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January

 
Intellectual Property Fundamentals For The Start-up
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:January 18 2018, 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)
 
2018 HR Compliance New Laws & Trends
Location:Clifton C. Miller Community Center
300 Centennial Way, Tustin 92780
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Date & Time:January 25 2018, Thursday, from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Cost:No Cost
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• New Employment Laws for 2018
o Speakers: Audrianne Adams Lee (HR NETwork)
o Learn what new laws are impacting small business in 2018 and what you need to do to be in compliance
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• Workplace Trends
o Special Section: Interviewing without Salary or Criminal History

Hiring and Onboarding in this New Era

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

(Registration/Check-in 1:00 to 1:30 PM)
 
The Secrets To Buying A Franchise
Location:Orange Public Library
407 E. Chapman Ave., Orange 92866
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Date & Time:January 29 2018, Monday, from 6:00 PM to 8:45 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.

Craig Wells and Richard Usher present this workshop.

Craig Wells is a Franchise Specialist with FranNet of Southern California. FranNet just celebrated its 30th anniversary and is one of the oldest franchise consulting firms in America. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Craig spent 14 years in shopping center management. From the landlord’s perspective, he watched thousands of businesses thrive, while hundreds of others failed. Interestingly enough, the most successful belonged to chains or franchise systems. In 1985 he started developing his first business—a 1-hour photo lab. As the chain expanded, Craig purchased his first franchise, a MAACO Auto Painting shop in 1991.

In 1995, Craig and his wife sold their MAACO franchise and chain of successful 1-hour photo stores and stepped into your shoes. They were nervous about finding their next business adventure, but they knew they wanted it to be another franchise. That was when they scheduled a free business consultation in the Orange County FranNet office. After the franchise expert evaluated their skills, he introduced the Wells to an opportunity he felt best suited their strengths and goals. Since then, and for the next 21 years, Craig was the President and CEO of Cash Plus, Inc., a national franchise company in the retail financial services industry. During that time as a franchisor, Craig continued working with FranNet’s international network of consultants who referred qualified franchisee candidates to expand his franchise and build their futures.

At today’s workshop, you can draw from Craig’s 32 years as a small business owner, franchisee and franchisor to help you organize the correct puzzle pieces into the one picture that can make your future dreams a reality.

Richard Usher is an attorney and business adviser 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 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 2 2018, Friday, from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Cost: $35 pre-register online by Jan 31; $40 AFTER Jan 31 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:National University
3390 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa 92626
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Date & Time:February 6 2018, Tuesday, from 9:00 AM to Noon
Cost:$35 pre-register online; $45 at the door (cash or check only)
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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.

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.

Matthew Reynolds of Kring & Chung, Attorneys LLP presents this workshop. Matt graduated Summa Cum Laude from Youngstown State University and Cum Laude from Pepperdine University. He 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 8:30 to 9:00 AM)
 
Demystifying the Commercial Leasing Process
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:February 8 2018, Thursday, 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:Garden Grove Community Center
11300 Stanford Ave., Room B, Garden Grove 92840
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Date & Time:February 13 2018, Tuesday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 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)
 
The Secrets To Buying A Franchise
Location:Mission Viejo City Hall
200 Civic Center, Saddleback Room, Mission Viejo 92691
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Date & Time:February 21 2018, 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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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.

Craig Wells and Richard Usher present this workshop.

Craig Wells is a Franchise Specialist with FranNet of Southern California. FranNet just celebrated its 30th anniversary and is one of the oldest franchise consulting firms in America. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Craig spent 14 years in shopping center management. From the landlord’s perspective, he watched thousands of businesses thrive, while hundreds of others failed. Interestingly enough, the most successful belonged to chains or franchise systems. In 1985 he started developing his first business—a 1-hour photo lab. As the chain expanded, Craig purchased his first franchise, a MAACO Auto Painting shop in 1991.

In 1995, Craig and his wife sold their MAACO franchise and chain of successful 1-hour photo stores and stepped into your shoes. They were nervous about finding their next business adventure, but they knew they wanted it to be another franchise. That was when they scheduled a free business consultation in the Orange County FranNet office. After the franchise expert evaluated their skills, he introduced the Wells to an opportunity he felt best suited their strengths and goals. Since then, and for the next 21 years, Craig was the President and CEO of Cash Plus, Inc., a national franchise company in the retail financial services industry. During that time as a franchisor, Craig continued working with FranNet’s international network of consultants who referred qualified franchisee candidates to expand his franchise and build their futures.

At today’s workshop, you can draw from Craig’s 32 years as a small business owner, franchisee and franchisor to help you organize the correct puzzle pieces into the one picture that can make your future dreams a reality.

Richard Usher is an attorney and business adviser 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 1:00 to 1:30 PM)
 
 
  
March

 
The Best Customer Service...How To...The Basics
Location:Brea Chamber of Commerce
1 Civic Center Circle, 2nd Floor, Brea 92821
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Date & Time:March 1 2018, 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)
 
Adapt to Survive:
    Keeping Up With California Employment Laws
Location:Lake Forest City Hall
25550 Commercentre Dr., Lake Forest 92630
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Date & Time:March 13 2018, Tuesday, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Are you an employer at risk? Do you have concerns about possible legal action against you or your company for failing to comply with labor law such as the new expanded parental leave law? In today's business climate change is everywhere. You need to ADAPT TO SURVIVE. Employers need an effective way to document and report the required data in order to avoid costly fines and other penalties. This workshop will review the most critical issues and most common areas where small businesses put themselves at risk. Join us as we look at new labor laws and the process of maximizing compliance to reduce the risk of legal action. Yes, we will discuss independent contractors and the rules for classifying an employee as Exempt. We will allow time for individual questions.

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.

(Registration/Check-in 4:30 to 5:00 PM)
 
 
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