San Francisco: SBA Classes April 27-May 7

April 24th, 2009

San Francisco: SBA Classes April 27-May 7

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 http://www.acteva.com/go/sba For more information, please contact Gary Marshall at (415) 744 6771 or gary.marshall@sba.gov

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 www.acteva.com/go/sfscore

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 www.rencenter.org Registration $30 per class at www.acteva.com/go/rec

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 www.acteva.com/go/sfscore

Food Safety Certification – Golden Gate Restaurant Association 5/4 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM State law requires that specified food facilities employ at least one person who has successfully passed a California State approved and accredited food safety certification exam. As of January 1, 2000, certification is mandatory and re-certification is required every three years. Registration and information is available at www.ggra.org

Creating New Life and Work Performances 5/4 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM People live, learn, work and play with others – often with difficulty. In this workshop we’ll introduce you to a unique performance-based approach to professional and personal development. There is growing recognition in the business community that improvisational performance is key to adult creativity, and, in these hard times, more important than ever. In this workshop we will work with you on learning how to “set the stage” for important client meetings and challenging interactions with employers, employees, business partners and clients.

Connect to the Net- How to Launch Your Website Quickly 5/4 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM This course will outline steps to either create the web site yourself, or how to go about selecting a company to create your web site, the average time and cost, how to identify and create content for the web site and how to maintain the site going forward.

How to Quickly Attract Your Prospect’s Attention 5/5 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM What is your prospect most interested in? Whatever it is, this should be the first thing you address in all of your marketing communication (i.e. print, online and in-person). You need to come right to the key point. Then, explain further. In a world of short attention spans, you need to assume you will only have a few seconds to catch someone’s interest before they move on.

Creating New Life and Work Performances 5/4 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM People live, learn, work and play with others – often with difficulty. In this workshop we’ll introduce you to a unique performance-based approach to professional and personal development. There is growing recognition in the business community that improvisational performance is key to adult creativity, and, in these hard times, more important than ever. In this workshop we will work with you on learning how to “set the stage” for important client meetings and challenging interactions with employers, employees, business partners and clients.

Small Business Financial Literacy 5/5 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Gain insights and tips that you can use to put your business on a sound financial footing. Join the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Latino Business Professionals at a special workshop that will cover Tips for Getting Started; Tax Tips for Small Businesses; How to Finance Your Business; Insurance for Small Businesses; Small Business Retirement Plans; Things to Think About When Selling Your Business; Succession Planning; Effective Websites. Register at http://www.sfhcc.com/events/index.html

Free and Low Cost Resources for Your Business 5/6 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Representatives from SBA, SCORE, the SF SBDC, the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, and the San Francisco Public Library Small Business Center will discuss the resources available.

Starting a Business in San Francisco 5/6 11:30 AM – 12:30 AM Hear directly from San Francisco officials. How do you obtain permits? How do you register your business name? Learn what the City can do for you in this one-stop seminar.

Financing Your Business 5/6 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Discover the right way to seek financing for your business. We will discuss loan proposal requirements, financing options and SBA programs.

Business Law Basics 5/6 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM An experienced business lawyer will discuss Choice of Legal Entity (corporations, LLC, partnership, etc.); Intellectual Property; Employee issues; and Real Estate issues. This class does not constitute legal advice.

Become a Corporate Refugee; Learn How to Turn Your Expertise into a Business 5/6 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Have you ever wondered how you could use your business expertise outside of the 9-5 world? This class will give you an overview of what you need to start your own business. Learn what licenses and permits are needed, uncover marketable skills that you already possess, identify a target market and evaluate the break even point for your offering. If you’ve been thinking about a business idea, this is a great way to explore its feasibility.

Basic Bookkeeping, Part One 5/7 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Learn basic accounting and bookkeeping terms and processes. Topics include cash vs. accrual accounting, proper accounting data flow processes, the importance of budgeting, the purpose of different financial reports, the differences in computer accounting systems, cash management, and more. $30 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

How to Collect Your Business Debts 5/7 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM This seminar will cover what kinds of purchase orders you should use to minimize the chance of problems, how to maximize your chances of being paid for credit chard charges, and how to take security to insure you will be paid. Then if you are not paid, how to get a judgment in small claims court and above all how to collect on the judgment.

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.

Check out the SBDC training in a city near you

http://www.eastbaysbdc.org/pages/seminars.php

ALSO Hiring an Ex-Offender

Would you like to learn how to generate continuous federal and state tax credits for your business? Are you tired of spending your hard earned money on pre-employment background checks? Are you experiencing issues with employee job performance or retention?

On Thursday, May 14, 2009, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, the United States Probation Office and United States Pretrial Services will host a networking workshop to discuss the benefits of hiring an ex-offender.

In this workshop, you will learn how you can gain a financial advantage in these uncertain times. We will present solutions to some of your staffing concerns, how you can eliminate unnecessary business expenses, and provide valuable information on hiring the ex-offender population. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to make new contacts and expand your business network.

Robert F. Peckham Federal Building, U.S. Courthouse 280 S. First Street, Room 1198, San Jose, CA 95113. The federal building is located in downtown San Jose on San Carlos Street between First and Second Streets, directly across from the State Building.

May 14, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Continental Breakfast will be served. Please bring valid photo ID for entry to the Courthouse building.

For more information please contact Susan Portillo at (408) 808-3938, Jacinta Hernandez at (408) 535-3938 or visit our website at www.canp.uscourts.gov

Please RSVP by May 12, 2009

ALSO Did you start your business after being laid off recently? If so, a local newspaper reporter is looking for entrepreneurs like you to tell their story. If you’re interested, please let me know and I’ll pass along your contact information to the reporter for a possible interview.