Useful Information for Businesses for February, 2024: Small Business Grants and Loans, Workshops and More

The Nextdoor Kind Foundation has launched an LA County microgrant program that will award $500 grants to individuals making a difference in their neighborhoods and communities. We believe the microgrant program can be beneficial for individuals in and around your business community.

There will be 100 grants awarded for a total of $50,000 invested in projects and ideas that uplift neighborhoods. The application takes no longer than 10 minutes, and we encourage you to share the opportunity with your network. Here is a link to the application, which is open until March 29th.

Ideas for grant applications include: 
•    Plant a community garden
•    Hold a resource fair
•    Community emergency preparedness
•    Paint a neighborhood mural
Would you consider sharing information about the LA County Microgrant Program on your social media pages or newsletter? Attached is more information in both English and Spanish, as well as content you can share on social media and a blurb you can post in your newsletter. If you have any questions or need any other information, please don't hesitate to reach out.
 

Small Business Micro Loans- LISC LA’s Asset Building for Communities of Color (ABC) program was created to help small businesses owned by people of color in Los Angeles County grow their companies, build wealth, and create or maintain jobs. In partnership with LISC LA, Inclusive Action for the City is offering eligible business owners loan capital from $5,000 to $30,000  to support with the acquisition of machinery, equipment, and/or inventory.

Route 66 Micro Grants- The Route 66 Extraordinary Women Micro Grant Program is giving $2,000 micro-grants to support woman-owned businesses who operate along Route 66. To qualify, businesses must be majority women-owned or operated (at least 51%), be physically located on Route 66, and have fewer than 20 full-time employees. Applications open February 5 and are due March 25.

The HerRise MicroGrants, offering $1,000 each, are open to women of color entrepreneurs across diverse fields. Your business must be 51% owned by women of color; Currently registered in the US; Less than $1 million in gross revenue. https://www.hersuitespot.com/herrise/ for more information. 

The Kitty Fund makes small micro-investments in Moms who are running employer-based small businesses with two or more employees. The $25,000 fund will make investments to 25 Mom business owners in the form of $1,000 micro-grants. https://foundersfirstcdc.org/kitty-fund for more info. 

The American Dream Awards spotlight small businesses that epitomize the modern American Dream through innovative solutions, outstanding community contributions, and commitment to sustainable business practices. These prestigious awards are available to all for-profit businesses operating in the United States. The deadline is April 30th, 2024. 

The Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program will provide over $46 million in direct financial assistance to qualified landlords to help mitigate the negative economic impacts of the pandemic that have left many tenants behind on rent.

The Rent Relief Program will offer grants of up to $30,000 per unit to eligible landlords for expenses dating from April 1, 2022, to the present. The program is specifically designed with a focus on helping small, mom-and-pop landlords who own up to four rental units. Its goal is to reduce tenant evictions due to rent arrears, maintain the viability of small-scale rental businesses, and ensure availability of affordable housing in LA County.

Landlords can apply for the LA County Rent Relief Program beginning in mid-December. The application process will be easy and straightforward, and applicants will receive free multilingual technical support from community partners to guide them through the process and assist with gathering the necessary documentation.

To receive program updates and be notified when the online application opens, register today at lacountyrentrelief.com.

WomensNet founded the Amber Grant Foundation in 1998. The Foundation was set up with one goal in mind: to honor the memory of a very special young woman, Amber Wigdahl, who died at just 19 years old — before realizing her business dreams. Today, WomensNet carries on that tradition, giving away at $10,000 every month in Amber Grant money. Each of those monthly winners is then eligible for our year-end grant of $25,000. How Do I Apply For an Amber Grant? Applying is simple. Just take a few minutes to tell us about yourself and your business dream. No long, complicated forms to fill out. We announce the $10,000 Amber Grant recipient the first week of every month, and the $25,000 annual winner every January. Learn More 

California Small Business and Nonprofit COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Relief Grant Program-The Program will award funds to eligible businesses and nonprofits that have incurred costs for COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave pursuant to Sections 248.6 and 248.7 of the Labor Code. Funds are limited and will be awarded based on eligibility and availability of funds. This Program was created in accordance with California AB 152 and is administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA).  Round 2 opens soon. Sign up to be notified when Round 2 opens. Learn More

Jewish Free Loan Association: Small Business loans up to $36,000 are available, with 2 guarantors. 
Eligibility:
·    Applicants must be permanent residents of Los Angeles or Ventura county. 
·    Applicants must have credit scores of 680 or better, demonstrate need, and have the ability to repay the loan. 
·    Two guarantors with good credit and steady income are required on each loan up to $36,000. 
·    Applicant must submit required documentation, by email, to JFLA prior to a virtual interview. 
·    Each applicant presents individual circumstances to be considered by Jewish Free Loan.

