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  • 8a Office Closed

    Office Closed

    Monday, December 29, 2014 to Friday, January 02, 2015 | 8:00am to 5:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    El Camino College
    Business Training Center
    13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Winter Holiday Break!

  • 8a Office Closed - Holiday Closure (New Year's)

    Office Closed - Holiday Closure (New Year's)

    Thursday, January 01, 2015 to Friday, January 02, 2015 | 8:00am to 5:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: FREE + $2 Parking Pass that must be purchased from parking machine at parking lot entrance

    Info:

    The SBDC office at Long Beach City College will be closed in Observance of New Year’s Day starting Thursday, January 1, 2015.

     

    The SBDC will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:00 am.

  • 8a Office Closed - Holiday Closure (New Year's) - COC

    Office Closed - Holiday Closure (New Year's) - COC

    Thursday, January 01, 2015 to Friday, January 02, 2015 | 8:00am to 5:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    Valencia, CA

    Info:

    The SBDC office at University Center at College of the Canyons will be closed in Observance of New Year’s Day starting Thursday, January 1, 2015.

     

    The SBDC will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:00 am.

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  • 9a Small Business Brigade - Veteran Business Program (Cohort 2)

    Small Business Brigade - Veteran Business Program (Cohort 2)

    Monday, January 05, 2015 | 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: FREE + ($2 Parking Pass that must be purchased from parking machine at parking lot entrance (in front of Building #O-1))

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    The Small Business Brigade Entrepreneur Program brought to you by the Long Beach Small Business Development Center, Jonas Project and Blackstone Charitable Foundation is an all-encompassing entrepreneurship training program.

    In the multi-session training program, each military veteran or spouse of a military veteran will learn about business planning, marketing, legal structures,  web development, accounting and finance taught by current business owners.

    If you are looking to start your own business and do it the right way then this program is for you!

    You Will Learn:

    • Marketing
    • Legal Formation
    • Funding Options and Financing
    • Accounting and QuickBooks
    • Web Strategy/Social media
    • Ability to network with veteran and area business owners

     

    Program Dates:  January 5, 12, 26 and February 2, 2015

    Course Level:  Free

    Who Should Attend:  Any military veteran who aspires to start a small business or any existing military veteran small business owners

    **This is a 4 session training program for military veterans or spouses of veterans only**

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  • 10a SBDC Orientation

    SBDC Orientation

    Wednesday, January 07, 2015 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: FREE + $2 Parking Pass that must be purchased from parking machine at parking lot entrance

    Category: Orientation

    Info:

    This orientation and information session is a mandatory starting place for aspiring entrepreneurs at the idea generation stage seeking guidance from the Small Business Development Center at Long Beach City College. This orientation will provide you with an general overview of:

    • Entrepreneurship – definition, pros & cons, small business environment
    • How to evaluate your preparedness
    • Developing a business concept
    • What is the SBDC? - Mission, Training Events, Partnerships, Other Resources, Services, Process and Expectations

     

    Who Should Attend:  Any aspiring entrepreneur who is interested in starting a business or at the idea generation stage of their business who would like more information about basic business fundamentals.

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  • 10a New Client Orientation - COC - 01/09/2015

    New Client Orientation - COC - 01/09/2015

    Friday, January 09, 2015 | 10:00am to 11:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 222
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: FREE + $3 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    This orientation will give insight into starting and running a successful small business. You will learn about what the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has to offer and how we can assist you in establishing or maintaining your small business through one-on-one consultation and training seminars. We offer the New Client Orientation free of charge to all new clients.

    Instructor: Connie Sparks

  • 10a QuickBooks Boot Camp - COC - 01/09/2015

    QuickBooks Boot Camp - COC - 01/09/2015

    Friday, January 09, 2015 | 10:00am to 4:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University of Antelope Valley
    44055 Sierra Hwy.
    Lancaster, CA 93534-4414

    Cost: $49

    Category: Record Keeping

    Info:

    In this all day workshop, hands on our computer lab, participants will learn how to set up their company file from scratch; how to create a quality chart of accounts; how to create new vendors, customer, items and accounts. You will also learn how to pay bills, invoice customers, receive payments, make deposits and reconcile bank accounts. An introduction to the report center will be covered, including how to create a Profit & Loss Statement and a Balance Sheet. Ideal for business owners, office managers, and bookkeepers who are brand new to QuickBooks, as well as, existing users who would like some formal education in one of these QuickBooks features. Please note that there will be a one hour lunch break (lunch not provided).  Not compatible for MAC users.

