SEDCorp Announces Workshops for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner?   Did you know that 89% of annual incomes over $50,000 are earned by owners of small businesses? But, four out of five small businesses don’t last five years. What is the difference between success and failure?  Knowledge.  That is why the Sierra Economic Development Corporation (SEDCorp) is ramping up a diverse selection of classes with expert instructors.  SEDCorp, who is in the business of supporting the growth of small businesses through training workshops and small business loans, is providing the following classes in February in Auburn, Grass Valley and Placerville.

Making Solar Electricity Benefit Your Business
February 3, 2010 – Auburn
Learn the different types of solar electricity, rate structures and rates, rebates, tax credits, depreciation and much more.

Exploring Franchising as a Career Option
February 4, 2010 – Auburn, $45.00
A franchise career can open doors you never knew existed.  Learn how to reduce your risk and improve your chances of success in buying a franchise.

Business Identity Theft Compliance Workshop
February 17, 2010 – Auburn, $35.00
Did you know that FTC Identity theft laws will be enforced on June 1, 2010?  Learn what you need to know if you accept credit cards or bill customers; how much you can be fined and held personally liable.  This workshop is critical to small business owners.

Survival Tools to Manage Your Business Finances
February 11, 2010 – Grass Valley, $45.00
February 18, 2010 – Auburn, $45.00
This workshop will cover financial implications of common accounting transactions, financial forecasting, break-even analysis and cash flow projections.  If you don’t understand these – you are missing the boat.  Learn how to forecast accurately and realistically and whether or not you have enough money in the business to survive.

QuickBooks Class
February 6, 2010 – Setup & Data Entry – Auburn, $60.00 *
February 10, 2010 – Reports & More… – Auburn, $35.00 *
You will receive hands-on training on understanding the importance of setup, how QuickBooks Works, how to create a company file and how to reconcile accounts.   Bring your laptop and get a hands-on training experience.  Reports & More will focus on how to use fixed asset items to track assets, how to use Loan Manage to track loans, how to customize forms and reports and how to analyze data.  * Take both classes for $85.00 and save $10.00.

Internet Marketing
February 9, 2010 – Beginner Class – Grass Valley, $45.00
February 16, 2010 – Intermediate Class – Grass Valley, $45.00
The Beginner class you will learn how to get top rankings on Google, how to pick the right keywords for your business and you will be shown free tools to market locally, track website visitors and improve your business.  The Intermediate class will cover implementation of Internet marketing skills presented in the beginner class.  Advanced techniques of keyword research and competitor analysis will be explained using examples from class participants.  Other topics will include link building, Social Media Marketing, Google Analytics and Pay Per Click advertising.

Body Language / Communication Skills and Time Management
February 16, 2010 – Auburn, $35.00
Do you know the proper way to handshake?  Or how to sit in an interview?  Could a little planning give you a lot more to show for each day?  This workshop touches on nonverbal communication and time management.  Learn skills to manage both.

Business Boot Camp
January 26-27-28, 2010 – Auburn
February 23-24-25, 2010 – Placerville
Expert instructors to provide business & marketing analysis, marketing plans, financial management, tips to optimize your website, business legalities, transition and retirement planning.   Cost:  Free!

Please call 530-823-4703 or email  to reserve your seat.    Make 2010 a better business year.


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