Must be a for-profit business.  Apply Here 
 

Webinars, Seminars, etc. 

From the Pasadena City College Small Business Development Center (https://pccsbdc.org/workshops):

February 2024
 

What is the Best Legal Structure for my Company? What are the Tax Advantages?
Feb 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am. Webinar – PCC. Free

Many entrepreneurs do not fully understand the differences between a Sole Proprietorship, LLC and S Corporation.  This causes many to form a corporation when they may be better operating as a sole prop. Additionally, they are confused about the tax differences for each structure. They often choose a legal structure based on a perceived tax advantage that is incorrect. This webinar provides an overview of the various tax structures. The required documentation for the original filing and annual filings. The…

Dos and Don’ts of Hiring Independent Contractors – HR Webinar
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am  Webinar – PCC-Free

Many small businesses rely on independent contractors as part of their labor force. However, laws have become more stringent as to the classification of independent contractors. If you ever wondered if you are in compliance, this webinar is for you. We'll cover: The difference between an independent contractor and an employee AB5 and the New ABC test B2B independent contractor relationships Exemptions from AB5 Alternatives to independent contractors Risk and penalties for misclassification and much more! Bring your pressing questions about…

Canva Magic for Small Businesses
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am- Webinar – PCC-Free

Unlock the secrets of visual storytelling for your business with our exclusive webinar on "Canva Magic for Small Business Owners." Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned business owner, mastering the art of graphic design can elevate your brand's presence and captivate your audience. Introduction to Canva: Dive deep into the world of Canva, a user-friendly graphic design tool tailored for non-designers Templates & Tools: Explore a plethora of templates suitable for various business needs, from social media posts to business…

March 2024
2024 Employment Law Updates – HR Webinar
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am- Webinar – PCC- Free

New year, new employment laws. Are you in the know about the latest employment regulations? If not, don't fret. Join us for a briefing on what small employers need to comply with in 2024 as employment laws change. Some of the topics we will cover:  California Minimum Wage Increase The state's minimum wage is going up to $16.00 per hour for most industries. The fast-food industry is expected to see a minimum wage of $20/per hour beginning April 1, 2024 and…
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Pacific Coast regional SBDC (PCR) https://pcrsbdc.org/workshops/

Avoid Costly Lawsuits! California Labor Law Basics for Supervisors 

February 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Webinar – PCR - Free 

Not having a sound understanding of California labor laws is one of the biggest threats to a business.  Don’t risk your profits!  In this webinar, you will be introduced to most up-to- date California wage and hour laws including breaks and meal periods, overtime, wages, salaries, and termination payouts. REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Financial Fitness: Cash Flow 

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am - Webinar – PCR - Free 

Cash Flow vs Profit.  What’s more important? Learn how to analyze your Cash Flow and be able to better manage your business.  Cash Flow illustrates if the operations of the business are generating enough funds to pay for its financial obligations like bills, taxes, or operating expenses.  Along the same lines, it can indicate if a small business needs to take on a loan or if the small business can service a loan.   REGISTER NOW. Find out more » 

How To Become Loan Ready 

February 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am - Webinar – PCR - Free 

If you are looking to make your business bankable this webinar is for you! We know that finances can be scary but with the right help it can be the new best friend of your business. Join us as we look at what's needs to make sure you are bankable and ready to grow your business when applying for a loan. REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Increasing Your Profits: Sell More Spend Less 

February 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Webinar – PCR - Free 

Do you know how to use what you know to make your profits grow? During this workshop you will learn the steps you need to take to create a 90 day action plan to increase your sales. Have you been in business two years or more and hit a wall in your sales?  We will teach you how to use the insights specifically around your customers to make changes and grow. Your BEST Customers value lower costs, increased profitability, reduced risk, greater efficiency, Find out more » 

Social Media 101 

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Webinar – PCR  Free 

Are you confused where and how to start? We at PCR SBDC, know exactly what you are going through. You are not alone and we offer a big part of the solution through our workshops and one on one consultations Our Social Media workshop, will save a lot of time, effort and mainly lots of trials and errors. Many businesses are on social media because of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) but they have no plan or strategy and are… Find out more » 

