SBA Classes December 19 to January 20 2011

December 16th 2011

SBA Classes December 19 to January 20 2011

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a variety of classes for business owners in our Entrepreneur Center located at 455 Market Street Suite 600 in downtown San Francisco. View the San Francisco SBA online calendar at: SF SBA Calendar

Registration for all our classes is required. To register go to the SF Small Business Development Center registration site: SF Small Business Development Center unless otherwise indicated.

Events: December 19th 2011 – January 20th 2012


***SBA’s Hosted Webinar – Are Your Leadership Skills Enough to Lead Your Company Through a Crisis?

12/20 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) – 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

January 2012:


Free and Low Cost Resources for Your Business

1/4 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Representatives from SBA SCORE the SF SBDC the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center Women’s Initiative for Self Employment Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and the San Francisco Public Library Small Business Center will discuss the resources available.

Starting a Business in San Francisco

1/4 11:00 AM – 12:30 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

1/4 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

1/4 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.

Before You Sign That Lease

1/4 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The pre-printed lease form looks daunting and the broker is pressuring you to sign right now – but wait! There are many parts of an office retail or other commercial lease that you can and should negotiate with the landlord to increase the odds of success for your business. An experienced business and real estate attorney will help you learn how to make well-informed commercial tenant decisions and prepare for landlord negotiations. This class does not constitute legal advice.

New Year New You: Effective Growth & Goal Setting Strategies

1/4 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Ever wonder why so many people make resolutions at the beginning of the year and never keep them? Or why some people can actually lose weight find that new job start a new business or create a better life? They set attainable goals – and reach them! Lead by a growth expert this interactive workshop will show you how to address and resolve issues like procrastination lack of focus and weak motivations which are known to create barriers which prevent people from reaching their goals and achieving both professional and personal growth. Make 2012 YOUR year by taking advantage of the one workshop that can make a difference in your life and career all year long.

Basic Bookkeeping Part One

1/5 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Topics include cash vs. accrual accounting proper accounting data flow processes 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.

Employment Landmines

1/9 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Restaurant Owners or Managers: Come learn about the new laws and how to protect your company and managers from potential lawsuits pitfalls penalties and fines that businesses face in California. Free call 415-781-5348 for more information.

Preventing Unlawful Harassment for Restaurant Management – CA Law AB1825 Training

1/9 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

California law AB 1825 requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide all managers supervisors leads or anyone advising employees with two hours of interactive sexual harassment training every two years. All supervisory personnel must be trained within six months of their date of hire or promotion and every two years thereafter. Attending this seminar will meet legal requirements and reduce the company’s exposure educate your management staff and improve your company’s work environment. Fee to Attend. Certificate issued. For more information call 415-781-5348.

Federal and State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

1/10 10:00 AM – 4:00PM

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. Visit: Employment Development Department or Call 866 873-6083.

Employee Benefits for Small Business- What You Need to Know

1/10 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

This class will cover some of the basic information that a new or existing business owner will need to know about Employee Benefits. We will cover some of the most common questions about Health Insurance we will go into insurance lines for business owners such as Disability Insurance which can save a business in the event of the owner/s becoming disabled as well as buy/sell agreements utilizing Life Insurance which are a crucial tool in protecting the families of business owners and/or their partners in the event of a fatality. Last we will cover some of the retirement solutions that are most suitable for startups and small business.

SimpleStart – Start-up Basics – Session 1

1/11 9:00 AM–12:00 PM

Jump-start your business idea with SCORE Workshops. Five weekly three-hour workshops cover Concept Evaluation Business Plans Marketing Financial Tools and Sources of Funding. Presented by SF SCORE. For more information call 415-744-6827. Fee: Session 1: No Charge – Sessions 2-5 Package: $150.00. One-on-one counseling included.

