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February

 
Technology To Protect Your Business
Location:National University
3390 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa 92626
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Date & Time:February 21 2018, Wednesday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost:$35 pre-register online; $45 at the door (cash or check only)
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In this workshop we'll focus on Technology Tips to safeguard & grow your business!

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 an IT expert with over 30 years of experience presents this workshop. His passion is business and technology. He has received over 30 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 12 in U.S.). Dave is also appointed to the Microsoft U.S. Business Council (1 of 9 in U.S.) and Microsoft Worldwide Influencer (1 of 4 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 California for 20 years.

(Registration/Check-in 12:30 to 1:00 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)
 
CANCELLED: Windows 10 Basics Including the New Creators Update
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
Date & Time:February 22 2018, Thursday, from 10:30 AM 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)
 
Social Security and Medicare Made Clear
Location:Mission Viejo City Hall
200 Civic Center, Saddleback Room, Mission Viejo 92691
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Date & Time:March 14 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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Thinking about your Social Security or Medicare Benefits? Government has made so many changes to the plans in the recent years. Have questions or concerns? You need to attend this workshop!

Thousands of "Baby Boomers" turn 65 every single day and are eligible for Social Security and Medicare. However, many are confused about when they should apply, which plan makes the most sense to their situations, how they should take it, and how they can make the most out of it... and if you or your spouse or any associates are one of those people (ages 62-70), this is a great opportunity to get answers and make it clear. Social Security is a major source of income, and Medicare is the only health insurance after age 65 for lots of American retirees. Attending this workshop will help you plan for the future and likely give you some peace of mind.

Mandy Woo of SCORE and Ecy O’Roake, United Health Care Agent / Adviser present this workshop.

Mandy Woo is a Certified Financial Planner and business owner herself. She has helped individuals, families and small business owners achieve their financial goals through customized, comprehensive, strategic financial planning for over 13 years. Mandy holds a Bachelor Degree in Investment Finances and a Master Degree in Taxation. She also holds General Security, Insurance, and Investment Advisor licenses.

Ecy O’Roake is passionate about health care services base on her personal family background. She is an advocate for quality home care and health care programs. Currently Ecy is a licensed agent with United Health Care and Certified to offer Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement Plans as well as Part D Prescription Drug plans. Ecy works with people that are turning 65 years of age and new to Medicare, people who are retiring and those that need extra help understanding their choices when it comes to Medicare. In addition to the English language, she is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She is very active in OC community to educate doctors and patients about Medicare.

(Registration/Check-in 1:00 to 1:30 PM)
 
Preparing To Lease Space For Your Business
Location:Yorba Linda Public Library
18181 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda 92886
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Date & Time:March 29 2018, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Do you plan to open an office, a store, a restaurant, a yoga or massage studio, apparel, etc. but are nervous about the prospect of leasing a space? For any entrepreneur contemplating the “where” of your operation, this is the workshop to take before you sign a lease.

Leasing Space for Your Business focuses fully on the leasing process. It encompasses some of the trickier elements involved by covering basic leasing information to advanced vocabulary. This highly informative workshop also discusses ways to use the variety of opportunities available today: temporary, permanent, pop-ups, kiosks and carts. Equally important, it will help prepare you to find the best location for your business.

What You Will Learn
• What documents you need before approaching a landlord or broker
• The different types of real estate brokers and their expertise how do they get paid
• The advantages of leasing in a mall vs. those offered by a neighborhood center, short term leases vs. long term leases
• How to protect your business before signing a lease
• Ways to protect your assets should you need to end a lease early

“I came from a place of zero knowledge and learned SO MUCH. Carmen was a fantastic presenter!” - Robin L.

Presenter: Carmen Hall

Carmen Hall founded Golden Rule Resources, a commercial real estate brokerage whose primary focus is tenant representation. In the past seven years, the company has represented clients leasing space in super regional malls, industrial parks, street retail, and neighborhood and community centers across the country.

Previously, Ms. Hall spent over 20 years responsible for leasing properties in 54 West Coast super and regional malls. Working for eight mall owners, her jobs included Regional VP of Specialty Leasing, Director of Specialty Leasing and Specialty Leasing Manager. In these positions, she represented the landlord in lease negotiations with numerous national, regional and local retailers.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
 
The Secrets To Buying A Franchise
Location:Digital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana 92704
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Date & Time:March 29 2018, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

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)
 
 
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