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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)
 
Keeping Up With Employment Law
Location:Mission Viejo City Hall
200 Civic Center, Saddleback Room, Mission Viejo 92691
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Date & Time:September 9 2015, Wednesday, from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Cost:$35 pre-register online; $45 at the door (cash or check only)
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In today’s business climate change is everywhere — from technology advances to HR compliance demands. Companies must adapt to survive. Recent studies reflect the concerns of HR managers in their ability to comply with the never-ending HR, employment laws. Every year, California tops the list of states that enact new laws, and the majority of California’s new laws tend to involve labor and employment regulations. Not only is the charge one of complying with the many labor and safety laws, we now add the Affordable Care Act issues.... Employers need an effective way to document and report the required data in order to ensure their organizations avoid costly fines and other penalties..This workshop will highlight many of the new regulations such as minimum wage, overtime, accurate records of hours worked for determining benefits eligibility, job classification, independent contractors, paid sick days, reimbursement for cell phone use and many more laws. Finally we will discuss the importance of updating employee/policy handbooks to reflect the new laws.

Robin Noah & Cathy Beard of SCORE present this workshop.

Robin Noah is a Human Resources professional with a broad base of business development, leadership and management problem resolution. She retired from the corporate world as an Executive Vice President, Human Resources having worked over thirty-five years in the Human Resources and Management Development arena. Her expertise is in the development and training of managers and executives in all areas of Human Resources.

Cathy Beard is a Human Resources Professional with over 20 years of experience as a general practitioner. As an HR Manager, Cathy supported Executive Leaders with coaching and managing their direct reports in performance management, employee relations, training and development, policy compliance, and a host of other HR administrative tasks. Cathy is committed to building trust and strong working relationships, while providing excellent customer service.

(Registration/Check-in 1:00 to 1:30 PM)
 
Cloud & Disaster Recovery:
    40% Of All Businesses Hit By A Disaster Close Because They Had No Disaster Recovery Plan
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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Earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, and any other natural disaster that comes to mind – they all have the potential to bring your business to a screeching halt. While all true, the biggest threat your business faces each day is by its greatest asset – you and your staff. Opening attachments, installing unauthorized programs, surfing the web – all these activities come with a great deal of risk to your business environment.

Learn how to establish a disaster recovery plan that will protect your from all threats and why backing up your files simply isn’t enough. We’ll also discuss business continuity – being able to get your business back up and running in a matter of hours instead of days – the ultimate disaster recovery plan.

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)
 
Got Tech?
Location:Back Bay Conference Center
3415 Michelson Drive, Irvine 92612
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Date & Time:September 12 2015, Saturday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost:$49 Early Bird Special Thru Sep 8; $69 After Sep 8 and At The Door
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Save Time & Money Getting It Right On Tech Decisions That Drive Your Business Success!

September 12th is your opportunity to experience a day of invaluable workshops as industry experts share their knowledge, insights and enlighten you with meaningful tips that you can put to use immediately. At the end of the day, you will be able to better prepare your business for the challenges that exist in running a successful company in 2015. Network!

Moderated by Bill Black - Founder Exit Coach Radio Network

Following is the schedule:
9:00 - 9:50 AM
"Windows 10 - Just released! What are the must-have benefits?"
Learn about new Constana features, Universal Windows App, Microsoft Edge Browser, Enhanced Security, Enterprise Details---& how best to use in your small business.
Presenter - Brian Linuma, President & Co-founder Strategic Systems Group, Inc

10:00 - 10:50 AM
"Get Your Head Into The Cloud"
Learn the true definition of the cloud: 1) Utilize this platform to reduce your onsite technology footprint, 2) Understand cloud servers & its environment, 3) Smart use of the VoIP (Voice over IP), 4) Software as a service (SaaS), 5) Infrastructure as a service (Iaas), 6) Manage IT services 24/7 tech support at the lowest cost.
Presenter - Eddie Bader, Business Specialist COMPANYbuilt, Inc

10:50 - 11:10 AM - Break / Networking

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
"Cyber Security: Critical Simple Steps To A Secured Business"
Beware, 40% of cybercrime is directed to small business. Learn the WHY and how to be protected! We'll review tips that can quickly be but in place--such as firewalls, password strategies and PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance issues.
Presenter - Mark Essayian, President KME Systems, Inc

12:10 - 12:30 PM
"SBA Online Tools For Your Small Business & All It Can Do"
Presenter - Paul Smith, Economic Development Specialist, SBA (US Small Business Administration)

12:30 - 1:00 PM - Lunch / Networking

1:00 - 1:50 PM
"Relationship Building With Email & Video"
How to leverage great video messages to engage your market. Create a turbo-charged marketing system by combining video and efficient email marketing to increase sales.
Presenter - Mark Mikelat, Business Growth Consultant, Building Aspirations

2:00 - 2:50 PM
"WordPress: Top 10 Reasons Why It's A Great Resource For Small Business" WordPress is the fastest growing and most popular website platform for all levels of business, but especially small business. Learn the why: simple, yet powerful, versatile with customization, easy to learn, SEO and Google ranking friendly.
Presenter - Victoria Byrne, Marketing Specialist, CMS (Creative Marketing Services)

3:00 - 3:50 PM
"20 Tips & Tricks for Office Applications" Things you need to know to save time and be more efficient
Presenter - Manish Bhardia, Principal, Adaptek, Inc

3:50 - 4:00 PM
Microsoft Raffle
4 Copies of Microsoft Office (A $399 Value) Will Be Raffled Off at 3:30 PM. Must Be Present To Win

Register by Sep 8-$49 Early Bird Special

(Registration/Check-in 8:00 to 8:50 AM)
 
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

 
Office 365:
    Why 98% Of Fortune 100 Companies Have Adopted This Technology and What Are The Benefits
Location:Chapman University
1 University Drive, Beckman Hall #404, Orange 92866
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Date & Time:October 12 2015, Monday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Learn how Office 365 empowers companies to become more mobile, reduce technology expenses, and allows their workforce to collaborate more efficiently with fewer delays and much less travel. Roughly 60% of small to medium-sized businesses have a mobile workforce and leveraging Office 365 can help you smoke the competition. We’ll discuss how to leverage its features to enhance your mobile workforce, protect your information in the wake of a disaster, work from anywhere and on any device, and, of course, increase productivity.

Steve Jones, Eric Klauss, Manish Bhardia and Eddie Bader present this workshop.

Stephen 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 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.

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.

Parking is free, but you must Click here to print the parking permit.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
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)
 
Did You Know 60% Of All Businesses Close After A Cybercrime? 5 Steps To Safeguard Your Business
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:October 22 2015, 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.

Steve Jones, Eric Klauss and Eddie Bader present this workshop.

Stephen 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 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.

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 10:00 to 10:30 AM)
 
 
  
November

 
Hiring Made Easy
Location:Newport Beach Public Library
1000 Avocado Avenue, Friends Room, Newport Beach 92660
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Date & Time:November 10 2015, Tuesday, from 6:00 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 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
20 Tips & Tricks On Microsoft Office. Time To Make Your Life Easier!
Location:Digital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana 92704
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Date & Time:November 19 2015, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Would you like to get 15-30 minutes of your time back each day? Would you like to save a little money? Of course you would, and we’re going to help. We’ll cover 20 tips and tricks from the Microsoft Office suite that are guaranteed to save you both time and money. Learn how some of the industry pros do their work and take advantage of the many shortcuts available to you in products like Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and, our new favorite, OneNote (the digital note-taking app).

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)
 
 
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