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The LA SBDC Network offers no-cost virtual business workshops for small businesses in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

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Assisting clients in the South Bay and Beyond

August 2021

WEBINAR The Basics of Starting a Business Post Covid 19

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Learn the fundamentals of what it takes to get your business started. Topics for discussion determining the feasibility of your business, the importance of business planning, understanding financial and licensing requirements, and more. Instructor: Charlie Lowe REGISTER NOW

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WEBINAR Launching a Small Business Publicity Campaign Part 2

August 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

In this workshop, small business owners will get an overview of the main points in Part 1 of Launching a Small Business Publicity Campaign. Participants will review how to determine the main objective of a campaign, and how strategies and tactics are chosen to achieve their objectives. In Part 2 of Launching a Small Business Publicity Campaign, participants will then be introduced to the all-important principles of assessing and evaluating the success of a publicity campaign, resulting in favorable publicity and increased business revenue. Instructor:…

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WEBINAR Website 101: How to Plan Your New Website

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

This workshop is a starter course for business owners looking to build their first website. We will discuss what makes a good website and look at some things to consider before making an investment in one. We will compare and contrast the various options available in the marketplace for building a website, and cover the basics of search engine optimization, analytics and website security. Instructor: Omari Valentine REGISTER NOW

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WEBINAR Angel Investment 101 for Start-Ups

August 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

Funding and financing your business are extremely important. One of the options that comes up is angel investment. What does angel investment mean? How often does it happen? Is your business a candidate? What steps to take? What do you need? Webinar presenter Tim Berry has been on both sides of this table. He successfully raised investment for his business. And he has been an angel investor for more than a decade. In this webinar, Tim answers key questions you…

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WEBINAR SBDC Orientation

August 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

This workshop will provide attendees with information about the program requirements and the different services and training offered at the center. Attendance is required for pre-venture and early start-up businesses.  Orientation is offered three-four times per month. Instructor: Larry Johnson REGISTER NOW

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WEBINAR Taking Charge of Your Career through Franchise & Business Ownership

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Are you looking to get into business ownership but don’t know where to start? Discover what type of business could leverage your professional acumen and have a team to support you build a successful company. During our webinar learn what type of businesses excelled through Covid and are Recession Resistant. Additional topics we will be covering: • Buying into a Franchise & Running your New Business • The Surprisingly low upfront cost • The different types of Franchise Models •…

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WEBINAR Accounting: The Basics of the Language of Business

August 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Accounting is the system of tracking the income, expenses, assets and liabilities of business. Owners, managers, bankers, investors – use accounting terms and concepts to describe the events that make up the “story”. This workshop will explain the basics of how to make journal entries including debits and credits, the structure of financial statements, important financial ratios, and, more importantly, how to “account” for the transactions in your business. Instructor: Andrew Strachan REGISTER NOW

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WEBINAR Financing Your Business

August 11 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

This class will teach what you need to know to apply for a business loan. Topics include: What documents and paperwork you will need to use for the application process from major banks, which banks are currently loaning money and what you will need to qualify, why a business may need financing, sources of credit, and what you should know about credit. Instructor: Larry Johnson REGISTER NOW

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WEBINAR SERIES- Crowdfunding the Newest Way For Startups and Entrepreneurs to Raise Capital

August 12 @ 10:00 am - September 2 @ 12:00 pm
free

Series Overview: In the past, when someone wanted to fund something — be it a project, a company, or anything that required capital to start — there were a few ways to raise money. They could take on debt from a loan. They could raise money from friends, family members, and angel or VC investors. They could even take the “bootstrapping” route and scrounge up as much money as possible to fund the project themselves. In the late 2000s, a fourth…

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WEBINAR Data Mine Your Contacts List (CMS) – How to Find the Gold!

