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June 2024

Business Finance Literacy Series (Session 2 of 3)

June 13 @ 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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Workplace Violence Prevention Plan – HR Webinar

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

As of July 1, 2024, a new mandate in California requires most employers to enact comprehensive workplace violence prevention strategies. But what exactly does this entail for your business? Join us for an insightful webinar where we delve into the intricate details of this regulation and its implications. Explore in-depth discussions on: Essential components mandated for your workplace violence prevention plan. Understanding exemptions provided within the regulation and how they apply to your organization. Navigating the intricacies of training requirements…

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Turning Your Dream Into A Business

June 13 @ 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 Legal Tips & Tricks for Service Businesses

June 13 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

This workshop is for service businesses that want to maximize safety and profitability. We will go over: Scopes of Work and other add-ons to contracts Non-competes, NDAs, and other protective agreements Contract terms that are to your advantage How the laws changed being an independent contract Intellectual property ownership guidance Policies that make your business more efficient and better protected Choices of legal structure How to design your business Your web presence and marketing laws   Join Attorney Ben Martin who loves helping new and…

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Webinar – QuickBooks Online Introduction

June 13 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Free

Webinar – QuickBooks Online Introduction This webinar is aimed at individuals who are not from a financial background and wish to gain some understanding of QuickBooks Online’s features, along with basic accounting concepts. We will cover how to navigate the tool, make configurations, and briefly introduce the main menu options. Our primary focus will be to build trust and help you feel more confident while using the tool. REGISTER NOW

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Business Finance Literacy Series (Session 3 of 3)

June 18 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Free

Business owners struggle with business decisions that affect the financial health of the company. Are we selling at the right price? Are we making money? Can we afford to hire someone? Many times, these decisions are made without a thorough understanding of the financial implications.  This does not need to be the case. There are simple mathematical calculations that can be used to answer key business questions. Performance Measurements are simple mathematical calculations that can be used to monitor sales,…

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WEBINAR Orientation: What the SBDC Can Do for You!

June 18 @ 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 – The Power of Live Shopping: Boost Your Ecommerce with Real-Time Engagement

June 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Step into the future of ecommerce with ‘The Power of Live Shopping: Boost Your Ecommerce with Real-Time Engagement.’ Discover how live shopping events can captivate your audience, increase customer interaction, and drive sales. Learn the best practices for hosting live shopping sessions, from engaging storytelling to seamless technology integration. Perfect for ecommerce entrepreneurs looking to innovate, this webinar will provide you with the tools to harness the power of live shopping and transform your online business. Instructor: Ramin Ramhormozi REGISTER…

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Business Plan Essentials: How to Write Your Business Plan

June 18 @ 1:00 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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Launching a Mobile Food Business in L.A. County-Navigating Regulations, Setup and Success Strategies

June 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
El Camino College Business Training Center, 13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250 United States
Free

COMPACT MOBILE FOOD OPERATION: A CMFO is a mobile food facility in which an individual operates from a pushcart, stand, display, pedal-driven cart, wagon, showcase, rack, or other nonmotorized unenclosed conveyance that can be approved to sell prepackaged food or unpackaged food with limited food preparation. This workshop will provide a comprehensive guide for launching a mobile food business and a review of the importance of understanding regulations, setup processes, and business strategies. Instructor: Larry Johnson & Debbie Goldfarb  REGISTER NOW

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SmallBiz Talk: Solutions for Your Small Business

June 19 @ 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 – Fundamentals of Food Businesses

June 19 @ 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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Why Beneficial Ownership Information Is Important For Your Business

June 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

As a business owner in the United States, you may well be required to report what is called Beneficial Ownership Information (“BOI”) about your business to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN). This is due to Congress passing a law in 2021 called the “Corporate Transparency Act,” in an effort to make it harder for bad actors to hide their ill-gotten gains through shell companies or other questionable ownership structures. To better understand “BOI” and whether or not you should…

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Elevate Your Business Plan with Software Powered Innovation

June 20 @ 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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Developing An Actionable Business Plan

June 20 @ 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 – WAVE Common Transactions

June 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Free

WAVE – Common Transactions This webinar is designed for those who do not have a financial background but have attended our introductory webinar. We will use simple examples to demonstrate how to manage basic business transactions such as invoicing, purchasing, importing, and reconciling bank transactions. Our main goal is to help you feel more comfortable and confident when using the tool by building trust. REGISTER NOW

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Restaurant Academy: Human Resources: Secrets to Being a Superstar Supervisor

June 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Human Resources: Secrets to Being a Superstar Supervisor You were an outstanding 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 a while.  You will learn and receive tools on: The behaviors…

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WEBINAR Mastering Storytelling for Community Building and Sales: Facebook vs. LinkedIn

June 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Optimize storytelling for community building and sales on two prominent social media platforms: Facebook and LinkedIn. In this user-friendly overview, we’ll explore the unique features of both platforms, compare the benefits of sharing text and image updates, and explore real-life examples of personalities, brands, and companies leveraging these platforms to foster engagement and drive sales.   Instructor: Chérmelle Edwards (SBDC Advisor) REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Loyalty Leverage: Boost Retention and Revenue through Customer Loyalty Programs eCommerce

June 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Unlock the secret to sustained growth with ‘Loyalty Leverage: Boost Retention and Revenue through Customer Loyalty Programs.’ In this webinar, we’ll dive into the strategies and best practices that turn first-time buyers into loyal customers. Discover how to design and implement loyalty programs that not only increase retention but also drive repeat sales and boost your bottom line. Perfect for ecommerce entrepreneurs eager to build a loyal customer base, this session will equip you with actionable insights to maximize the…

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WEBINAR Biz Basics: Lean Business Planning

June 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

Lean business planning is not what you think. Not a big formal plan. Not just for startups. Quick and practical tool for managing through a crisis. It’s as quick and easy as a few simple bullet point lists and tables to set down milestones and metrics. Plus powerful tools to manage sales, spending, and cash flow. Make a quick dashboard for getting through a crisis. Join this webinar as Tim Berry, founder of bplans.com and Palo Alto Software, shares the simplicity and ease…

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Government and Corporate Procurement for Black-Owned Businesses

June 26 @ 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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WEBINAR Taking Charge of Your Career through Franchise & Business Ownership

June 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Are you looking to get into business ownership but don’t know where to start? Discover what type of business could leverage your professional acumen and have a team to support you build a successful company. During our webinar learn what type of businesses excelled through Covid and are Recession Resistant. Additional topics we will be covering:  Buying into a Franchise & Running your New Business The Surprisingly low upfront cost The different types of Franchise Models Whether franchising is a…

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Webinar – Introduction to the Corporate Transparency Act

June 26 @ 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 E-Smarts: Digital Marketing Automation-Leverage Your Business Growth

June 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

This workshop will go over how you can set up an automated Digital Marketing system to grow your business by leverage your time using systems. Regardless of your business, you will learn how to take advantage of automation to beat your competitors and free up your valuable time. In this workshop you will discover: How to find and attract potential customers How to take interested leads and turn them into paying customers How to increase the lifetime value of your customers How…

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WEBINAR Wave Accounting for Startups and Service Businesses

June 26 @ 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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