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April

 
Does Your Thinking Limit Your Success?
Location:Fountain Valley Library
17635 Los Alamos, Fountain Valley 92708
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Date & Time:April 22 2014, Tuesday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Does your thinking limit your success? Of course it does! This presentation is a blend of information with undeniable experiences. You will be invited to participate in activities where you can discover how your perceptions could be preventing you from seeing opportunities, as well as from taking actions that would lead directly to the results you ideally want. Although limited thinking is universal, you’ll uncover your own unique thinking that is holding you back. Come prepared to challenge how you think about things; after all, “to get what we never got, we have to think like we never thought!”

Leisa Ruiz & Cassie Crow of Productive Learning and Leisure, a unique Personal Growth company, present this workshop. Productive Learning and Leisure has been helping clients develop their innate ability to create and live the life they really want through experiential workshops in Orange County for over 20 years. Through her years in business, management and sales, Leisa Ruiz has developed a reputation as a strong leader with the ability to help others see the possibility of achieving their goals. Hence, her self-created job title, The Possibility of Something Better. With the world in front of her and numerous opportunities after completing graduate school Cassie Crow discovered that all paths lead nowhere without the right mindset. She had her first experience in personal growth in 2008 and the experience so moved her that she has made it her life's work to share the experience with as many people as possible.

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

 
Women's Breakfast
Location:Center Club
650 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa 92626
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Date & Time:May 9 2014, Friday, from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Cost: $35 pre-register online. No Walk-ins. Valet Parking included.
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If you know of a woman that owns a small to medium sized business, they need this breakfast. She will have the 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.
 
Technology To Protect Your Business
Location:Rancho Santa Margarita - OC Public Library
30902 La Promesa, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688
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Date & Time:May 13 2014, Tuesday, from 6:00 PM to 8:45 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 is an IT expert with over 30 years of experience. 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 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
Business Succession Planning -Plus- Managing Uncertainty
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:May 15 2014, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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The Business Succession Review (BSR) process is the foundation for understanding and assessing your business planning goals and needs. Learn how to develop an action plan around five key themes: Business transition and exit planning, Valuation, Retaining key employees, Wealth transfer planning, and Retirement. The BSR process is an exceptional, consistent experience that establishes best practices around in-depth discovery for the business owner.

Plus: Managing Uncertainty (asset allocation). Given the market’s recent performance, do you find yourself asking questions such as “Should I get back into or continue with stocks?”; “If so, then when?”; and “Which stocks should I buy?” However, it has been determined on a time-weighted risk adjusted basis a better question may be: Do I have the right asset allocation to help achieve my goals? We provide an overview of the implementation and importance of asset allocation - how your investments are divided up between stocks, bonds, cash alternatives, etc. - in meeting your long-term financial goals.

Aarone Tirpak & Joel Miller of Wells Fargo Advisors present this workshop.

Aarone, Senior PIM Portfolio Manager/First Vice President – Investments, began his career training at the World Trade Center with Morgan Stanley in New York City. He prides himself on taking opportunities to grow his knowledge for the betterment of his clients and holds several Industry Registrations and prestigious firm designations.

Joel, Financial Advisor, found himself at a young age studying options trading and company P/E ratios. Combining his passions for mathematics and for helping others provided a smooth transition from a career in education to a career as a Financial Advisor. He is focused on educating Clients, Fortune 500 Company Employees, and Special Interest Groups.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
A Legal Check-up To Keep Your Business Healthy
Location:Aliso Viejo Branch - OC Public Library
1 Journey, Aliso Viejo 92656
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Date & Time:May 20 2014, Tuesday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

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)
 
The Best Customer Service...How To...The Basics
Location:Digital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana 92704
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Date & Time:May 22 2014, 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 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)
 
Hiring Made Easy
Location:Mission Viejo City Hall
200 Civic Center, Saddleback Room, Mission Viejo 92691
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Date & Time:May 27 2014, Tuesday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost:$35 pre-register online; $45 at the door (cash or check only)
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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)
 
Common Legal Questions for Start-up Businesses
Location:Fountain Valley Library
17635 Los Alamos, Fountain Valley 92708
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Date & Time:May 27 2014, Tuesday, 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.

