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Windows 10 Basics Including the New Creators Update
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:June 28 2018, Thursday, from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Learn the basics of the latest and the greatest Windows Operating System yet. Windows 10 is fast, easy to use and includes many new amazing features. Learn the basics of setting it up and using it as well as learn the new Edge net browser and Cortana which are included with Windows 10. Also learn about new features included with the latest updates including the recently released Creators Update.

Dan Feinberg presents this workshop. Dan has been a “techie” since he was a teenager. As a volunteer he teaches computer use to seniors; as a hobby he builds extreme computers. Dan is President and CEO of Fein-Line Associates, Inc., a consulting firm focused on the electronic interconnect and assembly industries and also a founding Partner in the Quantum Performance Group, LLC, a market research firm. He formerly was president of Morton Electronic Materials, a $220 million division of Morton International, Inc. He has authored numerous articles, presented papers at various industry events, and taught tutorials. Dan writes a monthly column for CircuiTree magazine.

(Registration/Check-in 10:00 to 10:30 AM)

Restaurant Start-Up Essentials
Location:Mission Viejo City Hall
200 Civic Center, Saddleback Room, Mission Viejo 92691
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Date & Time:July 11 2018, Wednesday, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Have you finally decided to pursue your dream of opening a restaurant but wonder about the challenges you might face? Or are you a new restaurateur, familiar with the early struggles, but want to become more knowledgeable about expanding your operation?
Restaurant Start-Up Essentials is a workshop that offers advice geared to both types of entrepreneur. It discusses the critical path to opening a successful restaurant, as well as identifies those industry-specific challenges unique to restaurant operations. Attendees will walk away with a playbook for making their restaurants profitable ventures.

What You Will Learn
• How to define your restaurant’s concept
• The basics of restaurant finances and numerical benchmarks
• What are the realistic capital requirements of your venture
• A one-year countdown and checklist to get you to your official opening
• Valuable resources and tools to use for more information

Presented by Greg McNally.

Greg McNally is the CEO of Food Power Inc., a business advisory firm to restaurant operators, property owners and investors in southern California. Greg has over 20 years of experience owning and operating multiple restaurants independently and with partners, as well as working for publicly-traded national chains, and 10 years as an advisor and consultant.

Food Power specializes is solving complex restaurant problems for clients. Areas of focus include increasing profitability, developing operational excellence, assessing investment value and market opportunity, team and culture development, turnarounds, and expansion planning. Typical clients include national, publicly-traded brands, single-location owner operators, large property owners, regional chains, and investors.

Food Power helps you make the best decisions about your restaurant opportunity with over 30 years of experience, a broad and deep network, and a long list of tools.

(Registration/Check-in 1:00 to 1:30 PM)
Demystifying the Commercial Leasing Process
Location:Fullerton Public Library
353 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton 92832
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Date & Time:July 19 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.

(Registration/Check-in 5:30 to 6:00 PM)
Preparing To Lease Space For Your Business
Location:Digital Media Center
1300 S. Bristol, Santa Ana 92704
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Date & Time:July 26 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:Orange Public Library
407 E. Chapman Ave., Orange 92866
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Date & Time:July 30 2018, Monday, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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This workshop will provide you with the information you need to decide if franchising is the right business opportunity for you. Presented by an experienced franchise consultant and franchise attorney, they will teach you the benefits and challenges of owning a franchised business. Learn how to select and research quality franchises from the insiders.

You will learn:
• To evaluate starting a franchise vs. an independent business vs. buying an existing business;
• The best types of franchises for today’s economy;
• The myths about franchising and the mistakes to avoid;
• How to research a franchise and determine if it’s the right choice for you;
• California laws & legal issues;
• Insights into legal documents, e.g. disclosure document and franchise agreement.

Craig Wells of FranNet of Southern California presente this workshop.

Craig draws from 14 years’ experience in shopping center management; as the founder of a 1-hour photo store chain; a successful MAACO franchisee; and 20 years as owner of an international financial services franchise company. He’ll help you understand if franchise ownership is right for you and how to put FranNet’s no cost support program to work for you.

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

Hiring Made Easy
Location:Brea Chamber of Commerce
1 Civic Center Circle, 2nd Floor, Brea 92821
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Date & Time:August 2 2018, Thursday, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:No Cost
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Your most important asset is your employees. In a recent study it was estimated that it costs $65,000 to hire one 25K employee. With that much money at stake you can’t make mistakes. Two of the top five reasons a business fails is directly related to interviewing and hiring. Learn proper questions to ask to get applicants to open up.
• List of Probing Questions
• Finding The Right Applicant
• Interview Red Flags
• Creating a Job Description & Your Ad
• Legal Issues in Interviewing
• How To Motivate Your Employees

Barry Mc Kinley of SCORE has started, owned & operated 10 different companies in 5 different industries. He sold each of the companies to investors, employees and competitors including Fortune 1000 companies. With his vast experience he has been involved in all segments of business, from hiring, financing to sales and promotions, and has counseled over 2,100 SCORE clients.

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