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  • 6p Smart Marketing and Promotional Tactics

    Smart Marketing and Promotional Tactics

    Tuesday, November 01, 2011 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Small Business Development Center
    Long Beach City College
    4900 E. Conant Street, Bldg. #2
    Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: $20

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    In this workshop we explore marketing ideas for the small business owner. Topics to be discussed include:

    Analysis of who the customer is, how to reach the customer, developing a marketing budget, marketing effectiveness analysis, and marketing strategies.

  • 6p Marketing for Success and Profit

    Marketing for Success and Profit

    Tuesday, November 01, 2011 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: $30

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    This workshop will help you to match your product or service to its best customers. You’ll learn how to identify and target your most profitable customers, choose the right ways to reach them with messages that will make them buy and buy again. Branding, budgeting, pricing and promoting your business effectively will also be discussed.

  • 6:30p USPS: Every Door Direct Mail

    USPS: Every Door Direct Mail

    Tuesday, November 01, 2011 | 6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

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

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    Learn how to grow your business with Every Door Direct Mail from the Postal Service.

    • Every mailing address. No mailing list. Saturate a target area with your marketing message by utilizing carrier routes instead of mailing lists.
    • Save on lists and printing. No need to rent mailing lists or print specific names and street addresses on your mail pieces.

    USPS Reps and Print Vendors will be on hand to answer your questions related to printing and mailing marketing materials to your customers.

    Download PDF Brochure.

  • 7p Analyzing Your Financial Statements

    Analyzing Your Financial Statements

    Tuesday, November 01, 2011 | 7:00pm to 10:00pm

    Campus: Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

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

    Cost: $50.00

    Category: Finances, Record Keeping

    Info:

    Understanding your financial statements, preparing you for completing a financial statement and what a financial institution looks for in their review.

    This is a 1 day seminar, 3 hours.

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  • 8:30a SCV Masterminds

    SCV Masterminds

    Wednesday, November 02, 2011 | 8:30am to 9:30am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    SCV Chamber of Commerce
    27451 Tourney Road, Suite 160
    Santa Clarita

    Cost: $35 per quarter - first visit free

    Info:

    SBDC MasterMinds in the Santa Clarita Valley is a small business and entrepreneurial training and business development group facilitated by the Small Business Development Center. Members meet twice a month and focus on supporting one another through open discussion and collaboration to increase chances of success and magnitude of success. All local business-minded individuals are invited to attend and join SBDC MasterMinds.

    Instructor: Don Earle

    For more information or to register for this training please email us at sbdc@canyons.edu.

  • 9a How to Succesfully Start Your New Business - COC - 11/2/11

    How to Succesfully Start Your New Business - COC - 11/2/11

    Wednesday, November 02, 2011 | 9:00am to 11:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    Build WorkSource Center
    9207 Eton Ave.
    Chatsworth

    Cost: $30

    Category: Business Management, Business Planning

    Info:

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

    Instructor: Connie Sparks

  • 6p Introduction to QuickBooks

    Introduction to QuickBooks

    Wednesday, November 02, 2011 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: $30

    Category: Record Keeping

    Info:

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

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  • 9a Government Contracting 101

    Government Contracting 101

    Thursday, November 03, 2011 | 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC SBDC at Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive, Room 321
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    This introductory course covers the Los Angeles County and Federal government registration & procurement process, e.g. WebVen and CCR database, certifications, bid opportunities and methods to submit bids.

  • 1:30p Federal Government Proposal Preparation (Responding to RFPs)

    Federal Government Proposal Preparation (Responding to RFPs)

    Thursday, November 03, 2011 | 1:30pm to 4:30pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC SBDC at Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive, Room 321
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

    Pre-requisite: Completion of Government Contracting 101 & must be registered in CCR database (see Government Contracting 101).

    Covers how to review & prepare to respond to a solicitation; the review process; analyzing scope of work & evaluation criteria;coordinating & finalizing the finished product; how the government evaluate proposals; what to include in your proposal;strategies for after submission; what to do if rejected; and how to find government buyers.

