San Francisco: SBA Classes July 20-31

July 20th, 2009

San Francisco: SBA Classes July 20-31

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

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

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

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.

How to Start and Manage a Small Business 7/27 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 (415) 744-6827. Presented by SCORE.

Restaurant Series: Understanding Food Costs/Menu Engineering 7/27 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM In this class you will learn how to price your food & menu and how this relates directly to the financial success of your restaurant. We will also look at menu design and item placement to take advantage of proven methods to highlight those items that are the most profitable. This class will teach you a costing package that you can immediately apply to your business. $30 Registration Fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Small Business Taxes 7/28 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. $20 registration fee in advance; or $25 day of event. For information, contact (415) 744-6827, presented by SCORE.

Maintaining Tax Records for Small Business 7/28 6:00–8:00 pm Learn how to effectively create the tax records necessary for proper IRS reporting. Receive a valuable overview of how to use Technology to Better Manage Business; Online Banking; QuickBooks; Incorporation or LLC as a Tax-Planning Tool. $20 registration fee in advance; or $25 day of event. For information, contact (415) 744-6827, presented by SCORE.

Intermediate QuickBooks 7/30 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.

Renaissance Center Fashion Industry Network workshop series 7/30 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM This workshop is for apparel and accessory business owners. Information at Registration $30 per class at

America’s Recovery Capital (ARC) Loan Program 7/31 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM 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.

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.

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.

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