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February 2024

Financial Fitness: Smart Credit Strategies for Entrepreneurs

February 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 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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WEBINAR Taking Charge of Your Career through Franchise & Business Ownership

February 27 @ 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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Financial Fitness: Ratios

February 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Stand Alone Metrics are Meaningless.  Learn which Ratios may be applicable to your business. Financial ratios paint a picture of your business’s liquidity, cash flow, debt, and profitability.   The key is to know which ratios are relevant to your business and where to pull the information from.  While these figures allow owners to better manage their business, creditors also use them to determine financial stability and access to capital. REGISTER NOW

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Elevate Your Business Plan with Software Powered Innovation

February 27 @ 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 – Manejo de redes sociales a través de Meta Business Suite – Marketing Digital #3 (Español)

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

¿Quieres crear publicaciones en FB e IG @ al mismo tiempo? Aprenda a programar publicaciones en el futuro, Responda a comentarios y mensajes de la bandeja de entrada desde un solo lugar, ¿Qué información debería haber allí? Cómo administrar su configuración, ¿A quién debes darle autorización para administrar tu página? Cómo subir fotos y vídeos, entre muchos otros consejos, Aprenda a utilizar Business Suite en general, Si pudieras conectarte a través de una computadora portátil sería mejor, Simplemente venga preparado…

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WEBINAR Biz Basics: Lean Business Planning

February 27 @ 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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WEBINAR Orientation: What the SBDC Can Do for You!

February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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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Government and Corporate Procurement for Black-Owned Businesses

February 28 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

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 – 8 Steps to Optimizing Your You Tube Videos Rank & Visibility

February 28 @ 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 Online Marketing and Web Developer, Darren Elliott as he explains what those rules are, and the  8 Steps to Optimizing Your You Tube Videos Rank and Visibility.  Best of all, they are…

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Webinar – Introduction to the Corporate Transparency Act

February 28 @ 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 – AI Content for Websites & Marketing

February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Artificial Intelligence is here, and likely will be for a while.  There is a lot more to learn before incorporating AI generated content into your business website and/or marketing. SBDC Digital Marketing Consultant, Darren Elliott, will provide tips on when you may want to use AI as a tool.  Being aware of potential risks when using AI is another area that will be explored.    REGISTER NOW

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Developing An Actionable Business Plan

February 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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WEBINAR E-Smarts: Digital Marketing Automation-Leverage Your Business Growth

February 28 @ 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 – How to Pitch

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Entrepreneurs and innovators can change the world but majority of them don’t get funded because the pitch is the first introduction of the idea to the investors. Capital raising and developing fundraising strategy is crucial part of realizing financial stability in the initial stages of the company. This webinar will discuss to learn how to effectively pitch your idea to investors, provides resources to find and attract investors. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – 2024’s Best Email Platforms: Find Your E-commerce Match

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Email marketing remains a powerhouse for e-commerce. But with so many platforms out there, which one is right for you? We’ll guide you through the top email marketing platforms of 2024, helping you pick the perfect partner for your business. REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Buying and Selling a Business – What you need to know….

February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

This webinar will teach the basics of buying and selling a business, such as conducting “due diligence”- inspecting the financial records, contracts and business assets; determining the value of the business; preparing contracts and related purchase-and-sale documents; tax considerations; and knowing when to “walk away” from a deal. REGISTER NOW

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Live Q&A: All About Social Media For Your Business

February 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Are you overwhelmed by Social Media marketing? Are you posting but not seeing likes convert to sales? Join the Long Beach SBDC for our Live Social Media Q&A, addressing questions on how to effectively use social media to grow your business. SBDC Marketing and Social Media advisor Deborah Deras, and Brad Pollak, Director of the Long Beach SBDC, will interact live with the audience via Zoom and answer questions covering a broad range of social media topics including how to…

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Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps To A Successful Startup

February 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 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 go from Handyman to Construction

February 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
free

Join us for this insightful presentation to learn how you can go from Handyman to starting a Construction company. Upon completion of this course, participants will discover how to obtain a contractor’s license and start a Construction business. Presented by our advisor, Michael Williams who has 30 years of experience helping people pass the CSLB exam. Topics we will cover: Business Organization Business Finances Employment Requirements Bonds, Insurance and Liens Contract Requirements and Execution Licensing Requirements Safety Public Works Instructor: Michael…

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March 2024

IN- PERSON: Menu Engineering For More Profitable Restaurant

March 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free

Key Learning Objectives ·   Understanding Menu Engineering Fundamentals ·   Effective Dish Categorization ·   Pricing Strategies for Profitability ·   Visual Design and Layout ·   Utilizing Data for Informed Decision-Making ·   Menu Innovation and Adaptation REGISTER NOW

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LLC 101

March 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on December 5, 2023 at 1:00 pm

One event on January 9, 2024 at 1:00 pm

One event on January 16, 2024 at 1:00 pm

One event on February 6, 2024 at 1:00 pm

One event on March 5, 2024 at 1:00 pm

One event on April 9, 2024 at 1:00 pm

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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How to Start a Successful Food Truck Business

March 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

If you would like to create a rockin’ mobile food business, this webinar will answer your questions on leasing vs owning, provide estimated start-up costs, the Los Angeles County Health Department process, and  understanding the food truck lifestyle. REGISTER NOW

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Contracting as a Second Language – Diversify to Survive

March 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 6, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on December 1, 2021 at 9:00 am

One event on January 5, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on February 2, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on March 2, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on April 6, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on May 4, 2022 at 9:00 am

An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day 6 of the month, repeating indefinitely

An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until September 4, 2024

mentSmall 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 – Digital Marketing #1

March 6 @ 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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Branding For Success

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Can you define your brand proposition in less than one minute? Are you struggling with defining your brand? Can you differentiate yourself from your competition and stand out? Do you know what is your uniqueness as an entrepreneur and as a business (It is not your prices, experience, or customer service)? Are you intentional on how your clients see you, and the promise you make to them? We at PCR SBDC, know exactly what you are going through. You are not alone, and we…

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