March 30th 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. Registration for all our classes is required. To register go to the SF Small Business Development Center registration site: SF Small Business Development Center

Dates of Classes Listed Below: March 28 to April 15 2011

How to Start and Manage a Small Business

3/28 8:30 AM–5:00 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 industry experts guide you through the basics of Business Plans; Insuring Against Risk; Accounting; Legal Structures; Marketing and Sales; and Financing. Presented by SF SCORE. Registration fee: $50.

Restaurant Series: Customer Service – Wine and Dine your Customers!

3/28 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

In this class you will learn: how to hire motivate and train your employees to meet service demands. Principles of customer service and hospitality. Server sequencing. Suggestive selling techniques. Problem solving handling difficult guests and more… Presented by the SF SBDC. $30 registration fee.

Dollars and Sense: What’s Your Business Worth?

3/28 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Why are some businesses worth more than others? We’ll cover things you can do to enhance the value of your business and what may be holding you back

**Next Steps for Small Business – Where Do We Go From Here?

3/29 8AM – 4:00 PM – For more information see below.

Intermediate QuickBooks

3/31 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Topics include payroll setting preferences restoring files and list maintenance including chart of accounts. 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.

Food Safety Certification (in Spanish)

4/4 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.

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

4/4 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Rescheduled for 6/29

Get Organized!

4/5 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Do you want save time money and be more effective in your small business? Learn how by getting more organized! Our organizing expert will teach you effective ways of managing your space your “stuff” and your time to maximize your productivity and comfort.

Image and Branding

4/5 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

This interactive course will focus on the various aspects of branding defining your brand how effective branding can help increase your return on investments (ROI) examples of effective branding and why branding is crucial to you as a business and as a person.

Free and Low Cost Resources for Your Business

4/6 9:00 AM – 11:00 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

4/6 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

4/6 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

4/6 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.

Do You Have an Effective Website for Your Business?

4/6 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM If you don’t you are literally giving away your customers to someone else. Over 80% of consumers look for products or services online. If you don’t have a website or if you don’t show up in search engines for proper keywords customers will not find you. Imagine if you had a store with no signs doors or windows; customers won’t be able to come in even if you had what they are looking for. In this training you will learn exactly what makes a website effective how to easily and cheaply create it and how to capture customers online.

Basic Bookkeeping Part One

4/7 1:00 PM – 4:00 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.

Twenty-first Century Selling

4/7 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The art of sales has changed with the never-ending wave of new technology tools for buyers and sellers. Attend this class to get an understanding of how all these trends are changing how people buy and sell. You’ll also learn what methods take advantage of these trends to make you more efficient and effective. Your instructor has been selling since he was a teenager by way of his own businesses and corporate positions. He’s sold everything from bicycle parts to million dollar event sponsorships. $30 Registration Fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

**Certifications and Procurement Seminar

4/8 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM – For more information see below.

Marketing Research – Discover Your Niche

4/11 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

As a startup business owner you can market your business more effectively the more you know about the customer you are targeting. Topics include finding the customer’s key characteristics understanding why they would buy and determining your competitive advantage.

State Payroll Tax Workshop

4/12 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. Presented by the California EDD Tax Office. For Information Visit: California EDD Tax or Call 866 873-6083

Music Publishing in Plain English

4/12 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Geared toward musicians songwriters and other music industry aspirants topics will cover basic terms and concepts such as copyright protections & registration songwriting collaborations publishing contracts licensing agreements and a breakdown of various music publishing income streams (including mechanical royalties ASCAP/BMI/SESAC synchronization deals digital opportunities and more).

The Small Business Action Plan

4/12 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Learn the key ingredients for creating an effective business plan with the specific actions needed for you to achieve business success including Impactful Business Action Planning; Seven Core Steps to Create Your Action Plan; Mistakes to Avoid.

Dollars and Sense: What’s your Business Worth?

4/13 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Why are some businesses worth more than others? We’ll cover things you can do to enhance the value of your business and what may be holding you back

Getting Started with Government Subcontracting

4/14 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Learn the certifications qualifications benefits and application websites for the following federal and state certifications: SBA Programs Small Business Certifications Disable Veteran Business Enterprise California Transportation Disadvantage Business Enterprise. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Basic Bookkeeping Part Two

4/14 1:00 PM – 4:00 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.

Social Networking to Market Your Business

4/14 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Learn the importance of social networking as a marketing tool for your business; how to establish a dialogue with your customer base; and how to leverage existing social networks. $30 Registration Fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Business Law Fundamentals

4/14 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

This class includes an introduction to basic business contracts of all types contract negotiation and writing techniques intellectual property and legal entities. This class does not constitute legal advice.

**Listed below are events offered by organizations and groups outside SBA. These events are not sponsored by SBA and may or may not be held at our Entrepreneur Center:

Certifications and Procurement Seminar – Learn how to apply/use business certifications and identify contract opportunities during this panel discussion with prime and sub-contractors. Friday April 8th 3:30 PM to 6:30PM at the SBA Entrepreneur Center. For more information contact Edwin Joe 415-744-8494 or Northern CA Minority Business Enterprise Center

San Francisco Small Business Week – May 14-21 2011 – More Information @ San Francisco Small Business Week

San Jose Entrepreneur Center classesSan Jose Entrepreneur Center

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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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