Feb
24
Fri
Be a Successful Consultant @ Silicon Valley Score
Feb 24 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Start a Successful Consulting Business For Lifestyle and Profit

In this workshop you will learn what it means to be a consultant, why clients need your skills, how to leverage your expertise and what the requirements are to be successful. It is a good primer for people already in the consulting business and an excellent educator for those thinking of becoming a consultant. The class will explain the do’s and don’ts of selling yourself, basic selling skills you need to know, how to develop a professional image and many marketing tactics and strategies. The class goes through the process of identifying potential clients, what needs to be in a proposal, common terms and conditions that should be included and how to negotiate contracts with your clients. Finally the workshop will help you identify costs you need to recover, calculate your base billing rate and equip you with approaches to charge for your services that help maximize your returns.

Key Topics:

  • Being a Consultant – Positives and Negatives
  • Setup – Business Structure, Choice of Entity
  • Getting Clients – Business Development and Marketing
  • Proposals and Contracts – SOW, NDA’s, Important Terms
  • Pricing – Fee Structures and Costs
Feb
27
Mon
Nonprofit Seminar: Grant Writing @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Key Topics

  • Grant Research
  • How to approach a funder with an idea
  • Formulating a letter of Inquiry
  • Developing a full proposal

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to select the right grantor for your project
  • How to make a strong case for the need for the grant and its benefit to the targeted community
  • Building a bigger community for your cause
  • Make real and lasting connections with grantors

What People are saying

  • “This is a must class if you considering grants”
  • “You will learn a lot”
  • “This class was very important to our success”
Feb
28
Tue
Is Small Business Ownership Right for You?
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Mar
1
Wed
BusinessOwnerSpace.com Partners Resource Fair @ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Third Floor
Mar 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn how BusinessOwnerSpace.com and their Partners can help small business owners get started and grow.

– BusinessOwnerSpace provides steps on starting a business 

– Silicon Valley Talent Partnership on help to develop a website

– SCORE gives workshops and mentoring opportunities

– work2future offers help to hire and train staff

– FranNet- tips on starting a Franchise

– SJPL Works has Library resources for a small business

– AnewAmerica  helps Immigrant small business owners to start and grow businesses

-City of San Jose guide owners on steps to get building permits

– Employment Development Department conducts and provides Payroll Tax seminars, Labor Market Information, Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC),  Fidelity Bonding and CalJOBS

– SBDC helping with access to capital and general  help with restaurant industry

Free. No registration required.

Mar
2
Thu
2016 RLEI Neighborhood Champions Awards Event @ San Jose City Hall Rotunda
Mar 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

RLEI Can Assist You To

  • Prevent neighborhood blight
  • Recover neighborhood peace and quiet
  • Create a neighborhood group/ association
  • Connect with City Services
  • Connect with RLEI Champions
  • Learn how a group of residents can file a case at Small Claim Court
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Startup Basics @ Santa Clara Central Park Library -- Redwood Room
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Starting Thursday, March 2: 7:00pm-8:30pm 

and continuing on March 9, 16, 22 and 30

This series of workshops is presented at no charge in conjunction with Santa Clara 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. 

No need to register! Just show up at the location noted at left.

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.

March 2, 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.

March 9, Session 2: Business Concept    

March 16, Session 3: Marketing Plan

March 22, Session 4: Financial Projections 

March 30, Session 5: Funding Sources

Mar
4
Sat
Franchising: A Career, Investment or Both!
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In this presentation, you’ll take away a better understanding of:

– Basic information on franchising, including the range of industry categories, investment levels and fees.
– Why franchising works, and how it impacts the U.S economy today
– The characteristics of a semi-absentee business model
– Which business segments work well under semi-absentee ownership
– The funding options available in today’s marketplace
– A strategic approach to selecting the semi-absentee franchise that is right for YOU!
– A strategic approach to defining your personal business model, quantifying your returns and safely
researching and selecting the business opportunity that best fits your unique personality, skills, needs and goals. 

Mar
6
Mon
Market Research @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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?

 

Market Research @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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?
Mar
8
Wed
Thinking of Starting a Business? @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Mar 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

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.
Thinking of Starting a Business? @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Mar 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

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.
Mar
9
Thu
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Business Concept @ Santa Clara Central Park Library -- Margie Edinger
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Started Thursday, March 2: 7:00pm-8:30pm

and continuing on March 9, 16, 22 and 30

This series of workshops is presented at no charge in conjunction with Santa Clara 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. 

No need to register! Just show up at the location noted at left.

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.

March 2, Session 1: Startup Basics

March 9, Session 2: Business Concept

The second workshop focuses on the business concept and step-by-step guidance in
researching your idea, market, and competition. At the end of the Business
Concept workshop, you will be able to identify your target markets, describe your
products and services, and collect key competitive information to support your feasibility
plan.   

March 16, Session 3: Marketing Plan

March 22, Session 4: Financial Projections 

March 30, Session 5: Funding Sources

Mar
15
Wed
Instagram for the Small Business @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Mar 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Key Topics:

  • Why use social media for your business
  • Creating and curating content
  • The mechanics of the Instagram App
  • What are hashtags and why should I use them?

Learning Outcomes:

  • What Instagram can do for your business
  • How to properly set up your Instagram account
  • How to optimize posts to Instagram
  • How to find pictures on Instagram of your business/product
  • Learn what hashtags are and how they will help your business
Mar
16
Thu
Starting a Business: Write a Business Plan @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Mar 16 @ 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.

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.
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Marketing Plan @ Santa Clara Central Park Library -- Redwood Room
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

his series of workshops is presented at no charge in conjunction with Santa Clara 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. 

No need to register! Just show up at the location noted at left.

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.

March 2, Session 1: Startup Basics

March 9, Session 2: Business Concept    

March 16, Session 3: Marketing Plan

The third workshop provides you with an introduction to marketing communication
methods and tools to maximize your customer reach. The discussion in the Marketing Plan
workshop covers pricing strategies, positioning, the difference between features and benefits,
and different marketing strategies. At the end of this session, you will know how to: outline
your marketing strategy, test your marketing message, choose the right sales channel, and
exercise your marketing strategy.

March 22, Session 4: Financial Projections 

March 30, Session 5: Funding Sources

Mar
18
Sat
Small Business Boot Camp @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Mar 18 @ 8:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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.
Mar
21
Tue
Intellectual Property: How to Protect and Use an Important Business Asset @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Mar 21 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Key Topics:

  • The different forms of IP—trade secret, copyright, trademark & patents
  • How to protect the different forms of your IP
  • The requirements for filing for a patent, the process, the costs and timing—US & foreign applications
  • How to decide whether or not to fil & some filing strategy
  • How to gain value from your IP: use, license, or sell
  • How IP can help you obtain funding for your business

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the forms of IP and their value
  • How to protect your IP
  • Filing requirements
  • Using your IP to obtain funding
Mar
22
Wed
Legal Issues for Small Businesses @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Key Topics:

    • The choosing of the type of legal business entity
    • Protecting your identity
    • Understanding business contracts and leases
    • Employment practices and pitfalls – and how to avoid employment problems
    • and many more legal issues that small businesses encounter every day

There will be ample time for questions covering individual concerns of those in the class.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Business entity choices for small businesses
  • About contracts and leases and how to review them
  • 1099 versus W2 employees, what’s the difference.
  • What are the types of NDA and when do you use them
  • When do I need a lawyer
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business: Financial Projections @ Santa Clara Central Park Library -- Redwood Room
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

imple Steps for Starting Your Business: Financial Projections 

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 Santa Clara 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. 

No need to register! Just show up at the location noted at left.

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.

March 2, Session 1: Startup Basics

March 9, Session 2: Business Concept    

March 16, Session 3: Marketing Plan

March 22, Session 4: Financial Projections 

This workshop uses exercises to help you better understand financial concepts. This
session reviews sales and prices, financial risks and rewards, true startup costs, ongoing
operating expenses, setting benchmarks for tracking progress and the organization of all
your financial information. Using a hands-on approach, you learn how to use our financial
model to forecast sales revenue and build solid pro-forma financial forecasts.

Mar
27
Mon
Nonprofit Seminar: Branding Nonprofits for Success @ Silicon Valley SCORE
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what constitutes a brand and the importance of brand management in nonprofits
  • Identify the key elements every brand should contain
  • Understand the process for developing and managing your brand
  • Learn how to get your donors to love you through your brand