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April 2021

Forms of Ownership Webinar

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

In this webinar, we will be covering the common forms of ownership for small businesses and their filing requirements: • Sole proprietorships • General partnerships • Limited Liability company • Corporations Our Guest Speaker, Lucius C. Davis III is the Small Business Liaison in the Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate’s Office. He assists with the development of small business education and outreach programs in order to help business owners better understand their income tax requirements and responsibilities. He also provides information about…

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Webinar – Explore Starting Your Home Based Business

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

This informational Webinar, will give you a good overview of what it takes to Start Your Own Home-Based Business. Having this knowledge will nurture your dream of being self-employed and doing what you want to do in life. From selecting a business and getting it registered to how to balance your home life with our work life, this introduction will help you move forward towards entrepreneurship! REGISTER NOW

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Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Disciplined Entrepreneurship will change the way you think about starting (or growing) a company. Many believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught, but great entrepreneurs aren’t born with something special – they simply make great products.  Yes, entrepreneurship can be taught, provided that you are coachable. REGISTER NOW

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Retail Road To Recovery (Class 2 of 5)

April 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

The Retail Road to Recovery is an intensive 5-part class is designed to assist existing brick and mortar retailers, restaurateurs, and services in their recovery from the challenges created by the COVID19 shutdown and continually evolving regulations.   Who Should Attend? Brick & Mortar establishments are welcome to attend. A wait-list will be created for applicants once our capacity of 35 is filled. Future classes may be held if the demand is high.   Why Attend? Re-launching your business post-COVID…

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Webinar – Global Trade Series: Finding International Customers and Handling the First Order

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This will be a two-part Global Trade Series on 4/7 and 4/21: Thinking about international customers for your business?   Session 1: How to Find International Customers – Exploring global trade can be challenging when trying to find international customers. Learn tips and techniques including market research to help: • Attract International Customers • Identify Potential Direct/Indirect Distributors   Session 2: Handling Your First International Order – Just starting with global trade and waiting for your first customer? Learn how…

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Webinar – Screening Your Business Ideas

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Have lots of business ideas and trying to decide which one to move forward with? Come ready to learn an easy to apply process for prioritizing and evaluating business ideas with next steps to take. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar 3 Part Series: Thinking About Building Your Business Website The Development Path to Explore

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

So, you are building your business website yourself? Congratulations! You are probably too nervous to celebrate just yet. After all, you have some very big decisions to make…now the good news, this 3-Part Series will explore the development path before building your business website. Put your business on the right track with development from the start. Register to attend today! 4/7, 4/14, 4/21 • Part 1: 10 Important Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Web Host – 4/7 • Part…

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WEBINAR: How to Estimate Startup Costs in the Covid World

April 21 @ 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 handheld calculator for your convenience. Instructor: Andrew Strachan REGISTER NOW

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Disaster Funding: New 2021 Stimulus, PPP, EIDL

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

The New Stimulus package has been announced and lending programs are updated. EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) and PPP and EIDL programs have changes that may impact your business. This webinar will cover: • New PPP:  Requirements, changes to current PPP loans, and how to apply • EIDL:  Changes to request additional funds and how to be reconsidered if declined • Other loans, grants, and funding sources available for small businesses REGISTER NOW

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WEBINAR: Dominating Your Local Market Online

April 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
free

This workshop will go over proven strategies for using internet marketing and social media to get more customers and keep them. No matter if you are a large company or a one-person shop this training will give you the tools you need to prosper online. In this workshop you will discover: • How to guarantee you get found online • 4 Data Companies that determine your Google ranking – that you never even knew existed • Techniques to have your customers telling everyone…

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WEBINAR: Business Plan Overview

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 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…

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Webinar – Privacy Policy and Terms of Use: The Basics

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will discuss the importance of privacy policies and terms of use in ecommerce; relevant state, federal and international privacy laws small business owners should be aware of; drafting a privacy policy and terms of use; and how privacy policy and terms of use clauses can reduce liability. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Entrepreneurship Series with Career Center: Session 3

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Some are entrepreneurs or naturally entrepreneurial.  The Entrepreneurship Series is an opportunity to explore the “entrepreneur in you”.  The featured one-hour sessions on 4/8, 4/15 and 4/22, will highlight entrepreneurship as an option to generate income and cash flow, provide steps to start a formal business, and explore how to develop a business model to bring your vision to life.  Participants will also be introduced to resources to help you take the next step in starting or growing your business, or transitioning from current…

