SBA SF Business Workshops and Seminars – August 6th to 17th 2012

August 3rd, 2012

SBA SF Business Workshops and Seminars – August 6th to 17th 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: SF Small Business Development Center unless otherwise indicated.

Events: August 6th to 17th, 2012

Food Safety Certification

8/6 – Monday 8:30AM – 5:00PM

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. For more information call 415-781-5348.

***Introduction to QuickBooks

8/6 – Monday 1:00PM – 5:00PM in SAN JOSE

How to Run a Profitable Restaurant – Beyond Food Costing

8/6 – Monday 6:00PM – 8:30PM

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.

Proposal Preparation

8/7 – Tuesday 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Learn how to strategize for a winning price; how RFP (Request for Proposal) elements influence strategy; how to develop the tech proposal; past performance; how the winner is selected and the proposal review process. There is no cost for 7(j) eligible businesses. This activity is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) contract number SBAHQ-11-C-0020. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of the contractor or any products, opinions or services. All SBA Programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

***Successfully Buy/Sell a Small Business

8/7 – Tuesday 5:00PM – 8:00PM in SAN JOSE

Supercharge Your Facebook Marketing

8/7 – Tuesday 6:00PM – 8:30PM

If you’re like most businesses, you already see the value in connecting with your current and potential customers via social media. But the challenge is figuring out what you actually need to do with social media in order to drive real results for your business or organization. This seminar is the “what, why, and how” of social campaigns: how to drive repeat business and amplify word of mouth by engaging your happy customers, stay top of mind to make it easy for them to share your message, and measure results. It’s divided into five sections: First things first – Why Facebook? Timeline – Just the facts why should I care about Likes? How to Market on Facebook – make it productive not idle play Social Campaigns to build your business.

Free and Low Cost Resources for Your Business

8/8 – Wednesday 9:00AM – 11:00AM

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 or Women’s Initiative for Self Employment will discuss the resources available.

Starting a Business in San Francisco

8/8 – Wednesday 11:00AM – 12:30PM

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

8/8 – Wednesday 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Discover the right way to seek financing for your business. We will discuss loan proposal requirements, financing options and SBA programs.

Business Law Basics

8/8 – Wednesday 3:30PM – 5:30PM

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.

***Plan Strategically and Grow

8/8 – Wednesday 5:00PM – 8:00PM in SAN JOSE

Basic Bookkeeping, Part Two

8/9 – Thursday 1:30PM – 4:30PM

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.

***Using Business Info to Drive Growth

8/9 – Thursday 5:00PM – 8:00PM in SAN JOSE

Advertising in Today’s Market Place

8/9 – Thursday 6:00PM – 8:00PM

This presentation will focus on the changes that have taken place over the years in regards to media fragmentation. How marketing a business today involves so many choices from the traditional media of the past. How knowing who your target market (customer) is, influences your advertising media choices. Free Class. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Social Media Marketing Made Simple

8/10 – Friday 9:30AM – 12:00PM

In just a few short hours, this information-packed seminar will review the essential strategies and best practices a business or organization should understand in order to successfully get started with social media marketing. We will talk about: 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. You’ll have plenty of time to ask questions… share your experiences… and network with your peers. And you’ll leave this high-powered seminar with real-world insights and knowledge that you can put to work immediately, to help your business succeed.

Online Business – A BCDE to Online Business – CREATE

8/10 – Friday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Initiate and Launch. This session will cover the technical aspects of an online business; the technology, the development, the structure of the software development life cycle and the important security aspects to bear in mind when the process of technology coding starts. This class is part two of a four-week workshop series to provide you with in-depth information on getting your business online – $25 registration fee. Eventbrite

***Intermediate QuickBooks

08/13 – Monday 1:00PM to 5:00PM in SAN JOSE

Restaurant Series: Managing Employees, Risk and the Law

8/13 – Monday 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

In this class you will learn proper recruiting and hiring processes, the importance of job descriptions, employee vs. independent contractor, interviewing do’s and don’ts, orientation, employee benefits, insurance protection and other legal matters. This class is based on real restaurant experiences. $35 Registration Fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

The Perfect Office Relocation: Moving While Staying Connected and Productive

8/13 – Monday 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Moving an office is a complicated undertaking that needs a coordinated multidisciplinary approach. You need a team of experienced experts and good planning. The Office Manager is usually put in charge but may have never done this before. You can count on your space planner and build-out people to help, but if your IT person hasn’t done this before, watch out. A properly prepared IT professional can make the difference between severe business disruption and continuous operations. If you are planning a new office, this is a must session on how to plan and move your technology to keep email flowing, your Internet presence continuous, and your computer user’s productive.

Getting Started with Government Contracting

8/14 – Tuesday 9:00 AM – 12Noon

This class will provide instruction on the very basic (beginning) steps required to do business with the Government. Topics will include: Why and how to obtain a DUNS Number; How to research your NAICS and SIC Codes; Why registering in Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is so important; • What “ORCA” is; • Reporting requirements for small businesses; How to apply for federal certifications through the Small Business Administration (SBA): 8(a) Business Development Program, and Historically Underutilized Business; Zone (HUBZone) Program; • How to apply for State of California certifications: Small Business, Disabled Veterans; Business Enterprise (DVBE), and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program; • How to search for government contracting opportunities.

