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April 2022

Webinar – Idea Validation: Assessing Your Ideas in the Market

April 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Free

Idea Validation and assessing your idea in the market is the crucial groundwork for a successful business. This webinar will provide basics to consider for validating your idea. We will also provide tips and resources for developing validation methods for ideas and evaluating the results of validation. REGISTER NOW

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Forming Your Corporation : LLC S-CORP & MORE

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

We will discuss forming a Corporation, an S-Corporation, a Limited Liability Company, a Partnership, or a Sole Proprietorship. If you are unsure which category you are in, we are here to help. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Business Model Canvas: A Planning Tool for Small Businesses

April 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Free

Business Model Canvas is a strategic management template for developing new or documenting existing business models. It is a visual chart with elements describing a product’s value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances. This webinar will provide details to capture the big picture of the building blocks of the business, connections between those building blocks, and when to use the business model canvas effectively. REGISTER NOW

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May 2022

Restaurant Academy: Business Permits and Licenses for Restaurants and Food Service

May 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 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 complete the state and local business registration steps. This will include incorporation, fictitious business name, Business License, Seller’s Permit, 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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Webinar – Introduction to Entrepreneurship

May 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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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Webinar – Business Model – Part 1

May 3 @ 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 – Business Model Canvas

May 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Free

Business Model Canvas REGISTER NOW

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

May 11 @ 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 services,…

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Webinar – Business Planning – Part 1

May 17 @ 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 – Goal Setting Tools for Small Business

May 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Free

Small Businesses struggle with limited financial and workforce resources. Therefore, it is important to understand the importance of setting goals and objectives to provide a targeted vision. This webinar will highlight the role of goals, the process of setting goals, resources to implement and improvise the goals and objectives both short term and long term. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Business Planning – Part 2

May 24 @ 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 Biz Basics: Lean Business Planning

May 24 @ 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 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…

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Webinar – Sales Strategy Tips for Your Business

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

Come ready to learn Sales Strategies Tips for Your Business as you explore the following: • Skill Set vs. Style • Pricing • Competitive Advantage • Value Proposition REGISTER NOW

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Safe, Clean Kitchens-How to get an “A” on your Health Inspection

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

Imagine a Health Inspector walking into your restaurant…would you get an “A”? Is your kitchen clean and ready for inspection at any moment?  Excellent food safety starts with a clean kitchen. This webinar will cover LA County’s health inspection protocols and what you need to get an A every time an inspector walks through your doors. If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready! REGISTER NOW

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June 2022

Restaurant Academy: Goal Setting for Success Restaurants and Businesses

June 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Goal Setting for Success Restaurants and Businesses Do you have dreams that you wish to meet for your business? Setting goals and achievable actions step are proven to be the number one strategy for the most successful businesses. In this webinar, you will begin to prioritize your top business goals for 2022, learn how to use the SMART goal format, mind map the goal, and begin setting action plans to ensure maximum results. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Business Model – Part 2

June 14 @ 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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Restaurant Academy: Restaurant Business Planning

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

Restaurant Business Planning In this webinar, 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. Participants will receive a business plan template and can schedule one-on-one advisement sessions with one of our restaurant experts. REGISTER NOW

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Turning Your Dream into A Business

June 21 @ 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 – Building an Effective Advisory Board/Board of Directors

June 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Free

Board members play an important human asset for any organization in terms of their network and opportunities to expand the organization’s mission. This webinar discusses how to develop an organization’s Board and best practices for keeping the Board members engaged towards the mission of the organization. REGISTER NOW

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Developing An Actionable Business Plan

June 28 @ 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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July 2022

LLC 101

July 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day Third of the month, happening 4 times

You’ve decided to start your new business and you want to form it as an LLC. Don’t know where to start? The LLC 101 Webinar is perfect for you. In this introductory webinar, we will go over the basics of LLCs. Specifically, we’ll be covering: - The highlights of this business structure; - What is required to form one; and - Tax issues to consider. Attendees of this webinar who are ready to form their LLC today can apply for…

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August 2022

Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps To A Successful Startup

August 3 @ 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 Biz Basics: How to Estimate Startup Costs & Cash Flow

August 3 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

How much will it cost to start your business? What are the different categories of costs I need to be concerned about? Financial preparation is key so that you can plan ahead in starting your new venture. Topics include: • Steps needed to calculate start-up expenses • Calculating the first 90 days’ projected monthly costs • Ongoing expenses • Conducting a margin analysis and a break-even analysis • Initial cash flow projection will be reviewed and presented in this hands-on…

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Webinar – Tools and Tips to Providing the Best Customer Service for your e-Commerce Business

August 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Please join us to learn the Customer Service Best Practices for Your e-Commerce Business Learn the best Tools and Tips REGISTER NOW

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Business Plan Essentials: How to Write Your Business Plan

August 9 @ 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 workshop. REGISTER NOW

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