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Webinar – S Corporation Reasonable Compensation for Shareholder Employees

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Are you an S Corporation shareholder and employee? Thinking about becoming an S Corporation? Wondering about reasonable compensation for the services that you provide as the S Corporation shareholder and employee? Come ready to learn about: • Reasonable Compensation • In compliance or not? • Options to Consider REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – How to Build a Successful Omnichannel Commerce Business

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

How to Build a Successful Omnichannel Commerce Business (POS, e-commerce, marketplace, social selling) As commerce grows it will become more important to formulate an omnichannel strategy. In this webinar we’ll explore what it means to be omnichannel and how to figure out which channel is right for your business and what technologies can help execute your strategy. REGISTER NOW

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

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Keeping track of your business income and expenses is crucial to the 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 businesses that makes sense. Topics discussed will include: • Is Wave right for you? • Setting up your bank accounts • Invoicing…

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WEBINAR: How to Pivot Your Business Online During Covid 19

April 22 @ 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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CA Labor Laws for Restaurants and Businesses

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

CA Labor Laws for Restaurants and Businesses. REGISTER NOW

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PPP Forgiveness – Update on PPP Flexibility Act

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

The objective of this webinar is to help you understand how to calculate the forgivable amount of your PPP Loan and to prepare documentation that may be required with your forgiveness application. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Negotiation Process and Skills Series – 5 Session Series

April 22 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

Session 1: Process and Analysis – 4/8 Process and Analysis – We all negotiate things every day. However, that does not mean we know what we are doing. What is the process of negotiation? How do you initially analyze your negotiation to set yourself up for success? Strategy development is paramount to a successful negotiation. This webinar series starts here, with the big picture and a strong foundation. No more “trial and error” or “we’ll see how it goes”. Session…

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Post COVID-19 Business Plan Webinar

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Having a business planning process is a necessity for your business whether you are trying to build an internal roadmap for your business concept or you are looking for funding. Now, more than ever, in this current and post COVID-19 landscape, a business plan is more important than ever. This workshop will cover all aspects of creating a business plan, as well as emphasize the importance of setting measurable strategies and tactics to help achieve these goals. Presenter: Andrew Cohen *The…

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Live Q&A: All About Marketing Your Business

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
free

Join the Long Beach SBDC for our Live Marketing Q&A addressing questions on how to effectively market and grow your business. SBDC advisor and Business Growth Strategist David Mitroff Ph.D. and Brad Pollak, Director of the Long Beach SBDC, will interact live with the audience via Zoom and answer questions covering a broad range of marketing topics including cutting edge marketing ideas, business development strategies, how to leverage online platforms to grow your brand, mind-set and professional growth, ways to…

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Webinar – How To Choose An App/Accounting Software For Your Business

April 24 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Free

Have you been overwhelmed or clueless about what kind of accounting software you should use for your business? Do you know what infrastructure to use, cloud or local based? What features are you willing to give up? Please join our webinar to learn basic principles of how to select an accounting application that better fits your business type and explore some of the key features of the most popular applications for small businesses. • Simple methodology to choose an app/software…

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Restaurant Academy: Legacy Restaurants

April 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

How do you build a business that lasts for generations? REGISTER NOW

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WEBINAR: Pitch Perfect 101 during Covid 19

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

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 investment derived from the value driven by…

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6-Part Webinar Series – Building and Launching Your Shopify Store

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Thinking about launching a Shopify Store? Learn how to build and launch your Shopify Store over a 6-part webinar series with the following sessions: • 3/30 – Introduction to e-commerce and Shopify • 4/6 – General store setup (admin functions, taxes, shipping, etc.) • 4/13 – Product loading and inventory management • 4/20 – Static and automatic collection/category creation (sorting and filtering) • 4/27 – Theme/Design setup • 4/29 – Shopify App Store and How to find the best apps…

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Business Plan Essentials: How to Write Your Business Plan

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

In celebration of National “Write Your Business Plan” Month, PCR SBDC launches a new workshop to help your businesses develop your business plan. You will review the purpose and benefits of a business plan, key components of the plan, and resources to help with research, business plan formats, and putting it all together. Plus get ready for homework, as you will review key components of your plan with the instructor or your advisor in a couple of weeks after the…

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WEBINAR SBDC Orientation

April 27 @ 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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Launch A Business During COVID

