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The LA SBDC Network offers no-cost virtual business workshops for small businesses in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

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May 2024

Webinar – Veterans, Military and Spouses Series: Finding Funding

May 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

  Explore a variety of funding types for your business.  Capital is critical for all businesses.  The type of business, your capital needs, and additional factors may influence what you explore.  There are many types of capital including owner investment, profit reinvestment, loans from a bank, loans from an alternative financial resources(non-banks), equipment financing, tax credits, supplier credit, credit lines, equity lines, Angel Investors, Venture Capital Investors, money invested by family & friends, Crowd Funding, etc. 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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WEBINAR Transition from Handyman to Construction Company Owner!

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Ready to Level Up? Join us for an Eye-Opening Presentation! What You’ll Learn: –  Transform your skills from handyman to business owner! –  Steps to obtain a contractor’s license hassle-free. –  Launching your very own Construction business   Who Should Attend: – Handymen looking to elevate their careers. – Individuals interested in starting their own Construction company. – Anyone eager to learn the ropes of the trade.   Don’t Miss Out! Secure Your Spot Now. Your Journey to Construction Success Begins…

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Webinar – QuickBooks Online Introducción (español)

May 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Free

QUICKBOOKS ONLINE – lntroduccion Este seminario web está dirigido a personas que no tienen experiencia financiera y desean comprender mejor las características de QuickBooks In línea, junto con los conceptos básicos de conta bilidad. Cubriremos cómo navegar por la herramienta, realizar configuraciones e introducir brevemente las opciones del menú principal. Nuestro objetivo principal será generar confianza y ayudarle a sentirse más seguro al utilizar la herramienta. REGISTER NOW

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In-Person: Access To Capital w/ Bank of America

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Pacific Coast Regional – SBDC, 3255 Wilshire Boulevard - Suite 1501
Los Angeles, CA 90010 United States
Free

Access To Capital with Bank of America REGISTER NOW

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Webinar – Digital Marketing Mastery for Ecommerce Entrepreneurs – Part 1

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Unlock the full potential of your online store with our Digital Marketing Mastery for Ecommerce Entrepreneurs webinar series (3-parts). Tailored specifically for new ecommerce business owners, this three-part series delves into the most effective digital marketing strategies and tools to boost your online presence and sales. From crafting compelling buyer personas to leveraging SEO, social media, and targeted advertising, learn how to attract, engage, and convert your audience into loyal customers. Each session is designed to equip you with the…

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Financial Fitness: Ratios

May 21 @ 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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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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“Wow! How?”: Transform Your Pitch into a Startup Sensation!

May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

Tired of hearing “Meh” when you talk about your startup? This workshop will get you turning heads instead! Dive in and learn the secrets to crafting pitches that captivate and connect. Whether you’re wooing investors, charming customers, or rallying partners, we’ve got the secret sauce for you: Pinpoint the Pain To Make It Rain: Don your detective hat to uncover the key pain points plaguing your audience. The Power of Different Pitches: “Elevator,” sales, and fundraising pitches – learn the differences and dominate them all. Sculpt Your Sales Wow: Transform the…

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WEBINAR The Basics of Starting a Business

May 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

Learn the fundamentals of what it takes to get your business started. We will discuss what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and the important steps that need to be taken to begin your business.   Topics of discussion will include: -What it takes to be an entrepreneur -Legal requirements and different legal types including sole proprietorship (DBA), and LLC and S-Corp, -Building your team of experts, including CPA’s, Atty, Bank, Web and marketing experts and industry mentor -Office…

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How To Sell When You’re Not A Salesperson

May 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

Business owners and entrepreneurs must promote their business or products to investors, customers or clients. Often, this is something they have never done before, and they lack training to approach the challenge. To address this situation, this workshop has been built to help you learn much of what you need to know. Topics covered include: • The psychological barriers that could be holding you back and the tools required to overcome them. • Understanding the components of an effective sales…

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WEBINAR Orientation: What the SBDC Can Do for You!

