San Francisco: SBA Classes April 20-30

April 17th, 2009

San Francisco: SBA Classes April 20-30

TRAINING AT SBA The Small Business Administration offers a variety of classes for business owners in our Entrepreneur Center, located at 455 Market St., 6th Floor in downtown San Francisco.

The SBA training program is made possible by the generous support of our volunteer teachers and presenters. We appreciate their time and expertise; however, these presentations do not represent an endorsement of their views, opinions, products, or services by SBA. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. Contact: Gary Marshall at 415 744-6771.

To register for classes, go to For more information, please contact Gary Marshall at (415) 744 6771 or

Restaurant Series: Understanding Food Costs 4/20 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM A fun and upbeat approach to one of the most daunting challenges for restaurant owners…Food Costing. This class will teach you how to cost your product, packaging on take-out items and catering menus. And examine margins of cost and profitability. You will receive a costing package that you can immediately use to help track cost and profit on a daily basis. Please bring to class several vendor invoices. $30 registration fee; Sponsored by the SF SBDC.

Collateral Line of Credit: An Alternative to Bank Financing 4/20 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Collateral lending, which includes factoring, purchase order finance, and inventory finance, will be introduced, defined, and compared to mainstream bank financing. With a couple of case studies to demonstrate how collateral lending works and by itemizing its benefits and costs, the business owner or prospective business owner will learn of more financial tools available to manage business growth.

Attorneys: How to Pick Them and Pay Them 4/21 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM When the economy dumps, businesses are more likely to get sued. Join us to gain risk management tips on how to avoid lawsuits and if needed, how to find the right attorney for the right price. Bring your questions and your sense of humor.


How to Build a Fearless Brand: How Your Brand Can Help You Sell 4/21 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM This highly interactive workshop gives you new tools that will teach you to sell (and market) more effectively. Learn new ways to differentiate your business from the competition; your business’s strengths and unique value (that you might be overlooking); identify your ideal clients and learn what they really need; segment your market to make prospecting and selling more efficient; create a powerful selling message that speaks to the head and the heart.

State Labor Law and Payroll Tax 4/22 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Jointly conduced by the Employment Development Department and the California state Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, this class will cover California recordkeeping and reporting requirements including employer obligations and payment requirements; common wage and hour laws; employer and employee rights and responsibilities. More information at (866) 873-6083, register at

Commercial Insurance Buying; First Time Policies 4/22 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM What is a typical experience a business should have the first time it buys insurance policies? This class explores the basics of the initial information exchange with the agent/broker, what happens during the policy marketing phase, how to evaluate multiple quotes, and internal financial considerations of different types of policies.

Hi-Tech, Low Cost: Using the Computer to Manage Your Business Cheaply and Effectively 4/22 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Low costs and good management are essential to any small business—and the computer has become the only way to operate efficiently. Learn how to set up spreadsheets, accounting systems, websites, payments, and other basic computer practices at low or no cost. $20 registration fee in advance; or $25 day of event. For information, contact SCORE at (415) 744-6827, register at

SBA Certification Workshop 4/23 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM This workshop is for small firms owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals interested in being certified for SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program.

QuickBooks Introduction 4/23 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM This overview will discuss setting-up, updating and maintaining customer, vendor, account, and other lists, running financial reports, and efficient procedures for entering your accounting data. This is a hands-on workshop. Participants should have completed Basic Bookkeeping Part I or be familiar with the concepts covered in that workshop. $60 Registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Running and Operating a Green Business 4/23 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM This class will explore combining a social change with environmental actions by defining sustainability and helping you to re-think your business model allowing you to be green and be successful at the same time. We will discuss strategies to propel you to greatness by helping you deal with issues like energy, water, waste and procurement. $20 registration fee. Presented by the SF Small Business Development Center. How to Start and Manage a Small Business 4/27 8:30 AM – 5 PM This is a comprehensive and unique one-day seminar for both prospective and current business owners who want to gain a better understanding of what they need to know and do to succeed in their business. Learn best practices and insider tips as a moderator and six experts guide you through the basics of Business Plans; Insuring Against Risk; Accounting; Legal Structures; Sales & Marketing; Financing. $50 registration fee in advance; or $60 on day of event. For information, contact SCORE at (415) 744-6827, register at

Product for Profit 4/27 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Discover how anyone can sell their products or inventions to the world’s largest retailers without any previous sales experience and without any existing buyer relationships. In this workshop, you will learn what it takes to get your product into major chain store retailers. You will learn simple tricks and strategies about how to get a buyer’s attention and ultimately how to get them to actually buy!

Federal and State Basics of Payroll Tax 4/29 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM This class guides participants through the basics of that preparation. Subjects include determining independent contractor versus employee, withholding taxes, deposits and completing the proper forms. Presented by the IRS and the California EDD Tax office.

Lessons Learned from Prince about Achieving and Maintaining Success in the Music Industry 4/29 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Through the analysis of arguably this most respected performer, you will learn the formula for achieving commercial success and the factors which lead to building a community fan base that can help you establish and maintain a successful music career. We will examine how Prince was able to break into the music industry on his terms at the age of 18 and have a long and storied career that has included number one songs; films; a myriad of awards; respect from his peers; love by his fans; and legendary status. A must attend workshop for serious music artists.

Renaissance Center Fashion Industry Network workshop series 4/29 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM This workshop is for apparel and accessory business owners. Information at Registration $30 per class at

Intermediate QuickBooks 4/30 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM Topics consist of preparing 1099s, payroll, setting preferences, restoring files, and list maintenance including your chart of accounts, customer, vendor, and class lists. Participants should have completed Basic Bookkeeping Part I and Introduction to QuickBooks or be familiar with the concepts in these workshops. $60 Registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC. For more information call: 415-841-4050.

Where to Go When the Banks Say NO! 4/30 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Learn about alternative financing programs such as receivables financing (factoring) and purchase order funding, and how these can provide you with a practical and viable solution to generate immediate cash for your business.

Successful Consulting 4/30 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM This workshop is specifically designed for the persons who are developing a consulting or contracts business. You will learn the perquisites for becoming a consultant, including the Pros and Cons of consulting. Additional topics include: how the IRS defines a consultant and why it matters, requirements for a consulting business, and tools to help you succeed. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For information, contact SCORE at (415) 744-6827, register at

OUR PARTNERS PRESENT: a weekly feature of events offered by organizations and groups outside SBA. These events are not sponsored by SBA and are not held at our Entrepreneur Center.

East Bay Small Business Training The East Bay SBDC offers more than 20 different seminars that teach entrepreneurs and business leaders how to implement new strategies, skills and ideas across varied business disciplines; workshops tailored to fit entrepreneurs in any stage of the business development process.

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