Throughout the year, the SBDC offers a diverse selection of low cost classes to area businesses. Each course is designed to give you helpful tools, tips, and techniques to assist you in your business. Choose a location under “Event Category” below to view a calendar of upcoming classes. You can register online, or by calling our offices.

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Valley Sierra SBDC

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Upcoming Events

February 2018

Modesto: Employee Law Update

February 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Valley Sierra SBDC Modesto, 1625 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354 United States
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DO YOU HAVE EMPLOYEES? It’s important to be in compliance with new Employment Laws to avoid lawsuits and have a successful business. *Expansion of Parental Baby Bonding Leave Protections *Posting Requirements including expanded human trafficking notice *Prohibited pre-employment inquiries regarding salary and conviction records *AB 5-Mandates offering additional hours to existing employees prior to hiring new employees

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March 2018

Mariposa: Mastering Social Media (on an hour a day)

March 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Mariposa Goverment Center / Supervisor’s Chambers, 5100 Bullion St.
Mariposa, CA 85338 United States
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In today’s business climate, most owners know the importance of integrating a robust social media campaign into their overall marketing strategy.  However, with all the pressures of running a business, we often find that social media becomes an after thought or inconsistent at our best.  This interactive workshop will cover: 15 tips to help any business owner or manager become a social media master - almost overnight How to draft a month full of content in less than 30 minutes…

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Mariposa: Getting Tourists Out of Their Cars and Into Your Business

March 5 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Mariposa Goverment Center / Supervisor’s Chambers, 5100 Bullion St.
Mariposa, CA 85338 United States
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As a business located in one of California’s most desirable tourism corridors, encouraging visitors to stop, park and spend their valuable disposable dollars with you is critical to your bottom line. During this workshop, attendees will discuss: Importance of your social media brand in supporting a visitor’s “must stop here” decision prior to their arrival to your community and business Capturing a visitor’s attention from the street to the curb to your storefront Turning visitors into life-long customers Experiential shopping…

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Sonora: Business Expo

March 7 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St
Sonora, CA United States
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  “Together We Are the Destination” A visitor’s experience begins when they park their car and doesn’t end until they get back in and drive to the next destination. Every minute they are in your town influences their experience, and as their host, we need to make sure that they leave with memories that will bring them back again . . . and again. Lani’s presentation will include: Importance of Image Creating a Genuine Relationship Cultivating a Cohesive Experience Lani…

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Modesto: Business Start Up

March 13 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Valley Sierra SBDC Modesto, 1625 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Los Banos: Business Startup

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Los Banos Community Center Lounge, 645 7th Street
Los Banos, CA 93635 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Merced: Business Start Up

March 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St
Merced, CA 95340 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Modesto: Federal Taxes and Small Business

March 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Valley Sierra SBDC Modesto, 1625 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354 United States
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Join us for a workshop focusing on the key impacts of the 2017 federal tax law and how they will effect Local Businesses. Led by Grimbleby Coleman CPAs. Hope to see you there!

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SBDC Day

March 22
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Modesto: Business Management in 8 Weeks

March 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 15, 2018

Valley Sierra SBDC Modesto, 1625 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354 United States
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$99

This class will occur on Tuesdays. March 27, 2018 - May 15, 2018 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Attendees will learn: How to Write a “Bankable” Business Plan. Elements of a Successful Business. Business Records and Taxes. Employer Laws and Insurance Requirements. Locate and Secure Business Funding. Marketing and Customer Acquisition. How to Operate a Successful Business Who should attend: People serious about starting and operating a profitable business. Owners who want to grow their business and improve profits.

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April 2018

Modesto: Business Funding Forum

April 3 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Stanislaus County Harvest Hall, 3800 Cornucopia Way
Modesto, CA 95358 United States
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Stay tuned! Detail to come...

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Modesto: Business Start Up

April 10 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Valley Sierra SBDC Modesto, 1625 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Los Banos: Business Startup

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Los Banos Community Center Lounge, 645 7th Street
Los Banos, CA 93635 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Merced: Business Start Up

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Valley Sierra SBDC Merced, 1735 M Street
Merced, CA 95340 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Sonora: Restaurateur Training Series

April 23 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks Hotel & Conference Center, 19551 Hess Ave
Sonora, CA 95370 United States
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TOPICS COVERED: Customer Service Strategies Cost Controls & Strategic Operations Sales Growth & Improving Profitability Instructed by Tom Bruce, President of Central Coast Food & Beverage Serving the hospitality industry for over 30 years and is an accredited vocational instructor, is certified by the National & California Restaurant Associations and is a qualified HACCP & ServeSafe instructor.  

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National Small Business Week

April 29 - May 5
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May 2018

Merced: Business Funding Forum

May 1 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Merced College Business Resource Center, 630 W. 19th Street
Merced, CA 95340 United States
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Modesto: Business Start Up

May 8 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Valley Sierra SBDC Modesto, 1625 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Los Banos: Business Startup

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Los Banos Community Center Lounge, 645 7th Street
Los Banos, CA 93635 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Modesto: Quickbooks Desktop Training

May 10 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on May 17, 2018 at 8:30am

Valley Sierra SBDC Modesto, 1625 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354 United States
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$149

Dates Thursday, May 10, 2018 Thursday, May 17, 2018   Never used QuickBooks before? No problem. Using QuickBooks and still have questions? We're here to help. Our expert QuickBooks Pro Advisor will teach you how to efficiently and effectively use Quickbooks as your accounting system.   This two part hands on training will cover accounting basics and beyond such as:   Setting up a company Reviewing the chart of accounts Working with customers & estimates Reconciling a credit card statement…

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Merced: Business Start Up

May 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Valley Sierra SBDC Merced, 1735 M Street
Merced, CA 95340 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Modesto: Intro to Quickbooks

May 22 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Valley Sierra SBDC Modesto, 1625 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354 United States
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Is QuickBooks for Desktop right for you? This two hour demonstration will cover: Accounting Basics Getting around in QuickBooks for Desktop How easy it is to set up your company file Adding customers, vendors and employees Adding items There will also be time for Q&A with a QuickBooks Pro Advisor.  

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Merced: QuickBooks Desktop Training

May 22 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30am on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

Valley Sierra SBDC Merced, 1735 M Street
Merced, CA 95340 United States
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$149

Dates Tuesday, May 22nd Tuesday, May 29th Never used QuickBooks before? No problem. Using QuickBooks and still have questions? We're here to help. Our expert QuickBooks Pro Advisor will teach you what it takes to get you up and running. From setting up your company to managing your chart of accounts. This two part series will cover accounting basics and beyond such as: Creating a company Reviewing the chart of accounts Working with customers & estimates Reconciling a credit card…

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June 2018

Sonora: QuickBooks Desktop Training

June 5 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 12, 2018

Workplace Sonora, 320 W. Stockton Street
Sonora, CA 95370 United States
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$149

Dates Tuesday, June 5th Tuesday, June 12th   Never used QuickBooks before? No problem. Using QuickBooks and still have questions? We're here to help. Our expert QuickBooks Pro Advisor will teach you how to efficiently and effectively use Quickbooks as your accounting system.   This two part hands on training will cover accounting basics and beyond such as:   Setting up a company Reviewing the chart of accounts Working with customers & estimates Reconciling a credit card statement   In…

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Modesto: Selling to Local/State Government

June 6 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Stanislaus County Harvest Hall, 3800 Cornucopia Way
Modesto, CA 95358 United States
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Stay tuned, details to come!

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Modesto: Business Start Up

June 12 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Valley Sierra SBDC Modesto, 1625 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Los Banos: Business Startup

June 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Los Banos Community Center Lounge, 645 7th Street
Los Banos, CA 93635 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Merced: Business Start Up

June 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Valley Sierra SBDC Merced, 1735 M Street
Merced, CA 95340 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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July 2018

Modesto: Business Start Up

July 10 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Valley Sierra SBDC Modesto, 1625 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Merced: Business Start Up

July 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Valley Sierra SBDC Merced, 1735 M Street
Merced, CA 95340 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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August 2018

Modesto: Business Start Up

August 14 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Valley Sierra SBDC Modesto, 1625 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Merced: Business Start Up

August 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Valley Sierra SBDC Merced, 1735 M Street
Merced, CA 95340 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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September 2018

Modesto: Business Start Up

September 11 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Valley Sierra SBDC Modesto, 1625 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Merced: Business Start Up

September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Valley Sierra SBDC Merced, 1735 M Street
Merced, CA 95340 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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October 2018

Modesto: Business Start Up

October 9 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Valley Sierra SBDC Modesto, 1625 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354 United States
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Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a new business? This workshop is intended for the budding entrepreneur who…

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Merced: Business Start Up

October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
United Way Merced, 658 W Main St
Merced, CA 95340 United States
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UPDATED LOCATION: UNITED WAY MERCED 658 W MAIN STREET, MERCED, CA 95340 Do you dream of owning your own business? Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? Take this free one hour workshop that introduces the entrepreneur to the basics of starting a new business: Is your idea viable? What kind of financing will it take to open your business? Why do you need a business plan? What are the risks, pitfalls and requirements of opening a…

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