This is your bi-weekly calendar for in-person events in California and virtual events you can join from anywhere. Here are the best upcoming events from January 15 through 31.

Every two weeks, we’re promoting affordable events that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your bi-weekly calendar for in-person and virtual events in California.

Here are the best upcoming events from January 15 through 31.

Northern California/Sacramento

El Pajaro CDC Commercial Kitchen Incubator Program Orientation
Date: January 17, 2019 | 6:00 pm PDT – 7:30 pm PDT
Location: El Pajaro Commercial Kitchen
412 East Riverside Dr. Watsonville, CA 95076 (map it)
Contact: (831) 722-1224
Organization: El Pajaro CDC
Fee: Free

El Pajaro Community Development’s non-profit commercial kitchen provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to start and grow a food business with the support of professional consultants and trained staff. Attend an orientation and learn how you can benefit from our services.

Click here to register for this event. Registration is required.

Marketing on the Internet
Date: January 22, 2019 | 6:00 pm PDT – 9:00 pm PDT
Location: 234 E. Gish Rd. Suite 100 San Jose, CA 95112 (map it)
Contact: info@svscore.org | (408) 453-6237
Organization: Silicon Valley SCORE
Fee: $45 | Free for veterans

Join this class to learn key topics for top-performing professional business websites. Effective business websites must address visitors and search engines. Get started with best practices for all types of business and e-commerce websites. Key topics include:

  • Establish website goals
  • Define best platforms for different audiences
  • Deploy basic website conversion techniques
  • Explore search engines, traffic, and keywords
  • Learn search engine optimization basics
  • Optimize advertising, budgets, and testing
  • Utilize social media outlets
  • Understand the role of online reputation
  • Find connections between budget and ROI
  • And more!

Click here to register for this event.

Writing a Successful Business Plan
Date: January 24, 2019 | 6:00 pm PDT – 9:00 pm PDT
Location: Napa Valley College
2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy Building 3300 Napa, CA 94558 (map it)
Contact: SBDCclientservices@napavalley.edu | (707) 256-7250
Organization: Napa Sonoma SBDC
Fee: $30

Join this workshop and learn how to start a successful business with a strong business plan. Learn how to establish realistic goals and objectives, determine startup costs, as well as various methods of financing your startup.

Topics include:

  • Organize your business plan
  • Understand what the bank/investor expects to see
  • Prepare projections of revenue and expenses
  • Discuss of each business plan section, step by step
  • Examine a sample business plan

Click here to register for this event. Each participant will receive a business plan checklist and sample plan template.

Southern California/San Diego

Demystifing Business Expenses
Date: January 22, 2019 | 1:00 pm PDT – 3:00 pm PDT
Location: Arlanza Public Library
8267 Philbin Ave. Riverside, CA 92503 (map it)
Contact: Mary Takavorian | mtakavorian@iesmallbusiness.com | (909) 983-0751
Organization: Inland Empire SBDC
Fee: Free

Tax season is right around the corner. Attend this free workshop to learn which business expenses you can legally deduct on your taxes, and how to file your taxes the right way from the start.

Click here to register for this event.

The Art of Networking
Date: January 28, 2019 | 5:30 pm PDT – 7:30 pm PDT
Location: VEDC Women’s Business Center
5121 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite 300A Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (map it)
Contact: info@vedc.org | (818) 907-9922
Organization: VEDC
Fee: Free

Join this free workshop to discuss what to expect at networking events. We will focus on how to position yourself at networking events, how to prepare, the art of small talk, and give you an opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs.

Click here to register for this event.

Marketing 101: Strategies for Small Businesses
Date: January 31, 2019 | 6:00 pm PDT – 8:00 pm PDT
Location: Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center
12625 Frederick St. Suite K3 Moreno Valley, CA 92553 (map it)
Contact: (909) 890-1242
Organization: Inland Empire Women’s Business Center
Fee: Free

Help your small business get big results from marketing through an effective marketing plan. Join this free seminar to learn how to increase your sales and profitability while efficiently managing your marketing dollars. Learn where to spend your time and money to get the most out of your marketing budget and target your best prospects.

Click here to register for this event.

Virtual

How to Double Your Sales (Without More Marketing!)
Date: January 16, 2019 | 12:00 pm PDT – 1:00 pm PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: info@e-jedi.org | (530) 926-6670
Organization: Jefferson Economic Development Institute
Fee: Free

Many service-based business owners think they need to do more marketing to make more money. They end up wasting time, energy, and money on marketing efforts that don’t positively move the bottom line.

In this free webinar, you’ll learn how to turn 80% of your prospects into great, long-term clients, get off the income roller coaster, and build predictable revenue in your business – without more marketing.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • 5 step framework to attract the right prospects and turn them into great long-term clients
  • Strategies to stop wasting time on people that are not fully committed to your service
  • Things you should never say in a consultation with a prospective client, and what to say instead
  • Service packages for better client results, more satisfied clients – and higher profit for you

Click here to register for this event.

How Can Small Businesses Comply with OSHA Standards?
Date: January 17, 2019 | 11:00 am PDT – 12:00 pm PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: minneapolis@score-mn.org | (952) 938-4570
Organization: SCORE Minneapolis (Minn.)
Fee: Free

A safe and healthy workplace not only protects employees from injury and illness, but can lower costs, reduce absenteeism, boost morale, and increase productivity and quality. How can your small business stay safe? OSHA can help!

Join this free webinar to learn how The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) assures safe and healthful working conditions for U.S. workers through setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.

Topics include:

  • An overview of OSHA
  • OSHA requirements for small businesses
  • OSHA’s no-cost, confidential On-Site Consultation Program
  • Ways to show your commitment to safety and reduce costs

Click here to register for this event.

Business Plan Overview
Date: January 23, 2019 | 9:00 am PDT – 10:00 am PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: info@TheInstituteNC.org | (919) 956-8889
Organization: The Institute (N.C.)
Fee: Free

Learn the key elements of a successful business plan, how to develop one, and why it’s important! Find out how to outline your plan, craft a mission statement, analyze the market and the industry, create a financial plan, and locate resources.

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.

For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.

Loans are subject to credit review. Additional documentation may be required for credit approval. We are an Equal Opportunity Lender. Loans will be made or arranged pursuant to California Department of Corporations Finance Lenders License #6050609.


Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by. Our programs are supported by a community of donors and investors whose contributions help to fund small businesses, support college students, and build stronger families and vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, the team has deployed $700 million and helped thousands of families earn, save and invest in their own futures. Opportunity Fund has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, for our commitment to accountability and transparency.

Visit us online at opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Women-owned businesses are on the rise, but access to financing can be a barrier to launching and growing a business. Steer clear of risky funding options, and seek out supportive advisors who can help you get a loan that works for your business.

Women who start and grow small businesses face many barriers, particularly when it comes to funding and financing – and specifically in comparison to men who launch businesses. According to a recent study by the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Kansas City, women-owned businesses are more likely to operate at a loss and have higher credit risk than are men-owned firms.

In addition, women-owned firms are more likely to experience financial challenges. For example, they’re less likely to receive loans, and often have to deal with “funding gaps” – that is, they don’t receive all of their requested funding. The study also shows that women entrepreneurs are also less likely to apply for loans because they fear (rightly, it turns out) getting turned down.

In spite of their financial struggles, more and more women are stepping up to launch their own businesses: Women are starting an average of 849 new businesses per day, and the number of women-owned businesses has doubled in the past 20 years, according to American Express OPEN’s State of Women-Owned Businesses report.

It’s clear that women aren’t letting roadblocks like financing and credit stand in the way of their entrepreneurial dreams. But in their quests for financing, they should avoid funding sources that could cause problems down the road, such as painfully high interest rates. In addition, some lending sources (such as Opportunity Fund) can be more helpful to women who are just starting out, since these sources will look at information beyond a credit score when considering a loan application. If you’re in the market for a small-business loans, here are some dos and don’ts to consider.

Do look beyond the big banks.

The Federal Reserve Banks study found that women-owned businesses were more likely to apply to large banks than to small banks as compared to men-owned businesses – yet, they were more likely to be approved for loans by the small banks. In addition, women who worked with small banks showed the highest levels of financing satisfaction.

Opportunity Fund considers different criteria from small-business borrowers, and we see your business in a different way than large banks typically do. We likely have the right loan* for you. Email us at loans@opportunityfund.org for more information about how we can help your small business.

Don’t get bogged down in loans that can hurt your business.

According to the bank study, women are more likely to use unsecured debt (that is, without collateral) to fund their businesses. This might include using credit cards, or Merchant Cash Advances (MCAs) and payday loans. These forms of financing can be risky because they take a percentage of your sales to pay off your debt, which can hurt cash flow.

In loans studied in the Opportunity Fund report Unaffordable and Unsustainable: The New Business Lending on Main Street, the average alternative loan carried an annual percentage rate (APR) of 94% (one loan was even at 358% interest). These lenders are not regulated as closely, and they often use deceptive marketing tactics and have hidden fees. For the health of your business, it’s best to avoid them.

Don’t be afraid to apply for loans – and do take advantage of advice and counseling.

At the moment, women-owned businesses don’t get approved as often as men-owned businesses do – but women should strive to close this gap! When women work with organizations like Opportunity Fund, they can get help at every step of the loan process. For example, we offer borrowers a loan preparation checklist so they know which documents to prepare before they apply.

For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.

Loans are subject to credit review. Additional documentation may be required for credit approval. We are an Equal Opportunity Lender. Loans will be made or arranged pursuant to California Department of Corporations Finance Lenders License #6050609.


Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by. Our programs are supported by a community of donors and investors whose contributions help to fund small businesses, support college students, and build stronger families and vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, the team has deployed $700 million and helped thousands of families earn, save and invest in their own futures. Opportunity Fund has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, for our commitment to accountability and transparency.

Visit us online at http://opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

After 30 years in the medical consulting field, Jim started a new business in addiction recovery services. He built Newport Health Services into a successful sober living program in Southern California. When he needed a small business loan to establish his company’s first sober living home, Opportunity Fund and Lending Club were there to help.

Our customers inspire us every day, and we want to regularly share those stories to inspire you, too.

After 30 years in the medical consulting field, Jim started a new business in addiction recovery services. He built Newport Health Services into a successful sober living program in Southern California. When he needed a small business loan to establish his company’s first sober living home, Opportunity Fund and Lending Club were there to help.

Supportive Solutions for Recovery

Jim Parrott started Newport Health Services and Axiom Recovery in 2016. After three decades in medical practice management and consulting, he saw a need to connect recovering addicts to services that help them transition from prison to the final stages of recovery.

Newport Health Services began from Jim’s experience with addiction in his own family. Inspired by his son’s journey through incarceration and addiction recovery, Jim began his work with two business partners, also in recovery and have managed similar sober living connection programs.

“In California there’s a shortage of sober living beds, anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 across the state,” Jim said. “In 2017, we had room for 20 beds and filled all of them within 10 days.”

Newport Health Services works with everyone central to the client’s life post-prison: probation officers, court appointed attorneys, rehabilitation centers, and families to locate and gain admittance to local rehabilitation facilities best suited to help them with recovery. Newport Health Services provides no cost help to clients and their families.

“Our first year, we helped about 200 inmates primarily in the two large jails in Orange County,” Jim said.

The company established its first sober living facility under the Axiom Recovery name thanks to a small business loan from Opportunity Fund. He came to us through our partnership with Lending Club. The $21,000 loan helped establish the four unit apartment complex in Huntington Beach.

Helping Small Businesses Create Change in the Community

The working capital provided everything they needed to make the space livable. Jim and his staff took an unfurnished building and turned it into a safe place for clients to recover. The team opened a second sober living home also in Huntington Beach with space for up to 10 people, then opened a new detox center in the same town with space for six residents in March.

Newport Health Services

Newport Health Services provides addiction recovery support in safe, homey environment (photo courtesy of Michael Microulis)

With 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur with several successful enterprises under his belt, Jim knows what to look for in a small business lender. “I felt Opportunity Fund was interested in helping small businesses succeed rather than making a high interest loan and walking away,” he said. “Other lenders I talked to tried too hard to sell me a product that was too expensive and didn’t fit what we needed.”

Our business loan advisor Rexie Dumagan helped Jim get the money he needed quickly to close on the apartment unit he wanted for his business. Jim pointed to that as a key moment for his small business. “It would have been very difficult for me to write a check for $20,000 to get started on the first sober living house,” he said.

Jim hopes to expand Newport Health Services by opening an individual outpatient therapy center. Whatever new ventures the company takes in addiction recovery and sober living, Jim keeps his focus on expanding within Southern California. He’s also expressed his hope to contribute to Opportunity Fund in the future.

We’re proud to support entrepreneurs like Jim who make a positive impact in their community.

We hope this story has inspired you, too.  At Opportunity Fund, we offer easy-to-get, fast, and affordable small business loans to help small business owners succeed.  Visit our home page to find out more.


Loans are subject to credit review. Additional documentation may be required for credit approval. We are an Equal Opportunity Lender. Loans will be made or arranged pursuant to California Department of Corporations Finance Lenders License #6050609.

Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by. Our programs are supported by a community of donors and investors whose contributions help to fund small businesses, support college students, and build stronger families and vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, the team has deployed $600 million and helped 20,000 families earn, save and invest in their own futures. Opportunity Fund has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, for our commitment to accountability and transparency.

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This is your bi-weekly calendar for in-person and virtual events in California. Here are the best upcoming events from December 17 through 31.

Every two weeks, we’re promoting affordable events that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your bi-weekly calendar for in-person and virtual events in California.

Here are the best upcoming events from December 17 through 31.

Northern California/Sacramento

Website Building Basics—Building and Publishing Your Very Own Website
Date: December 18, 2018 | 9:00 am PDT – 12:00 pm PDT
Location: 300 Ellinwood Way—Bodega Room
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (map it)
Contact: Oscar Dominguez | (925) 671-4570
Organization: Contra Costa SBDC
Fee: Free

Join this interactive workshop for an introduction to building and publishing your very own website. The workshop is suitable for any level of experience or ability.

Bring your laptop and start working on topics like:

  • Introduction to WordPress
  • WordPress website set-up
  • WordPress Themes, plugins, and menus
  • Page and blog article creation and editing
  • Security, performance, and backup features
  • WordPress website placement on the internet
  • WordPress maintenance
  • Domain names and hosting
  • Content management system (CMS)
  • Mobile friendly and customer-centric design
  • SEO copywriting
  • Photos and videos for your website
  • Compelling calls-to-action
  • List building
  • Contact information on your site
  • Traffic measurement through analytics

Click here to register for this event.

Franchising 101 – How to Select, Finance, and Operate a Franchise
Date: December 19, 2018 | 11:00 am PDT – 12:30 pm PDT
Location: 455 Market St. Suite 600 San Francisco, CA 94105 (map it)
Contact: (415) 744-4244 | sfomail@sba.gov
Organization: U.S. Small Business Administration San Francisco District Office
Fee: Free

With so many different franchises for sale today, figuring out which franchise opportunity is the right business opportunity can be daunting and difficult. In this class, learn about the franchise buying process and how to successfully get into business for yourself.

We’ll cover:

  • Franchising basics
  • Factors to consider when selecting a franchise
  • Trends for today’s expanding economy
  • Franchise myths and misconceptions
  • Financing your new business
  • Average investment for franchises in the Bay Area
  • Strategies for finding the best business system for you and your family
  • Due diligence
  • Your franchise as a tangible asset
  • And more!

If you’re exploring franchise ownership, looking to become your own boss, curious about financing options, or interested in building long-term equity, this free event is a great place to start.

Click here to register for this event.

Starting a Small Business
Date: December 20, 2018 | 12:00 pm PDT – 1:00 pm PDT
Location: Lodi District Chamber of Commerce
35 S. School St. Lodi, CA 95240 (map it)
Contact: (209) 954-5089
Organization: NEC Small Business Development Center—San Joaquin Delta College
Fee: $15

This informative workshop is a great place to start planning and get your business started on the right foot.

Topics for this one-hour session include:

  • Legal requirements and regulations
  • Sources of financing
  • Free business resources
  • And more

Click here to register for this event.

Southern California/San Diego

Financial Projections
Date: December 17, 2018 | 5:30 pm PDT – 7:30 pm PDT
Location: VEDC Women’s Business Center
5121 Van Nuys Blvd. Ste. 300A Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (map it)
Contact: info@vedc.org | (818) 907-9922
Organization: VEDC
Fee: Free

Join us for this free workshop on financial projections and learn the importance of key concepts for better financial management such as:

  • Record keeping
  • Assumptions for the projection
  • Financial statements, including income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements
  • Spreadsheets
  • Tips for success
  • And more

Click here to register for this event.

Common Legal Questions For Businesses
Date: December 20, 2018 | 6:00 pm PDT – 9:00 pm PDT
Location: Fullerton Public Library Main Branch
353 W. Commonwealth Ave. Fullerton, CA 92832 (map it)
Contact: score114csm@gmail.com | (714) 550-7369
Organization: Orange County SCORE
Fee: Free

New business owners often have questions regarding the formalities required to get their business off the ground. Join this free seminar to help you determine the best legal structure for your business. Learn about the common types of contracts in small business with tips for entering contracts. We’ll also discuss how to protect the intellectual property of your small business.

Click here to register for this event.

Access to Capital
Date: December 27, 2018 | 10:00 am PDT – 12:00 pm PDT
Location: JVS
5446 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, CA 90230 (map it)
Contact: Nate Nguon | nnguon@pacela.org | (323) 293-6284
Organization: PACE Finance Corporation
Fee: Free

Join this free workshop to learn more about where to get capital for your young business. If you’re confused by all the options, or you’re an entrepreneur or owner of a startup or growing small businesses, this seminar will help you navigate the complex world of access to capital.

Click here to register for this event.

Virtual

Gain More Positive Online Reviews and Manage the Negative Ones
Date: December 18, 2018 | 8:00 am PDT – 9:00 am PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: uppervalleyscore@gmail.com | (603) 448-3491
Organization: SCORE Upper Valley (N.H.)
Fee: Free

Online reviews for your business are important now more than ever. As the digital world shapes consumer behavior, reviews on sites like Google, Facebook, and Yelp have a huge impact on your ability to grow your business.

Join this free webinar to learn how to generate 5-star reviews and how to handle negative reviews. Get started with exercises to manage your online reputation.

Click here to register for this event.

The Nuts & Bolts of Podcasting for Business Success
Date: December 20, 2018 | 10:00 am PDT – 11:00 am PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: uppervalleyscore@gmail.com | (603) 448-3491
Organization: SCORE Upper Valley (N.H.)
Fee: Free

Have you considered launching a podcast for your business, but thought it would take too much time? Do you hate the sound of your own voice? Does the idea of learning new technology make you break out in hives? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this presentation is for you!

Join this free webinar to discover actionable steps for creating a podcast in less time. Learn through real-world examples, along with proven techniques for repurposing content, and understand how to incorporate podcasting into your existing marketing and outreach activities.

Don’t worry: this won’t be be a tech-heavy conversation. We’ll discuss innovative techniques for launching and managing a podcast—and loving your own voice!

Join this session to learn:

  • Why a podcast is beneficial addition to your existing marketing strategies
  • How to launch a podcast, using simple on-the-go tools such as a smartphone
  • What are time-saving hacks for creating content quickly
  • Which tools are best to identify and engage an audience for your podcast
  • How to use a podcast as a networking tool at live events
  • And more!

Click here to register for this event.

Money Now, Money Later: Wealth-Building Tactics for Small Business Owners
Date: December 23, 2018 | 12:00 pm PDT – 1:00 pm PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: Bianca Blomquist
Organization: Small Business Majority
Fee: Free

How are you building wealth for you and your workers? Are you considering establishing a retirement plan for yourself and your workers? Through this free webinar with Working Solutions, Small Business Majority will help you navigate the retirement landscape in California and help you sort through your options to secure your future.

Topics include:

  • An overview of the U.S. retirement savings gap, how small business is part of the solution
  • Common retirement options for small businesses in California
  • Tips to help determine the best option for your business
  • Questions you can ask prospective plan providers or brokers

A question and answer period with Working Solutions will follow.

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.


For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.

Loans are subject to credit review. Additional documentation may be required for credit approval. We are an Equal Opportunity Lender. Loans will be made or arranged pursuant to California Department of Corporations Finance Lenders License #6050609.


Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by. Our programs are supported by a community of donors and investors whose contributions help to fund small businesses, support college students, and build stronger families and vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, the team has deployed $700 million and helped thousands of families earn, save and invest in their own futures. Opportunity Fund has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, for our commitment to accountability and transparency.

Visit us online at opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

This is your bi-weekly calendar for in-person and virtual events in California. Here are the best upcoming events from December 1 through 16.

Every two weeks, we’re promoting affordable events that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your bi-weekly calendar for in-person and virtual events in California.

Here are the best upcoming events from December 1 through 16.

Northern California/Sacramento

Coffee with a Business Adviser
Date: December 3, 2018 | 2:00 pm PDT – 4:00 pm PDT
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library—SJPL Works 3rd Floor
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112 (map it)
Contact: sjplworks@sjlibrary.org | (408) 808-2310
Organization: SJPL Works: Career & Business
Fee: Free

Come and meet with expert business advisers with real world experience who help local businesses. These advisers are here to answer any questions and to provide guidance and feedback. Attendees will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking validation for 4th St. garage will be provided at the program.

Click here to register for this event.

Before You Sign That Lease
Date: December 5, 2018 | 6:00 pm PDT – 8:30 pm PDT
Location: 275 5th St. San Francisco, CA 94103 (map it)
Contact: Erin Morris | emorris@rencenter.org | (415) 348-6227
Organization: Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Fee: Free

An experienced business and real estate attorney will help you learn how to make well-informed commercial tenant decisions and prepare for landlord negotiations. Please note: this class does not constitute legal advice.

Click here to register for this event.

Ideas to Assets—A Practical Guide to Patents and Trademarks
Date: December 6, 2018 | 1:00 pm PDT – 3:00 pm PDT
Location: 1887 Monterey Rd.—2nd Floor San Jose, CA 95112 (map it)
Contact: Emily Navarra | emily.navarra@sba.gov | (415) 744-6805
Organization: U.S. Small Business Administration San Francisco District Office
Fee: Free

Join this free workshop to learn legal principles and considerations for converting ideas into assets. Topics include:

  • Understanding requirements and procedures associated with protecting an invention (patent) and a brand (trademark)
  • Securing intellectual property rights (acquiring or conveying ownership or use rights by assignment or license)
  • Working with others in the process, such as manufacturers and distributors
  • Enforcing (or defending against) claims of possible infringement

Please note: this class does not constitute legal advice.

Click here to register for this event. Registration is required.

Southern California/San Diego

Are You an Entrepreneur?
Date: December 4, 2018 | 6:00 pm PDT – 8:00 pm PDT
Location: Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center
12625 Frederick St. Suite K3 Moreno Valley, CA 92553 (map it)
Contact: (909) 890-1242
Organization: Inland Empire Women’s Business Center
Fee: Free

Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? It’s more than business savvy—it also takes time, commitment, and the willingness to take risks. Join this free workshop to discuss all of the above and help you determine if you’re ready to start a business.

Click here to register for this event.

Women in Business Leadership Series: Making Your Voices Heard by Policymakers
Date: December 6, 2018 | 8:30 am PDT – 10:00 am PDT
Location: San Diego SBDC
880 National City Blvd. National City, CA 91950 (map it)
Contact: Claudia Moreno
Organization: Small Business Majority
Fee: Free

Have you ever wanted to engage in local or statewide policy as a small business owner? Are there issues you’re interested in speaking out about as a small business or community advocate?

The San Diego’s Women Business Center and Small Business Majority invite you to join us for a free presentation on how to become a small business advocate and how entrepreneurs can use their voices to impact local and statewide change.

Learn about ways small business owners have partnered with Small Business Majority and other business groups to move the needle on important legislation. Topics include:

  • Best practices for reaching out to policymakers and legislators
  • Media engagement
  • Tips on tying in your small business story/perspective
  • Current legislation and issues to get involved with, including healthcare, retirement, and access to capital
  • And more

Click here to register for this event.

Taxes
Date: December 13, 2018 | 5:30 pm PDT – 7:30 pm PDT
Location: 5121 Van Nuys Blvd. Ste. 300A Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (map it)
Contact: info@vedc.org | (818) 907-9922
Organization: VEDC
Fee: Free

Join us for this free session will cover a wide range of state and federal tax issues that confront small businesses. Learn how different types of business entities are taxed (sole proprietorship, partnership, C Corporation, or S Corporation), and the tax consequences of classifying workers as employees or independent contractors. The presentation will also review specific tax and filing requirements imposed by California and the federal government, and how small businesses can comply.

Click here to register for this event.

Virtual

What’s Next for Digital Marketing
Date: December 4, 2018 | 9:00 am PDT – 10:00 am PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: Donna Botti | donna.botti@scorevolunteer.org | (215) 391-1305
Organization: Montgomery County (Penn.) SCORE
Fee: Free

Join this free webinar to discuss digital marketing trends of the past year and take a look ahead to 2019. Learn strategies and tactics to include in your new year marketing plans. Start the new year off right by understanding the the hottest trends to take advantage of to grow your business or nonprofit.

Topics include:

  • Mobile
  • Social media
  • Live video
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Personalization
  • Automation
  • And more

Click here to register for this event.

Nine Key Elements of Success
Date: December 6, 2018 | 1:00 pm PDT – 2:00 pm PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: Cindy Doyl | cdoyl@wsu.edu | (509) 358-7890
Organization: Washington Small Business Development Center
Fee: Free

Join us for this interactive talk where we’ll discuss the nine crucial elements of creating success and how to do it a smart manner. Apply specific concepts from the webinar into your business world and draw connections between the modifications in your current actions and increased future success in business.

Click here to register for this event.

What the Healthcare Law Means for your Small Business
Date: December 6, 2018 | 3:00 pm PDT – 4:00 pm PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: Xiomara Peña
Organization: Small Business Majority
Fee: Free

This webinar will focus on what the Affordable Care Act means for small businesses and the federal provisions available to help small business owners understand how the law will affect your business. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Topics include:

  • Small business tax credits (available to businesses and tax-exempt non-profits)— who’s eligible for them and how to claim them
  • Marketplace updates
  • Shared responsibility
  • Cost containment
  • Tools and resources available for small businesses interested in learning more about the law

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.


For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.

Loans are subject to credit review. Additional documentation may be required for credit approval. We are an Equal Opportunity Lender. Loans will be made or arranged pursuant to California Department of Corporations Finance Lenders License #6050609.


Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by. Our programs are supported by a community of donors and investors whose contributions help to fund small businesses, support college students, and build stronger families and vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, the team has deployed $700 million and helped thousands of families earn, save and invest in their own futures. Opportunity Fund has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, for our commitment to accountability and transparency.

Visit us online at opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

This is your bi-weekly calendar for in-person and virtual events in California. Here are the best upcoming events from November 15 through 30.

Every two weeks, we’re promoting affordable events that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your bi-weekly calendar for in-person and virtual events in California.

Here are the best upcoming events from November 15 through 30.

Northern California/Sacramento

Social Media Marketing 101 for Black & Latino Small Businesses
Date: November 17, 2018 | 9:00 am PDT – 1:00 pm PDT
Location: Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley
1887 Monterey Rd. Ste 2105 San Jose, CA 95112 (map it)
Contact: info@hccsv.org | (408) 248-4800
Organization: Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley
Fee: $97

Newspapers, print flyers, and billboards are so 1990! Everyone is on their phones scrolling on Facebook and Instagram. 2018 is calling!

Black and Latino small business owners: join us for this half day workshop on how to strategically market a business and how to attract the right customers through social media. Learn how strategic posting, paid ads, and video marketing can help you get eyes on your product or service. It’s time to get in the game and reach people where they spent their time—on social media.

Click here to register for this event.

Boots To Business: Reboot
Date: November 19, 2018 | 8:30 am PDT – 4:30 pm PDT
Location: Veterans Home of California, Fresno
2811 West California Ave. Fresno, CA 93706 (map it)
Contact: events@vbocix.org | (916) 527-8400
Organization: Veterans Business Outreach Center—Region IX
Fee: Free

Join the Veteran Business Outreach Center in Fresno for a one day introduction to entrepreneurship workshop. This free seminar will help veterans understand the steps, stages, and activities related to launching and growing a business as a post-military career.