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

THIS FREE WEBINAR WILL TEACH YOU ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO START YOUR BUSINESS IMMEDIATELY. Know the legal business structures that you may establish (Sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation) • Learn about the licenses and permits required by government agencies • How to do the business name search • We will help you complete the forms to register your business • The importance of the business planning process This workshop gives you everything you need to be…

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Retail Road To Recovery (Class 3 of 5)

April 28 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Retail Road to Recovery is an intensive 5-part class is designed to assist existing brick and mortar retailers, restaurateurs, and services in their recovery from the challenges created by the COVID19 shutdown and continually evolving regulations.   Who Should Attend? Brick & Mortar establishments are welcome to attend. A wait-list will be created for applicants once our capacity of 35 is filled. Future classes may be held if the demand is high.   Why Attend? Re-launching your business post-COVID…

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Webinar – WordPress Website Security Tips

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Building a website can be challenging enough, but what about keeping it secure from malicious hackers, spammers and spoofers? Join SBDC’s Digital Marketing Consultant, Darren Elliott, as he shares 10 low to no cost measures you can do yourself, to help protect your website and user data, from winding up in the hands of a malicious attacker. Register and reserve your place so you do not miss out on this informative and beneficial FREE webinar. REGISTER NOW

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WEBINAR: Digital Marketing, What’s working – What’s not?

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

A lot has changed in Digital Marketing over the last year. Come get the facts on how Digital Marketing sells, especially when you media mix social media, paid per click, display ads, email marketing and other online tools.   Learn about the latest tools, demographics and user changes on who is using different platforms in 2021.  Learn how to target the right customers, maximize your budget and reach past and future customers more effectively.   Learn to strategize your marketing…

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Disaster Funding: New 2021 Stimulus, PPP, EIDL

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

The New Stimulus package has been announced and lending programs are updated. EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) and PPP and EIDL programs have changes that may impact your business. This webinar will cover: • New PPP: Requirements, changes to current PPP loans, and how to apply • EIDL: Changes to request additional funds and how to be reconsidered if declined • Other loans, grants, and funding sources available for small businesses REGISTER NOW

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Q&A: All About Social Media For Your Business

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Are you overwhelmed by Social Media marketing? Are you posting but not seeing likes convert to sales? Join us to learn how to turn followers into customers and have fun doing it. REGISTER NOW

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Marketing Intelligence in the Covid Era

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

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: Debbie Goldfarb   REGISTER NOW

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Marketing During The Uncertainty Of COVID

April 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Free

Are you wondering what to do during these times of uncertainty and change? You are not alone. Today, more than ever, as a business owner you need to show up and have a constant presence for your customers. You must create and provide solutions to your customers’ problems. You must be the one approaching them and sharing a solution that is unique and will produce OUTCOMES! No matter what you offer as a product or service, there is a need…

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6-Part Webinar Series – Building and Launching Your Shopify Store

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Thinking about launching a Shopify Store? Learn how to build and launch your Shopify Store over a 6-part webinar series with the following sessions: • 3/30 – Introduction to e-commerce and Shopify • 4/6 – General store setup (admin functions, taxes, shipping, etc.) • 4/13 – Product loading and inventory management • 4/20 – Static and automatic collection/category creation (sorting and filtering) • 4/27 – Theme/Design setup • 4/29 – Shopify App Store and How to find the best apps…

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WEBINAR: HR Hot Topics: Workplace Wellness after Covid

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

In this workshop, we will discuss workplace wellness trends. We will address wellness programs and tools for employees’ physical and mental health post-COVID. In addition, we will discuss managing change and considerations. Instructor: Danielle Jenkins REGISTER NOW

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Commercial Leasing Checklist For Businesses

April 29 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

The Commercial Lease checklist will point out provisions to which a prospective small business tenant should pay particular attention. The terms lessor and landlord will be used interchangeably. Commercial leases come in many sizes and shapes, from the three- or four-page mom and pop simple lease to the 40 to 50-page complicated lease with multiple addendum and attachments that are usually attendant to high rises, malls, or popular upscale areas. The small business owner will frequently be presented with a…

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How To Be An Effective Restaurant Manager

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

You were an outstanding restaurant employee and now it’s your turn to be the Supervisor.  Shifting from a task focused job position to a team leading position requires a shift in thinking and communicating.  In this workshop, we will introduce to you the skills that will make you a successful leader whether you have just been promoted or have been a manager for awhile.  You will learn and receive tools on: • The behaviors of the great and the worst…