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 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

May 22 @ 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

May 22 @ 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 – 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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WEBINAR Navigating SBIR/STTR (Research & Technology) Grants

May 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide an opportunity for small businesses to tap into federal funding to conduct research and development on promising new innovations and technologies.  With $4 billion available annually, the programs are a source of seed capital for early stage companies. SBIR/STTR funding can also serve as a pathway to equity financing by allowing businesses to demonstrate feasibility of new technologies and move toward commercialization. This webinar will cover…

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Digital Marketing Strategies For Measurable Results

May 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 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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Business Finance Literacy Series [Session 3 of 3] How To Analyze Your Company’s Financials For Better Decision Making

May 23 @ 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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Transform Your Small Business with Generative AI: Mastering CHAT GPT, Canva Magic, and Google Gemini

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

In today’s digital age, leveraging the power of Generative AI can set your small business apart, providing innovative solutions to everyday challenges and opening up new avenues for creativity and efficiency. This hands-on training session is specifically designed for small business owners who are eager to explore the potential of Generative AI in transforming their business operations, marketing strategies, and customer engagement. What You Will Learn: Introduction to Generative AI: Understand the basics of Generative AI and how it can…

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Webinar – Digital Marketing Mastery for Ecommerce Entrepreneurs – Part 2

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

  Unlock the full potential of your online store with our Digital Marketing Mastery for Ecommerce Entrepreneurs webinar series (3-parts). Tailored specifically for new ecommerce business owners, this three-part series delves into the most effective digital marketing strategies and tools to boost your online presence and sales. From crafting compelling buyer personas to leveraging SEO, social media, and targeted advertising, learn how to attract, engage, and convert your audience into loyal customers. Each session is designed to equip you with…

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WEBINAR Marketing Trends & Best Practices

May 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

The past three years have been chaotic and unforgiving to brands that didn’t or were unable to adapt to drastic changes in the way they do business. And, although we’re past COVID and its immediate impact we are still dealing with uncertain economic times, disrupted supply chains and labor shortages.  Despite all of this—businesses have survived, and many have thrived among this challenging environment. Join Debbie Goldfarb and Larry Johnson from the SBDC to learn more about the key economic and marketing trends/challenges…

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Webinar – WAVE Transacciones Comunes (español)

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Free

WAVE- Transacciones Comunes Este seminario web está diseñado para aquellos que no tienen experiencia financiera pero han asistido a nuestro seminario web introductorio. Utilizaremos ejemplos sencillos para demostrar cómo gestionar transacciones comerciales básicas, como facturación, compras, importación y conciliacion de transacciones bancarias. Nuestro principal objetivo es ayudarle a sentirse mas comodo y seguro al utilizar la herramienta generando confianza. REGISTER NOW

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Financial Fitness: Smart Credit Strategies for Entrepreneurs

May 25 @ 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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What is the Best Legal Structure for my Company? What are the Tax Advantages?

May 28 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Free

Many entrepreneurs do not fully understand the differences between a Sole Proprietorship, LLC and S Corporation.  This causes many to form a corporation when they may be better operating as a sole prop. Additionally, they are confused about the tax differences for each structure. They often choose a legal structure based on a perceived tax advantage that is incorrect. This webinar provides an overview of the various tax structures. The required documentation for the original filing and annual filings. The…

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Webinar – Digital Marketing Mastery for Ecommerce Entrepreneurs – Part 3

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

  Unlock the full potential of your online store with our Digital Marketing Mastery for Ecommerce Entrepreneurs webinar series (3-parts). Tailored specifically for new ecommerce business owners, this three-part series delves into the most effective digital marketing strategies and tools to boost your online presence and sales. From crafting compelling buyer personas to leveraging SEO, social media, and targeted advertising, learn how to attract, engage, and convert your audience into loyal customers. Each session is designed to equip you with…

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