Coronavirus might be keeping us apart, but you can still learn all about protecting your business, making a pandemic plan and creating a mental health strategy—online.
The pause button has been hit on seminars, continuing education, trade shows and other business gatherings, but online sessions are moving forward as planned.
Here’s a sampling of webinars—some scheduled in the weeks ahead, some archived from the past—that explore a variety of business topics. And, as you might have guessed, coronavirus and preparing for the pandemic is one of the big ones.
Steps to Protect Your Business: Central Ohio business coach Heather Yakes will discuss 11 steps she says business owners must take to adjust to an economic climate that is changing rapidly right now. Topics include managing cash flow, rethinking delivery of services or products, and keeping employees and customers informed. It’s a free session, but you must register. It’s scheduled for noon-1 p.m. Thursday, March 19.
Check Your Pandemic Plan and BCP: Banks have been reluctant to close their branch offices, but it’s far from business as usual during the pandemic. The Ohio Bankers League will host an online seminar for banking industry managers who are involved with their companies’ business-continuity plans. It’s set for 1:30-3 p.m.Thursday, March 19. Registration starts at $265, and continuing education credits are available. Register through the Ohio Bankers League.
Strengthen Your Online Presence: Neal Resnik, a digital marketing consultant in the Columbus office of RevLocal, offers tips and tricks to optimize your exposure online. The online workshop is offered through SCORE Columbus, a nonprofit small-business mentoring organization. It’s scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. Register for $20 through Score’s events page.
How to Do Good While Doing Business: Learn about social enterprises, B corporations, Conscious Capitalism and other ways of performing charitable works through your business. It’s another Score Columbus online workshop. This one is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 25. Register for $20 through Score.
Creating a Mental Health Strategy for 2020: Mind Share Partners, a nonprofit that advocates for businesses to pay attention to workplace mental health, is hosting a series of sessions on the issue. Each includes a Q&A for participants. The next free session is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m. You can register at the organization’s website.
In the archives
Columbus Metropolitan Club: For the time being, the club’s regular luncheon series is moving online. Check out what’s coming at the CMC website. You can also watch some of its more recent events, including “Higher Education: Charting A New Path to Jobs,” “The State of Downtown” and the annual economic forecast.
U.S. Small Business Administration: The federal agency has a free collection of 18 half-hour sessions that offer information on topics such as recruiting and retaining employees, finding investors, pricing, social-media marketing, and going global. They’re all free and available 24/7 at the SBA’s online Learning Center.
Ulmer & Berne: The Cleveland-based law firm with offices in Columbus and five other cities has a library of presentations on topics ranging from taxes to intellectual property to immigration. Employment and labor topics include drug policies in the workplace, sexual harassment in the #MeToo era, and helping transgender employees. All of the webinars are free. Find them on the firm’s website, organized by area of expertise.
Bob Vitale is a freelance writer.