    Instructor:  Helene Liatsos

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  • 9a Get New Clients and Grow Your Business with LinkedIn- COC - 01/12/2015

    Get New Clients and Grow Your Business with LinkedIn- COC - 01/12/2015

    Monday, January 12, 2015 | 9:00am to 11:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    DeVry University
    Room 105
    15301 Ventura Blvd.
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

    Cost: $35

    Category: Networking

    Info:

    LinkedIn is the largest Professional Networking site on the internet with more than 320 Million members. More than 5 billion people searches are conducted per year.

    Are you searching actively? Are you being found?

    LinkedIn is a unique and massive database that provides extensive profile information and network linkages that other directories and sales lead programs cannot match. And you can get these benefits by using LinkedIn for FREE!

    With LinkedIn, you will grow your business!

    In this workshop, you will learn how to:

    • Upgrade and complete your LinkedIn profile, and increase your visibility and ability to be found by potential Clients and Strategic (referral) Partners;
    • Build a quality LinkedIn network and expand your search capability;
    • Target, search for, find and connect with potential new Clients, Strategic Partners, Vendors / Service Providers, and Industry Peers; and
    • Eliminate the cost of LinkedIn Premium Services!!!

    Generate your own leads, leverage your existing and expanding network, and GROW YOUR BUSINESS!

    Instructor:  Stuart Fried

  • 9a Small Business Brigade - Veteran Business Program (Cohort 2)

    Small Business Brigade - Veteran Business Program (Cohort 2)

    Monday, January 12, 2015 | 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: FREE + ($2 Parking Pass that must be purchased from parking machine at parking lot entrance (in front of Building #O-1))

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    The Small Business Brigade Entrepreneur Program brought to you by the Long Beach Small Business Development Center, Jonas Project and Blackstone Charitable Foundation is an all-encompassing entrepreneurship training program.

    In the multi-session training program, each military veteran or spouse of a military veteran will learn about business planning, marketing, legal structures,  web development, accounting and finance taught by current business owners.

    If you are looking to start your own business and do it the right way then this program is for you!

    You Will Learn:

    • Marketing
    • Legal Formation
    • Funding Options and Financing
    • Accounting and QuickBooks
    • Web Strategy/Social media
    • Ability to network with veteran and area business owners

     

    Program Dates:  January 5, 12, 26 and February 2, 2015

    Course Level:  Free

    Who Should Attend:  Any military veteran who aspires to start a small business or any existing military veteran small business owners

    **This is a 4 session training program for military veterans or spouses of veterans only**

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  • 9a What Healthcare Reform Means to CA Small Businesses - COC - 01/13/2015

    What Healthcare Reform Means to CA Small Businesses - COC - 01/13/2015

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | 9:00am to 10:30am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 223
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
    Santa Clarita, CA 91351

    Cost: FREE + $3 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    What Healthcare Reform Means to California Small Businesses

    The Small Business Development Center Hosted by College of the Canyons, and Small Business Majority are holding a free listening session to help local small business owners and self-employed entrepreneurs learn what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small business.

    We will focus on both federal and state provisions to help local small businesses understand how the law will affect them.

    Topics include:

    • Small business tax credits—who’s eligible for them and how to claim them
    • State Health Insurance Exchange
    • High-risk Pools
    • Shared Responsibility
    • Cost Containment
    • Tools and resources available for small businesses interested in learning more about the law

    A question and answer period will follow.

    A continental breakfast will be served.

    There is a new tax credit for small businesses offering health insurance….  Are you capitalizing on it?

  • 9a FULL--Small Business Orientation

    FULL--Small Business Orientation

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | 9:00am to 10:00am

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    El Camino College
    Business Training Center
    13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Cost: Free

    Category: Orientation

    Info:

    This workshop will provide new clients with information about the Small Business Development Center such as, the different services and workshops offered at the center.

    Instructor: LauraLee Garinger

  • 10a How to Successfully Start Your New Business - COC - 01/13/2015

    How to Successfully Start Your New Business - COC - 01/13/2015

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 222
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: $30 + $3 parking fee (kiosk is located in lot 14)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Learn to start, run and grow your business.  This workshop covers critical topics such as business development, market research, business entities and so much more. Don’t waist another minute, join us in learning how to bring your entrepreneurial idea to life!

    Instructor:  Connie Sparks

  • 10:15a FULL--The Basics of Starting a Business

    FULL--The Basics of Starting a Business

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | 10:15am to 12:15pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    El Camino College
    Business Training Center
    13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Cost: Free

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Learn the fundamentals of what it takes to get your business started. Topics for discussion determining the feasibility of your business, the importance of business planning, understanding financial and licensing requirements and more. Also included is an overview of the SBDC program and what to expect if you become an SBDC client.

