Getting Started: Technology Tips for Small Business

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 3:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PDT
Small to medium sized businesses have an interest in learning about the latest technology and in knowing where to get the right information. Companies who adopt cloud technologies grow faster than companies who don’t. This webinar will help you decide what technology is important to your business, what is not, and how to enhance business productivity. 


Sheraton Gateway Hotel
6101 W. Century Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90045
May 11, 2016
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT

U.S. trade with the world rose to $3.75 Trillion in 2015, according to a WorldCity analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data. What does this mean and who are our top trade partners? Take a closer look and learn who the players are and what is being traded around the world.

This event is sponsored by the Los Angeles Airport and the Port of Los Angeles at No Cost to you. At this event you will learn about trends in export and import of products and the importance of Emerging Markets for your products.

De-Mystifying Exports & Imports – San Francisco, CA

San Francisco SBA Entrepreneur Center
455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105
April 12, 2016 | 08:30 am – 01:00 pm PST

$55 – A Must for Anyone Looking to Join the Global Marketplace: International trade offers excellent opportunities for both start-ups and existing businesses. This workshop encompasses a wide range of topics including – Getting Started with successful import & export marketing. Discover procedures, policy, and international transactions. Developing agreements with overseas relationships. Learn the role of freight forwarders and customs brokers. Financing International transactions.

SBAs’ posting of events is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products, or services of any Cosponsor or other person or entity.

All SBA programs or cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.

Essential Elements for Social Media Marketing Strategy

Microsoft Store – Fashion Show Mall
3200 S. Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
June 9, 2016 | 08:30 am – 10:00 am PST

Do you need help getting started with your social media marketing strategy? Join us to learn about how to successfully include social media into your marketing plan. We will explore how to determine if your business needs to be on social media, what you want to accomplish and some tips for creating a social media playbook. We will also talk about the time and resource commitments you will need to take into account when considering your social media strategy.

How to Create a Successful Online Business

Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
George Brown Center-2nd Floor
Louisville, KY 40205
April 16, 2016 | 08:00 am – 03:00 pm EST

Do you want to start your own successful online business? Whether you have an idea for a product or service that you want to sell online, have an existing product or service that you want to get online, or just have a desire to be your own boss and work from home, this is the class for you. You will learn from a current successful internet business owner with 20 years of internet entrepreneurial experience. This six-hour course will explain how to adapt your product or service so it can be sold, branded, marketed and protected successfully online. We will cover options for creating and marketing your online presence and discuss individual questions.

Entrepreneurship 101:

Morris County Economic Development Corporation
325 Columbia Turnpike
Florham Park, NJ 07932
April 12, 2016 | 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm EST

This FREE program is being presented by UCEDC, a nonprofit economic development corporation that is dedicated to helping New Jersey’s small business community, in partnership with the Morris County Economic Development Corporation. Do you have what it takes to run a successful small business? At one time or another, almost everyone has had the idea of starting their own business. What separates the successful businesses from the ones that crash and burn is the work done to realistically determine if the business will succeed. The excitement that comes with entrepreneurship needs to be tempered by due diligence before you move forward in your venture. This six-week course will help guide you through the early stages of the entrepreneurial process and will give you the tools to provide you with the best chance to turn your business idea into a success.

SBA-Federal Certifications Workshop for Small Business

721 19th Street, Suite 426, Denver, CO, 80202

The SBA – Colorado District Office will be hosting a FREE workshop on how to apply for certifications needed to conduct business with the federal government.The next scheduled training class will be on April 12th 2016, 9:00am

Federal Certifications include:

Woman-Owned Small Business

Small Disadvantaged Business

Veteran & Service Disabled Veteran Program

8(a) Business Development Program

HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program (verify if you are in a HUBZone at

All SBA Seminars are FREE of Charge

Workshop location is at the SBA Colorado District Office 721 19th St. Suite 426, Denver CO 80202

The closest light rail station is 18th and Stout. Paid parking is available on the street or in various parking garages in the area. 

All SBA programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Brad Currie at 303.844.0509

Overview of SBA Programs and Services

233 Peacthree St., NE, Suite 1900

Harris Tower, Atlanta, GA 30303

This workshop will enable you to gain a better understanding of the various SBA programs and services that are available to potential and existing entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their small business adventure.
General information will be provided on the following SBA programs: Hubzone, 8(a) Business Development; Government Contracting; Women Owned Small Business Federal Contracting; Veterans/Service Disabled Veterans Federal Contracting; Surety Bond Guarantee; SBA 7(a) Loan Program; Microloan Program; CDC/504 Loan Programs; SBA Resource Partners.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The SBA does NOT validate parking. Closest parking available to the Harris Tower is on John Portman Blvd., Peachtree Center Ave., and Andrew Young International Blvd. There is NO direct street access to our building. If using MARTA, exit at the Peachtree Center Station.   

About the SBA

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Build Your Business Plan

Build Your Business Plan

Are you interested in starting a business? Creating a business plan is one of the most important steps you will take because the plan serves as your road map for the early years of your business. The business plan generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to reach its yearly milestones, including revenue projections. A well thought out plan also helps you to step-back and think objectively about the key elements of your business venture and informs your decision-making on a regular basis.

SBA’s Business Plan Tool provides you with a step-by-step guide to help you get started. All of your information entered into this tool can only be viewed by accessing your account using the password you have specified. Not only can you save your plan as a PDF file, you can also update it at any time, making this a living plan to which you can often refer. You can also use your completed business plan to discuss next steps with a mentor or counselor from an SBA resource partner such as SCORE, a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or a Women’s Business Center (WBC).

Complete each section of SBA’s Business Plan Tool at your own pace. Save your work at any time and pick up where you left off the next time you log into the tool. Your information will be saved for up to six months after your last login date.

During the step-by-step process, this tool will update the status of your business plan. Once you save your information and move to a new section in the business plan, a checkmark will appear in the numbered section menu at the top of the screen denoting when each section is complete.


Spokane – Introduction to Harmonized Tariff System

Spokane – Introduction to Harmonized Tariff System
Schedule B Classification Training
March 29, 2016
United States

This program will help you begin to understand how to use the Harmonized Tariff System for imports and the Schedule B listing for exports. You will learn and review the 6 GRI- General Rules of Interpretation used to classify every product. You will learn instructions amp; CBP based sample classifications using each of the GRI’s.

This training will show you how CBP reviews binding ruling requests and what that means for your products by using the CROSS system.
-Understand how, why and when the Harmonized Tariff Schedule was created.
-Learn what the GRI – General Rules of Interpretation are and how they are used on every classification.
-Review the roles of a customs broker, freight forwarder and importer/exporter of record.
– Learn the difference between a Schedule B amp; HTS number.
– Understand how to use the CROSS- Customs ruling on-line search system.
– Review instructor amp; CBP based specific classification examples.

Cost is $55 per person (pre-register by March 8th for Spokane, June 1st for Seattle)
$65 per person (register after May 8th, and June 1st respectively).
Cost includes all reference material, morning coffee amp; lunch.

This training usually costs $250 but is in part funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant.