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Independent Contractor vs Employee?
Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

Independent Contractor vs Employee?

  • West Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cost
$30 General Admission
$25 Women in Business or Chamber members
$20 West Center clients

Attend this very timely and important workshop designed to protect local small business owners to ensure the correct and compliant worker classification. This workshop will provide the very necessary information on classification of your workers as employees vs independent contractors.

Like most small business owners, you probably aren't too confident that you're correctly classifying workers as independent contractors versus employees, especially But misclassifying your workers can result in serious fines and penalties that will significantly hurt your business - at both the federal and state level, a small business owner can be required to pay years in back taxes, pay back wages, retroactive insurance premiums, many other penalties as well as there being the real risk of potential lawsuits. The bottom line is that to protect yourself as an employer you must take this issue seriously and understand the correct way to classify your workers.

During this workshop you will learn:

  • The tests for independent contractors

  • The new rules surrounding worker classification

  • How to correctly classify your workers and protecting your company and assets

Instructor
Lisa McCormack has spent over thirty years as an HR practitioner and leader. Much of her experience has been in high technology, working with small companies undergoing rapid growth and change. Lisa has worked with highly successful companies and numerous venture-backed start-ups, resulting in her pragmatic approach to problem-solving and conflict resolution, which produces practical solutions and effective results. Lisa lives and works on the Mendocino coast and owns Affogato Human Resources, an HR consulting firm based out of San Jose, CA.

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Selecting the Right Business Entity
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Selecting the Right Business Entity

  • West Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cost
$30 General Admission
$25 Women in Business or Chamber members
$20 West Center clients

Whether you are just starting a business or have owned your business for a while, all business owners need to understand the what, how, and why of the legal form under which your business operates.

A proper business entity selection can play a huge role in the long-term success of a company as well as determining the amount of personal liability that the owner (or owners, in the case of a partnership) will face in the event of a lawsuit or collection action.

Selecting the right entity can shield your personal assets from being taken to satisfy business-related or personal liabilities incurred by your fellow owners. There are pros and cons to every business entity selection, and what works for one business might not be the best fit for yours.

This workshop instructed by attorney Debra DeCarli can help you understand:

  • Why your business’s goal and priorities affect the business entity under which they operate

  • What are the legal ramifications of operating under various business forms

  • What is the big picture tax implication operating under various business forms

During this interactive Q & A program, you’ll learn the basics of each of the business legal forms to help you make the best business formation decision for your business. The Business Entities covered includes:

  • Sole proprietorship

  • Partnerships both General and Limited partnerships

  • LLC’s

  • Corporations, subchapter S and the common C type

  • Benefit corporations

  • LC3’s

  • And emerging business structures for socially conscious, mission driven business.

Instructor
Debra DeCarli practiced law in San Francisco, handling complex litigation all over the country before moving to Mendocino. She and her husband loved the beauty and the strong sense of community on the Mendocino coast. Her practice focuses on estate planning and helping local businesses. She excels at truly listening to people and translating what she learns into workable strategies and solutions. Whether advising individuals or businesses, Debra always starts with a discussion of short-term and long-term goals and priorities. Her practice focuses on estate planning and helping local businesses. She excels at truly listening to people and translating what she learns into workable strategies and solutions. Whether advising individuals or businesses, Debra always starts with a discussion of short-term and long-term goals and priorities.

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eCommerce Strategies for Small Businesses
Feb
13
5:00 PM17:00

eCommerce Strategies for Small Businesses

Cost
$30 General Admission
$25 for Women In Business and Chamber members
$20 West Center clients

Don’t miss out on generating more revenue, get your products and services online, now. Join us with eCommerce expert, Veronika Monell, owner of JumpStartNOW, showing you the power of eCommerce. Her superpower is strategizing with business owners. She will share her expertise to identify opportunities and help you learn how to sell and market your products online in today’s fast-paced digital world.

The topics covered will include:

  • Why is eCommerce an opportunity

  • What you should consider before you start

  • What is your eCommerce strategy

  • How to Identify your ideal customers

  • How to develop your online store

  • Managing your store including analytics

  • What to consider when selling on Amazon

  • Build an online marketing strategy

Instructor
Veronika Monell is the owner of JumpStartNOW, a local Sacramento consulting and online marketing agency. She has helped hundreds of businesses navigate the ever changing marketing and business dynamics of today’s fast-paced world. She strategically put the pieces for her clients’ businesses together to create a clear picture. Veronika helps her clients get to the first or the next million.

She serves as chair of this year’s Sacramento Metro Chamber Ambassador Committee and was awarded the Ambassador of the Year 2017. JumpStartNOW has been recognized as a small business with inclusive employment practices for people with disabilities by the Northern California Business Advisory Council.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/veronikamonell and www.jumpstart-now.com.