***Business Structures 101

8/14 – Tuesday 1:00PM to 2:30PM in SAN JOSE

***Employment Basics 101

8/14 – Tuesday 2:30PM to 4:00PM in SAN JOSE

Maintaining Tax Records

8/14 – Tuesday 3:00 PM–5:00 PM

Learn the money-saving tax strategies of the pros in this fun interactive course, and learn how to effectively create the tax records necessary for proper IRS reporting. Receive a valuable overview of how to use technology to simplify your life with online banking and QuickBooks. $25 registration fee. Presented by SF SCORE.

Taxes and Your Business, How to Prepare Schedule C

8/14 – Tuesday 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

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.

***Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar in SAN JOSE

8/15 – Wednesday 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Basic Bookkeeping, Part Three

8/16 – 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.

Online Business – A BCDE to Online Business – Develop

8/17 – Friday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Promote and Propagate. This session will cover aspects of Search Engine optimization and promotion of the website, content marketing, Social media and its integration into the business. This class is part three of a four-week workshop series to provide you with in-depth information on getting your business online. $25 Registration fee for this class. Eventbrite

San Jose Entrepreneur Center Classes – San Jose Entrepreneurship

***Introduction to QuickBooks

8/6 – Monday 1:00PM – 5:00PM

An introduction to QuickBooks, including setting-up, updating and running financial reports, and procedures for entering your accounting data. Laptops with sample data will be provided. 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: Silicon Valley Small Business Development Contact Information: Client Services Coordinator, clientservices@svsbdc.org, 408-351-3661

***Successfully Buy/Sell a Small Business

8/7 – Tuesday 5:00PM – 8:00PM

This course covers topics such as basics of evaluating business, reading and understanding financial statements, determining verifiable owner income, steps involved in developing a purchase agreement, due diligence, escrow and transfer of title, and negotiating a non-adversarial contract. Presented by the Silicon Valley SCORE.. Fee: $45.00 To register go to Silicon Valley Score and click on Workshops/Seminars. Location: 234 East Gish Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95112

***Plan Strategically and Grow

8/8 – Wednesday 5:00PM – 8:00PM

This course focuses on developing a strategy to grow your business by understanding your business and its environment, and what you can do to evolve your business to remain competitive. Presented by the Silicon Valley SCORE. Fee: $45.00 To register go to Silicon Valley Score and click on Workshops/Seminars. Location: 234 East Gish Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95112

***Using Business Info to Drive Growth

8/9 – Thursday 5:00PM – 8:00PM

This course shows you how to create, and apply to your business decisions, metrics by using the business information you already have, such as sales data, cost numbers, accounts receivable, number of hits to your website, returns/complaints percentages, and days of inventory. Presented by the Silicon Valley SCORE. Fee: $45.00 To register go to Silicon Valley Score and click on Workshops/Seminars. Location: 234 East Gish Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95112

***Intermediate QuickBooks

08/13 – 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: Silicon Valley Small Business Development Contact Information: Client Services Coordinator, clientservices@svsbdc.org, 408-351-3661

***Business Structures 101

8/14 – Tuesday 1:00PM to 2:30PM

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. 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

8/14 – Tuesday 2:30PM to 4:00PM

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

***Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

8/15 – 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

Our Partners Presents…A weekly feature of small business community events offered by our resource partners, other organizations and groups outside SBA:

***Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center – Mid-Peninsula – Orientation Workshops of small business low-cost and free services in Redwood City and Daly City. Learn more about the program and services by signing up for the next “Launch Your Business Orientation Workshop” at Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center or call (650) 321-2193 Ext. 10 for more information.

***Tech Futures Group (TFG) – The Northern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network has launched a new program, called Tech Futures Group (TFG), which provides strategic advisory services to technology companies that may need assistance in marketing their technology products and services or in obtaining venture capital. As a program of the SBDC network, which receives funding from SBA, Tech Futures Group advisory services are provided at no cost to the small business client. However, prospective clients must submit an online application and meet certain qualifications to be accepted into the program, such as: be a small technology-based company, have intellectual property, and have a strong potential for growth. The same general criteria must be demonstrated by a business that wants to attract venture capital. A description of the client qualifications may be found at this link: Tech Futures Group

***Red Cross Ready Rating Program – is a free, web-based, membership program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Members complete an online self-assessment of their current readiness level and receive immediate customized feedback with tips to improve preparedness. For more information visit: Red Cross Training or call (877) 715-0123.

Supplier Connection: A 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

***Electronic Registration (eReg) System – Starting or Doing Business Just Got Easier with eReg – The Board of Equalization (BOE) is pleased to announce eReg, a new online Electronic Registration system that is convenient, fast and a free way to register for a permit, license, or BOE account. Learn more about eReg at Electronic Registration

Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system is Going Away…..What to Expect: In late July, the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), along with the Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS), will be migrated into a new System for Award Management, or SAM. Please visit System for Award Management for more information.

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The free classes in our local SBA training program are made possible by the generous support of our volunteer 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.