Grow With Google: Build Your Professional Brand 

February 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Webinar – PCR  - Free 

Having a strong professional brand and a well-thought-out career story can open many opportunities for you, especially when it comes to pursuing your next job. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to position your career story in a compelling way, improve your online presence, and build a solid network. Plus, you’ll learn how to answer the common interview question “tell me about yourself” to make a strong first impression in your interviews. REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Restaurant Academy:Menu Engineering: Menu Costing Basics 

February 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Webinar – PCR - Free 

Why think about menu costing?  It's the one factor you have control over in an ever-changing economic environment! Learn the basics necessary to stay on top of how much money is spent/earned on your items to maximize profitability. Unlock the secrets to maximizing your restaurant's profitability with our comprehensive Menu Engineering workshop. Designed exclusively for restaurant owners, this hands-on course delves into the art and science of crafting menus that not only delight diners but also boost your bottom line.… Find out more » 

Unleashing the Power of AI for Enhanced Online Branding& Marketing 

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Webinar – PCR Free 

Are you looking to take your online branding, website, and marketing efforts to new heights? But you find the following hindering your online presence? 1. Limited Resources: Limited budget and manpower, struggling to compete. 2. Time Constraints: Joggling multiple hats and various responsibilities. 3. Lack of Technical Expertise: Lack of in-depth knowledge of AI, making you feel overwhelmed. 4. Standing Out in a Crowded Market: You are challenged differentiating yourself from competitors. In today's fast-paced digital landscape, we understand the challenges you face.… Find out more » 

March 2024

IN- PERSON: Menu Engineering For More Profitable Restaurant 

March 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Webinar – PCR - Free 

Key Learning Objectives ·   Understanding Menu Engineering Fundamentals ·   Effective Dish Categorization ·   Pricing Strategies for Profitability ·   Visual Design and Layout ·   Utilizing Data for Informed Decision-Making ·   Menu Innovation and Adaptation REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

How to Start a Successful Food Truck Business 

March 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Webinar – PCR - Free 

If you would like to create a rockin’ mobile food business, this webinar will answer your questions on leasing vs owning, provide estimated start-up costs, the Los Angeles County Health Department process, and  understanding the food truck lifestyle. REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Branding For Success 

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Webinar – PCR - Free 

Can you define your brand proposition in less than one minute? Are you struggling with defining your brand? Can you differentiate yourself from your competition and stand out? Do you know what is your uniqueness as an entrepreneur and as a business (It is not your prices, experience, or customer service)? Are you intentional on how your clients see you, and the promise you make to them? We at PCR SBDC, know exactly what you are going through. You are not alone, and we… Find out more » 

Social Media 101 

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Webinar – PCR - Free 

Are you confused where and how to start? We at PCR SBDC, know exactly what you are going through. You are not alone and we offer a big part of the solution through our workshops and one on one consultations Our Social Media workshop, will save a lot of time, effort and mainly lots of trials and errors. Many businesses are on social media because of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) but they have no plan or strategy and are… Find out more » 

COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS SBDC https://cocsbdc.org/workshops/

Webinar – Legal Issues in Marketing and Promotion 

Feb 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Webinar – COC Free 

 

  This webinar will introduce small business owners to legal issues in marketing and promotion, such as “puffery” vs. fraud and misleading advertising; steering clear of copyright infringement and rights of privacy/publicity; marketing by phone, fax, email, and text; using social media; differences in federal and state laws; legal protections in marketing; and legal penalties for noncompliance. REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – LSBE(Local Small Business Enterprise)/SL(Small Local Business) and SLBE(Small Local Business) 

Feb 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Webinar – COC Free 

Participants will receive a step by step guide on how to register with Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles vendor registration systems, as well as understanding how to complete the applications. REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – Business Model #2 

Feb 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am Webinar – COC Free 

This is the ideal workshop where business owners at all levels will learn how to build, design, and define a business model. A business model is what defines a business and its practice. In this workshop attendees will learn how to first define their business model. They will be introduced to a business model canvas as a tool.  Topics are below: · Building Blocks for the Business Model · Introduction to Business Model Tool REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – Sales Strategy Tips for Your Business 