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PPP Forgiveness – Update on PPP Flexibility Act

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

The objective of this webinar is to help you understand how to calculate the forgivable amount of your PPP Loan and to prepare documentation that may be required with your forgiveness application. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Negotiation Process and Skills Series – 5 Session Series

April 29 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

Session 1: Process and Analysis – 4/8 Process and Analysis – We all negotiate things every day. However, that does not mean we know what we are doing. What is the process of negotiation? How do you initially analyze your negotiation to set yourself up for success? Strategy development is paramount to a successful negotiation. This webinar series starts here, with the big picture and a strong foundation. No more “trial and error” or “we’ll see how it goes”. Session…

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Increasing Business Visibility on Google

April 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn digital marketing strategies to grow your online brand by leveraging Google Search Engine Optimization (SEO), content marketing and social media interactions across platforms including websites, blogs, video-sharing, review sites, email marketing and event sites. This webinar will provide an overview of the 9 Key Areas to measure and grow your online presence as defined by David Mitroff, Ph.D. with examples from his consulting and recruiting work. Learning Points: • Learn ways to increase your visibility in Google’s organic search…

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May 2021

The Restaurant Business Planning

May 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

In this interactive workshop you will discover the essential components of a restaurant business plan to help increase your chances of success and present your plan to investors and financial institutions. Topics will cover concept creation, organizational structure, marketing plan and SWOT analysis, necessary operational considerations, and an overview of financial projections. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – How To Start Your Business

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Learn to start, run and grow your business. This workshop covers critical topics such as business development, market research, business entities and so much more. Don’t waste another minute, join us in learning how to bring your entrepreneurial idea to life. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Introduction To Entrepreneurship

May 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Some are entrepreneurs or naturally entrepreneurial. This is an opportunity to explore the “entrepreneur in you”. The featured one-hour session will highlight entrepreneurship as an option to generate income and cash flow, and provide steps to start a formal business. Participants will also be introduced to resources to help take the next step in starting or growing your business, or transitioning from current activity into a formal business including the areas below: • Learn the Steps from Business Idea to…

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Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup

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

Disciplined Entrepreneurship will change the way you think about starting (or growing) a company. Many believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught, but great entrepreneurs aren’t born with something special – they simply make great products. Yes, entrepreneurship can be taught, provided that you are coachable. REGISTER NOW

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Retail Road To Recovery (Class 4 of 5)

May 5 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Retail Road to Recovery is an intensive 5-part class is designed to assist existing brick and mortar retailers, restaurateurs, and services in their recovery from the challenges created by the COVID19 shutdown and continually evolving regulations. Who Should Attend? Brick & Mortar establishments are welcome to attend. A wait-list will be created for applicants once our capacity of 35 is filled. Future classes may be held if the demand is high.   Why Attend? Re-launching your business post-COVID will…

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Webinar – Tips for Importing

May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Learn tips for importing into the U.S. Do you want to start or expand an import business? It’s important to follow all laws and regulations to avoid an import business nightmare. The following will be covered: • Do I need an import license? • What are the necessary documents? • Classifying the merchandise • What is the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)? • Tips about shipments • Licensed Customs Brokers • Duties, tariffs, and what’s next? REGISTER NOW

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Webinar: Buying and Selling a Business – What you need to know…

May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will teach the basics of buying and selling a business, such as conducting “due diligence”- inspecting the financial records, contracts and business assets; determining the value of the business; preparing contracts and related purchase-and-sale documents; tax considerations; and knowing when to “walk away” from a deal. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Writing Effective Content for Your Website

May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Wondered about your website content and how it impacts search results? How does content work? Come and learn tips on solving the mystery of content and writing effective content for your website. REGISTER NOW

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Disaster Funding: New 2021 Stimulus, PPP, EIDL

May 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

The New Stimulus package has been announced and lending programs are updated. EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) and PPP and EIDL programs have changes that may impact your business. This webinar will cover: • New PPP: Requirements, changes to current PPP loans, and how to apply • EIDL: Changes to request additional funds and how to be reconsidered if declined • Other loans, grants, and funding sources available for small businesses REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Entrepreneur/Business Owner Tools

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Lots to do and not enough time? Come ready to explore tools and resources to help improve your business and maximize your time. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Finding Funding

