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  • 6p SBDC QuickBooks Institute - COC - 11/03/2014

    SBDC QuickBooks Institute - COC - 11/03/2014

    Monday, November 03, 2014 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 309
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: FREE to qualified candidates

    Category: Record Keeping

    Info:

    In this nine session series of two hour workshops, you’ll learn how to set up a 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 new QuickBooks users.

    Instructor:  Helene Liatsos

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  • 8:30a Small Business Seminar

    Small Business Seminar

    Tuesday, November 04, 2014 | 8:30am to 2:30pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    Torrance Small Business Seminar
    Ken Miller Torrance Recreation Center
    3341 Torrance Boulevard
    Torrance, CA 90503

    Cost: Free

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Torrance Small Business Seminar

  • 9a Small Business Orientation

    Small Business Orientation

    Tuesday, November 04, 2014 | 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 SBDC Orientation

    SBDC Orientation

    Tuesday, November 04, 2014 | 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 services with the Small Business Development Center at Long Beach City College. The event will provide you:  Overview of SBDC including description of services, how to become a client (process), program partners/resources and what are the expectations for those that want to become clients of the SBDC.

    The other half of the workshop will go over the necessary concepts that any aspiring entrepreneur needs to think about when they want to start a business including:

      • Small business everionment and trends
      • Business successes and failures
      • Creating a viable business concept
      • Understanding basic business fundamentals – product/service definition, target market, competition, pricing strategy
      • and much more!

     

    Who Should Attend:  Any aspiring entrepreneur who is interested in starting a business or any entrepreneur in the early start up phase of their business who would like more information about basic business fundamentals.

  • 10:15a The Basics of Starting a Business

    The Basics of Starting a Business

    Tuesday, November 04, 2014 | 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, November 04, 2014 | 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

  • 6p Financing Your Business - Part 1

    Financing Your Business - Part 1

    Tuesday, November 04, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    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 $4.00, after 4:00pm (we do not validate).
    Street Metered Parking: $1 an hour
    Metro Red Line/ Purple Line: Wilshire/Vermont Station (one short block east from our office)

    Cost: $60 (includes Part 1 & 2)

    Category: Finances

    Info:

    Need financing to start your business or want to expand your existing business? Determine what type of financing is needed for the stage of your business. Find out different ways to finance the growth and success of your business.

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.
    Tuesday, November 4 & Thursday,November 6, 2014

  • 6p Series 3-QuickBooks Level 5-(Payroll/Point of Sale)

    Series 3-QuickBooks Level 5-(Payroll/Point of Sale)

    Tuesday, November 04, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: pre-paid

    Category: Record Keeping

    Info:

    In-depth session on how to set-up and use the payroll function.

    In-depth session on how to analyze financial data and use Quick Reports and point-of-sale.

    Instructor: Ronald Amie

     

  • 6p SBDC QuickBooks Institute - COC - 11/04/2014

    SBDC QuickBooks Institute - COC - 11/04/2014

    Tuesday, November 04, 2014 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 309
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: FREE to qualified candidates

    Category: Record Keeping

    Info:

    In this nine session series of two hour workshops, you’ll learn how to set up a 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 new QuickBooks users.

    Instructor:  Helene Liatsos

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  • 9a Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

    Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

    Wednesday, November 05, 2014 | 9:00am to 3:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: Free

    Category: Employees

    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.

    Instructor: EDD

  • 9a HUBZone & 8(A) Workshop- COC - 11/05/2014

    HUBZone & 8(A) Workshop- COC - 11/05/2014

    Wednesday, November 05, 2014 | 9:00am to 11:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 223
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

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

    Category: Finances, Government

    Info:

    SBA invites you to learn about how to increase government contracting opportunities through 8(a) and HUBZone certification. 8(a) Business Development Program is a business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market. Participants in the 8(a) business development program can receive sole source contracts up to $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing. The federal government has a goal of awarding 5% of all dollars for federal prime contracts to 8(a) firms. SBA’s HUBZone program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities. The federal government has a goal of awarding 3% of all dollars for federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small business concerns.

