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January 2020

How to Conduct Market Research Series

January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
$30

This is a 3 session workshop that runs Tuesdays from 1pm-3pm. January 21 – Week 1- Basic Market Research- Market research blends consumer behavior and economic trends to confirm and improve your business idea. It’s crucial to understand your consumer base from the outset. Market research lets you reduce risks even while your business is still just a gleam in your eye. Effective market research helps businesses make insight-driven, informed decisions when planning, launching, managing or growing your business.  Plus,…

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Legal Structure

January 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
$10

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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SBDC Orientation

January 21 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
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 two-three times per month so check the calendar for future dates NOTE: Late admittance is not permitted, please arrive early. Instructor: Star Van Buren REGISTER NOW

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Technology Showcase & Acquisition of Capital Seminar for the Small and Medium-sized Manufacturer

January 22 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
Free

Join our group of experts in the Hawthorne area to learn important advances in new manufacturing technologies and the process of raising capital for the procurement of equipment and fostering growth. Hear how technologies such as Smart Manufacturing and Robotics and Machine Vision are changing the way in which products are made and the innovative solutions that can be used to acquire this new technology. A Made in California Event. Instructors: Justin Eckhardt, Matt Eckhardt and Tim DeGrasse REGISTER NOW

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How to Estimate Start-Up Costs and Cash Flow

January 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
$10

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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Import Workshop

January 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
Free

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 REGISTER NOW

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How to Conduct Market Research Series

January 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
$30

This is a 3 session workshop that runs Tuesdays from 1pm-3pm. January 21 – Week 1- Basic Market Research- Market research blends consumer behavior and economic trends to confirm and improve your business idea. It’s crucial to understand your consumer base from the outset. Market research lets you reduce risks even while your business is still just a gleam in your eye. Effective market research helps businesses make insight-driven, informed decisions when planning, launching, managing or growing your business.  Plus,…

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Networking 101: 15 Second Elevator Pitch

January 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
Free

Would you like to improve your ability to communicate what you do to increase clients and customers? Do you have your 15 second pitch? NEWSFLASH: With the internet info overload attention spans have decreased and now we have less than 15 seconds to engage potential customers attention. Deborah Deras, SBDC Marketing Consultant with give you a 4 step simple system to be able to create your elevator pitch and speak it with conviction to increase opportunities for sales, investors and…

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February 2020

How to Conduct Market Research Series

February 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
$30

This is a 3 session workshop that runs Tuesdays from 1pm-3pm. January 21 – Week 1- Basic Market Research- Market research blends consumer behavior and economic trends to confirm and improve your business idea. It’s crucial to understand your consumer base from the outset. Market research lets you reduce risks even while your business is still just a gleam in your eye. Effective market research helps businesses make insight-driven, informed decisions when planning, launching, managing or growing your business.  Plus,…

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YouTube 101 for Business

February 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
Free

YOUTUBE topics include: -Understanding Youtube as a Social Media Marketing platform -What content can you put on Youtube -How to optimize and monetize Youtube videos -Simple steps you can do to increase Subscribers -How to integrate with Social Media to increase revenue -How to use Youtube as a Marketing Strategy. Instructor Deborah Deras   REGISTER NOW

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Marketing 101

February 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
$10

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 REGISTER NOW

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SBDC Orientation

February 11 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
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 two-three times per month so check the calendar for future dates Instructor Larry Johnson REGISTER NOW

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The Basics of Starting a Business

February 11 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
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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How to Start Your Business Financials in Excel

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
$10

Overcome your fear of starting with an empty Excel spreadsheet and become proficient to create your own Profit and Loss statement for your business. This workshop will cover the basic Excel functions necessary to develop your financials and then build a basic Profit and Loss statement. For maximum learning you may bring your laptop to follow along, but it is not required. Basic computer knowledge is required for this class. Instructor Andrew Strachan   REGISTER NOW

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How to Start a Construction Company

February 12 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
Free

This session will cover: – Business Organization – Business Finances – Employment Requirements – Bonds, Insurance, and Liens – Contract Requirements and Execution – Licensing Requirements – Safety – Public Works Instructor Michael Williams   REGISTER NOW

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Pitch Perfect 101

February 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
$10

Why this workshop is important: Entrepreneurs seeking equity (angel and venture) funding must prepare and submit pitches to potential investors.  The vast majority of SBDC clients do not have the experience and presentation skill set to engage investors.  This lack of familiarity with the proper preparation of pitches often leads to failed attempts and hard lessons learned. Pitching investors and lenders is one of the greatest challenges facing entrepreneurs seeking to build and expand their businesses. High impact communications about…

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How to Brand Your Business to Success

February 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
$10

In this class you will learn the basics of branding including the key components.  We will discuss the importance of establishing a unique brand and brand promise in the marketplace including the need to maintain the consistency of your brand among all key online, in-person & printed customer communication touch-points (Website, email/social media campaigns, network events, store front signage & printed ads) Instructor Debbie Goldfarb   REGISTER NOW

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Facebook Live for Business

February 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Inglewood Public Library, 101 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301 United States
Free

Facebook has over a billion subscribers. Now is the time to learn how to use Facebook livestreaming to grow your business. This event will cover: 1) How to set up your account 2) Where to stream to get the most impact 3) What to stream to drive business/sales 4) How often to stream 5) 5 C’s to increase more sales from your streams 6) Q&A   Instructor Deborah Deras   REGISTER NOW

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Optimize Your Business with Technology

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
$10

Running a business can be a challenging task. Having tools to make it easier and more efficient to do so is essential to staying competitive in today’s marketplace. This workshop highlights tools Google offers to business owners that are easy to implement, affordable, and are simple to learn. We will also identify the benefits of using these tools to help complete daily business task. These tools will help you efficiently run your business, communicate with employees, clients, and potential clients.…

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Accounting: The Basics of the Language of Business

February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
$10

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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Business Loans 101

February 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
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 -What you should know about credit. Instructor Larry Johnson REGISTER NOW

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Website 101-How to Plan your New Website

February 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
$15

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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Business Plan Overview

February 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
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…

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Podcasting for Small Business

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
Free

With more time in the car stuck in traffic commuting and the decline of good music on the radio we are forced with a dilemma of what to do in the car? Like any productive entrepreneur we want to do something that will grow our business? According to Edison Research, online radio including podcasts has grown 61% in the past ten years and NPR data reported in last two years has risen from 3.5 to 5.4 million listeners. It is…

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Legal Structure

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
$10

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 – 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.…

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SBDC Orientation

February 25 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
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 two-three times per month so check the calendar for future dates Instructor Larry Johnson REGISTER NOW

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How to Estimate Start-Up Costs and Cash Flow

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
$10

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 –  Initial cash flow projection will be reviewed & presented in this hands-on session. Please bring a hand held calculator for your…

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