San Francisco : SBA Classes June 29-July 10

June 26th, 2009

San Francisco : SBA Classes June 29-July 10

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.

Registration for all our classes is required. To register for classes, go to After June 28,

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

How to Start and Manage a Small Business 6/29 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 SCORE at (415) 744-6827, register at

Top Ten Steps for Launching a Successful Bar Operation 6/29 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM This seminar teaches the attendee how to successfully bring all of the pieces together prior to launching a successful concept in the bar and club industry. Special focus is given to marketing and public relations to create the “buzz” prior to launching. $30 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC. Register at

Free and Low Cost Resources for Your Business 7/1 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 7/1 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 7/1 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 7/1 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.

Basic Bookkeeping, Part One 7/2 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.

Running and Operating a Green Business 7/2 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM This class will explore combining a social change with environmental actions by defining sustainability and helping you to re-think your business model allowing you to be green and be successful at the same time. We will discuss strategies to propel you to greatness by helping you deal with issues like energy, water, waste and procurement. $20 registration fee. Presented by the SF Small Business Development Center.

Health Insurance for Small Businesses Owners 7/6 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.

Marketing Research – Discover Your Niche 7/7 1:30 PM – 3:30 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.

Secrets to Buying a Business or Franchise 7/7 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Learn how to reduce your risk and improve your chances of success in buying a franchise or existing business. Topics include Options for Financing; Choosing an Existing Business vs. a Franchise; Where to Find a Business or Franchise; Working with Brokers. $20 registration fee in advance; or $25 day of event. For information, contact SCORE at (415) 744-6827.

Basic Bookkeeping, Part Two 7/9 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.

Employment Issues for Every Business 7/9 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Topics covered will include the importance of documentation during employment, wage and hour compliance issues (independent contractor v. employee, exempt v. non-exempt), how to handle workplace complaints, termination and reduction in force issues (final paycheck, severance agreements), overview of the new COBRA rules and San Francisco’s employment ordinances.

Effortless Selling 7/9 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Tired of spending tons of money on marketing and not getting results? In today’s economy, you can’t afford wasting time or money. Sales is the most direct way to increase your bottom line. Join us and learn: the 5 most effective sales techniques; the 3 things NEVER to do; the 1 piece of advice that will change your business forever.

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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