San Francisco: SBA Classes Mar. 30 – April 9

April 1st, 2009

San Francisco: SBA Classes Mar. 30 – April 9

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.

To register for classes, go to For more information, please contact Gary Marshall at (415) 744 6771 or

How to Start and Manage a Small Business 3/30 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 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

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 3/31 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Learn the basics of this useful and flexible spreadsheet & database application. We will demonstrate setting-up, updating and maintaining spreadsheets, outlining and bordering, creating mathematical equations & functions, generating graphs & charts, and more. Exercises include budgeting, financial modeling and data sorting. This is a hands-on workshop. Participants should be familiar with basic computer functions. $30 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Free and Low Cost Resources for Your Business 4/1 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 4/1 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 4/1 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 4/1 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.

How to Deal with Difficult People 4/1 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM What is the cost to your business when you are submerged in conflict, dealing with difficult people? This workshop will examine the reasons why conflict exists and tools you can use to align yourself for so you can reduce conflict and create opportunity. Group and individual activities will be incorporated as exercises throughout the workshop.

Doing Business with General Services Administration 4/2 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Who GSA is and how they are organized; how to do business with the GSA, review of contracting regulations, requirements and specifications, Federal Acquisition Service, process to obtain a GSA schedule (in detail), and applicable websites. Presented by the Federal Technology Center and the SF SBDC. Register for free at

Basic Bookkeeping, Part One 4/2 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.

Food Safety Certification – Golden Gate Restaurant Association (in Spanish) 4/6 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. As of January 1, 2000, certification is mandatory and re-certification is required every three years. Registration and information is available at The April 6 class will be conducted in Spanish.

Restaurant Series: Checklist for Starting a Restaurant 4/6 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.

Marketing Research – Discover Your Niche 4/7 1:00 PM – 3:00 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.

Business Survival Tools in Tough Times 4/7 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM An experienced volunteer from the Legal Services for Entrepreneur project will discuss resources, tools, and options available for businesses facing problems arising from the current economic slow down.

Health Insurance for Small Businesses 4/8 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.

Basic Bookkeeping, Part Two 4/9 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.

Get Organized! 4/9 6:00 PM – 7:30 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.

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.

Check out the SBDC training in a city near you

ALSO Night Time Economy – Survive and Thrive Presented by the San Francisco Entertainment Commission and the Small Business Commission Monday March 30, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Koret Auditorium San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin The program will offer a tool box of options to assist bars, restaurants and other businesses open after 10:00 PM.

RSVP at Or 415 554 5793

ALSO Third Annual Invent Your Future Conference for Women Innovation & Leadership: Breakthrough Strategies for Uncertain Times March 31 – April 1 Santa Clara Convention Center The Invent Your Future Conference for Women is bringing you a program full of fresh voices and perspectives on leadership and entrepreneurship which are even more urgent in these turbulent times. The conference features nationally-recognized keynote speakers, best- selling authors, thought leaders and business experts who offer informative seminars, tools, and techniques to accelerate your business. Join Conference Keynote Speakers: Cokie Roberts, Veteran NPR and ABC news analyst, Rachel Maddow, host of the nightly Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC; Dr. Bertice Berry, sociologist and best-selling author and Cynthia McClain-Hill, Partner, Strategic Counsel LLC and National President, NAWBO.

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