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July 2024

Boots to Business Reboot Online

July 24 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own business? Join the Los Angeles SBA District Office and the Los Angeles Regional Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) for the next online Boots to Business/Reboot class The Zoom link and password will be emailed to registered participants the day before the class. There is no charge for this event. This class is open to Veterans of all eras, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military-connected family members who are interested in starting or growing…

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WEBINAR Sales Taxes for your Business

July 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Free

This webinar will provide answers to your questions about sales taxes. Do you need to charge sales tax, how much should you be charging your customers, how do you apply for a sellers permit, what is a marketplace facilitator, when and how should you pay the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration your sales tax that is owing, how do you complete a sales tax return?… and more During the webinar, the presenter will show attendees how to prepare…

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Government and Corporate Procurement for Black-Owned Businesses

July 24 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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An event every month that begins at 9:30 am on day Fourth of the month, repeating until September 25, 2024

Small Businesses are leaving an astounding amount of money on the table – This training is about showing up and taking your share!! The federal government alone spent almost $250B with small businesses in 2018! More money would be set aside for small businesses, if they only show up. The story is the same on the city/state and corporate levels. RightSource Services has partnered with the Los Angeles Small Business Development Center to train established small businesses to participate in…

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SmallBiz Talk: Solutions for Your Small Business

July 24 @ 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 – AI Content for Websites & Marketing

July 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Free

AI Content is being used by business owners to help author social media posts, blogs, articles, and now content for their website.  If you are using AI content to help develop your marketing content or are considering it, ATTEND this free webinar to learn the new guidelines today’s browsers are using to accept or reject AI content.   Presented by our Digital Marketing Specialist, Darren Elliott, this informative webinar is a must for those thinking of integrating AI content to their marketing plan. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Introduction to the Corporate Transparency Act

July 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

As a business owner, you may have heard about the Corporate Transparency Act. Effective 1/1/24, all LLCs and Corporations must file beneficial ownership information reports with the Federal Financial Crimes Network.  Failure to comply may result in severe penalties starting at $500 per day. Join us for an introduction to the Corporate Transparency Act to help increase your awareness and move forward with compliance. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – 8 Steps to Improving Your Business’ Local SEO

July 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Local SEO (Search Engine Optimization) has become an essential marketing strategy for those who draw most of their business from a local area or community. Local SEO, when done correctly, can bolster online visiblity significantly in a select area. Thus, making it easier to connect local consumers to the local business. Sound like a strategy you want for your business?  Then, join our Digital Marketing Specialist, Darren Elliott, as he shares ethical Local SEO methods that will increase search engine visibility, in and around your market area.  Best of all, these…

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Break Out of the Sea of Sameness With the Power of Storytelling

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

As you look across the industry landscape, all you see is how the once extraordinary has become trite. Here’s the worst part: try as you might, all your innovative ideas have also been assimilated into the common lexicon, and you find yourself languishing in a sea of sameness. All you want is to stand out, but the more you try, the more you get frustrated because your brilliant efforts are short-lived. It has become exhausting to stay ahead of the…

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Digital Marketing Strategies For Measurable Results

July 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 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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SBDC As A Resource

July 24 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
College of the Canyons SBDC, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91355 United States
Free

Have an existing business?  Thinking about starting a business? Come and learn about the SBDC as a resource.  The content will be repeated multiple times during the session from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Virtual Parking Permits https://canyons.thepermitstore.com/  are required to park on campus in all lots seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Student/Visitor permits are valid in spaces painted white in student lots only(Lots 4, 5, 6, 7 (parking structure), 8, 9, 13, 14, and…

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WEBINAR Money Matters: How to Finance Your Business

July 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 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 – Basics of Intellectual Property

July 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Intellectual Property (IP) is increasingly becoming one of the most important sources of revenue for businesses. It is also becoming one of the greatest sources of liability and revenue loss. Startups, entrepreneurs, and companies of all sizes must be aware of how to create, protect and enforce their IP and related rights, as well as how to help prevent or help reduce the risk of IP infringement claims and litigation.  This presentation will educate you on the basics of intellectual…