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Learn the Business Basics to Turn Your Ideas into Action
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

Learn the Business Basics to Turn Your Ideas into Action

  • West Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cost
Free for West Company Clients
$25 General Admission

At West Business Development Center we know that starting and running your own business is not an easy task. It takes resilience, flexibility, perseverance, and education. Yet for most entrepreneurs, running their own business provides them with the independent ability to put their ideas into action, experience the freedom to choose their own path, and to build community and sustainability.

This engaging and informative workshop provides you with start-up guidance, and a general overview of elements to consider when starting and owning a business. Topics Include: Business Licensing Requirements • Business Taxes • Legal Form of Organization • Components of a Business Plan • Financial Readiness • Business Loans • Marketing Messages • Target Markets • Technology Tools for Business Productivity

To become a West Business Development Center Client go to "Get Started", and an adviser will contact you to schedule a meeting.

Instructor
Stephen “SteveO” O’Mara has been helping folks start and grow their businesses since 1995. Working in Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake and Sacramento Counties SteveO has advised entrepreneurs from all over the world. A business advisor, a professor and investor, SteveO says, “Business startup is simple. I explain it simply and share the lessons taught me by entrepreneurs like you. So, tell me - what is your ‘Big Idea?’”

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Planning For A Better Tomorrow: Make Your Business a Success in 2019
Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Planning For A Better Tomorrow: Make Your Business a Success in 2019

  • West Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cost
$30 General Admission | $25 Chamber Members, Women in Business Network Members

Do you have a game plan ready to make 2019 your most successful year? Join West Business Development Center for this annual planning workshop and learn how to plan for the success of your small business in 2019!

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to understand the parts of your business and how to assess where they are today, where you want them to be by the end of 2019, and what it is going to take to get you there

  • How to develop an organized plan, prioritized by quarters

  • Gain valuable leadership annual planning ability

  • See clearly how to move directly towards your company goals

  • How to formulate your business vision and what actual work you need to do to move towards that vision

In this hands-on workshop each participant is provided with an annual plan workbook. Working together the participants and facilitator will review the current condition of the business and use the tool to develop a specific business strategy for the new year. Participants will learn how the annual plan will evolve and adapt through the upcoming year as the business grows.

Pre-requisite: Own an active business

“It wasn’t until I sat down and planned that the ideas in my head became reality. With Rachel’s help I was able to take a clear picture of my ideal business and life and make it happen.”

Instructor
Rachel Clark is the owner of Synergy Business Coaching. Rachel has been a business coach for 14 years, focusing on the development, training and education in the seven distinct areas of the business model. She works with small businesses that are struggling to grow and develop into mature operations.

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Understand How Changes in Minimum Wage Law Will Impact Your Business
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Understand How Changes in Minimum Wage Law Will Impact Your Business

California's minimum wage law increases each year until it reaches $15 per hour in 2024.

The annual increase in minimum wage needs to be the catalyst for you to take a hard look at your business model. When minimum wage increases, the price of doing business increases in every area. As a small business owner you should be doing a quarterly review of your pricing structure and focusing on a few increases within the year instead of waiting too long and getting hit with larger price increases that will massively impact your bottom line and operating budget.

All California small businesses will feel the impact from these wage increases; from price increases from their vendors, rising insurance costs, and the general cost of doing business in the State.  Attend this workshop to be informed and prepared to deal with these changes, determine strategy and feasibility options for your business by making smarter and more strategic decisions based on increasing efficiency and productivity. Small business owners need to strategize by providing better employee training and retention to streamline your workforce and keep those great employees that make your business great.

The workshop is offered by the West Business Development Center in partnership with the Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce.

INSTRUCTOR: Steve Lamb has worked with West Business Development Center clients since 2012.  Steve brings over 20 years of experience in management and operations in the telecommunications industry and has owned his own company, the Interview Team. Steve’s particular areas of expertise include strategic and tactical planning, budgeting and financial analysis, project development and management. Steve says that one of his favorite things about working with West Company clients is “suggesting clients look at a particular issue from a perspective which is different from any they previously considered. This is the advantage of the clarity and non-emotional analysis of being on the outside looking in.


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Learn to Use Business Basics to Turn Your Ideas into Action
Nov
28
6:00 PM18:00

Learn to Use Business Basics to Turn Your Ideas into Action

  • West Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cost
Free for West Company Clients
$25 General Admission
$20 Chamber or Women in Business Network Member

Owning a business is not an easy task. It take perseverance, resilience and flexibility. Some days you may feel you are challenged beyond your capacity. But for the vast majority of entrepreneurs owning their business provides them with the ability to put their ideas into action, build community and gives them the freedom to choose their own path.

