Presented by Annette Cooper for the Small Business Development Center at SRJC:
“Take Advantage of the Current Economy to Negotiate a Great Deal for Your business
The economy may be lousy but it is a tenant’s market for commercial real estate. Landlords are willing to negotiate but don’t go in unprepared. This workshop will give you the knowledge you need to navigate the tricky waters of leasing your business property.
Learn 6 Keys to a Successful Lease Negotiation
1. Basic Lease Types. Gross, modified, full service, NNN- Understand the most common lease structures.
2. Negotiating Your Lease. Learn what needs to be included in this complex document.
3. Know What You Don’t Know! Learn the new vocabulary you will need.
4. Define Your Priorities. Make sure you are clear on your business must-haves.
5. Read the Document. It sounds basic, but skip this step at your own peril.
6. Make the Market Work For You! Discover how the current market conditions can work in your favor!”
October 7, 2009 • Noon – 1:00pm
SBDC, 606 Healdsburg Avenue, Santa Rosa
Wednesday 30 Sep 2009 | Business Events
|Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond, by Deepak Malhotra and Max H. Bazerman [Bantam, 2007]“From two leaders in executive education at Harvard Business School, here are the mental habits and proven strategies you need to achieve outstanding results in any negotiation. Whether you’ve “seen it all” or are just starting out, Negotiation Genius will dramatically improve your negotiating skills and confidence. Drawing on decades of behavioral research plus the experience of thousands of business clients, the authors take the mystery out of preparing for and executing negotiations—whether they involve multimillion-dollar deals or improving your next salary offer.” The Library also has an audiobook CD version of Negotiation Genius.|
See the SCL Biz Guide to Managing a Business for more help.
Tuesday 29 Sep 2009 | New Library Materials
Every business traveler knows that traveling for business is different than vacationing with the family. TripAdvisor.com, long a help to regular travelers has turned its attention to business trips with a new Business Travel Center. Read hotel reviews with the business traveler in mind, post questions in a discussion forum, check the weather and map meeting locations and nearby services in 750 cities around the world.
Monday 28 Sep 2009 | All Business
True to Our Roots: Fermenting a Business Revolution, by Paul Dolan [Bloomberg Press, 2009], “sets forth the simple but powerful management principles that enabled Fetzer Vineyards under Paul Dolan to become one of America’s biggest and best-know wineries even as it was becoming a model for sustainable business practices everywhere. Dolan and Fetzer led the California wine industry toward profound change in how wineries and grape growers preserve their environment, strengthen their communities, and enrich the lives of their employees, without sacrificing the bottom line.
Filled with personal anecdotes and practical wisdom, this book offers inspiration and guidance to business managers who see the compelling need to build and grow healthy, sustainable organizations.”
Friday 25 Sep 2009 | New Library Materials
Did you nominate your company in the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work? Be sure to attend the wine and hors d’oeuvres reception prior to the awards presentations.
September 30, 2009 • 5:30 – 7:30pm
Doubletree Hotel, Rohnert Park
Thursday 24 Sep 2009 | Business Events
“Get your eBay business started right away–the QuickSteps way. Color screenshots and clear instructions show you how to establish and run a profitable eBay business in no time. Follow along and learn how to create a business plan, build inventory, set up processing centers, create appealing listings, set up an eBay store, and market your business. You’ll also find out how to become an eBay Trading Assistant, use eBay sales outlets, and even raise money for your nonprofit on eBay. Use these handy guideposts:
Build an eBay Business QuickSteps, by John Cronon and Carole Matthews [McGraw Hill, 2009]
Tuesday 22 Sep 2009 | New Library Materials
In any economy, businesses must work smarter, not harder. The Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce and North Bay Business Builders present “The Essential Toolkit for Business Success Workshop,” designed to give businesses timely information to improve their bottom line.
Five experts representing different aspects of business and marketing will show workshop attendees how to:
September 24, 2009 • 9:00am – Noon
Rooster Run Banquet Room, 2301 East Washington Street, Petaluma
Saturday 19 Sep 2009 | Business Events
As part of the Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster‘s Business Essentials Series, Richard O’Hare will present “Intellectual Property Protection for the Startup Company — Developing a Strategy to Protect Your Intellectual Property Assets.”
Everyday your company is creating various types of “intellectual property” which provide value to your business. Some types of intellectual property, like new inventions, may be obvious; while others, such as customer lists or business methods, may not be so apparent. Learn how to identify, inventory, and protect these valuable assets to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Please bring your questions and join us to learn about:
* Trade Secrets
* Developing an intellectual property protection strategy
September 24, 2009 • 12 NOON – 1:30pm
The Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster, 1300 Valley House Lane, Suite 100, Rohnert Park
Thursday 17 Sep 2009 | Business Events
Why She Buys: The New Strategy for Reaching the World’s Most Powerful Consumers, by Bridget Brennan [Crown, 2009].
“The founder of Female Factor Strategic Consulting is a convincing cheerleader for marketing more effectively to women. She points out that women purchase or are the key influencers in about 80% of all consumer product sales in the U.S. alonebut 90% of marketing execs trying to reach them are men.
In her crusade to teach marketers to become female-literate, Brennan offers very practical advice, urging readers to think twice before using overtly “masculine” competitive messages, to avoid violent images and language, and to realize that women, focused on practicality rather than cool bells and whistles, require fairly sophisticated marketing: “pink is not a strategy,” she reminds us tartly. The five important global demographic changes affecting female consumerismmore women in the work force; delayed marriages and therefore more spending on self; lower birthrates resulting in fewer kids (but more stuff); a divorce economy, which translates into needing two of everything; and the growing rate of active older womenmean that the female market must be well catered to.
Brennan’s style is smart and straightforward, and her pragmatic advice is spot-on; marketers should take note.” PW 2009.
Tuesday 15 Sep 2009 | New Library Materials
The Small Business Development Center at SRJC presents this workshop that will get your managers and employees doing the little things that can make all the difference in business. Put these simple yet powerful concepts to use and you will see impressive improvements in service, customer loyalty and profits.
Let’s face it: customers who have a negative experience with your company can produce devastating ripple effects, and in this economy can quickly drag your business down. But, if you creatively apply a constant flow of small, customer-centered innovations, you will see consistent and persistent strengthening of your customer base.
During this interactive session, you learn the “50 Secrets” and leave with a ready-to-implement Customer Service Plan for your business!
August 24, 2009 • 6:00 – 9:00pm
SBDC, 421 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa
Friday 11 Sep 2009 | Business Events
Hosted by the North Bay Business Journal and moderated by Editor-in-Chief Brad Bollinger, this is a panel discussion focused on how to obtain business financing in the current economy including:
September 17, 2009 • 4:00 – 6:30pm
Sheraton Sonoma County, Petaluma
Thursday 10 Sep 2009 | Business Events
The E-Myth Enterprise: How to Turn a Great Idea into a Thriving Business, by Michael E. Gerber [HarperBusiness, 2009]
Gerber, entrepreneur and consultant, offers his perspective on inventing an original company and becoming successful in our free-market system in an atmosphere in which most companies fail and 6 out of 10 venture-capital-funded businesses also fail.
His is a book about the rare people he has met, passionate and persevering, who imagined and then created businesses unlike any they had seen. We learn that succeeding in a free market requires a company to continually beat the competition in satisfying the essential needs, expectations, and perceived preferences of four critical constituents: employees, customers, suppliers, and lenders (only serving customers is not sufficient). Collectively, these four groups determine a company’s life span.
In concluding, Gerber reflects, “Great companies . . . are headed by great people who are possessed by a burning hunger to create something perfect in the world that they can’t find in themselves.” They are driven by ideas. Everyone will not agree with all of Gerber’s beliefs, but he makes a compelling case for his views. This excellent book is a must-read for current and aspiring entrepreneurs. Booklist Reviews, 2009
Wednesday 09 Sep 2009 | New Library Materials
As part of the Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster‘s Distinguished Speakers Series, Steve Weiss, co-founder of the North Bay Angels and General Partner of Medical Technology Partners, will moderate a distinguished panel of investors representing both VC firms and Angel groups on current issues and trends in early-stage investing and how you can best position yourself to get funded.
Please join us following the panel discussion at Sally Tomatoes for networking with light appetizers provided – dinner and bar available.
September 10, 2009 • 4:00 – 6:00pm
The Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster Event Center Board Room, 300 Valley House Lane, Building 1100
Tuesday 08 Sep 2009 | Business Events
|From the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, A Basic Guide to Exporting: the Official Government Resource for Small and Medium-sized Businesses , will help you from start: Determining Your Products’ Export Potential to finish: Providing After-Sales Service.|
The Library has other books about exporting to help you get started.
Friday 04 Sep 2009 | New Library Materials
This workshop, presented by SCORE, is about selling on the internet: use the internet as a tool to provide more value than you could otherwise accomplish with traditional methods. So important for increasing sales in a down economy. Seminar presenter Master Marketer Jeffrey Schmidt has 40 years experience in Marketing.
September 12, 2009 • Registration is 8:30 AM–9 AM; Class from 9 AM–Noon
SRJC, 1597 Emeritus Hall on Elliott Avenue, Room 1520
See the SCL Biz Guide to Starting a Business for more help.
Tuesday 01 Sep 2009 | Business Events