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Schedules are subject to change without notice. Please check here frequently for updates.
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August

 
Handling Disability Issues At Work & Handling Discrimination/Harassment Claims
Location:Capo Beach Church
25975 Domingo Avenue, Dana Point 92624
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Date & Time:August 5 2015, Wednesday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Employers inevitably will receive complaints about discrimination or harassment at the workplace or may receive a request for disability accommodation. California law requires employers to respond to these types of issues promptly and thoroughly. This workshop will cover how to handle these types of complaints or concerns. Specifically the workshop will cover:

• What is harassment and discrimination?
• What to do when you receive a complaint of harassment or discrimination.
• How to conduct an non-biased investigation.
• What is considered a disability in California?
• Tips on how to engage in the interactive process.
• When must an employer accommodate?
• What if the accommodation is an undue hardship?

This workshop is presented by Allyson Thompson of Kring & Chung, Attorneys LLP.

Allyson K. Thompson 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. She 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. Allyson 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 is also an active member of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association and is currently serving on their Board of Directors.

(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:August 7 2015, Friday, from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Cost: $35 pre-register online by August 4; $40 AFTER August 4 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.
 
Common Legal Questions For Businesses
Location:Rancho Santa Margarita - OC Public Library
30902 La Promesa, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688
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Date & Time:August 11 2015, Tuesday, from 6:00 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. Mr. 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)
 
Demystifying the Commercial Leasing Process
Location:Los Alamitos Branch - OC Public Library
12700 Montecito, Seal Beach 90740
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Date & Time:August 17 2015, Monday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

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 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
Hiring Made Easy
Location:Aliso Viejo Branch - OC Public Library
1 Journey, Aliso Viejo 92656
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Date & Time:August 18 2015, Tuesday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 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)
 
Secrets To Buying A Franchise
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:August 27 2015, Thursday, from 9:00 AM to Noon
Cost:No Cost
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You will learn how to evaluate starting a franchise vs. an independent business vs. buying an existing business; the best types of franchises to open in today’s economy; the myths about franchising; the costs to start a franchise; how to research a franchise to make sure it’s the right choice; how to decide which franchises are best for you; what mistakes to avoid when choosing and researching a franchise; negotiation issues; California laws & common issues; legal documents, e.g. disclosure document and franchise agreement.

Page Nicol of FranNet & Richard Usher of Furman Usher, Inc. present this workshop.

Page has 25 years of franchise development and ownership experience. He developed over 65 Mail Boxes Etc locations in San Diego as the Master Developer in 1987 and owned and operated four UPS Store locations ranked in the top 1% of over 5000 locations in the world. He currently co-owns the Southern California and Pacific NW territories for Franchise Network, the nation’s oldest franchise consulting business, via which he helps others realize the freedom and benefits of owning their own business and to exit the Corporate Rat Race.

Richard is an attorney and business advisor with over 30 years of varied experience. He focuses his practice on business transactions for entrepreneurs and franchisees. His work includes mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, structuring business entities, advising franchisees, counseling on employment issues, and negotiating and preparing contracts, leases and licenses. He is known for providing pragmatic and understandable advice on complex issues and realistic solutions with a bottom-line orientation. He also acts as outside General Counsel to several businesses.

(Registration/Check-in 8:30 to 9:00 AM)
 
 
  
September

 
Common Legal Questions For Businesses
Location:Garden Grove Community Center
11300 Stanford Ave., Room B, Garden Grove 92840
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Date & Time:September 2 2015, Wednesday, 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. Mr. 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)
 
Intellectual Property Fundamentals For The Start-up
Location:Irvine Public Library, Heritage Park Regional Branch
14361 Yale Avenue, Irvine 92604
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Date & Time:September 3 2015, Thursday, from 5:30 PM to 8:45 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 5:00 to 5:30 PM)
 
Secrets To Buying A Franchise
Location:Rancho Santa Margarita - OC Public Library
30902 La Promesa, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688
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Date & Time:September 8 2015, Tuesday, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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You will learn how to evaluate starting a franchise vs. an independent business vs. buying an existing business; the best types of franchises to open in today’s economy; the myths about franchising; the costs to start a franchise; how to research a franchise to make sure it’s the right choice; how to decide which franchises are best for you; what mistakes to avoid when choosing and researching a franchise; negotiation issues; California laws & common issues; legal documents, e.g. disclosure document and franchise agreement.

Page Nicol of FranNet & Kenny Rose present this workshop.

Page has 25 years of franchise development and ownership experience. He developed over 65 Mail Boxes Etc locations in San Diego as the Master Developer in 1987 and owned and operated four UPS Store locations ranked in the top 1% of over 5000 locations in the world. He currently co-owns the Southern California and Pacific NW territories for Franchise Network, the nation’s oldest franchise consulting business, via which he helps others realize the freedom and benefits of owning their own business and to exit the Corporate Rat Race.

Kenny Rose wants to live in a world where anyone who wants to do better for themselves and their family can make a move into business ownership.

As a business and franchise consultant, he matches individuals with successful business ownership opportunities that support their short- and long-term personal and financial goals.​

Kenny's team at FranNet has over 70 years of experience in franchise development and ownership experience. Prior to joining the FranNet team in Southern California, Kenny was a Financial Advisor to business owners at Merrill Lynch where he helped individuals maintain and grow wealth. He received his degree in Financial Services from SDSU's top 10 program as ranked by Financial Planning Magazine. FranNet is the nation's oldest franchise consulting business with over 100 locations internationally. At FranNet, he helps others realize the freedom and benefits of owning their own business to exit the

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
What Is The “Cloud” & How Does It Reduce Technology Costs By 50%?
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:September 10 2015, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 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 how 24/7 technical support at a fraction of the cost of what most companies are currently paying.

Manish Bhardia & Eddie Bader present this workshop.

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 Companybuilt 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)
 
Hiring Made Easy
Location:Westminster Branch, OC Public Library
8180 13th St., Community Room, Westminster 92683
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Date & Time:September 15 2015, Tuesday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 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)
 
 
  
October

 
Building a Consulting Business
Location:National University
3390 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa 92626
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Date & Time:October 20 2015, Tuesday, from 9:00 AM to Noon
Cost:$35 pre-register online; $45 at the door (cash or check only)
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Building a successful business starts with knowing who you are and having a strong conviction that you have the passion to be in business for yourself - not by yourself. The key is to build a solid foundation! This interactive workshop will give you basic tools for mapping out a plan for a successful consulting business. You will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of a consulting business, how to do a self assessment, how to value your service, how to develop your pricing structure and many other issues that consultants need to address in developing a successful consulting business, including a discussion on elevator speeches for consultants. This workshop is best for persons interested in starting a consulting practice.

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. 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. She is a board member of the Orange County Chapter of SCORE, a consultant/executive coach with the Executive Service Corp., and a certified mediator with the Institute of Conflict Management. She also conducts the “Networking – a Critical Skill” workshop.

(Registration/Check-in 8:30 to 9:00 AM)
 
 
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