Feb 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Webinar – COC Free 

Come ready to learn Sales Strategies Tips for Your Business as you explore the following:   Skill Set vs. Style Pricing Competitive Advantage Value Proposition REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – Accessing Capital/Finding Funding (Spanish) 

Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Webinar – COC Free 

Acceso a Capital – Es importante estar preparado y saber los documentos que necesitas para accesar capital. Existen diferentes fuentes de financiamiento y te mostraremos cuáles son tus alternativas. REGISTER NOWFind out more » 

Webinar – Digital Marketing #3 

Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Webinar – COC Free 

Come ready to learn a few more topics to enhance your digital marketing journey, building upon parts 1 and 2. Easy to apply tips will be shared.  The instructor is ready to answer any questions you may have. REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – Ways to Impact Your Sales and Increase Customer Engagement 

Feb 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Webinar – COC Free 

Have customers…are you reaching them? Want and need customers? Come ready to learn tips and techniques to help increase engagement and attract potential new customers using social media and other tools.       REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – LA County webVEN Registration 

Feb 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Webinar – COC Free 

If you are looking to do business with the County of Los Angeles, this webinar will give a step-by-step guide on how to register with the LA County registration portal, WebVen.  Register today to learn how you can begin your journey in doing business with the County of Los Angeles. REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – Digital Marketing #1 (Spanish) 

Feb 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Webinar – COC Free 

Mercadeo Digital – Entra en la nueva era de la tecnología antes de que sea demasiado tarde para ti y tu negocio.   REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar: Improving Employee Retention, Recruitment and Culture 

Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Webinar – COC Free 

As employers nationwide continue to struggle to find quality employees, employers must focus on their current staff and company culture to attract the best candidates for new available positions.  This webinar will touch on ways to improve your current staff morale, offer tips for recruiting the best available candidates, and focus on your overall company culture.  Presented by Kevin McVearry, a business advisor for the SBDC since 2012, with over 25 years of experience recruiting, training, and retaining employees in…Find out more » 

Webinar – Campamento de Quickbooks Online 

Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Webinar – COC Free 

Este campo de entrenamiento es un programa de capacitación breve e intensivo diseñado para que personas no financieras aprendan a usar QuickBooks en línea. El campo de entrenamiento cubre las características y funciones básicas, incluida la configuración de cuentas, la gestión de facturas y gastos, el seguimiento de ventas e ingresos, la generación de informes financieros y la conciliación de extractos bancarios. El enfoque está en las habilidades prácticas, con el objetivo de brindar a los participantes el conocimiento y… Find out more » 

Webinar – WBE(Women Business Enterprise)/MBE(Minority Business Enterprise) Certifications 

Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Webinar – COC Free 

For those interested in expanding their private sector revenues, the WBE and MBE certifications will allow you to do business with major companies under their supplier diversity programs. A step by step guide on what to expect in completing the application, as well as which documents will be required to submit. REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – I Filed the Articles, Now What? “Next Steps” for Running a Corporation – Part 1 

Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Webinar – COC Free 

This two-part webinar will teach the “next steps”  involved in starting up and running a corporation, such as filing the Statement of Information; appointing the initial board of directors/officers; issuing shares and creating share purchase agreements; the role, duties and liability of directors/officers; preparing and following bylaws; meetings and minutes; selling/transferring shares; California corporation statutes to be aware of; “Piercing the Corporate Veil” and other acts creating shareholder personal liability; and dissolving the corporation. REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – QUICKBOOKS BOOT CAMP 

Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm Webinar – COC Free 

This boot camp is a short, intensive training program designed for non-finance people to learn how to use QuickBooks online.  The boot camp covers the basic features and functions, including setting up accounts, managing invoices and expenses, tracking sales and revenue, generating financial reports, and reconciling bank statements.  The focus is on practical skills, with the goal of providing participants with the knowledge and CONFIDENCE to effectively manage their financial data. REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – Google y yelp para negocios – Marketing Digital #2 (Español) 

Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Webinar – COC Free 

Con un Perfil de mi negocio en Google tu empresa podrá destacarse gratis en Maps y Búsqueda de Google. Con las funciones que le enseñaremos, podrá interactuar con clientes existentes o encontrar otros nuevos. Aprenderás a ingresar la información que tu empresa necesita para que aparezcas en las primeras páginas de la búsqueda. Hablaremos de cómo ingresar el tipo de negocio, descripción, cómo montar fotos y más. REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – Finding Funding 