  • 6:30p DIY: Customizing Your WordPress Theme

    DIY: Customizing Your WordPress Theme

    Wednesday, November 05, 2014 | 6:30pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SBDC at SMC Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive Room 127
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: $25

    Category: Internet, Technology

    Info:

    This is the second half of the DIY series and will take participants through the basics of the design process. We will cover analysis, user experience design, information architecture, content development, and page layout.

    This workshop takes place in a computer lab and will provide each attendee with the opportunity to work on his or her own website with the guidance of an instructor.  This is a hands-on how-to workshop and attendees will be guided through the process of building their business’ WordPress on a step-by-step basis.  Ample opportunity will be provided for questions.

     

    Prerequisites: Attendees must have a hosted version of WordPress with their chosen theme activated and ready to access and work with.  If you do not have this ready and would like the SBDC’s assistance to set it up, please contact us and will guide you through the process: (310) 434-3566

     

    MAIN TOPIC BULLET POINTS:

    • WordPress themes
    • Customizing headers and footers
    • Widgets
    • Menu creation
    • Page creation and layout
    • Plugins (including e-commerce plugins)
    • Shortcodes
    • Backup and security

     

    For questions on this workshop email:  workshops@smcsbdc.org

    We encourage you to register as soon as possible as workshops
    with low enrollment may be cancelled.

    The deadline for receiving a refund is 2 business days.
    If you wish a refund please notify workshops@smcsbdc.org by email.

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  • 8:30a Connect@Met Contracting Event

    Connect@Met Contracting Event

    Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 8:30am to 12:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    Torrance Cultural Arts Center
    Toyota Meeting Hall
    3330 Civic Center Drive
    Torrance, CA 90503

    Cost: Free

    Category: Government

    Info:

    Have you ever wanted to find out how a small business can learn how to compete for over $1 billion in government contracts?

    Learn how your business can compete for contracts as small as $500 to over $1 million from Metropolitan Water District, member agencies, The City of Torrance, West Basin Municipal Water District and additional participating organizations for goods, professional and non-professional services, and construction.

    This event will educate local businesses on how to do business with public agencies and provide networking opportunities with purchasing staff from a variety of public agencies, large private companies, and business development resource partners.

    Metropolitan invites you to participate.

  • 10a New Client Orientation - COC - 11/06/2014

    New Client Orientation - COC - 11/06/2014

    Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 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

  • 6p Financing Your Business - Part 2

    Financing Your Business - Part 2

    Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    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 $4.00, after 4:00pm (we do not validate).
    Street Metered Parking: $1 an hour
    Metro Red Line/ Purple Line: Wilshire/Vermont Station (one short block east from our office)

    Cost: $60 (includes Part 1 & 2)

    Category: Finances

    Info:

    Need financing to start your business or want to expand your existing business? Determine what type of financing is needed for the stage of your business. Find out different ways to finance the growth and success of your business.

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.
    Tuesday, November 4 & Thursday,November 6, 2014

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  • 9a Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar - COC - 11/7/14

    Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar - COC - 11/7/14

    Friday, November 07, 2014 | 9:00am to 3:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 301
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: Free + $3 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14, machine takes $1 bills and quarters only)

    Category: Business Management, Business Planning, Record Keeping

    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.