  • 6p Business Boot Camp (Start-Up)

    Business Boot Camp (Start-Up)

    Thursday, November 03, 2011 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: $249

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    If you’re serious about starting a new business, sign up for the Business Boot Camp. This 10-week program is designed to provide you with the knowledge needed for success! The program also teaches you how to write an effective business plan. Our program uses NxLevel training and includes up to five one hour review sessions as needed at no charge to help you progress through the program. After every two to three sessions, one of our business counselors will review your progress and assist you with any areas that need extra attention. The NxLevel training program was originally developed by the University of Colorado and is now administered by Nxlevel, a non-profit foundation dedicated to the education of entrepreneurs. Since 1996, more than 80,000participants have completed NxLevel training in the United States.

    The training is definitely effective and has a proven track record! Business Boot Camp covers the following:

    What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur

    How to develop and test your business concept

    How to select the best business entry option

    How to organize and manage your business

    How to research and market your business

    How to get your financials in order

    How and where to get funding for your

    business

    How to determine the feasibility of your

    business concept.

  • 7p Financing Your Business - Part 1

    Financing Your Business - Part 1

    Thursday, November 03, 2011 | 7:00pm to 10:00pm

    Campus: Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

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

    Cost: $60.00

    Category: Finances

    Info:

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

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.

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  • 11a West Coast Franchise Expo

    West Coast Franchise Expo

    Friday, November 04, 2011 to Sunday, November 06, 2011 | 11:00am to 5:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

    Los Angeles Convention Center
    1201 South Figueroa Street – West Hall A
    Los Angeles, California 90015
    Main Number: (213) 741-1151

    Category: Business Management

    Info:

    FIND THE BUSINESS YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN LOOKING FOR — IN JUST ONE WEEKEND!

    Take the path that leads to your full potential. Discover franchises in every industry, at every investment level and find out what business ownership can mean for you, your future and your family.

     

    Visit the SBDC at Booth 535!

    Directions: Los Angeles Convention Center

  • 9a Mastering QuickBooks I: The Basics

    Mastering QuickBooks I: The Basics

    Saturday, November 05, 2011 | 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

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  • 9a Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan Part I - COC - 11/08/11

    Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan Part I - COC - 11/08/11

    Tuesday, November 08, 2011 | 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

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

    Cost: $35 + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14, machine takes $1 bills and quarters only)

    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 in Part I.

    Instructor: Connie Sparks

  • 6p Are You Ready to Start a Business?-$30

    Are You Ready to Start a Business?-$30

    Tuesday, November 08, 2011 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: $30

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    Description: This workshop will take you through all the steps that are essential in starting a small business including home-based businesses. Learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur, tax and license requirements, and more. You will also learn how to structure a business plan, which is critical in starting a small business and to obtain a business loan. Learn everything you need to start your business in this information-packed session!

    Instructors: Dr. Sharon Peterson, Becki Walker

    Dr. Peterson has more than 15 years of marketing experience with several Fortune-rated companies and provides marketing services to growing companies as part of her private consulting business. She specializes in helping El Camino College SBDC clients with loan documents and business planning. She also assists clients with all aspects of marketing and business development.

    Ms. Walker has an in-depth background in international marketing and hi-tech business development. Her consulting firm specializes in the development of technology adoption strategies for clients offering high tech products and services to non-technology industries. Ms. Walker assists SBDC clients with start-ups, business planning, marketing and strategy analysis.

    Instructor: Beckie Walker

  • 7p Financing Your Business - Part 2

    Financing Your Business - Part 2

    Tuesday, November 08, 2011 | 7:00pm to 10:00pm

    Campus: Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

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

    Cost: $60.00

    Category: Finances

    Info:

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

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.

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  • 7a Palmdale Contractor Workshop -COC- 11/9/2011

    Palmdale Contractor Workshop -COC- 11/9/2011

    Wednesday, November 09, 2011 | 7:00am to 9:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    Courtyard Marriott
    530 West Rancho Vista Blvd.
    Palmdale, CA
    93551

    Cost: Free

    Info:

    Attending a Participation Workshop is the first mandatory step to becoming a Participating Contractor in the Energy Upgrade California program in Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas territory. This workshop will detail the requirements and benefits for building professionals participating in the program, including:

    · Required training for Advanced Path and Basic Path Contractors

    · Listing on an online contractor directory

    · Connection to clients looking for home energy services
    · Marketing support and outreach materials

  • 10a Get Government Contracts For Your Business

    Get Government Contracts For Your Business

    Wednesday, November 09, 2011 | 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Small Business Development Center
    Long Beach City College
    4900 E. Conant Street, Building #2
    Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: $30 + $1 parking that can be purchased at parking machine located at parking lot entrance

    Category: Certification

    Info:

    The SBA’s 8(a) program named for a section of the Small Business Act, is a business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market. We will teach you what you need to submit to become 8(a) certified. Learn how to navigate through the three to six month process of becoming certified and learn what this certification can do for your business.

  • 6p Cancelled -Innovative Sales and Marketing

    Cancelled -Innovative Sales and Marketing

    Wednesday, November 09, 2011 | 6:00pm to 8:30pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC SBDC at Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive, Room 235
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: $25.00

    Category: Marketing

    Info:

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

    • Create innovative tactics that generate sales.
    • Learn about current consumer behavior, and analyze what sells today.
    • Increase word of mouth via promotional strategies tapping it socio-digital technologies.
    • Work on further developing your product/ service placement approach.

    Facilitator: Monica Rayes

  • 6p QuickBooks Level 2-Create an Invoice

    QuickBooks Level 2-Create an Invoice

    Wednesday, November 09, 2011 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: $30

    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.

  • 6p QuickBooks Level I - COC - 11/09/2011

    QuickBooks Level I - COC - 11/09/2011

    Wednesday, November 09, 2011 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

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

    Cost: $65 + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14, machine takes $1 bills and quarters only)

    Category: Finances

    Info:

    This hands-on “at a computer” 3-hour workshop will teach how to effectively use QuickBooks to profitability run your business. Learn simple yet powerful techniques to manage your finances including how to set up a chart of accounts, pay bills, record a sale, invoice a customer, receive payments and the effect of  daily transactions on your monthly and year-end Profit & Loss Statement. Presented in a computer lab with limited seating. For beginners and current users.

    Instructor: Crystalynn Shelton

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  • 10a How to Build Your First Business Website

    How to Build Your First Business Website

    Thursday, November 10, 2011 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Small Business Development Center
    Long Beach City College
    4900 E. Conant Street, Building #2
    Long Beach, CA 90808

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

    Category: Internet, Marketing

    Info:

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

  • 7p Employee Development and Customer Relations

    Employee Development and Customer Relations

    Thursday, November 10, 2011 | 7:00pm to 10:00pm

    Campus: Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

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

    Cost: $50.00

    Category: Employees

    Info:

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

    This is a 1 day seminar, 3 hours.

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  • 9a How to Find Angel Investors

    How to Find Angel Investors

    Saturday, November 12, 2011 | 9:00am to 11:30am

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

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

    Cost: $25.00

    Category: Finances

    Info:

    Download SMC-Angel-Investor-Flyer

    If you are a business owner or have a strong business concept and you are looking for equity capital to start or expand your business, Angel Investors may be your answer. An Angel Investor is an individual investor or a group of individual investors seeking investment opportunities in the community to invest.

    Continental breakfast will be provided. Doors open at 8:30 AM.

    As a small business owner you will become aware of:

    • What an Angel Investor will do for you
    • How to find an Angel Investor
    • Are you a good opportunity. Why should an investor invest in your business or business concept?
    • How to make winning Presentations to individuals and or groups of Investors
    • What is the value of your company, how much money you need to start and grow your business?
    • The Contract Agreement, what is included in the contract agreement?
    • Due Diligence by borrowers and Investors
    • After the investors have invested? What happens?
  • 10a Work at Home Business Expo

    Work at Home Business Expo

    Saturday, November 12, 2011 to Sunday, November 13, 2011 | 10:00am to 5:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Fairplex Expo Center
    1101 W. McKinley Ave.,Pomona, CA 91768

    Cost: Admission: $10 at the show or $8 in advance online. $2 discount with promo code SBDC when you purchase tickets online.

