No Cost Training for Small Business Owners

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SBA Los Angeles District Office


The Los Angeles District of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a variety of no cost classes for business owners in our Training Room, located at 330 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 1200, Glendale, CA 91203.  Picture identification is required for all attendees by building security.  The parking garage daily rate is $9.00.

To view the Los Angeles SBA online calendar at:  http://www.sba.gov/events

Registration for all our classes is required.  

To register, please go to the registration site: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/1756202965 unless otherwise indicated in description below. 

February 2013:

Becoming Debt Free & Financially Independent for Small Business Owners

2/28 6:00PM – 8:00PM  Presented by: Karen Flores, Primerica

No cost educational workshop on financial independence. No matter what your income level, you can achieve financial security – if you take the time to learn a few simple principles about how money works. By applying the simple principles, you can achieve financial security and ultimately reach your goals.

March 2013:

How to Manage Unemployment Insurance Costs Tax Seminar

3/6      9:00AM – 12:00PM  Presented by: EDD, State of CA

In this very informative seminar you will learn how the unemployment insurance rate is established, what an unemployment insurance reserve account is, review important notices and statements and how to minimize your unemployment insurance costs. To reserve your spot, log on to www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Tax_Seminars/ or call 888 745-3886

Using Surveys to get feedback from Customers

3/7      6:30PM – 8:30PM  Presented by: Laura Keene, Keene Insights

Take the guesswork out of knowing what your customers are thinking. Customer surveys can be a powerful tool for any small business. Collecting accurate and useful information can help you improve your products and services and better serve your customers and your bottom line. With the right tools and a bit of planning, anyone can create and send out a survey. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

Figure out your big picture questions.

Choose the right approach (mail, phone, email).

Write effective survey questions.

Make decisions about reminders and incentives.

Analyze and use the information you collect to guide business decisions.

Through the lens of a fictionalized small business, we will cover each step in planning, designing, and implementing a customer survey and using the results to guide business decisions. Worksheets and tip sheets will be provided. Participants will also have an opportunity to work in small groups to plan and design a short survey for their business.

 The 7 Most Frequent HR Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

3/13      2:00PM – 4:00PM  Presented by: Michael Salomon, CBPA Insperity

Humans and Human Resources (HR) are by nature very complex. This session will give you an overview of the most frequent HR Mistakes and steps you can take to avoid them. The session will be interactive and emphasis will be based on the areas of participant interest. We will cover several key areas including:   Employee Handbook/Job Descriptions

  • Terminations
  • Employee Records
  • Hiring & Promotions
  • Training
  • Policies
  • Employment Law (including Independent Consultants)

The penalties for employer compliance violations can be devastating. This session is intended to give employers a basic overview of common mistakes that are often overlooked by small employers. Larger organizations have HR departments to protect them. This session will help you protect yourself and become a better employer. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions.

Social Media Marketing Basics

3/20      9:00AM – 12:00PM  Presented by: PCR SBDC

Do you still feel overwhelmed by social media...do you scratch your head and wonder if it really works? Do small business really making money using it? Which platform should you use? What if you lose control over your brand, products and services? In this workshop you will learn:

•How to make social media marketing "connect" and work for your business

•New tools and new ways to grow your business that you may have not thought of before

•How to define your branding statement, USP, strategy and create your plan before taking the plunge into social media

•Most used Social Media Channels will be visited. Such as: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, YouTube, Yelp and more

•The most common mistakes and how to avoid them

•What social marketing can do for you that traditional marketing can't, and how to fit SMM in your overall marketing plan

•Online reputation management

To Register call 866-301-9989 or email elsa.orozco@pcrcorp.org

8(a) Application Workshop

3/21      9:00AM – 11:00AM  Presented by: SBA

Prerequisite: must be in business for at least two years

This workshop will address the initial entrance criteria needed for the 8(a) Business Development Program. Review tips on how to complete the electronic application and how to market in the federal contracting arena. Seating is limited to 25. Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins will be admitted.  Register by phone: 818-552-3223 or by email: beatriz.devis@sba.gov

When registering, you will be asked to provide the following information:

Name

Company name

Address

Email

Phone

Number of years in business

How to Improve Your Business Workshop Series

3/26      6:30PM – 8:30PM  Presented by: Victor Green

Do you need advice and direction to help your business make more money, identify your customers; control your finances; make your marketing effective, and much more...? All of these issues will be covered in this session. The speaker is Victor Green, a Brit, who is a very successful entrepreneur. Let him tell you what makes a business succeed. This session will allow you to ask questions and be involved in the audience’s discussions. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn from the best. Book you place NOW.

Designing and Delivering Effective Presentations

3/27      6:30PM – 8:00PM  Presented by: Laura Keene, Keene Insights

We’re all tired of those long, boring PowerPoint presentations. Break the cycle and learn how to design and deliver dynamic and interesting presentations that will leave a lasting impression on your clients, your collaborators, and your investors. In this workshop, we’ll talk about:

Planning and brainstorming.

Crafting a cohesive message.

Tapping into your creative side.

Designing high-quality slides.

Finding your confidence.

Connecting with your audience.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the importance of and the steps required to design and deliver an effective presentation. Examples will be shown and critiqued and participants will have an opportunity to share their own experiences.

GSA Proposal: Start-up Strategies

3/28      9:00AM – 12:30PM  Presented by: Los Angeles County Office of Small Business/PTAC, Instructor: Robert Lane

Pre-requisite: Completion of "GSA: Getting on Schedule"

This workshop will cover:

  • Hands-on review workshop
  • Solicitation package review
  • Document details
  • Explain common FAR clauses
  • Point out common mistakes
  • Explain GSA proposal submission process
  • and MORE!!