Get started with ideas and resources in training modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to the entrepreneurial experience
  • Module 2: Basics of opportunity recognition
  • Module 3: Markets & your competitive space
  • Module 4: The economics of small business start-up
  • Module 5: Picking the correct legal entity for your business
  • Module 6: Financing your venture
  • Module 7: Moving forward—Business planning
  • Module 8: Moving forward—Resources to support you

Click here to register for this event.

Intellectual Property—Protecting your Ideas, Brand, and Designs
Date: November 28, 2018 | 6:00 pm PDT – 8:00 pm PDT
Location: 1325-b Evans Ave. San Francisco, CA 94124 (map it)
Contact: bayview@rencenter.org | (415) 647-3728
Organization: Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Fee: Free

This workshop will introduce you to different types of intellectual property—focused primarily on copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets—and will provide you with self-help resource information to start building a simple but solid foundation of protection through rights searches, NDA’s, registrations, licenses, and other tools.

Click here to register for this event.

Southern California/San Diego

Insurance—How to Protect You and Your Business
Date: November 16, 2018 | 1:00 pm PDT – 4:00 pm PDT
Location: 8825 Aero Dr. Suite 102 San Diego, CA 92123 (map it)
Contact: workshop0140@scorevolunteer.org | (858) 283-1100
Organization: San Diego SCORE
Fee: Free

Every business has certain risks related to its operation. Insurance coverage is critical to protect your business and personal assets. Join this free workshop to learn all about insurance for your business:

  • The types of insurance you’ll need
  • The level and amount of insurance you’ll need
  • Ways to get the insurance coverage you’ll need

San Diego SCORE’s expert insurance seminar leader will address key issues:

  • How do I get the most out of my insurance dollar?
  • What insurance is an absolute must to avoid great risk to my business?
  • How do I value my buildings and personal property?
  • How will damage to my property affect my revenue and profit?
  • What about using my own car or employees’ cars in business?
  • What are the issues if I use subcontractors?
  • How do I evaluate the insurance indemnity provisions of contracts?
  • Should I use an insurance agent or broker? How do I find one?
  • Which employee benefits (life, health, 401k) should I consider?
  • Should I consider disability insurance? Buy/Sell? HSAs?

Click here to register for this event.

Stress-Free Business Taxes
Date: November 17, 2018 | 10:00 am PDT – 12:00 pm PDT
Location: 1003 East Cooley Dr. Suite 109 Colton, CA 92324 (map it)
Contact: (909) 890-1242
Organization: Inland Empire Women’s Business Center
Fee: Free

Take the stress out of preparing for your business taxes! We’ll cover the basics, from business tax requirements through working from home to deductions, credits, and record keeping to get you ready for a stress-free tax day.

Click here to register for this event.

Start Up Workshop
Date: November 20, 2018 | 10:00 am PDT – 12:00 pm PDT
Location: 2900 S. Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016 (map it)
Contact: Cathleen Hy | chy@pacela.org | (323) 293-6284
Organization: PACE Finance Corporation
Fee: Free

Learn how to properly launch your business to ensure success in this free workshop. Topics include:

  • Legal forms of ownership
  • Licensing and tax requirements
  • Capital and labor costs
  • Lease versus purchase
  • Insurance options
  • And more business start-up issues

Click here to register for this event.

Virtual

Differences and Similarities of Nonprofits and For-Profits Entities
Date: November 26, 2018 | 6:30 am PDT – 7:00 am PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: (804) 771-2400
Organization: U.S. Small Business Administration Virginia District Office
Fee: Free

Join this free webinar to learn the similarities and differences of nonprofit and for-profit entities. The course will demonstrate how the two entities are similar and the major differences that distinguish them apart. Participants will learn about the governance structure and important factors that distinguish the two under legal requirements.

Click here to register for this event.

Let’s Talk Business! Top 20 Online Tools for Small Business Owners
Date: November 28, 2018 | 12:00 pm PDT – 1:00 pm PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: Ryan Norskog | rnorskog@thurstonedc.com | (360) 464-6060
Organization: Washington Center for Women in Business
Fee: Free

Join the Washington Center for Women in Business for this free webinar that will help you find the best online tools to grow your small business.

Click here to register for this event.

How the Tax Reform Affects Your Small Business
Date: November 29, 2018 | 10:00 am PDT – 11:00 am PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: (678) 335-5600 ext. 3
Organization: Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
Fee: Free

Join ACE SBA Women’s Center for their latest Lunch & Learn webinar and learn how the tax reform affects your small business:

  • What key business tax revisions are included in the bill?
  • How do I apply changes in the new bill to my business?
  • How does the tax reform impact my income tax return?
  • What can I do before the end of the year to save on income taxes?

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.

For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.

Loans are subject to credit review. Additional documentation may be required for credit approval. We are an Equal Opportunity Lender. Loans will be made or arranged pursuant to California Department of Corporations Finance Lenders License #6050609.


Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by. Our programs are supported by a community of donors and investors whose contributions help to fund small businesses, support college students, and build stronger families and vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, the team has deployed $700 million and helped thousands of families earn, save and invest in their own futures. Opportunity Fund has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, for our commitment to accountability and transparency.

Visit us online at opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

This is your bi-weekly calendar for in-person and virtual events in Northern and Southern California. Here are the best upcoming events from November 1 through 14.

Every two weeks, we’re promoting affordable events that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your bi-weekly calendar for in-person and virtual events in Northern and Southern California.

Here are the best upcoming events from November 1 through 14.

Northern California/Sacramento

Basics of Starting a Business
Date: November 7, 2018 | 5:30 pm PDT – 7:30 pm PDT
Location: Sierra SBDC
10183 Truckee Airport Rd. Suite 202 Truckee, CA 96161 (map it)
Contact: nnvclassesscore@gmail.com | (844) 232-7227
Organization: SCORE Northern Nevada
Fee: Free

This free workshop will introduce you to the basic issues to address before you venture into the world of business. Begin the process with success with these topics:

  • Critical success factors
  • Your idea: Evaluate, test, and protect
  • Legal structures
  • Marketing
  • Finances
  • Launch your business

Click here to register for this event.

Celebrate Veterans Small Business Week: Turning Contacts into Contracts
Date: November 8, 2018 | 10:00 am PDT – 12:00 pm PDT
Location: 455 Market St. Suite 600 San Francisco, CA  94105 (map it)
Contact: sfomail@sba.gov | (415) 744-6777
Organization: San Francisco SBA Entrepreneur Center
Fee: Free

You are invited to a very special National Veterans Small Business Week event celebrating Veteran Entrepreneurs. Come learn how to do business with the government (state and federal) and how to fund your business venture through different term loan programs.

Agenda:

  • 10 am – Registration and Networking
  • 10:15 am – Opening statement and Brief introductions
  • 10:30-11:30 am – Contracting with the Federal Government and the State of California
  • 11:30-12:00 pm – Financing Your Business

Click here to register for this event.

Women’s Empowerment Night
Date: November 12, 2018 | 6:00 pm PDT – 8:00 pm PDT
Location: Moseley’s Hilltop Tasting Room
2158 Hilltop Dr. Redding, CA 96002 (map it)
Contact: info@e-jedi.org | (530) 926-6670
Organization: Jefferson Economic Development Institute
Fee: Free

AWE Redding California, WE Thrive Women’s Business Center at JEDI Group, and Women of Vision Movement invites you to an evening of networking, wine, and fun at Escape Redding.

