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: http://sbatraining.eventbrite.com/
Dates of Classes Listed Below: March 21 to April 8, 2011
Restaurant Series: QuickBooks for Restaurants and Food Service Businesses
3/21 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Topics include ingredient and payroll cost analysis, sales and use taxes, catering sales, customer and vendor set up, etc. Exercises include daily register and POS system sales, setting up budgets, etc. This is a hands-on workshop. Participants should have complete Basic Bookkeeping Part I or be familiar with the concepts covered in that workshop. $60 Registration Fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.
Creating and Distributing Social Media Content
3/21 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
You get it. Social Media is important. Toward that end you have created a plan and signed up for Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The next step in your plan is to produce content to share with your Social Media circles. How do you do that without spending every waking hour doing it? This class will show you how to develop and distribute social media content without ignoring your core business while doing it.
**Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar
3/22 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM - For more information, see below.
Doing Business with Chevron
3/22 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Learn the procurement process and opportunities for doing business specifically with Chevron in this informative presentation by a representative of the company.
Doing Business with Genentech
3/22 - 11:00AM – 12:00PM
A presenter form Genentech will discuss opportunities for contracting to sell your goods and services to this leading biotechnology company.
Doing Business with Cisco Systems
3/22 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
This seminar will focus on how to be successful in offering your products and services to Cisco Systems. We’ll discuss Cisco’s Supplier Diversity program and look at technologies for small growing businesses.
Doing Business with Clorox
3/22 - 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Learn about the procurement process and the goods and services purchased at The Clorox Company in this informative presentation by a representative of the company.
Client Contracts and Business Negotiations
3/22 3:30PM to 5:30PM
Topics to be discussed are legal tips and strategies for your business contracts. This class does not constitute legal advice.
Secrets to Buying and Selling a Business or Franchise
3/22 6:30 PM–8:30 PM
Learn how to reduce your risk and improve your chances of success in buying or selling a franchise or existing business. This workshop covers the steps necessary for you to succeed working with professionals, and using simple research and qualification techniques. Topics include Choosing the Right Franchise or Business; Positioning Your Business for Sale; Buyer and Seller Financing. Presented by SF SCORE, Fee: $20
SBA 8(a) BD Certification Workshop
3/24 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
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 8(a) BD Program was created to help such concerns compete in the American marketplace.
SBA HUBZone and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program Certification Workshop
3/24 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
This workshop will explain provisions of the HUBZone and the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program. Eligibility requirements, application and certification will be explained.
3/24 1:00 PM – 5:00 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. $60 Registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.
Starting a Consulting Business
3/24 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Our panel of experienced consultants will discuss the insider story of opening and running your business as a consultant. Topics will include finding clients, pricing your services, establishing a business identity, legal requirements, and maintaining customer loyalty. $30 registration fee. Presented by the SF SBDC.
**BizTech (Small Business) Night
3/24 6PM – 9PM - For more information, see below.
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: 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.
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.
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.
**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:
Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar- Wednesday, March 22, 2011 - 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
This class guides participants through the basis of that preparation. Subject 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 http://www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Tax_Seminars/ This seminar will be at 455 Golden Gate, San Francisco.
BizTech (Small Business) Night: SBA and San Francisco City Small Business Office will be panelists during SFentrepreneur event, Thursday, March 24, 2011, 6PM. Learn the latest small business trends and technology available to you. Improve your competitive advantage in any economy. For more information, visit www.sfentrepreneur.com
Next Steps for Small Business – Where Do We Go From Here? San Francisco UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 8AM to 4PM - Get ready to grow your business! The 2011 Next Steps for Small Business tour, a no-cost event, aims to help small business owners take new ground in expanding their operations. Event features expert speakers who will explore “what it takes to be successful in today’s economy”. Access to Capital Information Too! Register: www.californiasbdc.org/nextsteps
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 http://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?405676 Northern CA Minority Business Enterprise Center
San Francisco Small Business Week – May 14-21, 2011 – More Information @ www.sfsmallbusinessweek.com
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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.
Kathleen M. Butler-Tom
Training Coordinator - SFDO
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
San Francisco District Office - Mail Code: 0912
455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105-2420
Telephone: (415) 744-6777
Fax: (415) 744-6812 or
Desk Top Fax: (202) 481-2871