May 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Explore a variety of funding types for your business including disaster assistance related.  Capital is critical for all businesses.  The type of business, your capital needs, and additional factors may influence what you explore, along with the current climate.  There are many types of capital including owner investment, profit reinvestment, loans from a bank, loans from an alternative financial resources(non-banks), equipment financing, tax credits, supplier credit, credit lines, equity lines, Angel Investors, Venture Capital Investors, money invested by family &…

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Webinar – Veterans, Miltary and Spouses Series: 5/6, 5/13, 5/20

May 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Session 1: Some are entrepreneurs or naturally entrepreneurial. This is an opportunity to explore the “entrepreneur in you”. The session will highlight entrepreneurship as an option to generate income and cash flow and how to bring your vision to life. Participants will also be introduced to resources to help you take the next step in starting or growing your business or transitioning from current activity into a formal business. Featured Topics: • Common Characteristics of an Entrepreneur • Types of…

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PPP Forgiveness – Update on PPP Flexibility Act

May 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

The objective of this webinar is to help you understand how to calculate the forgivable amount of your PPP Loan and to prepare documentation that may be required with your forgiveness application. REGISTER NOW

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Know Your Numbers-Restaurant Accounting

May 6 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

A successful food service business, whether a food truck or restaurant, is a business built on providing excellent food, service, and sanitation while making a profit. During this presentation, you will be introduced to how to set up the financial foundations of a sustainable business, what numbers to monitor, systems to keep track of your results, and how to manage cash flow during a crisis. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Negotiation Process and Skills Series – 5 Session Series

May 6 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

Session 1: Process and Analysis – 4/8 Process and Analysis – We all negotiate things every day. However, that does not mean we know what we are doing. What is the process of negotiation? How do you initially analyze your negotiation to set yourself up for success? Strategy development is paramount to a successful negotiation. This webinar series starts here, with the big picture and a strong foundation. No more “trial and error” or “we’ll see how it goes”. Session…

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PPP Forgiveness Webinar

May 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Will you be forgiven? Now that you have received PPP funding, you may be wondering or confused about PPP loan forgiveness. This workshop provides you with a detailed understanding of how to apply for forgiveness. For those who have not yet applied, you will also learn the terms and conditions for PPP funding. The topics include: · PPP Purpose, overview and terms · The 60/40 Rule · Definitions of Payroll Costs · Definitions of Non-Payroll Costs · Covered periods for…

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Business Permits and Licenses for Restaurants and Food Service Businesses – Restaurant Academy

May 10 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Not sure of the legal process to start your food service business? We’ve got you covered! We will provide a step-by-step process to register your fictitious business name, apply for a business license, Seller’s Permit, trademarks, and how to quickly and cost-effectively obtain your health permit for operation. You will also learn about the required state business and food service trainings. Bring your questions, we’ve got answers. REGISTER NOW

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How To Sell When You’re Not A Salesperson

May 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

Business owners and entrepreneurs must promote their business or products to investors, customers or clients. Often, this is something they have never done before, and they lack training to approach the challenge. To address this situation, this workshop has been built to help you learn much of what you need to know. Topics covered include: •The psychological barriers that could be holding you back and the tools required to overcome them. • Understanding the components of an effective sales pitch.…

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Launch A Business During COVID

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

THIS FREE WEBINAR WILL TEACH YOU ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO START YOUR BUSINESS IMMEDIATELY. Know the legal business structures that you may establish (Sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation) • Learn about the licenses and permits required by government agencies • How to do the business name search • We will help you complete the forms to register your business • The importance of the business planning process This workshop gives you everything you need to be…

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Retail Road To Recovery (Class 5 of 5)

May 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Retail Road to Recovery is an intensive 5-part class is designed to assist existing brick and mortar retailers, restaurateurs, and services in their recovery from the challenges created by the COVID19 shutdown and continually evolving regulations.   Who Should Attend? Brick & Mortar establishments are welcome to attend. A wait-list will be created for applicants once our capacity of 35 is filled. Future classes may be held if the demand is high.   Why Attend? Re-launching your business post-COVID…

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Webinar – Joint AVTA and SBDC Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Outreach and Training

May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Come and join the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to learn about resources available to help your business prepare, explore and pursue Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) procurement opportunities.   The goal is to help the Small Business Community participate in the local economy where local businesses can provide their services and/or supplies to the AVTA for a contract or other procurement opportunity. Opportunity examples include construction, specialty contractors, manufacturing, digital signage, wholesalers, furniture, architectural…

