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San Francisco Classes

SOURCE:  Small Business Administration

How to Start and Manage a Small Business 3/23 – Monday   8:30 AM – 5:00 PM  $75 – 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 the basics of:  Business Plans, Insuring Against Risk, Accounting, Legal Structures, Marketing & Sales, and Financing. 

Nutrition Planning for a Healthy Small Business 3/23 – Monday     6:00 PM – 7::30 PMCome learn the basics of nutrition and meal planning!  You will learn how to plan and prepare your meals so that you, the entrepreneur, can operate at your best!

Leadership and Supervision Workshop 3/24 – Tuesday    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM $45 – Learn common misconceptions about leadership; What good leadership is really about; Why successful supervisors discriminate (but not based on race, gender, etc.); Supervisory roles and responsibilities; Supervisory considerations, such as: theory X vs. Y, democracy vs. autocracy, importance of credibility, human bank accounts, and even a bit of labor law.

How to Price Your Products and Services 3/24 – Tuesday   12:30 PM – 3:30 PM  $45 – How do you set prices for your business or service?  Are they working? When should you change them?

Be the Boss – Business Buying & Selling Options and Resources 3/24 – Tuesday   4:00 PM – 6:00 PM $35 –  Whether you are buying or selling a business our experts will provide you with the tools and go-to resources to maximize your chances of success.

FINANCIAL  FUNDAMENTALS – Cash Flow Analysis 3/25 – Wednesday   9:00 AM – 12:00 PM $45 – This class is part of a 5-week long seminar series focuses on Business 101 key elements.  Remain class topics and dates are:  4/8 Demystifying Accounting and 4/15 Financing and Business Plans.

Taxes and Your Business, How to Prepare Schedule C 3/25 – Wednesday   6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Presenter will 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.

HUBZone and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program Certifications 3/26 – 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 (BD) Certification Workshop 3/26 – 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 3/26 – Thursday    12:30 PM – 2:00 PM A Benefits Advisor from 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.  The U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration can help you start today.

Introduction to QuickBooks 3/26 – Thursday   1:30 PM – 5:30 PM  $65 – 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.

How to Run a Profitable Restaurant 3/30 – Monday 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM $40 – 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.

Free and Low Cost Resources for Your Business 4/1 – Wednesday 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Representatives from SBA, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, the San Francisco Public Library Small Business Center, SCORE, San Francisco Small Business Development Center and the Department of the Environment representatives will discuss resources available.

Starting a Business in San Francisco 4/1 – Wednesday 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Hear directly from the San Francisco Office of Small Business on rules, regulations, and important considerations for starting a business in San Francisco. Learn how to register your business, file a fictitious business name, and obtain other permits and licenses.  You will also receive information on city programs and resources, including small business loans, tax credits and incentives, and technical assistance providers.

Financing Your Small Business 4/1 – Wednesday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM A panel of experts representing SBA, a microlender, an SBA Community Advantage lender, a bank or credit union, and an alternative lender, will discuss financing options, what lenders are looking for, credit requirements, and the importance of a relationship with a financial institution.  Eligibility guidelines and loan application procedures will also be covered.

Business Law Basics 4/1 – Wednesday 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Current and prospective business owners will get an overview of important legal issues faced by small businesses including choosing the right legal entity, contract drafting and negotiation, intellectual property, hiring employees, and commercial leases, presented by an experienced business lawyer. This class does not constitute legal advice.

Bring Your Coffee & Business Cards (BYC&BC) Networking Event 4/2 – Thursday 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Bring your coffee and your business cards, hear networking tips from SF SCORE and make it your goal to pass out as many cards as you can during this BYC&BC networking event.  The success of this event depends on whether or not you sign-up and “show-up”.

Troubleshooting Your Website 4/2 – Thursday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM $35 – OK, so you’re finally getting ready to hire someone to develop your company’s website.  Or, you already have a site, and it’s a mess.  What do you need to know about creating functionality to serve your business? How do you design a site for easy navigation?  Even deciding a domain name, or deciding where to host your site can pose a problem.

Hospitality: A Business Philosophy 4/2 – Thursday 12Noon to 1:30 PM Learn how to incorporate hospitality into every aspect of your business.  You will learn to be a stronger leader, ways to motivate your employees, and how to improve your guest experience by implementing a business philosophy of hospitality.  Ultimately, these tools will lead to higher sales, better staff retention, increased customer loyalty, and more.

Small Business Bookkeeping 4/2 – Thursday 1:30 p.m. -4:30pm $40 – 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

SOURCE:  National Minority Supplier Development Council

  regional-feature-image nmsdcRegional Seminars
  April 1-2, 2015 – Atlanta, GA
  September 16-17, 2015 –  San Francisco, CA

leadership-feature-image nmsdc awardsNMSDC Leadership Awards
 May 20, 2015 – New York, NY

 

 

 

 

USCENSUS_footerWelcome to the International Trade University Webinar Series!

