Feb
17
Mon
Buying or Selling a Small Business – Morning @ SV SCORE; MINDROME
Feb 17 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
 

Learn how to buy the right business cheap….or sell it high!

This is a class for anyone who wants to buy or sell a business and doesn’t know where to start. Two highly experienced business brokers teach this class and they really know their stuff. Anyone who wants to know about evaluating a business’s value or wants to know how to be sure they are buying value should take this class. The course will cover valuation, what kinds of records you need to review and the legal overview of a business transaction.

Should you go to this class?

  • Are you considering buying a new business or thinking about selling your current business?
  • Are you afraid you will pay too much for buying a business?
  • Are you concerned about getting a fair price when selling your existing business?

Learning Outcomes: 

If you are a business owner thinking of selling you will learn …

  • How do you estimate the value of your business?
  • How do you prepare your business to maximize its value?

If you are interested in buying a business you will learn …

  • How can you find a business to purchase?
  • How do you figure out how much is too much to pay for a business?
  • Is buying a franchise for you?
  • What are the advantages and pitfalls of a buying a franchise?
  • Which are “good “franchises” to buy and which ones should you avoid?
  • How can you find business financing and loans?
 
Feb
18
Tue
Starting a Business: Write a Business Plan @ SV SCORE; MINDROME
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Commit your business idea to paper. It’s the key to Success!

This class is a follow-on and companion to Thinking of Starting a Business.  It walks you through the basics of putting your business idea on paper. It teaches the basic content of what is required and gives you help in thinking through some of the issues. It is aimed at folks who have a feasible business idea and are now ready to think through all of the details. It is the information that you need to attract people, money, and clients but it needs to be written. It helps you to describe your product or service, your market and your potential clients. Going through the Business Plan process reveals to you the strengths and weaknesses of your idea and how to improve it. It gives you the confidence to sell your idea to others. This process forces you to think through the critical issues in an organized way and sharpen your business skills. The business plan will help you prepare your roadmap for success.

Note: This class is designed for those who have clearly defined and documented their business model and its feasibility as developed in the class “Thinking of Starting a Business”.

This class teaches you the key elements of a business plan including:

  • How to find important market and competitive data relevant for your business;
  • How to figure out the unique benefits your business has to offer;
  • How to position your business and develop a realistic sales projection.

Learning Outcomes:

  • You will learn about market share and its importance
  • You will learn about customer demographics and why they’re key
  • You’ll learn to describe your business strategies
  • You’ll learn the importance of describing your business succinctly
  • You will learn to create a two-year financial plan
  • How to price your services to make a profit
 
Feb
19
Wed
State Labor Law and Payroll Tax Seminar @ Alfred E. Alquist Bulding
Feb 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

You will receive information from the EDD and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement on:

  • Record-keeping, reporting requirements, employer obligaions, and payment requirements.
  • Common wage and hour law application.
  • Employer and employee rights and responsibilities.
  • How to distinguish between an employee and an independent contractor.
Email Marketing: The Power of the Inbox @ SV SCORE: MINDROME
Feb 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The 7 Don’ts of Email Design

 First impressions matter – how are YOU doing with your emails? This seminar will help you avoid common mistakes and maximize your emails for powerful impact!

Key Topics:

  • Branding
  • Picking the Right Fonts 
  • Picking the right colors
  • Staying organized
  • Using images
  • Making your message shareable
  • Optimizing for mobile

Learning Outcomes:

  • Branding beyond the logo – how placement, pictures, even colors can re-inforce recognition & engagement
  • Readability – including fonts, white space and single-column design 
  • Images – including sizing, placement, links and more 
  • Sharability – are you going social with your email? Easy tips to encourage more cross-platform engagement
Feb
20
Thu
Programa Básico de Emprendimiento @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Feb 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Be Your Own Boss! @ King Library
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Start Smart (Starting a Business) @ Renaissance
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Start Smart is an introductory business class for people of all business stages. No experience or business background needed. Come and see if your business idea is viable and whether it should be launch as a business.

Feb
22
Sat
Design & Marketing Advice @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Design & Marketing Advice

Come get advice and help from an individual with over 25 years of design experience to help brand and shape your business’s image.

