Welcome
Greetings from our team at the Solano SBDC,

Fall continues to be the time to take steps toward your entrepreneurial future at the Solano SBDC. We continue adding to our team of expert counselors to better address your business challenges. This month we've added more startup and human resource workshops. Please keep an eye on the Solano SBDC Center Calendar and watch for our bi-monthly newsletters with information on additional classes we will be adding in the next few weeks.

We are excited to announce new Solano SBDC partnerships with Green Hive Spaces and the Vallejo Regional Education Center that will allow us to bring our workshops to more places and more populations in Solano County. Green Hive Spaces will be hosting workshops for us in downtown Vallejo  on Tuesday and  Thursday evenings. Starting in November we will be providing Spanish Language classes at The Vallejo Regional Education Center. We'll be announcing more partnerships and classes in the future.

It is never too soon to get started on your business journey!

Ann Johnson-Stromberg
Director, Solano Small Business Development Center

WORKSHOP:
Successful Startups in Solano - Parts 1 & 2


Part 1:
Wednesday, Sept 26 2018
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Part 2:
Thursday, Sept 27 2018
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce
1111 Webster St.
Fairfield, CA 94533

Part 1 - First Steps: Learn the pros and cons of starting your own business and how to position yourself as a successful entrepreneur. We will share invaluable resources to take a new business through the nuts and bolts of starting your business including licenses and permits.

Part 2 - Business Planning: The second session will provide an overview of the business planning process and share a multitude of key information sources for developing your business plan.

You will also learn how to take advantage of the Small Business Development Center's free training and advising services for your new business, and more!


Instructor Sandy Markus has been in entrepreneurial environments her whole professional career in corporate divisions, venture capital funded start-ups, and launched her own small business. She has been a lead SBDC Advisor and Trainer for startup businesses for six years.

Sandy brings a unique understanding and experience in and with start-ups, marketing and business development in the service, retail, wholesale, software-as-a-service, education, and nonprofit sectors.
WORKSHOP:


Thursday, Sept 27 2018
9:00am to 12:00pm

Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce
1111 Webster St.
Fairfield, CA 94533

California wants to buy your product or services. Are you ready to sell them? The state of California is the fifth largest economy in the world! State agencies purchase everything from office supplies to construction services to goat rentals (seriously!), and everything in
between. If you sell it, they probably buy it!

You Will Learn How To:
  • Find, bid on and win state government contracts
  • Navigate Cal eProcure
  • Easily get certified as a Small Business or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SB/DVBE)
  • Market your business to state agencies
  • Advertise to prime contractors
  • Receive free procurement assistance from Norcal PTAC and the DBE Support Services program
Agencies Participating:
  • Department of General Services (DGS)
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Caltrans
  • California Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • Department of Consumer Affairs
  • And more!
WORKSHOP:


Thursday, Oct 4 2018
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce
1111 Webster St.
Fairfield, CA 94533

The labor market is changing! With California unemployment at an all time low, 50% of businesses report hiring is their biggest challenge.  Join human resource and organizational transformation expert, Chana Anderson for an interactive training on what it takes to find and keep employees in 2018.
 
This workshop covers the new independent contractor case law and how it impacts your business, as well as key trends and essential tips to make you more successful at recruiting and retaining a talented workforce.
Chana Anderson is a HR leader with experience and expertise in leadership development, organizational effectiveness and change, executive coaching, employee and labor relations, and performance management. Her 20-year HR career spans a multitude of industries including banking, tourism, healthcare and non-profits. Chana is certified as a Certified Executive Coach and Senior Professional in Human Resources.  She holds a certificate in Human Resource Management from University California San Diego, as well as a bachelor's degree in Organizational Studies, and a master's degree in Leadership from St. Mary's College of California
WORKSHOP:
Successful Startups in Solano - Parts 1 & 2


Wednesday, Oct 10 2018
9:00am to 12:30pm

Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce
1111 Webster St.
Fairfield, CA 94533

Part 1 - First Steps: Learn the pros and cons of starting your own business and how to position yourself as a successful entrepreneur. We will share invaluable resources to take a new business through the nuts and bolts of starting your business including licenses and permits.

