Brainery Schedule
September 2018 - May 2019

Free Chocolate, Wine & Beer! Oh, and We’ll be Talking About the Who, What & Why of the EPIC Brainery!
September 25, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
B Business in the Raw
R Realities of Owning a Business
A Accountability through Community
I Inspired Decision Making
N New Perspectives
E Empowered Action
R Revolutionary Ways to Get Shit Done
Y Y’all just need to come!
Instructors: Julie Robbins & Nicole Langlois

Marketing – Simple Formula Big Impact
October 1, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Steering the Customer Journey Through a Conversion Funnel in 3 Simple Steps. Acquisition, Conversion & Growth. You will learn how to convert interest on social media into actual sales. We will use methods that are scalable, actionable and repeatable giving you a marketing plan that will have great impact but also be sustainable.
Instructor: Chris Short

Can You Live Off Your Business? (Panel)
October 9, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Real discussion, real struggles, real solutions. We will discuss the questions, worries and anxieties of wondering whether your business can and will support you, while exploring solutions and strategies to reach your goals.
Panelists: Joanne Leffeld, Carin Carr, Rachel Reuben

How to Take Imperfect Action & Grow Your Business
October 17, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Do you find yourself saying “As soon as I get my website the way I want it, I’ll…” or “I just need to fix a few more things before I can…” or “I don’t want to schedule the workshop until I finish…” fill in the blanks on all of these. It’s normal and admirable to want everything to be perfect, but the reality is, perfection can be paralyzing and what gets in the way of you achieving your goals. Learn strategies for taking imperfect action and feel the freedom of getting sh+t done!
Instructors: Julie Robbins & Nicole Langlois

EPIC Brainery Coaching Circle
October 23, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Health Insurance & Your Biz
October 25, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Health Insurance is an ever-changing industry and how can you be expected to know it all?
In this class we hope to give you a better understanding of health insurance and what the changes are for this next year and what those changes mean for you personally and for your business.
Instructor: Donna Mills

How Will You Protect Your Brand?
November 8, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Learn about the importance of trademarks and how to ensure that you’re getting the most out of them.
Instructor: Elizabeth Bradford

Prioritize Growth with a Marketing Plan and Strategy
November 13, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
There are countless ways you can spend your time and financial resources to market your business. Learn how to be strategic with your marketing efforts by creating a sound marketing plan and develop actionable marketing strategies that will use your resources most efficiently, reach your target audience(s), and help your business grow.
Instructor: Rachel Reuben

Activating Your Business Intuition to Meet Your Next Ideal Client
November 20, 10AM – 11:30AM
Are you struggling with enrolling new clients? Do you get stuck in periods of doubt that your business will enter a complete halt because you don’t know where your next client will be coming from? Learn how to activate your business intuition to meet your next ideal client who is looking and praying for you, just as powerfully as you are wanting to serve and support them.
Instructor: Karina Antonopoulos

EPIC Brainery Coaching Circle
November 27, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Which Voice Do I Listen To? How to Approach Decision Making 
November 28, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
After a brief presentation, Blair will guide you through exercises to understand your leadership as a business owner, and how to approach decision making.
Instructor: Blair Glaser

ABCs of Starting a Business—From Concept to Actualization
December 3, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We will talk about business planning, questions you should be asking when starting a business and help you get access to the resources needed to start a business.   Instructors: Kathy Prizzia

A Must for Startups! What you should know about Taxes & Accounting
December 11, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
This class will cover the many facets of tax and accounting for a small business. Learn about what accounting means to your business and how it can help you to achieve your business goals and steer clear of potential pitfalls
Instructors: Carin Carr

EPIC Brainery Coaching Circle
December 18, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Coherence Quest: With Humanity on the Brink, Wisdom for Leaders
December 19, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Learn how to save the world, prosper and be healthy and happy. If humanity is to survive, everyone must step up. This a talk and Q&A about the foundational leadership skills that you will need to thrive in these tumultuous times.
Instructors: Ajax Greene

Fasten Your Seat Belts and Get Ready to Crank Your Business Way, Way Up!
January 7, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Get invaluable advice on how to fine-tune your promotional materials, websites, social media, etc. so you can really stand out.
Instructor: Abbe Aronson

Radical Strategies for Improving Time Management & Productivity
January 15, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
We’ve all been there… much to do, so little time…especially if you are an entrepreneur or small business owner. In fact, it often seems like all you do is put out fires and work on the day-to-day grind of your business. In this class, we will discuss radical new strategies for managing your time in a way that allows you to do more of what you enjoy and have a life—all the while increasing your productivity!
Instructors: Julie Robbins & Nicole Langlois

EPIC Brainery Coaching Circle
January 17, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Branding 101
January 23, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Join us for an educational seminar to explore what a brand really is, how to make sure yours is relevant, and to learn the tools you need to make sure your brand is effective in the changing economy.
Instructor: Sheila Gilday

