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  • 8:30a How to Successfully Start Your New Business - COC - 04/01/14

    How to Successfully Start Your New Business - COC - 04/01/14

    Tuesday, April 01, 2014 | 8:30am to 10:30am

    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 + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Sponsored by CITI

    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

  • 10:15a The Basics of Starting a Business

    The Basics of Starting a Business

    Tuesday, April 01, 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: Orientation

    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: Daniel Hancuff

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  • 10a SBDC Orientation and Information Session

    SBDC Orientation and Information Session

    Wednesday, April 02, 2014 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: FREE + $1 Parking Pass that must be purchased from parking machine at parking lot entrance

    Category: Orientation

    Info:

    This orientation and info session is a mandatory starting place for those seeking services with the Small Business Development Center at Long Beach City College. The event will provide you:

    1st Half

    • What is the Small Business Development Center?
    • Services
    • Process and Expectations
    • Partnerships/Resources

    2nd Half

    • Small Business Environment
    • Am I ready? Is it possible? How do I start?
    • Developing your Business Concept

     

    Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in starting up a small business, early business start-up stage or anyone who needs assistance in developing their business idea or concept.  Individuals who are currently in business need only attend the 1st half of the Orientation.

     

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  • 9a State Labor Law and Payroll Tax Seminar

    State Labor Law and Payroll Tax Seminar

    Thursday, April 03, 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 receive information from the EDD and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement on: Recordkeeping, reporting requirements, employer obligations, and payment requirements. Common wage and hour law application. Employer and employee rights and responsibilities. How to distinguish between an employee and an independent contractor.

    Instructor: EDD

  • 10a CANCELLED Guided Business Plan

    CANCELLED Guided Business Plan

    Thursday, April 03, 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 Coffee with Go-Biz and the SBDC - COC - 04/04/14

    Coffee with Go-Biz and the SBDC - COC - 04/04/14

    Friday, April 04, 2014 | 8:00am to 9:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    America Heros Park
    701 West Kettering Avenue
    Lancaster, CA 93534

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Assemblymember Steve Fox invites you to attend a coffee with Go-Biz and the SBDC.  Come hear about the resources available to you if your own a small business or are thinking about starting one.

     

  • 9a Social Media Marketing and a Deeper Look at Facebook - COC - 04/04/14

    Social Media Marketing and a Deeper Look at Facebook - COC - 04/04/14

    Friday, April 04, 2014 | 9:00am to 11:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

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

    Cost: FREE + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    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 good 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 how Facebook 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.

    Instructors:  MJ Finstrom and David Finstrom

     

  • 10a Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan - COC - 04/04/14

    Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan - COC - 04/04/14

    Friday, April 04, 2014 | 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

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

    Cost: FREE

    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

  • 12p Early Bird Deadline - Entrepreneurial Training

    Early Bird Deadline - Entrepreneurial Training

    Friday, April 04, 2014 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    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 $3.50, after 4:00pm (we do not validate).
    Street Metered Parking: $1 an hour
    Metro Red Line/ Purple Line: Wilshire/Vermont stop (one short block east from our office)

    Cost: Early Bird Registration - $300 / Registration Fee after April 4 $350

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    The Lottie Center for Business Excellence Entrepreneurial Training – Begins April 15

    Looking to start a new business or take your business to the next level? Join local business owners and learn sound principles to create a business plan, analyze financials, develop social media, marketing and customer retention strategies to build a successful future.

    • Courses are designed to help business owners kick-start growth and achieve success
    • Low cost business assistance training
    • Business resource materials
    • Certificate awarded to each participant open completion of entire curriculum or each class taken.

    Click here for curriculum Flyer

    Cost and Requirements:
    $300 – Early Bird Registration (by April 4)
    $350 – Registration Fee for entire curriculum
    Pre- registration is required due to limited seating.
    (Individual courses may be taken at fee listed)

  • 6:30p Startup Weekend in Pasadena - COC - 04/04/14

    Startup Weekend in Pasadena - COC - 04/04/14

    Friday, April 04, 2014 to Sunday, April 06, 2014 | 6:30pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    1570 East Colorado Boulevard
    Pasadena, CA 91106

    Cost: $99

    Category: Business Planning, Technology

    Info:

    Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

    The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

    The SBDC is pleased to partner with Startup Weekend - a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

    All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

    Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

    The SBDC is proud to partner with Caltech & Pasadena City College to bring Startup Weekend to local entrepreneurs in Northern Los Angeles County.

