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April 2024

Business Finance Literacy Series (Session 2 of 3)

April 16 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Free

A simple Excel financial model can be created using your company’s financial data (historical and/or forecasted). CFOs and financial analysts use Excel models to determine if/when a company will be profitable, what is the correct selling price, how many “widgets” need to be sold to be cover cost, and how much money is available to pay expenses. Financial models are used for start-ups and for on-going analysis to make sure the company is operating at an optimal financial performance. This…

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WEBINAR Orientation: What the SBDC Can Do for You!

April 16 @ 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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Financial Fitness: Cash Flow

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Cash Flow vs Profit.  What’s more important? Learn how to analyze your Cash Flow and be able to better manage your business.  Cash Flow illustrates if the operations of the business are generating enough funds to pay for its financial obligations like bills, taxes, or operating expenses.  Along the same lines, it can indicate if a small business needs to take on a loan or if the small business can service a loan. REGISTER NOW

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Commercial Leasing Checklist For Businesses

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

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 form lease…

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WEBINAR Using Video to Promote Your Small Business

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

What are some smart ways to use video and other images to increase your chances of selling your goods or services? What are some best practices for video production and on-camera presentation? Is video already part of your public relations plan? Want to learn more?  Join us for this information-packed webinar, and find out how you can promote your business and establish yourself as a though leader through the use of video. Instructor: Saida Pagan REGISTER NOW

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Business Plan Essentials: How to Write Your Business Plan

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

This 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 workshop. REGISTER NOW

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Financial Fitness: Smart Credit Strategies for Entrepreneurs

April 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

The “Improve Your Personal Credit for Lending Opportunities” workshop is designed to help individuals and business owners understand the factors that affect their credit scores and learn strategies to improve them. Whether you are looking to apply for a personal loan, business loan, or credit line, having a strong credit score can significantly increase your chances of approval and favorable terms. During this workshop, participants will learn about the different credit bureaus and how they calculate credit scores, the common…

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How To Sell When You’re Not A Salesperson

April 16 @ 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…

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SmallBiz Talk: Solutions for Your Small Business

April 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until January 8, 2025

This is SmallBiz Talk with small business expert and LA SBDC business advisor Lori Williams. Join her as she covers key business topics through instructional information, real life situations, guest speakers and interviews. At the end of the show, participants can engage in a Live Q&A with questions pertaining to their specific business situation. Join us live every Wednesday at 10 a.m. or check out our YouTube Playlist to see previous shows and to gain information/ helpful insights for your…

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Webinar – How to Start Your Business

April 17 @ 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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Elevate Your Business Plan with Software Powered Innovation

April 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Unlock the true potential of your business with our upcoming webinar, “Elevate Your Business Plan with Software Powered Innovation.” Dive into a comprehensive workshop designed to elevate your business planning process, ensuring that you not only chart a course for success but do so efficiently and effortlessly. In this power-packed session, we will guide you through multiple facets of creating a robust business plan, whether you’re forging an internal roadmap or seeking funding. Discover the art of setting measurable strategies…

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Webinar – Explore Starting Your Home Based Business

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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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Webinar – Fundamentals of Food Businesses

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Fundamentals of Food Businesses gives an overview on the various food business models. From Cottage Food Law (which allows preparing approved foods at home) to full-service restaurants and everything in between. This webinar will allow attendees to explore their ideas and think about different business models for their food business dream, and show steps to each with easily explained phases.  Presented by Kevin McVearry, Business Advisor with the SBDC since 2012, with over 25 years of experience opening and operating…

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Webinar – Accounting & Financial Basics

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Learn how to take control of your business through the power of financial information.  Everyone is not an Accountant, and many are not comfortable with accounting for your business.  Financials convey a story about a business and can empower the entrepreneur/business owner.  Accounting basics are important for all business owners.  Come ready to learn about the financial aspects of your business in an easy to learn environment. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Digital Marketing #2

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This series allows participants to learn about Digital Marketing including tips on how to develop a strong, low-to-no-cost marketing plan and internet strategy. Collaborative marketing strategies that can help develop QUALIFIED social media followers, and funnel traffic to your website will be featured. Do it your self tips on Content, Web Design and Search Engine Optimization will be shared. REGISTER NOW

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Digital Marketing Strategies For Measurable Results

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

A comprehensive marketing strategy leverages Social Media to make information more accessible by combining together technology, content, and social interaction across many platforms including websites, blogs, video-sharing, review sites, email marketing, and event promotion. This session provides an overview of the 9 key areas of social media as defined by David Mitroff, Ph.D. with examples from his work. In this program, discover: How effective are your current social media efforts? Are you continually researching new market segments? Learn to align…

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WEBINAR Social Media Sells-Facebook Ads, Instagram, Pinterest & More

April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Social Media Marketing sells products, services and helps your business while also enhancing your brand and PR. The key is to combine organic posts, social selling and paid advertising that targets past customers and prospects similar to them. Find out the demographics of popular social media platforms for selling along with the latest strategy to achieve your marketing goals. Let’s strategize to achieve your marketing goals for your business. Did you know that sales teams that use social selling achieve higher…

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Webinar – Tax Considerations for Home-based Small Businesses

April 17 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

Operating a home-based small business and need some tax related tips/guidelines? The webinar covers tax considerations for a sole proprietorship, LLC and S-Corporation.  Highlighted topics will include: Special Business Expense Deductions Self-employment Taxes Quarterly Estimated Taxes and More   Come ready with your questions. REGISTER NOW

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

April 17 @ 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 E-Commerce Series: How to Sell Online

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

How to Sell Online – Part 1  4/18/2024 Selling things online in many ways mirrors selling in person. Learning the basics of eCommerce can help you make right decisions while setting up your own online store. In the first webinar of the series, we will discuss the options faced by new store owners and how to choose the right fit for your business goals. We will look at the initial steps needed to launch a store and put yourself in…

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Webinar – Writing for Fun, Profit and to Promote

April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

  Victor Benoun is an entrepreneur, speaker and author, having been published by traditional publishers as well as being self-published. He has used his writing as a means to promote his company and business as well as to create an additional revenue source.   We hope you will join us for this content rich webinar.   In this webinar you will learn:   The number one road block that stops new authors in their tracks from achieving their dreams of writing…

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Webinar – LSBE(Local Small Business Enterprise)/SL(Small Local Business) and SLBE(Small Local Business )

April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Step by step guide on how to register with Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles vendor registration systems, as well as understanding how to complete the applications. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Choosing the Business Entity – Time for a Change or Brand New?

April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

You will be introduced to: Pros and cons of creating a LLC, Corporation, Partnership and Sole Proprietorship How to form each entity and the tax reporting requirements Potential risks to be aware of and solutions REGISTER NOW

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Turning Your Dream Into A Business

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

This class will help you take the first steps to become a new business owner or legitimize a side hustle or hobby. In this class we will help you: • Figure out what you don’t know • Define your basic business model • Outline the basic steps of setting up your entity and bank account • Figure out the appropriate licenses, permits and insurances • Understand available funding strategies • Begin to form your basic business plan REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Tips for Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Ads

April 18 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

If you have ever thought about writing, publishing and marketing a book on Kindle, this webinar will show you where to begin and how to maneuver though the Kindle Platform, how to publish and market your book. REGISTER NOW

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