Winter/Spring Offerings: Business & Financial Planning

Learn new ways to make and save money or explore the steps you need to secure a comfortable retirement.

2020 Offerings

Notary Public Review Workshop - Prepare for the NYS Exam

This workshop prepares you for the New York State Notary Public test and will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the notary public’s role.

Confusing laws, concepts and procedures will be clearly explained and clarified. Examples will be provided to illuminate situations that a notary public office is likely to encounter. Topics include avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional ethics, charging proper fees, handling special situations, when to defer to an attorney, and minimizing legal liability.

This workshop is a must for candidates who want to become fully aware of the authority, duties and responsibilities involved in becoming a notary. All materials will be provided, including website information, booklets and forms. Also featured is an 80-question practice exam that attempts to emulate the actual New York State mandatory exam. Course fee includes a $10 materials fee.

Notary Public Review Workshop - Prepare for the NYS Exam Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC B06
Mon., 5/11, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
60077 Victor Bunjanow $47

Maximizing Your Social Security Benefit

A few key decisions can make a big difference in the amount of your Social Security benefit. Attend this hands-on workshop and learn strategies to get the most money from Social Security. Learn how to plan for taxes, health care and other costs during retirement, as well as how to wisely grow and protect your retirement income. This session will cover key Social Security benefit choices, such as individual and spousal options, and help you understand simple steps to maximize your benefit. Join us before you make financial decisions that may not be able to be reversed. Course fee includes a $5 materials fee.

Maximizing Your Social Security Benefit Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, ADM 102
Wed., 4/8, 6:15 - 8 p.m.
60079 Frank Finch $19

Medicare 101

Medicare can be very confusing. It is important to understand how Medicare works and what you need to know to make the most informed decisions possible. Medicare Parts A and B will be explained, including what is and is not covered. This session will also cover what a person’s fiscal responsibility is and the ways to mitigate the potential copays of Medicare. Learn how Medigap plans work and what Medicare Part D (prescription drug insurance) is. In addition, learn about federal and state assistance programs for those who are income qualified.

Medicare 101 Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
2 Sessions, DCC B06
Wed., 4/15 - 4/22, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
60166 Janet Kiffney $12
2 Sessions, DCC B06
Thurs., 5/7 - 5/14, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
60197 Janet Kiffney  $12

Save Money with Extreme Couponing

Learn how to save money every day with extreme couponing. Coupons are not just for groceries. The savings can add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year. This comprehensive workshop will teach you where to find all different types of coupons, even for high-ticket items; how to find the best coupon apps and websites; how to match coupons with sales for maximum savings; and how to find other people to trade coupons and merchandise with. Feel free to bring your coupons to class for a trading session. This workshop is taught by someone who has used many couponing secrets to save thousands. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.

Save Money with Extreme Couponing Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC B05
Wed., 4/29, 3 - 4 p.m.
60162 Leeanne Krusemark $29

Your Passport to Retirement: The Complete Financial Management Workshop

Thinking about retirement or creating an investment plan? Do you need to do some estate planning? This course will inform you of the potential benefits of effective financial management and show you techniques that will assist you in meeting your goals. Topics include the seven roadblocks to financial success; the six keys to financial success; risk management; cash management, including how to create liquidity, pay down debt, and increase savings; investment planning, including what the pros do, strategies for successful investing, stocks, bonds, annuities, and mutual funds; tax management and tax planning; retirement planning, including calculating the cost of retirement, sources of retirement income, IRA(s), 401-K’s, 403-b(s), 457 plans; and estate planning, including probate, estate taxes, intestacy, wills and trusts. The course concludes with how to prepare your own plan. Call Steve Miner at (518) 272-6747 for more details. Course fee includes a $26 materials fee for the workbook.

*Your spouse, partner or significant other is encouraged to attend at no charge, but will need to register for the course as well. Please note that you will only receive one workbook per couple.

Your Passport to Retirement: The Complete Financial Management Workshop Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
3 Sessions, DCC 138
Tues., 3/24 - 4/7, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
60080
*60081 - Please use this to register a partner.
Steve Miner $65

Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas

Tired of working for someone else? Do you need to make more money? Turn your talents and hobbies into profits by starting a home business. Taught by a former chamber of commerce president and award-winning business owner, this is probably the most comprehensive business startup workshop you will ever find.

You will discover more than 250 legitimate home business ideas and learn about mandatory legal documentation, the many ways to market your product or service, and how to take tax deductions (this workshop included!). Course fee includes $20 materials fee.

Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC B05
Wed., 4/29, 6 - 8 p.m.
60163 Leeanne Krusemark $55

Using Social Media in Business

One of the biggest challenges for business owners is finding new customers. Over the past decade, some business owners have leveraged social media to do just that. In today’s globally connected environment, social media is a game changer for businesses. Whether you’re a social media novice or a seasoned veteran, this course will give you a solid foundation in social media marketing and using it to grow your business.

Using Social Media in Business Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
Online Course Dates: 3/18 - 5/8 60303 TBA $115

How to Earn Extra Money with a Mystery Shopping Business

Have you ever wanted to become a mystery shopper? Have you seen ads telling you how to become one, but only if you send them a lot of money? You do not have to pay to begin your new career in this exciting field. In this class, you will learn how to start your business endeavor (participants must also attend Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas) and learn how to sign up with many legitimate mystery shopping companies without fees; avoid the pitfalls and scams; create a required mystery shopping resume and profile; take care of legalities and taxes regarding this income; and become a merchandiser, too, for extra money. With a few simple steps, you can start mystery shopping today! Course fee includes $10 materials fee. Students will receive a list of 25 legitimate companies you can apply to.

How to Earn Extra Money with a Mystery Shopping Business Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC B05
Wed., 4/29, 5 - 6 p.m.
60164 Leeanne Krusemark $29

Creating a Successful Business Plan

Turn your business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. Committing your idea to paper in the form of a business plan not only increases your chances of obtaining financing, but also keeps your business strategically focused. You will work through all the major components of writing a business plan and emerge with your first draft in hand. And most importantly, you will have completed the first – and most difficult – step on the path to small business success.

Creating a Successful Business Plan Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
Online Course: 3/18 - 5/8 60282 TBA $115

Make Money with a Virtual Assistant/Word Processing Business

If you can type, then you can make money at home using your computer. Having already learned all about home-based business success (participants must attend “Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas”), you will discover how and where to find clients; 50 ways to advertise and market your services; effective home office equipment choices; 100 ways to make money with a computer; and free national networking information. There really is a need for your services, so learn to be your own boss, set your own hours, and make more money. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.

Make Money with a Virtual Assistant/Word Processing Business Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC B05
Wed., 4/29, 8 - 9 p.m.
60165 Leeanne Krusemark $29

Monetize Websites, Blogs, and Social Media with 1000+ Affiliate Marketing Opportunities

Earn a passive monthly income from selling other people’s products by placing a merchant-provided advertisement link on your site and get a commission for every sale, click or lead. Learn where to find 1000+ free and low-cost opportunities and how to avoid scams or links that won’t offer a beneficial ROI (return on investment). Learn how to find high, recurring, and second-tier commissions. You’ll also learn SEO secrets to increase your site’s ranking and visibility on search engines like Google. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.

Monetize Websites, Blogs, and Social Media with 1000+ Affiliate Marketing Opportunities Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC B05
Wed., 4/29, 4 - 5 p.m.
60302 Leeanne Krusemark $29

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Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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