    Category: Business Management

    Info:

    Work at Home Business Expo – Nov. 12-13, 2011 – Fairplex Expo Center, Pomona CA

    At WAHB Expo you’ll find a wide selection of business models and programs specifically focused on the growing “Work at Home” Business movement. You will also find a selection of products and services catering to the Home Based Business Professional.  All of this can be found under one roof at WAHB Expo.

    WAHB Expo offers the chance to choose from amongst the marketplace of ideas.  Select the Home Based Business Model that is right for you.  You can also enjoy and learn from the Seminars included with your admission on subjects relevant to the Home Based Business Professional.

    Open Sat. and Sun. 10 am to 5 pm. Children 12 and under are free.  Your admission of $10 can be applied to an investment in your chosen Home Based Business program, product, or service, with participating exhibitors.  Which means you can attend for FREE.  WiFi is available in the building for a nominal daily fee.  A two-day pass for the event will be available at the show ticket booth on Saturday for $15.

    Enter SBDC when you purchase your tickets for a $2 discount!

    Tel 888.955.4287 Fax 888.955.4288
    WAHBEXPO.COM

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  • 10a Work at Home Business Expo

    Work at Home Business Expo

    Saturday, November 12, 2011 to Sunday, November 13, 2011 | 10:00am to 5:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Fairplex Expo Center
    1101 W. McKinley Ave.,Pomona, CA 91768

    Cost: Admission: $10 at the show or $8 in advance online. $2 discount with promo code SBDC when you purchase tickets online.

    Category: Business Management

    Info:

    Work at Home Business Expo – Nov. 12-13, 2011 – Fairplex Expo Center, Pomona CA

    At WAHB Expo you’ll find a wide selection of business models and programs specifically focused on the growing “Work at Home” Business movement. You will also find a selection of products and services catering to the Home Based Business Professional.  All of this can be found under one roof at WAHB Expo.

    WAHB Expo offers the chance to choose from amongst the marketplace of ideas.  Select the Home Based Business Model that is right for you.  You can also enjoy and learn from the Seminars included with your admission on subjects relevant to the Home Based Business Professional.

    Open Sat. and Sun. 10 am to 5 pm. Children 12 and under are free.  Your admission of $10 can be applied to an investment in your chosen Home Based Business program, product, or service, with participating exhibitors.  Which means you can attend for FREE.  WiFi is available in the building for a nominal daily fee.  A two-day pass for the event will be available at the show ticket booth on Saturday for $15.

    Enter SBDC when you purchase your tickets for a $2 discount!

    Tel 888.955.4287 Fax 888.955.4288
    WAHBEXPO.COM

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  • 2p Should I Incorporate?

    Should I Incorporate?

    Monday, November 14, 2011 | 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Paramount Chamber of Commerce

    Cost: $20

    Category: Legal

    Info:

    Incorporating your business can have huge tax savings for some small businesses. It can also limit your personal liability. Come to this informational session, to learn about Sole Propietors, Partnerships, LLC’s, S-Corp’s, and C-Corp’s.

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  • 9a Government Subcontracting-Free

    Government Subcontracting-Free

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: Free

    Category: Certification

    Info:

    Description: Basics for prime contractors who are managing subcontracts; basics for subcontractors who are working with primes or managing other subcontractors. Discussion includes obtaining consent to subcontract, project management and controls, subcontract administration, marketing to prime contractors, common errors, and payment issues from the perspective of both primes and subs.

    Instructor: AB Bonner

  • 9a Keys to SBA Backed Loan - Culver City

    Keys to SBA Backed Loan - Culver City

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | 9:00am to 11:30am

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    Culver City Chamber of Commerce
    4249 Overland Ave
    Culver City, CA 90230

    Cost: FREE

    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

  • 2p Starting A Small Business

    Starting A Small Business

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Small Business Development Center
    Long Beach City College
    4900 E. Conant Street, Building #2
    Long Beach, CA 90808

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

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    This seminar will get you on the right path to starting a small business. Topics to be discussed include:

    Researching your Business Idea, Business Plan Outline, Start-up Expenses & Financing, Legal Aspects, and General Management Issues.

  • 6p How to Write a Business Plan-$30

    How to Write a Business Plan-$30

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: $30.00

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    A minimum of 5 people is required to hold the class!

