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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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December 2023

WEBINAR Orientation: What the SBDC Can Do for You!

December 5 @ 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 by the SBDC. The key fundamentals essential for starting and maintaining a successful business will be reviewed. As capital is the life blood of any business, your questions concerning capital and how the SBDC can assist in this effort will be addressed. And as a special bonus, the critical reasons why products/services sell will also be discussed. Attendance is required for existing,…

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WEBINAR Producing, Delivering and Posting a Business Vlog

December 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Have you been thinking of establishing a business vlog, but need some support in getting it off the ground? Do you want to find additional ways to add value and increase engagement on your social media platforms? If so, this workshop is for you. With free or low-cost resources, tools and platforms at our fingertips, writing, producing, delivering and posting a vlog on a regular basis does not have to be costly or difficult. In this interactive workshop, attendees will discover how to create a calendar…

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WEBINAR Biz Basics: Accounting: The Basics of the Language of Business

December 6 @ 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 Money Matters: How to Finance Your Business

December 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

This workshop will provide an overview of available options for financing your business. Equity and debt options as well as crowd funding and the process for raising capital from friends and family will be discussed. Details on what you need to know to apply for a business loan, as well the required documents and paperwork needed for the application process will be provided. The various types of financial institutions and which institutions are currently loaning money and what you will…

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WEBINAR E-Smarts: Google Analytics 4 For Beginners

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

As Google has announced discontinuing data collection for Universal Analytics, it’s crucial to begin making the switch to for Google Analytics 4. We will walk through how to set up a new GA4 property and how to switch over from UA. We will go over each of the main features of GA4 and discuss which features are the most valuable for small businesses to tap into. Attend this 2-hour webinar to discover: What is GA4 and how it is different…

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WEBINAR Legal Corner: Free & Key – Positioning for Success!

December 7 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

This workshop will highlight valuable tips & opportunities that are unknown or overlooked.Free moves that businesses can use for efficiency, cutting costs, etc. Join Attorney Ben Martin who loves helping new and small businesses, survive and thrive. With over 20 years of experience working for SBDCs, Non-profit Entrepreneurship Programs, and Pro Bono service to people wanting to build their futures. Ben has a reputation for advice that gives business owners confidence and independence. Using plain language, a sense of humor and giving…

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WEBINAR Human Resources: New Hire Onboarding

December 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Free

New Hire Onboarding teaches you the many various mandatory new hire paperwork requirements and processes to successfully bring a new employee into your business in California. Doing it correctly from the beginning minimizes your risk of unintentional violations of the many State and Federal HR mandates. Instructor: Sara Nicholson REGISTER NOW

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WEBINAR Human Resources: Preparing for a New Year – How to do an HR Audit

December 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Free

This training is designed to assist California small business owners audit their in-house HR files, HR processes, and prepare for a new year, especially with all of the new HR laws that are coming into reality on 1/1/2024.   Instructor: Sara Nicholson  REGISTER NOW

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WEBINAR Money Matters: Angel Investment 101 for Start-Ups

December 12 @ 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…

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WEBINAR How to Increase Profitability

December 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Do you know what to do to increase the profitability of your business?  In this workshop, learn the 5 ways to improve profitability.  Learn how to review your company’s financials and compare your business performance with industry competitors.  In conjunction with your advisor, you will be able to access reports customized for your business that shows where you are excelling and where improvement is needed.  You will also see how to quickly and easily create an online pitch or business…

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WEBINAR Customer Retention & Referral Tools To Your Team!

December 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Customer Retention and Referrals Can Grow Your Business Faster Than Any Other Action:  Are you using the latest tools to power sales using customer retention and referrals? Join this webinar to learn the best tools to help grow your business  faster.   This Workshop Will Teach You: How to accelerate business using customer retention tools. Team building sales tools that grow your prospects and referrals. Tools that encourage your past customers to grow your business. How to connect feedback to your…

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WEBINAR Legal Corner: How To Set Up & Register Your Business

December 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

This in-depth webinar addresses a multitude of important topics regarding legal entities and other important decisions you will need to make as a business owner. One of the first decisions will include how the company will be structured. Because of this, we will cover the basics of regulatory filings that permit new owners to properly set up entities in California.   Our discussion will cover legal formation for startups, including: • LLC’s, S-Corporations, C-Corporations • DBA’s • Business permits •…

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WEBINAR Biz Basics: Marketing 101

December 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Understanding the basics of marketing is vital for successful launch and growth of any business. Marketing is the discipline where  you learn how to create & maintain demand, relevance, reputation, competitive positioning and more. Marketing is integral in all facets of launching, growing and maintaining your business in the short and long term. Marketing provides unique insights and direction to develop a product/service, identify/reach your target market, create compelling content, engage/inform customers and establish brand relevance. During this class we will introduce the concepts…

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