Jun
26
Mon
Nonprofit Seminar: Financial statements and taxes @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Nonprofit Seminar: Financial statements and taxes

The understanding of regulatory, tax and financial matters is key to survival. Get valuable insights into financial and accounting terms. Avoid tax and regulatory problems and make sure that your organization is in compliance with the latest tax reporting requirement. The course will provide a good basic framework for entrepreneurs, management and staff and is a critical component to success for nonprofit organizations. Knowledge of accounting and tax consequences is essential to prevent regulatory, tax and legal problems. 

 Key Topics

  • Accounting and tax terms and chart of accounts
  • Record keeping required
  • Key financial statements – understanding their need and use
  • Filing, regulatory and tax requirements (how to get legal)
  • 501c) 3 requirements and filings
  • Learn some of the special legal requirements and accounting for donors, grantors and staff

Learning Outcomes

  • Thinking like a business owner (you are in business)
  • Learn about financial statements and their meaning and use – prevent bad surprises
  • Various accounting system and backroom alternatives – various ways to structure your nonprofit business
Jun
27
Tue
California Competes Tax Presentation San Jose @ Martin Luther King Library
Jun 27 @ 2:30 am – 3:30 am

Don’t Leave Money on the Table: State of California Offering Over $200 Million in Tax Credits to Businesses of All Sizes

The application is easy to fill out on-line, open to any business owner, free and coming your way. Join senior officials from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) for a free one hour business development presentation in your area and get custom instructions on how to apply for this tax credit program.

 

Sitio Web, Comercio Electrónico y redes sociales @ Oficina del Cónsul General de México en San José
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Sitio Web, Comercio Electrónico y redes sociales

  • ¿Es necesario un sitio web?
  • ¿Cuáles son las opciones cuando inicio un sitio web?
  • Como conducir comercio en la red, y que beneficios hay para tu negocio
  • Repaso de los medios sociales disponibles a bajo costo para tu negocio
  • ¿Cuál método (social media) debo usar para mi negocio?
  • La importancia de la creación de redes
  • Herramientas de Microsoft para tu negocio
Jul
10
Mon
Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media 

Simple marketing strategy for small business & nonprofits

This session will show you how to make the most of email marketing plus social media for your business. When the session is done you’ll have a greater understanding of marketing basics like goals and objectives. You’ll be given opportunities to capture your own ideas and build out the framework of your own “next great campaign” through interactive activities and a handout.

Key Topics:

  • Small business marketing today 
  • Setting your goals 
  • Choosing the right message 
  • Measuring success 
  • How to get started

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to make the most of the combination of email and social media for your business
  • Have a greater understanding of marketing basics like goals and objectives. 
  • Learn what a “campaign” is and what to write about and offer in that campaign. 
  • Simple but powerful tips for how to get your messages opened and read, shared and socially visible.
Market Research @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Market Research 

The key to building confidence

This class is about the basics of Market Research and how to do it. It is designed for folks who are unsure about how to fill in some of the spaces in a business plan. In this class, you will develop both the knowledge and the skills to find the information you need. By developing a prepared question set and with some modeling, you can put your efforts to finding out the things you need to know in order to successfully build a business plan and a business. This class addresses what questions to ask, who to ask and what to do with the answers for both primary and secondary research.

Key Topics:

  • What is your market and how large is it? Is it growing or shrinking?
  • Who are your customers? What are they looking for?
  • Which competitors are going after which segments? How can you beat them?
  • What are some sources of “secondary market data” and how does one get “primary market data”?
  • How do you model markets where you can’t find data?

Learning Outcomes:

  • What is Market Research?
  • What do I need to know to do a business plan?
  • What are the questions I need to ask to get the right answers?
  • Now, what do I do with all the information?
  • What are the tricks about asking questions and getting good answers
  • What is primary and secondary research and why is it important?
Jul
11
Tue
Marketing to Millennials (and Everybody Else Too) @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Presupuesto, inventarío y haciendo cuentas @ Oficina del Cónsul General de México en San José
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Presupuesto, inventarío y haciendo cuentas

  • Estados financieros y sus usos
  • Cómo los sistemas de contabilidad guían el crecimiento
  • Preparación de un estado financiero personal y el Balance actual de negocios
  • Utilizar relaciones para analizar la información del balance
  • Examinar las actividades de contabilidad y mantenimiento de registros y controles
  • Presupuesto para el crecimiento
  • Cómo los presupuestos proporcionan información de rendimiento
  • Revisar y ajustar los presupuestos
BOE Part 1: Is Small Business Ownership Right for You? @ Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Business Ownership Exploration: A 3-part series on Becoming Your Own Boss

Have you ever wondered if Small Business Ownership is right for you? This library series offered by business experts at FranNet will help determine if owning a business is right for you and if so – the opportunities that are a good fit for you and how to go about funding them.

Part 1: Is Small Business Ownership Right for You? 

In this workshop we review the different ownership options, giving you flexibility and the lifestyle you want – including starting a business from scratch, buying an existing business and buying a franchise. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each and help you decide what option is right for you!  

We’ll cover:

– Why business ownership? Why now?

