Business Seminars and Workshops - January 7th to 25th 2013

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San Francisco District Office

January 7th to 25th 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), San Francisco District Office, offers a variety of classes on starting and growing a small business. Below is a list of classes that are being offered from January 7-25.  You can also find more information about events and workshops by searching the SBA San Francisco District Office online calendar and enter Zip Code 94105. Registration is required for all classes, events and workshops. Classes are held in the San Francisco SBA Entrepreneur Center, 455 Market Street, Suite 600, unless otherwise noted in the description.

Legal Entity Choices for Our New Economy

1/7 - Monday                6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sole proprietorships, general partnerships, LLC’s, many different types of corporations, newer alternatives like co-ops and triple bottom line entities for socially responsible businesses:  how do you make a good legal entity choice for your business?  Did you know that the legal protection of corporations and LLC’s is NOT automatic? If they don’t pass certain tests, you may end up with nothing but a cool business name and a false sense of security.  This workshop walks you through a decision process to help you decide what legal entity choice is best for your business plans.  Although taught by an experienced business attorney, this class does not constitute legal advice.  Presented by the San Francisco Community Business Law Center. 

Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

1/8 - Tuesday                9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

This seminar 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 an IRS Representative and the California EDD Tax Office.   Register at or call   866 873-6083.

Hi-Tech, Low-Cost: Internet Strategies for Your Business

1/8 - Tuesday                  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Internet offers many shortcuts to starting and growing your business in today's world. But it is also full of unproductive sidetracks that can steer you away from success. We will look at the pros and cons of some of the online tools available to better help you run your small businesses as well as discuss whether and how online marketing might work for you. We will cover:  Free Resources, Website Creation, Collaboration Tools, Social Media, Internet Marketing Essentials.  $35 registration fee.  Presented by SF SCORE. 

Small Business Web Site Basics

1/8 - Tuesday                   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Learn to properly set and achieve goals for your web presence. Topics include internet overview, goal setting, web site creation, web marketing, vendor selection and pitfalls.

Small Business Sales and Marketing Success

1/9 - Wednesday           9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

You have started your own business, now what?  Learn hands-on instructions on how to develop a highly effective sales and marketing plan you can start implementing immediately to attract, capture, and retain more customers.  Learn how to calculate and optimize the Lifetime Value of your customers and take your business to the next level while networking with some of the top entrepreneurs and small business leaders in the Bay Area.  

Starting a Business in San Francisco

1/9 - 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

1/9 - 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

1/9 - 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.

Basic Bookkeeping, Part One

1/10 - 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.  $40 registration fee.  Presented by the SF SBDC.

From Kitchen to Market: Selling Your Specialty Foods

1/14 - Monday                     2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

This class will focus on the planning and production process, contacts to help you get started, capitalization options, marketing strategies, the distribution network and more. $40 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Understanding Retirement Plans and Their True Costs, Beginner

1/14 - Monday                     6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

Learn the basics of many retirement plan options available to you, including 401(k), 403(b), Traditional IRA, Roth IRA, Sep IRA, etc. This workshop will describe the basics about contribution capabilities, tax advantages, and cost. Whether you have a plan in place or not, this is a great class to establish a foundation of knowledge to enable you to make more informed saving decisions.

Mobile Marketing and the Mobile Web

1/15 - Tuesday                   6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Mobile Web use is exploding!  iPhones, Androids and other always-online devices are everywhere. Discover what you need to know about this exciting new medium. You'll learn: critical factors your website must  have; avoidable pitfalls that send customers running; understanding the vast sea of handheld devices; tremendous mobile marketing opportunities; and low cost ways to get started now. 

IDEAS TO ASSETS - A Practical Guide to Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks

1/15 - Tuesday                   6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

In this interactive seminar, a registered patent attorney will introduce legal principles and considerations likely to be encountered while converting ideas to assets, requirements and procedures associated with protecting an invention (patent), a work of art (copyrights), and a brand (trademark) and transferring intellectual property rights (either acquiring or conveying ownership or use rights by assignment or license), or dealings with others, such as manufacturers and distributors.  Time permitting, enforcing (or defending against) claims of possible infringement will be discussed.  This class does not constitute legal advice.

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

1/16 - Wednesday             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.  

Basic Bookkeeping, Part Two

1/17 - Thursday                 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

We’ll cover different financial analysis methods, how to analyze your profit and loss report, as well as, how budgeting, statement of cash flows, and cash flow forecasting can be used to track and project future monthly cash needs. You will learn how to use these reports to identify areas where you can increase your profits and business performance, and improve your cash flow management skills. Participants should have completed Basic Bookkeeping 1 or be familiar with the concepts covered in that workshop. $40 registration fee.  Presented by the SF SBDC.