Get More Clients in the Next 30 Days Than You Did In the Past 90

1/11 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Learn the basics of how to market your service business; how it differs from marketing products why it is important to have a niche how to create a compelling message about your services and various ways to achieve the critical function of networking and following up.

Understanding Your Competition

1/12 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

As a startup/small business owner you can market your business more effectively the more you understand about your competition and the customer they are targeting. Topics include uncovering the competition’s strengths and weaknesses understanding what makes their business attractive to customers and determining what competitive advantages you might have.

Basic Bookkeeping Part Two

1/12 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

We’ll 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.

Advanced Social Media Techniques

1/12 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

This presentation is designed for intermediate users of Facebook and LinkedIn primarily along with other social media. Numerous tips and tricks will be shared along with an automated strategy to ratchet up your following and increase opportunities for results. All participants must be familiar with Facebook LinkedIn blogging and YouTube to benefit from this class. $35 Registration Fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Employee or Independent Contractor Tax Seminar

1/17 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This seminar will explain how to determine if someone providing services to your company should be treated as an employee or independent contractor for tax purposes. Learn about the independent contractor reporting requirements. Presented by the California EDD Tax Office. Visit: or Call 866 873-6083.

Corporations and LLCs Offer Different Options

1/17 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Learn how to make the best use of your corporation or LLC to save money and shield yourself from liabilities. Learn the compliance details of when and how to properly set up your entity including medical insurance plans compensation strategies for tax planning records management and banking. $20 registration fee. Presented by SF SCORE.

Recursos de Bajo Costo o Gratiz Para Empezar Su Propio Negocio

1/17 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Varias recursos empresarios explica su programa de bajo costo o gratis. En Espanola. Varias representivos de programas de empresarios. For more information call (415) 744-8498.

Prioritizing Prospects to Increase Your Sales Success

1/18 1:30 PM to 3:30 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.

Starting Your Own Web Startup

1/18 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Web startups including LinkedIn Facebook and Groupon have changed the way that we use the internet. In this session learn how you can start your own web startup. We will overview several topics specific to web startups including the lean startup methodology equity financing and incubation web application product development and startup marketing. Come with an idea for your web startup.

Are You Using Your Super Powers in Your Business?

1/18 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Do you know what your Super Powers are and if you are using them effectively in your business? This interactive presentation will give you a glimpse into discovering your Super Powers and how to make sure you are using them for the betterment of you and your business!

Basic Bookkeeping Part Three

1/19 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

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.

What’s the Deal? How Small Businesses Can Cash in with Daily Deal Sites

1/19 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

This interactive workshop will teach participants the fundamentals of success with daily deal websites. From Groupon and LivingSocial to Bloomspot and HomeRun we’ll cover some of the key players as well as how your company can generate more revenue. Secrets to offering effective deals and case studies will be revealed! $35 Registration Fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

or *Listed below are events offered by organizations and groups that are not always sponsored by SBA and may or may not be held at the San Francisco Entrepreneur Center

***SBA’s Hosted Webinar – Are Your Leadership Skills Enough to Lead Your Company Through a Crisis?

12/20 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) – 11:00 AM PST

Get Tips During Free Webinar Hosted by SBA – Webinar will focus on best practices to help those in leadership positions navigate the road to recovery midst of a crisis or in the aftermath of a disaster and navigate the road to recovery. Space is limited register at Management Obligations during Disaster Recovery The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners renters private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more visit Disaster Loans

***San Jose Entrepreneur Center Classes – San Jose Entrepreneur Center

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“A Practical Guide to Doing Business with the Federal Government and Directory of Federal Procurement Offices” (4/2011) available from the SBA San Francisco District Office by email request at helps small businesses find green contracts grants and partnerships throughout the federal government. It promotes sustainable environmentally friendly procurement practices and lets small businesses share information related to green contracting.

Free Small Business Counseling by Appointment…..Call or Click
SF SCORE @ 415-744-6827 or SF Small Business Development Center @ 415-841-4050 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.

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