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Webinar – Tips on Creating Your Marketing Plan

May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Unlocking the mystery of creating your Marketing Plan. Join us to learn the answers to the following How do I compare with competitors? What makes my business unique?  Who is my customer?  How will I approach the market?  Which paths and strategies should I consider? REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – ABCs of Financing

May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Thinking about exploring financing for your business? Are you prepared for the financing journey? What documents will be required? Ready to apply for financing? What is credit worthiness for the business? Learn the 5 Cs of Credit and tips on preparing for the financing journey.   REGISTER NOW

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Webinar Series – Improving Search Engine Results and Search Engine Optimization, and Reducing Bounce

May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Come and join our 3-session series ready to learn tips on increasing engagement to your website: Week 1 – 5/12  – How to Write Page Titles for Improved Search Engine Results Week 2 – 5/19  – How to Title Site Images to Help Improve Search Engine Optimization Week 3 – 5/26  – Tips for Writing Effective Page Descriptions to Help Reduce Bounce Rates REGISTER NOW

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Disaster Funding: New 2021 Stimulus, PPP, EIDL

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

The New Stimulus package has been announced and lending programs are updated. EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) and PPP and EIDL programs have changes that may impact your business. This webinar will cover: • New PPP: Requirements, changes to current PPP loans, and how to apply • EIDL: Changes to request additional funds and how to be reconsidered if declined • Other loans, grants, and funding sources available for small businesses REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Business Planning – Part 1

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Come ready to work on your business in this two-part training. Business planning is a tool to help your business! It’s an opportunity to create a road map and tell the story of the business with a focus on key elements. Highlighted Topics: • Creating a Business Plan • Goal Development • Business Development • Marketing Plans • Advertising Strategies • Financials – Overview REGISTER NOW

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Webinar: Facebook e Instagram para su Negocio

May 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

¿Quieres crear tu página de Facebook para tu negocio? No importa si ya tienes tú página. Estamos seguros de que aprenderá algo nuevo. Te mostraremos: cómo crear una página, qué información debes tener, cómo administrartu configuración, a quién debes autorizar para administrar tú página, cómo subir fotos y videos, entre muchos otros consejos. Si pudiera conectarsea a través de una computadora portátil, seria mejor. Solo prepárate para aprender y tomar notas. Siempre podemos tener una sesión individual después para trabajar…

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Marketing During The Uncertainty Of COVID

May 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Free

Are you wondering what to do during these times of uncertainty and change? You are not alone. Today, more than ever, as a business owner you need to show up and have a constant presence for your customers. You must create and provide solutions to your customers’ problems. You must be the one approaching them and sharing a solution that is unique and will produce OUTCOMES! No matter what you offer as a product or service, there is a need…

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Webinar – Legal Issues in Marketing and Promotion

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will introduce small business owners to legal issues in marketing and promotion, such as “puffery” vs. fraud and misleading advertising; steering clear of copyright infringement and rights of privacy/publicity; marketing by phone, fax, email, and text; using social media; differences in federal and state laws; legal protections in marketing; and legal penalties for noncompliance. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Veterans, Miltary and Spouses Series: 5/13, 5/20

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Session 2: Learn to start, run and grow your business. This workshop covers critical topics such as business development, market research, business entities and so much more. Don’t waste another minute, join us in learning how to bring your entrepreneurial idea life. Session 1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship – 5/6 Session 2: How to Start Your Business – 5/13 Session 3: Finding Funding – 5/20 REGISTER NOW

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PPP Forgiveness – Update on PPP Flexibility Act

May 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

The objective of this webinar is to help you understand how to calculate the forgivable amount of your PPP Loan and to prepare documentation that may be required with your forgiveness application. REGISTER NOW

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Safe, Clean Kitchens-How to Pass LA County’s Health Inspection

May 13 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Are you up to date on your COVID 19 safety protocols? Take a moment and imagine a Health Inspector walking through your doors. How would you do on your inspection?  Would you get an A rating? Are you adhering to the most current regulations to keep your team and customers safe from COVID 19? This comprehensive class will give you a step by step tutorial on what the Health Inspection is looking for, how to set your establishment up for success and how to…

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Legal Entity Webinar

May 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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 • Resale…

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CA Labor Laws for Restaurants and Businesses