Click here to register for this event.

Southern California/San Diego

Small Business Legal Academy
Date: November 3, 2018 | 10:00 am PDT – 3:00 pm PDT
Location: VEDC Women’s Business Center
5121 Van Nuys Blvd. Ste. 300A Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (map it)
Contact: info@vedc.org | (818) 907-9922
Organization: VEDC
Fee: Free

Bet Tzedek’s Small Business Legal Academy, sponsored in conjunction with the VEDC’s Women’s Business Center, is a free workshop bringing the top lawyers from various law firms to help guide and counsel the Los Angeles small business community. In addition to receiving critical legal information via a presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one legal consulting—all free of charge.

Presentation topics include:

  • Entity formation
  • Small business tax considerations
  • Intellectual property
  • Employment law basics
  • Contracts basics
  • And more!

Click here to register for this event.

Time Management: Secrets to Boosting Productivity & Managing Stress
Date: November 6, 2018 | 6:00 pm PDT – 8:00 pm PDT
Location: 1003 East Cooley Dr. Suite 109 Colton, CA 92324 (map it)
Contact: (909) 890-1242
Organization: Inland Empire Women’s Business Center
Fee: Free

Does it seem like you never have enough time? Are you frustrated by not finishing tasks and seeing more progress in your life and in your business? You don’t need more time, you need great time management! Learn to define your non-negotiables to set priorities that truly reflect what’s important to you and your business.

Click here to register for this event.

Start Up Workshop
Date: November 8, 2018 | 10:00 am PDT – 12:00 pm PDT
Location: 5450 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, CA 90230 (map it)
Contact: Nate Nguon | nnguon@pacela.org | (323) 293-6284
Organization: PACE Finance Corporation
Fee: Free

Learn how to properly launch your business to ensure success in this free workshop. Topics include:

  • Legal forms of ownership
  • Licensing and tax requirements
  • Capital and labor costs
  • Lease versus purchase
  • Insurance options
  • And more business start-up issues

Click here to register for this event.

Virtual

Finding New Business Opportunities
Date: November 6, 2018 | 7:00 am PDT – 7:30 am PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: (304) 623-5631
Organization: U.S. Small Business Administration West Virginia District Office
Fee: Free

Spotting new market opportunities is key for business growth. We’ll cover ways to stay on top of business trends, whether it’s growing your current business or starting a new one.

Click here to register for this event.

Create A YouTube Account for Small Business
Date: November 6, 2018 | 11:00 am PDT – 12:00 pm PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: Sarah Espinosa | sespinos@uncfsu.edu | (910) 672-2683
Organization: Fayetteville State University Veterans Business Outreach Center
Fee: Free

Video marketing is the best way to promote your business online. This workshop is designed to give business owners an advantage over their competitors by learning how to setup a YouTube account, how to upload videos, and how to use YouTube to promote their company.

Key points that will be covered:

  • Create an account 
  • Choose the right thumbnail
  • Write effective titles and descriptions
  • Utilize keywords and taglines to promote videos

The workshop will consist of a step by step walk-through of all of the topics, written step by step instructions, and access to the workshop replay for 48 hours for registered participants.

Click here to register for this event.

The Science Behind Sales
Date: November 14, 2018 | 9:00 am PDT – 10:00 am PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: (678) 335-5600 ext. 120
Organization: Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
Fee: Free

Tap into the world of neuroscience to explain the science of trust to improve your ability to make a sale in this free webinar. Learn strategies for how to better communicate with your customers.

Topics include:

  • Interacting with the three layers of the brain
  • Creating connections
  • Establishing credibility
  • Handling customer objections

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.

For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.

Loans are subject to credit review. Additional documentation may be required for credit approval. We are an Equal Opportunity Lender. Loans will be made or arranged pursuant to California Department of Corporations Finance Lenders License #6050609.


Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by. Our programs are supported by a community of donors and investors whose contributions help to fund small businesses, support college students, and build stronger families and vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, the team has deployed $600 million and helped 20,000 families earn, save and invest in their own futures. Opportunity Fund has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, for our commitment to accountability and transparency.

Visit us online at opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Frank started The Point Coffee Shop after retiring from a long career working for the City of Jacksonville. His coffee shop gives a lot to the community: down home cooking, employment opportunities, and a meeting space for local organizations. Our partnership with Lending Club connected Frank with the working capital loan he needed to keep his business strong, so he can focus on helping his hometown thrive.

Our customers inspire us every day, and we want to regularly share those stories to inspire you, too.

Frank started The Point Coffee Shop after retiring from a long career working for the City of Jacksonville. His coffee shop gives a lot to the community: down home cooking, employment opportunities, and a meeting space for local organizations. Our partnership with Lending Club connected Frank with the working capital loan he needed to keep his business strong, so he can focus on helping his hometown thrive.

Changing Careers While Staying Focused on Community

Frank Lyons started The Point Coffee Shop in Jacksonville, Fla. in 2014. The Point is more than just a friendly neighborhood diner. Aside from serving unique crab patty breakfasts, Frank also serves his community through local advocacy and job creation.

Frank helped shape local policy and create job opportunities for minority workers over a career that spanned four decades working for the City of Jacksonville with local government officials in roles like Fire Chief and executive for Jacksonville Electric Authority. “I was privileged to help change some things in Jacksonville,” Frank said. “I’m still trying to.”

After retirement, Frank saw a chance to keep working in the community by opening his restaurant. In addition to the neighborhood seniors who come in for a hot, home cooked breakfast, local organizations seek out The Point as a neighborhood hub.

The Point Coffee Shop

Frank turned his coffee shop into a neighborhood fixture with good food and good company (photo courtesy of Jack Edwards)

“I host meetings here at my business,” Frank said. “Neighborhood pastors, people from the Teacher’s Association, and the Community Association come here. We took an area that wasn’t as active and available to the community, and now people love it.”

Frank needed working capital to help purchase equipment. Like many small business owners, Frank had to dig deep to start his business and keep it going. “I started this business on a shoestring,” he said. “I had to do it out of pocket after a business partner bowed out. I was determined to make this business work, so I stayed with it.”

Growing the Business Within the Neighborhood

Despite running a successful business for years, Frank had few options for business lending. “We heard a lot of promises, but nothing real,” he said.

Opportunity Fund business loan advisor Rexie Dumagan helped close a $14,000 loan in November 2017.  “Nobody else would help us,” Frank said. “Opportunity Fund got us to where we needed to be and where we are today.”

The Point’s impact as a hyper-local small business extends to all aspects of the community. Frank’s five employees all live in the neighborhood, close enough to walk to work every day. His unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit and local pride are driving forces behind The Point’s upcoming expansion. “I acquired a building down the street that holds 60 people,” Frank said. “Right now, my shop has a capacity of about 22. We get to stay in the neighborhood while expanding our business.”

We’re proud to support locally-oriented business owners like Frank, and we’re honored to watch our small business loans drive positive change in communities in Florida and beyond.

We hope this story has inspired you, too.  At Opportunity Fund, we offer easy-to-get, fast, and affordable small business loans to help small business owners succeed.  Visit our home page to find out more.