– Risks and rewards that come along with being your own boss

– Advantages and disadvantages of starting a business from scratch, buying an existing business and buying a franchise

– Ownership options including owner-operator and semi-passive

– Franchising myths and misconceptions 

– The reality of creating an asset for your future through a business

– Personalized Assessments for finding the right business

 

Join us for Part 2: Funding Your Own Business! January 10, 2017; 7-8:30pm or October 10, 2017

Jul
12
Wed
Thinking of Starting a Business? @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Thinking of Starting a Business? 

So you want to start a business. Now what should you do?

This class covers the basic decision process for going into business: Do I have an
entrepreneurial nature? What are my options for going into business? Is my business
idea feasible? It is aimed at folks who think they may want to be their own boss or who
have a business idea, but need to determine whether or not it is realistic. The class
presents key attributes and characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and explores
alternatives for starting your own business. Most importantly, the class outlines the
process for assessing the feasibility of your idea.

Key Topics:

  • Common traits and characteristics of entrepreneurs.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of starting a business on your own, buying a franchise or
    buying an existing business.
  • Assessing the feasibility of a business idea or opportunity.
  • The value and purpose of a formal business plan.

Learning Outcomes:

  • You will be able to compare your personality traits, strengths and weaknesses
    with those common to successful entrepreneurs.
  • You will learn the advantages and disadvantages of starting a business on your
    own versus buying a franchise versus buying an existing business and why it is
    important to consider all three options.
  • You will learn how to assess the feasibility of a business idea or opportunity including:
    • Setting goals and objectives
    • Assessing the market potential
    • How to get the information you need
    • Analyzing financial feasibility
  • You will hear why it is important to prepare a formal business plan if you decide
    to proceed and an overview of what that plan should include.
Jul
13
Thu
How to Start a Business in Silicon Valley @ Silicon Valley SBDC Training Room
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join our workshop:

“How to Start a Business in Silicon Valley”

This workshop educates potential entrepreneurs on how to get their business rolling, including:

  • Special permits/licenses their business may require
  • How Federal and State taxes apply to their business operations 
  • Insurance and Risk Management basics, the importance of your Business Plan, hiring employees and resources for your business.

Join us Thursday, July 13, from 10AM-12PM to soak in all the information! 

Register here before this date, as late registration = no participation. 

All SBDC Workshops will be held at this location:

Silicon Valley SBDC Training Room

1887 Monterey Road, 2nd Floor

San Jose, CA 95112

(Between streets Phelan & Stauffer [look for “1885” sign])

BOE Part 3: Don’t Quit Your Day Job! Part-Time Business Ownership @ San Francisco Public Library
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Owning a business used to require a full-time commitment, but today’s franchises have made it possible for people to start a part-time business while they keep their day job. Join us as we discuss if owning a part-time business with a proven revenue model can help you achieve your personal and financial goals.

 

We’ll cover:

 

– What’s changed to enable part-time business ownership

– What type of businesses can be successful with a part-time owner

– The specifics of part-time business ownership

– How to finance your new business

– How to diversify your portfolio with business ownership

– Strategies for finding the right fit for your skills and budget

 

This free, “must-attend” event is for anyone who wants to:

– Create an additional revenue stream while keeping their current job

– Diversify your portfolio beyond real estate and your 401k

– Be your own boss

– Create a path out of the corporate world into business ownership

– Build long-term equity

– Understand how to finance a business

This workshop is part of Business Ownership Exploration – A 3-part library series offered by business experts at FranNet will help determine if owning a business is right for you and if so – the opportunities that are a good fit for you and how to go about funding them.

 

Sponsored by San Francisco Public Library

Jul
17
Mon
Starting a Business: Write a Business Plan @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Starting a Business: Write a Business Plan 

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.

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
Jul
18
Tue
Funding Your Business in the Early Years @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Funding Your Business in the Early Years 

You need money to start and grow your business. Choose the right option for your particular business situation.

This workshop will cover the contents of a great resource for those entrepreneurs looking for  guidance about earning potential when starting or expanding a business.  This will include strategy, business planning, and cash flow cycle.  We will talk about building business credit and what financial institutions look for when lending to a business in the first few years.  We will also cover different types of funding and access to capital as a startup.  The session will also cover how a merchant should process payments and what is the right fit for your business.  We will also discuss how paying yourself and your employees could impact your cash flow and bottom line and what you should know to minimize risk.

Key Topics:

  • Funding options for startups & existing businesses
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Business Credit
  • Payment Solutions
  • Payroll Solutions
  • Risk Factors

Learning Outcomes:

  • You will learn what options for funding you have depending on the stage of your
    business
  • How to find startup capital
  • Better understanding of the cash flow cycle
  • How to prioritize spending
  • How to build business credit
  • How to receive payments efficiently
  • Payroll needs and risk factors to avoid costly penalties
Controles internos, flujo de caja y punto de equilibrio @ Oficina del Cónsul General de México en San José
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Controles internos, flujo de caja y punto de equilibrio

  • Calcular el punto de equilibrio para su oportunidad de crecimiento
  • Gestión del ciclo de flujo de efectivo
  • Controles internos para la gestión de efectivo
  • Proyecciones de flujos de efectivo
Jul
19
Wed
Small Business Boot Camp @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jul 19 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Small Business Boot Camp

Important information about what it takes to succeed in business!

 
 
This comprehensive seminar touches on most of the basics you need to know to start or grow a business. It is also a good review for those already in business. Silicon Valley SCORE’s Small Business Boot Camp will guide you through the challenges with essential tools, best practices and proven techniques.
Let’s get down to business!
This full-day workshop from 8:30 AM to 5 PM provides an overview of all the important aspects required to ensure control and success in business. Attendees will hear from a variety of SCORE and outside business professionals. Here is the day’s agenda:
SCORE Services
Who we are and how we can help you.
Business Plan
Thinking through the critical issues of your business and wise planning for  present and future success.
Cash Control & Records
How to keep the money flowing into and out of your business to avoid a cash
crisis.
Business Law
Legal “dos and don’ts” for the start-up or small business. Better understand business structure, employment law and general business legal issues that  most entrepreneurs face when starting or growing a small business. 
 
No-Host Lunch  
Access to Capital
Practical guide for obtaining financing for optimum growth.
Insurance
What you need to protect you and your business.
Taxes
Best practices and the skills you’ll need to understand and fulfill tax responsibilities and obligations.
Marketing & Sales
What? Why? Where? How? Open up profitable opportunities with proven techniques to generate demand for your product or service.
Wrap-up
How to make it all “connect” for your small business.
Franchising 101: Is Franchising Right for Me? @ Calabazas Branch Library
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us as we de-mystify the franchise buying process, and walk you through how to successfully get into business for yourself:

 

We’ll cover:

– “Hot” trends for today’s expanding economy.

– Franchise myths and misconceptions.

– “Where’s the money?” Financing your new business.

– Reinvest your retirement money.

– Average investment for franchises.

– How to diversify your investment portfolio with business ownership.

– Strategies for finding the best business system for you and your family.

– Building a tangible asset with a business.

 

This free, “must-attend” event is for anyone who wants to:

– Leave corporate life behind

– Be your own boss

– Enjoy Career Independence

– Build long-term equity

– Learn about business ownership in general

– Hear about financing options

 

Event Sponsored by San Jose Public Library 

Jul
20
Thu
Master the Sales Process to Increase Sales @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Master the Sales Process to Increase Sales 

Does your business need sales growth? We thought so!

Without sales, you have no business.  Don’t be afraid you can’t do it.  Great sales people are not born that way; they learn how to be effective with a repeatable process.  Learn what that process is and practice in a supportive environment with your fellow small business owners.  

This class teaches sales skills for those who are going to sell the product or service for your company. It is a good basic overview of the selling process for all small businesses and the principles are universal. Any owner/ manager in a small business should take this course, to both sell the product or service and direct others who are hired to do so. It emphasizes the need to understand what is important to the customer so that the product or service is presented to satisfy customer needs and to maximize the perceived value.

Key Topics:

  • Qualities of an effective sales person
  • Lead generation
  • Sales process
  • Sales channels
  • Managing a salesforce

Learning Outcomes: People who attend this class will learn:

  • How to identify and qualify a lead
  • How to select the channel that is right for your business
  • How to conduct an effective sales call
  • How to overcome objections and close the order
  • How to manage a salesforce
Franchising 101: How to select, finance, and successfully operate a franchise​ @ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Third Floor - SJPL Works
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

With so many different franchises for sale today, figuring out which franchise opportunity is the right business opportunity can be daunting and difficult to say the least. In this class, business experts at FranNet of the Bay Area de-mystify the franchise buying process and walk you through how to successfully get into business for yourself. We’ll cover:

– What is franchising?
– Factors to consider when selecting a franchise.
– “Hot” trends for today’s expanding economy.
– Franchise myths and misconceptions.
– “Where’s the money?” Financing your new business.
– Average investment for franchises.
– Strategies for finding the best business system for you and your family.
– How to perform the proper due diligence.
– Building a tangible asset with a franchise.
– …and more!

This free, must-attend event is for anyone who wants to:

– Explore franchise ownership
– Be your own boss
– Hear about financing options
– Build long-term equity
– Evaluate your potential to become a franchise

Sponsored by SJPL Works Business & Career 

Jul
25
Tue
Financiación e impuestos @ Oficina del Cónsul General de México en San José
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Financiación e impuestos

  • Financiamiento de deuda y capital, como se debe usar
  • Fuentes alternativas y tradicionales de financiamiento
  • Preparar una propuesta de financiamiento y comunicación con prestamistas e inversionistas
  • Declaración de impuestos empresariales
Aug
1
Tue
Relaciones laborales y restaurantes @ Oficina del Cónsul General de México en San José
Aug 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Relaciones laborales y restaurantes

  • ¿Qué es necesario para abrir un negocio en la industria de alimentos?
  • Proceso de permisos, requerimientos y desarrollo de un restaurante local
  • Relaciones laborales, como cumplir con las leyes de recursos humanos en california y EEUU
  • Revisión de los requisitos estatales y federales para los empleadores