SBA SF Business Seminars and Workshops – June 4 to 22 2012

June 6th 2012

SBA SF Business Seminars and Workshops – June 4 to 22 2012

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: San Francisco SBA Online Calendar

Registration for all our classes is required. To ensure a printed handout for review along with the instructor during the class or to be notified if the class is cancelled please register at the SF Small Business Development Center registration site: Small Business Development Center unless otherwise indicated.

Events: June 4 to 22 2012

Food Safety Certification

6/4 – Monday 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 five years. Registration and information is available at 415-781-5348.

***Intermediate QuickBooks

6/4 – Monday 1:00PM to 5:00PM in SAN JOSE

Restaurant Series: How to Run a Profitable Restaurant

6/4 – Monday 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

This class will cover: understanding food beverage and labor costs. We will provide you the tools to develop schedule forecasts recipe plate costing and inventory management. $35 Registration Fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Federal and State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

6/5 – Tuesday 9:00 AM – 3:00PM

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: California Employment Development Department Tax Office or Call 866 873-6083.

***State Labor Law and Payroll Tax Seminar

6/5 – Tuesday 10:00AM to 4:00PM in SAN JOSE

Corporations and LLCs Offer Different Options

6/5 – Tuesday 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Learn how to make the best use of your corporation or LLC to save money and shield you 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.

Free and Low Cost Resources for Your Business

6/6 – Wednesday 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Representatives from SBA the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights the San Francisco Public Library Small Business Center SCORE San Francisco Small Business Development Center Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and Anew America will discuss the resources available.

***Sole Proprietor Tax Seminar

6/6 – Wednesday 10:00AM to 1:00PM in SAN JOSE

Starting a Business in San Francisco

6/6 – Wednesday 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

6/6 – Wednesday 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

6/6 – Wednesday 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.

Behind The Logo

6/6 – Wednesday 6:00 PM – 8:30PM

Branding is critical to any business strategy. There are key principles beyond the artwork and its’ attributes. This seminar will cover the key building blocks behind the development of a brand.

***Access to Capital

6/6 – Wednesday 6:30PM to 8:30PM in CUPERTINO

Finding Venture Capital for Your Business

6/7 – Thursday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

An experienced business lawyer will discuss the process of seeking Venture Capital funding including how to tell when you’re ready to talk to Venture Capitalists how to find your Venture Capitalist the dos and don’ts of presenting to Venture Capitalists and how a typical Venture Capital deal is structured. This class does not constitute legal advice.

***Webinar: Incorporating Your Business

6/7 – Thursday 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

Join SCORE National during a live webinar. Learn the several entity types available for your business; various considerations for formalizing your business; steps you should take when forming a corporation or an LLC and where and how to form a corporation. Call 1-800-634-0245 for more information.

Basic Bookkeeping Part One

6/7 – Thursday 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. $35 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Starting a Consulting Business

6/7 – Thursday 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Attend this class for professional guidance from veteran consultants on how to structure your business what insurance to consider what you can write off how to get started marketing your services when to use a contract and how to set prices. After the structured presentation portion of the session the consultants on hand will open it up and take any and all questions from the floor. This class will really help you to get your consulting business off on the right foot. $35 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

***Close the Deal!

6/7 – Thursday 6:00PM to 9:00PM in SAN JOSE

Social Media Marketing Made Simple

6/8 – Friday 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Learn: what social media marketing really is and why it’s important: various social media networks and tools: how they interact ways to leverage their strengths and how to evaluate them for best use for your business or organization; how other businesses are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility develop relationships and drive sales and engagement; and how to incorporate it into your business life without losing productivity. Presented by SF SCORE – call (415) 744-6827 for more information. This is a FREE event and as such seats are first-come first-serve for pre-registrants. At 5 minutes to the hour walk-ins will be admitted. Therefore please arrive early to ensure a seat as we intentionally over-subscribe the event due to the unpredictable attendance intentions of those who register for FREE events.