May 17 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

CA Labor Laws for Restaurants and Businesses REGISTER NOW

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Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Disciplined Entrepreneurship will change the way you think about starting (or growing) a company. Many believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught, but great entrepreneurs aren’t born with something special – they simply make great products. Yes, entrepreneurship can be taught, provided that you are coachable. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Screening Your Business Ideas

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Have lots of business ideas and trying to decide which one to move forward with? Come ready to learn an easy to apply process for prioritizing and evaluating business ideas with next steps to take. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar Series – Improving Search Engine Results and Search Engine Optimization, and Reducing Bounce

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Come and join our 3-session series ready to learn tips on increasing engagement to your website: Week 1 – 5/12 – How to Write Page Titles for Improved Search Engine Results Week 2 – 5/19 – How to Title Site Images to Help Improve Search Engine Optimization Week 3 – 5/26 – Tips for Writing Effective Page Descriptions to Help Reduce Bounce Rates REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – S Corporation Reasonable Compensation for Shareholder Employees

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Are you an S Corporation shareholder and employee? Thinking about becoming an S Corporation? Wondering about reasonable compensation for the services that you provide as the S Corporation shareholder and employee? Come ready to learn about: • Reasonable Compensation • In compliance or not? • Options to Consider REGISTER NOW

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Disaster Funding: New 2021 Stimulus, PPP, EIDL

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

The New Stimulus package has been announced and lending programs are updated. EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) and PPP and EIDL programs have changes that may impact your business. This webinar will cover: • New PPP: Requirements, changes to current PPP loans, and how to apply • EIDL: Changes to request additional funds and how to be reconsidered if declined • Other loans, grants, and funding sources available for small businesses REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Business Planning – Part 2

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Come ready to work on your business in this two-part training. Business planning is a tool to help your business! It’s an opportunity to create a road map and tell the story of the business with a focus on key elements. Highlighted Topics: • Creating a Business Plan • Goal Development • Business Development • Marketing Plans • Advertising Strategies • Financials – Overview REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Veterans, Miltary and Spouses Series: 5/20

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Session 3: Finding Funding Explore a variety of funding types for your business. Capital is critical for all businesses. The type of business, your capital needs, and additional factors may influence what you explore. There are many types of capital including owner investment, profit reinvestment, loans from a bank, loans from an alternative financial resources(non-banks), equipment financing, tax credits, supplier credit, credit lines, equity lines, Angel Investors, Venture Capital Investors, money invested by family & friends, Crowd Funding, etc. Session 1: Introduction to…

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PPP Forgiveness – Update on PPP Flexibility Act

May 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

The objective of this webinar is to help you understand how to calculate the forgivable amount of your PPP Loan and to prepare documentation that may be required with your forgiveness application. REGISTER NOW

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Restaurant Academy Food and Labor Cost 101

May 20 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Food cost is one of the main keys to long-term restaurant success because of its direct impact on profitability. Join us as we review how to calculate food cost for individual menu items as well as weekly restaurant performance. In this class, you will also learn how to apply food cost to setting your menu pricing, its impact on your restaurant’s inventory, ordering, and waste. Labor costs account for at least a third of your restaurant’s expenses-managing labor efficiency will keep more money…

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Webinar – Una herramienta financiera fácil de manejar para tu negocio

May 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Estás comenzando tu negocio y necesitas una manera fácil para registrar y administrar tu actividad comercial? Sabes si estás ganando o perdiendo dinero en tu negocio? Sabes qué productos o servicios debes seguir vendiendo? Sabes en qué estas gastando demasiado? Da los primeros pasos y prepárate para el futuro. Aprenderás a usar una herramienta en Excel y recibirás una copia gratis. Regístrate ahora

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Live Q&A: All About Marketing Your Business

May 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join the Long Beach SBDC for our Live Marketing Q&A addressing questions on how to effectively market and grow your business. SBDC advisor and Business Growth Strategist David Mitroff Ph.D. and Brad Pollak, Director of the Long Beach SBDC, will interact live with the audience via Zoom and answer questions covering a broad range of marketing topics including cutting edge marketing ideas, business development strategies, how to leverage online platforms to grow your brand, mind-set and professional growth, ways to…

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Restaurant Academy: How To Be An Effective Restaurant Manager

May 24 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
free

You were an outstanding restaurant employee and now it’s your turn to be the Supervisor. Shifting from a task-focused job position to a team-leading position requires a shift in thinking and communicating. In this workshop, we will introduce to you the skills that will make you a successful leader whether you have just been promoted or have been a manager for awhile. You will learn and receive tools on: • The behaviors of the great and the worst bosses •…

