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February

 
A Legal Check-up To Keep Your Business Healthy
Location:Rancho Santa Margarita - OC Public Library
30902 La Promesa, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688
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Date & Time:February 9 2016, Tuesday, from 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Every business faces a variety of ongoing legal needs involving such things as contracts, incorporations, transactions, regulatory matters and dispute resolution. Some are more apparent than others; however, other aspects of a business’s operations can easily harbor legal needs that may not be so apparent. Left unattended, these sometimes can result in problems that could have been avoided. Just as it is wise to undergo regular medical checkups for yourself, it is equally wise to undergo a periodic legal checkup for your business. Among the aspects that will be covered in this legal check-up seminar are as follows:
• Entity status.
• Material contracts
• Employment matters
• Licenses & permits, regulatory requirements & compliance
• Business tax matters
• Loans, covenants, obligations, collections
• Real estate issues
• Insurance
• Litigation and dispute resolution
• Intellectual property
• Current growth and/or expansion plans
• Ownership structure, succession issues, estate planning
• Financial statements
• Risk management
• Documentation

Joe Patton an Associate with Rehmani & Associates presents this workshop. Since joining the office, Joe has focused on client consultation and advising for estate planning needs, drafting comprehensive estate plans, law and motion practice, and appearances in the Civil and Probate courts.

Joe earned his undergraduate degree from University of California, Irvine and Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. Since being sworn in to practice in 2011, Joe has focused his practice on Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Litigation, Business Formation and Transactional matters, Business Litigation, and general Civil Litigation. He takes pride in advising and advocating for clients; especially serving elderly and veteran clients in their estate planning or other legal needs. Joe is admitted to the State Bar of California. He is an active member in the Orange County Bar Association and belongs to the Trusts and Estates Section.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
In The Restaurant Business? Diversify, Differentiate or Die!
Location:Aliso Viejo Branch - OC Public Library
1 Journey, Aliso Viejo 92656
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Date & Time:February 17 2016, Wednesday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Learn how successful restaurants survive and thrive by employing these strategies. Whether existing or new restaurant, you must understand the importance of utilizing these strategies.

Who Should Attend?
1. People thinking about opening a new restaurant.
2. People with an existing restaurant where sales are stagnant or falling.
3. People who are thinking about buying or selling an existing restaurant.

What You Will Learn?
1. How to diversify your menu and product offering to attract new customers.
2. How to create a unique point of difference from your competitors and attract their customers to your restaurant.

About The Speakers:

Tom Snell:
Spent over 30 years in the spirits business selling and marketing worldwide brands like Jose Cuervo to restaurants worldwide. Developed and operated 13 Cuervo Tequilarias in conjunction with ARAMARK in major airports throughout the United States. Oftentimes, the highest volume restaurants in these airports. Score Mentor and teacher for over 17 years.

John Pietro:
Been involved in foodservice marketing for over 30 years. Corporate Officer at Wendy’s and Denny’s and worked on “Where’s The Beef”. Advertising Agency Experience working on Major Brands like Coca-Cola, Burger King, Hardee’s and Cinnabon. Owned and operated his own agency for 12 years, then sold to larger agency and retired. SCORE mentor for 6 years.

Both men have an incredible passion for the foodservice industry!

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


 
Handling Disability Issues
Location:Los Alamitos Branch - OC Public Library
12700 Montecito, Seal Beach 90740
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Date & Time:February 22 2016, Monday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 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)
 
2016 Workplace Compliance - New Laws and Legal Trends
Location:The Girl Cave
16897 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach 92647
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Date & Time:February 24 2016, Wednesday, 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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California added significant employment-related legislation into law for 2016. As an employer, do you understand their impact to you and your business? For clear explanations of your employer obligations, join us for to learn about the significant 2016 Employment Law updates.

HR & employment law experts, Audrianne Adams Lee & Shannon Jenkins, will provide a comprehensive review and discussion of recent legislation, including changes to California' gender wage equality laws and employee leave protections, amendments to the paid sick leave law, enhanced enforcement powers for the Labor Commissioner and much more. Additionally, we will review significant legal case decisions from 2015 that may impact your business. You'll not only receive a lot of compliance guidance packed into this session but tools and ideas you can implement immediately to safeguard and protect your business.

Speakers: Audrianne Adams Lee/HR NETwork & Shannon Jenkins/Tredway,Lumsdaine & Doyle .

Audrianne Adams Lee, President and Founder of HR NETwork, Inc. brings to the workshop twenty five years of human resources expertise from Fortune 500 high-technology and service companies. Audrianne has an extensive background and “hands-on” experience in the design and implementation of HR programs for small businesses that keep employers in compliance, while motivating employees towards increased business performance. HR NETwork, an HR outsourcing company, was designed to partner with businesses, relieving them of the burden and confusion of the complicated and highly regulated Human Resources systems. Audrianne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, as well as certified in compensation development and design.

Shannon M. Jenkin’s litigation experience includes handling disputes primarily for the employer from pre-litigation negotiation through jury trial or bench verdict, individual and class action cases, administrative(including Labor Commissioner, EDD and DFEH), judicial forums and alternative dispute resolution. More specific litigation experiences includes successfully defending sexual harassment claims and those involving alleged discrimination, breach of employment agreement, wage and hour, breach of confidentially agreement, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful termination and all manner of related tort and contract claims. Ms. Jenkins has hosted numerous employment law seminars and speaking engagements, examples of which include the top ten things employers do wrong, best practices in employment law and yearly updates on new employment law cases. Ms. Jenkins also provides non-litigation related but equally important preventative services such as required sexual harassment training and preparation of the spectrum of pre-hire/hire/post-hire and termination employer documentation. Setting her apart from a vast majority of lawyers and, specifically employment lawyers, Ms. Jenkins (through her firm) offers a general counsel plan to employer clients which allow them unlimited telephone or e-mail access to her for a small, flat quarterly fee.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)

 
The Best Customer Service...How To...The Basics
Location:Digital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana 92704
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Date & Time:February 25 2016, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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This is a very interactive, high energy workshop that focuses on the simple fact that if the employers treat their people right - hire the right people, train them right, reward them right, hold them accountable, etc. - then their people will always go the extra distance for the customer and their employer. The premise is very simple: Treat people how you want to be treated as a way of life. By taking that simple basic concept and expanding it into specific behaviours and key focus areas, any business or person can and will improve their financial and personal success. If you always do what you've always done...you'll always get what you've always gotten. Want to get a different result? Then it's time to do something different.

The presenter of this workshop is Dan Quinn, Director of Corporate Relations, Easter Seals Southern California. The key elements that he brings to every presentation are his experience and passion. With an entire career spent in the field of hands-on retail, he is able to relate to associates at all levels because "I've been there" doing what they do. He has over 30 years of customer service and training experience, making dynamic, hands-on, innovative training happen at all levels from one-on one mentoring to corporate presentations. He delivers workshops that people come away from saying things like: "I can do that", "That's the kind of Leader I want to be", "That was the best meeting I've ever attended"! Then they create a different, winning experience for their associates and their customers.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
 
  
March

 
Tips For Handling Harassment, Discrimination & Whistleblower Claims
Location:Rancho Santa Margarita - OC Public Library
30902 La Promesa, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688
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Date & Time:March 8 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 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)
 
Demystifying the Commercial Leasing Process
Location:Westminster Branch, OC Public Library
8180 13th St., Community Room, Westminster 92683
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Date & Time:March 15 2016, Tuesday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Commercial building owners & their agents each have a strong background in negotiating leases, which most commercial tenants lack. This course can help equalize the situation by showing you what to do and how to proceed when you find an office, industrial or retail space to lease. Leasing commercial property is not overly complex, but it does take knowledge and skill. Whether you are planning to lease a commercial property on your own or use the services of a qualified broker, this seminar is designed to take you through the steps of the process and by doing so level the playing field.

This workshop is presented by: Heather Francine, Vice President of Sperry Commercial in Irvine, CA. presents this workshop. She specializes in commercial leasing in Orange County as well as northern San Diego County. Heather is passionate about developing and maintaining strong, client relationships while representing the business owners in her community. Her real estate career began 18 years ago and she continues to enjoy the diversity of the industry. For several years, Heather was on the development team at Integrity Commercial Brokerage, charged with the responsibility of strengthening client relationships and networking. Both of these areas have contributed to the exceptional reputation that Heather continues to experience in the brokerage community.

Heather is a member of ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) and was a candidate for the John T. Riordan Scholarship for Professional Development in 2009. From 2010-2012 Heather and her business partner have been retained by the city of Yorba Linda to assist with Economic Development and Marketing for the city – working to attract, retain and expand business for the City. She is also a chapter member of Greater Southern California CCIM.

(Registration/Check-in 5:00 to 5:30 PM)
 
Common Legal Questions For Businesses
Location:Los Alamitos Branch - OC Public Library
12700 Montecito, Seal Beach 90740
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Date & Time:March 21 2016, Monday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 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 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
A Legal Check-up To Keep Your Business Healthy
Location:Digital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana 92704
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Date & Time:March 31 2016, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Every business faces a variety of ongoing legal needs involving such things as contracts, incorporations, transactions, regulatory matters and dispute resolution. Some are more apparent than others; however, other aspects of a business’s operations can easily harbor legal needs that may not be so apparent. Left unattended, these sometimes can result in problems that could have been avoided. Just as it is wise to undergo regular medical checkups for yourself, it is equally wise to undergo a periodic legal checkup for your business. Among the aspects that will be covered in this legal check-up seminar are as follows:
• Entity status.
• Material contracts
• Employment matters
• Licenses & permits, regulatory requirements & compliance
• Business tax matters
• Loans, covenants, obligations, collections
• Real estate issues
• Insurance
• Litigation and dispute resolution
• Intellectual property
• Current growth and/or expansion plans
• Ownership structure, succession issues, estate planning
• Financial statements
• Risk management
• Documentation

Joe Patton an Associate with Rehmani & Associates presents this workshop. Since joining the office, Joe has focused on client consultation and advising for estate planning needs, drafting comprehensive estate plans, law and motion practice, and appearances in the Civil and Probate courts.

Joe earned his undergraduate degree from University of California, Irvine and Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. Since being sworn in to practice in 2011, Joe has focused his practice on Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Litigation, Business Formation and Transactional matters, Business Litigation, and general Civil Litigation. He takes pride in advising and advocating for clients; especially serving elderly and veteran clients in their estate planning or other legal needs. Joe is admitted to the State Bar of California. He is an active member in the Orange County Bar Association and belongs to the Trusts and Estates Section.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
 
  
April

 
4th Annual Women Business Owner Conference 2016
Location:The Island Hotel
690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach 92660
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Date & Time:April 14 2016, Thursday, from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost:Early Bird Price of $79 pre-register online by March 4; $99 AFTER March 4
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Get Your Business in Balance

Learn Powerful Strategies to Create Balance in Your Business, Family & Personal Life

ALL DAY EVENT INCLUDES BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND GREAT NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Breakfast remarks by Diane Harkey, The State Board of Equalization

Keynote| LEVERAGE STRATEGIC PARTNERING & CO-MARKETING

Dierdre McCready, Senior VP Sales and Special Events Live Nation

• Networking Breakout with Fellow Attendees
• Top Lending Lessons to Boost Your Business | Chi-Hae Park, Wells Fargo
• Smart Tax Tips for a Healthy Business | Lisa Renati, BOE Member Diane Harkey’s Office
• Learn to Run Your Business from Home | Lauren Grant, FranNet
• How to Own the Room | Liz Goodgold, REDfire Branding
• Build Your Business With Social Media, Etsy, Pinterest | MJ Finstrom, HUTDogs
• 5 Tips to Strengthen Your Negotiating Position | Elisa Magill, Envision This!
 
 
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