    Instructor:  IRS and CA Employment Development Department Staff

  • 9a LinkedIn for Business Development and Networking - COC - 11/07/2014

    LinkedIn for Business Development and Networking - COC - 11/07/2014

    Friday, November 07, 2014 | 9:00am to 11:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    College of the Canyons — Canyon Country Campus
    Room 202
    17200 Sierra Highway
    Canyon Country, CA 91351

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Networking

    Info:

    Sponsored by CITI

    Whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced user of LinkedIn, this workshop has something new and essential for you! Using LinkedIn actively and strategically, you can and will grow your business!
    Learn how to:
    • Create / improve / complete your LinkedIn profile and presence to increase your visibility and the probability of being found by others
    • Build a network that expands your search capability
    • Utilize Groups and Advanced Search to prospect for, find and connect with potential new Customers, Strategic Referral Partners, Vendors and Service Providers, and Industry Peers
    • Expand your Search Results list (and save the cost of Premium services)
    • Message within LinkedIn for free with in-direct connections (and save the cost of Premium services)
    • Identify the last name of 3rd level connections (and save the cost of Premium services)
    • Find contact information (including phone and email addresses) for in-direct connections

    Instructor:  Stuart Fried

  • 10a GUIDED Business Plan™

    GUIDED Business Plan™

    Friday, November 07, 2014 | 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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  • 9a Mastering QuickBooks I: The Basics

    Mastering QuickBooks I: The Basics

    Saturday, November 08, 2014 | 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC SBDC at Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive Room 127
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: $50

    Category: Finances

    Info:

    This workshop will take you through the basic set-up functions when utilizing QuickBooks. You will further learn invoicing, receiving payments, making deposits, cash memos, cash sales, and estimates.

    This class will be taught on Windows-based computers; users do not need to bring their own software to take this workshop.

    PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN USB Flash Drive to save all your work.

    Primary Topics (include, but are not limited to):

    Company set-up
    Invoicing
    Receiving payments
    Making deposits
    Credit Memos and Cash Sales

    Facilitator: Miriam Aguilar

     

    For questions on this workshop email:  workshops@smcsbdc.org

    We encourage you to register as soon as possible as workshops with low enrollment may be cancelled.

    The deadline for receiving a refund is 2 business days. If you wish a refund please notify workshops@smcsbdc.org by email.

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  • 8a Office Closed

    Office Closed

    Monday, November 10, 2014 | 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

    Category: Orientation

    Info:

    The SBDC office at Long Beach City College will be closed on Monday, November 10, 2014 for the entire day due to the Observance of Veteran’s Day.  The office will not reopen until Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 8:00 am.

  • 6p SBDC QuickBooks Institute - COC - 11/10/2014

    SBDC QuickBooks Institute - COC - 11/10/2014

    Monday, November 10, 2014 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 309
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: FREE to qualified candidates

    Category: Record Keeping

    Info:

    In this nine session series of two hour workshops, you’ll learn how to set up a 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 new QuickBooks users.

    Instructor:  Helene Liatsos

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  • 10a How to Successfully Start Your New Business - COC - 11/12/2014

    How to Successfully Start Your New Business - COC - 11/12/2014

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 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 located in lot 14)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    This hands-on workshop will help you get started quickly as you learn the steps necessary to successfully launch your new business. Learn to prepare a written plan you can use to build and grow a profitable business. Learn the best way to structure your business as you identify and focus on the key marketing, sales and financial issues of your business and how to bring it all together. This powerful event has helped many entrepreneurs just like you  achieve success.

    Instructor:  Connie Sparks

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  • 9:30a Effective Marketing - COC - 11/13/2014

    Effective Marketing - COC - 11/13/2014

    Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 9:30am to 12:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    DeVry University
    15301 Ventura Blvd.
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    Come prepared to listen, learn and discuss how Marketing is like washing dishes!  This energetic workshop will help you review what you have been doing; analyze what is working and what has not and what to do about it.  Learn proven ways to grow your business with low cost, targeted advertising and marketing that works from a marketing and sales expert with more than 35 years of successful business experience.  We begin with a presentation of how to create and execute a marketing and selling program and then it is your turn – you ask the questions about your business situation and get answers that are customized to your business situation.  Ideal for both existing business owners and those just getting started.