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WEBINAR E-Smarts: Google Analytics 4 For Beginners

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 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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Developing An Actionable Business Plan

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

You can’t get there if you don’t know what or where “there” is. This class is intended to assist both startups and expanding or scaling businesses in developing an actionable and measurable plan for the next steps in growing a profitable business. In this class we will actively work on: • Defining your business model • Identifying your place in the market • Identifying your customers and revenue channels • Identifying expansion opportunities • Costing and pricing • Revenue and…

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WEBINAR Improve Your Personal Credit for Lending Opportunities

July 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 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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Grow With Google: Learn The Basics of Google Ads

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

In this workshop you will learn how to reach more customers and grow your business with Google Ads. We will cover how to create an account and set up an ad campaign, how to improve ad performance, and how to measure success. REGISTER NOW

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WEBINAR Orientation: What the SBDC Can Do for You!

July 30 @ 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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Elevate Your Business Plan with Software Powered Innovation

July 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 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 – 8 Steps to Optimizing Your YouTube Videos Rank & Visibility

July 31 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Free

Videos have become an essential marketing tool for many businesses. Too often, it becomes hard to justify the time spent creating videos, because no one is viewing them.  Sound familiar?  Video content must follow certain search engines rules.  Do you know them? If not, you should join our SBDC Digital Marketing Specialist, Darren Elliott as he explains what those rules are, and the 8 Steps to Optimizing Your You Tube Videos Rank & Visibility. Best of all, they are steps you can do yourself! REGISTER…

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Webinar – 8 Things to Know & Remember About Key Word Strategies

July 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

You don’t have to be web savvy to know how to develop good keyword strategies for your website. but you will want to know the 8 key points to keep in mind before you take on the task. Join Darren Elliott for this presentation, where he will show you just how keywords work, and how you can strengthen each keyword to lead the right consumer to your website.  Sign up today, and be on your way to putting a smart…

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SBDC As A Resource

July 31 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
College of the Canyons SBDC, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91355 United States
Free

Have an existing business?  Thinking about starting a business? Come and learn about the SBDC as a resource.  The content will be repeated multiple times during the session from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Virtual Parking Permits https://canyons.thepermitstore.com/  are required to park on campus in all lots seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Student/Visitor permits are valid in spaces painted white in student lots only(Lots 4, 5, 6, 7 (parking structure), 8, 9, 13, 14, and…

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SBDC As A Resource

July 31 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
College of the Canyons SBDC, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91355 United States
Free

Have an existing business?  Thinking about starting a business? Come and learn about the SBDC as a resource.  The content will be repeated multiple times during the session from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Virtual Parking Permits https://canyons.thepermitstore.com/  are required to park on campus in all lots seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Student/Visitor permits are valid in spaces painted white in student lots only(Lots 4, 5, 6, 7 (parking structure), 8, 9, 13, 14, and…

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WEBINAR E-Smarts: Dominating Your Local Market Online

July 31 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

This workshop will go over methods and strategies to leverage online marketing and social media to dominate your local market. If you’re looking for ways to attract new customers then this training will show you how to avoid common pitfalls and get ahead of your competition. In this workshop you will discover: i. The 4 areas of Digital Marketing that are essential to a successful business ii. Why the way people perceive you online makes all the difference iii. The proper way to…

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WEBINAR Wave Accounting for Startups and Service Businesses

July 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 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 business that makes sense.  This webinar is not for companies with inventory. Instructor: Maureen Thielen  REGISTER NOW

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August 2024

Webinar – Commercial Leases: The Basics

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

This webinar will introduce small business owners to the basics of commercial leases. Attendees will learn the differences between “gross,” “net” and “triple net” leases; conducting property inspections; rent, abatement, and “common area maintenance” (CAM) charges; use and signage restrictions; personal guarantees; build-out terms and obligations; determining who is responsible for maintenance and repairs; subleasing; and other information business owners should know before signing the lease, including when to “walk away.” REGISTER NOW

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