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  • 6:30p Startup Weekend in Pasadena - COC - 04/04/14

    Startup Weekend in Pasadena - COC - 04/04/14

    Friday, April 04, 2014 to Sunday, April 06, 2014 | 6:30pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    1570 East Colorado Boulevard
    Pasadena, CA 91106

    Cost: $99

    Category: Business Planning, Technology

    Info:

    Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

    The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

    The SBDC is pleased to partner with Startup Weekend - a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

    All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

    Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

    The SBDC is proud to partner with Caltech & Pasadena City College to bring Startup Weekend to local entrepreneurs in Northern Los Angeles County.

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  • 6:30p Startup Weekend in Pasadena - COC - 04/04/14

    Startup Weekend in Pasadena - COC - 04/04/14

    Friday, April 04, 2014 to Sunday, April 06, 2014 | 6:30pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    1570 East Colorado Boulevard
    Pasadena, CA 91106

    Cost: $99

    Category: Business Planning, Technology

    Info:

    Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

    The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

    The SBDC is pleased to partner with Startup Weekend - a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

    All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

    Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

    The SBDC is proud to partner with Caltech & Pasadena City College to bring Startup Weekend to local entrepreneurs in Northern Los Angeles County.

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  • 4p Brainstorming Your Business Plan (The Guided Business Plan)

    Brainstorming Your Business Plan (The Guided Business Plan)

    Tuesday, April 08, 2014 to Wednesday, April 09, 2014 | 4:00pm to 7:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: Pre-Paid

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Develop your business plan with the simple and guided approach! The GUIDED Business Plan™ workshop simplifies the process so you leave the workshop with a plan of action. The two-part, 6-hour workshop is not just a seminar or lecture—you start writing a solid foundation of your business plan in class. A business development specialist will help you describe your business goals and determine your funding needs to get started. You will have a basic understanding of how to launch your business and receive resources to continue working on your plan on your own. Pre-registration is required.

    Instructor: Kathleen Taylor

  • 6:30p Social Media and Marketing

    Social Media and Marketing

    Tuesday, April 08, 2014 | 6:30pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC Bundy Campus, Room 228
    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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  • 4p Brainstorming Your Business Plan (The Guided Business Plan)

    Brainstorming Your Business Plan (The Guided Business Plan)

    Tuesday, April 08, 2014 to Wednesday, April 09, 2014 | 4:00pm to 7:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: Pre-Paid

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Develop your business plan with the simple and guided approach! The GUIDED Business Plan™ workshop simplifies the process so you leave the workshop with a plan of action. The two-part, 6-hour workshop is not just a seminar or lecture—you start writing a solid foundation of your business plan in class. A business development specialist will help you describe your business goals and determine your funding needs to get started. You will have a basic understanding of how to launch your business and receive resources to continue working on your plan on your own. Pre-registration is required.

    Instructor: Kathleen Taylor

  • 8:30a LinkedIn for Business Development and Networking - COC - 04/09/14

    LinkedIn for Business Development and Networking - COC - 04/09/14

    Wednesday, April 09, 2014 | 8:30am 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 91355

    Cost: $35 + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Networking

    Info:

    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

    LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site on the internet with more than 225 million members; and, in fact, it is the 25th most visited website!  Think of LinkedIn as a world-wide Business Directory, but compared to other directories and sales leads lists, LinkedIn profiles provide so much more information about you and others including your business and work history, network, recommendations, volunteer activities, interests, etc.  In 2012, more than 5 billion people searches were conducted – potential customers and business partners are looking for you – make sure that they find you and connect with you!

    Instructor:  Stuart Fried

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  • 6p The Basics of Starting a Business

    The Basics of Starting a Business

    Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: Free

    Category: Orientation

    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

  • 6:45p Legal: Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights

    Legal: Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights

    Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 6:45pm 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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  • 8:30a Business Resource Breakfast

    Business Resource Breakfast

    Friday, April 11, 2014 | 8:30am to 10:30am

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    Hawthorne Memorial Center
    3901 W El Segundo Blvd,
    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Cost: Free

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Learn how to increase sales. If you’re like most small business owners, increasing sales is one of your top priorities. Lean how to maximize your sales potential at the Business Resource Breakfast.

    You will learn from a panel of experts who will present tips and information on:

    • Creating effective marketing strategies
    • Using public relations to market your business
    • When and how to use advertising to drive sales
    • Determining the right mix of social media tools
    • Financing options for business growth-SBDC/Bank
    • Free resources to help you succeed
    • Small Business in Hawthorne featuring Mayor Chris Brown

    This event is FREE courtesy of the City of Hawthorne, Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce, and the El Camino College Small Business Development Center.

    Registration for the event is required. Last day to RSVP is April 10, 2014.

    Be sure to bring plenty of business cards for networking and the door prize drawing. For questions or more information, please call the El Camino College Small Business Development Center at 310-973-3177.

  • 10a New Client Orientation - COC - 04/11/14

    New Client Orientation - COC - 04/11/14

    Friday, April 11, 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 Road
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: FREE + $2 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 Start Your Home-Based Business - COC - 04/12/14

    Start Your Home-Based Business - COC - 04/12/14

    Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 9:00am to 1:00pm

    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 91355

    Cost: $35 + $2 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

     

  • 9a Mastering QuickBooks I: The Basics

    Mastering QuickBooks I: The Basics

    Saturday, April 12, 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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  • 10a SBDC Orientation and Informatino Session

    SBDC Orientation and Informatino Session

    Monday, April 14, 2014 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: FREE + $1 Parking Pass that must be purchased from parking machine at parking lot entrance

    Category: Orientation

    Info:

    This orientation and info session is a mandatory starting place for those seeking services with the Small Business Development Center at Long Beach City College. The event will provide you:

    1st Half

    • What is the Small Business Development Center?
    • Services
    • Process and Expectations
    • Partnerships/Resources

    2nd Half

    • Small Business Environment
    • Am I ready? Is it possible? How do I start?
    • Developing your Business Concept

     

    Who Should Attend:  Anyone interested in starting up a small business, early business start-up stage or anyone who needs assistance in developing their business idea or concept.  Individuals who are currently in business need only attend the 1st half of the Orientation.

     

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  • 8:30a Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan - COC - 04/15/14

    Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan - COC - 04/15/14

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | 8:30am to 11:30am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

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

    Cost: FREE + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Sponsored by CITI

    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 Business Loans 101

    Business Loans 101

    Tuesday, April 15, 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

  • 3p Marketing 101

    Marketing 101

    Tuesday, April 15, 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 A Quantum Leap to Success - Part 1

    A Quantum Leap to Success - Part 1

    Tuesday, April 15, 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 in the Mirae Bank building 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 stop (one short block east from our office)

    Cost: $60 (includes Part 1 & 2)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    The art of mind development, prepares you for owning and operating a successful business. Includes discussions on entrepreneurship, motivation, planning, skill assessment and goal setting.

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.
    Tuesday, April 15  & Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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  • 9a The Power of Email Marketing and Intro to WordPress - COC - 04/16/14

    The Power of Email Marketing and Intro to WordPress - COC - 04/16/14

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 9:00am to 11:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    ITT Technical Institute
    12669 Encinitas Ave.
    Sylmar, CA
    5 Freeway at the Roxford Exit

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    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. 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!

    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.

    Instructor: Nick Cavarra

  • 6p A Quantum Leap to Success - Part 2

    A Quantum Leap to Success - Part 2

    Wednesday, April 16, 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 in the Mirae Bank building 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 stop (one short block east from our office)

    Cost: $60 (includes Part 1 & 2)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    The art of mind development, prepares you for owning and operating a successful business. Includes discussions on entrepreneurship, motivation, planning, skill assessment and goal setting.

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.
    Tuesday, April 15  & Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • 6p Spanish Language Entrepreneurial Training - COC - 04/16/14

    Spanish Language Entrepreneurial Training - COC - 04/16/14

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University of Antelope Valley
    Grand Ballroom
    44055 Sierra Highway
    Lancaster, CA 93534

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    The City of Lancaster, Board of Equalization (BOE) Board Member George Runner, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Wells Fargo Bank, have partnered to present a Small Business Training Seminar for our Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs in the Antelope Valley.

    The three and a half hour program will include workshops covering the fundamentals of starting a business, including preparing a business plan, understanding sales and use tax, access to start-up capital, and more.  The seminar will be taught by bilingual instructors from both the BOE and SBDC.  The seminar will be followed by an open question and answer period.

