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Small Business Workshop

I’m doing a workshop on Legal Topics for Start-Ups, on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at National University in Costa Mesa, CA.  Among the topics covered will be:  choosing a business entity, comparing features of an S Corp vs. LLC, basic contract law, trademark and copyright issues, privacy law, and Internet marketing issues.  The workshop is part of an all-day program put on by the Orange County Chapter of SCORE, called Business Start-Up Essentials, that covers additional topics such as basic accounting, finance, sales and marketing, human resources and insurance issues for small business :

SCORE Workshop
“Business Start-up Essentials”
Where & When
Saturday January 29, 2011
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
National University
3390 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

$50 at the door
(cash or check only)

$40 if you pre-register online at

Business Start-up Essentials Overview
This full day workshop will teach you how to start and manage your business. Topics covered include selling techniques, targeted marketing, promotion, human resource issues, understanding financial statements, bookkeeping tips, the business plan, and legal issues. This workshop is designed to provide information for existing businesses that is equally valuable to prospective start-ups. Each section of the workshop covers a different critical business skill and is taught by a SCORE counselor with expertise and experience in that field.
8:30 – 9:15 AM “Business Start-up Basics”
Presented by SCORE Counselor John Lafare. His business experience covers over 40 years of business, management, and executive responsibilities in small to mid-size and large enterprises, including 30 years in the banking and management industries. John advises clients on a broad range of financial issues and is a Finance instructor for the University of Phoenix. He holds degrees in Accounting and Finance, including an MBA in Finance from UCLA.
9:15 – 10:00 AM “Hiring Employees & Contractors”
Presented by SCORE Counselor Robin Noah. With more than 30 years Human Resource and Business Management experience, Robin can relate to the issues that are common to all business. To be successful she had to learn how to reach out and build networks of people. Her SCORE clients have said that they always leave her sessions energized and ready to take on anything that comes along.
10:00 – 10:15 AM – Break
10:15 – 12 Noon “Legal Topics For Start-ups”
Presented by SCORE Counselor Elissa Warantz. Elissa spent over 25 years as in house legal counsel for a major petrochemical company. As such she has experience in negotiating and securing large engineering, procurement and construction contracts as well as general business legal matters. Elissa won’t be your attorney but she can help you with the right questions to ask in your business negotiations or with your own legal counsel.
12 Noon – 1:00 PM – Lunch Break
1 – 1:45 PM “The Elevator Pitch: How to Sell Your Idea”
Presented by SCORE Counselors Carl Lekander & John Lafare
Carl Lekander spent more than 35 years with Ford Motor Company. He was involved in all aspects of dealer/distributor matters including motivational and incentive programs. John Lafare (see above)
1:45 – 2:30 PM “Accounting, Taxes & Insurance”
Presented by SCORE Counselor John Lafare (see above)
2:30 – 2:45 PM – Break
2:45 – 3:30 PM “Business & Marketing Plan”
Presented by SCORE Counselor John Lafare (see above)
3:30 – 4:30 PM
“Financial Projections & Sources of Funding”
Presented by SCORE Counselor John Lafare (see above)
200 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Suite 700
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Limited seating, save yours
Please Click Here to pre-register
SCORE services are provided on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, gender, age, national origin, or disability

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