizes and types on their financing and cash flow needs. Currently, he is a Vice President of Commercial Lending for Farmers State Bank. Greg has a BBA from Iowa State and an MBA from the University of Iowa.