    “We are proud to partner with the SBDC and BOE to present this very informative seminar,” said Lancaster Vice Mayor Marvin Crist. “Small Businesses account for the majority of the new jobs here in the Antelope Valley.  As such, I encourage all current and prospective business owners to attend.”

    The seminar is being funded by a grant provided by Wells Fargo Bank.  There is no cost to attendees; however, space is limited to the first 125 persons who RSVP.

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  • 12p Get Your Business Online: Understanding Your Business Website

    Get Your Business Online: Understanding Your Business Website

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: $20 + $1 parking pass must be purchased from machine located in front of Building #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.

  • 3p Business Licenses, Corporations & LLC's

    Business Licenses, Corporations & LLC's

    Thursday, April 17, 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: 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

  • 7p Legal: Inc., LLC, DBA... Which is best for you?

    Legal: Inc., LLC, DBA... Which is best for you?

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 7:00pm to 9:30pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive, Room 228
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: $25.00

    Category: Legal

    Info:

    This workshop will give you a basic understanding of the benefits and risks of becoming a Corporation, LLP or LLC, Sole Proprietorship, or Partnership.

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

    • Do I want to be a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, or corporation?
    • What is the good and bad of each?
    • What taxes do I pay if I choose one over the other?
    • How do I raise money to fund my company?

     

    Facilitator: Robert Klepa

     

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

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  • 9a RESCHEDULED - MAY 20 - Constant Contact: Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media

    RESCHEDULED - MAY 20 - Constant Contact: Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media

    Friday, April 18, 2014 | 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC SBDC at Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive, Room 121
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: $20

    Category: Internet, Social Media, Technology

    Info:

    RESCHEULED to May 20

    Grow your Business with Email and Social media (GYB)

    This workshop is designed to give small businesses and nonprofit organizations some simple ideas for growing their organizations using email marketing and social media. Topics include what to write about, how to get more people to stop and read your messages and how to get more action, or reaction, to your messages and offers.

    We will discuss what it means to run a campaign and tactics for measuring success without spending a lot of time or money. Participants will leave with a workbook full of ideas for timing their messages, how to write a winning subject line, what kinds of offers or content they want to try and how best to approach their next outreach project. This class is best suited for beginners in online marketing.

    We will touch on Facebook, using images for higher impact and we will even cover the importance of mobile-friendly content for higher engagement. This is a great class for beginners and smaller organizations looking to accomplish more in less time and with a small budget.

    • Engagement Marketing
    • Marketing Objectives
    • Marketing Goals
    • Marketing Campaign
    • Channels that Matter
    • Measurable Results

    By documenting your understanding of these topics, in a way that creates a plan, you will leave with a greater understanding of how to optimize you email and social media marketing from a standpoint of where to find and how to cultivate the best relationships.

    Facilitator: MJ & David Finstron

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

    Parking is complementary (student lot only).

     

  • 10a EDD: Employee or Independent Contractor Tax Seminar - FREE

    EDD: Employee or Independent Contractor Tax Seminar - FREE

    Friday, April 18, 2014 | 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC SBDC at Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive
    Room 123
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Employees

    Info:

    This free seminar presented by the California EDD will show you how to distinguish between an employee and an independent contractor.

    •  The basics of statutory employment.
    •  About independent contractor reporting requirements.
    •  Ways to get assistance.
  • 1p Starting A Small Business

    Starting A Small Business

    Friday, April 18, 2014 | 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: $20 + $1 parking fee that must be purchased at parking machine located at parking lot entrance

    Category: Business Management, Business Planning

    Info:

    Have you always wanted to start your own business but didn’t know how or where to start?  This seminar will get you on the right path to starting a small business.   Topics to be discussed include researching your business ideas, outlining your business plan, learning about start-up expenses and financing, legal aspects, and general management issues.

    Course Level: Beginner

    You Will Learn:

    • Life of an entrepreneur
    • Assessing your business idea
    • How to develop a business plan
    • Introduction to business entities
    • Required licenses and permits
    • Where to find other resources that may help you succeed

     

    Who Should Attend:  Aspiring entrepreneurs, owners of start-up businesses

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  • 9a TEDx - COC - 04/19/14

    TEDx - COC - 04/19/14

    Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 9:00am to 3:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    College of the Canyons
    Performing Arts Center
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
    Santa Clarita 91355

    Cost: $20 Students; $50 General Public

    Info:

    Join us for our 2014 TEDx Conference!

    Theme:  Perspectives

    Confirmed Speakers:

    Dr. David Andrus - Negotiation at Multiple Levels

    Kelly Burke & Dr. Kelly Cude – Biology and Art

    Dr. Charles Chase – Revolutionary Technology

    Dr. Annette Craven – Women in Corporate Culture

    Frank Oviedo – Civic Service & City Government

    Jane Skeeter – Recycled Glass and Industrial Design

     

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  • 10a Guided Business Plan

    Guided Business Plan

    Monday, April 21, 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 Keys to the SBA Loan Process - Culver City

    Keys to the SBA Loan Process - Culver City

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 9:00am to 11:30am

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    Culver City Chamber of Commerce
    6000 Sepulveda Blvd. #1260
    Culver City, CA. 90230-6425

    Cost: $10.00

    Category: Finances

    Info:

    LIMITED SEATING – REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

    This workshop will cover the hidden factors of getting an SBA-backed loan.

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

    Learn and understand the 10 major benefits of getting an SBA-backed loan.
    Learn the five KEYS to getting your loan funded.
    What it takes for the lender to work on your first loan.
    How to make your loan package stand out ahead of others.

    Facilitator: Jeffrey Francis

     

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

  • 10a SBDC Orientation and Information Session

    SBDC Orientation and Information Session

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: FREE + $1 Parking Pass that must be purchased from parking machine at parking lot entrance

    Category: Orientation

    Info:

    This orientation and info session is a mandatory starting place for those seeking services with the Small Business Development Center at Long Beach City College. The event will provide you:

    1st Half

    • What is the Small Business Development Center?
    • Services
    • Process and Expectations
    • Partnerships/Resources

    2nd Half

    • Small Business Environment
    • Am I ready? Is it possible? How do I start?
    • Developing your Business Concept

     

    Who Should Attend:  Anyone interested in starting up a small business, early business start-up stage or anyone who needs assistance in developing their business idea or concept.  Individuals who are currently in business need only attend the 1st half of the Orientation.

     

  • 10:15a The Basics of Starting a Business

    The Basics of Starting a Business

    Tuesday, April 22, 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: Orientation

    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: Beckie Walker

  • 12:30p QuickBooks Level 1 - Part 1

    QuickBooks Level 1 - Part 1

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 12:30pm to 3:30pm

    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 (includes Part 1 & 2)

    Category: Record Keeping

    Info:

    A practical introduction to QuickBooks will teach you how to manage money coming in and money going out (sales, invoicing, paying bills, and tracking expenses), reconcile accounts, use reports to understand your business, including profitability and sales trends.

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.
    Tuesday, April 22 & Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • 3p How to Estimate Start-Up Costs

    How to Estimate Start-Up Costs

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    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 Guided Business Plan - Part 1

    Guided Business Plan - Part 1

    Tuesday, April 22, 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 Stop (one block east from our office)

    Cost: $60 (includes Part 1 & 2)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Create your business plan with the easy, simple and GUIDED approach! The GUIDED Business Plan™ workshop simplifies the process so you leave the workshop with an actual plan of action. The two-part, 6-hour workshop is not just a seminar or lecture—you start writing a solid foundation of your business plan in class. A business development specialist will help you describe your business goals and determine your funding needs to get started. You will have a basic understanding of how to launch your business and receive resources to continue working on your plan on your own.

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.
    Monday, April 22  & Wednesday, April 24, 2014

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  • 7a InThinking Together Seminar - COC - 042314

    InThinking Together Seminar - COC - 042314

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 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 Road
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: FREE + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14) both days

    Category: Marketing

    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.

     

  • 9:30a Monster Marketing Mistakes - COC - 04/23/14

    Monster Marketing Mistakes - COC - 04/23/14

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 9:30am to 12:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    DeVry University
    D-100
    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.  Come prepared to listen, learn and discuss what you can and should do to fix those mistakes.  Bring your business cards, flyers and a link to your website to have them challenged by your peers and a 35 year expert marketing executive who has already helped more than 400 clients just like you!  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: WordPress I

    Get Your Business Online: WordPress I

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach, CA

    Cost: $20 + ($1 parking pass that must be purchased at parking machine next to parking lot entrance)

    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

  • 6:30p DIY: Building Your Business' Website

    DIY: Building Your Business' Website

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 6:30pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SBDC at SMC Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive Room 212
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: $25

    Category: Internet

    Info:

    In the first half of this workshop we will explore a number of web development platforms, technologies, and approaches and help the entrepreneur determine which may be right for her situation. Special focus will be placed on the benefits of using WordPress as a solution and will provide specific instruction on how to deploy it. We will discuss hosting, ecommerce, and other content management systems.

    The second half of this workshop 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 will serve as preparation for the second workshop in this series, DIY: Customizing Your Business’ WordPress Theme. This is a hands-on course and will take place in a computer lab.  Participants will work on their websites in the computer lab with direct guidance and instruction from the lecturer.

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

    • Overview of the main technologies, approaches, and platforms for building a website:
      • Benefits and limitations of each
      • Rank them from ease of use to complex
      • Determine which may be right for you
    • Overview of WordPress (WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org):
      • Vs. other content management systems
      • Hosted by WordPress vs. hosted by you
      • How to evaluate a hosting provider and how to install WordPress on their web servers
      • Themes and plugins
    • Planning and designing the website
      • User analysis and designing for the user
      • Information architecture and page layout
      • Feature sets
      • Theme and plugin selection

    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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  • 7a InThinking Together Seminar - COC - 042414

    InThinking Together Seminar - COC - 042414

    Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 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 Road
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: FREE + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14) both days

    Category: Marketing

    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.

     

  • 12:30p QuickBooks Level 1 - Part 2

    QuickBooks Level 1 - Part 2

    Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 12:30pm to 3:30pm

    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: Record Keeping

    Info:

    A practical introduction to QuickBooks will teach you how to manage money coming in and money going out (sales, invoicing, paying bills, and tracking expenses), reconcile accounts, use reports to understand your business, including profitability and sales trends.

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.
    Tuesday, April 22 & Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • 3p Export Workshop

    Export Workshop

    Thursday, April 24, 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: 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

  • 4p New Client Orientation - COC - 04/24/14

    New Client Orientation - COC - 04/24/14

    Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    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: FREE + $2 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:  Steve Tannehill

  • 6p Guided Business Plan - Part 2

    Guided Business Plan - Part 2

    Thursday, April 24, 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 Stop (one block east from our office)

    Cost: $60

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Create your business plan with the easy, simple and GUIDED approach! The GUIDED Business Plan™ workshop simplifies the process so you leave the workshop with an actual plan of action. The two-part, 6-hour workshop is not just a seminar or lecture—you start writing a solid foundation of your business plan in class. A business development specialist will help you describe your business goals and determine your funding needs to get started. You will have a basic understanding of how to launch your business and receive resources to continue working on your plan on your own.

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.
    Monday, April 22  & Wednesday, April 24, 2014

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  • 9a State Labor Law & Payroll Tax Seminar - COC - 04/25/14

    State Labor Law & Payroll Tax Seminar - COC - 04/25/14

    Friday, April 25, 2014 | 9:00am to 3:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 107
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

    Cost: FREE + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Employees, Record Keeping

    Info:

    You will receive information from Employment Development Department (EDD) and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) on:

    • Recordkeeping, reporting requirements, employer obligations, and payment requirements.
    • Common wage and hour law application.
    • Employer and employee rights and responsibilities.
    • How to distinguish between an employee and an independent contractor.

    Instructor:  CA Employment Development Department

  • 10a Access to Capital - Finding Funding for Your Business - COC - 04/25/14

    Access to Capital - Finding Funding for Your Business - COC - 04/25/14

    Friday, April 25, 2014 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

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

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    If you want/need a loan to start or build your business, or if you need some financial help to survive this recession, this workshop is for you.  Learn the 5 C’s of credit so you will know what lenders are looking for when considering lending you money.  You will receive information about available small business loan programs designed to assist businesses during a recession.  Lastly, you will learn about the importance of having a well thought out business plan when asking for credit loan consideration from a bank or other lenders.