Part 2 - Business Planning: The second session will provide an overview of the business planning process and share a multitude of key information sources for developing your business plan.

You will also learn how to take advantage of the Small Business Development Center's free training and advising services for your new business, and more!


Instructor Sandy Markus has been in entrepreneurial environments her whole professional career in corporate divisions, venture capital funded start-ups, and launched her own small business. She has been a lead SBDC Advisor and Trainer for startup businesses for six years.

Sandy brings a unique understanding and experience in and with start-ups, marketing and business development in the service, retail, wholesale, software-as-a-service, education, and nonprofit sectors.
WORKSHOP:
Managing your Restaurant and Retail Workforce:
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


Monday, October 15, 2018 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce
1111 Webster St.
Fairfield, CA 94533

Are you struggling to manage your restaurant employees?  Do you wonder if you are doing things correctly?

Join restaurant specialist Louise Dawson and human relations expert Chana Anderson for a special presentation on Managing Your Restaurant Workforce.
In this workshop you will learn the do's and don'ts of HR restaurant management from Independent Contractor vs. Employee, Exempt vs. Non Exempt, Overtime, Meal and Rest Breaks, the hiring process, managing poor performance, managing paperwork, terminations and more.

There will be plenty of time for Q & A, so bring your questions and register today!


Louise Dawson is an SBDC Certified Business Advisor and Hospitality Specialist who brings to her clients over 30 years of industry experience: owning and operating bars, restaurants and retail consulting, advising, teaching, and training, Louise brings real-life experience to start-ups, with pre-opening education and organization and, to existing businesses, operational strategy and ongoing systems and training.
Chana Anderson is a HR leader with experience and expertise in leadership development, organizational effectiveness and change, executive coaching, employee and labor relations, and performance management. Her 20-year HR career spans a multitude of industries including banking, tourism, healthcare and non-profits. Chana is certified as a Certified Executive Coach and Senior Professional in Human Resources.  She holds a certificate in Human Resource Management from University California San Diego, as well as a bachelor's degree in Organizational Studies, and a master's degree in Leadership from St. Mary's College of California
WORKSHOP:


Thursday, Oct 25 2018
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Green Hive Spaces
425 Virginia St, Suite B
Vallejo, CA 94590

The labor market is changing! With California unemployment at an all time low, 50% of businesses report hiring is their biggest challenge.  Join human resource and organizational transformation expert, Chana Anderson for an interactive training on what it takes to find and keep employees in 2018.
 
This workshop covers the new independent contractor case law and how it impacts your business, as well as key trends and essential tips to make you more successful at recruiting and retaining a talented workforce.

Chana Anderson is a HR leader with experience and expertise in leadership development, organizational effectiveness and change, executive coaching, employee and labor relations, and performance management. Her 20-year HR career spans a multitude of industries including banking, tourism, healthcare and non-profits. Chana is certified as a Certified Executive Coach and Senior Professional in Human Resources.  She holds a certificate in Human Resource Management from University California San Diego, as well as a bachelor's degree in Organizational Studies, and a master's degree in Leadership from St. Mary's College of California
WORKSHOP:
Successful Startups in Solano - Parts 1 & 2


Part 1:
Tuesday, Oct 30 2018
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Part 2:
Thursday, Nov 1 2018
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Green Hive Spaces
425 Virginia St, Suite B
Vallejo, CA 94590

Part 1 - First Steps: Learn the pros and cons of starting your own business and how to position yourself as a successful entrepreneur. We will share invaluable resources to take a new business through the nuts and bolts of starting your business including licenses and permits.

Part 2 - Business Planning: The second session will provide an overview of the business planning process and share a multitude of key information sources for developing your business plan.

You will also learn how to take advantage of the Small Business Development Center's free training and advising services for your new business, and more!



Instructor Sandy Markus has been in entrepreneurial environments her whole professional career in corporate divisions, venture capital funded start-ups, and launched her own small business. She has been a lead SBDC Advisor and Trainer for startup businesses for six years.

