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Create a High Quality Low Cost Business Website Using New Google Tools

Small businesses across California are getting online through a free program from Google. Join us for an exciting hands-on workshop, in a computer lab, where you will create an easy-to-build Intuit website, get a free customized domain name, get free web hosting for one year, and learn about free online tools and training. You will actually create a functioning website in this class, so come prepared with a Gmail account (available free from Google) and a flash drive with any photos or information such as bios, “about us”, or product information that you may want to upload to your new website. This training is held in a computer lab with limited seating.

 

Date: Tuesday, September 18

Time: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Cost: $50 + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14, machine takes $1 bills and quarters only) 

Location: University Center at College of the Canyons, Room 309

                26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita 91355

Monster Marketing Mistakes

Yes, it is almost certainly true – you are making mistakes when marketing your business products and services.  Come prepared to listen, learn and discuss what you can and should do to fix those mistakes.  Bring your business cards, flyers and a link to your website to have them challenged by your peers and a 35 year expert marketing executive who has already helped more than 400 clients just like you!  This event can make a powerful and profitable difference for your business, whether you are an experienced pro or just getting started.  Limited to 30 attendees so register early.

Date: Thursday, September 20

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Cost: $35 

Location: Premier America Credit Union, 3rd Floor Training Room

 19867 Prairie Street, Chatsworth  91311

Where’s the Money? – 11th Annual Access to Capital Business Expo

Find, manage and grow your business capital!   The event includes:

  • Networking Breakfast – Network with other small business owners.
  • Business Workshops – Three tracks focused on finding, managing or growing your capital.
  • Finance & Resource Expo – Connect with local bankers and business organizations.
  • Loan Pavilion – Underwriters onsite for one-on-one financial assessments!  To meet with an underwriter you MUST make an appointment in advance by calling the SBDC at 661.362.5900.
  • Business Luncheon – Get inspired by a successful local business owner.

Register online at www.vedc.org, by phone at 818.907.9977 or via email at egarcia@vedc.org.  To obtain the SBDC client discount and/or schedule a meeting with an on-site underwriter, please call the SBDC directly at 661.362.5900.

 

Date: Saturday, September 22

Time: 8 am – 3 pm

Cost: $10 – Call the SBDC and ask about the special discount 

Location: Hyatt Regency Valencia

                24500 Town Center Drive, Calencia  91355

Social Media Marketing Made Simple

In this introductory session, we will cover some of the strategies and best practices to get the most out of your social media activities, including time management and measuring the return of your activities.  We will talk about what social media marketing really is, how to incorporate it into your business life without losing productivity and look at how other businesses are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility, develop relationships and drive sales and response.  We will discuss the various social media outlets that are available, how they interact together and ways to leverage their inherent strengths and to evaluate them for best use for your business or organization.

Date: Wednesday, September 26

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Cost: FREE 

Location: ITT Technical Institute

 12669 Encinitas Ave., Sylmar  91342 – 5 Freeway at Roxford Exit

Win a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant

In this webinar you will learn from Marie Talnack an SBIR grant authority on how to gain a competitive edge in winning Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding.  Marie has worked with over 300 new technologies in electronics, bio-medical, pharmaceutical, computer hardware and software, environmental science, and written over 500 technical proposals and strategic plans.  Register online at:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/527178758

Date: Wednesday, September 26

Time:  10 am
Cost: FREE 

Location: Online

QuickBooks Boot Camp

In this day long workshop, participants will learn how to set up their company file from scratch; how to create a quality chart of accounts; how to create new vendors, customer, items and accounts. You will also learn how to pay bills, invoice customers, receive payments, make deposits and reconcile bank accounts. An introduction to the report center will be covered, including how to create a Profit & Loss Statement and a Balance Sheet. Ideal for business owners, office managers, and bookkeepers who are brand new to QuickBooks, as well as, existing users who would like some formal education in one of these QuickBooks features. Training held in a computer lab with limited seating. Please note that there will be a one-hour lunch break, lunch not provided.

 

Date: Friday, September 28

Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm

Cost: $99 + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14, machine takes $1 bills and quarters only)

Location: University Center at College of the Canyons, Room 309

               26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita  91355

Export-Import Workshop

This workshop will provide new-to-export and new-to-market clients with information on getting started in international trade. International trade basics will be provided as we walk through to the export/import development stages and are introduced to trade assistance resources on the federal, state, and local level. Register online at: http://tinyurl.com/ex-port-import-092812.

Date: Friday, September 28

Time: 10 am – 12 pm

Cost: FREE + $2 parking fee (kiosk located in lot 14, machine takes $1 bills and quarters only) 

Location: University Center at College of the Canyons, Room 223

 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita  91355

You are invited to join SBDC’s Masterminds, a small business and entrepreneurial training and development group facilitated by an SBDC Business Advisor. Come enjoy roundtable discussion on opportunities and problems facing SCV small business owners. Hear expert guest speakers on pertinent business topics. We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month between 8:30 am and 9:30 am at the Chamber of Commerce office.  Call the SBDC at 661-362-5900 for more details.

 

Date: First & Third Wednesday of each month (September 5 & 19)

Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Cost: $35/quarter – First Meeting FREE

Location: SCV Chamber of Commerce

                27451 Tourney Road, Santa Clarita

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