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Schedules are subject to change without notice. Please check here frequently for updates.
For a complete list of workshops offered, please check the Workshop Calendar.


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December

 
Hiring Made Easy
Location:Irvine Public Library, Heritage Park Regional Branch
14361 Yale Avenue, Irvine 92604
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Date & Time:December 4 2014, Thursday, from 5:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Hiring the right person is the key to success to any business. In a recent study it was estimated that it costs over $65,000 to hire one 25K level employee. With that much money at stake you can’t afford to be wrong. Two of the Top Five reasons for a business to fail directly relate to interviewing and hiring properly. The majority of businesses large and small do less than a decent job in hiring which ends up costing their businesses loss of sales, upset customers and creating internal frustrations as well as potential lawsuits. You will leave this workshop with far more confidence in how to find, interview, hire, motivate, compensate and avoid or prevent lawsuits. Doing it wrong can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. You will learn how to do it right and recruit & keep the best staff members.

Subjects covered:
• What Are You Looking For?
• Creating Job Descriptions & Ads
• Resumes
• Finding The Applicants
• Questions To Ask
• Interview Stoppers
• Testing
• References
• Making An Offer
• Motivating Employees
• Terminations

Barry McKinley of SCORE presents this workshop. He has operated 10 different companies in 5 different industries (Medical, Surf, Motorsports, Insurance and Personnel). He either started or purchased each of these businesses. He later sold each of the companies to investors, employees, competitors including a Fortune 1000 Company. In his career he has interviewed and hired 1000’s of employees for his many different companies. With this much experience he has made every hiring mistake that can be made (some twice). As a SCORE Member he has participated in over 2,000 face to face sessions with business owners and twice that number via cyber counseling.

(Registration/Check-in 5:00 to 5:30 PM)
 
Computer Maintenance For The Small Business:
    Keeping Your Computer Fast & Healthy –Plus Bonus– A Brief Introduction To Windows 8
Location:Rancho Santa Margarita - OC Public Library
30902 La Promesa, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688
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Date & Time:December 9 2014, Tuesday, from 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Computers, unlike people, do not slow down with age. They slow down and freeze up due to bloat and corruption added either knowingly by the manufacturer or even unknowingly by the owner. We will discuss basic maintenance, as well as security steps, that will keep you from having to buy a new computer just because “It has become so slow”, including what to watch for when installing aftermarket programs, a weekly maintenance schedule everyone can do and stuff from the net to avoid. This "how-to" workshop focuses on PC-based computers, although general principles will also apply to Apple computers.

The discussion about Windows 8 covers the new features of the operating system, who should consider migrating to Windows 8, pros & cons of migration and which version to purchase.

Dan Feinberg has been a “techie” since he was a teenager. As a volunteer he teaches computer use to seniors; as a hobby he builds extreme computers. Dan is President and CEO of Fein-Line Associates, Inc., a consulting firm focused on the electronic interconnect and assembly industries and also a founding Partner in the Quantum Performance Group, LLC, a market research firm. He formerly was president of Morton Electronic Materials, a $220 million division of Morton International, Inc. He has authored numerous articles, presented papers at various industry events, and taught tutorials. Dan writes a monthly column for CircuiTree magazine.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Certification for Government Contracting Advantages
Location:Tustin Branch - OC Public Library
345 E. Main Street, Tustin 92780
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Date & Time:December 11 2014, Thursday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Minority-owned business enterprise (MBE), women-owned business enterprise (WBE) and disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE - veterans and others)--do you understand these terms? With MBE, WBE, or DBE certification, you could benefit by contracting with local, state and federal governments, but the process can be confusing and lengthy. Is certification right for you? Does your ownership structure qualify? Is your product or service right for large corporations and government agencies? Do you have the necessary working capital and infrastructure? Entities seek out certified vendors to diversify their supplier base. Certification is an inexpensive and effective marketing tool, but it is vitally important to structure your business correctly and that your documents are written properly. If structured and operated correctly, you can be certified and secure lucrative government contracts. If not, you will be disqualified. This seminar will help you understand the entire certification process and timeframe.

Presented by Suzanne M. Rehmani, Esq. Ms. Rehmani practices business law (corporations, limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships, business agreements), buy/sell agreements & securities issuances, transactional agreements, secured transactions, real estate, employment, estate administration & planning, wills, trusts & probate, guardianships & conservatorships. She also has extensive experience helping individuals structure their business entities correctly and counseling business owners on the operational requirements to be able to qualify for the appropriate minority and female owned business certifications for government contracting programs. Ms. Rehmani was previously a partner with Kring & Chung, LLP, Irvine, CA joining the firm in 1999 and has been an attorney since 1992. She has an LLM in Taxation from Chapman University School of Law, earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University College of Law and is a licensed CA real estate broker & notary.

(Registration/Check-in 5:00 to 5:30 PM)
 
Avoiding Employment Related Litigation
Location:Concordia University Irvine
1530 Concordia West, Irvine 92612
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Date & Time:December 18 2014, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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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 Thompson currently serves as the Vice President of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
Intellectual Property Fundamentals For The Start-up
Location:Digital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana 92704
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Date & Time:December 18 2014, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Learn the difference between patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright protection. Which type of protection is right for you? What happens if you do not seek protection? What are the limits to protection? What is the cost of protection?

This workshop is presented by Michael Shimokaji of the law firm of Shimokaji & Associates, P.C., of Irvine, specialists in intellectual property. For more than 20 years Mr. Shimokaji has supported clients in industries as diverse as aerospace, apparel, household products, medical devices, software, telecommunications, photo imaging, and semiconductors. He is the author of numerous articles and has lectured for local and national organizations, as well as abroad. He served on the Executive Committee for the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section and recently completed a term on the California State Bar Federal Courts Committee. Mr. Shimokaji has been a member of the editorial board for The Journal of The Association of University Technology Managers. He is admitted to the California Bar and admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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

 
Legal Issues for Small Businesses
Location:Rancho Santa Margarita - OC Public Library
30902 La Promesa, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688
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Date & Time:January 13 2015, Tuesday, from 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Cost:No Cost
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DON'T MISS THIS WORKSHOP!! Here's your chance to get answers to your business legal questions without paying an arm and a leg. This workshop covers basic legal issues and the most common costly legal mistakes made by small businesses in California. Topics include how to determine the best legal structure for your business, business contracts, partnership agreements, intellectual property (e.g. legal uses of photos, names and sounds).

Presented by Suzanne M. Rehmani, Esq. Ms. Rehmani practices business law (corporations, limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships, business agreements), buy/sell agreements & securities issuances, transactional agreements, secured transactions, real estate, employment, estate administration & planning, wills, trusts & probate, guardianships & conservatorships. She also has extensive experience helping individuals structure their business entities correctly and counseling business owners on the operational requirements to be able to qualify for the appropriate minority and female owned business certifications for government contracting programs. Ms. Rehmani was previously a partner with Kring & Chung, LLP, Irvine, CA joining the firm in 1999 and has been an attorney since 1992. She has an LLM in Taxation from Chapman University School of Law, earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University College of Law and is a licensed CA real estate broker & notary.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
The Best Customer Service...How To...The Basics
Location:Newport Beach Public Library
1000 Avocado Avenue, Friends Room, Newport Beach 92660
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Date & Time:January 14 2015, Wednesday, from 6:00 PM to 8:45 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 behaviors 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)
 
Computer Maintenance For The Small Business:
    Keeping Your Computer Fast & Healthy –Plus Bonus– A Brief Introduction To Windows 8
Location:Digital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana 92704
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Date & Time:January 29 2015, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Computers, unlike people, do not slow down with age. They slow down and freeze up due to bloat and corruption added either knowingly by the manufacturer or even unknowingly by the owner. We will discuss basic maintenance, as well as security steps, that will keep you from having to buy a new computer just because “It has become so slow”, including what to watch for when installing aftermarket programs, a weekly maintenance schedule everyone can do and stuff from the net to avoid. This "how-to" workshop focuses on PC-based computers, although general principles will also apply to Apple computers.

The discussion about Windows 8 covers the new features of the operating system, who should consider migrating to Windows 8, pros & cons of migration and which version to purchase.

Dan Feinberg has been a “techie” since he was a teenager. As a volunteer he teaches computer use to seniors; as a hobby he builds extreme computers. Dan is President and CEO of Fein-Line Associates, Inc., a consulting firm focused on the electronic interconnect and assembly industries and also a founding Partner in the Quantum Performance Group, LLC, a market research firm. He formerly was president of Morton Electronic Materials, a $220 million division of Morton International, Inc. He has authored numerous articles, presented papers at various industry events, and taught tutorials. Dan writes a monthly column for CircuiTree magazine.

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

 
Women's Breakfast
Location:Center Club
650 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa 92626
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Date & Time:February 6 2015, Friday, from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Cost: $35 pre-register online by Feb 3; $40 AFTER Feb 3 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.
 
 
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