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,III and completion of a business plan, 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
January 5, 2009 • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Module 2: Marketing & Financing Your Business
January 12, 2009 • 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Module 3: Developing Your Business Plan
January 26, 2009 • 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 21 Dec 2008 | Business Events
“Branding expert Baskin plays the merry iconoclast in this witty guide that marshals the latest research and a good serving of common sense to debunk branding’s many myths. The author’s claim that “branding is a waste of money” is likely to be controversial, but his research is sound and persuasive: he covers the failure of the Gap’s Red campaign, the useless Burger King mascot, why Starbucks’ success has nothing to do with branding, and he revisits Coke and Pepsi’s rivalry, which culminated in their multimillion-dollar dueling ads featuring Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera that had scant effect on sales. Baskin’s understanding of consumer behavior is nuanced and sophisticated, as are his explanations for why branding myths have so perniciously persisted (he draws parallels between the longevity of outmoded marketing strategies and that of Ptolemy’s geocentric concept of the universe). Baskin is impatient with the resources and energy poured into branding, and readers will be, too, when they realize how little it influences consumer choices—and his well-reasoned, well-written book will garner him a wide and appreciative audience.” PW September 2008
Branding Only Works on Cattle: The New Way to Get Known (and Drive Your Competitors Crazy), by Jonathan Salem Baskin
Saturday 20 Dec 2008 | New Library Materials
Always happy to see a local business in the national press, SCL Biz was pleased to see Anderson Valley’s Roederer Estate NV Brut mentioned in a short list of sparkling wines published in the December issue of ForbesLife. Headlined ‘The Sure Bet” the wine is described as “… affordable, reliable, sold everywhere, and, best of all, a treat to drink: fresh, lively, and chock-full of juicy yellow apple and pear flavors.” Cheers!
Thursday 18 Dec 2008 | All Business
The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics produces a wealth of statistics for marketing plans and business proposals – you just have to be willing to work a little for the information. The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) program consists of two surveys, the quarterly Interview Survey and the Diary Survey, that provide information on the buying habits of American consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics. The survey data are collected for the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Most of the stats are at the national level, some at the regional (interesting to compare, for instance, home ownership, auto expenses, etc., between West, Midwest, South and Northeast). You can compare expenditures in numerous categories (food, telecommunications, housing, etc.) by various groups (age, ethnicity, income, etc.). Stats can also be compared over a number of surveys – the most recent data is 2006.
Visit the SCL Biz Guide to Internet Resources for more good websites.
Wednesday 17 Dec 2008 | All Business
101 Internet Businesses You Can Start from Home: How to Choose and Build Your Own Successful e-Business, by Susan Sweeney [Maximum Press, 2009].
“Starting with a guide to defining what is most important—time with family, a flexible schedule, financial freedom, and risk levels—this study moves into an investigation of how online business works, followed by profiles of 101 proven ideas guaranteed to fuel entrepreneurial thinking. From getting started in online and offline promotion, this handbook is sure to accommodate all needs and interests. The guidebook also includes a password that provides access to the companion website, offering the latest internet business news, expanded information, and additional online resources.”
The SCL Biz Guide to Starting a Business has more help for anyone starting a business.
Tuesday 16 Dec 2008 | New Library Materials
If you’re looking for inspiration to grow your own small business, check out the Forbes Magazine story (10/27/2008) and list of the 200 Best Small Companies. From #1 GeoResources, an oil and gas exploration company, to #200 Home Diagnostics, that develops glucose monitoring systems for diabetics, it’s a fascinating cross-section of our economy.
And for more help visit the SCL Biz Guide to Starting a Business.
Friday 12 Dec 2008 | All Business
|“With more than 80,000,000 affluent, savvy members, Facebook is today’s fastest-growing marketing opportunity! But traditional marketing methods won’t work here. In Facebook Marketing, best-selling author Steven Holzner reveals new social marketing techniques that do work, and shows you exactly how to make the most of them. Using true case studies, Holzner introduces powerful new techniques from today’s smartest Facebook marketers…and helps you avoid pitfalls that can cost you money and credibility. No matter what business you’re in, you’ll learn how to create bottom-up, “viral” Facebook marketing programs that achieve maximum results at minimum cost!
