May
26
Sat
Design & Marketing Advice @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
May 26 @ 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.

Free. No registration required, but encouraged.

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

May
30
Wed
Coffee with Business Advisors @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Coffee with Business Advisers

Come and meet with expert business advisers with real world experience who help local businesses.
These sit downs will cover many different industries and vary each time. These advisers are here to answer any questions and to provide guidance and feedback

Free. No registration required.

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

 

May
31
Thu
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Funding Sources @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Funding Sources 

So, you have an idea for a business. Now what? We can help you decide whether and how to proceed.

This series of workshops is presented at no charge in conjunction with San Jose Library 

Designed by successful entrepreneurs who’ve been in your busy shoes, this mentor-supported program gives you the structure and support you need to set your sights on the future.

Choose as many sessions as you need, though we suggest you attend all 5 sessions to get the most out of this program. 

Program Overview

FREE MENTORING

Work with a SCORE Certified Mentor to develop a customized growth plan.

WORKSHOPS 

Gain the fundamentals, tools and strategies you need to get your business started.

May 3, Session 1: Startup Basics

May 10, Session 2: Business Concept    

May 17, Session 3: Marketing Plan

May 24, Session 4: Financial Projections 

May 31, Session 5: Funding Sources

The final workshop offers information on how to finance your small business. In this session,
discussions include sources of funds, accounting, the six C’s of credit, banking relations, ratio
analysis, and monthly preparation and review of financial statements. At the end of the series, you have all of the tools necessary to decide whether or not to launch your small business.

Learn More …

Speaker for Session 5:

Richard Koeltl

  Mr. Koeltl has a BSEE degree from Manhattan College and studied for his MBA at Syracuse University. HIs experience covers more than 40 years in the Semiconductor and Optical industries in Executive Marketing, General Management, COO and President positions at both large and small public companies including General Electric, Fairchild, Raytheon, Advanced Micro Devices, Intersil, AT&T and PMC Sierra. Over the last 10 years, he has worked as a mentor, consultant and often times board member with several Silicon Valley based venture funded startup companies. Richard was the CEO of two of these startups, Semipower Systems and Optron-X, both of which were successfully acquired under his leadership

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Startup Basics @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Startup Basics 

So, you have an idea for a business. Now what? We can help you decide whether and how to proceed.

Starting Thursday, May 3: 10 am – 11.30 am 

and continuing on May 10, 17, 24 and 31

This series of workshops is presented at no charge in conjunction with San Jose Library

Designed by successful entrepreneurs who’ve been in your busy shoes, this mentor-supported program gives you the structure and support you need to set your sights on the future.

 Choose as many sessions as you need, though we suggest you attend all 5 sessions to get the most out of this program. 

Program Overview

 FREE MENTORING

Work with a SCORE Certified Mentor to develop a customized growth plan.

WORKSHOPS 

Gain the fundamentals, tools and strategies you need to get your business started.

May 3, Session 1: Startup Basics

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing a business idea and identifying the key factors that influence startup success. Startup Basics provides an overview of the skills and tools needed when deciding to start a business. In this session, you will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources.

May 10, Session 2: Business Concept    

May 17, Session 3: Marketing Plan

May 24, Session 4: Financial Projections 

May 31, Session 5: Funding Sources

Learn More … 

Speaker for Session 1: Chutta Ratnathicam

 

Chutta spent 35 years as Financial Controller and CFO of several large private and publicly held companies including Conway Inc . He also worked as CEO and Vice President of an international global transportation and logistics group. Currently he is Director and Audit Committee Chair of a financial services company. He has been instrumental in raising public capital and with mergers and acquisition. He has experience working in Asia, Africa and the United States. His skills include financial management, business development, business plans, international trade, management general, profit improvement, company restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and import/export. Chutta received his MBA at the University of Portland, and is a Certified Management accountant and Chartered accountant.

Introduction to Business: Start Smart @ Lexus Dealership
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

4-weeks program, Meets Thursday on 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, and 6/21

Jun
4
Mon
Design & Marketing Advice @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
Jun 4 @ 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.

Free. No registration required, but encouraged.

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

Coffee with Business Advisors @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
Jun 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Coffee with Business Advisers

Come and meet with expert business advisers with real world experience who help local businesses.
These sit downs will cover many different industries and vary each time. These advisers are here to answer any questions and to provide guidance and feedback

Free. No registration required.