    Why do you need a business plan? It may seem silly to ask yourself “What business am I really in,” but some entrepreneurs/business owners have gone broke because they never answered that question. One watch store owner realized that most of his time was spent repairing watches while most of his money was spent selling them. He finally decided he was in the watch repair business and discontinued the sales operations. His profit improved dramatically.

    A business plan precisely defines your business, identifies your goals, and serves as your firm’s resume. It helps you allocate resources properly, handle unforeseen complications, and make the right decisions. It is crucial to have a business plan if you plan to obtain financing, but it also can inform your sales personnel, suppliers and others about your operations and goals. It also helps answer the question “What business am I in?”

    This workshop will help you create a business plan to successfully launch or refine your business operations.

    Instructor: Becki Walker

  • 7p Managing Your Business Effectively - Part 1

    Managing Your Business Effectively - Part 1

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | 7:00pm to 10:00pm

    Campus: Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

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

    Cost: $60.00

    Category: Business Management

    Info:

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

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.

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  • 8:30a SCV Masterminds

    SCV Masterminds

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | 8:30am to 9:30am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    SCV Chamber of Commerce
    27451 Tourney Road, Suite 160
    Santa Clarita

    Cost: $35 per quarter - first visit free

    Info:

    SBDC MasterMinds in the Santa Clarita Valley is a small business and entrepreneurial training and business development group facilitated by the Small Business Development Center. Members meet twice a month and focus on supporting one another through open discussion and collaboration to increase chances of success and magnitude of success. All local business-minded individuals are invited to attend and join SBDC MasterMinds.

    Instructor: Don Earle

    For more information or to register for this training please email us at sbdc@canyons.edu.

  • 9a Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan Part I - COC - 11/16/11

    Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan Part I - COC - 11/16/11

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    Build WorkSource Center
    9207 Eton Ave.
    Chatsworth

    Cost: $35

    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, as well as emphasize the importance of goals and outline methods to achieve these goals.  Critical topics such as business development, marketing plans, advertising strategies, financial analysis & budgeting will be covered in Part I.

    Instructor: Connie Sparks

  • 10a US Dept. of Labor EBSA Compliance Workshops

    US Dept. of Labor EBSA Compliance Workshops

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | 10:00am to 12:30pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC SBDC at Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive, Room 321
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Employees, Government

    Info:

    Come Join the United States Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration for two FREE Compliance Workshops.

    Workshop 1:  Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program
    Time:  10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

    The VFCP is a voluntary enforcement program that encourages the correction of possible violations of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). ERISA is the federal law that covers most employee benefit plans in the private sector. The U.S. Department of Labor (Department), Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), enforces many parts of ERISA.

    Workshop 2:  COBRA – Including Eligibility and Notice Requirements and information on Affordable Care Act
    11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

    Find out the regulations, notice requirements and details of the Affordable Care Act.

    During these interactive workshops you will have an opportunity to ask questions about these programs, as well as obtain one-on-one assistance from EBSA representatives.

    Please arrive 15 minutes before the session time to sign-in.


  • 1p Should I Incorporate?

    Should I Incorporate?

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: Free

    Category: Legal

    Info:

    Incorporating your business can have huge tax savings for some small businesses.  It can also limit your personal liability.  Come to this informational session, to learn about Sole Proprietors, Partnerships, LLC’s, S-Corp’s and C-Corp’s.

  • 6p QuickBooks Level 3-Track Inventory

    QuickBooks Level 3-Track Inventory

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: $30

    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.

  • 6p Business Loans 101

    Business Loans 101

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: Free

    Category: Finances

    Info:

    This class will teach what you need to know to secure a business loan. You will learn what documents and paperwork you will need to get a loan 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.

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  • 9:30a Cancelled - EDD: How to Manage Unemployment Insurance Costs Tax Seminar

    Cancelled - EDD: How to Manage Unemployment Insurance Costs Tax Seminar

    Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 9:30am to 1:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

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

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Employees, Finances

    Info:

    • How the unemployment insurance rate is established.
    • What is an unemployment insurance reserve account.
    • Important notices and statements.
    • How to minimize unemployment insurance costs.
  • 10a Social Media: Engaging and Empowering Your Customers

    Social Media: Engaging and Empowering Your Customers

    Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    Small Business Development Center
    Long Beach City College
    4900 E. Conant Street, Building #2
    Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: $25 (+$1 parking pass that must be purchased from parking machine located to the right of parking lot entrance)

    Category: Internet, Marketing

    Info:

    Learn how to create buzz for your business with new cost effective marketing channels. You will learn how to use different types of Social Media such as Facebook to gain exposure for your business.

  • 10a Effective Selling -COC-11/17/2011

    Effective Selling -COC-11/17/2011

    Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    Premier America Credit Union, 1st Floor Training Room
    19867 Prairie St.
    Chatsworth, CA

    Cost: Free!

    Category: Business Management, Marketing

    Info:

    An energetic, interactive 3-hour training workshop to help you learn effective ways to grow your business and improve the results from your marketing program. Lead by a marketing expert with more than 35 years successful business experience, the workshop begins with a presentation on how to create and execute a marketing and selling program in today’s competitive and changing market. Then you ask the questions and get answers that will be personal and practical. Ideal for small business owners and start-ups.

    Instructor: Ben Tenn

  • 4p YEP - Business in Action Field Trip - TBD - COC - 11/17/11

    YEP - Business in Action Field Trip - TBD - COC - 11/17/11

    Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    Location to be determined. Please check back closer to the event.

    Cost: FREE

  • 7p Managing Your Business Effectively - Part 2

    Managing Your Business Effectively - Part 2

    Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 7:00pm to 10:00pm

    Campus: Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

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

    Cost: $60.00

    Category: Business Management

    Info:

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

    This is a 2 day seminar, 3 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.

  • 7p Legal: Inc., LLC, DBA... Which is Best?

    Legal: Inc., LLC, DBA... Which is Best?

    Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 7:00pm to 9:30pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

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

    Cost: $25.00

    Category: Legal

    Info:

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

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

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

    Facilitator: Robert Klepa

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  • 10a RESCHEDULED - Start-up Basics I: Staying on Track

    RESCHEDULED - Start-up Basics I: Staying on Track

    Friday, November 18, 2011 | 10:00am to 12:30pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SBDC Office (Suite 76)
    3400 Airport Ave
    Santa Monica, CA 90405

    Cost: $25.00

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    NEXT WORKSHOP:  DEC. 9.

    Formerly Strategic Planning, this 2-1/2 hour workshop is designed to assist you in defining your business’s mission and vision statements. We will also look at position statements and how the work done in this workshop can be plugged into a Business Plan.

    For those who need a full, detailed Business Plan document for loans, grants, and investors, consider registering into our How to Write a Business Plan Workshop.

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

    • Mission Statement
    • Vision Statement
    • Position Statement

    Facilitator: PJ Abode

  • 1p New Client Orientation - COC - 11/18/11

    New Client Orientation - COC - 11/18/11

    Friday, November 18, 2011 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

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

    Cost: Free + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14, machine takes $1 bills and quarters only)

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

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

    Instructor: Connie Sparks

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  • 9a How to Write a Business Plan

    How to Write a Business Plan

    Saturday, November 19, 2011 | 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

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

    Cost: $40.00

    Category: Business Planning

    Info:

    *** 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

  • 9a Mastering QuickBooks II: Beyond the Basics

    Mastering QuickBooks II: Beyond the Basics

    Saturday, November 19, 2011 | 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC Bundy Campus
    3171 S. Bundy Dr., Room 127
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: $50.00

    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

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  • 5:30p Goldman Sachs - 10,000 Small Businesses Applications for Cohort 5 Being Accepted

    Goldman Sachs - 10,000 Small Businesses Applications for Cohort 5 Being Accepted

    Monday, November 21, 2011 | 5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    4900 East Conant Street
    Building O-2, Room 234
    Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: Free / $1 parking

    Category: Business Management

    Info:

    Deadline to Apply is December 5th.

    Learn more about Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Long Beach City College. The program is designed to give local small business owners across the greater Los Angeles area resources to grow.

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses helps small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity by providing entrepreneurs with greater access to business education, financial capital and business support services. Participants in the program will gain practical business knowledge and skills that can be put to work immediately, such as contract negotiation, marketing, accounting and people management.