Restaurant Series: Learn the Basics in Marketing Your Restaurant for Success

6/11 – Monday 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Hear what some of the top pros in the restaurant industry and media have to say about distinguishing your restaurant. $35 Registration Fee. Presented by the SF SBDC

Running and Operating a Green Business

6/11 – Monday 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Want to learn easy ways to improve your brand image identify new markets lower operating costs and help the planet? This class teaches you how to be a green business and gives you simple steps to implement right away. Learn how to get certified for free by the Bay Area Green Business Program and find the resources you need for your business. $25 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

***Public Relations Made Easy: Understanding the Framework

6/11 – Monday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

State Payroll Tax Workshop

6/12 – Tuesday 9:00AM – 3:00PM

This workshop provides participants with hands practice on how to calculate state taxes and complete state payroll tax forms. The workshop is recommended for those who have previously attended a Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar or for those familiar with state payroll tax reporting but who would like additional practice. Presented by the California EDD Tax Office. For Information Visit: California Employment Development Department or Call 866 873-6083.

Less Emails More Productivity

6/12 – Tuesday 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Learn ways to improve productivity in you workplace with SharePoint and options beyond emails/phone to collaborate with within an industry.

SCORE SimpleSTEPS Series (Start-up Basics)

6/13 – Wednesday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

SimpleSTEPS is a series of five 3-4 hour intensive workshops in which you will: define and evaluate your ideas; turn your idea into an Action Plan with tools and templates; develop a marketing strategy; follow easy steps to develop your Financial Plan; identify the best ways to fund your startup; and learn how to present your plan to potential funders. Between workshops you will work one-on-one with an expert mentor. The first session (Start-up Basics) is free. The remaining four sessions cost $150. For more information and reservations contact SF SCORE at 415-744-6827 or register online at Simple Steps

***Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

6/13 – Wednesday 10:00AM to 4:00PM in SAN JOSE

Small Business Taxes

6/13 – Wednesday 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 get answers to your tax questions in this informative interactive live seminar covering tax deductions incorporations LLCs and commonly used tax strategies. $20 registration fee. Presented by SF SCORE.

***Introduction to Trademarks

6/13 – Wednesday 6:30PM to 8:30PM in CUPERTINO

Basic Bookkeeping Part Two

6/14 – Thursday 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. $35 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Online Display Advertising for Small Businesses

6/14 – Thursday 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

As a result of recent innovations Online Display Advertising has become a potent tool for LOCAL businesses. Discover best practices for deploying this rapidly growing and powerful tool for your business. We will examine the evolution of the medium and how best to harness the potential of Online Display Advertising for the small business. Free class. Presented by SF SBDC.

***Prioritizing Prospects to Increase Sales Success

6/20 – Wednesday 6:30PM to 8:30PM in CUPERTINO

Restaurant Series: Modern Management – Leverage Technology to Drive Improvement

6/18 – Monday 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Today there are many solutions available to restaurant owners that utilize technology to improve business performance but which ones are the right ones for your business? This workshop explores the different types of technology and solutions that can help you drive revenues reduce cost introduce critical controls drive visibility of information and improve bottom line. $35 Registration Fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Best Practices for Converting Visitors to Customers

6/18 – Monday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

What to do and how to structure your web content: The techniques for getting a visitor who is on your website to become a customer/client are critical for the success of a website and web environment. This seminar discusses the objectives structure content and action items of effective websites and how to present your value proposition to engage visitors who are ‘just looking.’ Presented by the SF SBDC. Registration fee $35 in advance $40 at the door.

***State Payroll Tax Workshop

6/19 – Tuesday 10:00AM to 4:00PM in SAN JOSE

How to Quickly Attract Your Prospect’s Attention

6/19 – Tuesday 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

What is your prospect most interested in? Whatever it is this should be the first thing you address in all of your marketing communication (i.e. print online and in-person). You need to come right to the key point. Then explain further. In a world of short attention spans you need to assume you will only have a few seconds to catch someone’s interest before they move on.