Mathew A. Reynolds presents this workshop. Mathew 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)
 
It’s all about Google:
    Essential SEO/Google Tips, Techniques & Tools for Small Business Owners
Location:Yorba Linda Community Center
4501 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda 92886
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Date & Time:May 27 2014, Tuesday, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Are prospective customers finding you on the web? Search engine optimization is a critical element of your online marketing strategy. When your potential customers are utilizing major search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing, ensure they will find you and be able to link to your website or blog. In this information-packed workshop we will focus on essential Google/SEO strategies and best practices a small business or organization should understand in order to effectively leverage SEO/Google.

We will cover:

• SEO Basics: What Google Looks for in Your Website
• Google Webmaster Tools
• Google Plus Local
• SEO Content Publishing (Google Authorship)
• The Future of Search Engine Optimization
• Other Essential Google Tools: Adwords, Adsense, Analytics & more…
• How to apply SEO techniques to optimize your LinkedIn account and other social networking sites like Facebook, Google +, Pinterest & Twitter.

Also, there will also be a quick networking opportunity within the presentation.

Jared Smith & John Walker of Talent Evolution present this workshop. They are Constant Contact Authorized Local Experts bringing several years of experience in providing social media marketing solutions to small business clients in a variety of industries. They help small business owners make sense of the new world of online marketing, establish a healthy and competitive presence in the social media and networking realms and establish strategies to grow their business utilizing social media and social networking tools.

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

 
Legal Issues for the Small Business
Location:Irvine Public Library, Heritage Park Regional Branch
14361 Yale Avenue, Irvine 92604
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Date & Time:June 5 2014, Thursday, from 5:30 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 5:00 to 5:30 PM)
 
Computer Maintenance For The Small Business:
    Keeping Your Computer Fast & Healthy –Plus Bonus– A Brief Introduction To Windows 8
Location:Concordia University Irvine
1530 Concordia West, Irvine 92612
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Date & Time:June 5 2014, 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 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)
 
Questions about Office Technology? Speak to a Geek
Location:Newport Beach Public Library
1000 Avocado Avenue, Friends Room, Newport Beach 92660
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Date & Time:June 18 2014, Wednesday, from 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Get your business set up right. Learn how to select hardware, configure your network, get reliable backups, and choose vendors and online services for your business. Figure out what you need, learn what options you have, what services are available, and how to negotiate terms. Replace the fear of technology with a knowledge of how an office should be set up.

Mark Raymond is President of Luminys, which provides secure web-based file sharing, enterprise e-mail, contact management, calendaring, and web hosting for small and medium sized businesses. Mr. Raymond has over 20 years technical experience in silicon, hardware, firmware, software, and internet technologies, and has done business around the world. He has a degree in Computer Science and an Executive MBA, both from UCI. He provides technical advice to numerous small and medium-sized businesses and non-profits in Orange County.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
Does Your Thinking Limit Your Success?
Location:National University
3390 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa 92626
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Date & Time:June 24 2014, Tuesday, from 9:00 AM to Noon
Cost:$35 pre-register online; $45 at the door (cash or check only)
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Does your thinking limit your success? Of course it does! This presentation is a blend of information with undeniable experiences. You will be invited to participate in activities where you can discover how your perceptions could be preventing you from seeing opportunities, as well as from taking actions that would lead directly to the results you ideally want. Although limited thinking is universal, you’ll uncover your own unique thinking that is holding you back. Come prepared to challenge how you think about things; after all, “to get what we never got, we have to think like we never thought!”

Leisa Ruiz & Cassie Crow of Productive Learning and Leisure, a unique Personal Growth company, present this workshop. Productive Learning and Leisure has been helping clients develop their innate ability to create and live the life they really want through experiential workshops in Orange County for over 20 years. Through her years in business, management and sales, Leisa Ruiz has developed a reputation as a strong leader with the ability to help others see the possibility of achieving their goals. Hence, her self-created job title, The Possibility of Something Better. With the world in front of her and numerous opportunities after completing graduate school Cassie Crow discovered that all paths lead nowhere without the right mindset. She had her first experience in personal growth in 2008 and the experience so moved her that she has made it her life's work to share the experience with as many people as possible.

(Registration/Check-in 8:30 to 9:00 AM)
 
Networking:
    Developing A Critical Skill!
Location:Mission Viejo City Hall
200 Civic Center, Saddleback Room, Mission Viejo 92691
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Date & Time:June 24 2014, Tuesday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost:$35 pre-register online; $45 at the door (cash or check only
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Networking online has served many businesses well however there’s still a lot to be said about-and gained from- Face-to-Face networking. Visibility creates recognition and awareness and lets you connect on a more meaningful level. More and more businesses are engaging in Face-to-Face networking finding that human interaction drives innovation and presents opportunity for building business relationships. In this workshop you will find the skills necessary for successful networking. We will discuss the benefits, the purpose, the goals, how to prepare for the event and many other issues relative to successful F2F networking including the elevator speech. You will avoid getting dejected if you’ve been rejected as long as you get your skills perfected!

Robin Noah of SCORE presents this workshop. With more than 30 years Human Resource and Business Management experience, Robin can relate to the issues that are common to all business. To be successful she had to learn how to reach out and build networks of people. Her SCORE clients have said that they always leave her sessions energized and ready to take on anything that comes along. Robin is best described as having a passion about the positive side of life and its challenges. Robin holds the Training Chair for the Orange County SCORE Chapter and is a past officer of the chapter’s board. She’s also a certified consultant/coach with the Executive Service Corp., a member of their Consultants Advisory Board and a certified mediator with the Institute of Conflict Management.

(Registration/Check-in 5:00 to 5:30 PM)
 
Consulting as a Successful Business
Location:Digital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana 92704
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Date & Time:June 24 2014, Tuesday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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To be a successful consultant requires technical knowledge and marketing skills. Development of the skills necessary to become a successful consultant is the subject of this workshop. This introductory workshop is for those who are contemplating a full time or part time business. Existing consultants will find tips for improving their skills. Anyone who offers services that companies need and are willing to pay for can become a successful consultant with planning, marketing and hard work.

Jack James of SCORE presents this workshop. Jack has a BS in mechanical engineering and a 40-year career in engineering, planning and improving operations for many companies. He founded his consulting business as a part-time venture in 1983. After moonlighting for six years to prove his idea was a viable business, Jack opened his business full time. He ran this successful practice for 14 years and is now semi-retired. Jack had numerous articles published in trade journals and spoke at several industry shows on "How to become a Consultant".

During this workshop Jack will present his concept of successful consulting with examples of a typical case study, a sample brochure, how to write a proposal and how to develop a scope of work.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
Writing Proposals That Win Business
Location:Fountain Valley Library
17635 Los Alamos, Fountain Valley 92708
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Date & Time:June 24 2014, Tuesday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Are you having difficulty with the government and public agency procurement process? This workshop exposes you to the full range of proposal elements and how to address each for success. Some of the topics covered are: marketing/capture, pre-solicitation activities, reading the solicitation, creating detailed outlines, kick-off team meeting, building win themes, preparing storyboards, writing technical and management sections, reviewing the first draft, conducting color team reviews, proposal production, graphics, and delivery to the client.

Sandra McClintock of MB Dolphin & Associates, LLC, presents this workshop. She became involved in government proposals during the exciting, early days of NASA and the first moon shot, and has managed large proposal efforts for Rockwell Defense Electronics, SBC Communications (now AT&T), and Tracor Flight Systems. As Chief Operating Officer for MB Dolphin, a proposal consulting firm, she conducts proposal writing workshops for small businesses and consults on large aerospace proposals. Sandra has been listed in Who's Who in American Women since 1991, and in Who's Who in Communications since 1998.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
Consulting as a Successful Business
Location:Digital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana 92704
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Date & Time:June 26 2014, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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To be a successful consultant requires technical knowledge and marketing skills. Development of the skills necessary to become a successful consultant is the subject of this workshop. This introductory workshop is for those who are contemplating a full time or part time business. Existing consultants will find tips for improving their skills. Anyone who offers services that companies need and are willing to pay for can become a successful consultant with planning, marketing and hard work.

Jack James of SCORE presents this workshop. Jack has a BS in mechanical engineering and a 40-year career in engineering, planning and improving operations for many companies. He founded his consulting business as a part-time venture in 1983. After moonlighting for six years to prove his idea was a viable business, Jack opened his business full time. He ran this successful practice for 14 years and is now semi-retired. Jack had numerous articles published in trade journals and spoke at several industry shows on "How to become a Consultant".

During this workshop Jack will present his concept of successful consulting with examples of a typical case study, a sample brochure, how to write a proposal and how to develop a scope of work.

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