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

 

Jun
6
Wed
State Labor Law and Payroll Tax Seminar @ Alfred E. Alquist Bulding
Jun 6 @ 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.
Design Your New Awesome L.I.F.E. via Business Ownership! @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jun 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

In 2018: Design Your New Awesome L.I.F.E. via Business Ownership

Strategizing Business Ownership for an Awesome Lifestyle, Income, Freedom, Equity (L.I.F.E.)

Have you considered business ownership as a career path?  If you are burned out on corporate work, or at a crossroad in your career, or retired but looking for a new chapter, or interested in an additional source of income through an absentee business while you keep your day job or pursue other priorities such as caring for your family, this workshop is for you! 

This is your chance to learn how millions of people just like you have chosen to take control of their life via business ownership and in accordance to who and what is important to them!  In this workshop we explore business ownership to achieve a better Lifestyle, Income, Freedom and Equity that supports you and your family.

Jun
7
Thu
Sell More, Sell More Easily @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jun 7 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Why most prospecting methods are ineffective.
  • Why traditional sales approaches turn you into an unpaid consultant.
  • How to use Sandler’s seven step sales process to Sell More, More Easily.
What Employers Need to Know about Unemployment Insurance @ Silicon Valley SBDC
Jun 7 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

You will learn:

  • How your Unemployment Insurance rate is calculated.
  • What causes your Unemployment Insurance rate to change.
  • Ways to minimize Unemployment Insurance costs.
  • Details about important notices, statements, and resources.
Jun
13
Wed
Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar @ Silicon Valley SBDC
Jun 13 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

You will learn:

  • California payroll reporting requirements: forms, employer obligations, reporting, and payment requirements.
  • 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.

There is no charge for this seminar.

To make reservations, visit the EDD website at www.edd.ca.gov/payroll_tax_seminars/ or call 866-873-6083

Starting a Business: Write a Business Plan @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jun 13 @ 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.

Jun
14
Thu
Small Business Financing @ Silicon Valley SBDC
Jun 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

An overview introduction, includes: Equity vs. Debt Financing; uses of financing; types of loans; loan programs; what do bankers look at in qualifying you for a loan? and presenting your request for financing.

Small Business Series: Marketing 101 @ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library - Third Floor
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Come learn about different kinds of marketing strategies for your small business. Presented by a representative from Ideology Studio. 

Free. No registration required but encouraged.

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

SJPL Works, in collaboration with multiple partners, presents a seven-part series of workshops aimed at helping aspiring small business owners get started.

Jun
19
Tue
Marketing on the Internet @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jun 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Beat Competition and Grow Your Business

This class covers key topics for creating and marketing a professional business website for visitors and search engines. The class reviews best practices for ecommerce and secure websites, social media marketing options, search engine optimization, pay per click advertising, affiliate marketing and optimal web marketing strategies based on performance testing, analytics and determining return on investment (ROI). Discussion will center on actual website examples for small businesses. The class will analyze common mistakes made on the web, and reveal best practices for marketing on the internet. Reviewed will be, Ideas for generating business for eCommerce sites and the challenges they face in gaining visitors and sales.

Note: This course is not a technical course on how to design or program websites, but a course that teaches you what a good website should look like and how to effectively market your busine

Jun
20
Wed
Take the “Selling” Out of the Sales Process @ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library - Third Floor
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Selling something- really anything- to someone else can be a PROCESS! This introduction to selling will offer new or aspiring sales professionals a quick and simple approach to getting the most out of their sales efforts!

This workshop is presented by the Director of Sales and Operations of Le Boulanger, Jerome Dees.

Free. Registration not required, but recommended.

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

Jun
21
Thu
LinkedIn for Your Business @ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library - Third Floor
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Do you own a business?  Stop treating LinkedIn like a job site.  LinkedIn for Business teaches you how to create your business brand, promote your business and identify key prospects.  

Topics

  • Building Your Brand & Business Brand
  • Optimizing Your Profile
  • Marketing Your Business
  • Targeting Prospects

Presented by Oscar Garcia of Aspira. He is a former Community Partnerships Manager at LinkedIn and a former President and CEO of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce.

Free. No registration required but encouraged
Parking validation for 4th St. garage will be provided at the program.

Jun
23
Sat
Design & Marketing Advice @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
Jun 23 @ 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.

Free. No registration required, but encouraged.

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

Jun
27
Wed
Coffee with Business Advisors @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Coffee with Business Advisers

Come and meet with expert business advisers with real world experience who help local businesses.
These sit downs will cover many different industries and vary each time. These advisers are here to answer any questions and to provide guidance and feedback

Free. No registration required.

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