Introduction to Federal Contracting

6/19 – Tuesday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This class will cover the federal government market what the federal government purchasing process is like how to research government contract opportunities identifying certification programs. Registration Fee $25. Presented by the SF SBDC.

***HUBZone and WOSB Program Certifications

6/20 – Wednesday 10:00AM to 11:00AM in SAN JOSE

***SBA 8(a) BD Certification Workshop

6/20 – Wednesday 11:00AM to 12:30PM in SAN JOSE

Protecting the Intellectual Property of Your Business: Patent Basics

6/20 – Wednesday 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Have you invented a new product that you think might be patentable? Have you designed a website or created a business method that you think may be patentable? Come and learn what may be patented and how to do so in a cost-effective manner!

***Business Structures 101

6/21 – Thursday 10:00AM to 11:30AM in SAN JOSE

***Employment Basics 101

6/21 – Thursday 11:30AM to 1:00PM in SAN JOSE

Basic Bookkeeping Part Three

6/21 – Thursday 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.

Cancelled…..Export Series: International Trade Marketing Toolkit

6/21 – Thursday 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

In this workshop you will learn how to find business opportunities abroad how to plan and prepare for International Trade Shows Trade Missions and other events. Our instructor/entrepreneur has been exporting consumer products to Asia and Latin America for many years. $35 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

***Mastering LinkedIn for Small Business Owners

6/21 – Thursday 6:00PM to 9:00PM in SAN JOSE

Setting Up a Successful Online Business

6/22 – Friday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

An extensive session to help you setup and execute an online business. You will learn to: design a strategy for your online business; define business model and commercial model execute an online business and market an online business. Register online at SCORE or call 415-744-6827 to reserve your space. $25 registration fee. Our Partners Presents… A weekly feature of small business community events offered by our resource partners other organizations and groups outside SBA.

***Fashion + Business

6/6 – Wednesday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Part 1 of 5-part Series)

5-part Series on Starting a Fashion Business – Defining your market (type of garment who will wear it price range); identifying your unique selling point; setting your clothing prices; how to sell to boutiques department stores and large retailers; what to be aware of when choosing a manufacturer; refine your vision and outline a big picture plan for the future; test and troubleshoot your business assumptions; estimate and research costs and explore funding options; lay-out what you’ve learned in the form of a mini business plan. Cost is $120 for the entire series which meets from 6-9PM on Wednesday June 6th 13th 20th 27th and July 11th. For more information contact: Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center Women’s Business Center 275 5th Street San Francisco CA at 415-348-6248. Register: Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

***Public Relations Made Easy: Understanding the Framework

6/11 – Monday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Part 1 of 2-part Series)

Two session series: Sessions will help you understand the strategic importance of public relations and how it fits in with the other components of your marketing plan. Session One: Public Relations Made Easy 6/11 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM and Session Two: Social Media Strategy: Putting It All Together 6/18 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. $20 per class. For more information contact: Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center Women’s Business Center 275 5th Street San Francisco CA at 415-348-6248. Register online: Renaissance Center

Social Media Strategy: Putting It All Together

6/18 – Monday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Part 2 of 2-part Series)

Sessions will help you understand the strategic importance of public relations and how it fits in with the other components of your marketing plan. $20 per class. For more information contact: Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center Women’s Business Center 275 5th Street San Francisco CA at 415-348-6248. Register online: Renaissance Center

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***Intermediate QuickBooks

6/4 – Monday 1:00PM to 5:00PM

This is a hands-on workshop with laptops and sample data provided. We will discuss proper intermediate data entry techniques how to appropriately classify expenses and more. Topics include advanced customer and 1099 vendor setup; 1099 preparation; setting up and using memorized transactions and other lists; analyzing financial reports; discussing prepaid expenses and the importance of bookkeeping data security. Presented by the Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center. Cost: $79 online; $89 at door check or cash only Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center 100 East Santa Clara Street San Jose CA 95113 For registration: Sillicon Valley Small Business Development Center Contact Information: Client Services Coordinator clientservices@svsbdc.org 408-351-3600

***State Labor Law and Payroll Tax Seminar

6/5 – Tuesday 10:00AM to 4:00PM

You will receive information from the EDD and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement on: • Recordkeeping reporting requirements employer obligations and payment requirements. • Common wage and hour law application. • Employer and employee rights and responsibilities. • How to distinguish between an employee and an independent contractor. No Fee. Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center 100 E. Santa Clara Street San Jose CA 95113 For registration: http://www.sanjoseecenter.org Contact Information: Emily Navarra-Refugio emily.navarra@sba.gov 408-351-3661

***Sole Proprietor Tax Seminar

6/6 – Wednesday 10:00AM to 1:00PM

This workshop provides basic tax knowledge for the sole proprietor and self-employed individual. Additionally it covers rules on common business expenses tax deductions as well as self-employment tax. No Fee. Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center 100 E. Santa Clara Street San Jose CA 95113 For registration: San Jose Entrepreneur Center Contact Information: Emily Navarra-Refugio emily.navarra@sba.gov 408-351-3661

***Close the Deal!

6/7 – Thursday 6:00PM to 9:00PM

This class is a must for the sales-starved business owner. Learn how to prospect and find new customers understand the sales process and how to finally engage in a closing process that gives positive results!
Presented by the Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center. Cost: $35 online; $45 at door check or cash only Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center 100 East Santa Clara Street San Jose CA 95113 For registration: Sillicon Valley Small Business Development Center Contact Information: Client Services Coordinator clientservices@svsbdc.org 408-351-3600

***Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

6/13 – Wednesday 10:00AM to 4:00PM

You will learn: • California payroll reporting requirements including forms employer obligations reporting and payment requirements. • About independent contractor reporting requirements. • Electronic filing and payment requirements and options. • Federal payroll reporting requirements including Forms 940 941 1099 W-2 W-4 W-9 and alternative filing. No Fee. Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center 100 E. Santa Clara Street San Jose CA 95113 For registration: San Jose Entrepreneur Center Contact Information: Emily Navarra-Refugio emily.navarra@sba.gov 408-351-3661

***State Payroll Tax Workshop

6/19 – Tuesday 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Who would benefit: • Those seeking hands-on experience in calculating taxes and completing payroll tax forms. • Anyone who has attended a previous Federal/State or State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar. • Those familiar with State payroll tax reporting who would like additional practice. Note: Limited to first 10 people. No Fee. Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center 100 E. Santa Clara Street San Jose CA 95113 For registration: San Jose Entrepreneur Center Contact Information: Emily Navarra-Refugio emily.navarra@sba.gov 408-351-3661

***HUBZone and WOSB Program Certifications

6/20 – Wednesday 10:00AM to 11:00AM

This workshop will explain the provisions of the HUBZone Program and the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program. Eligibility requirements application and certification will be explained. No Fee. Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center 100 E. Santa Clara Street San Jose CA 95113 For registration: San Jose Entrepreneur Center Contact Information: Emily Navarra-Refugio emily.navarra@sba.gov 408-351-3661

***SBA 8(a) BD Certification Workshop

6/20 – Wednesday 11:00AM to 12:30PM

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. The program goal is to promote the firm’s competitiveness in the American economy through business development. Other certifications are discussed. No Fee. Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center 100 E. Santa Clara Street San Jose CA 95113 For registration: San Jose Entrepreneur Center Contact Information: Emily Navarra-Refugio emily.navarra@sba.gov 408-351-3661

***Business Structures 101

6/21 – Thursday 10:00AM to 11:30AM

Are you thinking of starting a business but are not sure what type of entity to use? Do the words LLC S-Corp and C-Corp intimidate you? Are you confused about business structures? If you answered yes to any of those questions this is the class for you. Learn the basics about legal business structures from the different types of protection to the different types of taxation. We will go over DBA S-Corp LLC C-Corp and Partnership basics. *This class does not provide legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. No Fee. Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center 100 E. Santa Clara Street San Jose CA 95113 For registration: San Jose Entrepreneur Center Contact Information: Emily Navarra-Refugio emily.navarra@sba.gov 408-351-3661

***Employment Basics 101

6/21 – Thursday 11:30AM to 1:00PM

Are you a small business owner with at least one employee? Don’t miss this course that goes over employment basics including at- will employment wage and hour employee classification and record keeping. No Fee. Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center 100 E. Santa Clara Street San Jose CA 95113 For registration: San Jose Entrepreneur Center Contact Information: Emily Navarra-Refugio emily.navarra@sba.gov 408-351-3661

***Mastering LinkedIn for Small Business Owners

6/21 – Thursday 6:00PM to 9:00PM

This class is intended for small business owners and entrepreneurs. The average LinkedIn user has little understanding of the power of this professional social network. With over 120 million registered members LinkedIn is global powerful and useful. Apply what you learn with consistent effort and you could significantly impact the growth of your business by merely using time energy and creativity. Attend this class to learn how to: * Really use LinkedIn to make new connections * Strengthen existing connections * Position yourself as an expert advertise and get found! * All sections of LinkedIn will be explained including the value of a Premium account. The first half of the class will be dedicated to newer users while the second half will be for longstanding users who are looking for ways to do more with LinkedIn. Presented by the Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center. Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center 100 East Santa Clara Street San Jose CA 95113 Cost: $35 online; $45 at door check or cash only For registration: Sillicon Valley Small Business Development Center Contact Information: Client Services Coordinator clientservices@svsbdc.org 408-351-3600

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Cupertino Library presents six-part business training: Business Structure 101 was conducted on 5/30. The remaining classes in the series are:

***Access to Capital

6/6 – Wednesday 6:30PM to 8:30PM

This is an overview of funding options for small business owners and includes a pre-selected panel of financing representatives and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Presented by the Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center.
Location: Cupertino Community Hall 10350 Torre Ave Cupertino CA 95014

***Introduction to Trademarks

6/13 – Wednesday 6:30PM to 8:30PM

This is an overview of basic legal issues in selecting using and protecting a mark. Topics Covered: Overview of intellectual Property; Trademarks and other types of marks; Selecting a mark; Searching your mark; Proper trademark usage; Registering your mark; and Protecting your mark. Location: Cupertino Community Hall 10350 Torre Ave Cupertino CA 95014

***Prioritizing Prospects to Increase Sales Success

6/20 – Wednesday 6:30PM to 8:30PM

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. Location: Cupertino Community Hall 10350 Torre Ave Cupertino CA 95014

***Business Structures 101 6/27 – Thursday 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Are you thinking of starting a business but are not sure what type of entity to use? Do the words LLC S-Corp and C-Corp intimidate you? Are you confused about business structures? If you answered yes to any of those questions this is the class for you. Learn the basics about legal business structures from the different types of protection to the different types of taxation. We will go over DBA S-Corp LLC C-Corp and Partnership basics. *This class does not provide legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. Location: Cupertino Library (Assigned room will be announced later) Cupertino CA 95014

TO REGISTER for these seminars in Cupertino: Go to San Jose Entrepreneur Center Questions please call Emily Navarra-Refugio at 408-351-3661 or via email at emily.navarra@sba.gov

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For Your Information” Items of Interest:

Supplier Connection: SBA recently announced a new private-public collaboration that will help small businesses strengthen their revenue streams by gaining access to more than $300 billion in combined supply chain spending by a consortium of 15 of America’s largest corporations. Supplier Connection is designed to help bridge the gap between small businesses looking for new opportunities and large corporations looking for innovative new ideas and diversity in their supply chains. Supplier Connection is a free online portal that allows small businesses to send information about their products and services to 15 private sector companies. For more information on Supplier Connection visit Supplier Connection

Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system is Going Away…..What to Expect: In July the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) along with the Federal Agency Registration (FedReg) the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORC