October 2007

And the Winners Are …

Regular readers of SCL Biz will remember our call to startup businesses looking for venture capital to apply to be one of eight presenters at the Third North Bay Growth Innovation And Venture Forum and the time has come to meet the winners as the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce presents “The third in our award winning series for angel/venture capital investors and North Bay entrepreneurs will feature pitches by eight start-ups, critiques by renowned angel and venture capital investors and an expert panel that will discuss technology.”

October 18, 1pm – 6pm
Vintner’s Inn, 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa

Information and reservations

The Legal Aspects of Business

Ok, SCL Biz heard you groan – the ins and outs of business and the law can be confusing, if not downright torturous. The Library has a great selection of books to help you find your way – these are only a few of the many, many books we have on all aspects of doing business and the law.

Business Buyout Agreements by Laurence Business Contracts by Plimpton The Law (In Plain English) for Small Business by Duboff Everybody’s Guide to Small Claims Court in California by Warner

Business Buyout Agreements: A Step-by-Step Guide for Co-Owners, by Bethany Laurence and Anthony Mancuso [Nolo Press, 2007]

Business Contracts: Turn Any Business Contract to Your Advantage, by Laura Plimpton [Entrepreneur Press, 2007]

The Law (In Plain English) for Small Business, by Leonard D. Duboff [Sphinx, 2007]

Everybody’s Guide to Small Claims Court in California, by Ralph E. Warner [Nolo Press, 2006]

Salaries: How Much Should You Pay Your Employees?

Jobstar Salary Guide has “Links to over 300 free online salary surveys for a wide range of professions and settings. The focus here is on California and national surveys.” In addition to more than 50 Profession-Specific Surveys [Accounting to Warehousing], you will find links to general salary issues, including cost-of-living numbers, relocation salary calculators, evaluating a job offer [Bureau of Labor Statistics guide to weighing salary, benefits, job prospects and making a decision], women’s earnings, and much more.

Success Through Invention – RESBDC Workshops

“Learn to develop your invention, product, idea or service and get it to market. Research and protection of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks and copyrights.”

October 10, 2007 9:00am – Noon
November 14, 2007 9:00am – Noon
Redwood Empire Small Business Development Center
606 Healdsburg Avenue, Santa Rosa

For more information and reservations or call 1-888-346-SBDC

Legal Advice You Should Listen To

Quick & Dirty Tips from Legal Lad offers podcasts on a number of topics, including ones of special interest to business owners: drug testing for employees, arbitration clauses in contracts, store security and customer rights, LLCs, LLPs, and corporations, legality of recording conversations, online copyright protection. You can read the article or listen to the podcast (free!). “Michael Flynn writes and records the Legal Lad articles and podcasts. A graduate of Tufts University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, he currently works as a research attorney for a California trial court.” There are over thirty podcasts on various legal subjects, from who owns the home run baseball to your right to assemble.

SCL Biz and Michael Flynn remind you that “the legal information featured in Legal Lad podcasts and transcripts is presented for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for seeking personalized legal advice from an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.”

Bookkeeping & Quick Books for Start-Ups – SCORE Workshop

“First, we will explain the main concepts and the terminology of bookkeeping for a small business: what a balance sheet contains, the difference between cash and accrual basis, income statement (also called profit-loss), cash flow, and how these different aspects of recording and controlling your money interact.In the second part, we will set up the chart of accounts for a fictitious small business in front of your very eyes: which information you need to get started, how to pay bills, how to enter accounts payable and receivable, and how to know whether you are making money or just moving monies around. ”

October 13, 2007 8:30am – Noon
SRJC, Emeritus Hall on Elliott Avenue, Room 1597

Information & online reservations

“Sleep Better Starting Tonight: Managing Your Business Risks” Workshop

The Sonoma Chamber of Commerce is presenting this workshop that “will discuss four key areas where you can take concrete steps to manage the risks that can slow your business growth and limit profitability. To be successful, you need an effective cash management process, a safe workplace, information security processes that protect business and customer information, and effective business process controls. We’ll discuss why these things are important, alternatives, tools, and get you started planning for all four so you can take your business to the next level/ ($15 workshop fee; no charge for Chamber members).”

October 12, 8:30am
Chamber Office, 651A Broadway, Sonoma
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call 996-1033.

Who’s the Boss in Your Business?

itsokay.jpgBruce Tulgan, in his book, It’s Okay to Be the Boss: The Step-by-Step Plan to Becoming the Manager Your Employees Need, [HarperCollins 2007], thinks it should be you. “The author decries managers’ lack of guidance, direction, feedback, and employee support, and he responds in this book with hands-on management advice that he clearly differentiates from micromanagement. The author tells us, ‘Taking the first step toward effective managing takes discipline and guts.’ An excellent book.” Booklist, 2007

Learn more from the SCL Biz Guide to Managing A Business.

SCL Biz Pauses to Say Thank You

It is hard for SCL Biz to believe, but today marks six months of serving the Sonoma County business community with local news and events, articles, websites, and the best in business books. There are many people who have made this blog a reality and helped to promote it in the community – too many to thank individually, but we would especially like to acknowledge all of you who read the blog, send comments in with support and suggestions, and tell your friends and colleagues about it.

SCL Biz would like to especially thank Genny Engel, the Sonoma County Library webmaster, for all of her brilliant work installing and customizing the software that drives SCL Biz; her support and enthusiasm have shaped SCL Biz.

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