SOURCE:  U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

 

Presented by the U.S. Census Bureau’s International Trade Management Division

2015 Spring Term

This series will give you targeted training on:

  • Foreign Trade Regulations
  • Automated Export System (AES)
  • Guidance on classifying your product
  • Bureau of Industry and Security’s 600 series

All courses begin at 2:00 pm (EST) and are scheduled for 1 hour.

For more information and a full description of these FREE webinars click here.

CLASSIFICATION

CLASS 101: Classifying Your Product (Schedule B)

Date: April 16, 2015

CLASS 201: Classification Challenges and Other Resources

Date: May 14, 2015

CLASS 301: Live Classification Session

Date: June 11, 2015

 

BUREAU OF INDUSTRY & SECURITY

BIS 601: Introduction to 600 series

Date: June 25, 2015

 

FOREIGN TRADE REGULATIONS

FTR 101: Introduction to Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR)

Date: March 19, 2015

FTR 201: Filing Requirements

Date: April 2, 2015

FTR 301: Types of Export Transactions

Date: April 30, 2015

FTR 401: Regulatory Changes

Date: May 28, 2015

FTR 501: Best Practices

Date: July 9, 2015

 

DATA COLLECTION

AES 101: Overview of the Automated Export System (AES)

Date: July 23, 2015

sba logoReach Global Markets with the SBA

SOURCE:  SBA Richmond District Office

By Natalia Olson-Urtecho, U.S. Small Business Administration mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator

Today, 98 percent of American companies that export are small businesses, but more than half of our exporters are only selling to one foreign market, usually Canada or Mexico. It’s time to take action to help more entrepreneurs reach new markets for their goods and services.

Therefore, it is essential for Congress to renew Trade Promotion Authority early this year to help open doors for small businesses that would otherwise remain closed. New trade agreements are critical to helping level

Natalia Olson, U.S. Small Business Administration mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator.  Photo Courtesy SBA Richmond District Ofc.

Natalia Olson, U.S. Small Business Administration mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator. Photo Courtesy SBA Richmond District Ofc.

the playing field for our nation’s small business exporters, which have fewer resources to overcome trade barriers and gain market access than larger companies

Increases in U.S. exports have generated nearly one-third of our overall economic growth and supported 1.6 million new jobs. Last year, the U.S. exported a record $2.3 trillion of goods and services, an all-time high. One out of every five American jobs is tied to exports. These jobs generally pay better, nearly 20 percent better. 

Under President Obama, SBA has supported $6.6 billion in small business export financing – more than any other President. We guarantee 90 percent of export loans (working capital, line of credit, or fixed-asset financing) on amounts up to $5 million. We also have an expedited approval process on export loans under a half-million dollars.

With two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power outside the U.S., the SBA is acutely aware that trade agreements play an important role in the long-term success of America’s small businesses, and SBA is working to help small business owners across the country grow their businesses in this global economy.

Through its network of trade finance specialists located in U.S. Export Assistance Centers throughout the country, SBA provides training and consultation services on trade financing and U.S. government export programs to both lenders and small businesses.

For example, Sara Baldwin, CEO of New Ravenna in Exmore, Va., elevated her small business through the counselling and training from the Hampton Road’s Small Business Development Center’s Eastern Shore office. Baldwin’s vision and passion with assistance from the SBDC has been able expand her business by exporting mosaics to over 11 countries around the world. New Ravenna’s exporting has greatly benefited the Exmore community by employing over 120 people and occupying over 45,000 square feet of previously unoccupied covered space.

If you’re an entrepreneur looking to expand your customer base, there’s never been a better time to think globally before acting locally. Explore www.sba.gov/exporting to learn how take your company international today. 

SOURCE:  HOUSTON STYLE MAGAZINE

Houston Style Magazine

‘MOMPRENEUR’ HONORED AT 40 UNDER 40 ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS CEREMONY

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– Can women really have it all? A successful career and family? Brianne Joseph, Owner/Head Investigator at Sly Fox Investigations and mother of two toddlers says yes! –Mompreneur’ Brianne Joseph honored at Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony. Photo Courtesy: Blacknews.com

Baton Rouge, LABrianne Joseph was recently honored at the Baton Rouge Black Professionals 40 Under 40 Entrepreneurs Awards Ceremony held on Saturday February 28, 2015, proving that success is possible even with small children.

Her agency, Sly Fox Investigations, specializes in surveillance for Child Custody, Infidelity, and Insurance Fraud cases. Mrs. Joseph has been a licensed Private Investigator in Louisiana for 10 years and employs a staff of 7 employees. She manages her company with her daughter Rhylei age 2 and son Rhoen age 1 right by her side.

“I would like my success to inspire other women to pursue their entrepreneurial goals and not feel hindered by their desire to have a family as well,” Joseph says.

She continues, “As women, we are often told that we need to choose between having a career and having a family. This is simply not true. Although it is definitely difficult at times to have both, it’s certainly not impossible. It’s important not to let someone’s opinion determine the outcome of your life.”

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