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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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  • 8a Labor Day Holiday

    Labor Day Holiday

    Monday, September 01, 2014 | 8:00am to 5:00am

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Info:

    CLOSED–LABOR DAY HOLIDAY!

  • 8:30a LABOR DAY - PCR SBDC OFFICE CLOSED

    LABOR DAY - PCR SBDC OFFICE CLOSED

    Monday, September 01, 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 September 2nd from 8:30am – 5:30pm.

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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

    Get Your Business Online: WordPress 101

    Wednesday, September 03, 2014 | 4:30pm to 6:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: Free

    Category: Internet

    Info:

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

    Instructor: Adam Silver

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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  • 10a SBDC Orientation

    SBDC Orientation

    Thursday, September 04, 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 information 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: 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:

      • What is entrepreneurship and small business ownership?
      • Small Business environment and trends
      • Business successes and failures
      • How to better prepare yourself before you begin the process of starting your business
      • Building a better business concept including defining your product/service, target market, value proposition, competition
      • and much more!

     

    Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in starting up a small business that need guidance regarding their business startup concept and strategy.

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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  • 10a Access to Capital - Finding Funding for Your Business - COC - 09/05/2014

    Access to Capital - Finding Funding for Your Business - COC - 09/05/2014

    Friday, September 05, 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:

     

    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 GUIDED Business Plan™

    GUIDED Business Plan™

    Friday, September 05, 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.

  • 10a Starting A Small Business

    Starting A Small Business

    Friday, September 05, 2014 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Paramount, 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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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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  • 8:30a Back to Business Marketing Event - COC - 09/06/2014

    Back to Business Marketing Event - COC - 09/06/2014

    Saturday, September 06, 2014 | 8:30am to 12:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    OfficeSlice
    15165 Ventura Blvd., Suite 245
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    Join us for a morning of workshops, networking, and resources for your business. We’ll present workshops covering everything to get Back to Business for the fall. Sponsored by Social Punch Marketing, OfficeSlice, VEDC, Sherman Oaks Chamber and VC Connections.

    Why you don’t want to miss:

    • Meet The VEDC, The Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce, SocialPunchMarketing, VC Connections and OfficeSlice as well as network, network, network!
    • Uncover tools and resources to help grow your business!

     

    Click on the registration link below for more information and to see the schedule.

  • 9a Start Your Home-Based Business - COC - 09/06/2014

    Start Your Home-Based Business - COC - 09/06/2014

    Saturday, September 06, 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

     

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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  • 9a A Taste of California Trade Show- COC - 09/08/14

    A Taste of California Trade Show- COC - 09/08/14

    Monday, September 08, 2014 | 9:00am to 5:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    LAX Crown Plaza Hotel
    5985 West Century Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA
    Event not open to the public — pre-registration is required (please see below)

    Cost: $500 Small businesses may be eligible to register as STEP Qualified through the California State Trade & Export Promotion Program (STEP)*

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Premium Buyers Seeking to Import California Products

    The California Centers for International Trade Development, in collaboration with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is hosting a global trade event featuring California’s consumer oriented food products.  this event provides California’s food producers and exporters the opportunity to meet with over 40 buyers from China, South Korea and Southeast Asia.

    South Korea

    Shinsegae Food Inc.| Large-scale importer of retail food, nuts, produce. Operates through direct international sourcing, through massively successful self-manufacturing and processing.

    Lotus Korea Co., Ltd. | Key importer of confectionery and snack foods. Distributes to all major retail outlets; department stores, wholesale markets and supermarket chains.

    HighRich Corp. | Retail distributor of organic/natural snack foods,
    and industrial ingredients. Key wholesaler for local markets, organic supermarkets, and more.

    Lotte Foods | One of Top 10 food manufacturers in South Korea, businesses in food service, meat & milk product, food additives, and more

    China

    City Shop | City Shop is a Shanghai-based chain store dealing in a most extensive range of imported foods and daily necessities from all over the world.

    JD.COM | China’s largest online retailer with more than 170 million registered users and over 70 thousand suppliers and sellers across China.

    SF Best | Online store owned by SF Express Company Ltd. that offers a large selection of foods, nutritional supplements and other health-related products from all over the globe.

    Shanghai DCH Food Industries Ltd. | From its global sourcing network, Shanghai DCH Food Industries Ltd. has established four major distribution channels; retail markets, food service and catering, and wholesalers and food manufacturers.

    Products of Interest

    • Dried fruits and nuts (bulk/retail)
    • Processed produce items
    • Retail packaged food items
    • Frozen foods
    • Confectionery goods
    • Beverages
    • Spices/Sauces/Spreads/Jams
    • Grocery products
    • Bread/Grain/Pasta

     

    All product(s) and/or finish product(s) must be made up of 50% or more U.S. agricultural content by weight (excluding water and packaging).

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

    http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/event-914966#sthash.WK5O4iQ5.dpuf
  • 8a Increase Your Global Competitiveness Through Exporting -COC - 09/09/2014

    Increase Your Global Competitiveness Through Exporting -COC - 09/09/2014

    Tuesday, September 09, 2014 | 8:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    ITT Technical Institute
    Room: Theory 3 & 4
    12699 Encinitas Avenue
    Sylmar, CA 91342

    Cost: FREE event includes breakfast and parking

    Category: Import/Export

    Info:

     

    Whether you are new to exporting or want to reach new markets abroad, this is the platform to help your business grow. Join area business leaders to learn about the benefits of going global and how your business can increase sales and profits, reduce dependence on traditional markets, and grow your company’s international reach.

    Speakers include:

    • Gina Barro, Business Development Manager, Port of Long Beach
    • Brian Peck, Deputy Director for International Affairs and Business Development, GO-Biz
    • Greg Moore, Regional Director, Ex-Im Bank
    • Dan Gardner, President, Trade Facilitators, Inc.
  • 9a Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

    Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

    Tuesday, September 09, 2014 | 9:00am to 3:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

    Carson Community Center
    801 E. Carson St.
    Carson, CA 90745

    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 Small Business Orientation

    Small Business Orientation

    Tuesday, September 09, 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. In addition, the basics of a business start-up will be provided.

    Instructor: LauraLee Garinger

  • 10:15a The Basics of Starting a Business

    The Basics of Starting a Business

    Tuesday, September 09, 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, September 09, 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

  • 5:30p New Client Orientation - COC - 09/09/2014

    New Client Orientation - COC - 09/09/2014

    Tuesday, September 09, 2014 | 5:30pm to 6:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University of Antelope Valley
    Room 119
    44055 North Sierra Highway
    Lancaster, CA 93534

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    This orientation will give insight into starting and running a successful small business. You will learn 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: Romaine Roberts

  • 6p A Quantum Leap to Success - Part 1

    A Quantum Leap to Success - Part 1

    Tuesday, September 09, 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, September 9  & Thursday, September 11, 2014

  • 6p Series 3-Introduction to QuickBooks

    Series 3-Introduction to QuickBooks

    Tuesday, September 09, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: $150-for entire series (Tuesdays, Sept. 9, -Oct. 7, 2014

    Category: Record Keeping

    Info:

    Basic set up functions and how the process affects your business will be discussed. Setting up accounts, customers, vendors, general preferences along with navigating through QuickBooks will be illustrated.

    Instructor: Ronald Amie

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

    http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/event-914966#sthash.WK5O4iQ5.dpuf
  • 6:30p Partnership, Corporation, or LLC - What's Right for Your Business - COC - 09/10/2014

    Partnership, Corporation, or LLC - What's Right for Your Business - COC - 09/10/2014

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    In this dynamic class you will learn the pros and cons of creating a LLC, Corporation, Partnership and Sole Proprietorship.  You will also learn how to form each entity and the tax reporting requirements. Also covered will be how to obtain a Federal ID#, California Employer Tax #, Seller’s Permit, City Business License, and how to file for a DBA.

    Instructor:  Charlie Yacoobian

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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  • 7a InThinking Together Seminar - COC - September 11-12, 2014

    InThinking Together Seminar - COC - September 11-12, 2014

    Thursday, September 11, 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 Rd.
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

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

    Category: Human Resources

    Info:

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

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

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

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

     

  • 10a New Client Orientation - COC - 09/11/2014

    New Client Orientation - COC - 09/11/2014

    Thursday, September 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 Rd.
    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

  • 6p A Quantum Leap to Success - Part 2

    A Quantum Leap to Success - Part 2

    Thursday, September 11, 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:

    Part 2 of 2 – 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, September 9  & Thursday, September 11, 2014

  • 7p Legal: Critical Business Secrets

    Legal: Critical Business Secrets

    Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 7:00pm to 9:30pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

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

    Cost: $25.00

    Category: Legal

    Info:

    This workshop will give you a basic understanding of the agreements you use every day to buy, sell, and barter.

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

    • The essence of contracts
    • Employee v. Independent contractor- how do I tell if a worker is one v. the other and what are the rules for each?
    • How do I collect money that’s owed to me?
    • How do I protect myself from bill collectors?
    • The truth about credit repair.

    Facilitator: Robert Klepa

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

    http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/event-914966#sthash.WK5O4iQ5.dpuf
  • 7a InThinking Together Seminar - COC - September 11-12, 2014

    InThinking Together Seminar - COC - September 11-12, 2014

    Friday, September 12, 2014 | 7:00am to 11:30am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 205
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
    Santa Clarita, CA 91355

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

    Category: Human Resources

    Info:

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

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

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

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

     

  • 7:30a Chancellor's Circle Business Symposium: Finding Success in Family Business Succession - COC - 09/12/2014

    Chancellor's Circle Business Symposium: Finding Success in Family Business Succession - COC - 09/12/2014

    Friday, September 12, 2014 | 7:30am to 10:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University Center at College of the Canyons
    Room 258
    26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
    Santa Claria, CA 91355

    Cost: FREE for Chancellor's Circle Members - $20 for non-members

    Category: Human Resources

    Info:

    The SBDC in partnership with College of the Canyons Foundation Chancellor’s Circle Business Symposium present “Finding Success in Family Business Succession.”

    Learn more about a unique six-step transition model for effective succession.

    Keynote, Lee Hausner, Ph.D

    Agenda
    7:30 am — Networking Breakfast
    8:00 am — Welcome
    10:00 am — Adjourn

  • 9a Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar - COC - 09/12/14

    Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar - COC - 09/12/14

    Friday, September 12, 2014 | 9:00am to 3:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

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

    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

  • 9a Social Media Marketing Plus Making it Mobile - COC - 09/12/14

    Social Media Marketing Plus Making it Mobile - COC - 09/12/14

    Friday, September 12, 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 look at the importance of being Mobile friendly. Smartphones continue to gain popularity and are often the preferred way people view your business online. We will look at how email marketing and social media need to cater to the Mobile environment.

    Instructors:  MJ Finstrom and David Finstrom

     

  • 9a How to Successfully Start Your New Business - COC - 09/12/2014

    How to Successfully Start Your New Business - COC - 09/12/2014

    Friday, September 12, 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: 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

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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  • 8a Here's the Money! Access to Capital Business Expo

    Here's the Money! Access to Capital Business Expo

    Saturday, September 13, 2014 | 8:00am to 3:00pm

    Location:

    Sheraton Universal Hotel

    333 Universal Hollywood Drive

    Universal City, CA 91608

    Cost: $10 Registration Fee

    Info:

    ONE TIME ONLY Los Angeles Based Event 

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     Event Includes

    • Networking Breakfast & Business Luncheon

    Network with other Small Business Owners

    • Business Workshops 

    2 Tracks focused on finding, managing or growing your capital

    • Finance and Resource Expo 

    Connect with local bankers & business organizations

    • Loan Pavilion 

    One on one financial assessments available

     

  • 9a Mastering QuickBooks I: The Basics

    Mastering QuickBooks I: The Basics

    Saturday, September 13, 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.

  • 10a QuickBooks Boot Camp - COC - 09/13/2014

    QuickBooks Boot Camp - COC - 09/13/2014

    Saturday, September 13, 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 all day workshop, hands on our computer lab, participants will learn how to set up their company file from scratch; how to create a quality chart of accounts; how to create new vendors, customer, items and accounts. You will also learn how to pay bills, invoice customers, receive payments, make deposits and reconcile bank accounts. An introduction to the report center will be covered, including how to create a Profit & Loss Statement and a Balance Sheet. Ideal for business owners, office managers, and bookkeepers who are brand new to QuickBooks, as well as, existing users who would like some formal education in one of these QuickBooks features. Please note that there will be a one hour lunch break (lunch not provided).  Not compatible for MAC users.

    Instructor:  Helene Liatsos

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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  • 9a Keys to the SBA Loan Process - Culver City

    Keys to the SBA Loan Process - Culver City

    Tuesday, September 16, 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: $15

    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

  • 6p Guided Business Plan™ - Part 1

    Guided Business Plan™ - Part 1

    Tuesday, September 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 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.
    Tuesday, September 16 & Thursday, September 18, 2014

  • 6p Series 3-QuickBooks Level 2-(Create an Invoice)

    Series 3-QuickBooks Level 2-(Create an Invoice)

    Tuesday, September 16, 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:

    Learn how to invoice customers and pay vendors. Topics include how to create a sales invoice, receive a customer payment, create a purchase order and how to pay a vendor.

    Instructor: Ronald Amie

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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  • 10a Building Your Online Marketing Toolkit

    Building Your Online Marketing Toolkit

    Wednesday, September 17, 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

    Info:

    Many small businesses and organizations are resource limited so they are seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing options available today, they often overlook marketing strategies that will help them maximize their impact but minimize their time. This workshop is designed to uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing strategy can go a long way using worksheets and tools to increase your online impact.

    Attendees of this presentation will learn: 
    •    What marketing really is (and isn’t). 
    •    How marketing has changed in ways that benefit small businesses and non-profits. 
    •    The importance of setting goals and objectives for your marketing efforts. 
    •    The 4 Pillars or Marketing Success – a framework that shows how different marketing activities all fit together, & will help small businesses reflect on their own marketing program. 
    •    Connecting the dots by leveraging today’s marketing tools to boost your message online.

    Instructor: Liz Harsch

  • 10a SBDC Orientation

    SBDC Orientation

    Wednesday, September 17, 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 information 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:  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:

      • What is entrepreneurship and small business ownership?
      • Small Business environment and trends
      • Business successes and failures
      • How to better prepare yourself before you begin the process of starting your business
      • Building a better business concept including defining your product/service, target market, value proposition, competition
      • and much more!

     

    Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in starting up a small business that need guidance regarding their business startup concept and strategy.

  • 4:30p New Client Orientation - COC - 09/17/2014

    New Client Orientation - COC - 09/17/2014

    Wednesday, September 17, 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.
    Valencia, 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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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

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  • 10a Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan - COC - 09/18/2014

    Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan - COC - 09/18/2014

    Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    University of Antelope Valley
    Room 128
    44055 Sierra Hwy
    Lancaster, CA 93534-4414

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    A business plan is a necessity for the success of your business! This 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 Licenses, Corporations & LLC's

    Business Licenses, Corporations & LLC's

    Thursday, September 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: $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

  • 3p Marketing 101

    Marketing 101

    Thursday, September 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: 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 Guided Business Plan™ - Part 2

    Guided Business Plan™ - Part 2

    Thursday, September 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 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.
    Tuesday, September 16 & Thursday, September 18, 2014

  • 7p Avoiding, Preparing for, and Surviving an IRS Tax Audit

    Avoiding, Preparing for, and Surviving an IRS Tax Audit

    Thursday, September 18, 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: Finances

    Info:

    Chances are that you will have trouble with the taxman at least once in your life. Nearly everyone will face an audit, receive a bill for back taxes, or have some other serious dispute with the Internal Revenue Service. If your number comes up, this SCORE Seminar by Emir Phillips will help you understand how your adversary—the IRS—is organized and the rules it plays by.

     

    In this Seminar we will address all of the issues people have most frequently faced with the IRS, including:

    • what to do if you are behind in filing tax returns
    • what are my options when I can’t pay what I owe in taxes?
    • how to handle an IRS audit, from start to finish
    • what every business owner needs to know about the IRS
    • why you shouldn’t rush a field audit
    • what records are available to IRS auditors
    • negotiating with an IRS tax collector when you can’t pay
    • what are my chances of getting audited if I am a C-corp, S-corp, LLC, Sole Proprietor…
    • does amending my tax returns increase the odds of getting audited?
    • settling a tax debt through the Offer in Compromise program
    • self-employed and small business tax issues
    • exactly how do I prepare for an audit?
    • avoiding tax scams and phony tax experts, and
    • invoking the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

     

    Facilitator: Emir Phillips

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

    http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/event-914966#sthash.WK5O4iQ5.dpuf
  • 9a Small Business Tax Seminar and Resource Expo - COC - 09/19/2014

    Small Business Tax Seminar and Resource Expo - COC - 09/19/2014

    Friday, September 19, 2014 | 9:00am to 2:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

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

    Cost: FREE (parking is free for this event; please use lot 14)

    Category: Finances, Record Keeping

    Info:

    Join us for the Small Business Tax Seminar and Resource Expo sponsored by Senator George Runner (ret.), Member CA State Board of Equalization.  Topics to be covered include:

    • Avoiding Sales and Use Tax Problems
    • Forms of Ownership
    • Develop a Winning Business Plan
    • Loan Programs and Services
    • Marketing for Small Businesses
    • Recordkeeping for Small Business

    Brought to you by:

    • Senator George Runner (Ret.), Member, CA State Board of Equalization
    • Chairman Jerome E. Horton, Member, CA State Board of Equalization
    • Senator Steve Knight, CA State Senate District 21
    • Assemblymember Scott Wilk, CA State Assembly District 38
    • City of Santa Clarita
    • Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

     

  • 10a Introduction to Marketing

    Introduction to Marketing

    Friday, September 19, 2014 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Long Beach

    Cost: $20 (+$1 parking pass that must be purchased at parking machine located in front of Building #1)

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    Marketing is one of the most important activities for a business. It affects recognition, revenue and profitability. A business won’t survive without marketing efforts; otherwise, how would potential customers know it exists?

    Marketing covers advertising, public relations, promotions, and sales by introducing your product/service to potential customers. If you’re not using the proper distribution channels efficiently, your potential customers will not know the value of your product/service.

    In this seminar, you’ll learn about target market identification, analyzing competitors and other marketing fundamentals.

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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

    http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/event-914966#sthash.WK5O4iQ5.dpuf
  • 9a How to Write a Business Plan - CANCELLED

    How to Write a Business Plan - CANCELLED

    Saturday, September 20, 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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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

    http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/event-914966#sthash.WK5O4iQ5.dpuf
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  • 6p Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Customs Brokers Licence Examination Course

    Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, September 22, 2014 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location:

    4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Room 233 Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: see body

    Info:

    213

     

    This comprehensive course to prepare for the upcoming Customs Brokers License Exam provides detailed review in areas such as:

    • Customs Broker Regulation
    • Entry Requirements
    • Valuation of Imports
    • Harmonized Tariff Classification
    • Free Trade Agreements and Other Duty-Free Exemptions
    • Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses and Drawback
    • Fines and Penalties
    • Various other topics typically covered on the exam
    • Exam-Taking Techniques

    In addition to being well-prepared for the exam, the course will also assist in developing a better understanding of critical areas of Customs Compliance even for people not planning on taking the brokers exam. The knowledge you receive will assist in enhancing skills for career advancement. If you already posses a broker’s license, this is an excellent review course. Certified Customs Specialists completing the course will receive 20 CCS credits from the NCBFAA.

    This course begins July 21st and runs for 10 weeks every Monday, with the exception of one class on Tuesday, September 2nd for Labor Day.

    Enroll on or before July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price: $535

    Non-Member Price: $635

    Enroll after July 11, 2014:

    FTA Member Price; $575

    Non-Member Price: $675

    The course is recommended for individuals with some experience in customs brokerage or import operations. IF in doubt about your level of experience please call the instructor, Erik Smithweiss, at 213-624-1970

    Instructors:

    Erik Smithweiss & Tony Piscitelli

    Erik Smithweiss is a partner with Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt. Erik has over 20 years experience in the field of customs law and procedure and has taught customs broker exam preparation courses for over ten years.

    Tony Piscitelli has 6 years as a Compliance Specialist with Expeditors International, as well as a 32 year career with U.S Customs and Border Protection. Tony serves as a Field National Import Specialist in NY and a Supervisory Import Specialist in Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX.

    Link to flyer: http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/Resources/Documents/Brokers%20Prep%20Class,%207.21.14-1.pdf

     

     

    http://www.foreigntradeassociation.com/event-914966#sthash.WK5O4iQ5.dpuf
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  • 9a How to Write a Business Plan

    How to Write a Business Plan

    Tuesday, September 23, 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

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

    How to Estimate Start-Up Costs/Cash Flow

    Tuesday, September 23, 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 Business Legal Issues

    Business Legal Issues

    Tuesday, September 23, 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 block east from our office)

    Cost: $50

    Category: Legal

    Info:

    In this three hour interactive survey course you will learn the basics of the law as applicable to starting or operating a small business. Discussion of forming a business entity, the use of contracts, employment issues, real estate issues, tort lawsuits, hiring an attorney, dispute resolution and other topics raised by participants. Our goal is to help you to understand some of the key relevant issues in an attempt to de-mystify the law, give you some tools to do research and help you decide when you need to hire an attorney.

    This is a 1 day seminar for 3 hours
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

  • 6p Series 3-QuickBooks Level 3-Track Inventory

    Series 3-QuickBooks Level 3-Track Inventory

    Tuesday, September 23, 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:

    Learn how to track inventory, manage bank accounts and make payroll decisions. Topics tracking inventory items, adjusting physical counts, reconciling the bank account, and setting up the payroll function.

    Instructor: Ronald Amie

     

  • 6:30p Social Media and Marketing: Beginners

    Social Media and Marketing: Beginners

    Tuesday, September 23, 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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  • 9a Build Your Marketing Toolkit and Video Marketing Success Secrets - How to Market on YouTube- COC - 09/24/2014

    Build Your Marketing Toolkit and Video Marketing Success Secrets - How to Market on YouTube- COC - 09/24/2014

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 9:00am to 11:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    ITT Tech
    12669 Encinitas Ave.,
    Sylmar, CA 91342-3635

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    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
    • A framework that shows how different marketing activities all fit together
    • It’s ok to start small, to start where you already are

    Video Marketing Success Secrets

    Video marketing is powerful! YouTube is on fire! Don’t get burned. Come learn the success secrets from a social media expert who has been in front of and behind the camera.

    Attendees of this presentation will learn:

    • The benefits of YouTube and why you should market there
    • Social Media Integration and how to do it quickly
    • Best Case Practices for powerful branding
    • Practical tips to save time energy and money

    Presenter Mark Mikelat

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

    DIY: Building Your Business' Website

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 6:30pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SBDC at SMC Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive
    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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  • 10a Cybercrime Small Business Forum

    Cybercrime Small Business Forum

    Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

    Roy A. Anderson Recreation Center at Expo Center
    3980 Bill Robertson Lane
    Los Angeles, CA 90037

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Internet, Technology

    Info:

    CYBERCRIME ATTACK INCREASING!

    Victims Include:

    • Healthcare offices
    • Restaurant and Hospitality
    • Professional Services
    • Manufacturing
    • Real Estate
    • Construction
    • Franchises
    • Education
    • Legal

     

    Presenters:

    • Federal Law Enforcement
    • Local Law Enforcement
    • Banking Experts
    • SBA & SBDC
    • Cyber Tebchnologists
  • 10a Get Your Business Online: Understanding Your Business Website

    Get Your Business Online: Understanding Your Business Website

    Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    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.

  • 1:45p Small Business Orientation

    Small Business Orientation

    Thursday, September 25, 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 new clients with information about the Small Business Development Center such as, the different services and workshops offered at the center. In addition, the basics of a business start-up will be provided.

    Instructor: LauraLee Garinger

  • 3p The Basics of Starting a Business

    The Basics of Starting a Business

    Thursday, September 25, 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:

    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

  • 3p Import Workshop

    Import Workshop

    Thursday, September 25, 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-import 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 import development stages and are introduced to trade assistance resources on the federal, state and local level.

    Instructor: Charlie Lowe

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

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

    Thursday, September 25, 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 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 Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan - COC - 09/26/2014

    Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan - COC - 09/26/2014

    Friday, September 26, 2014 | 9:00am to 12:00pm

    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: 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

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  • 9a Mastering QuickBooks II: Beyond the Basics

    Mastering QuickBooks II: Beyond the Basics

    Saturday, September 27, 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: $60

    Category: Finances

    Info:

    This 4 hour workshop goes beyond our introductory workshop, QuickBooks I, and is for anyone who wants to optimize their use of QuickBooks. You will learn the following transactions: Purchase Orders, Inventory, Entering and Paying Bills, Writing Checks, Sales Tax, Reports, Memorizing Transactions, and Bank Account Reconciliations.

    You do not need to own the software to take this workshop.

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

    Accounting techniques using QuickBooks.
    Purchase Orders
    Inventory
    Reports
    Bank Account Reconciliations

    Facilitator: Miriam Aguilar

     

    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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  • 9a HR: Hiring Employees with Right Tools

    HR: Hiring Employees with Right Tools

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 9:00am to 11:30am

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SBDC at SMC Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive, Room 329
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: $25.00

    Category: Employees, Human Resources

    Info:

    Are you ready to grow from “self employed” to “small business owner”?

    Learn the difference between Independent contractors and employees, some important HR laws and compliance, what contents should be in a job description, and tools for a successful interview among other topics.

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

    • Know when the time is right to hire
    •  Understand employment & labor laws
    • The importance of payroll
    • Find and hire the right people
    • Being the boss
  • 10a GUIDED Business Plan™

    GUIDED Business Plan™

    Tuesday, September 30, 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.

  • 6p Finding New Customers and Winning Repeat Business! - Part 1

    Finding New Customers and Winning Repeat Business! - Part 1

    Tuesday, September 30, 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 $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: $60

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    Why do some small businesses grow consistently each year, regardless of economic conditions? Learn 5 key marketing strategies that entrepreneurs need to stay ahead of the competition, find new customers and win repeat business.

    This course will cover

    -          How to understand your target market and decision making process

    -          What are key elements to building a brand

    -          Cost effective ways to promote brand awareness

    -          How to increase website traffic

    -          Online marketing and social media integration

    Takeaways:  Attendees will learn how to communicate more effectively with leads, understand how to meet their customer needs for the long term and how to establish a realistic marketing budget.

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.
    Tuesday, September 30 & Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • 6p Series 3-QuickBooks Level 4-(Business Reports)

    Series 3-QuickBooks Level 4-(Business Reports)

    Tuesday, September 30, 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:

    Learn how to prepare business reports. Topics include journal entries, general ledger, preparing financial statements, and budgeting.

    Instructor: Ronald Amie