Feb 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am Webinar – COC Free 

Explore a variety of funding types for your business including disaster assistance related.  Capital is critical for all businesses.  The type of business, your capital needs, and additional factors may influence what you explore, along with the current climate.  There are many types of capital including owner investment, profit reinvestment, loans from a bank, loans from an alternative financial resources(non-banks), equipment financing, tax credits, supplier credit, credit lines, equity lines, Angel Investors, Venture Capital Investors, money invested by family &…Find out more » 

Webinar – Getting Your Business Website Tuned Up For 2024 

Feb 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am Webinar – COC Free 

Why Do I Need A Site Tune-up?  You’re probably asking the question…but don’t know the answer.  Your customers and Future customers are the answer.  Come and learn:   Things you can do to improve Your Site performance and visibility Keys to a Successful Site Update Critical Types of Updates And more REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – Writing Effective Content for Your Website 

Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Webinar – COC Free 

Wondered about your website content and how it impacts search results? How does content work? Come and learn tips on solving the mystery of content and writing effective content for your website.                   REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – Fundamentals of Food Businesses 

Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Webinar – COC - Free 

Fundamentals of Food Businesses gives an overview on the various food business models. From Cottage Food Law (which allows preparing approved foods at home) to full-service restaurants and everything in between. This webinar will allow attendees to explore their ideas and think about different business models for their food business dream, and show steps to each with easily explained phases.  Presented by Kevin McVearry, Business Advisor with the SBDC since 2012, with over 25 years of experience opening and operating…Find out more » 

Webinar – Explore Starting Your Home Based Business 

Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Webinar – COC - Free 

This informational Webinar, will give you a good overview of what it takes to Start Your Own Home-Based Business. Having this knowledge will nurture your dream of being self-employed and doing what you want to do in life. From selecting a business and getting it registered to how to balance your home life with our work life, this introduction will help you move forward towards entrepreneurship! REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Seminario web – WAVE Boot Camp (español) 

Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Webinar – COC - Free 

 

Este campo de entrenamiento logra una descripción general completa de la aplicación de contabilidad gratuita diseñada específicamente para personas no financieras.  Este campo de entrenamiento se dicta en formato de conferencia y cubre todas las características y funciones mas importantes.  Los participantes aprenderán a usar Wave para administrar sus finanzas, crear facturas, realizar un seguimiento de los gastos y generar informes financieros.  En dos horas, el entrenamiento brindará una comprensión de alto nivel de la aplicación, centrandose en los aspectos…Find out more » 

Webinar – DBE(Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Certification 

Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Webinar – COC - Free 

 

This webinar will give you a detailed overview of the DBE application as well as the required documents Department of Transportation(DOT) will request.  Be aware of the additional benefit that 25% of all DOT contracts must go to DBE certified companies. Join us and learn how to apply. REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – I Filed the Articles, Now What? “Next Steps” for Running a Corporation – Part 2 

Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Webinar – COC - Free 

This two-part webinar will teach the “next steps”  involved in starting up and running a corporation, such as filing the Statement of Information; appointing the initial board of directors/officers; issuing shares and creating share purchase agreements; the role, duties and liability of directors/officers; preparing and following bylaws; meetings and minutes; selling/transferring shares; California corporation statutes to be aware of; “Piercing the Corporate Veil” and other acts creating shareholder personal liability; and dissolving the corporation. REGISTER NOW Find out more » 

Webinar – WAVE BOOT CAMP 

Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm - Webinar – COC - Free 

This boot camp is a comprehensive overview of the free accounting application designed specifically for non-finance people.  This boot camp is delivered in a lecture-style format and covers all the key features and functions.  Participants will learn how to use Wave for managing their finances, creating invoices, track expenses, and generating financial reports.  In two hours, the boot camp will provide a high-level understanding of the application, focusing on the most important aspects that participants need to know in order…Find out more » 

Webinar – Manejo de redes sociales a través de Meta Business Suite – Marketing Digital #3 (Español) 

Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Webinar – COC - Free 

¿Quieres crear publicaciones en FB e IG @ al mismo tiempo? Aprenda a programar publicaciones en el futuro, Responda a comentarios y mensajes de la bandeja de entrada desde un solo lugar, ¿Qué información debería haber allí? Cómo administrar su configuración, ¿A quién debes darle autorización para administrar tu página? Cómo subir fotos y vídeos, entre muchos otros consejos, Aprenda a utilizar Business Suite en general, Si pudieras conectarte a través de una computadora portátil sería mejor, Simplemente venga preparado…Find out more » 


 SBA-SCORE Workshops info and registration at losangeles.score.org 

Fund Your Business with Sponsors - February 6th | 10am  ONLINE: Would you like to do what you love and have someone else foot the bill? Have you ever thought about corporate sponsors for your business, show, book, charity, speaking or events? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this webinar is for you! America’s most successful companies partner with sponsors. Why not you?

Tax Reduction Strategies for Corporations and LLC's - February 12th | 10am  ONLINE: We discuss how to reduce taxes now and, in the future, while providing more benefits for yourself, your family, and your employees. We will examine employee benefits that not only improve employee attraction and retention, but also can provide significant tax benefits for the owners of small businesses that operate as a C-Corp, S-Corp, or LLC. We discuss better options to satisfy the current CalSavers Mandate. Also, what you can do now to avoid potential tax increases currently under consideration by CA Assembly Bill 567 that may require addition payroll tax to fund a State Long Term Care plan.

Email Marketing Essentials for Business - February 13th | 10am  ONLINE: Research says that for every $1 spent on E-Mail marketing there is an average $44 return on investment. To generate such positive outcomes, businesses have to reach the right customers with targeted campaigns. If you feel your E-Mail efforts don't yet pay off, this workshop is for you! This class will teach basic and advanced techniques to propel your E-Mail efforts

Copyright and AI: What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know - February 14th | 1pm ONLINE: This webinar will explore the implications of copyright law when using AI technology and provide practical advice on how to avoid infringing on any copyright laws. 

Perfecting Your Elevator Story for Easier Sales - February 15th | 10am  ONLINE: This webinar is giving you an opportunity to sharpen your answer. In those moments, you can generate real interest, find a referral partner, or maybe just make a new friend. In a master class, called “How You Can Make Your Sale and Lose Your Sale in Just 30 Seconds!” you will learn 8 things that are guaranteed to make your elevator stories better, three awesome elevator story templates and four ways to get off to a fast start. The thing to remember, whether you are able to attend or not, is that there is no such thing as the perfect pitch, just a perfect pitcher.

The Art and Science of Pricing, Bidding, and Billing - February 15th | 2pm ONLINE: This workshop focuses primarily on service businesses and how to establish pricing to be both profitable and competitive. We will examine best practices for negotiating, budget development, presenting estimates, and winning bids. Finally, we will discuss billing strategies to ensure timely payment and seeing your invoices as a valuable marketing tool for future business.

Wealth Building Concepts and Financial Tools for Business Owners - February 20th | 2pm ONLINE: Most small business owners know that they MUST utilize Social Media as part of their successful marketing plan. The challenge is you were never taught the right way to use your social media platforms to build your business. Many business owners decide to hire someone to run their program for them, but are not sure if they are getting the value from those dollars they invest. This class will help you decide if you need a Social Media manager and if you do, how would you find the right person.very informative webinar!

How to Hire a Social Media Manager Plus the Basics - February 21st | 12pm ONLINE: Most small business owners know that they MUST utilize Social Media as part of their successful marketing plan. The challenge is you were never taught the right way to use your social media platforms to build your business. Many business owners decide to hire someone to run their p:rogram for them, but are not sure if they are getting the value from those dollars they invest. This class will help you decide if you need a Social Media manager and if you do, how would you find the right person.very informative webinar!

Mastering Focus: Mindful Accountability for Success - February 22nd | 10:30am ONLINE: Join us for this webinar where you will learn how mindful accountability will help you reach your goals. Ali Shiller will take you through the process, including understanding how focus works, addressing the challenges, and more.

Inexpensive Ways to Market Your Business-February 27th | 10am ONLINE: Inexpensive Ways to Market Your Business gives you 20 proven options successful to promote and market your business, as well as bust some marketing myths that might be keeping you from success. You’ll gain an understanding of the importance of branding and its role in defining your target audience(s) and hear in detail how to easily improve your marketing path.

Mastering Instagram Reels: Reels You Should Produce - February 29th | 10:30am ONLINE: Learn about Instagram Reels and how to use them as part of your marketing strategy. In this webinar you will learn how to determine which Reels you should create as a business owner, understand how consumers use Instagram to make product/service decisions, and more.