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April

 
Free Legal Clinic For Small Business
Location:Chapman University Law School
One University Drive, Orange 92866
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Date & Time:April 24 2015, Friday, from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Presenterd by Public Law Center, ACC So-Cal, and Snell & Wilmer LLP

This free legal clinic is for aspiring or existing small business owners. Attendees will meet one-on-one with attorneys for brief advice on any legal issues their businesses may be facing. You can get information on business formation, contracts, intellectual property, employment matters, or any other questions you may have related to small business legal issues. Or, if you do not have specific questions, come and tell the attorneys about your business—they can help you spot legal issues or give you general advice. SCORE representatives will also be present to answer your non-legal business questions.

Space is limited. For more information or to register, please contact: Sarah Efthymiou, Staff Attorney, at (714) 541-1010, ext. 281, or sefthymiou@publiclawcenter.org.

(Registration/Check-in 2:00 to 2:30 PM)
 
Your Company’s Most Valuable Asset Is Your Database – Build It, Grow It, Optimize It and Use It To Double Your Sales!
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:April 30 2015, Thursday, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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What do you do with the leads you have? Do you have a systematic approach to handling them? Database management, if done right, will keep you up to date with all of your leads, then help you transfer to opportunities, then to sales. Customer Relationship Management [CRM], what is it and how do I monetize my current data base. CRM will help you grow your businesses 30% faster.

Eric Klauss and Steven Jones present this workshop.

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.

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.

(Registration/Check-in 9:30 to 10:00 AM)
 
Common Legal Questions for Start-up Businesses
Location:Digital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana 92704
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Date & Time:April 30 2015, Thursday, 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)
 
 
  
May

 
Hiring Made Easy
Location:Irvine Public Library, Heritage Park Regional Branch
14361 Yale Avenue, Irvine 92604
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Date & Time:May 7 2015, Thursday, from 5:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Hiring the right person is the key to success to any business. In a recent study it was estimated that it costs over $65,000 to hire one 25K level employee. With that much money at stake you can’t afford to be wrong. Two of the Top Five reasons for a business to fail directly relate to interviewing and hiring properly. The majority of businesses large and small do less than a decent job in hiring which ends up costing their businesses loss of sales, upset customers and creating internal frustrations as well as potential lawsuits. You will leave this workshop with far more confidence in how to find, interview, hire, motivate, compensate and avoid or prevent lawsuits. Doing it wrong can cost you tens of thousands of dollars. You will learn how to do it right and recruit & keep the best staff members.

Subjects covered:

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

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

(Registration/Check-in 5:00 to 5:30 PM)
 
Avoiding Employment Related Litigation
Location:Laguna Niguel City Hall
30111 Crown Valley Parkway, Community Room, Laguna Niguel 92677
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Date & Time:May 7 2015, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Check in at 5:30. A light Dinner will be provided to the first 50 in the door.

Here's your chance to get input regarding your business legal employment questions without paying an arm and a leg. This workshop covers the potential pitfalls of employment issues and how these mistakes can lead to costly litigation. Topics include:

The hiring process & avoiding discrimination
Employee handbooks
Wage and hour issues [including overtime and meal & rest breaks]
Handling internal complaints
Discipline & performance reviews
Independent contractor vs. employee
Wrongful termination.

This workshop is presented by Allyson K. Thompson of Kring & Chung, Attorneys LLP. Allyson holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii and a JD from Lincoln Law in Sacramento. Areas of expertise are employment and labor law, including sexual harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour litigation. Allyson advises employers on how to avoid employment related litigation and has lectured on issues such as effective strategy in preparing employee handbooks and company policies, legislative changes to State and Federal labor laws and prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management ("SHRM") and is currently serving as the Advocacy Captain for the 48th Congressional District on behalf of SHRM. Allyson currently serves as the Vice President of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association
 
Women's Breakfast
Location:Center Club
650 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa 92626
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Date & Time:May 8 2015, Friday, from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Cost: $35 pre-register online by May 5; $40 AFTER May 5 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 Start-up Businesses
Location:Chapman University
1 University Drive, Beckman Hall #404, Orange 92866
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Date & Time:May 11 2015, Monday, 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.

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

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
SCORE Orange County CEO Forums
Location:Center Club
650 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa 92626
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Date & Time:May 12 2015, Tuesday, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Business Success AND a Free Lunch!