LIMITED SEATING REGISTER EARLY! Pre-registration required. No walk-ins will be admitted. For more information, contact: osb.@isd.lacounty.gov or 323-881-3964

Registration link: http://osb.lacounty.gov/

Federal Contract Negotiations

3/28      1:30PM – 3:30PM  Presented by: Los Angeles County Office of Small Business/PTAC, Instructor: Robert Lane

This workshop will cover:

  • Purpose and timing of negotiations
  • FAR 15.402 pricing policy
  • Price and cost analysis
  • Negotiation steps
  • FAR specifics
  • and MORE!!

LIMITED SEATING REGISTER EARLY! Pre-registration required. No walk-ins will be admitted.

For more information, contact: osb.@isd.lacounty.gov or 323-881-3964

Registration link: http://osb.lacounty.gov/

 April 2013:

State Payroll Tax Workshop

4/12     9:00AM – 1:00PM  Presented by: EDD, State of CA

This workshop is designed to benefit small business owners who are seeking:

  • Hands-on experience in calculating taxes and completing payroll tax forms.
  • A refresher for 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

Limited seating: to reserve today, log on to www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Tax_Seminars/ or call 888 745-3886

Marketing Your Business

4/17      9:00AM – 12:00PM  Presented by: PCR SBDC

This workshop you will learn marketing element basics. Such as: resources, information, tips and ideas to help you market your business successfully, the importance of a business marketing plan and how to create one; how to determine and prepare a marketing budget.

To Register call 866-301-9989 or email elsa.orozco@pcrcorp.org

 8(a) Application Workshop

4/18      9:00AM – 11:00AM  Presented by: SBA

Prerequisite: must be in business for at least two years

This workshop will address the initial entrance criteria needed for the 8(a) Business Development Program. Review tips on how to complete the electronic application and how to market in the federal contracting arena. Seating is limited to 25. Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins will be admitted.  Register by phone: 818-552-3223 or by email: beatriz.devis@sba.gov

When registering, you will be asked to provide the following information:

Name

Company name

Address

Email

Phone

Number of years in business

How to Improve Your Business Workshop Series

4/24      6:30PM – 8:30PM  Presented by: Victor Green

Do you need advice and direction to help your business make more money, identify your customers; control your finances; make your marketing effective, and much more...? All of these issues will be covered in this session. The speaker is Victor Green, a Brit, who is a very successful entrepreneur. Let him tell you what makes a business succeed. This session will allow you to ask questions and be involved in the audience’s discussions. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn from the best. Book you place NOW.

May 2013:

Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

5/10 9:00AM – 3:00PM  Presented by: EDD, State of CA 

This informative seminar will cover:

  • 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.

Limited seating, log on to www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Tax_Seminars/ or call 888 745-3886 to reserve today.

Contracts in Plain Language for Small Business

5/16     9:00AM – 12:00PM Presented by: Los Angeles County Office of Small Business/PTAC, Instructor: John Geiger

This workshop will cut through the legalese and give attendees a better understanding of government contracts.

LIMITED SEATING REGISTER EARLY!  Pre-registration required. No walk-ins will be admitted.

For more information, contact: osb.@isd.lacounty.gov or 323-881-3964

Registration link: http://osb.lacounty.gov/

How to Improve Your Business Workshop Series

5/29      6:30PM – 8:30PM  Presented by: Victor Green

Do you need advice and direction to help your business make more money, identify your customers; control your finances; make your marketing effective, and much more...? All of these issues will be covered in this session. The speaker is Victor Green, a Brit, who is a very successful entrepreneur. Let him tell you what makes a business succeed. This session will allow you to ask questions and be involved in the audience’s discussions. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn from the best. Book you place NOW.

June 2013:

Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar

6/7  9:00AM – 3:00PM  Presented by: EDD, State of CA 

This informative seminar will cover:

  • 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.

To reserve your spot, log on to www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Tax_Seminars/ or call 888 745-3886

8(a) Application Workshop

6/13      9:00AM – 11:00AM  Presented by: SBA

Prerequisite: must be in business for at least two years

This workshop will address the initial entrance criteria needed for the 8(a) Business Development Program. Review tips on how to complete the electronic application and how to market in the federal contracting arena. Seating is limited to 25. Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins will be admitted.  Register by phone: 818-552-3223 or by email: beatriz.devis@sba.gov

When registering, you will be asked to provide the following information:

Name

Company name

Address

Email

Phone

Number of years in business

July 2013:

8(a) Application Workshop

7/18     9:00AM – 11:00AM

Presented by: SBA

Prerequisite: must be in business for at least two years

This workshop will address the initial entrance criteria needed for the 8(a) Business Development Program. Review tips on how to complete the electronic application and how to market in the federal contracting arena. Seating is limited to 25. Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins will be admitted.  Register by phone: 818-552-3223 or by email: beatriz.devis@sba.gov

When registering, you will be asked to provide the following information:

Name

Company name

Address

Email

Phone

Number of years in business

Federal Government Sub-Contracting

7/19      9:00AM – 12:00PM  Presented by: Los Angeles County Office of Small Business/PTAC, Instructor: Robert Lane

LIMITED SEATING REGISTER EARLY!  *Pre-registration required. No walk-ins will be admitted.*

Workshop will cover:

  • Basics for relations b/w prime contractors and subcontractors
  • Project management and controls
  • Marketing to prime contractors
  • Common errors
  • Payment issues from prime and sub perspectives
  • and MORE!!

For more information, contact: osb.@isd.lacounty.gov or 323-881-3964

Registration link: http://osb.lacounty.gov/

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Please note that 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.