San Francisco: SBA Classes May 11-22

May 8th, 2009

San Francisco: SBA Classes May 11-22

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 http://www.acteva.com/go/sba For more information, please contact Gary Marshall at (415) 744 6771 or gary.marshall@sba.gov

Legal Structures for Your Business from an Income Tax Perspective 5/11 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Choose the right entity for your business from an income tax perspective. Join us for a one and a half hour seminar discussing Corporation, S Corporation, LLC, LLP, and Sole Proprietorships and what these entities mean to your business for tax purposes. Topics covered will include income tax, payroll tax, self-employment tax, start – up, exit strategy, employee ownership, and investor issues.

Restaurant Series: Creating the Buzz Inside and Outside Your Restaurant 5/11 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Every person working in your restaurant is an extension of your brand. Engage your staff in the mission and promotion of your business. Your staff can become your customer evangelists by working as a team and by understanding the collective energy that is created. Also learn to develop PR strategies that build upon personal relationships. $30 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Taxes and Your Business, How to Prepare Schedule C 5/11 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.

Marketing: Building Awareness and Driving Sales 5/12 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Understand the fundamentals of marketing strategy and how good market planning can have a meaningful impact on your business. Learn how to develop a valuable and cost-effective marketing plan, execute the plan, and measure its effectiveness. We cover vital topics such as Pricing; Branding; Promotion; Internet Marketing; Positioning and Strategy; Lead Tracking. $35 registration fee in advance; or $40 day of event. For information, contact SCORE at (415) 744-6827, register at www.acteva.com/go/sfscore

From Kitchen to Market: Selling Your Specialty Foods 5/12 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM You have a specialty recipe you think the market would crave – BBQ sauce, homemade cookies or jams? How do you transition from your kitchen to the outside world? It pays to understand the huge specialty food industry as you maneuver through it. This class will focus on the planning and production process, contacts to help you get started, capitalization options, marketing strategies, the distribution network and more. You will receive a take home package with worksheets, resource guide and trend analyses. $30 registration fee. Sponsored by the SF SBDC.

Managing Employees in a Down Economy 5/12 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM The current state of the economy is affecting many Bay Area businesses negatively. In this workshop, learn how to cut the fat, stop the bleed, create a healthier bottom line and survive – even THRIVE! – in a challenging environment. Learn about alternatives to layoffs, how to implement compliant layoffs, if necessary, and preserving productivity and morale through the transition. $30 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

How to Manage Unemployment Insurance Costs 5/13 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM The Unemployment Insurance tax works like any other insurance premium. The purpose of this seminar is to explain how the UI system works and how you as the employer can manage UI costs. Jointly conducted by the Employment Development Department and the California state Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, this class will cover. More information at (866) 873-6083, register at www.edd.ca.gov/taxsem Five Easy Ways to Attract Targeted Website Visitors for Free 5/13 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Over 98% of websites get fewer than 5 visitors each day. Attracting high-quality website visitors doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a little direction, you can accumulate strategic one-way inbound links and watch the targeted traffic pour in!

Basic Bookkeeping, Part Two 5/14 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.

Maximize Your Web Site Traffic and Sales: Search Engine Optimization and Web Analytics 5/14 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Getting customers to your Web site involves much more than merely designing an interesting site for them to visit. In this class you will learn how to optimize your Web site to ensure the highest possible placing on the key search engines, and thus ensure more traffic. By learning how to use Web analytics you will also learn how to keep your customers on your site once they are there, and how to ensure the maximum conversion rates for site visitors into paying customers. Presented by the SF SBDC. Registration fee $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

How to Start and Manage a Small Business 5/18 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 www.acteva.com/go/sfscore

Basic Bookkeeping, Part Three 5/21 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.

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

http://www.eastbaysbdc.org/pages/seminars.php

ALSO Hiring an Ex-Offender

Would you like to learn how to generate continuous federal and state tax credits for your business? Are you tired of spending your hard earned money on pre-employment background checks? Are you experiencing issues with employee job performance or retention?

On Thursday, May 14, 2009, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, the United States Probation Office and United States Pretrial Services will host a networking workshop to discuss the benefits of hiring an ex-offender.

In this workshop, you will learn how you can gain a financial advantage in these uncertain times. We will present solutions to some of your staffing concerns, how you can eliminate unnecessary business expenses, and provide valuable information on hiring the ex-offender population. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to make new contacts and expand your business network.

Robert F. Peckham Federal Building, U.S. Courthouse 280 S. First Street, Room 1198, San Jose, CA 95113. The federal building is located in downtown San Jose on San Carlos Street between First and Second Streets, directly across from the State Building.

May 14, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Continental Breakfast will be served. Please bring valid photo ID for entry to the Courthouse building.

For more information please contact Susan Portillo at (408) 808-3938, Jacinta Hernandez at (408) 535-3938 or visit our website at www.canp.uscourts.gov

Please RSVP by May 12, 2009

ALSO San Francisco Chamber of Commerce presents Speed Networking for Women Thursday, May 14, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM SF Chamber’s Boardroom 235 Montgomery Street, 12th Floor. Find it difficult to connect with the right people at networking events? Not meeting as many people as you could because you are caught in one long conversation? Hesitant to walk up and start a conversation with someone new?

    • Join us for this popular program focused on making connections.
    • Engage in facilitated meetings with at least 20 businesswomen.
    • Make a business connection in four minutes or less.
    • Expand your network in minutes instead of months.
    • Learn to become a connector and introduce your contacts.

Here’s how it works: In the beginning of the session our group facilitator will share her expert networking tips with the group. Then each pair will have a few minutes to introduce themselves and their company. You will explain what you are looking for or the value of your products/services, and then switch. After meeting with everyone on the opposite side of the room, we will break for informal networking over complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres.

Cost is $30 for Chamber members, $40 for non-members. Space is limited to 40 participants. Make sure to bring 25 or more business cards. Cancellations must occur 48 hours in advance to receive a refund.

For more information please contact Nadia Chan at 415-352-8803 or .

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ALSO Springboard Enterprises will be hosting the Equity Matters: The Route to NASDAQ seminar which aims at educating woman on seeking venture capital for funding, complete with panels filled with lenders, investors, and entrepreneurs. The one day event will be held at the Wharton West facilities in San Francisco on May 21. To register, go to www.springboardenterprises.org.

ALSO Opportunity Fund is currently seeking a highly qualified Program Director to lead its successful Small Business Loan Program. Reporting to the VP of Programs, the Program Director works with Opportunity Fund’s senior management team to develop program strategy, and has primary responsibility for managing the Small Business Loan Program’s marketing, sales, underwriting and portfolio management. The Program Director will lead a team of 6 full-time staff, 1-2 part-time contractors, and several volunteers. The Program Director also serves as a liaison to the Development and Finance teams to achieve organizational goals.

Opportunity Fund’s goal is to scale up what is already a sustainable microfinance program and become one of the largest micro lenders in the country. The Program Director will be prepared to develop and execute a marketing strategy and lead the team through a period of growth that achieves financial sustainability (through earned income and fundraising) and high community impact. This position is an excellent opportunity for a proven leader looking to join an entrepreneurial and high-performing microfinance team in a fun and flexible work environment. Click here to get the full job description.

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