San Francisco: SBA Classes Oct. 26-Nov. 6

October 22nd, 2009

San Francisco: SBA Classes Oct. 26-Nov. 6


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

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

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.

How to Start and Manage a Small Business


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.


OFCCP/ARRA Subcontractors Compliance Requirements


3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is conducting more full-desk audits and onsite reviews for businesses receiving ARRA funds. We’ll discuss how you can deal with OFCCP requirements concerning fair employment laws and company policy; writing and using job descriptions; composing unbiased job advertisements; conducting nondiscriminatory interviews; choosing appropriate pre-employment tests; checking and documenting references.

Critical Thinking


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Critical thinking is a process that challenges an individual to use reflective, reasonable, rational thinking to gather, interpret and evaluate information in order to make sound decisions. The process involves thinking beyond a single solution for a problem and focusing on deciding what the best alternatives may be. This course teaches specific techniques that can be applied to tasks and challenges related to the workplace and participants will be guided through a decision-making process as an in-class exercise.

Music Publishing in Plain English


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Geared toward musicians, songwriters, and other music industry aspirants, we’ll cover basic terms and concepts, key points such as copyright registration, music publishing income streams, publishing contracts, licensing agreements, mechanical royalties, ASCAP / BMI / SESAC, songwriting collaborations, and more.

Federal and State Basics of Payroll Tax


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.

Sales and Marketing Essentials – Fashion Business Inc


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

For apparel entrepreneurs, come hear how Sheila Moon, owner of Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel, has built her company from the ground up to include hundreds of accounts and become a household name in the active wear industry. Includes information on working with reps, getting press, closing accounts and building your brand. Cost: $30. Sign up at

SBA Certification Workshop


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.

Intermediate QuickBooks


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.

How to Manage Your Time so it’s You Who Runs the Business, and not Your Business that Runs You!


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

We’ll discuss time management techniques that will help you to manage your business so that you’re working smart and not hard! It is possible to have a business and a life, and learning how to be a great manager of time will help you do just that! Here’s some highlights of what you will walk away with: learn to manage interruptions and shave hours off your work week; identify and eliminate “energy drains” and “time suckers” ; learn about single pointed focus; learn to set clear boundaries; learn what to do with your “to do list” so you actually get your tasks accomplished!

Stop the Bleed: Managing Employees in a Down Economy


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.

Food Safety Certification


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

Integrated Sales and Marketing Excellence


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Marketing’s job is to bring in the prospects. Sales’ job is to close the deal and book revenues. This class teaches you how to implement an integrated sales and marketing system that work together to produce results. Learn the quantitative marketing and sales methods that work in a down turn.

Restaurant Series: Understanding Food Costs/Menu Engineering


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.

Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses


5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

We will address various successful methods to find contracting opportunities and construction projects. The benefits of certifications such as the 8(a), Hub zone, LBE and the SBE will also be outlined. Additionally, our financial advisor will speak and take questions on financial sourcing and overcoming barriers. Lenders from the conventional banking and alternative financing industries will be available to introduce their program and answer your questions. Finally, a panel discussion will feature experienced construction contractors who will share their experiences in public contracting. To register or for more information, please contact

Credit Card Processing for Your Business


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

We’ll focus on how the credit card processing industry is structured; how business owners are often taken advantage of; pricing models that best benefit the business owner; and an open forum for people to ask questions.

What is the Buzz about Blogging and How is It Important for My Business?


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


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 Francisco


11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

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


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


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.

Production Essentials – Fashion Business Inc. and Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

For apparel entrepreneurs, come learn and understand what it takes to make an order into a finished product, on time, and on budget. This workshop will cover the calendar and timelines for domestic and off-shore production. Presented by local production guru, Lana Hogue. Cost: $30. Sign up at

Basic Bookkeeping, Part One


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.

How to Network Your Way to Success


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

We all know the importance of networking, but most people will admit that some are naturally better at it than others. That doesn’t have to be the case. Networking is a skill, not a talent, and it can be learned. This workshop will teach you how to develop or sharpen your networking skills so that you can establish and maintain profitable relationships that will yield professional and social dividends. Highly recommended for those with entertainment industry aspirations.


Trade Show Basics


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Learn how to locate, prepare for and participate in domestic and international trade shows. $25 Registration Fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.


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.

Legal and Business Issues training in Oakland Thursday, November 5 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Broadway Conference Room, 4th Floor 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA 94612

This class will provide an overview of business law concepts for the small business owner, addressing the general business legal issues that most entrepreneurs face when starting or growing a small business. The seminar will focus on topics such as when to incorporate, what form of corporate structure to choose, how to protect the company’s Intellectual Property, the use of Holding Companies and how to deal with contract disputes. In addition, there will be a panel discussion with lawyers and a question and answer session with the panel followed by ample time for one-on-one networking. Register at

or Call 510-208-0411

Free Bike Racks for Merchants! Are you a San Francisco merchant who wants a FREE bike rack outside of your business? The SF MTA is planning to install 700 bike parking racks free of charge over the next year, and they’re prioritizing merchants who request them. Request your rack here: ">

Stimulus Opportunities for Small Business The Stimulus Opportunities for Small Business program is a FREE half-day session featuring buyers for state and federal government projects, as well as buyers from large corporations. It will also feature local panelists able to offer insight into the latest developments in surety bonding and local workforce investment initiatives.

San Francisco Workshop scheduled for November 19. For more information and to register go to: ">


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