    Instructor:  Ben Tenn

  • 3p Business Licenses, Corporations & LLC's

    Business Licenses, Corporations & LLC's

    Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 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

  • 6p Managing Your Business Effectively - Part 1

    Managing Your Business Effectively - Part 1

    Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    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 $4.00, after 4:00pm (we do not validate).
    Street Metered Parking: $1 an hour
    Metro Red Line/ Purple Line: Wilshire/Vermont Station (one short block east from our office)

    Cost: $60 (includes Part 1 & 2)

    Category: Business Management

    Info:

    Effective business management is the key to your success. Learn business management skills and tips to prepare you for owning and operating a successful business. Implementing the strategies through planning, organizing, motivating and control.

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.
    Thursday, Nov 13 & Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014

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  • 9a Email Marketing Strategies and Intro to WordPress- COC - 11/14/2014

    Email Marketing Strategies and Intro to WordPress- COC - 11/14/2014

    Friday, November 14, 2014 | 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:

    Email Marketing Strategies and Intro to WordPress

    Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important. This presentation is designed to uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing knowledge can go a long way.

    Attendees of this presentation will learn:

    • What marketing really is (and isn’t).
    • How marketing has changed in ways that benefit small businesses.
    • The importance of setting goals and objectives for their marketing efforts.
    • The 4 Pillars or Marketing Success – a framework that shows how different marketing activities all fit together, and will help small businesses reflect on their own marketing program.
    • It’s ok to start small, to start where you already are.

    Join us and start to build a foundation marketing knowledge, from which you can build more and more effective campaigns to help your business or organization grow.

    Introduction to WordPress

    We will also cover the basics of getting started with WordPress and demonstrate how to manage & maintain a blog or website. Plus, you’ll walk away knowing the latest and greatest tools designed to save you time and money.

  • 10a QuickBooks Boot Camp - COC - 11/14/2014

    QuickBooks Boot Camp - COC - 11/14/2014

    Friday, November 14, 2014 | 10:00am to 4:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    College of the Canyons University Center
    Room 309
    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

  • 10a Becoming An Employer

    Becoming An Employer

    Friday, November 14, 2014 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Paramount, CA

    Cost: $20

    Category: Business Management, Human Resources

    Info:

    So you are ready to hire your first employee? Or maybe an independent contractor. Do you know the labor laws and regulations that are applicable to your business? The correct reporting and forms needed for the IRS, EDD and state? What about worker’s comp??

    This workshop will provide an overview about the requirements for employers including the difference between an employee and an independent contractor, which is appropriate and the various methods of handling payroll.

    Course Level:  Beginner

    Who Should attend:  Existing business owners who are getting ready to hire their first employee, aspiring entrepreneurs

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  • 9a How to Write a Business Plan

    How to Write a Business Plan

    Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC SBDC at Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: $40

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Category: Business Planning

    *** Required for SBA Loans ***

    • This workshop will acquaint participants with the theory and practical strategies in working on a formal business plan document.
    • Business Plan theory: concept and mission development, target market identification, operating capital, strategic planning, loan packages.
    • Strategies for completing the major sections of the business plan including sources of data.

     

    Facilitator: Trevor Schickman

     

    For questions on this workshop email:  workshops@smcsbdc.org

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  • 7p Business Partnerships - Tougher than Marriage!

    Business Partnerships - Tougher than Marriage!

    Monday, November 17, 2014 | 7:00pm to 9:30pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: $25.00

    Category: Legal

    Info:

    This SCORE Seminar by Emir Phillips explains the essential operational and legal issues that come up when creating a shared-ownership business. If, like many start-up shared-ownership businesses, you decide to create a partnership, you can use this SCORE Seminar by Emir Phillips to create an agreement that fits your needs and dreams, and strengthens the relationship between you and your partners.

