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

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free ecommerce tools.

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free ecommerce tools.

Online retail is an important, exciting step in the growth of your small business. Once you’ve decided how you want to start selling online, look for free resources that will fit your needs.We’ve compiled this list of tools and resources that will help you build, manage, and sell your products online.

 

Bonanza

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Whether or not you are already selling online, Bonanza is an easy way to get your items out to an even greater market with minimal effort. You can start selling immediately for free or upload an inventory list from your current ecommerce platform. This service only charges fees when you sell your item, you don’t have to front any money just to get your items listed. Their 9% fee is low-cost compared to other bigger ecommerce platforms, and it includes Google advertising!

Prestashop

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Prestashop is really great for launching your small business’ own ecommerce website. If you don’t want to pay another company to host your items, this is a good route to go. Choose from shop templates and tools to build your ecommerce site through Prestashop, accept credit cards and Paypal securely, capture customers on mobile, take advantage of built-in SEO tools, track stock inventory, get the latest legal and tax changes, and even more. Here are some free design tools to help you build your ecommerce site. Everything is free with no selling fees, but you can pay for additional widgets to expand your selling power.

Woocommerce

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Woocommerce is a plugin for WordPress to enable you to sell on your business’ existing website. In addition to standard hosting features, you get to keep control of your customer’s data with secure passcodes. This free service also offers a storefront template so you don’t have to worry about your WordPress theme conflicting with optional paid widgets that you can add to your account.

Cubecart

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Cubecart is a completely free, open source ecommerce tool for more tech-savvy business owners. However, if you like what they offer but don’t know how to set it up, look into hiring a low-cost freelancer to help you out. Cubecart’s free features are extensive with fully customizable code for coupons, catalogs, template skins, social plugins, item categories, shipping quotes, sales statistics, language options, newsletters, Google Analytics, foreign currency support, contact forms, database backup, affiliate program trackers, and dozens more!

Opencart

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Opencart is an open source tool with easy setup for business owners with limited coding knowledge. Set up your shop with multiple languages and currencies, built-in affiliate programs, basic sales reporting and analytics, automatic mobile responsiveness, and more extensions that you can buy in their marketplace to advance your ecommerce site or integrate your brick-and-mortar business with your online storefront.

We’re always looking for the best affordable online resources including tools to promote to small business owners like you. If you have a tool 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.


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

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free ecommerce tools.

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free ecommerce tools.

Online retail is an important, exciting step in the growth of your small business. Once you’ve decided how you want to start selling online, look for free resources that will fit your needs. We’ve compiled this list of tools and resources that will help you build, manage, and sell your products online.

Bonanza

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Whether or not you are already selling online, Bonanza is an easy way to get your items out to an even greater market with minimal effort. You can start selling immediately for free or upload an inventory list from your current ecommerce platform. This service only charges fees when you sell your item, you don’t have to front any money just to get your items listed. Their 9% fee is low-cost compared to other bigger ecommerce platforms, and it includes Google advertising!

Prestashop

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Prestashop is really great for launching your small business’ own ecommerce website. If you don’t want to pay another company to host your items, this is a good route to go. Choose from shop templates and tools to build your ecommerce site through Prestashop, accept credit cards and Paypal securely, capture customers on mobile, take advantage of built-in SEO tools, track stock inventory, get the latest legal and tax changes, and even more. Here are some free design tools to help you build your ecommerce site. Everything is free with no selling fees, but you can pay for additional widgets to expand your selling power.

Woocommerce

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Woocommerce is a plugin for WordPress to enable you to conveniently sell on your business’ existing website. In addition to standard hosting features, you get to keep control of your customer’s data with secure passcodes. This free service also offers a storefront template so you don’t have to worry about your WordPress theme conflicting with optional paid widgets that you can add to your account.

Cubecart

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Cubecart is a completely free, open source ecommerce tool for more tech-savvy business owners. However, if you like what they offer but don’t know how to set it up, look into hiring a low-cost freelancer to help you out. Cubecart’s free features are extensive with fully customizable code for coupons, catalogs, template skins, social plugins, item categories, shipping quotes, sales statistics, language options, newsletters, Google Analytics, foreign currency support, contact forms, database backup, affiliate program trackers, and dozens more!

Opencart

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Opencart is an open source tool with easy setup for business owners with limited coding knowledge. Set up your shop with multiple languages and currencies, built-in affiliate programs, basic sales reporting and analytics, automatic mobile responsiveness, and more extensions that you can buy in their marketplace to advance your ecommerce site or integrate your brick-and-mortar business with your online storefront.

 

We’re always looking for the best affordable online resources including tools to promote to small business owners like you. If you have a tool 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.


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

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five business tools for veterans.

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five business tools for veterans.

Whether you’ve just left the service and are looking to start your own small business or are already a business owner and just need a little help, there are free resources out there for you. We’ve compiled this list of tools and resources that will help you find mentoring, networking, workshops, and a solid foundation of knowledge to successfully grow your small business as a veteran.

Veterans Business Resource Center

How much it costs: Free

What it does: The Veterans Business Resource Center is just that – an online center for resources. You can find information about the Boots to Business program, which offers instructional courses and support located online and at military bases. Other resources available through Vetbiz include training, networking events, small business counseling, and even a blog.

Bunker Labs

How much it costs: Free

What it does: With about a dozen locations across the country, Bunker Labs is a veteran-owned hotspot for helpful networking, workshops, and programs designed to help you and the military community. They also offer a community mobile app to stay connected with event calendars, business collaboration, messaging, and more. If you’re tired of dusty, government-operated organizations, Bunker Labs is perfect for your entrepreneurial style.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans

How much it costs: Free for post 9/11 disabled veterans and families

What it does: The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with disabilities (EBV) is a three-part program designed to help you succeed in starting and running your own business. This immersive bootcamp is focused on training through a higher education setting. Phase one is an online course, phase two is a short residency at a participating EBV university, and phase three is year-long mentorship and support through the program’s mentors, network, and partners.

Veteran’s Affairs

How much it costs: Free

What it does: If you’re a vet, you are probably already familiar with Veteran’s Affairs. But did you know they have an office dedicated to helping you start and grow your small business. Their Veteran’s Entrepreneur Portal offers contracting assistance, workshops, interactive online tools, training, certification as a veteran-owned business, and many more tools and resources for you!

Honor, Courage, Commitment

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Honor, Courage, Commitment (HCC) is a Texas-based, veteran-run organization designed to empower veteran entrepreneurs and keep you connected to the military community even after you’ve left the service. They offer training and mentoring, workshops and networking opportunities, and reintegration programs through community service. Take a look at what HCC offers and see if they can help you and your small business.

 

We’re always looking for the best affordable online resources including tools to promote to small business owners like you. If you have a tool 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.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16 year, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

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

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free outsourcing tools.

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free outsourcing tools.

Sometimes you don’t want to or have the capital to hire another employee for a few simple tasks. This is where contractors come in. There is a growing trend among professionals to freelance their skills to numerous companies as side-gigs instead of working a normal full-time job. We’ve compiled this list of tools and resources that will help you find the best fit freelancer for the tasks you need completed.

TaskRabbit

How much it costs: Free to sign up, pay per task

What it does: TaskRabbit is a service that connects you to certified taskers who can help you with one-time projects. Don’t want to hire a full-time gardener to clean and maintain your restaurant’s patio? Need extra hands moving to a new office space? Easily hire a contractor through TaskRabbit and avoid the hassle, extra fees, and time that comes with finding a regular contractor. It’s free to use – you only have to pay the taskers when they complete your tasks.

UpWork

How much it costs: Free to sign up, pay per task

What it does: UpWork is geared towards electronic tasks as opposed to more manual labor through TaskRabbit. This outsourcing tool is best used for hiring part-time contractors, but you can also post one-time tasks that need doing. If you need something done for IT, legal, graphic design, web development, writing, or anything else done on a computer, you can find a freelance contractor to help you. You can pay electronically, download or print an official invoice for your records, and not worry about tax forms for your contractors.

Fiverr

How much it costs: Free to sign up, pay per task

What it does: Fiverr is another online-oriented outsourcing tool. With their easy-to-use navigation and categories, you can narrow down results to find the best freelancer you think can do your task. Browse by your budget, the time you need it done by, and any other specifications you need. See examples of contractors’ work and their rates before you contact them with your task.

Guru

How much it costs: Free to sign up, pay per task

What it does: With Guru, you can either search through freelancers or post a job for them to bid on. This free outsourcing resource is targeted towards business tasks such as web development, finance management, marketing, legal, and admin support. What’s great about this tool is how detailed their support is and their ease of use.

Thumbtack

How much it costs: Free to sign up, pay per task

What it does: Thumbtack is a great, mobile-friendly outsourcing tool for special tasks that your small business might need help with. From photography and landscaping to accounting and tax preparation, there are a huge variety of different kinds of jobs you can hire a contractor to help you with. Answer a few questions, and Thumbtack will match your request with freelancers who can take it on.

 

We’re always looking for the best affordable online resources including tools to promote to small business owners like you. If you have a tool 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.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16 year, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

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

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free collaboration tools.

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free collaboration tools.

It is hard to run a small business by yourself. That’s why you hire employees to delegate tasks to and work on bigger projects with – but this can get complicated. We’ve compiled this list of tools and resources that will help you manage and track team projects and shared tasks.

Hipchat

How much it costs: Free with a $2.00 a month premium plan

What it does: Hipchat is more than just a chat room for your employees. With their free, easy-to-use interface, you can also share files securely and create group chats or talk with members one-on-one. Their premium paid plan gives you unlimited file sharing storage and includes video conferencing capabilities. An amazing feature is the ability to search through conversations to find that one message you need.

MeisterTask

How much it costs: Free with paid premium plans

What it does: MeisterTask is a project management application that centers around collaboration and team coordination. This app offers mobile integration, checklists, deadline notifications, file sharing, and instant communication between team members. Simply open your dashboard in the morning, see what progress has been made on projects, and focus on what is important to running your business.

Trello

How much it costs: Free with paid premium plans

What it does: Trello is a simple way to track projects among your staff. Easily create projects and subtasks, add as many people who are involved, attach photos and files to projects, set deadlines, and start conversations through project comments. The free plan also allows for one “Power-up” which can sync an outside application or add a special feature your Trello account.

Producteev

How much it costs: Free with paid premium plan

What it does: With unlimited users, tasks, and projects, Producteev is a great task management service for collaborating. You can connect employees to shared projects with to-do lists, deadlines, auditing, priorities, and notifications. Easily turn work emails into tasks by forwarding them to Producteev. The premium plan only offers two additional services: personalized support and customization of the interface with your small business’ colors and logo.

Dropbox

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Dropbox is a really popular file-sharing service. Store your files in the cloud and sync with the people you want to share with. You also have the ability to collaborate with others on slides already uploaded into Dropbox. No more hassle of downloading, editing, and re-uploading files hundreds of times!

 

We’re always looking for the best affordable online resources including tools to promote to small business owners like you. If you have a tool 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.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16 year, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

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

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free scheduling tools.

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free scheduling tools.

Appointments and shift schedules can become extremely complicated if you aren’t keeping track of everything properly. As a small business owner, your time is limited and needs to be spent on scheduling as efficiently as possible. We’ve compiled this list of tools and resources that will help you schedule employees and customers alike.

When I Work

How much it costs: Free for up to 75 employees

What it does: Scheduling and keeping track of employee shifts takes an unnecessarily large amount of your precious time. When I Work is an amazing free resource that works seamlessly between mobile and desktop to make your life easier. You can send notifications to employees about their schedules and make any changes in real time. This application also gives you a sleek, easy-to-use option for clocking-in.

Setmore

How much it costs: Free with premium paid plans

What it does: Setmore is a robust tool for scheduling appointments with customers. This software can work for many different types of small businesses. Some of the amazing features this resource offers includes making appointments for multiple employees, taking payments online, allowing clients to book online themselves, syncing your calendar with other applications, mobile alerts and integration, weekly reports on projected revenue, displaying your services with prices, a customer information management tool, and many more! Some of these features are premium, so you can customize your plan to the needs of your small business.

Sling

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Sling is another great tool for scheduling employees. This service focuses on making sure you remember the scheduling tasks you need to complete and making it easier for you to do so. Not only can you communicate with employees directly through an in-app messaging tool, but they can work out shift changes between each other and notify you instantly. Sling offers a task manager and easy-to-read shift calendar that is color-coded and able to be copied for recurring schedules. This tool is free for any size business and available for desktop and mobile devices.

10to8

How much it costs: Free with premium paid plans

What it does: 10to8 is a nice free tool for scheduling appointments with customers. The completely free plan includes 100 appointments a month, two staff logins, text and email confirmations to customers, and a whole suite of features that make appointments easy. These other features include reporting, a client information database, and online payment options. 10to8 is a great option for small business owners who want a reliable tool for simple appointment-booking at a low cost.

Smoothbook

How much it costs: Free for a limited time

What it does: Smoothbook is offering their scheduling software for free right now. If you act now before they start charging, your account will still remain free forever. This mobile-friendly tool is great for small businesses who book a large number of appointments, classes, workshops, or events. The ability to book classes with multiple customers in the same time slot is a unique and valuable feature not found in free tools. You can also take payments online, connect external online calendars, and even integrate your social media and Google Adwords accounts to track and retain clients.

 

We’re always looking for the best affordable online resources including tools to promote to small business owners like you. If you have a tool 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.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16 year, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

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

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free organization tools.

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five free organization tools.

From invoices to inspiration, being a small business owner can be overwhelming. You need a way to remember and keep track of your business without going crazy. We’ve compiled this list of tools and resources that will help you organize your workload.

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Evernote is a really popular tool for creating and organizing notes in the cloud. With Evernote’s free plan, you can synch up your notes across two devices, with 60MB storage, and can even store web pages and photos for reference. Paid plans offer premium non-essential services such as forwarding emails, accessing notes across unlimited devices and even offline, scanning and storing business cards, annotating PDFs, and browsing through your notes history. If you’re the kind of person who has a million things to remember but can’t keep a list all in one place, Evernote might be the free tool for you.

How much it costs: Free

What it does: We’ve recommended a free Google product before, but here’s another one that can really benefit your small business. Google Drive is a completely free service that you can use with or without your gmail account, and you can purchase additional cloud storage space if you need. Upload files, documents, and powerpoints into your Drive and share it with anyone you want easily.

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Producteev is a great way to organize your projects. You can easily keep track of to-do lists, collaborators, priorities, and deadlines for any project your small business has. Don’t bother paying for their premium plan that only adds custom colors and online support; their free plan has everything you need to orangize and track your business operations.

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Some people love to remember things by snapping a photo of it with their smartphone and looking at it later. Genius Scan offers a business-oriented approach to this same idea. Download the app on either Android or iPhone and easily take quality photos and scans of receipts, invoices, notes, and other documents. For an affordable one-time fee, you can add on other features including exporting your scanned items to cloud storage systems if you want to access them on a desktop.

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Pinterest can be used for more than recipes and DIY project ideas. Businesses sometimes use Pinterest to promote their products and blog posts, but you can also use it to organize inspiration for your small business. A unique use for this completely free website and app is to create private boards and pin instructional blog posts you want to read or ideas you like for anything from menu designs to decor for your business’ redecorating plan. Download their free tool to instantly grab content from the web for faster organization.

 

We’re always looking for the best affordable online resources including tools to promote to small business owners like you. If you have a tool 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.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16 year, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

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

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five affordable Human Resources tools.

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five affordable Human Resources tools.

Payroll is probably your biggest expense as a small business owner, and HR is one of the most complicated to manage. Finding an affordable, easy-to-use solution can be a challenge. We’ve compiled this list of tools and resources that will help you manage your employees at low cost.

 

Zenefits

How much it costs: Free with premium plans starting at $5 per employee a month.

What it does: Zenefits is a popular HR tool that offers a free option for small businesses that don’t require a lot of managing services. You can get employee management and benefits administration free, which includes hiring, employee directory, payroll reports, and a few other useful tools. For an affordable monthly fee, you can get access to PTO management, ACA compliance reports, payroll management, tax filing, and many more features that will help you easily manage your business. In addition to the basic subscriptions, you can also add on supplementary tools such as background checks, commuter benefits, and timecard recordkeeping. This tool has everything you could need for HR.

 

Sentrifugo

How much it costs: Free

What it does: Sentrifugo is an open source tool, which means it is completely free. Some of the big features offered include a way for employees to update their information to save you time, a robust performance appraisal system, multi-level background checks, PTO and leave management, hiring and interview scheduling, expenses, and much more. This service is a great option if you have a low budget but a complicated set of HR requirements.

 

Small Business Administration

How much it costs: Free

What it does: The SBA offers many resources available to you for free. From workplace posters to union and disability compliance, check out the different topics they have. This is a great, basic tool for getting accurate information about human resource management and compliance.

 

SutiHR

How much it costs: Free trial with monthly plans starting at $2 per user.

What it does: SutiHR is the perfect paid tool for small businesses who want to only pay for the services they will use. Choose from a dozen options, and each option will add only $0.50 to $1 on to your monthly subscription. These options include performance reviews, benefits management, document storage, HR calendar that syncs with Google, project management, hiring, training schedules, attendance, an employee self-service portal, and mobile access.

 

WebHR

How much it costs: Free signup with monthly plans starting at $2 per user.

What it does: This is another affordable service that allows you to pay per tool. The more employees you have, the cheaper it is to include them in this simple, but easy service. Some of these include an HR calendar, payroll and attendance management, document storage, an applicant tracking system for hiring, and a self-service portal for employees. This is a really affordable platform that won’t over-complicate your HR needs.

 

We’re always looking for the best affordable online resources including tools to promote to small business owners like you. If you have a tool 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.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

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

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five affordable legal resources.

Each month, we’re sharing and promoting free or affordable tools that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your toolbox for five affordable legal resources.

Navigating the law is complicated for business owners. The high price of lawyers and legal teams may seem daunting, but there are affordable options. We’ve compiled this list of tools and resources that will help you find accessible legal advice and assistance at low cost.

 

How much it costs: Monthly plans starting at $39.00

What it does: Legal Shield is a low-cost law firm that has plans specifically for small businesses. Their plans are broken down by how many employees you have and in which state your business is located. In addition to unlimited legal consultation, monthly plans include a number of calls each year, collection letters each month, and legal document review each year. They even have a free mobile app for on-the-go assistance. If you need representation or additional services, Legal Shield offers a 25% discount towards your lawyer’s normal rate. This resource is perfect for small businesses that need reoccurring, but simple legal needs.

 

How much it costs: Free

What it does: This free resource is great if you need quick legal advice but don’t want to pay for a lawyer. The process is simple and easy-to-use: fill out some basic information about your business and your question, and you will have the opportunity to contact someone near you for help. Lawyers.com also has good articles about small business law.

 

How much it costs: Free resources with paid extra services

What it does: Legal Zoom offers many different services and tools. Business advisory plans include telephone consultation, legal document review, and a yearly “legal check-up” to make sure your business is in compliance with the law. You can also download legal forms and documents at a low cost to use as many times as your business needs. There are so many plans for different needs, check out this affordable resource whether you need general advice or help with specific legal issues.

 

How much it costs: Monthly plans starting at $39.95

What it does: Rocket Lawyer specializes in three areas of legal assistance: legal documents, attorney consultation, and business incorporation. Premium and accelerate plans are available for a one week trial if you think you might be interested in paying for their services.

 

How much it costs: Free

What it does: The American Bar Association partnered with FindLegalHelp.org to provide you information and assistance. If you have a special circumstance or qualify as low-income, this is a fantastic resource for inexpensive or pro bono legal help.

 

We’re always looking for the best affordable online resources including tools to promote to small business owners like you. If you have a tool 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.


Opportunity Fund is California’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit lender to small businesses. In FY16, we made $60M in loans to help more than 2,200 small business owners invest in their businesses.  Opportunity Fund invests in small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing. As a founding member and signatory to the Borrower’s Bill of Rights, we believe in the important role small businesses play in our community and the economy, and we aim to help owners financially succeed.

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

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