    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    To learn more about the program please attend one of our informational sessions.

    Dates:

    • Mon, Nov. 21 – 5:30 pm – 7:00pm
    • Tues, Nov. 29 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Wed, Nov. 30 - 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Thur, Dec.1 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Tues, Dec. 6 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Thur, Dec. 8 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Wed, Dec. 14 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Thur, Dec. 15 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Wed, Jan. 4 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Thur, Jan. 5 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

     

    Meet some of our past scholars: Videos

    Cohort 5 PDF

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  • 9a How to Succesfully Start Your New Business - COC - 11/22/11

    How to Succesfully Start Your New Business - COC - 11/22/11

    Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | 9:00am to 11:00am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

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

    Cost: $30 + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14, machine takes $1 bills and quarters only)

    Category: Business Management, Business Planning

    Info:

    This hands-on workshop will help you get started quickly as you learn the steps necessary to successfully launch your new business. Learn to prepare a written plan you can use to build and grow a profitable business. Learn the best way to structure your business as you identify and focus on the key marketing, sales and financial issues of your business and how to bring it all together. This powerful event has helped many entrepreneurs just like you  achieve success.  This class will also be offered via webinar.  Register online for the webinar at:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/769361118

    Instructor: Connie Sparks

  • 10a Intro to Federal Contracting

    Intro to Federal Contracting

    Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Campus: Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

    Robert Hall & Associates
    300 West Glenoaks Boulevard, Suite 302
    Glendale, CA 91202

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Government

    Info:

    This class will equip you with the following fundamental steps of contracting with the federal government:

    • What types of goods and services the federal government buys
    • How to obtain the necessary registration and classification codes
    • If your small business qualifies for certain socioeconomic programs
    • What the “set-aside” goals are for government purchases
    • How the Federal Acqusition Regulation (FAR) relates to your business
    • The Federal government purchasing process
    • How to access additional free contracting assistance
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  • 7a Support Small Business Saturday - 11.26.11

    Support Small Business Saturday - 11.26.11

    Saturday, November 26, 2011 | 7:00am to 10:00pm

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County, Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County, El Camino College, Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Regional, Santa Monica College

    Info:

    The 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday® is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

    This November 26th is a big day for small business owners throughout the United States. As an organization that promotes small business success, we want to make sure you take full advantage of this unique shopping event by getting involved.

    Here are a couple of simple action items you can take:

    • Pledge to Shop Small on November 26th on facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday
    • Download the Small Business Saturday® took kit:
      • Promote the event in your place of business
      • Create an offer
      • Rally your customers!
    • Download the Small Business Saturday® checklist

    We wish all of you a successful Small Business Saturday®!

    Shop Small Business Youtube video

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  • 9a Careers in Franchise Ownership Workshop

    Careers in Franchise Ownership Workshop

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011 | 9:00am to 11:00am

    Location:

    US Small Business Administration Office
    330 N Brand Blvd., Suite 1200
    Glendale, CA 91203

    Cost: Free / $9 parking

    Category: Business Management

    Info:

    Who doesn’t love the idea of being their own boss, controlling their own destiny?

    SBDC and FranNet have teamed up to offer an educational workshop to all SBDC clients who are thinking about going into business for themselves.

    During this detailed 60-minute workshop, you will become educated and enlightened as to the numerous options available in the franchise world.

    Your host, Vic Scimo, of FranNet, will cover topics like:

    • Benefits of franchise systems
    • Who is right for the franchise industry?
    • What’s working in today’s economy?
    • What is a business model?
    • How to find the right franchise for you
    • What are the concept options?
    • Investment options
    • How to do the research

    Mark your calendars, seats will fill quickly!

  • 9:30a EDD: Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

    EDD: Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011 | 9:30am to 3:00pm

    Campus: Santa Monica College

    Location:

    SMC SBDC at Bundy Campus
    3171 S Bundy Drive, Room 436
    Los Angeles, CA 90066

    Cost: FREE

    Category: Employees, Legal

    Info:

    California payroll reporting requirements: forms, employer obligations, reporting, and payment requirements.

    Independent contractor reporting requirements.
    Electronic filing and payment requirements and options.
    Federal payroll reporting requirements: Forms 940, 941, 1099, W-2, W-4, W-9, and alternative filing.