Entrepreneurial Sanity Through Systems
January 31, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
We will be chatting about different systems to implement within your business. This not only includes some technological how-tos but also some personal how-tos! This class is open for any entrepreneur or soon-to-be entrepreneur to begin on the right foot within their business. Students will walk away with a feeling of more control over their business and the next steps to implement in their business to get organized.
Instructor: Sonia Narvaez

Starting a Business at 50+
February 4, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Are you 50+ and considering, or have recently started, a new business? This is for you if you have a dream, a business idea, a hobby, a unique skill, don’t know how to start a business, need advice, need funding, need a mentor, need training or need information.
Instructors: Cathryn Terrizzi & Suzanne Holt

How to Have a Rockstar Internship Program that will help your Biz Grow
February 12, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM                                                                                                                                                              Having an Intern Program is beneficial in more ways than one for your business. It can have a huge impact on the community and on the students who participate.
Instructors: Nicole, Julie, CJ O’Brien & Marc

Critical Conversations—The Things That Must be Talked About if you Want to Survive in Business
February 20, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Learn to address the issues in your own family business. Communicate openly, honestly and effectively with the tools and strategies in this workshop so you can reach a successful outcome for everyone concerned.
Instructor: Catherine Pietrow

EPIC Brainery Coaching Circle
February 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Business Boundaries & Why They are a Must Have if you are going to Thrive
February 28, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                      It is one thing to survive in business – pay the bills, get the work done, keep everything moving, it is entirely another to thrive in business.  In order to thrive, you need to know how to set boundaries.  This is a crucial practice which so many entrepreneurs & small business owners don’t do.  Not because they don’t want to, but because they don’t necessarily know how. In this class you will leave knowing what the top boundaries are you need to set and how to do it.  Instructors: Julie Robbins & Nicole Langlois

Digital Design Know-How
March 4, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
In this evening workshop, you will learn the basics of UX Design, creating wireframes, understanding flow and learn the art of prototyping. During our time together we will also explore the skills and software you need to bring websites, designs and marketing collaterals to reality. See what the world of Digital Design Know-how is all about.
Instructor: Ivan Freaner

Individual Strategy Blueprint for Prioritizing Your To Do List
March 12, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
If you are anything like most entrepreneurs, business owners, and managers, you have a lot of ideas! This is great, but how do you prioritize which to implement first? In this class, you will not only learn how to prioritize your ideas, but which ones are the best for your company and how to implement them from start to finish.
Instructors: Julie Robbins & Nicole Langlois

How to Build Credit
March 20, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Learn how to build, or repair, your credit so that it’s there when you need it – whether it’s for funding, buying power or negotiating.
Instructor: Irene Berner

EPIC Brainery Coaching Circle
March 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

How to Build a Killer Team—Even Solo-preneurs Need a Posse
March 28, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
A business is only as good as the team behind it. We will explore the importance of building a team that reflects your business so that you can scale to the next level. We will look at the impact that having a business philosophy has on building a team, how to identify your team, what the team needs to be successful, the basic logistics of paying people, and tools to help you be a strong leader.                                 Instructor: Melanie Cronin

Visual Storytelling for Brands on a Budget – Video Production Tips That Work
April 1, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Videos are becoming a powerhouse for getting your message out online. But are you really doing it the right way? This class will provide the tools you need to make video work for you.
Instructor: Chris Short

Marketing Your Strengths
April 9, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Do you think marketing means you have to be someone you’re not, or say something that doesn’t sound like “you”? It doesn’t. Really.
Designed for small business owners, creatives and self-employed professionals, the Marketing Your Strengths workshop helps you clarify what you offer and why customers want it. You are a combination of your education, experience, values, and interests. Together, we tap into those to crystallize what you offer that’s unique, and how to express it in your own way.
Instructor: Lauree Ostrofsky

Wow ‘Em! How Acting Techniques Can Dramatically Improve Your Presentation Skills
April 17, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
In this fun class participants will learn how techniques used by professional actors can help them dramatically improve their presentation skills.
Instructor: Wayne Pyle

EPIC Brainery Coaching Circle
April 23, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

There’s More to Financial Freedom Than Meets the Eye!
April 25, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
In this class, you will learn how to be empowered in your relationship with money. Now is the time to get clear and take control of budgeting, saving and investing. In addition, we will have discussion about how our attitudes, beliefs and archetypal behaviors can be transformed to create financial abundance.
Instructor: Joanne Leffeld – “The Moola Doola”

Finding Your Google Suite Spot
May 6, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Google is much more than just a way to be found via search. Learn about Google Suite’s powerful tools to grow and organize your business (branded email, calendar, Google Drive, Google Docs, etc.), improve your organic search rankings and collect reviews from customers with an enhanced Google Business profile.
Instructor: Rachel Reuben

How Will Contracts Protect Your Business?
May 14, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
We will talk about how contracts are formed, common “boilerplate” provisions, negotiation strategies and remedies in the event of a breach.
Instructor: Elizabeth Bradford

EPIC Brainery Coaching Circle
May 28, 6:00 – 8:00 PM