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May

 
Avoiding Employment Related Litigation
Location:Chapman University
1 University Drive, Beckman Hall #404, Orange 92866
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Date & Time:May 9 2016, Monday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost Workshop, $3 parking fee for 4 hours
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DON'T MISS THIS WORKSHOP!! Here's your chance to get input regarding your business legal employment questions without paying an arm and a leg. This workshop covers the potential pitfalls of employment issues and how these mistakes can lead to costly litigation. Topics include the hiring process & avoiding discrimination; employee handbooks; wage and hour issues [including overtime and meal & rest breaks]; handling internal complaints; discipline & performance reviews; independent contractor vs. employee; and wrongful termination.

This workshop is presented by Allyson K. Thompson of Kring & Chung, Attorneys LLP. Allyson holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii and a JD from Lincoln Law in Sacramento. Areas of expertise are employment and labor law, including sexual harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour litigation. Allyson advises employers on how to avoid employment related litigation and has lectured on issues such as effective strategy in preparing employee handbooks and company policies, legislative changes to State and Federal labor laws and prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management ("SHRM") and is currently serving as the Advocacy Captain for the 48th Congressional District on behalf of SHRM. Allyson currently serves as the Vice President of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association.

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(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
Handling Disability Issues
Location:Rancho Santa Margarita - OC Public Library
30902 La Promesa, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688
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Date & Time:May 10 2016, Tuesday, from 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Cost:No Cost
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What do you do when an employee tells you that he can’t come to work for two weeks because he is sick?

Too many employers make the mistake of finding a way to justify terminating an ill or disabled employee. Doing so exposes employers to hundreds of thousands of dollars in litigation damages and attorneys’ fees.

Don’t miss this important workshop taught by an attorney experienced in handling disability claims and providing advice and counsel to employers on how to avoid these costly claims. This 3 hour workshop will cover the following topics:

· Knowing when an employee is making a request for an accommodation.

· Responding to a request for medical leave.

· The duty to engage in the interactive process and best practices for doing so.

· Handling a request for an accommodation.

· Determining whether the accommodation is an “undue hardship.”

· Best practices in avoiding disability discrimination lawsuits.

This workshop is presented by Allyson K. Thompson of Kring & Chung, Attorneys LLP. Allyson holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii and a JD from Lincoln Law in Sacramento. Areas of expertise are employment and labor law, including sexual harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour litigation. Allyson advises employers on how to avoid employment related litigation and has lectured on issues such as effective strategy in preparing employee handbooks and company policies, legislative changes to State and Federal labor laws and prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management ("SHRM") and is currently serving as the Advocacy Captain for the 48th Congressional District on behalf of SHRM. Allyson currently serves as the Vice President of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
Using Quickbooks - An Introduction
Location:Newport Beach Public Library
1000 Avocado Avenue, Friends Room, Newport Beach 92660
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Date & Time:May 10 2016, Tuesday, from 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Cost:No Cost
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This is an introductory course meant for people contemplating buying and installing QuickBooks or those who are in the process of installing it. The course describes the type of company for which QuickBooks is a good fit and for which it isn't. A summary review of QuickBooks (PC version) vs QuickBooks Online is included. The focus of the content is to show you the correct way to prepare your records with a program such as QuickBooks for the desktop. Following the typical course of events for a new company, the workshop will progress from pre-opening expenses to the typical first month activities and then conclude by looking at the reports at the end of the first month.

Irene Klepp, QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor, presents this workshop. Irene and her company, Klepp & Associates, provide QuickBooks Consulting, Training and Outsourced CFO Services to Startups, Non-Profits and commercial businesses. Irene is certified in multiple QuickBooks versions and has been working with QuickBooks since 2005. She is a member of QBExpress, a training network of QuickBooks Consultants that deliver individual and classroom training. Klepp & Associates specializes in Virtual Accounting services for clients that need Accounting support without the cost of permanent headcount. Irene and her team enjoy supporting businesses in Medical Devices, IT, Software Development and Digital Media in addition to a roster of several Orange County Non-Profits.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
Women's Breakfast
Location:Center Club
650 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa 92626
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Date & Time:May 13 2016, Friday, from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Cost: $35 pre-register online by May 10; $40 AFTER May 10 and at the door (cash or check only). Valet Parking included.
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If you know someone who owns a small to medium sized business, they need this breakfast. It's an opportunity to:

•Learn from other successful businesswomen
•Network with other small business owners
•Share ideas, experience and advice
•Learn about the services of SCORE

Note: general registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
 
SEO:
    How To Get More People To Your Website & Increase Sales By 50%
Location:Westminster Branch, OC Public Library
8180 13th St., Community Room, Westminster 92683
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Date & Time:May 17 2016, Tuesday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost:No Cost
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A majority of sales today take place online – even well-established brick-and-mortar stores have a significant online presence. The question is, “How do you get those consumers to your website and encourage them to buy once they are there?” The answer is Search Engine Optimization (SEO). We’ll show you how to drive more traffic to your website and convert that traffic into sales. Learn some tips and tricks for getting noticed on the web along with some best practices used by industry pros.

Steve Jones & Eric Klauss present this workshop.

Steve Jones of AP Logic has 16 years of web development experience. He oversees interactions with clients during and between projects, working directly with end-users and others on the client team to ensure a user interface which clearly reflects user’s needs.

Eric Klausshas over 20 year experience selling, consulting and recommending ERP & CRM solutions as a customer, consultant and salesperson in the industry. Today he provides his expertise to Bond Consulting Services customers, where he is Sales & Marketing Manager, as well as a SCORE Mentor to business clients in Southern California. Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California chapter of International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners and is the Chairperson for the Microsoft Community Connections Committee.

(Registration/Check-in 5:00 to 5:30 PM)
 
Common Legal Questions For Businesses
Location:Aliso Viejo Branch - OC Public Library
1 Journey, Aliso Viejo 92656
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Date & Time:May 18 2016, Wednesday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost:No Cost
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New business owners often have questions regarding the formalities required to get their business off the ground. This seminar assists the small business owner in determining the best legal structure for their business. In addition, the seminar addresses the common types of contracts small business owners encounter and provides attendees with tips for entering contracts. Finally, the seminar will also touch on protecting the intellectual property of a small business.

Jai Kim of Kring & Chung, Attorneys LLP presents this workshop. Mr. Kim joined the Irvine, CA office of Kring & Chung in March 2016 where he practices in the areas of civil litigation, business transactions, estate planning, tax law and bankruptcy.

Prior to joining Kring & Chung, Mr. Kim worked as an international tax consultant for Grant Thornton LLP and as a solo-practitioner. Most recently, Mr. Kim served as an in-house counsel for the largest retail wireless licensee of MetroPCS® in the Southern California market.

(Registration/Check-in 5:00 to 5:30 PM)
 
Technology To Protect Your Business
Location:Tustin Branch - OC Public Library
345 E. Main Street, Tustin 92780
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Date & Time:May 26 2016, Thursday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost:No Cost
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With our modern technology world businesses now have access to information, connectivity and mobile apps like never before. All these technologies are great but they expose your business to the outside world. Your business needs protection from various threats of the on-line world. Don’t miss this engaging review of common threats, vulnerabilities and what you can do to prevent them and better protect your business.

Dave Seibert an IT expert with over 30 years of experience presents this workshop. His passion is business and technology. He has received over 20 awards & accreditations including Top 150 SMB IT influencer in the world, Top 10 U.S. Managed Service Providers, Top 250 U.S. MSP Experts, Microsoft Partner of the Year finalist, and Microsoft IT Pro Expert MVP (1 of 6 in U.S.). Dave is also appointed to the Microsoft U.S. Small Business PAC (1 of 9 in U.S.) and Microsoft Worldwide SMB Partner Area Lead (1 of 3 in U.S.). Dave is an author, industry speaker and a thought leader. He is also the CIO for IT Innovators, a business technology company serving Southern California for 18 years.

(Registration/Check-in 5:00 to 5:30 PM)

 
 
  
June

 
What You Need To Know About Federal Taxes When Hiring Employees Or Contractors
Location:Mission Viejo City Hall
200 Civic Center, Saddleback Room, Mission Viejo 92691
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Date & Time:June 1 2016, Wednesday, from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Hear from an expert speaking on behalf of the IRS discussing your responsibilities as an employer or as one who pays others for services in the course of your trade or business. Whether you're handling this yourself or paying someone else to do it, you need to know your responsibilities.

Learn about the differences between an employee and an independent contractor; how to determine eligibility to work legally in the United States; the importance of the Form W-4 and the employer's responsibility regarding withholding; how to verify work names and Social Security numbers; the purpose of the state new hire registry; the process for filing Form W-2; your obligations to notify employees about the Earned Income Tax Credit; the role of Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers; and finally, the process for enrolling in and using the Filing Information Returns Electronically system, also known as FIRE.

Antonio Alvarez EA presents this workshop. Tony has been a tax professional for over 29 years. He opened his own tax practice in 2001, earning his Enrolled Agent status in 2006. His firm specializes in assisting small business tax clients in all aspects of tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll and audit representation. He recently completed the National Tax Practice Institute and achieved his designation as a Fellow.

(Registration/Check-in 1:00 to 1:30 PM)
 
Common Legal Questions For Businesses
Location:Irvine Public Library, Heritage Park Regional Branch
14361 Yale Avenue, Irvine 92604
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Date & Time:June 2 2016, Thursday, from 5:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Cost:No Cost
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New business owners often have questions regarding the formalities required to get their business off the ground. This seminar assists the small business owner in determining the best legal structure for their business. In addition, the seminar addresses the common types of contracts small business owners encounter and provides attendees with tips for entering contracts. Finally, the seminar will also touch on protecting the intellectual property of a small business.

This workshop is presented by Matthew A. Reynolds of Kring & Chung, Attorneys LLP.

Matthew A. Reynolds graduated Summa Cum Laude from Youngstown State University and Cum Laude from Pepperdine University. Matt is a successful litigator over a broad spectrum of cases, including legal malpractice, product liability, toxic torts, personal injury, catastrophic injury, fraud, wrongful death, contracts, trademarks, business, insurance and construction. Today he specializes in performance contracting, energy, construction, and fraud, as well as business litigation. He represents both Plaintiffs and Defendants. Last year, Mr. Reynolds, in coordination with other attorneys, recovered $7,285,000 on behalf of Plaintiff clients. On the Defense side, in 2009, Mr. Reynolds wrote a single motion wherein the Court dismissed $1,700,000 in claims brought against his client.

(Registration/Check-in 5:00 to 5:30 PM)
 
What You Need To Know About Federal Taxes When Hiring Employees Or Contractors
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:June 6 2016, Monday, from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Hear from an expert speaking on behalf of the IRS discussing your responsibilities as an employer or as one who pays others for services in the course of your trade or business. Whether you're handling this yourself or paying someone else to do it, you need to know your responsibilities.

Learn about the differences between an employee and an independent contractor; how to determine eligibility to work legally in the United States; the importance of the Form W-4 and the employer's responsibility regarding withholding; how to verify work names and Social Security numbers; the purpose of the state new hire registry; the process for filing Form W-2; your obligations to notify employees about the Earned Income Tax Credit; the role of Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers; and finally, the process for enrolling in and using the Filing Information Returns Electronically system, also known as FIRE.

Antonio Alvarez EA presents this workshop. Tony has been a tax professional for over 29 years. He opened his own tax practice in 2001, earning his Enrolled Agent status in 2006. His firm specializes in assisting small business tax clients in all aspects of tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll and audit representation. He recently completed the National Tax Practice Institute and achieved his designation as a Fellow.

(Registration/Check-in 1:00 to 1:30 PM)
 
How To Use Microsoft Excel In Your Daily Operations To Increase Productivity
Location:Anaheim Gordon Hoyt Conference Center
201 S. Anaheim Blvd., 2nd Floor, Anaheim West Tower, Anaheim 92805
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Date & Time:June 7 2016, Tuesday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:$35 pre-register online; $45 at the door (cash or check only)
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Learn the basics of Excel: formatting, functions, and graphs. We’ll discuss how to use Excel for invoicing, as a check register, for your company’s financial statements, and give you a glimpse of Power BI – business intelligence that uses Excel as a foundation. This will be a hands-on class so please bring your device and come ready to learn.

This workshop is presented by Brian Iinuma, Manish Bhardia & Eddie Bader.

Brian Iinuma has over 25 years' I/T experience in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), payment processing, and direct marketing. He is the President and co-founder of Strategic Systems Group, Inc. (SSG), a provider of I/T services to small and mid-sized manufacturing and distribution companies. SSG's core competence is the implementation and support of ERP applications including Infor LN, Microsoft Dynamics, and SYSPRO. Mr. Iinuma is active in the Southern California chapter of International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP - SoCal) and the Microsoft Community Connections Program (MCC). He has delivered technology presentations to the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Orange County Chapter of SCORE. Mr. Iinuma holds B.S. and MBA degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Manish Bhardia has over 17 years of experience in technical architecture, project management, business process consulting, solutions development and service delivery. He has deployed server architecture for the Port Of Los Angeles, Titan AM, and Hyundai of North America. Manish is a member of the Board for International Association of Microsoft Partners and the Microsoft Community Connection team.

Eddie Bader of Company Built started his technology career at the Disneyland Resort working on their SAP. He currently works with many different industries including nonprofits, healthcare providers, and department of defense contractors. Eddie is client-focused and works to develop solution-based IT recommendations that meet a client's needs.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
The Road to Business Credit!
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:June 9 2016, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Financial institutions place a different value on credit scores when considering an extension of business credit. Whether you’re seeking an SBA loan, trade line, lease, commercial loan, line of credit, revolving account, secured and unsecured loan and line, this is the workshop you should consider attending.

Access to credit with reasonable cost is vital to business success. Credit score is only one aspect in the approval process. However, scores will determine whether to be given credit, how much, and what at rate.

This workshop gives a comprehensive understanding of business and personal scores and reports. Attendee will leave equipped with useful information and tools on how to better manage and protect credit reputation and potential.

Nabil Captan presents this workshop. Nabil Captan is a nationally recognized credit-scoring expert, educator, writer, producer and trainer. He teaches credit profile management at various colleges and universities, as well as for real estate professionals, lenders, financial advisers, credit counselors and business owners. Nabil was nominated for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Financial Services Champion of the Year 2010.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
Out Of The Fog & Into The Cloud
Location:Aliso Viejo Branch - OC Public Library
1 Journey, Aliso Viejo 92656
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Date & Time:June 15 2016, Wednesday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Separate fact from fiction and learn the true definition of the “cloud” and how you can utilize this platform to reduce your onsite technology footprint and save money. We’ll discuss cloud servers (what they are) and what a typical cloud server environment looks like. Learn about VoIP (Voice over IP), what service providers to use, and not only how this technology is applicable to your environment, but how you can leverage it to grow.

Different cloud models, such as software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) will be discussed and how you might already be using them – Office 365, Quickbooks Online, and the like. Finally, we will cover managed IT services which allows you to have 24/7 technical support at a fraction of the cost of what most companies are currently paying.

This workshop is presented by Desmond Kwok, Manish Bhardia & Eddie Bader.

Manish Bhardia has over 17 years of experience in technical architecture, project management, business process consulting, solutions development and service delivery. He has deployed server architecture for the Port Of Los Angeles, Titan AM, and Hyundai of North America. Manish is a member of the Board for International Association of Microsoft Partners and the Microsoft Community Connection team.

Eddie Bader of Company Built started his technology career at the Disneyland Resort working on their SAP. He currently works with many different industries including nonprofits, healthcare providers, and department of defense contractors. Eddie is client-focused and works to develop solution-based IT recommendations that meet a client's needs.

(Registration/Check-in 5:00 to 5:30 PM)
 
How To Use Microsoft Excel In Your Daily Operations To Increase Productivity
Location:Los Alamitos Branch - OC Public Library
12700 Montecito, Seal Beach 90740
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Date & Time:June 20 2016, Monday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Learn the basics of Excel: formatting, functions, and graphs. We’ll discuss how to use Excel for invoicing, as a check register, for your company’s financial statements, and give you a glimpse of Power BI – business intelligence that uses Excel as a foundation. This will be a hands-on class so please bring your device and come ready to learn.

This workshop is presented by Brian Iinuma, Manish Bhardia & Eddie Bader.

Brian Iinuma has over 25 years' I/T experience in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), payment processing, and direct marketing. He is the President and co-founder of Strategic Systems Group, Inc. (SSG), a provider of I/T services to small and mid-sized manufacturing and distribution companies. SSG's core competence is the implementation and support of ERP applications including Infor LN, Microsoft Dynamics, and SYSPRO. Mr. Iinuma is active in the Southern California chapter of International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP - SoCal) and the Microsoft Community Connections Program (MCC). He has delivered technology presentations to the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Orange County Chapter of SCORE. Mr. Iinuma holds B.S. and MBA degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Manish Bhardia has over 17 years of experience in technical architecture, project management, business process consulting, solutions development and service delivery. He has deployed server architecture for the Port Of Los Angeles, Titan AM, and Hyundai of North America. Manish is a member of the Board for International Association of Microsoft Partners and the Microsoft Community Connection team.

Eddie Bader of Company Built started his technology career at the Disneyland Resort working on their SAP. He currently works with many different industries including nonprofits, healthcare providers, and department of defense contractors. Eddie is client-focused and works to develop solution-based IT recommendations that meet a client's needs.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
Cybersecurity:
    5 Steps To Safeguard Your Business
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:June 23 2016, Thursday, from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Cyber security is a concern for consumers and businesses alike. Learn why 40% of all cybercrime is directed toward small businesses and why they are being targeted. Learn about the different types of firewalls – how they work and why you need one – and how that is only the first step in your overall defensive network strategy. We’ll also discuss the importance of passwords – how long they should be, what makes a strong password, and whether you should use single or multi-factor authentication. Finally, we’ll discuss PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance for those businesses processing credit card transactions and how you can better protect your customers and your business.

This workshop is presented by Eddie Bader & Eric Klauss.

Eddie Bader of Company Built started his technology career at the Disneyland Resort working on their SAP. He currently works with many different industries including nonprofits, healthcare providers, and department of defense contractors. Eddie is client-focused and works to develop solution-based IT recommendations that meet a client's needs.

Eric Klauss has over 20 year experience selling, consulting and recommending ERP & CRM solutions as a customer, consultant and salesperson in the industry. Today he provides his expertise to Bond Consulting Services customers, where he is Sales & Marketing Manager, as well as a SCORE Mentor to business clients in Southern California. Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California chapter of International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners and is the Chairperson for the Microsoft Community Connections Committee.

(Registration/Check-in 10:00 to 10:30 AM)
 
 
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