     Issues to be addressed in this SCORE Seminar by Emir Phillips are:

    • Choosing the Right Partners
    • Profit sharing vs. Partnership interests to motivate employees
    • Converting a Partnership to an LLC
    • Limited Partnerships
    • Overall view of Partnership
    • Tax Consequences of Contributions to a Partnership
    • Property Contributions to a Partnership
    • Tax Consequences of Contribution of Services to a Partnership
    • Termination of Partnership
    • Uniform Partnership Act
    • Compensation of Partners
    • The Rights and Responsibilities of Partners—Or, One Partner Can Bind Another
    • Partnership Paperwork
    • Family Partnerships
    • Nonprofit Enterprises
    • Partners: Their Authority and Relationship
    • Partnership Decision Making
    • Legal Rights of Partners Against a Partnership
    • Profits, Losses, Draws, and Salaries
    • Caution: Brining in New Partners
    • Partnership Operational and Management Responsibilities
    • Withdrawal of a Partner, Buyouts, and Ending a Partnership
    • The Partner’s Individual Tax Return
    • Sale or Buyout of a Partner’s Interest
    • Liability and Risk Insurance
    • The Relationship Between the General Partner and the Limited Partners
    • Certificate of Limited Partnership

    Facilitator: Emir Phillips

    For questions on this workshop email:  workshops@smcsbdc.org

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  • 9a Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar - COC - 11/18/2014

    Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar - COC - 11/18/2014

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 9:00am to 3:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    Job and Career Center
    980 Enchanted Way
    Suite 105
    Moorpark, Simi Valley, 93065

    Cost: Free

    Category: Business Management, Business Planning, Record Keeping

    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.

    Instructor:  IRS and CA Employment Development Department Staff

  • 10a EDD: Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

    EDD: Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 10:00am to 4:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    Santa Monica College – Bundy Campus
    3171 South Bundy Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: Free

    Category: Employees, Government, Legal

    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.

    Instructor: EDD

    *CHECK WHITEBOARD IN THE FRONT OF THE ENTRANCE FOR ROOM NUMBER*

  • 10a Certification - A Marketing Tool

    Certification - A Marketing Tool

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

    Councilman Curren S. Price Jr.’s
    Business Resource Center
    4301 S. Central Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90011

    Parking on Central Avenue, side
    streets, and parking lot in back

    Cost: $30

    Category: Marketing, Social Media

    Info:

    Government agencies and corporations are looking for certified Small Businesses to help meet their supplier diversity goals. Obtaining and Marketing your Certification are valuable steps in gaining access to “set-aside” contracts with local, state or federal agencies as well as major corporations. And Certifications are an excellent way for small businesses to build capacity/experience.

    Attend Certification – A Marketing Tool – where you can expect to learn 10 or more specific ideas on how to market your Certification; some ideas can be implemented immediately!

    Plus – You will learn how to develop a strategic marketing plan, create attention grabbing vendor profiles and identify more bid opportunities. This training will also dispel some common myths about Certifications.

    When you leave Certification – A Marketing Tool, you’ll be fired up and ready to leverage your certificate with government agencies and corporate entities.

     

  • 10a Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan - COC - 11/18/2014

    Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan - COC - 11/18/2014

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 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 + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    A business plan is a necessity for the success of your business! This workshop will cover all aspects of creating a business plan. Critical topics such as business development, marketing plans, advertising strategies, financial analysis & budgeting will be covered.   Attendees may bring a laptop to work on their business plan during the training.

    Instructor: Connie Sparks

  • 3p Strategies to Social Media

    Strategies to Social Media

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 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: Social Media

    Info:

    Learn how to grow your business and increase your revenue. How to use Facebook Fan vs. Regular Facebook pages to convert likes and comments into sales. Why you need to be using Google + if you want to be found in search engines. The impact of changes in how we watch TV and YouTube and how you can get free advertising, passive income and free training. Plus discover the basics of Twitter, LinkedIn and Blogging. Q&A

    Instructor: Deborah Deras

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

    How to Estimate Start-Up Costs and Cash Flow

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 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

  • 6p Managing Your Business Effectively - Part 2

    Managing Your Business Effectively - Part 2

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    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 $4.00, after 4:00pm (we do not validate).
    Street Metered Parking: $1 an hour
    Metro Red Line/ Purple Line: Wilshire/Vermont Station (one short block east from our office)

    Cost: $60 (includes Part 1 & 2)

    Category: Business Management

    Info:

    Effective business management is the key to your success. Learn business management skills and tips to prepare you for owning and operating a successful business. Implementing the strategies through planning, organizing, motivating and control.

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.
    Thursday, Nov 13 & Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014

  • 6:30p Social Media and Marketing: Beginners

    Social Media and Marketing: Beginners

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 6:30pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC Bundy Campus, Room 217
    3171 S Bundy Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: $25

    Category: Marketing, Sales, Social Media

    Info:

    • Learn new technology platforms and social media to reach customers.
    • Create marketing and sales strategies to increase business.


    Facilitator: Johanna Hulme

     

    For questions on this workshop email:  workshops@smcsbdc.org

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  • 4:30p New Client Orientation - COC - 11/19/2014

    New Client Orientation - COC - 11/19/2014

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 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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  • 1p SBDC Orientation

    SBDC Orientation

    Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 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 services with the Small Business Development Center at Long Beach City College. The event will provide you:  Overview of SBDC including description of services, how to become a client (process), program partners/resources and what are the expectations for those that want to become clients of the SBDC.

    The other half of the workshop will go over the necessary concepts that any aspiring entrepreneur needs to think about when they want to start a business including:

      • Small business everionment and trends
      • Business successes and failures
      • Creating a viable business concept
      • Understanding basic business fundamentals – product/service definition, target market, competition, pricing strategy
      • and much more!

     

    Who Should Attend:  Any aspiring entrepreneur who is interested in starting a business or any entrepreneur in the early start up phase of their business who would like more information about basic business fundamentals.

  • 1:45p Small Business Orientation

    Small Business Orientation

    Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 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 attendees with information about the program requirements and the different services and training offered at the center. Attendance is required for pre-venture and early start-up businesses. Late admittance is not permitted so please arrive early. Orientation is offered twice a month so check the calender for future dates. 

    Instructor: LauraLee Garinger

  • 2p SEO: Search Engine Optimization for your Small Business

    SEO: Search Engine Optimization for your Small Business

    Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    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)

    Category: Technology

    Info:

    In an over-stimulated and saturated world of social media and online marketing, it is very easy to get lost in the mix especially when there are over 14 billion existing websites.  How will your customers find you?  You can drive more traffic to your website by using Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

    Whether you know it or not, SEO is a key component for your marketing strategy.  Proper SEO enables individuals who are looking for your product or service, more easily find your website.

    This seminar will get you started on what a search engine is, how it finds and identifies your business based on key words and links, and how they contribute to how your business ranks.  You will also learn about the various types of search results, SEO methodology, and effective SEO practices.

    If you want to learn how to leverage the most out of the internet by optimizing your business website, this seminar is for you.

    Course Level: Intermediate

    You Will Learn:

    • What SEO entails

    • How SEO works and why it’s important

    • Key factors to your SEO success, including common mistakes and how to avoid them

    • How to determine the right SEO techniques, approaches, and tools for your needs

    Who Should Attend:  Business owners, or anyone who wants to drive traffic to their website or is tasked with developing a marketing strategy.

  • 3p The Basics of Starting a Business

    The Basics of Starting a Business

    Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    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. 

    Instructor: Daniel Hancuff

  • 3p Marketing 101

    Marketing 101

    Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 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

  • 6p Employee Development / Customer Relations

    Employee Development / Customer Relations

    Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    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 $4.00, after 4:00pm (we do not validate).
    Street Metered Parking: $1 an hour
    Metro Red Line/ Purple Line: Wilshire/Vermont Station (one short block east from our office)

    Cost: $50

    Category: Human Resources

    Info:

    Tips on strengthening your businesses by developing your employees and encouraging them to grow. Discover how to hire and keep good employees by following a few simple steps for recruiting and interviewing techniques.

