San Francisco: SBA Classes April 6-17

April 6th, 2009

San Francisco: SBA Classes April 6-17

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

Food Safety Certification – Golden Gate Restaurant Association (in Spanish) 4/6 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 The April 6 class will be conducted in Spanish.

Marketing Research – Discover Your Niche 4/7 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM As a startup business owner, you can market your business more effectively the more you know about the customer you are targeting. Topics include finding the customer’s key characteristics, understanding why they would buy, and determining your competitive advantage.


Health Insurance for Small Businesses 4/8 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM There are many healthcare options for growing companies which let employees choose coverage based in their individual needs. My goal would be to help small business owners understand their options based on benefits and cost.

Basic Bookkeeping, Part Two 4/9 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Designed for entrepreneurs intimidated by financial records, this course will cover balance sheets, incomes statements, cash flow and working capital. Participants should have completed Basic Bookkeeping, Part One, or be familiar with the concepts covered in that seminar. $30 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Get Organized! 4/9 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Do you want save time, money, and be more effective in your small business? Learn how by getting more organized! Our organizing expert will teach you effective ways of managing your space, your “stuff,” and your time, to maximize your productivity and comfort.

What is the Buzz about Blogging and How is It Important for My Business? 4/13 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Learn the ABCs to optimally match your business plan’s objectives to the power of social media networking. We will focus on demystifying the terminology so you can be transformed to a “passionate adopter” and learn how to target your market, reach more customers but most of all be seen as an “Influencer”, not just a salesperson or marketer.

Import/Export Essentials 4/14 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM An absolute must for anyone considering entry into an importing or exporting business today. Subjects covered include Importing and Exporting Success Essentials; Role of a Freight Forwarder/Customs Broker; Bank Assistance in International Trade. $35 registration fee in advance; or $40 day of event. For information, contact SCORE at (415) 744-6827, register at

The Art of Plastic – The Smart Way to Accept Credit Cards 4/14 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM This course will explore who should be looking into opening a merchant account, methods of accepting payments from your customers, current trends, how you can turn a merchant account into greater profits for your business, where you can go to set up a merchant account, how the entire process flows and works, what you should consider before signing on the dotted line, merchant account terminology, and how you can save yourself money.

Get More Clients in the Next 30 Days Than You Did In the Past 90 4/15 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Learn the basics of how to market your service business; how it differs from marketing products, why it is important to have a niche, how to create a compelling message about your services and various ways to achieve the critical function of networking and following up.

Basic Bookkeeping, Part Three 4/16 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Learn how to find out where all your cash has gone and how to forecast how much cash you will have in the bank. Topics include developing a budget, statement of cash flow analysis, and developing a cash forecast. Participants should have complete Basic Bookkeeping Part I or be familiar with the concepts covered in that seminar. $30 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Building and Marketing Effective Web Sites 4/16 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM This class gets behind what makes a business web site successful in drawing repeat visitors and converting visits into sales. Learn the key aspects of good business Web design: what makes sites appealing; how to architect a site to allow easy navigation; technical requirements for proper search engine recognition and placement; what to look for in a Web host; how much you should expect to pay; information on enabling your site for ecommerce; and tips on how to build a site that encourages multiple purchases from your clients. Presented by the SF SBDC. Registration fee $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

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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