August 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

There is gold in your contact lists! Learn how to mine it using the data and actions that can help you find your next best customer! Email marketing and other programs have a much more powerful Contact Management System (CMS) that goes way beyond their basic reports. I’ll show you how to use your contacts past actions to find the gold in your lists. Learn how to track your lists’ engagement, actions, link patterns, product interest and more. Use these powerful…

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WEBINAR SBDC Orientation

August 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Free

This workshop will provide attendees with information about the program requirements and the different services and training offered at the center. Attendance is required for pre-venture and early start-up businesses. Orientation is offered three-four times per month. Instructor: Larry Johnson REGISTER NOW

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WEBINAR Podcast at Home

August 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Now, more than ever during Covid19 and with Curfews to stay top of mind with our potential clients and customers. People are home burned out on the news looking for information to consume that will help them grow personally and professionally. If we can create a Podcast that will impact the lives of our target market by solving their pain or problem we can expand our reach, build our brand and ultimately increase the sales of our products and services.…

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WEBINAR Legal Structure

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

One of the first decisions that you will have to make as a business owner is how the company should be structured. Topics include: Permit processes, reviewing how to apply for the permits needed to operate a business, business licensing requirements, and a brief discussion on the implications of legal structures. 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…

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WEBINAR – Ask an Advisor? Starts, Pivots, Funding & Covid Recovery Q&A

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Free

Senior business advisors will be on hand to address your queries on strategies, tactics to start fund, pivot, and recover. Topics can include: • Disaster funding resources • PPP forgiveness • How to start a new business and thrive in this environment • Marketing pivots to address changes caused by COVID • How to strategically address your market position • Branding • Cash management • How to safely reopen • Employee recruitment and incentives • Converting to an all remote…

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WEBINAR How to Set-up Up Free & Easy Accounting Software for Start-Ups

August 19 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Free

Keeping track of your business income and expenses is crucial to financial health of your company. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be complicated! This webinar will cover how to use Wave, a free online accounting software program to help keep you on track. Wave is designed for small business owners. No jargon, just an easy accounting software for small business that makes sense. Topics discussed will include: • Is Wave right for you? • Setting up your bank accounts • Invoicing •…

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WEBINAR Business Plan Overview

August 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Developing a business plan is one of the most valuable activities you can undertake. A good business plan provides a roadmap for success, gives you a sense of control over your future and is essential to attract funding. Business planning might be time-consuming and daunting but the good news is you don’t have to start with a blank sheet of paper! The Business Plan Overview workshop guides you through the process of creating a solid, well-structured business plan, tailored to your…

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WEBINAR Lean Business Planning

August 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

Lean business planning is not what you think. Not a big formal plan. Not just for startups. Quick and practical tool for managing through a crisis. It’s as quick and easy as a few simple bullet-point lists and tables to set down milestones and metrics. Plus powerful tools to manage sales, spending, and cash flow. Make a quick dashboard for getting through a crisis. Join this webinar as Tim Berry, founder of bplans.com and Palo Alto Software, shares the simplicity and ease of…

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WEBINAR SBDC Orientation

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

This workshop will provide attendees with information about the program requirements and the different services and training offered at the center. Attendance is required for pre-venture and early start-up businesses. Orientation is offered three-four times per month. Instructor: Larry Johnson REGISTER NOW

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WEBINAR How to Estimate Startup Costs & Cash Flow in Covid Times

August 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

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. Topics include: Steps needed to calculate start-up expenses, start-up cost categories, calculating initial costs, calculating the first 90 days projected monthly costs, conducting a break-even analysis, and initial cash flow projection will be reviewed and presented in this hands-on session. Please bring a hand held calculator for your convenience. Instructor: Andrew Strachan REGISTER…

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WEBINAR Digital Marketing Automation-Grow your Business on Autopilot

August 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

This workshop will go over how you can set up an automated Digital Marketing system to grow your business on autopilot. If you have a restaurant, a retail business, a service business or an e-commerce business, you will learn how to take advantage of automation to beat your competitors. In this workshop you will discover: • How to double your sales • How to attract potential customers and where you should be looking for them • How to turn those…

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WEBINAR Adapting Your Business for Success in a Digital World

August 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

As the needs of your customers shift, so must your business strategy. Gain insights on how to use digital marketing to reinvent your business and grow your customer base without a massive investment. You will learn how to use digital marketing to: • Locate new markets • Leverage business partnerships • Communicate changes to operations • Improve your sales funnel • And more! Instructor: Omari Valentine REGISTER NOW

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