    This is a 1 day seminar for 3 hours.
    Thursday, November  20, 2014

  • 7p Legal: Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights

    Legal: Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights

    Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 7:00pm to 9:30pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC SBDC at Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: $25

    Category: Legal

    Info:

    The workshop will cover how business people can protect their logos, pictures, stories, inventions, and other intellectual property.

    Primary Topics (include, but are not limited to):

    * Copyright basics;
    * Trademark basics;
    * Patent basics;
    * Trade secret basics.

     

     

    Facilitator: Robert Klepa

     

    For questions on this workshop email:  workshops@smcsbdc.org

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  • 10a How to Successfully Start Your New Business - COC - 11/21/2014

    How to Successfully Start Your New Business - COC - 11/21/2014

    Friday, November 21, 2014 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

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

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    This hands-on workshop will help you get started quickly as you learn the steps necessary to successfully launch your new business. Learn to prepare a written plan you can use to build and grow a profitable business. Learn the best way to structure your business as you identify and focus on the key marketing, sales and financial issues of your business and how to bring it all together. This powerful event has helped many entrepreneurs just like you  achieve success.

    Instructor:  Connie Sparks

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  • 9a Start Your Home-Based Business - COC - 11/22/2014

    Start Your Home-Based Business - COC - 11/22/2014

    Saturday, November 22, 2014 | 9:00am 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 Road
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

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

    Category: Business Planning, Marketing

    Info:

    Home-Based Businesses are one of hottest trends in business today.  The benefits of working from home are endless:  be independent, do away with traffic, office politics and more.  Learn how to develop the entrepreneurial qualities – motivation, discipline, and creativity – that you will need.  This class is a great way to start your own home-based business or enhance an existing one.   This workshop will walk you through:

    · Entrepreneurial Qualities

    · Business Selection Process

    · Start-up Procedures and Legal Requirements

    · Licenses, Permits and the Zoning Board

    · Banking and Record Keeping

    · Sales, Marketing, Advertising and Promotion

    · Business Image

    · Balancing your Life

     

    Instructor:  Helene Liatsos

     

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  • 10a GUIDED Business Plan™

    GUIDED Business Plan™

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 | 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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  • 8a SBDC CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY - COC - 11/27/2014
  • 8a Office Closed

    Office Closed

    Thursday, November 27, 2014 to Friday, November 28, 2014 | 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

    Category: Orientation

    Info:

    The SBDC office at Long Beach City College will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014 for the entire day due to the Observance of Thanksgiving.  The office will reopen on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 8:00 am.

  • 8:30a THANKSGIVING - PCR SBDC OFFICE CLOSED

    THANKSGIVING - PCR SBDC OFFICE CLOSED

    Thursday, November 27, 2014 to Friday, November 28, 2014 | 8:30am to 5:30am

    Campus: Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

    3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1501
    Los Angeles, CA 90010

    Info:

    The office will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday. We will resume normal business hours on December 1st  from 8:30am – 5:30pm.

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  • 8a Office Closed

    Office Closed

    Thursday, November 27, 2014 to Friday, November 28, 2014 | 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

    Category: Orientation

    Info:

    The SBDC office at Long Beach City College will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014 for the entire day due to the Observance of Thanksgiving.  The office will reopen on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 8:00 am.

  • 8:30a THANKSGIVING - PCR SBDC OFFICE CLOSED

    THANKSGIVING - PCR SBDC OFFICE CLOSED

    Thursday, November 27, 2014 to Friday, November 28, 2014 | 8:30am to 5:30am

    Campus: Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

    3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1501
    Los Angeles, CA 90010

    Info:

    The office will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday. We will resume normal business hours on December 1st  from 8:30am – 5:30pm.

  • 8a SBDC CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY - COC - 11/28/2014
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