San Francisco: SBA Classes July 13-24

July 10th, 2009

San Francisco: SBA Classes July 13-24

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.

Registration for all our classes is required. To register for classes, go to http://sbatraining.eventbrite.com/

For more information, please contact Gary Marshall at (415) 744 6771 or gary.marshall@sba.gov

Music Publishing in Plain English 7/13 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Geared toward musicians, songwriters, and other music industry aspirants, we’ll cover basic terms and concepts, key points such as copyright registration, music publishing income streams, publishing contracts, licensing agreements, mechanical royalties, ASCAP / BMI / SESAC, songwriting collaborations, and more.

Hi-Tech, Low-Cost – Using the Computer to Manage Your Business Cheaply and Effectively 7/14 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Keeping costs low and practicing good management are essential to any small business. The computer has become the only way to operate a business efficiently using: spreadsheets, accounting software, a website, new marketing techniques, collaboration and online payments. Learn which of these and other basic computer practices you should consider for your business and how to set them up at low or no cost. Registration $20 in advance or $25 at door, presented by SCORE.

Get Top Positions on Google / Yahoo – Increase Your Sales! 7/14 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM You can drive huge business to your website by having it show up in top positions on Google/Yahoo. In this class, you will learn how to get those top positions; how to avoid pitfalls that could get you banned from search engines; alternative E-marketing campaigns such as E-mail and sponsored search engines listings (Pay Per Click).

Boost Your Sales – Accept Credit Cards Online! 7/14 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Accepting credit cards on your website can boost your sales by 20-30%! In this class, you will learn how to find and implement the right solution for your business in as little as 15 minutes with a $50 setup. This class will cover: How on-line card processing works, finding the right providers, understanding the security aspects and avoiding pitfalls.

Writing Effective Business Plans 7/14 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 hands-on workshop, we will demystify the process using case studies and exercises. You will also develop a template for your own business that covers Products/Services; Organization; Marketing; Customers; Finances. $35 registration fee in advance; or $40 day of event. For information, contact (415) 744-6827, presented by SCORE.

Federal and State Basics of Payroll Tax 7/15 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.

Virtual Office Management 7/15 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM This presentation will explain what is a virtual management, from the common perception to what higher-level responsibilities and skills that are required or expected within the more advance virtual management job function. This type of engagement is more likely the best alternative during the current economic turmoil; since start-up companies’ owners tend to focus on the business strategy carefully, and allocate funds more conservatively.

Collateral Line of Credit: An Alternative to Bank Financing 7/15 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.

Basic Bookkeeping, Part Three 7/16 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.

America’s Recovery Capital (ARC) Loan Program 7/17 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM If your small business is stressed meeting expenses during these economic times, SBA has a new loan program designed just for you. SBA’s America’s Recovery Capital Loan Program can provide up to $35,000 in short-term relief for viable small businesses facing immediate financial hardship to help ride out the current uncertain economic times and return to profitability. Each small business is limited to one ARC loan. We’ll discuss details of the ARC program and resources for your business.

Restaurant Series: Checklist for Starting a Restaurant 7/20 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM We’ll discuss the specifics of opening and running a successful restaurant. Topics will include business plans, food and beverage vendors, market research, location, pricing strategies and operating plans. $30 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Where to Go When the Banks Say NO! 7/20 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.

How to Build a Fearless Brand: How Your Brand Can Help You Sell 7/21 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 7/22 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 www.edd.ca.gov/taxsem

Get More Clients in the Next 30 Days Than You Did In the Past 90 7/22 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.

SBA Certification Workshop 7/23 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 7/23 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM Learn the basics of this useful and flexible accounting & bookkeeping application. 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. Exercises include entering invoices, customer payments, deposits, bills, cash disbursements, and other transactions. Additional topics include setting-up budget, account statement reconciliation, bank reconciliation, and more. 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.

Social Networking to Market Your Business 7/23 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM In this class you will learn the importance of social networking as an integrated marketing tool for your business. Find out how to market using social networking tools, and how to establish a true dialogue with your customer base. Find out the best social networking tools to use in a business context, and how to leveraging existing social networks to market your business. $35 Registration Fee ($40 at the door) Presented by the SF SBDC and SBDC TAP.

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.

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