Building an Effective Web Presence Part 1: Best Practices for Building Website Traffic

1/17 - Thursday                 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

If you are serious about building an effective web presence, and learning which techniques are much more effective than others and which ones will complement your business, this New Series is for you. Learn what web tools to use and how to use them (search engine optimization, blogs, social media, click advertising, etc.) Registration fee $40. Presented by the SF SBDC.

Maintaining Tax Records

1/22 - 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. 

Top 7 Characteristics of Successful Business Owners

1/22 - Tuesday                   6:00 PM – 8:00PM

Ever wonder what makes businesses succeed?  Looking at different businesses, a pattern emerges: owners of these companies – ranging from 1 person to 25 people or larger – share traits that allow them to be successful.  Curious about what those traits are?  This informative presentation reviews these characteristics, delving into each one to learn more about it. You, as a business owner, will have the opportunity to try these characteristics on, seeing which ones you currently employ and which ones you’d like to add to your way of being.  This promises to be a fun and interactive presentation – join us!

Creating and Using Your “Elevator Pitch”

1/23 - Wednesday             6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

All entrepreneurs need to have a clear and engaging elevator pitch.  Learn how to have people listen to you, understand you and be compelled to help you or seek assistance from your business.  Learn the how's, why's and word choice to include in your pitch and most importantly, practice saying it. In this interactive class, attendees will stand up and read the elevator pitch written, try to memorize it and then they ultimately work towards delivering it with confidence.

How to Write an Independent Contractor Agreement

1/23 - Wednesday             6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Successful independent contractor project outcome often depends on establishing and documenting realistic expectations for contract scope, performance standards, and pricing.  This interactive workshop will guide you step by step through the process of creating a simple, generic independent contractor agreement that works.  Although taught by an experienced business attorney, this class does not constitute legal advice.  Presented by the San Francisco Community Business Law Center. 

HUBZone and WOSB Program Certifications

1/24 - Thursday                 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

This workshop will explain provisions of the HUBZone Program and the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program.  Eligibility requirements, application and certification will be explained.

SBA 8(a) Business Development Certification Workshop

1/24 - Thursday                 10:30 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.

Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business

1/24 - Thursday                 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) will provide a presentation focused on choosing a retirement solution for your small business.  To ensure a financially secure future, it is critical to make the right choices.  We can help you start today.

QuickBooks Introduction

1/24 - Thursday                 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

This overview will discuss setting-up, updating and running financial reports, and efficient procedures for entering your accounting data.  This is a hands-on workshop. Participants should have complete Basic Bookkeeping Part I or be familiar with the concepts covered in that workshop.  $65 registration fee.  Presented by the SF SBDC.

Kick Starting Success – Part One

1/25 - Friday                        8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

The nation's largest owner and operator of neighborhood and community shopping centers, has partnered with the San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SF SBDC) to offer this value-packed program assisting attendees develop detailed business goals and plans, source adequate funding, and articulate their steps to success. Attendees who attend all three classes and complete a business plan will be eligible for consideration for one year free rent and other benefits through the critical startup years.   $50 registration fee for the entire 3-part series.  

SBA Resource Partners Present:

Writing an Effective Business Plan - Oakland, CA

1/10 - Thursday          1:45 PM to 3:45PM  - East Bay SCORE Chapter 506, Suite 350, located at 492 - 9th Street in Oakland, CA.  Registration fee is $21.00.   Call 510-273-6611 for more information. 

Export/Import - Oakland, CA

1/17 - Thursday           8:15 AM - 1:30 PM - East Bay SCORE Chapter 506 class being conducted at California State Center, 1000 Broadway, Oakland, CA .  Registration fee is $21.00.  Call 510-273-6611 for more information. 

Business Startup Basics - Oakland, CA 

1/17 - Thursday            8:15 AM - 4:30 PM - East Bay SCORE Chapter 506 class being conducted at California State Center, 1000 Broadway, Oakland, CA Registration fee is $21.00.  Call 510-273-6611 for more information.

San Jose Entrepreneur Center Classes

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How to Manage Unemployment Insurance Costs Tax Seminar - San Jose, CA

1/15 – Tuesday                  10:00AM to 1:00PM

This seminar is designed for employers to help them understand how to minimize unemployment insurance (UI) costs, what is a UI reserve account and how to apply for tax credits.  No Fee.

Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center, 100 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA, 95113

Check online for more information, to register, or for Directions/Map.  

Contact Information: Emily Navarra-Refugio,, 408-351-3661

Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar - San Jose, CA

1/16 – Wednesday            10:00AM to 4:00PM

This class guides participants through the basics of the payroll tax 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. No Fee.

Location: San Jose Entrepreneur Center, 100 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA, 95113

Check online for more information, to register, or for Directions/Map.

Contact Information: Emily Navarra-Refugio,, 408-351-3661

Free Small Business Counseling by Appointment

SF SCORE - 415-744-6827 

SF Small Business Development Center - 415-841-4050  

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. 

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Date: 1/2/2013 Author Information: Kathleen Butler-Tom,

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.