    Instructor: Charlie Lowe

  • 3p Business Loans 101

    Business Loans 101

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    El Camino College
    Business Training Center
    13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Cost: Free

    Category: Finances

    Info:

    This class will teach what you need to know to apply for a business loan. You will learn what documents and paperwork you will need to use for the application process from major banks. We will also show you which banks are currently loaning money and what you will need to qualify. You will also learn why a business may need financing, sources of credit, and what you should know about credit.

    Instructor: Nathaniel Jemison

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  • 9a Getting Started with Constant Contact - COC - 01/14/2015

    Getting Started with Constant Contact - COC - 01/14/2015

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | 9:00am to 11:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    ITT Technical Institute
    12669 Encinitas Avenue
    Sylmar, CA 91342

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Marketing, Social Media

    Info:

    Join us for “Getting Started with Constant Contact”

    What You Will Learn: Email is still the number one form of communication as email marketing is a powerful, cost-effective marketing tool which will help you grow your business, build stronger relationships with your clients and get more referrals. Constant Contact’s Email marketing tools lead the industry and we will demonstrate how to use the tool.

     

    How to Use Constant Contact – including Tips and Cool Tools – This comprehensive workshop gives you an in-depth knowledge of the tools, features, and techniques of Email Marketing with Constant Contact. You’ll leave ready to create professional-looking email communications that get real results.

     

    • Creating a branded template – change global colors and fonts
    • Upload a logo, create hyperlinks, add a video, and upload a document
    • How to make your emails Social Media friendly
    • The Top 10 Email Marketing Tips
    • Cool tools that make creating an email easy and fun!
    • New trends and additional sales tips!

    Agenda:

    • 8:45 AM Registration
    • 9:00 AM Getting Started with Constant Contact
    • 11:00 AM Program Ends

     

  • 10a Marketing Basics for Your Small Business

    Marketing Basics for Your Small Business

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Paramount, CA

    Cost: $20

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    Entrepreneurs often struggle to find marketing solutions that bring them business without wasting their money. In this seminar, learn about the foundation and basics of marketing and how to start developing marketing strategies to meet your goals.

    Topics include:  What is marketing?  Why are you in business? What is your competitive advantage?  Who is your ideal customer?

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  • 8:30a Contracting with the Government - COC - 01/15/2015

    Contracting with the Government - COC - 01/15/2015

    Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 8:30am to 10:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 222
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: FREE + $3 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

     

    Learn how to certify your business for government contracting opportunities.
    We’ll cover the following topics:

    • Review of State of CA Certification Programs
    • State and Local Contracting Opportunities
    • Selling to the Federal Government

     

    Instructor: Tora Brown, MSPA

  • 9:30a Monster Marketing Mistakes - COC - 01/15/2015

    Monster Marketing Mistakes - COC - 01/15/2015

    Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 9:30am to 12:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    DeVry University
    Room 105
    15301 Ventura Blvd.
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    Yes, it is almost certainly true – you are making mistakes when marketing your business products and services. Maybe targeting the wrong customers. Wasting money in the wrong media. Not closing enough of those leads. Or more. Come prepared to listen, learn and discuss what you can and should do to fix those mistakes. Bring your business cards and flyers to have them challenged by your peers and a 35 year expert marketing executive – first, as a corporate executive at Disney, Activision and Panasonic and then as a small business owner just like you. Led by an SBDC Senior Business Advisor who has already helped more than 500 clients! This event can make a powerful and profitable difference for your business, whether you are an experienced pro or just getting started. Limited to 25 attendees so register early.

    Instructor: Ben Tenn

  • 3p Get Your Business Online: Understanding Your Business Website

    Get Your Business Online: Understanding Your Business Website

    Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: $20 + $2 parking pass must be purchased from machine located in front of Building #O-1 (at parking lot entrance)

    Category: Technology

    Info:

    If you always wanted to build a website but thought it was too hard, then this is the class for you.  We will also show you the tools that it will take to make a functional website that will attract customers no matter what your level of proficiency is.

    This seminar is part I of our three-part Get Your Business Online Series*

    *It is suggested that potential attendees take these workshops in order to properly grasp the sequence of building a proper website for their business.

    Course Level: Beginner

    You Will Learn:

    • Basic Web Terminology

    • What is the internet and a website?

    • Must-have features of any great business website

    • Why is “call to action” important?

    Who Should Attend:  Aspiring entrepreneurs or existing business owners , anyone that needs to build a website for a small business, or anyone that wants to better understand why a website is an integral component of your overal marketing strategy.

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  • 8a Office Closed - Dr. Martin Luther King Day - COC

    Office Closed - Dr. Martin Luther King Day - COC

    Monday, January 19, 2015 | 8:00am to 5:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Info:

    The SBDC office at University Center at College of the Canyons will be closed in Observance of Dr. Martin Luther Kind Day Monday, January 19, 2015.

     

    The SBDC will reopen on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:00 am.

  • 8a Office Closed - Holiday Closure

    Office Closed - Holiday Closure

    Monday, January 19, 2015 | 8:00am to 5:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: FREE + $2 Parking Pass that must be purchased from parking machine at parking lot entrance

    Info:

    The SBDC office at Long Beach City College will be closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day starting Monday, January 19, 2015.

    The SBDC will reopen on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:00 am

  • 8a Martin Luther King Holiday

    Martin Luther King Holiday

    Monday, January 19, 2015 | 8:00am to 5:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    El Camino College
    Business Training Center
    13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Info:

    SBDC IS CLOSED!

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  • 3p Business Licenses, Corporations and LLC's

    Business Licenses, Corporations and LLC's

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    El Camino College
    Business Training Center
    13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Cost: $30

    Category: Legal

    Info:

    One of the first decisions that you will have to make as a business owner is how the company should be structured. This decision will have long-term implications, so consult with an accountant and attorney to help you select the form of ownership that is right for you. In making a choice, you will want to take into account the following: Your vision regarding the size and nature of your business. Number of employees. Type of business operation. Legal restrictions. The level of control you wish to have. The level of “structure” you are willing to deal with. The business’s vulnerability to lawsuits. Tax implications of the different ownership structures. Expected profit (or loss) of the business and capital needs. Whether or not you need to re-invest earnings into the business. Length of business operation. This session will educate you on the permit process and review how to apply for the permits needed to operate a business. Business licensing requirements will be reviewed along with a brief discussion on the implications of legal structure. The workshop is led by a business attorney so please be prepared with your questions.

    Instructor: Daniel Hancuff

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  • 9a Starting a Home Based Business Workshop Series

    Starting a Home Based Business Workshop Series

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: $25 + ($2 Parking Pass that must be purchased from parking machine at parking lot entrance (in front of Building #O-1))

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    One of the hottest trends in business today, learn how to develop the entrepreneurial qualities needed for a home based business – motivation, discipline and creativity.  This series is a great way to start your own home based business or enhance an existing one. Topics include:

    • Business selection process
    • Start-up procedures
    • Legal requirements
    • Licenses, permits and zoning
    • Banking and record keeping
    • Marketing techniques
    • Funding options and much more!

     

    Who Should Attend:  Any aspiring entrepreneur who is interested in starting a home based business or existing entrepreneurs.

    This workshop series is on Three Wednesdays – January 21, 28 and February 4

    **Registered attendees must attend all three sessions**  

  • 10a Mobile Marketing Strategies

    Mobile Marketing Strategies

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | 10:00am to 11:30am

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    El Camino College
    Business Training Center
    13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Cost: Free

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    Making the Case for Mobile

    Today, lots of consumers are using mobile devices to find what they need, to assess their options, to make decisions, and to make purchases. Small businesses and nonprofits who start embracing mobile now will be the ones best able to compete. Let us help you understand this mobile transition so you don’t get left behind.

    In this workshop we’ll be covering:

    • Why you can’t ignore mobile even if you think your customers aren’t using it
    • How mobile impacts your reality for small businesses and nonprofit organizations
    • What you can do today to become more mobile-friendly & maximize your market

    Instructor: Liz Harsch

  • 12p Get Your Business Online: WordPress I

    Get Your Business Online: WordPress I

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: $20 + ($2 Parking Pass that must be purchased from parking machine located in front of Building #O-1)

    Category: Technology

    Info:

    Having a website online is as important as having an ‘Open for Business’ sign on your front door because it notifies the public that you have a product or service that potentially meets their needs.  With WordPress it is possible to have an effective and optimized website that is easy to use and update. WordPress is an effective content management system that is used to run everything from simple blogs to CNN.com.

    This seminar is part II of our three-part Get Your Business Online Series.*

    *It is suggested that potential attendees take these workshops in order to properly grasp the sequence of building a proper website for their business.

    Course Level: Intermediate

    You Will Learn: • Basic Web Terminology • Introduction to WordPress • Strengths and features • Why is it important?

    Who Should Attend:  Existing business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs or anyone that needs to build a business website

  • 4:30p New Client Orientation - COC - 01/21/2015

    New Client Orientation - COC - 01/21/2015

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | 4:30pm to 5:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 222
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: FREE + $3 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    This orientation will give insight into starting and running a successful small business. You will learn about what the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has to offer and how we can assist you in establishing or maintaining your small business through one-on-one consultation and training seminars. We offer the New Client Orientation free of charge to all new clients.

    Instructor: Connie Sparks

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  • 9a Employee or Independent Contractor Seminar - COC - 01/22/2015

    Employee or Independent Contractor Seminar - COC - 01/22/2015

    Thursday, January 22, 2015 | 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    America’s Job Center of California
    980 Enchanted Way, Suite 105
    Simi Valley, CA 93065

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Employees, Human Resources

    Info:

    You are invited to attend the:

    Employee or Independent Contractor Seminar

    You will learn:

    • Common misconceptions about independent contractors.
    • Ways to combat payroll tax fraud.
    • How to distinguish between employees and independent contractors.
    • Statutory and exempt employment.
    • Resources to help classify workers.
  • 9a Federal & State Payroll Tax Seminar

    Federal & State Payroll Tax Seminar

    Thursday, January 22, 2015 | 9:00am to 3:00pm

    Campus: University of La Verne

    Location:

    America’s Job Center of California
    264 E. Monterey Avenue
    Pomona, CA 91767

    Cost: Free

    Category: Record Keeping, Taxes

    Info:

    You will learn:

    • California payroll reporting requirements, including forms, employer obligations, reporting, and payment requirements.
    • About independent contractor reporting requirements.
    • Electronic filing and payment requirements and options.
    • Federal payroll reporting requirements, including Forms 940, 941, 1099, W-2, W-4, W-9, and alternative filing.

     

  • 1p SBDC Orientation

    SBDC Orientation

    Thursday, January 22, 2015 | 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: FREE + $2 Parking Pass that must be purchased from parking machine at parking lot entrance

    Category: Orientation

    Info:

    This orientation and information session is a mandatory starting place for aspiring entrepreneurs at the idea generation stage seeking guidance from the Small Business Development Center at Long Beach City College. This orientation will provide you with an general overview of:

    • Entrepreneurship – definition, pros & cons, small business environment
    • How to evaluate your preparedness
    • Developing a business concept
    • What is the SBDC? - Mission, Training Events, Partnerships, Other Resources, Services, Process and Expectations

     

    Who Should Attend:  Any aspiring entrepreneur who is interested in starting a business or at the idea generation stage of their business who would like more information about basic business fundamentals.

  • 3p Marketing 101

    Marketing 101

    Thursday, January 22, 2015 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    El Camino College
    Business Training Center
    13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Cost: Free

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    Understanding the basics of marketing is vital to the success of your business. This workshop provides an overview of the principles of marketing and how to develop a marketing plan aimed at the needs and desires of your target market.

    Instructor: Charlie Lowe

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  • 9a Social Media Marketing, What's New on Facebook - COC - 01/23/2015

    Social Media Marketing, What's New on Facebook - COC - 01/23/2015

    Friday, January 23, 2015 | 9:00am to 11:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 222
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: FREE + $3 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    Presenters: HUTdogs (Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert)

    More small businesses and non-profits than ever are turning to social media to generate new business and connect with customers. There is no doubt that social media has become an essential marketing tool, but many small businesses are not taking full advantage of its potential.

    Learn how small businesses can better leverage social media networks like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to create new opportunities and reach customers. This session will provide social media strategies to grow traffic and increase sales for your business.

    In this introductory session, we cover strategies and best practices to get the most out of your social media activities, including:

    • What social media marketing really is and why use it
    • Introduction to social media channels and how to evaluate what’s right for your business or organization
    • How small businesses are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility, develop relationships and drive sales and response
    • How to create valuable content for your social media marketing campaigns and time management
    • How to balance social media marketing with email marketing and your other marketing efforts.
    • Plus, we will take a deeper look at what’s new with Facebook and how it can be used to promote your business or non-profit. We will discuss best practices and show you real-world examples of how others are using this exciting marketing platform to stay top of mind with their audience.
  • 10a QuickBooks Boot Camp - COC - 01/23/2015

    QuickBooks Boot Camp - COC - 01/23/2015

    Friday, January 23, 2015 | 10:00am to 4:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 213
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: $99 + $3 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Record Keeping

    Info:

    In this all day workshop, hands on our computer lab, participants will learn how to set up their company file from scratch; how to create a quality chart of accounts; how to create new vendors, customer, items and accounts. You will also learn how to pay bills, invoice customers, receive payments, make deposits and reconcile bank accounts. An introduction to the report center will be covered, including how to create a Profit & Loss Statement and a Balance Sheet. Ideal for business owners, office managers, and bookkeepers who are brand new to QuickBooks, as well as, existing users who would like some formal education in one of these QuickBooks features. Please note that there will be a one hour lunch break (lunch not provided).  Not compatible for MAC users.

    Instructor:  Helene Liatsos

  • 1p Creating An Effective Business Plan

    Creating An Effective Business Plan

    Friday, January 23, 2015 | 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: $20 + ($2 parking pass that must be purchased at parking machine located at parking lot entrance (In front of Building #O-1))

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Most businesses that don’t succeed lack a written plan. Creating a business plan is a key component for business owners to help determine the feasibility of the business idea and guides the business’s growth.  A business plan conveys business goals, strategies, potential problems, solutions, organizational structure, and the capital required to finance the venture.
    This seminar is recommended for individuals interested in learning how to assess the feasibility of their business idea, who recently started a small business, who are seeking a business loan, or who want to learn more about business planning.
    Course Level: Beginner

     

     You Will Learn:
    • How writing a business plan helps you to plan ahead
    • How writing a business plan helps you identify resources
    • How writing a business plan helps you focus on key areas of your business
    • How writing a business plan helps prepare you for any potential problems and opportunities
    • How writing a business plan helps you understand what it will take to get your business off the ground

     

    Who Should Attend:
    • Individuals in the planning stage of their business
    • Individuals who own a small business but may have never written a business plan
    • Anyone who wants to know more about what starting a business requires
    • Individuals trying to evaluate whether or not their business idea is viable
    • Anyone wanting to brush up on business fundamentals

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  • 9a Small Business Brigade - Veteran Business Program (Cohort 2)

    Small Business Brigade - Veteran Business Program (Cohort 2)

    Monday, January 26, 2015 | 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: FREE + ($2 Parking Pass that must be purchased from parking machine at parking lot entrance (in front of Building #O-1))

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    The Small Business Brigade Entrepreneur Program brought to you by the Long Beach Small Business Development Center, Jonas Project and Blackstone Charitable Foundation is an all-encompassing entrepreneurship training program.

    In the multi-session training program, each military veteran or spouse of a military veteran will learn about business planning, marketing, legal structures,  web development, accounting and finance taught by current business owners.

    If you are looking to start your own business and do it the right way then this program is for you!

    You Will Learn:

    • Marketing
    • Legal Formation
    • Funding Options and Financing
    • Accounting and QuickBooks
    • Web Strategy/Social media
    • Ability to network with veteran and area business owners

     

    Program Dates:  January 5, 12, 26 and February 2, 2015

    Course Level:  Free

    Who Should Attend:  Any military veteran who aspires to start a small business or any existing military veteran small business owners

    **This is a 4 session training program for military veterans or spouses of veterans only**

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  • 10a Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan - COC - 01/27/2015

    Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan - COC - 01/27/2015

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 222
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: $35 + $3 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    A business plan is a necessity for the success of your business!  This hands-on workshop guides you through the steps of writing an effective business plan to build and  grow a profitable business. Learn to identify and focus on key points in your organizational structure, marketing and research analysis, service delivery methods,  business objectives and how to bring it all together. This is a powerful hands-on event that has helped many entrepreneurs just like you achieve success.   Attendees may bring a laptop to work on their business plan during the training.

    Instructor: Connie Sparks

  • 3p How to Estimate Start-Up Costs and Cash Flow

    How to Estimate Start-Up Costs and Cash Flow

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    El Camino College
    Business Training Center
    13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Cost: Free

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    How much will it cost to start your business? It is important to know this figure so that you can plan ahead in starting your new venture. This workshop will take you through the steps needed to calculate start-up expenses. Start-up cost categories, calculating initial costs, calculating the first 90 days projected monthly costs, and conducting a breakeven analysis and an initial cash flow projection will be reviewed and presented in this hands-on session. Please bring a hand held calculator for your convenience.

    Instructor: Nathaniel Jemison

  • 4:30p Get Your Business Online: WordPress 101

    Get Your Business Online: WordPress 101

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 4:30pm to 6:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    El Camino College
    Business Training Center
    13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Cost: $10

    Category: Technology

    Info:

    Having a website online is as important as having an ‘Open for Business’ sign on your front door because it notifies the public that you have a product or service that potentially meets their needs. With WordPress it is possible to have an effective and optimized website that is easy to use and update. WordPress is an effective content management system that is used to run everything from simple blogs to CNN.com. With WordPress currently running over 75 million websites, come learn the basics about WordPress, Themes and Plugins for your business.

    Instructor: Adam Silver

  • 5:30p SBDC Resources Seminar - COC - 01/27/2015

    SBDC Resources Seminar - COC - 01/27/2015

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 5:30pm to 6:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University of Antelope Valley
    Room 127
    44055 Sierra Hwy.
    Lancaster, CA 93534

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    This orientation will give insight into starting and running a successful small business. You will learn all about our Small Business Development Center (SBDC)resources and how we can assist you in establishing or maintaining your small business through one-on-one consultation and training seminars.

    Instructor: Raimone Roberts

  • 6p Business Legal Issues

    Business Legal Issues

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

    3255 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

    Cost: $60.00

    Category: Legal

    Info:

    The Business Legal Issues class is a 3-hour, interactive survey course designed to provide you with the basics of the law as applicable to starting or operating a small business. Discussion of forming a business entity, the use of contracts, employment issues, real estate issues, tort lawsuits, hiring an attorney, dispute resolution and other topics raised by participants. Our goal is to help you to understand some of the key relevant issues in an attempt to de-mystify the law, give you some tools to do additional research and to help you decided when you need to hire an attorney. We will also discuss some real world examples.

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  • 9a Starting a Home Based Business Workshop Series

    Starting a Home Based Business Workshop Series

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: $25 + ($2 Parking Pass that must be purchased from parking machine at parking lot entrance (in front of Building #O-1))

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    One of the hottest trends in business today, learn how to develop the entrepreneurial qualities needed for a home based business – motivation, discipline and creativity.  This series is a great way to start your own home based business or enhance an existing one. Topics include:

    • Business selection process
    • Start-up procedures
    • Legal requirements
    • Licenses, permits and zoning
    • Banking and record keeping
    • Marketing techniques
    • Funding options and much more!

     

    Who Should Attend:  Any aspiring entrepreneur who is interested in starting a home based business or existing entrepreneurs.

    This workshop series is on Three Wednesdays – January 21, 28 and February 4

    **Registered attendees must attend all three sessions**  

  • 9a Starting Your Small Business

    Starting Your Small Business

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 9:00am to 11:00am

    Campus: University of La Verne

    Location:

    University of La Verne
    2000 2nd Street
    Campus Center, 3rd Floor
    La Verne, CA 91750

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PST)

    Cost: Early Bird - $10.00 General Admission - $15.00 Students - Free

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    The workshop is facilitated by an SBDC Business Consultant who will discuss informational topics such as small business planning, financing, marketing, legal forms of organization, Permits and much more…

     

     

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  • 7a Growth Capital Conference

    Growth Capital Conference

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 7:00am to 10:00am

    Location:

    The Olympic Collection
    11301 W. Olympic Boulevard,
    Los Angeles 90064

    Cost: Please see website pricing may vary

    Info:

    NETWORK @ GCC

    Network with

    * Small Business Development Centers

    * Golden Seeds Angel Network

    * Pasadena Angels

    * Tech Coast Angels

    * South Bay Entrepreneurial Center

    * Early Stage Venture Capitalists

    * Columbia Capital Advisors & Securities

    * Advisors & Deal Makers

    * 100 Entrepreneurs Seeking Capital, Advisors, Partners

     

  • 7a InThinking Together Seminar - COC - January 29-30, 2015

    InThinking Together Seminar - COC - January 29-30, 2015

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 7:00am to 11:30am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 258
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: FREE + $3 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Human Resources

    Info:

    Beginning in 1993, Aerojet Rocketdyne has offered a seminar in Canoga Park, targeted at employees, customers, and suppliers , at all levels, with a focus on revisiting the foundations of teamwork, the connecting force of all organizations. A reliance on working together is fundamental to both solving problems and preventing problems, and the abilities to “do more with less,” in all organizations, whether public or private, for-profit or non-profit. This seminar reveals blind spots to team work that are deeply embedded in how we think. The upcoming offering through ETI is part of a 16-year outreach effort that has welcomed over 1,000+ community leaders to Aerojet Rocketdyne.

    Seminar Objective:  The objective of this 9-hour seminar is to explore the potential of “better thinking about our thinking,” with a very practical focus on how we work and learn together.

    Who should attend?  Anyone who is concerned about improving the effectiveness of individuals and organizations will gain from this workshop and leave with new and deeper knowledge, and new connections to others. Past participants include individual contributors, senior managers, designers, students, human resource professionals, purchasing agents, accountants, health care professionals, civic leaders, university deans, professors, and others.

    Seminar Leader – Dr. Bill Bellows is an Associate Fellow in the InThinking Network at Aerojet Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, CA, where he is known for integrating the thinking of W. Edwards Deming into Genichi Taguchi’s design system. He’s been a pioneer in developing ideas that include Mixed Model Management, Macro System Models, Micro System Models, and Purposeful Resource Leadership. Bill earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

     

  • 10a Grant Workshop - COC - 01/26/2015

    Grant Workshop - COC - 01/26/2015

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    North Hollywood Regional Library
    5211 Tujunga Avenue
    North Hollywood, CA 91601

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Congressman Tony Cardenas

    Invites you his Second Congressional Grant Workshop. Guest presenters will cover requirements for federal and state grants, the different types of grants you can obtain, and the most effective way to write grants.