This workshop will provide you with start-up guidance, and a general overview of elements to consider when starting and owning a business. Topics Include: Business Licensing Requirements • Business Taxes • Legal Form of Organization • Components of a Business Plan • Financial Readiness • Business Loans • Marketing Messages • Target Markets • Technology Tools for Business Productivity

Instructor
Stephen “SteveO” O’Mara has been helping folks start and grow their businesses since 1995. Working in Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake and Sacramento Counties SteveO has advised entrepreneurs from all over the world. A business advisor, a professor and investor, SteveO says, “Business startup is simple. I explain it simply and share the lessons taught me by entrepreneurs like you. So, tell me - what is your ‘Big Idea?’ ”

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Human Resources? What Small Business Owners Need to Know Today
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Human Resources? What Small Business Owners Need to Know Today

  • West Business Development Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cost
$30 General Admission
$25 for Chamber or Women in Business Members

As a small business owner, it’s hard to know with certainty all of the Human Resources regulations that exist and which ones apply to your company, and even more, how to comply with them!

At this great new Human Resources workshop for small business, you will learn the best practices in job descriptions, employee handbooks, pay classifications, and understand the compliance requirements and all the necessary employment paperwork, from new hire to termination. After attending this workshop you will understand the record-keeping requirements that you must comply with as a small business owner as well as the areas of compliance you must maintain and how to do so to best protect your business and your employees.

You'll learn how to navigate through sticky employee / employer situations; performance issues, leaves of absence, how to help employees transition out of your organization, how to handle compensation, references, unemployment, workplace injuries and much, much more.

If you're like most small business owners, there isn't room in your budget to hire a human resources person, much less a consultant. This workshop outlines the basic compliance issues that small businesses need to know today to continue operating without fear of non-compliance, bad morale, fines, or even costly lawsuits.

Instructor
Lisa McCormack has spent over thirty years as an HR practitioner and leader. Much of her experience has been in high technology, working with small companies undergoing rapid growth and change. Lisa has worked with highly successful companies and numerous venture-backed start-ups, resulting in her pragmatic approach to problem-solving and conflict resolution, which produces practical solutions and effective results. Lisa lives and works on the Mendocino coast and owns Affogato Human Resources, an HR consulting firm based out of San Jose, CA.

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Small Business Marketing Matters! Learn Low Cost, No Cost Marketing Strategies
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Small Business Marketing Matters! Learn Low Cost, No Cost Marketing Strategies

  • West Business Development Center Ukiah office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Marketing Matters! The success of a small business depends on the business owner’s abilitiy to market their products and services effectively. You may have a great product and amazing service, but if people don’t know your business exists, you are not going to have any sales. Successful marketing keeps your small business afloat.

In a marketplace is dominated by smart phones, digital platforms social media, and analytics, small business owners must stay competitive to survive. By learning and implementing all available no cost and low cost marketing tools, methods and techniques, you will grow your business.

This marketing workshop will teach you how to best utilize and tailor these methods to your business model, to retain current customers, and acquire new ones. Implementation of these creative, no-cost, low-cost marketing tips and tricks will increase your sales, grow your business, expand the reach of your brand, and improve business connectivity.

You will learn the simple steps necessary to improve the visibility of your business in the local and the online marketplace. Practical physical and online tools, methods, and use will be explained and discussed. You will be encouraged to engage in interactive engagement with others to establish new business connections that help generate mutual growth while improving customer/client interaction.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to use, improve and control your online business presence
  • No cost and low cost marketing methods and how to use them
  • How to engage and network with other businesses to establish mutually beneficial marketing techniques and drive sales growth

Instructor
Baqi Kopelman has a wide and varied background in marketing and advertising. He has created, produced, scripted and directed over 800 unique medical, real estate and other professional commercials for national campaigns for healthcare and business marketing companies. These commercials feature the individual doctors as the star of each 30 second spot. Additionally, Baqi produces high level photography for companies and individuals through his own photography business.

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Mendocino Coast Latino Business Forum
Aug
27
8:30 AM08:30

Mendocino Coast Latino Business Forum

  • West Business Development Center Fort Bragg Town Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Owning your own business, or building one from the ground up takes resources, knowledge, a little luck and a lot of hard work. Fortunately there are resources in your community that can help you every step of the way.

Come to this forum and hear presentations from organizations prepared to help the business community and network with other business owners to gain new insights and overcome challenges. This is a great opportunity to acquire new ideas to increase your profits or to start your business. Presentations include

  • Building a Better Business for today’s economy
  • Access to Capital
  • Regulations, permits and licenses
  • Accounting & Taxes
  • Local Success Stories and Networking
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