San Francisco: SBA Classes Feb. 22-Mar. 5

February 22nd, 2010

San Francisco: SBA Classes Feb. 22-Mar. 5


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.

Registration for all our classes is required.

To register for classes, go to

For more information, please contact Gary Marshall at (415) 744 6771 or

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.

How to Start and Manage a Small Business


8:30 AM–5:00 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 industry experts guide you through the basics of business plans; insuring against risk; accounting; legal structures; marketing & sales; and financing.

Restaurant Series: Smart Management – People, Risk and the Law


6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

We’ll examine employment law, insurance protection and other legal matters. Based on real restaurant experiences, this class can help you avoid disaster and get the most out of your people and your location.$30 Registration Fee. Sponsored by the SF SBDC.

Creating New Life and Work Performances


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.

Starting the Process of Writing Effective Business Plans


6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Whether you are planning to start a new business or developing the potential of your existing company, a business plan is a critical foundation. In this highly compact presentation you will learn about the following components of a business plan Products/Services; Organization; Marketing; Customers; Finances; Market Research. Presented by SF SCORE. Registration fee: $35.

Federal and State Basics of Payroll Tax


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.

Word Gets Around-PR For Fashion Designers


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

For apparel and accessory companies, getting in front of your target audiences and creating buzz and credibility is a “must have.” Learn how to prepare for, launch, and maintain a successful media campaign. Presented by Fashion Business Inc., registration is $30 per class at

SBA Certification Workshop


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


1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

This overview will discuss setting-up, updating and running financial reports, and efficient procedures for entering your accounting data. This is a hands-on workshop. Participants should have complete Basic Bookkeeping Part I or be familiar with the concepts covered in that workshop. $60 Registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Credit Card Processing for Your Business


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

We’ll focus on how the credit card processing industry is structured; how business owners are often taken advantage of; pricing models that best benefit the business owner; and an open forum for people to ask questions.

Food Safety Certification


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. Certification is mandatory and re-certification is required every three years. Registration and information is available at

Restaurant Series: Customer Service – Good is Minimum


6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Learn how to hire, motivate and train your employees. Also learn how to define and share responsibilities between owners, managers and employees to achieve your service objectives and run a successful restaurant. Presented by the SF SBDC. $30 registration fee.

Small Business Taxes


3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Save money on your taxes by learning the IRS rules and regulations that apply to small-business owners, and ask your tax questions in this informative, interactive, live seminar covering tax deductions, incorporations, LLC, and commonly used tax strategies. Presented by SF SCORE. Registration fee: $20.

Twitter 101 for Business Owners


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Using Twitter, you answer the question ‘what are you doing?’ in 140 letters or less, as often as you like. Other people can then sign up to ‘follow’ you and receive your updates. Come to this class and learn what is Twitter; is it right for you or your business; etiquette of Twitter; marketing strategies using Twitter.

Free and Low Cost Resources for Your Business


8:00 AM – 10:00 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


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

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


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


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.

How to Manage Your Time so it’s You Who Runs the Business, and Not Your Business that Runs You!


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

We’ll discuss time management techniques that will help you to manage your business so that you’re working smart and not hard! It is possible to have a business and a life, and learning how to be a great manager of time will help you do just that! Here’s some highlights of what you will walk away with: learn to manage interruptions and shave hours off your work week; identify and eliminate “energy drains” and “time suckers” ; learn about single pointed focus; learn to set clear boundaries; learn what to do with your “to do list” so you actually get your tasks accomplished!

Basic Bookkeeping, Part One


1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Topics include cash vs. accrual accounting, proper accounting data flow processes, 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.

Social Networking to Market Your Business


6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Learn the importance of social networking as a marketing tool for your business; how to establish a dialogue with your customer base; and how to leverage existing social networks. $35 Registration Fee ($40 at the door) Presented by the SF SBDC and SBDC TAP.


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.

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February 25th, 2010 Thursday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Citizen Space

425 Montgomery Street 1st floor

San Francisco, CA 94104


$30 In Advance $40 At the Door

Sign up by clicking here.

Alameda SBDC Presents Retailing 102

Tuesday, March 2 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Berkeley Public Library 2090 Kittredge Street

Berkeley, CA

Retailing 102 focuses on the operational side of retailing. Participants will learn to translate cost and sales data into management information. Topics covered include: maximizing retail space, how to price your product, inventory management, managing product lines, financing and customer valuation.

Information at 510-208-0411

Register at Our mailing address:

Small Business Administration

455 Market St., 6th floor

San Francisco CA 94105

Marshall, Gary

SBA Classes February 22 – March 5

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