    Instructor: Connie Sparks

     

  • 10a QuickBooks Boot Camp - COC - 04/25/14

    QuickBooks Boot Camp - COC - 04/25/14

    Friday, April 25, 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 + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Record Keeping

    Info:

    In this day long workshop, 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 The Power of Email Marketing

    The Power of Email Marketing

    Friday, April 25, 2014 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Paramount, CA

    Cost: $20

    Category: Marketing, Technology

    Info:

    Best Practices, Tips, and Trends – How to do Email Marketing Well.  Master email communications with the comprehensive look at best practices and winning strategies for getting and keeping quality subscribers, increasing deliverability and open rates, writing good headlines and content, saving time, getting readers to take action, and more, like:

    • What Email Marketing is and how it works
    • How to grow your email contact list
    • How often to send
    • Subject lines
    • Content
    • Real world examples of other businesses doing it well
    • How to reduce unsubscribes/spam complaints
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  • 9a RESCHEDULED - MAY 17- How to Write a Business Plan

    RESCHEDULED - MAY 17- How to Write a Business Plan

    Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC SBDC at Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive, Room 212
    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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  • 4p How to Work Your Cash Flow

    How to Work Your Cash Flow

    Monday, April 28, 2014 | 4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: Free

    Category: Finances

    Info:

    Effectively managing cash flow is essential to the survival and success of a business. Yet many business owners neglect the financial details of their business which can result in spiraling expense and debt and decreased profits. This workshop is designed to help you understand how to “work” your cash flow so that can keep your business growing!

    Presenter: Carol Cornell

  • 6p The Basics of Starting a Business

    The Basics of Starting a Business

    Monday, April 28, 2014 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: Free

    Category: Orientation

    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: Star Van Buren

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  • 8:30a Access to Capital - Finding Funding for Your Business - COC - 04/29/14

    Access to Capital - Finding Funding for Your Business - COC - 04/29/14

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 8:30am to 10:30am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

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

    Cost: FREE + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Sponsored by CITI

    If you want/need a loan to start or build your business, or if you need some financial help to survive this recession, this workshop is for you.  Learn the 5 C’s of credit so you will know what lenders are looking for when considering lending you money.  You will receive information about available small business loan programs designed to assist businesses during a recession.  Lastly, you will learn about the importance of having a well thought out business plan when asking for credit loan consideration from a bank or other lenders.

    Instructor: Connie Sparks

     

  • 8:30a GUIDED Sub-Contracting Plan™ Workshop

    GUIDED Sub-Contracting Plan™ Workshop

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 8:30am to 12:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: $30

    Category: Government

    Info:

    Are you an established microenterprise with fewer than 20 employees or independent contractors? Are you thinking about building your business by contracting with the government or large corporations? Are you already certified and not finding success? We have created a program to increase your chances of being awarded a contract. We are hosting a pilot class on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 8:30-12:00 pm at the El Camino College-SBDC. The class will provide the foundation for a proposal template that will save you tons of time as you compete for bids while still running your business. This program is being developed by someone who has earned millions in government contracts and wants to share her secret to success. Your feedback will help us improve this course that may be offered on a regular basis at the SBDC. Discounted Workshop Cost: $30 for pilot on April 29 | Regular Price: $90.

    Instructor: Melanie Rae

  • 6p Social Media Marketing Basics - Part 1

    Social Media Marketing Basics - Part 1

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    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 Stop (one block east from our office)

    Cost: $55 (includes Part 1 & 2)

    Category: Social Media

    Info:

    Do you still feel overwhelmed by social media; do you still scratch your head and wonder if it really works?  If businesses are really making money using it?  What platform to use or what if you will lose control over your brand, products and services.

    You will learn:

    • How to make social media marketing “connect” and work for your business
    • New tools and new ways to grow your business you may not have thought of
    • How to define your branding statement, USP, strategy and create your plan before taking the plunge into social media
    • Most used Social Media Channels will be visited as: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, Youtube, Yelp and some more.
    • The most common mistakes being made and how to avoid them
    • What social marketing can do for you that traditional marketing can’t, and how to fit SMM in your overall marketing plan
    • Online reputation management

    This is a 2 day seminar, 2 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.
    Tuesday, April 29  & Tuesday,  May 1, 2014

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  • 10a Grow Your Business With Email & Social Media

    Grow Your Business With Email & Social Media

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: Free

    Category: Marketing, Social Media

    Info:

    In this free interactive workshop we will share key concepts of email & social media marketing. This social media strategy workbook class will help you plan & measure your online marketing & results to learn how to create your next digital marketing strategy that is unique to your business or organization.

    We will discuss & brainstorm about:

    • Marketing Objectives & Goal Setting    
    • Engagement Marketing
    • Social Media Marketing Campaigns    
    • Social Media Channels that Matter
    • Measuring Your Results

    Presented by: Tailor-Made Advertising, Constant Contact Local Expert

     This event is sponsored by Constant Contact and Small Business Development Center and so there is no fee to attend.

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