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Lessons Learned from the First Year in Business - 2019 Seminar Series

The Business Guides | CPAs and Advisors for Business Owners

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

Lessons Learned from the First Year in Business - 2019...

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Seminar Seat Reservation   more info 9 Registrations 2d 16h 17m Free  

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What are the biggest challenges of that first year in business?

We'll ask a panel of savvy local business owners who would be happy if you learned from their early mistakes and didn't make them yourself!

Come with your questions, and enjoy a moderated discussion showcasing years of business experience.


Those considering starting a business, or small business owners in the early years of their business trajectory.


Scott Rogers, Aldrich's Market owner

Jaclyn Connor, Uptown Pub owner

Scott Ross, Finistere Restaurant owner

Abbie Little, The A-Team owner (& broker at Coldwell Banker Best Homes)

Discussion moderated by:

Presenter Sarah Hadlock

Sarah Hadlock, CPA, CFP ®, President, The Business Guides ~ Sarah is a CPA as well as a Certified Financial Planning® professional (CFP ®). She succeeded the retiring founder of the Business Guides as the new owner and President in 2019, after managing the team since 2015. Her background includes nonprofits and banking, and she serves on the boards of the Jefferson County Chamber and Port Townsend Noon Rotary.

Moderator Shelly Randall
Shelly Randall, Marketing & Education Coordinator, The Business Guides
 ~ An accomplished emcee and moderator, Shelly has hosted a wide variety of events, from political forums to fashion shows. As a former journalist, she is expert at asking questions. As a financial coach, she is fluent in the language of money. Shelly is also The Business Guides' client education and communications specialist. This is Shelly's second year organizing the Small Business Seminar Series, and it's her favorite part of her job.


  • "Well organized and easy to follow. Speakers were knowledgeable and friendly."

  • “Good attention to individual questions, well organized. Presenters engaged, enthusiastic, and clearly well prepared to make core concepts and more advanced materials as accessible as possible.”

  • "The Business Guides offers a huge gift to our community by organizing and hosting these seminars. The class I attended was robust and informative, with relevant examples and engaged attendees who added their personal expertise to the conversation."


How many people from my business may attend?

You may reserve up to two seats when you register. Seating is limited to 30 participants for these free seminars, so we respectfully request that you register a maximum of two people associated with your business, such as yourself and your spouse, or yourself and a key employee. Employees are welcome to attend without the business owner.

Will I get a reminder email about this event?

Yes, at the email you used when registering. You will receive a confirmation email immediately, and a reminder email in the days before the event. Please share with the additional person you registered, if applicable. We recommend you add the event to your calendar.

- Is it necessary to create an Eventbrite account?

Yes, and it's easy to create your free account as part of the registration process. We use Eventbrite online registration software for your convenience and ours.

It's not necessary to LOG IN to register, but in order to verify your registration or make any changes, you will need to log in. If you've forgotten your password, follow the prompts for resetting it.

TIP: Not sure if you have an account with Eventbrite? When you type your email into the Attendee Information form, you'll either see a "Create Password" field appear below it (meaning you don't have an account), or you'll be allowed to register without being asked for your password (meaning your email is already associated with an account).

Can I edit my information after registering?

Yes, you may log onto your Eventbrite account and edit your order information on the Tickets page anytime up until the day of the event. You may update the information on your order (like name, email address, additional attendee, or answers to the organizer's questions), or you may cancel the order to free up your seat (see next FAQ).

What if I can't attend after registering?

If your plans change, and you cannot attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we may offer your seat to someone on the waiting list. You may cancel your order on the Tickets page by logging into Eventbrite (see above FAQ). Or you may contact The Business Guides directly (see next FAQ).

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Marketing & Education Coordinator Shelly Randall can be reached at or by phoning (360) 385-6961, ext. 7.

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The Business Guides
1005 Lawrence Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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The Business Guides | CPAs and Advisors for Business Owners

We guide business owners to financial freedom.

At The Business Guides, we offer CPA-guided financial services exclusively for small business owners, including tax planning and preparation. We are small business experts, certified to guide owners in all aspects of business from start-up to business sale and retirement.

As part of our commitment to helping small businesses (and their owners) prosper, we offer complimentary business owner education both for our clients and for the public.

Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified as soon as our annual Small Business Seminar Series is announced, so you may register before the free classes fill.

We serve small businesses and their owners in Jefferson County and throughout Washington State. Schedule a complimentary consultation to see if we're a good fit to guide your business by calling (360) 385-6961.

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