    Special Presentations and Participation by:

    • National Endowment for the Humanities
    • CAL Humanities – A State of Open Mind
    • Institute of Museum and Library Services
    • Art Works. National Endowment for the Arts

     

  • 1:45p FULL--Small Business Orientation

    FULL--Small Business Orientation

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 1:45pm to 2:45pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    El Camino College
    Business Training Center
    13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Cost: Free

    Category: Orientation

    Info:

    This workshop will provide new clients with information about the Small Business Development Center such as, the different services and workshops offered at the center.

    Instructor: LauraLee Garinger

  • 3p Export Workshop

    Export Workshop

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    El Camino College
    Business Training Center
    13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Cost: $30

    Category: Import/Export

    Info:

    This workshop will provide new-to-export and new-to-market clients with information on getting started in international trade. International trade basics will be provided as we walk through to the four export development stages and are introduced to trade assistance resources on the federal, state and local level. Paid registrants will receive a free online copy of Braddock’s The World Is Your Market: Exporting Made Easier for Small Businesses.

    Instructor: Charlie Lowe

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  • 7a InThinking Together Seminar - COC - January 29-30, 2015

    InThinking Together Seminar - COC - January 29-30, 2015

    Friday, January 30, 2015 | 7:00am to 11:30am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 258
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: FREE + $3 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Human Resources

    Info:

    Beginning in 1993, Aerojet Rocketdyne has offered a seminar in Canoga Park, targeted at employees, customers, and suppliers , at all levels, with a focus on revisiting the foundations of teamwork, the connecting force of all organizations. A reliance on working together is fundamental to both solving problems and preventing problems, and the abilities to “do more with less,” in all organizations, whether public or private, for-profit or non-profit. This seminar reveals blind spots to team work that are deeply embedded in how we think. The upcoming offering through ETI is part of a 16-year outreach effort that has welcomed over 1,000+ community leaders to Aerojet Rocketdyne.

    Seminar Objective:  The objective of this 9-hour seminar is to explore the potential of “better thinking about our thinking,” with a very practical focus on how we work and learn together.

    Who should attend?  Anyone who is concerned about improving the effectiveness of individuals and organizations will gain from this workshop and leave with new and deeper knowledge, and new connections to others. Past participants include individual contributors, senior managers, designers, students, human resource professionals, purchasing agents, accountants, health care professionals, civic leaders, university deans, professors, and others.

    Seminar Leader – Dr. Bill Bellows is an Associate Fellow in the InThinking Network at Aerojet Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, CA, where he is known for integrating the thinking of W. Edwards Deming into Genichi Taguchi’s design system. He’s been a pioneer in developing ideas that include Mixed Model Management, Macro System Models, Micro System Models, and Purposeful Resource Leadership. Bill earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

     

  • 10a Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan - COC - 01/30/2015

    Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan - COC - 01/30/2015

    Friday, January 30, 2015 | 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University of Antelope Valley
    Room 127
    44055 Sierra Hwy
    Lancaster, CA 93534-4414

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    A business plan is a necessity for the success of your business!  This hands-on workshop guides you through the steps of writing an effective business plan to build and  grow a profitable business. Learn to identify and focus on key points in your organizational structure, marketing and research analysis, service delivery methods,  business objectives and how to bring it all together. This is a powerful hands-on event that has helped many entrepreneurs just like you achieve success.   Attendees may bring a laptop to work on their business plan during the training.

    Instructor: Connie Sparks

  • 10a GUIDED Business Plan™

    GUIDED Business Plan™

    Friday, January 30, 2015 | 10:00am to 2:00pm

    Campus: Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

    Pacific Coast Regional SBDC
    3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1501
    Los Angeles, CA 90010

    We are located on the corner of Wilshire Blvd and New Hampshire Ave. just one block west of Vermont Ave.

    PARKING:
    In our building for a flat rate of $8.00 before 10:00am, after 10:00am it will be $8.00 an hour (we do not validate).
    Street Metered Parking: $1 an hour
    Metro Red Line/ Purple Line: Wilshire/Vermont Stop (one block east from our office)

    Cost: $60

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Create your business plan with the easy, simple and GUIDED approach!

    Whether you need motivation or practical step-by-step instruction, the GUIDED Business Plan™ | Starter Plus can help you develop a foundation for your company and ultimately increase your chances of having a successful business.

    The GUIDED Business Plan™|Starter Plus simplifies the process of getting started. During the class, you will see examples of effective business plan writing. You will learn how to respond when asked “what is your business model” or “what is your unique selling proposition”. This format has been approved by bank executives who agree that a GUIDED Business Plan™ formatted plan will make a loan applicant stand out.

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