Each month, we promoting affordable events that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your monthly calendar for in-person events in California and virtual events you can join from anywhere. Here are the best upcoming events in May.

Each month, we promoting affordable events that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your monthly calendar for in-person events in California and virtual events you can join from anywhere. Here are the best upcoming events in May.

Northern California/Sacramento

Running an Environmentally Sustainable Business
Date: Wed, May 8, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM PDT
Location: 455 Market Street, Suite 600. San Francisco, CA 94105  
Contact: sfomail@sba.gov | 415-744-6777
Organization: San Francisco SBA Entrepreneur Center
Fee: Free

Do you work in or own a small business and are pressed for time, but are looking to make a real-world difference on your business’s environmental impacts? This workshop is will cover common resource conservation issues such as supply chain management, reducing waste, green cleaning, water efficiency, and energy conservation.

A diverse panel of speakers include a utility expert, the Green Business Program Coordinator, an B Corp consultant, and a certified Green Business. They panelist will cover environmental best practices and resources available to help your business take the next step on you sustainability journey

Click here to register for this event.

Selling to the Government and Corporations: An Insider’s Guide
Date: Fri, May 10, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Location: 455 Market Street, Suite 600. San Francisco, CA 94105  
Contact: sfomail@sba.gov | 415-744-6777
Organization: San Francisco SBA Entrepreneur Center
Fee: Free

Did you know that the federal government is the largest economy in the world, spending half a trillion dollars on goods & services each year, and the state of California ranks number five, just ahead of the UK & France!

The government purchases nearly EVERYTHING from office supplies to construction services to art instruction services, and everything in between. If your small business sells it, the government probably buys it. Plus, there are special considerations for businesses certified as small, minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned and more. Learn how to make the government your next customer, or learn how to expand your current government customer base at this free workshop series hosted by the Norcal Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Click here to register for this event.

Disability Access For Small Businesses: A Panel Discussion On ADA/ABE
Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 | 1:00pm to 3:00pm PDT
Location: 2nd Floor Atrium, 1 South Van Ness Avenue. San Francisco
Contact: Jossiel Cruseta | 628-652-6397
Organization: SBDC Northern California
Fee: Free

In 2016, San Francisco passed the “Accessible Business Entrance” (ABE) ordinance, which requires existing buildings with a place of “public accommodation” to have all primary entrances accessible for people with disabilities.

In partnership with the Office of Small Business, California Commission on Disability Access, and Pacific ADA, the San Francisco Small Business Development Center will host a panel discussion for small business owners who want to learn about being compliant with federal, state, and local laws to reduce your risk of litigation.

Click here to register for this event.

 

Southern California/San Diego

Getting Started With Marketing Automation
Date: May 29, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Location:  2075 Las Palmas Drive, Carlsbad CA
Contact: centerinfo@miracosta.edu | (760) 795-8740
Organization:  North San Diego SBDC
Fee: Free

Staying on top of emails to prospects and customers can be a full time job. Even if you have templates for outreach and replies, it still takes time to tweak your message and send out emails.

Marketing automation can take over some of that job for you, sending and replying to standard emails automatically so you don’t have to.

Join us for this workshop full of tips and tricks to getting started with marketing automation. Plus learn typical pitfalls to avoid, getting you off on the right foot and putting you a step ahead of your competition.

Click here to register for this event.

Patents, Trademarks and Copyright
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 6:00 pm PDT – 8:00 pm PDT
Location: 1003 East Cooley Drive. Suite 109 Colton, CA
Contact: (909) 890-1242
Organization: Inland Empire Women’s Business Center
Fee: $20

Want to know how to protect your business’s intellectual property? This workshop will show you how! Discover what is considered the intellectual property of your business and the steps you need to take to protect it. You’ll learn the difference between a trademark and copyright; how patents can protect your business and more.

Click here to register for this event.

License and Permits for Small Businesses
Date: May 15, 2019 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm PDT
Location: 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 300A Sherman Oaks, CA
Contact: info@vedc.org | 818-907-9922
Organization: VEDC Women’s Business Center
Fee: Free

This class will help you learn about business structures and the required licenses and permits your business may need. You will also learn how to complete applications for various licenses and other legal documents for your business.

Click here to register for this event.

 

Virtual

Tips for Importing into the U.S.
Date: May 16, 2019 | 6:15 pm – 6:45 pm PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: Lora Nelson | lora.nelson@canyons.edu | (661) 362-5900
Organization: SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons
Fee: Free

Do you want to start or expand an import business? It’s important to follow all laws and regulations to avoid an import business nightmare.

The following will be covered:

  • Do I need an import license?
  • What are the necessary documents?
  • How to classify the merchandise
  • What is the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)?
  • How can a licensed customs broker help your business?
  • What is the role of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)?
  • Important tips about shipments
  • Duties, tariffs, and what’s next?

Click here to register for this event.

How to use Google Analytics in your E-commerce Business
Date: May 16, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: Lora Nelson | lora.nelson@canyons.edu | (661) 362-5900
Organization: SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons
Fee: Free

Overview

Monitoring the important KPIs

How to build useful dashboards

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Voice Matters: How to Unleash Your Presence as a Speaker to Grow Your Business
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: 530.926.6670
Organization: Jefferson Economic Development Institute
Fee: Free

Are you tired of having “hit or miss” experiences when speaking in public? Would you like to be fully present in your own body while deeply connected to the crowd? Would you like to awaken, energize and move them–to laughter, to tears, to action?

It’s not (just) what you say, it’s (also) how you say it. Charisma is no longer optional. Leaders need to be able to influence, motivate, inspire, connect with and emotionally move their audiences. In this interactive webinar, you will learn how to do more than communicate clearly and articulately. You will come away with powerful techniques to help you unleash your innate, unique charisma and to move people – to laughter, to tears or to action.

Click here to register for this event.

 

We’re looking for upcoming events to promote to small business owners like you. If you have an event you’d like to share with fellow business owners, contact us at sblending@opportunityfund.org.

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