Come learn about SCORE'S CEO FORUM PROGRAM at our May 12th briefing or one of our future briefings. SCORE is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build small business success in Orange County. Participants in our CEO Forums are receiving unparalleled ideas, solutions and direction from their peers.

Join us for a free lunch to learn about the program and determine if it is right for you. Our goal is not to sell you on this concept, but simply to inform you to help make the right decision. Note: This program is available for companies of at least $1 Million in annual revenue.

Come find out why 100% of our CEO Forum members would recommend this program to their friends and associates!
 
Building Your Business on the Cloud
Location:Mission Viejo City Hall
200 Civic Center, Saddleback Room, Mission Viejo 92691
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Date & Time:May 13 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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The cloud is real. It has become an integral part of our businesses and personal lives. It offers the true potential to simplify our business, increase productivity, and decrease costs. We will discuss all the business and technology issues that companies face when it comes to leveraging cloud resources like email, data storage, file sharing, accounting, project management, and making web and marketing investment decisions. We’ll talk about services that are available, costs, implementation, security, how to protect yourself and your business, and much more.

Mark Raymond presents this workshop. Mark 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. He 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 1:00 to 1:30 PM)
 
Technology To Protect Your Business
Location:Newport Beach Public Library
1000 Avocado Avenue, Friends Room, Newport Beach 92660
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Date & Time:May 13 2015, Wednesday, 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)
 
The Right Office Technology For The Small Business
Location:Yorba Linda Public Library
18181 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda 92886
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Date & Time:May 13 2015, Wednesday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Set up your business with the right technology. Avoid the pitfalls of over spending on Internet, Telephony and IT Infrastructure. Listen to the experts.

Erick Klauss of SCORE and Sherman Crancer of IPBidders.com present this workshop.

Eric 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.

Sherman Crancer is the President of IPBidders.com. His company is a fully managed IT services provider. Sherman started his company in 2011 and provides IT Services nationwide. Previously, as a National V.P, he supervised the deployment of complex network services and security for companies such as Oracle, Google, Xerox and U-Haul. He brings a big business perspective to Small-Medium sized businesses. Sherman’s company is sponsored by Microsoft as a Premier Partner, SBA.gov as an advisor, and SCORE as a guest speaker.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
Demystifying the Commercial Leasing Process
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:May 14 2015, 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 People Who Live In The U.S. But Are Not U.S. Citizens
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:May 18 2015, Monday, from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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You are invited to attend a free Small Business Tax presentation by an enrolled agent who is speaking on behalf of the IRS.

Learn how to:

• Verify an employee's identity and status with proper documentation;
• Withhold federal taxes at the proper withholding or treaty rate;
• Deposit and pay the tax withheld properly; and
• File accurately and timely the withholding tax returns

John Rumbold of Rumbold Tax Advisory presents this workshop. John has worked as a tax preparer and advisor for fourteen years. Currently, he is a tax practitioner at Rumbold Tax Advisory, responsible for tax preparation and tax planning for individuals and business entities. He also works part-time for a tax audit defense company, representing taxpayers before all administrative levels of the IRS and state taxing agencies. Prior to forming his own tax practice in 2006, he worked as a tax specialist at H&R Block for seven years.

John holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of New Haven and a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Phoenix, and is an Enrolled Agent and Certified Financial PlannerTM.

(Registration/Check-in 1:00 to 1:30 PM)
 
Secrets To Buying A Franchise
Location:Westminster Branch, OC Public Library
8180 13th St., Community Room, Westminster 92683
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Date & Time:May 19 2015, Tuesday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 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 & 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 5:00 to 5:30 PM)

 
Tips for Handling Harassment, Discrimination & Whistleblower Complaints and Conducting Investigations and Common Legal Questions for Start-up Businesses
Location:Aliso Viejo Branch - OC Public Library
1 Journey, Aliso Viejo 92656
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Date & Time:May 19 2015, Tuesday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost:No Cost
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In this training session, Allyson Thompson will provide information for attendees to learn about the types of complaints commonly made by employees that require prompt attention and investigation. Practical guidance on the handling of thorough and non-biased internal investigations will also be covered. Attendees will also learn why it may be important to hire an outside investigator. (Hour and half session)

New business owners often have questions regarding the formalities required to get their business off the ground. Matthew Reynolds will provide information on how to assist 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. (Hour and half session)

This workshop is presented by Partner, Allyson K. Thompson and Associate, Matthew A. Reynolds of Kring & Chung, LLP. Ms. Thompson holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii and a JD from Lincoln Law in Sacramento. Her areas of expertise are employment and labor law, including sexual harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour litigation. Ms. Thompson advises employers on how to avoid employment related litigation and has lectured on issues such as effective strategy in preparing employee handbooks and company policies, legislative changes to state and federal labor laws and prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management ("SHRM") and is currently serving as the Advocacy Captain for the 48th Congressional District on behalf of SHRM. Ms. Thompson currently serves as the President-Elect of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association. Matthew Reynolds graduated Summa Cum Laude from Youngstown State University and Cum Laude from Pepperdine University. Mr. Reynolds 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.

(Registration/Check-in 5:00 to 5:30 PM)
 
Using Quickbooks - An Introduction
Location:National University
3390 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa 92626
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Date & Time:May 20 2015, Wednesday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:$35 pre-register online; $45 at the door (cash or check only)
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This is an introductory course meant for people contemplating buying and installing QuickBooks or those who are in the process of installing it. The course describes the type of company for which QuickBooks is a good fit and for which it isn't. A summary review of QuickBooks (PC version) vs QuickBooks Online is included. The focus of the content is to show you the correct way to prepare your records with a program such as QuickBooks for the desktop. Following the typical course of events for a new company, the workshop will progress from pre-opening expenses to the typical first month activities and then conclude by looking at the reports at the end of the first month.

Irene Klepp, QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor, presents this workshop. Irene and her company, Klepp & Associates, provide QuickBooks Consulting, Training and Outsourced CFO Services to Startups, Non-Profits and commercial businesses. Irene is certified in multiple QuickBooks versions and has been working with QuickBooks since 2005. She is a member of QBExpress, a training network of QuickBooks Consultants that deliver individual and classroom training. Klepp & Associates specializes in Virtual Accounting services for clients that need Accounting support without the cost of permanent headcount. Irene and her team enjoy supporting businesses in Medical Devices, IT, Software Development and Digital Media in addition to a roster of several Orange County Non-Profits.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
What You Need To Know When You Run Your Business Out Of Your Home
Location:Huntington Beach Public Library
7111 Talbert Ave, Talbert Room, Huntington Beach 92648
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Date & Time:May 26 2015, Tuesday, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Cost:No Cost
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Find out what you need to know when you run your business out of your home! Hear from the IRS. Find out what you need to know to take the office-in-the-home deduction including how to qualify, how to determine business percentage, which types of expenses to include, and how to include them.

Dan Breece presents this workshop. Dan is a Stakeholder Liaison for Communications and Stakeholder Outreach, has worked for the IRS for 27 years. His career has taken him through various positions such as Tax Examiner, Revenue Officer, Collection Group Manager, a Recruiter, an EEO Counselor, an EEO Investigator, and Instructor in both the classroom and field. In Dan’s current position, he works as liaison with several local practitioner groups and various industries, as well as conducts workshop’s and other public speaking requests.

(Registration/Check-in 930 to 10:00 AM
 
Cybercrime:
    How Much Would It Cost You If Your Business Succumbed To A Virus?
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:May 28 2015, Thursday, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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40% of all cybercrime is happening to small businesses. 60% of all businesses close after a cyber-attack. This workshop will cover specific kinds of cyber-crime, the 8 Steps to secure your network and what steps you need to take to mitigate loss of data. If you process credit card transactions, you need to attend. PCI Compliance will be covered.

Sherman Crancer & Eric Klauss present this workshop.

Sherman Crancer is the President of IPBidders.com. His company is a fully managed IT services provider. Sherman started his company in 2011 and provides IT Services nationwide. Previously, as a National V.P, he supervised the deployment of complex network services and security for companies such as Oracle, Google, Xerox and U-Haul. He brings a big business perspective to Small-Medium sized businesses. Sherman’s company is sponsored by Microsoft as a Premier Partner, SBA.gov as an advisor, and SCORE as a guest speaker.

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.

(Registration/Check-in 9:30 to 10:00 AM)
 
Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Certification for Government Contracting Advantages
Location:Digital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana 92704
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Date & Time:May 28 2015, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Minority-owned business enterprise (MBE), women-owned business enterprise (WBE) and disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE - veterans and others)--do you understand these terms? With MBE, WBE, or DBE certification, you could benefit by contracting with local, state and federal governments, but the process can be confusing and lengthy. Is certification right for you? Does your ownership structure qualify? Is your product or service right for large corporations and government agencies? Do you have the necessary working capital and infrastructure? Entities seek out certified vendors to diversify their supplier base. Certification is an inexpensive and effective marketing tool, but it is vitally important to structure your business correctly and that your documents are written properly. If structured and operated correctly, you can be certified and secure lucrative government contracts. If not, you will be disqualified. This seminar will help you understand the entire certification process and timeframe.

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

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

 
Hiring People Who Live In The U.S. But Are Not U.S. Citizens
Location:Mission Viejo City Hall
200 Civic Center, Saddleback Room, Mission Viejo 92691
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Date & Time:June 3 2015, Wednesday, from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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You are invited to attend a free Small Business Tax presentation by an enrolled agent who is speaking on behalf of the IRS.

Learn how to:

• Verify an employee's identity and status with proper documentation;
• Withhold federal taxes at the proper withholding or treaty rate;
• Deposit and pay the tax withheld properly; and
• File accurately and timely the withholding tax returns

Antonio Alvarez EA presents this workshop. Tony has been a tax professional for over 29 years. He opened his own tax practice in 2001, earning his Enrolled Agent status in 2006. His firm specializes in assisting small business tax clients in all aspects of tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll and audit representation. He recently completed the National Tax Practice Institute and achieved his designation as Fellow.

(Registration/Check-in 1:00 to 1:30 PM)
 
Common Legal Questions for Start-up Businesses
Location:Capo Beach Church
25975 Domingo Avenue, Dana Point 92624
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Date & Time:June 3 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.

Matthew A. 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)
 
Hiring Made Easy
Location:Newport Beach Public Library
1000 Avocado Avenue, Friends Room, Newport Beach 92660
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Date & Time:June 10 2015, Wednesday, 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)
 
Consulting as a Successful Business
Location:Los Alamitos Branch - OC Public Library
12700 Montecito, Seal Beach 90740
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Date & Time:June 15 2015, Monday, 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)
 
Modern Biz:
    Time To Look At New Technology To Reduce IT Costs And Grow
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:June 25 2015, Thursday, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Are you looking for a way to be more mobile and to look like a bigger company than you are? Learn how the latest technology helps businesses grow and cut IT costs. Learn how to set up a business with cost justification at the forefront.

Sherman Crancer & Manish Bhardia present this workshop

Sherman Crancer is the President of IPBidders.com. His company is a fully managed IT services provider. Sherman started his company in 2011 and provides IT Services nationwide. Previously, as a National V.P, he supervised the deployment of complex network services and security for companies such as Oracle, Google, Xerox and U-Haul. He brings a big business perspective to Small-Medium sized businesses. Sherman’s company is sponsored by Microsoft as a Premier Partner, SBA.gov as an advisor, and SCORE as a guest speaker.

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.

(Registration/Check-in 9:30 to 10:00 AM)
 
Secrets To Buying A Franchise
Location:Tustin Branch - OC Public Library
345 E. Main Street, Tustin 92780
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Date & Time:June 25 2015, Thursday, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 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 & 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 5:00 to 5:30 PM)
 
Grow A Modern Biz:
    Time To Look At New Technology To Reduce IT Costs & Grow
Location:Digital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana 92704
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Date & Time:June 25 2015, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Are you looking for a way to be more mobile and to look like a bigger company than you are? Learn how the latest technology helps businesses grow and cut IT costs. Learn how to set up a business with cost justification at the forefront. Customer Relationship Management [CRM], what is it and how do I monetize my current data base. CRM will help you grow your businesses 30% faster.

Eric Klauss of SCORE and Sherman Crancer of IPBidders.com present this workshop.

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.

Sherman Crancer is the President of IPBidders.com. His company is a fully managed IT services provider. Sherman started his company in 2011 and provides IT Services nationwide. Previously, as a National V.P, he supervised the deployment of complex network services and security for companies such as Oracle, Google, Xerox and U-Haul. He brings a big business perspective to Small-Medium sized businesses. Sherman’s company is sponsored by Microsoft as a Premier Partner, SBA.gov as an advisor, and SCORE as a guest speaker.

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