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Clearing The Fog of Certification: Grow Your Local Business

May 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Free

The certification process can be very confusing and many times feel very labor-intensive. PCR SBDC presents a webinar to clear the confusion of the application process. During this workshop you will learn: • $Billions of Public Contracting Dollars are within Los Angeles County Agencies for Certified Small Business • How to leverage Statewide Small Business Certification to open may other Local Small Business Public Contracting Opportunities REGISTER NOW

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Understanding Your Financials

May 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

Do you receive financial statements from your accountant and not understand what those documents are telling you about the condition of your business? This seminar will help you understand the real purpose of financial reports such as Profit Loss statements and Balance Sheets and how to use these reports to more effectively manage your business. In addition, we will show you how to use a simple cash flow model that will help you do a better job of managing your…

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Launch A Business During COVID

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

THIS FREE WEBINAR WILL TEACH YOU ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO START YOUR BUSINESS IMMEDIATELY. Know the legal business structures that you may establish (Sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation) • Learn about the licenses and permits required by government agencies • How to do the business name search • We will help you complete the forms to register your business • The importance of the business planning process This workshop gives you everything you need to be…

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Webinar Series – Improving Search Engine Results and Search Engine Optimization, and Reducing Bounce

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Come and join our 3-session series ready to learn tips on increasing engagement to your website: Week 1 – 5/12 – How to Write Page Titles for Improved Search Engine Results Week 2 – 5/19 – How to Title Site Images to Help Improve Search Engine Optimization Week 3 – 5/26 – Tips for Writing Effective Page Descriptions to Help Reduce Bounce Rates REGISTER NOW

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Disaster Funding: New 2021 Stimulus, PPP, EIDL

May 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

The New Stimulus package has been announced and lending programs are updated. EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) and PPP and EIDL programs have changes that may impact your business. This webinar will cover: • New PPP: Requirements, changes to current PPP loans, and how to apply • EIDL: Changes to request additional funds and how to be reconsidered if declined • Other loans, grants, and funding sources available for small businesses REGISTER NOW

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Live Q&A: All About Social Media For Your Business

May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Are you overwhelmed by Social Media marketing? Are you posting but not seeing likes convert to sales? Join the Long Beach SBDC for our Live Social Media Q&A, addressing questions on how to effectively use social media to grow your business. SBDC Marketing and Social Media advisor Deborah Deras, and Brad Pollak, Director of the Long Beach SBDC, will interact live with the audience via Zoom and answer questions covering a broad range of social media topics including how to…

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Webinar – How To Choose An App/Accounting Software For Your Business

May 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Have you been overwhelmed or clueless about what kind of accounting software you should use for your business? Do you know what infrastructure to use, cloud or local based? What features are you willing to give up? Please join our webinar to learn basic principles of how to select an accounting application that better fits your business type and explore some of the key features of the most popular applications for small businesses. • Simple methodology to choose an app/software…

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Marketing During The Uncertainty Of COVID

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Free

Are you wondering what to do during these times of uncertainty and change? You are not alone. Today, more than ever, as a business owner you need to show up and have a constant presence for your customers. You must create and provide solutions to your customers’ problems. You must be the one approaching them and sharing a solution that is unique and will produce OUTCOMES! No matter what you offer as a product or service, there is a need…

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Developing A Plan To Start (or Recover) Your Business In Today’s Unusual Times

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Having a focused business plan has never proven so important. Successful business planning leads to successful business results and the ability to change course when all around you is also changing. This webinar will cover all aspects of creating a business plan, as well as emphasize the importance of setting measurable strategies and tactics to help achieve these goals. In this interactive seminar, you will learn how to: • Break apart components of the business plan into manageable steps. •…

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Webinar – Say What? Product Advertising and Labeling

May 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar will introduce small business owners to the basics of California and federal advertising and labeling law. Attendees will learn the difference between truthful vs. fraudulent and misleading advertising; business “puffery”; lawful product comparisons; requirements when using terms such as “organic” and “fat free”; required disclosures for certain ingredients such as nuts and other allergens; and liability for violating advertising and labeling laws. REGISTER NOW

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PPP Forgiveness – Update on PPP Flexibility Act

May 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

The objective of this webinar is to help you understand how to calculate the forgivable amount of your PPP Loan and to prepare documentation that may be required with your forgiveness application. REGISTER NOW

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