Facebook Marketing: Leverage Social Media to Grow Your Business, by Steven Holzner [Que, 2008]
Use the SCL Biz Guide to Growing a Business for more marketing suggestions.
Wednesday 10 Dec 2008 | New Library Materials
Google Insights for Search can help you figure out what people are interested in and what they’re buying and how they’re searching for your product or service. Type in a search term or a product name and see where searches are originating and what search terms are being used.
You can also search by:
Tuesday 09 Dec 2008 | All Business
“Want the world to know who you are, what your company offers, or the urgency of your cause? With the popularity of the Internet, it’s never been easier for an ordinary Jane or Joe to use publicity to spread the word. Whether you want to attract new business, establish yourself as an expert, build your company’s reputation, or introduce a new concept to the community, free publicity is the cheapest, most credible way to do it. This thoroughly updated edition of 6 Steps to Free Publicity, by Marcia Yudkin [Career Press, 2008], includes detailed tips and techniques for utilizing 21st century grassroots publicity techniques–from blogs and social media to viral videos and podcasting – along with the basics of earning ink or air time. It also covers:
The SCL Biz Guide to Growing A Business can help you with more great ideas for advertising, publicity, and marketing.
Monday 08 Dec 2008 | New Library Materials
“Created by the International Business Center at Michigan State University, globalEDGE™ is a knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities.”
Known for their international business research they have now turned their attention to US states. Choose a state and, “In addition to demographic, economic, and historical information on each state, you will find data on corporations with headquarters in each state, and links to state-specific resources.” SCL Biz found it especially interesting to look at the Foreign Direct Investment information for California (or any state) that includes all the usual stats and a section on the impact of trade on jobs, business, prosperity and revenue. Excellent resource and it’s free.
Friday 05 Dec 2008 | All Business
If you want to check out the competition, or scout for new markets, take a look at Business Magazine’s Company Insight Center. It’s in Beta (still being tested), but seems to work well.The site profiles over 300,000 private companies (with varying amounts of information) and more than 40,000 public companies, and you will “find stock quotes and charts, news and press releases, financials and key competitors. Research compensation figures, biographies, and board relationships of key company executives. Read up-to-the-minute global sector and industry news.”
Thursday 04 Dec 2008 | All Business
“You will be guided through every step required to open a restaurant and receive pointers about leases, concept, design and equipment,financing, hiring your personnel, menu, food production, as well as details about formalities such as taxes and licenses. In the second half, you will learn how to operate a restaurant: how to prepare quality food, how to provide efficient service, and how to create a pleasant ambiance – and make a living. You will be treated to several bits of wisdom acquired over decades in the business: No free Come-ons, no Two-for-One coupons, no personal checks, no unproductive advertising gimmicks.”
December 13, 2008 • 8:30am – 12:30pm
SRJC, 1520 Emeritus Hall, Santa Rosa campus
Wednesday 03 Dec 2008 | Business Events
Finding the Sweet Spot: The Natural Entrepreneur’s Guide to Responsible, Sustainable, Joyful Work, by Dave Pollard [Chelsea Green, 2008]
“Pollard, a longtime entrepreneurial advisor, distills his extensive experience into sound suggestions in this useful and much-needed book. According to the author, too many individuals hesitate in creating a business in line with their goals, skills and values out of fear or a lack of self-confidence or funds. Pollard argues that entrepreneurship need not imply stress or risk, and he coaches readers through the process of identifying their passion, choosing the right collaborators and discovering unmet needs in the marketplace. Helpful charts and exercises guide the reader in finding where their purpose, passions and gifts intersect; and bite-sized case studies of entrepreneur success studies abound and help illustrate his points. Along the way, Pollard warns against settling for work that is anything less than satisfying. The ideal job—what he calls “natural enterprise” or the “sweet spot”—is an innovative business that touches people’s lives. Pollard gives an insightful overview of the entrepreneurial process, and the book itself stands testament to the success of the author’s methods. ” PW 2008
Tuesday 02 Dec 2008 | New Library Materials