Loans are subject to credit review. Additional documentation may be required for credit approval. We are an Equal Opportunity Lender. Loans will be made or arranged pursuant to California Department of Corporations Finance Lenders License #6050609.

Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by. Our programs are supported by a community of donors and investors whose contributions help to fund small businesses, support college students, and build stronger families and vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, the team has deployed $600 million and helped 20,000 families earn, save and invest in their own futures. Opportunity Fund has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, for our commitment to accountability and transparency.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

This is your bi-weekly calendar for in-person and virtual events in Northern and Southern California. Here are the best upcoming events from October 16 through 31.

Every two weeks, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable events that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your bi-weekly calendar for in-person and virtual events in Northern and Southern California.

Here are the best upcoming events from October 16 through 31.

Northern California/Sacramento

Market Research
Date: October 23, 2018 | 6:00 pm PDT – 9:00 pm PDT
Location: 234 E. Gish Rd. Suite 100 San Jose, CA 95112 (map it)
Contact: info@svscore.org | (408) 453-6237
Organization: Silicon Valley SCORE
Fee: $45

Join this workshop on the basics of market research and learn how to develop the knowledge and skills to find the information you need for your small business through developing a prepared question set and modeling. This class addresses primary and secondary research: the questions to ask, who to ask, and what to do with the answers. Key topics and learning outcomes include:

  • Your market: How large is it? Is it growing or shrinking?
  • Your customers: Who are they? What are they looking for?
  • Your competitors: What are the segments they’re targeting? How can you compete?
  • Your data:  What are the sources of primary and secondary market data? How do you get them?
  • Your markets: How do you model markets where you can’t find data?

Click here to register for this event.

2018 West Contra Costa Economic Summit
Date: October 24, 2018 | 10:30 am PDT – 2:30 pm PDT
Location: The Craneway Pavilion
1414 Harbour Wy. Richmond, CA 94804 (map it)
Contact: staff@rcoc.com | (510) 234-3512
Organization: Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Fee: $20 for Richmond Chamber of Commerce members | $30 for non-members

Join the West Contra Costa Economic Summit and learn about the West Contra Costa business climate and resources for local businesses. Enjoy a business expo and networking plus a panel discussion with West Contra Costa County mayors from El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, and San Pablo. Lunch will be provided.

Click here to register for this event.

Women of Color: Scale Your Business and Succeed
Date: October 30, 2018 | 11:00 am PDT – 3:00 pm PDT
Location: Federal Reserve Bank
101 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94105 (map it)
Contact: (415) 333-2130
Organization: National Association of Women Business Owners
Fee: $35 for NAWBO members | $45 for non-members

Inc. magazine reports that every year corporations in the United States spend more than $2 trillion buying services and products from small businesses. The Women’s Business Economic Council reports that typical women entrepreneurs see revenue increases of 266% within a two-year period of winning their first corporate client.  

Women like you make dynamic business leaders, but many female entrepreneurs are unaware of opportunities that can help them scale their business, increase their revenue and grow their business. Winning contracts with large corporations can be key to overcoming barriers in entrepreneurship—we’ll show you how at this event.

Join us to meet local business women just like you who have transformed their businesses, industries, and communities by securing lucrative contracts with large corporations and government agencies.

Enjoy lunch, networking opportunities, and a presentation and panel discussion on how to make key connections for your small business.

Click here to register for this event.

Southern California/San Diego

How to Use Video to Elevate your Business and Message Online
Date: October 22, 2018 | 5:30 pm PDT – 7:30 pm PDT
Location: VEDC Women’s Business Center
5121 Van Nuys Blvd. Ste. 300A Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (map it)
Contact: info@vedc.org | (818) 907-9922
Organization: VEDC
Fee: Free

It’s essential to use video to engage your online audience, especially on mobile and social media. Once you have a game plan, video production can be a fun and creative endeavor in your business journey. Join this this free workshop to learn the steps of your video strategy and production.

Click here to register for this event.

Legal Aspects of Business
Date: October 24, 2018 | 6:30 pm PDT – 8:00 pm PDT
Location: The Big House
180 E. 35th St. Los Angeles, CA 90011 (map it)
Contact: Cathleen Hy | chy@pacela.org | (323) 293-6284 ext. 242
Organization: PACE Finance Corporation
Fee: Free

Join PACE Business Development Center for this free workshop on the legal aspects of business. Meet one-on-one with business experts to discuss specific questions and legal issues relating to the creation and running of a small business including the following topics:

  • Choice of entity
  • Contracts and leases
  • Intellectual property
  • Employment

Click here to register for this event.

Accounting for Non-Accountants
Date: October 26, 2018 | 10:00 am PDT – 1:00 pm PDT
Location: 1003 East Cooley Dr. Suite 109 Colton, CA 92324 (map it)
Contact: (909) 890-1242
Organization: Inland Empire Women’s Business Center
Fee: Free

Are you earning money and paying bills, but don’t know how to make sense of your numbers? Do you want to understand your finances so that you can feel confident and in charge, making strategic decisions that will benefit your business and your future? Join us to make sense of your numbers and create a greater impact in your business and life.

Click here to register for this event.

Virtual

Ten Best Free/Affordable Social Media Management Tools
Date: October 18, 2018 | 4:00 pm PDT – 5:30 pm PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: Sarah Espinosa | sespinos@uncfsu.edu | (910) 672-2683
Organization: Fayetteville State University Veterans Business Outreach Center
Fee: Free

There are way too many things to do on social media for small businesses to deal with. Let’s talk about the best options for businesses to eliminate hassles that won’t break the bank.

Click here to register for this event.

Midterm Election Alert: How to Deal with Political Discussions in the Workplace
Date: October 23, 2018 | 11:00 am PDT – 12:00 pm PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: info@nw-njsbdc.com | (908) 269-8475
Organization: NJSBDC of Northwest Jersey
Fee: Free

As midterm elections near, the political debates taking place across the country are likely to spill over into the workplace. As a result, employers may encounter heated discussions around the water cooler about the candidates and issues, or explicit statements about employees’ political stances.

This places employers in a tricky situation. You want your workers to be comfortable expressing themselves, but you also have a right to a peaceful, productive work environment. To complicate matters further, some of the topics being debated can lead to claims of harassment.

Attend our free webinar to learn:

  • How office politics can lead to a harassment lawsuit
  • The definition of a hostile environment, based on real-life scenarios
  • What you can and can’t do about employee use of social media
  • Tips to legally limit on-the-clock political discussions
  • Practical approaches to keeping the peace and restoring productivity

Click here to register for this event.

Simple Social Media Graphics: Make Your Posts Visual
Date: October 30, 2018 | 8:00 am PDT – 9:00 am PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: help@score.org | (800) 634-0245
Organization: SCORE Association
Fee: Free

A visual content campaign or infographics to promote your products and services can be time-consuming and overwhelming for small businesses, especially if you don’t have graphic design experience.

Bite-sized infographics and images used through social media can be just as compelling as long scrolling infographics. Your customers are busy too, and more likely to consume and engage with visual content they can quickly process, digest, and share with their networks.

Join this free webinar and learn:

  • Start with design—even for beginners
  • Ten types of images you can create and share through social media
  • Branding your visuals on social media

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.


For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.

Loans are subject to credit review. Additional documentation may be required for credit approval. We are an Equal Opportunity Lender. Loans will be made or arranged pursuant to California Department of Corporations Finance Lenders License #6050609.


Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by. Our programs are supported by a community of donors and investors whose contributions help to fund small businesses, support college students, and build stronger families and vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, the team has deployed $600 million and helped 20,000 families earn, save and invest in their own futures. Opportunity Fund has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, for our commitment to accountability and transparency.

Visit us online at opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

This is your bi-weekly calendar for in-person and virtual events in Northern and Southern California. Here are the best upcoming events from October 1 through 15.

Every two weeks, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable events that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your bi-weekly calendar for in-person and virtual events in Northern and Southern California.

Here are the best upcoming events from October 1 through 15.

Northern California/Sacramento

Women’s Lunch & Learn: Life Work Balance
Date: October 4, 2018 | 11:30 am PDT – 1:30 pm PDT
Location: Foothill Event Center
400 Idaho Maryland Rd. Grass Valley, CA 95945 (map it)
Contact: Gilda Perez | gilda.perez@sba.gov | (916) 735-1704
Organization: California Capital Women’s Business Center
Fee: Free

Everyone wants a happy and productive life. A balanced life is essential to happiness, but it’s not one size fits all. As we try to juggle everything in our lives and find a balance, we can feel overwhelmed. This presentation will help you learn key skills for establishing a life work balance:

  • How to track where your time goes now and complete a goal sheet for focusing your time
  • How to find your personal balance for your needs today
  • How to define what’s important for your life today
  • How to balance your work and personal life on your terms

Click here to register for this event.

Small Business Series: Reduce Your Business Taxes
Date: October 4, 2018 | 6:00 pm PDT – 7:30 pm PDT
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library—SJPL Works 3rd Floor
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA 95112 (map it)
Contact: sjplworks@sjlibrary.org | (408) 808-2310
Organization: SJPL Works: Career & Business
Fee: Free

Join this free workshop to learn how to structure your small business taxes correctly. You can ensure tax time is a little less burdensome for your business by learning the differences between business structures.

Registration is encouraged. Parking validation for 4th St. garage will be provided at the program.

Click here to register for this event.

Creating Business Success: Mastering the Art of Scaling Your Business
Date: October 13 or 14, 2018 | 10:00 am PDT – 4:00 pm PDT
Location: 7543 N. Ingram Ave. #106 Fresno, CA 93711 (map it)
Contact: hello@herspacefresno.com | (559) 776-2004
Organization: Her Space Fresno
Fee: $50

Join Her Space Fresno for this interactive event. A dozen expert speakers will coach you on how to scale your business. The program is offered on two days over one weekend and includes:

  • Live speaker interviews
  • Panel discussion with Q&A time
  • Speed networking
  • Vendors
  • Swag bags
  • Valuable raffle prizes
  • Lunch

Click here to register for this event.

Southern California/San Diego

Social Media Club
Date: October 2, 2018 | 5:30 pm PDT – 7:30 pm PDT
Location: VEDC Women’s Business Center
5121 Van Nuys Blvd. Ste. 300A Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (map it)
Contact: info@vedc.org | (818) 907-9922
Organization: VEDC
Fee: Free

Facebook Live is one of the most powerful tools for a small business owner. Join this free workshop to learn how to use Facebook Live, feel comfortable on camera, and look amazing while building your brand and business.

Click here to register for this event.

How to Avoid a Loan Shark
Date: October 4, 2018 | 6:00 pm PDT – 8:00 pm PDT
Location: 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900B Los Angeles, CA 90017 (map it)
Contact: Phuong Le | ple@pacela.org | (213) 353-9400
Organization: PACE Finance Corporation
Fee: Free

Join us for this free workshop where PACE Business Development Center’s Phuong Le will discuss the basics of loan programs offered through PACE Finance Corporation and how to avoid loan sharks. The workshop will begin with a brief overview of SBA programs and services:

  • Counseling
  • Access to capital
  • Contracting
  • Disaster assistance

Click here to register for this event.

Annual Asian Small Business Expo
Date: October 6, 2018 | 9:00 am PDT – 1:00 pm PDT
Location: Quiet Cannon
901 Via San Clemente Montebello, CA 90640 (map it)
Contact: smallbiz@apisbp.org
Organization: Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program
Fee: Free

Join APISBP for Growing Your Business Online: Standing Out in the Digital World—a free small business expo!

The Asian Small Business Expo is the only business-to-business Expo that engages the Asian business community and brings this growing economic force into the mainstream to connect and utilize your company and its services.

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with small businesses, market your business pr organization, and tap into a network of entrepreneurs, service providers, financial organizations, franchises, and governmental and legislative representatives.

Everything is free:

  • Admission
  • Workshops
  • Parking
  • Networking
  • Business advice

Click here to register for this event.

Virtual

Credit Reports & Scores Explained
Date: October 4, 2018 | 8:30 am PDT – 9:00 am PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: Kimberly Donahue | Kimberly.Donahue@sba.gov
Organization: U.S. SBA West Virginia District Office
Fee: Free

Your credit score can impact everything from where you live to how much you pay for insurance. Join this free webinar to learn how credit reports and scores really work. This webinar covers the factors that influence credit scores, how to dispute errors, and more.

Click here to register for this event.

An Insider’s Guide to Business and Franchise Ownership
Date: October 4, 2018 | 10:00 am PDT – 11:00 am PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: Mary Takavorian | (909) 983-0751
Organization: Inland Empire SBDC
Fee: Free

Many aspiring business owners give up on their dream before getting started as they feel overwhelmed by the idea of building a business from the ground up.

Franchise ownership can help you realize those dreams by going into business for yourself but not by yourself. Attend this free webinar to get answers to these questions about franchising as the right opportunity to achieve your business dreams:

  • What is franchising?
  • What are some of the benefits and responsibilities of franchise ownership?
  • What kind of franchise opportunities are out there?
  • What factors should I consider when selecting a franchise?
  • How can I evaluate my potential to become a successful franchisee?
  • How do I investigate different franchise opportunities?
  • Can I afford it?

Click here to register for this event.

Website & Social Media Strategies Webinar
Date: October 4, 2018 | 11:00 am PDT – 12:00 pm PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: rnsbdc@business.rutgers.com | (973) 353-5950
Organization: Rutgers Newark (N.J.) SBDC
Fee: Free

Social media is essential to grow your business and brand. The same goes for your website. Position yourself online with a strong internet presence that reassures and strengthens the consumers trust in your business and motivates them to engage more with your business. This free webinar will help you get started with tools and actionable strategies to optimize your website and online infrastructures through social media. Start promoting and growing your business!

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.


For information about Opportunity Fund’s small business loans, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or loans@opportunityfund.org.  For questions about your existing loan or other customer service questions, please contact us at 866-299-8173 or sbhelp@opportunityfund.org.

Loans are subject to credit review. Additional documentation may be required for credit approval. We are an Equal Opportunity Lender. Loans will be made or arranged pursuant to California Department of Corporations Finance Lenders License #6050609.


Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by. Our programs are supported by a community of donors and investors whose contributions help to fund small businesses, support college students, and build stronger families and vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, the team has deployed $600 million and helped 20,000 families earn, save and invest in their own futures. Opportunity Fund has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, for our commitment to accountability and transparency.

Visit us online at opportunityfundloan.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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