San Francisco: SBA Classes May 26-June 5

May 21st, 2009

San Francisco: SBA Classes May 26-June 5

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

Step-By-Step Business Planning 5/26 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Understand the process of developing a functioning plan to grow your business and which can also be used to support a request for financing. Operational and strategic planning is covered with emphasis on finance and marketing. $50 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.


Small Business Taxes 5/26 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 SCORE at (415) 744-6827, register at

Maintaining Tax Records for Small Business 5/26 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 SCORE at (415) 744-6827, register at

Designing your Business for Easy Growth 5/26 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM At the core of every business are the Business Processes, the HOW of how your business actually works. Everything you do in your business is part of a process from sales, to customer service and managing your cash flow. Combined together, your Business Process become the Framework of your company. A strong, flexible framework will allow your company to grow faster with less pain. In this course you will learn ten easy steps for developing your Processes and putting them into a framework based on your business.

Federal and State Basics of Payroll Tax 5/27 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM This class guides participants through the basics of that preparation. Subjects include determining independent contractor versus employee, withholding taxes, deposits and completing the proper forms. Presented by the IRS and the California EDD Tax office.

Renaissance Center Fashion Industry Network workshop series 5/27 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM This workshop is for apparel and accessory business owners. Information at Registration $30 per class at

Keep Your Working Capital by Leasing Your Equipment 5/27 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Did you know that over 80% of businesses lease some or all of their equipment? Conserve your working capital by leasing equipment needed to operate your business. Terms are flexible and you can still own your equipment for a nominal fee at the end of the lease! Learn how equipment leasing works and how it can become a cash management tool with tax benefits.

SBA Certification Workshop 5/28 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 5/28 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM 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. This is a hands-on workshop. Participants should have completed Basic Bookkeeping Part I or be familiar with the concepts covered in that workshop. $60 Registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 5/28 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM We will demonstrate setting-up, updating and maintaining spreadsheets, outlining and bordering, creating mathematical equations and 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.

Food Safety Certification – Golden Gate Restaurant Association 6/1 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

Contracts 101: Understanding Contract Terms and Putting Them To Work For You 6/1 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Although lots of contracts seem to be filled with mind-bending legalese, there’s no reason why this has to be true. Learn how to decode contract language, separate the critical from the trivial and focus on keeping the contract cart from getting in front of your horse of a deal. Prioritizing Prospects to Increase Your Sales Success 6/2 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Learn how to prioritize which prospects are most likely to generate revenue for your business. Most small business owners make the mistake of treating all customers the same, rather than getting clear about where the money is in the marketplace. Learn to save time and energy, as well as produce greater results, by concentrating on those most likely to buy (e.g. fast vs. large purchase), repeat, or refer.

Selling Your Small Company: Preparation and Pitfalls 6/2 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Selling a business is a complicated process with unlimited variables and pitfalls. Learn a methodology and process designed to maximize your chances of closing a deal and minimize deal-killing surprises. Learn how to Prepare and package your business for sale; Qualify potential buyers; Negotiate deal price and terms; Arrange acquisition financing. There is a lot to learn, and this seminar is an attempt to speed up the learning curve. $20 registration fee in advance; or $25 day of event. For information, contact SCORE at (415) 744-6827, register at

Starting a Consulting Business 6/2 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Our panel of experienced consultants will discuss the insider story of opening and running your business as a consultant. Topics will include finding clients, pricing your services, establishing a business identity, legal requirements, and maintaining customer loyalty. $30 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Free and Low Cost Resources for Your Business 6/3 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 6/3 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 6/3 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 6/3 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.

Public Speaking Skills 6/3 6:00 PM -8:30 PM Participants will learn and practice powerful speaking techniques using voice, gestures, presentation structure and stories to make a positive impact on an audience of any size. I coach participants to avoid the typical, often boring, “recitation-style” presentations. You will learn a style where you gain the audience’s attention through confident composure and constant interaction.

Government Subcontracting 6/4 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Basics for prime contractors who are managing subcontracts; basics for subcontractors who are working with primes or managing other subcontractors. Discussion includes obtaining consent to subcontract, project management and controls, subcontract administration, marketing to prime contractors, common errors, and payment issues from the perspective of both primes and subs. Presented by the Federal Technology Center and the SF SBDC. Register for free at

Basic Bookkeeping, Part One 6/4 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.

Small Business Marketing Plans That Work 6/4 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM In this class you will learn practical techniques to properly identify your target market and how to develop a strategic marketing plan to reach those target markets. Understanding these critical elements of business will prepare you for maximizing your productivity and profitability. $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.

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