  • 9:30a Goldman Sachs - 10,000 Small Businesses Applications for Cohort 5 Being Accepted

    Goldman Sachs - 10,000 Small Businesses Applications for Cohort 5 Being Accepted

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011 | 9:30am to 11:00am

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    4900 East Conant Street
    Building O-2, Room 234
    Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: Free / $1 parking

    Category: Business Management

    Info:

    Deadline to Apply is December 5th.

    Learn more about Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Long Beach City College. The program is designed to give local small business owners across the greater Los Angeles area resources to grow.

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses helps small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity by providing entrepreneurs with greater access to business education, financial capital and business support services. Participants in the program will gain practical business knowledge and skills that can be put to work immediately, such as contract negotiation, marketing, accounting and people management.

    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    To learn more about the program please attend one of our informational sessions.

    Dates:

    • Mon, Nov. 21 – 5:30 pm – 7:00pm
    • Tues, Nov. 29 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Wed, Nov. 30 - 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Thur, Dec.1 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Tues, Dec. 6 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Thur, Dec. 8 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Wed, Dec. 14 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Thur, Dec. 15 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Wed, Jan. 4 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Thur, Jan. 5 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

     

    Meet some of our past scholars: Videos

    Cohort 5 PDF

  • 7p Record Keeping and Accounting - Part 1

    Record Keeping and Accounting - Part 1

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011 | 7:00pm to 10:00pm

    Campus: Pacific Coast Regional

    Location:

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

    Cost: $60.00

    Category: Record Keeping

    Info:

    The importance of maintaining a complete and accurate set of business records.  Learn to establish an accounting and recordkeeping system that works for you. Discussion on the objectives and methods of recordkeeping. Review of accounting terminology.

    This is a 2 day seminar, 6 hours each day. Registration for both days is required.

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  • 8:30a SCV Masterminds

    SCV Masterminds

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 8:30am to 9:30am

    Campus: College of the Canyons serving North LA County

    Location:

    SCV Chamber of Commerce
    27451 Tourney Road, Suite 160
    Santa Clarita

    Cost: $35 per quarter - first visit free

    Info:

    SBDC MasterMinds in the Santa Clarita Valley is a small business and entrepreneurial training and business development group facilitated by the Small Business Development Center. Members meet twice a month and focus on supporting one another through open discussion and collaboration to increase chances of success and magnitude of success. All local business-minded individuals are invited to attend and join SBDC MasterMinds.

    Instructor: Don Earle

    For more information or to register for this training please email us at sbdc@canyons.edu.

  • 5:30p Goldman Sachs - 10,000 Small Businesses Applications for Cohort 5 Being Accepted

    Goldman Sachs - 10,000 Small Businesses Applications for Cohort 5 Being Accepted

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Campus: Long Beach City College

    Location:

    4900 East Conant Street
    Building O-2, Room 234
    Long Beach, CA 90808

    Cost: Free / $1 parking

    Category: Business Management

    Info:

    Deadline to Apply is December 5th.

    Learn more about Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Long Beach City College. The program is designed to give local small business owners across the greater Los Angeles area resources to grow.

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses helps small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity by providing entrepreneurs with greater access to business education, financial capital and business support services. Participants in the program will gain practical business knowledge and skills that can be put to work immediately, such as contract negotiation, marketing, accounting and people management.

    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

    To learn more about the program please attend one of our informational sessions.

    Dates:

    • Mon, Nov. 21 – 5:30 pm – 7:00pm
    • Tues, Nov. 29 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Wed, Nov. 30 - 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Thur, Dec.1 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Tues, Dec. 6 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Thur, Dec. 8 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Wed, Dec. 14 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Thur, Dec. 15 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Wed, Jan. 4 – 9:30 am – 11:00 am
    • Thur, Jan. 5 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

     

    Meet some of our past scholars: Videos

    Cohort 5 PDF

  • 6p QuickBooks Level 4-Business Reports

    QuickBooks Level 4-Business Reports

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Campus: El Camino College

    Location:

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

    Cost: $30

    Category: Record Keeping

    Info:

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

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