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April 2024

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 Legal Corner: Community Property Impacts on Your Small Business

April 18 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Even if you’re not married, you better know the answers: Which spouse has the right to run the business? Is it OK to hide business finances from your spouse? Do you need both spouses to sign a contract? Can you lose business ownership if you get married? Who owns the business if a spouse dies? Will unfaithful spouses lose their business ownership? Do you need a Prenuptial or Postnuptial agreement? Couples together 7 years — are they married by law? Join…

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WEBINAR Biz Basics: Lean Business Planning

April 23 @ 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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“Canvas Your Success: The Single Most Powerful Page in Startup Business!”

April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

Since its introduction to the world in 2010, the Business Model Canvas has revolutionized the way founders and business leaders think about business planning. In this engaging workshop, you’ll harness the power like so many before you! You’ll identify the essence of your venture by examining on a single page how your nine key facets interact: Value proposition Customer segments Channels Customer relationships Revenue streams Key resources Key activities Key partnerships Cost structure This isn’t just about filling in the blanks; it’s about…

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Developing An Actionable Business Plan

April 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 Business Plan Overview

April 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Building a successful business requires vision, and the coordination of efforts in several areas.  The process of starting and running a business can be overwhelming without a good plan. A good solution to understanding all of the moving parts of your business is to write a business plan. In this webinar we will discuss: -The internal and external purposes of a business plan -A review of the types of plans: Traditional, one page, Canvas, Pitch Deck -Writing strategies and tips,…

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May 2024

Webinar – Business Planning #1

May 1 @ 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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Restaurant Academy: Human Resources: Preparing to Hire Your First Employee

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Getting ready to hire a first employee can be exciting, but scary. We will introduce you to the things first time employers must know. In this webinar you will learn: Deciding When It’s Time to Hire The Cost of Hiring Determining Positions to Hire The Systems you will have to put into place REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Screening Your Business Ideas

May 2 @ 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 – Business Planning #2

May 8 @ 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 – 8 Steps to Improving Your Business’ Local SEO

May 8 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Free

Is your business not appearing in search returns from within your local market area?  This is the webinar you will want to attend.  Join SBDC Web Developer and Marketing Consultant, Darren Elliott as he explains the HOW, WHERE and WHY to improving your visibility with search returns from within your target area.  The webinar is educational, informative, and fun!  Sign up today, to help improve your Local Search Engine results. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – 8 Things to Know & Remember About Keyword Strategies

May 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

You don’t have to be web savvy to know how to develop a good keyword strategy for your website.  You will however, want to at least know the 8 key points to keep in mind before you take on the task.  Join me, Darren Elliott for the second presentation of this three-part series, that’s all about understanding how keywords works, and how we can strengthen them, by having a smart strategy in place. REGISTER NOW

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Restaurant Academy: Restaurant Academy: Permits and Licenses for Restaurants

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

Restaurant Academy: Permits and Licenses for Restaurants 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 complete the state and local business registration steps.  This will include incorporation, Fictitious Business Statement, Business License, Seller’s Permit, how to quickly and cost effectively obtain your health permit for operation. Bring your questions, we’ve got answers. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Business Model #1

May 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

This is the ideal workshop where business owners at all levels will learn how to build, design, and define a business model. A business model is what defines a business and its practice. In this workshop attendees will learn how to first define their business model. They will be introduced to a business model canvas as a tool.  Topics are below: · Business Idea to Business Model · Introduction to the Business Models · Steps to Define, Design and Build…

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Webinar – A Roadmap To Unlock The Complexity of Taxation For Corporations and LLCs

May 15 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

LLCs, S-Corps and C-Corps each have their own income tax implications and compliance requirements. Learn how it impacts you as a member of an LLC or shareholder in a corporation (S or C ). REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Veterans, Military and Spouses Series: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

May 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

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 Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship Economic Impact…

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Business Plan Essentials: How to Write Your Business Plan

May 21 @ 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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Webinar – Business Model #2

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

This is the ideal workshop where business owners at all levels will learn how to build, design, and define a business model. A business model is what defines a business and its practice. In this workshop attendees will learn how to first define their business model. They will be introduced to a business model canvas as a tool.  Topics are below: · Building Blocks for the Business Model · Introduction to Business Model Tool REGISTER NOW

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June 2024

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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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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