Calendar Notes provides viewers / readers with a schedule of events, workshops, seminars and expo’s that educate, entertain and inform.


The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) announces the availability of the Draft 2017 Funded Priorities List: Comprehensive Commitment and Planning Support (draft CPS FPL) in accordance with the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf States Act (RESTORE Act). In the draft CPS FPL, the Council proposes to provide its members with funding to enhance collaboration, coordination, public engagement and use of best available science needed to make efficient use of Gulf restoration funds resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These awards will support the Council’s commitment to a coordinated approach to ecosystem restoration, as called for in the Comprehensive Plan Update 2016: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy. The draft CPS FPL is now available for public and Tribal review  and comment at

DATES:  To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments on the 2017 Draft Funded Priorities List: Comprehensive Commitment and Planning Support by 11:59pm MT August 14, 2017.

WEBINAR MEETING NOTICES: Two informational webinars will be conducted. You may register for these webinars in advance. Once registered, a link to access the webinar will be sent to the email address provided during registration:

      Please Note:

  • Every question or comment you type will be considered as a public comment and will be part of the public record. This includes your name, e-mail, and any other information you provide.
  • Attendees will not have the ability to ask questions orally.
  • Other attendees will not be able to view your comments during the webinar. 
  • Council staff will read and respond to clarifying questions related to issues such as to how to provide formal comment or next steps during this webinar. When answering these questions, Council staff will not identify the participant asking the question(s).
  • Council staff will provide written responses to all questions as part of the response to public comments.


HOW TO COMMENT: You may submit public comments on the 2017 Draft Funded Priorities List: Comprehensive Commitment and Planning Support by one of the following methods:

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

Attention: Draft FPL Comments

Hale Boggs Federal Building

500 Poydras Street, Suite 1117

New Orleans, LA 70130

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Please send questions by email to, or contact Keala J. Hughes at (504) 717-7235.


July 15 – 22, 2017

Click on the linked titles below for full details on each workshop.

All workshops are now being held at United States University – Mission Valley,
7675 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA, unless indicated otherwise.
Parking is free.

Business Plan C: Will You Make Money?
Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM PDT
The final workshop session focuses on two key elements – will you make money and will you finish your plan.  You will be given a financial planning template and participate in an interactive look at the effects of varying cost and revenue assumptions.  

Leveraging Video Marketing To Engage Your Marketing Audience
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT
Other than face-to-face meetings, video is by far the strongest connection you can make with your target audience. Join us to learn not to fear video, how to get started today, basic equipment and scripting your videos, and unleash its power on a reasonably small budget to grow your business.

Your Business Entity – What Type is Best for You
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM PDT
This workshop focuses primarily on two types of legal organizational structures, the corporation and LLC, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as how partnerships and sole proprietorships compare.
You will learn, from a  small business attorney as well as a CPA, the pros and cons of the following business structures:

  • Corporations
  • Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs)
  • Partnerships
  • Sole Proprietorships

QuickBooks Basic Part 2
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT
Learn how to customize QB for your company using the preferences.  Learn more about setting up items for invoicing and customizing invoices.  Learn tips for faster and easier bookkeeping and learn more about reports you need for your business.
You can do your own bookkeeping and control all your finances in-house! This class demonstrates all the basics so you can get started right away. 

Grow Your Business…You’ve Survived, Now Thrive
Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT
This is an informal conversation between you and SCORE’s team of qualified executives, experts in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Finance, Management and more. The four-hour session is designed to help small business owners and CEO’s who have been in existence for a minimum of two years and are looking to take their enterprise to the next level.

Financing Your Business
Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM PDT
This workshop describes various funding sources and specific criteria used to evaluate funding requests. An experienced SBA officer will explain the process for SBA loans, a banker will talk about types of loans available, and a SCORE counselor will discuss other options for obtaining funding for your business.

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