San Francisco: SBA Classes July 27- Aug 7

July 24th, 2009

San Francisco: SBA Classes July 27- Aug 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.

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

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

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.

Food Safety Certification – Golden Gate Restaurant Association 8/3 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 www.ggra.org

Get Organized! 8/3 6:00 PM – 8:00 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.

Writing Effective Business Plans 8/4 9:00 AM – 4:00 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. $50 registration fee in advance; or $60 on day of event. For information, contact (415) 744-6827, presented by SCORE.

What is the Buzz about Blogging and How is It Important for My Business? 8/4 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM What strikes you when you hear about blogging? Bloggers? Bring your curiosity and eagerness to learn how the blogosphere, can and will propel your business. Learn the ABCs to optimally match your business plan’s objectives to the power of the World Wide Web and what many now call Web 2.0, the art 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.

Free and Low Cost Resources for Your Business 8/5 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 8/5 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 8/5 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 8/5 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.

Sell Your Business 8/5 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM This class is for small business owners who are considering a sale of their business ($500,000 to $20 million in revenues). Basic topics will include: motivation for selling, pricing, how to package the business, finding buyers, screening buyers, purchase agreements, and guiding the negotiations through the close of escrow. Introduction to Federal Government Contracting 8/6 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM This class will cover where your company fits into the Federal government market, what the Federal government purchasing process is like, how to research government contract opportunities, identifying the certification programs for small businesses and where to go for assistance. Presented by the SF SBDC and The Federal Technology Center.

Basic Bookkeeping, Part One 8/6 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.

Taxes and Your Business, How to Prepare Schedule C 8/6 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Prepare your business taxes for ’08 and get ready for ‘09. Review what the IRS wants to know from you and how to report it on the Schedule C for your business. This is a class for business owners who need a basic understanding of their 1040 Schedule C tax forms. We’ll also talk about what to do with the numbers once you have them. We don’t guarantee you won’t get audited, but this class will make it less likely.

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.

Urban Solutions Meet and Greet Join Urban Solutions to network with entrepreneurs, small business bankers and community members. Thursday, August 20 5:00 PM – 7:00 p.m. Bruno’s Pizzeria Cucina 1375 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, Calif. Light hors d’oevres. No host bar. For more information, 415.553.4433 ext. 101.

Website survey A website builder service is putting together a survey of small businesses who don’t have websites to understand their reasons for not being online. If you’re interested in participating, please let me know and I’ll forward your email to the company.

Magazine Interview Opportunity The AARP Bulletin is doing a story on business start-ups for the 50 plus entrepreneur. The reporter would like to find age 50 plus Latino, African-American, Asian or other minority member, who started a business who fit the profile of a “reluctant entrepreneur”, over 50-plus folks who start a business because they can’t find a job.

If you’re interested in participating in the story, please let me know at and I’ll hook you up with the reporter.

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