Advice ranges from help with logos to branding strategies. Patrons will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking validation for 4th St. garage will be provided at the program.

Feb
24
Mon
So You Want to Be the BOSS? @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Feb 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

By dispelling myths and through insightful questions, this workshop will help you decide if business ownership is right for you.

About this event:

Prepare to roll up your sleeves and do the work to answer the question “Is now the right time for ME to start a business?” Maybe you are among those who have thought about starting their own business for awhile. Or maybe you have even taken the step to get your business license, but haven’t gotten much further. If you are ready to take an honest look at your readiness for business ownership, this workshop is for you.

For the first time, we will be working from (and all registered participants will receive) a 20 page workbook entitled “Is Owning a Business a Good Fit for You?” This professionally-produced workbook is part of the Money Smart Education series created by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC–the folks who insure bank deposits). For almost two decades, this course has proven to be an effective tool for assessing readiness for business startup.

About the Instructor:

The session will be facilitated by Asbury Lockett, Women’s Business Center Director for AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center in San Jose. His relaxed presentation style puts participants at ease. Asbury’s most recent experience is as a Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC’s) both in California and Washington State. As a small business advisor for the past 8 years, he has counseled hundreds of businesses in all aspects of business startup, operation, and growth. His LinkedIn profile is here.

Comienza Inteligente @ Renaissance East Palo Alto
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

En este curso, conocerá las herramientás que necesitan para iniciar un negocio exitoso: aprenda cómo definir su visión para su futuro, crear una declaración de misión para cumplir con su visión, para elaborar un modelo de negocio que coincida con su realidad. Cuotas: $60 – $120. Becas disponibles. (Tasa de clase basada en el ingreso y verificación)

Feb
26
Wed
¿Así que quieres ser el JEFE? Seria una buena opcion para usted? @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Feb 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Al disipar mitos y a través de preguntas perspicaces, este taller le ayudará a decidir si ser dueño de una empresa es adecuada para usted.

Prepárese para arremangarse las mangas y hacer el trabajo para responder a la pregunta “¿Es ahora el momento adecuado para que YO inicie un negocio?” Tal vez usted está entre los que han pensado en empezar su propio negocio por un tiempo. O tal vez incluso ha dado el paso para obtener su licencia de negocios, pero no ha llegado mucho más lejos. Si está listo para echar un vistazo honesto a su preparación para la propiedad de negocios, este taller es para usted.

Por primera vez, trabajaremos desde (y todos los participantes registrados recibirán) un libro de trabajo de 20 páginas titulado ” Ser dueño de un negocio es un buen ajuste para usted?” Este libro de trabajo producido profesionalmente es parte de la serie Money Smart Education creada por la Corporación Federal de Seguros de Depósitos (FDIC, las personas que aseguran depósitos bancarios). Durante casi dos décadas, este curso ha demostrado ser una herramienta eficaz para evaluar la preparación para la puesta en marcha de negocios.

Acerca de la Instructora : La sesión será facilitada por Janet Viana, Client Manager de AnewAmerica Women’s Business Center en San José. Janet ha estado con Anewamerica durante los últimos 4 años, primero como coordinadora de clientes y luego como gerente de clientes.

Feb
27
Thu
Programa Básico de Emprendimiento @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Feb 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Mar
2
Mon
Design & Marketing Advice @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Design & Marketing Advice

Come get advice and help from an individual with over 25 years of design experience to help brand and shape your business’s image.

Advice ranges from help with logos to branding strategies. Patrons will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking validation for 4th St. garage will be provided at the program.

Mar
5
Thu
Programa Básico de Emprendimiento @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Mar 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Mar
12
Thu
Programa Básico de Emprendimiento @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Mar 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Mar
19
Thu
Programa Básico de Emprendimiento @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Mar 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Mar
21
Sat
Design & Marketing Advice @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Design & Marketing Advice

Come get advice and help from an individual with over 25 years of design experience to help brand and shape your business’s image.

Advice ranges from help with logos to branding strategies. Patrons will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking validation for 4th St. garage will be provided at the program.

Mar
26
Thu
Programa Básico de Emprendimiento @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Mar 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Apr
2
Thu
Programa Básico de Emprendimiento @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Apr 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Apr
9
Thu
Programa Básico de Emprendimiento @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Apr 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm