“This intimate networking event focuses on:
August 7, 2008 • 10am – Noon
Smith Barney, 750 Lindaro Street, Suite 300, San Rafael
For more information contact: Jennifer LeBrett, Executive Managing Director, (707) 544-6504, jlebrett@eWomenNetwork.com
Wednesday 30 Jul 2008 | Business Events
Try this nifty website to help shrink your cell phone plan bill: enter your zip code, number of anytime minutes you use, estimate your text message and data usage, and your current monthly bill and the calculator will “automatically analyze every plan, from the major wireless carriers and you can easily compare plans and view your personalized recommendations.”
Tuesday 29 Jul 2008 | All Business
The Redwood Empire Small Business Development Center offers these three low-cost workshops for everyone considering their own business venture:
“Pre-Venture training is a series of training sessions on business fundamentals for people who have developed a business concept, and initiated the planning process to start their business. Upon completion of modules I & II, the attendee will be assigned a core counselor.”
Module 1: Planning and What to Consider When Starting a Business & Legal Aspects of Starting Your Business
August 11, 2008 • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Module 2: Marketing & Financing Your Business
August 18, 2008 • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Module 3: Developing Your Business Plan
August 25, 2008 • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Redwood Empire Small Business Development Center, Conference Room
421 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Online Reservations Reservations Required!
Sunday 27 Jul 2008 | Business Events
With the increasing emphasis on locally grown products it is important to get your business in the pubic eye. Here are two websites that consumers are using to find businesses like yours:
Saturday 26 Jul 2008 | All Business
|Are any of these ideas stopping you from your dream of starting your own business?
What’s Stopping You? Shatter the 9 Most Common Myths Keeping You from Starting Your Own Business, by Bruce R. Barringer & R. Duane Ireland [Financial Times Management, 2008] will dispel these myths and set you on the path to business success.
For more help see the SCL Biz Guide to Starting a Business.
Thursday 24 Jul 2008 | New Library Materials
Fortune Magazine printed its annual list of the 500 largest global companies in the July 21, 2008 issue – you can view the list online. The top five: Wal-Mart, Exxon, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, and Toyota. You can see the full list, with revenues and profits for the year, or lists of corporations by location, top companies, CEOs, or top industries.
Wednesday 23 Jul 2008 | All Business
“Have you fantasized about your own retail store-selling your own specialty items, showcasing unique products or better promoting existing products? Or have you dreamed of working from home, setting your own hours and still making great money? Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to take your retail dreams to the world’s largest marketplace-the Internet. In just days, you can build your own eCommerce website, reach potential customers by the millions, process orders 24/7 and accept payments from all over the world-with no technical background or graphic design skills!
Design and Launch an Online E-Commerce Business in a Week, by Jason Rich [Entrepreneur Press, 2008]
Tuesday 22 Jul 2008 | New Library Materials
Thank you to Steve Alcorta for alerting SCL Biz to the new Social Security Administration online retirement calculator that is much easier to use – you no longer have to type in your earnings. After you put in your name, SSN, mother’s maiden name, and date and place of birth, you will see your earnings history and be able to juggle various numbers to get an idea of what your benefit will be at retirement age.
Monday 21 Jul 2008 | All Business
“Learn how you can become an importer in this one-day seminar highly rated for the instructor’s experience, pace, candor and humor. You will be guided through licensing; selecting products; finding suppliers; working with governments, bankers, brokers, carriers; financing, costing and pricing; and gaining orders for your products. This knowledge becomes the basis for an export business as well. After the seminar help via email with instructor and past students is available (and included in the course fee).” Co-sponsored by the Redwood Empire Small Business Development Center.
July 26, 2008 • 9am-5pm
1275 Barnett Hall, Santa Rosa Campus
Saturday 19 Jul 2008 | Business Events
“What are they saying? How do you find out? How do you respond? And how can you use the conversation to your benefit? The explosion of social media—blogs, social networking sites, video sharing sites—has ushered in a new era of digital transparency that puts the power to enhance or destroy a reputation in the hands of the consumer. This timely and practical book shows you how to harness the power of social media with crucial, proven tactics and strategies for every phase of online reputation management.
Using step-by-step instruction and tested techniques, the expert authors unveil a detailed blueprint for building, managing, monitoring, and repairing your reputation. They detail important public relations, search engine optimization, research, and online content creation strategies and provide a seven-step action plan so that you can develop the skills necessary to monitor and manage your reputation. You’ll learn how to:
Radically Transparent: Monitoring and Managing Reputations Online, by Andy Beal and Judy Strauss
Thursday 17 Jul 2008 | New Library Materials
Forbes Magazine has published their new ‘Best Countries For Business’ list. Start with a chart of 121 countries (top 5: Denmark, Ireland, Finland, US, UK) with GDP Growth, GDP Capital, Trade Balance, Population, and Unemployment. Click on any country for a brief description of their business climate and rankings in various areas from corruption to the corporate tax rate.
Wednesday 16 Jul 2008 | All Business
Especially helpful for business start-ups this online tutorial will help you determine the variable, fixed, and mixed costs of your product which will help you determine the sales price. The tutorial uses examples to make it easier to apply the formulas to your own business.
Tuesday 15 Jul 2008 | All Business
The City of Santa Rosa’s Downtown Program and the Santa Rosa Chamber of
Commerce invite you to a business development workshop for Downtown restaurants. This intensive workshop will cover topics from menu creation, press relations, and upcoming trends, to online advertising and increasing your “yelpability.” Materials will address devising a successful menu format, web and graphic pointers, and getting diners in the door without breaking the bank.
Presenter Joan Simon, of Full Plate Restaurant Consulting, is a concept development
and restaurant marketing specialist with 20 years of experience in northern
California. Often quoted by the press and recently featured on CBS 5 and in Japan’s
Cuisine magazine, Simon’s well regarded client list spans the spectrum from San
Francisco hot spots to local country clubs and even Snoopy’s Warm Puppy Café.
Recent startups such as Sol y Largo at Lake Tahoe, Graffiti in Petaluma, The Wild
Fox in Novato, and Cucina in San Anselmo are part of Full Plate’s collective list.
If you are outside of the Downtown District and interested in the workshop, please email Autumn Buss or call her at 543-4338.
July 21, 2008 • 1:30 – 4:30pm
City Hall Annex, 90 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa
Monday 14 Jul 2008 | Business Events
|Finding Keepers: The Monster Guide to Hiring and Holding the World’s Best Employees, by Steve Pogorzelski [McGraw-Hill 2007].|
|How to Hire a Champion: Insider Secrets to Find, Select, and Keep Great Employees, by David Snyder [Career Press 2007].|
Friday 11 Jul 2008 | New Library Materials
SCL Biz is always happy to see local businesses honored in the national press: congratulations to Clois du Bois & Robert Mondavi for recognition of their pinot grigio wines in the Consumer Reports Smart Shopper July 2008 article on “Crisp Summer Whites.” The article tested twenty-one wines from Australia, Italy, and California and Clois du Bois’ 2007 Pinot Grigio was the winner. Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2006 was included in the top eight wines.
Thursday 10 Jul 2008 | All Business