Sandy brings a unique understanding and experience in and with start-ups, marketing and business development in the service, retail, wholesale, software-as-a-service, education, and nonprofit sectors.
WORKSHOP:


Tuesday, Nov 6 2018
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Vallejo Regional Education Center
436 Del Sur Street
Vallejo, CA

Introducción a los conceptos básicos financieros. De donde viene sus ingresos y a donde van. Estrategias de como ahorrar dinero.  La clase será enseñada en español.

Para registrarse: Complete nuestro formulario de registro en línea, se necesitará información adicional al momento de la clase.
 
Introduction to basic financial concepts. Where your money comes from and where it goes. Strategies to save money.  Class will be taught in Spanish.

To Register: Complete our online registration form, additional information will be needed at the time of the class.


Luis Nanez studied Business Administration at San Marcos University in Lima-Peru. His career in sales and small businesses has lasted more than 20 years. He has been a small business owner and service industry entrepreneur for 17 years and a real estate professional for more 14 years. Currently, he shares his extensive knowledge in classrooms all over the Bay Area. Luis combines classroom teaching, a "business-like" setting, an emphasis in student participation, and a good sense of humor to help students experience first-hand the excitement and reality of opening small businesses, learn about the possible challenges and obstacles they might face running their own business, and how to avoid them.
WORKSHOP:
Successful Startups in Solano - Parts 1 & 2


Tuesday, Nov 13 2018
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday, Nov 14 2018
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce
1111 Webster St.
Fairfield, CA 94533
Part 1 - First Steps: Learn the pros and cons of starting your own business and how to position yourself as a successful entrepreneur. We will share invaluable resources to take a new business through the nuts and bolts of starting your business including licenses and permits.

Part 2 - Business Planning: The second session will provide an overview of the business planning process and share a multitude of key information sources for developing your business plan.

You will also learn how to take advantage of the Small Business Development Center's free training and advising services for your new business, and more!


Instructor Sandy Markus has been in entrepreneurial environments her whole professional career in corporate divisions, venture capital funded start-ups, and launched her own small business. She has been a lead SBDC Advisor and Trainer for startup businesses for six years.

Sandy brings a unique understanding and experience in and with start-ups, marketing and business development in the service, retail, wholesale, software-as-a-service, education, and nonprofit sectors.
WORKSHOP:


Tuesday, Nov 13 2018
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Vallejo Regional Education Center
436 Del Sur Street
Vallejo, CA

Aprenda los principios fundamentales de como empezar un negocio, desde organizar su horario hasta como calcular sus costos que se necesita para iniciar y operar de su negocio. Además revisaremos el proceso de cómo obtener licencias, nombre ficticio, contrato de empleados, registro en los libros contables, contrato de alquiler, y mucho más... La clase será enseñada en español.

Para registrarse: Complete nuestro formulario de registro en línea, se necesitará información adicional al momento de la clase.
 
Learn the fundamentals to start a small business, from organizing your calendar to calculate the start-up cost and working capital needed to start and operate your business. We also review the legal aspects of the business such as: business license(s), register fictitious name, hiring employees, bookkeeping, lease agreements, and much more.  Class will be taught in Spanish.

To Register: Complete our online registration form, additional information will be needed at the time of the class.


Luis Nanez studied Business Administration at San Marcos University in Lima-Peru. His career in sales and small businesses has lasted more than 20 years. He has been a small business owner and service industry entrepreneur for 17 years and a real estate professional for more 14 years. Currently, he shares his extensive knowledge in classrooms all over the Bay Area. Luis combines classroom teaching, a "business-like" setting, an emphasis in student participation, and a good sense of humor to help students experience first-hand the excitement and reality of opening small businesses, learn about the possible challenges and obstacles they might face running their own business, and how to avoid them.

Solano SBDC
707.646.1071
solanosbdc.org






 

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance of our workshops. Contact the Solano SBDC at 707.646.1071 or email intakes@solanosbdc.org