Bay Area Workshops

Understanding Business Contracts

Join ICA Fund Good Jobs and Start Small Think Big's Joshua Singh and learn about tendering contracts, commonly-included language, and obligations of each party as it relates to business and business transactions.

This workshop is perfect for entrepreneurs wanting to learn how to better navigate the world of contracts and agreements. We'll touch on topics like negotiation techniques, non-compete and non-disclosure clauses, and contract enforcement.

Friday, July 19, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland 94612

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Choosing the Right Entity for Your Business

Facilitated by a lawyer, this workshop is designed to give you an overview of the various legal structures that are available to you if you decide to start your own business (e.g., LLC, C-Corp, S-Corp, Sole Proprietorship, etc.), as well as some of the legal and tax consequences of each. This workshop will be an important first step in choosing the legal structure that works best for you.

Monday, July 22, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 PM
San Francisco Small Business Administration, 455 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco 94105

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New York City Workshops

Database Demo Day

As a part of the Small Business How-to Seminars, learn how to use the Library's electronic resources for business at Database Demo Day. This informative event will be held at NYPL's Science, Industry & Business Library (SIBL), 188 Madison Avenue (@34th Street), on Tuesday, July 17, 2019 from 10:30am - 7:30 pm.

The Library has some of the most expensive and sought-after electronic resources --databases-- for doing market research, and yet, few people know they exist, and fewer know how to use them... The best part? The Library makes them available to you at no cost. By learning how to use these electronic resources that Fortune 500s rely on to do their business, you will give your enterprise a leg up too. Visit NYPL's event page to learn more. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2019
10:30am - 7:30 pm
NYPL's Science, Industry & Business Library (SIBL), 188 Madison Avenue (@34th Street).

Online registration required.
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Introduction to Social Media

In this workshop, we will introduce the basic elements of a thoughtful social media strategy for small businesses. We will explain the difference between each platform and how to optimize your presence in each to grow your followers. We will also discuss strategies for developing content, ideal days for posts, and how to increase followers. Participants will walk away with a strategy for their business, including target metrics and goals for the business and a guideline for how to determine that a strategy is not working.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM
YWCA, 30 Third Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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General Principles of Privacy: Small Business Law Q&A

Do you have a startup or a small business? Even if your virtual business is solely conducted online you need to understand the basic principles of privacy and how to draft your own privacy policy. Alex Stepick, Legal Program Director of Start Small Think Big, and a team of legal experts, will discuss what you should to address the issue of online privacy. You can ask your most pressing questions to a team of expert lawyers.

Thursday, July 24, 2019 
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), 188 Madison Ave @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016

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Financial Projections

In this workshop, we discuss how to prepare financial projections by emphasizing feasibility analysis and how to set goals for your business to plan for success. In addition, we cover pricing strategy, profit margin analysis, break-even analysis, COGS vs. Operating Costs, and how business activities are reflected in financial statements.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Chase Innovation Center, 55 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

Check our website in the coming weeks, registration instructions will be posted.

Legal Essentials for Doing Business Online

This workshop will cover: (1) website Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies, including whether and when you need to use them, what should be included, and what they mean; (2) how to avoid copyright infringement issues when adding textual and photographic content to your business website; and (3) social media's intersection with business and law, including website comments sections and other user generated content.

Thursday, August 15, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Small Business Support Center, 90-27 Sutphin Boulevard - 4th Floor, Queens, NY 11435

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Financial Projections (Session 1)

The first session will cover establishing a benchmark, COGS vs. Operating Costs, pricing strategy.

Thursday, August 20, 2019
6:00-7:30 PM
Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), 188 Madison Ave @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016

No registration required.
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Financial Projections (Session 2)

The second session will build on the first to cover break-even analysis, profit margin analysis, cash flow statements, financing capacity, and how business activities are reflected in financial statements.

Tuesday, August 22, 2019
6:00-7:30 PM
Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), 188 Madison Ave @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016

No registration required.
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Financial Planning Day

This day long event will focus on personal finances and offer attendees an opportunity to:

  • Hear from Experts: 12 classes on financial/life issues

  • Meet with the Counselors: Credit Crisis, Medicare, and Financial Professionals

  • Browse the Financial Fair: Information provided by government and non-profit organizations

  • Explore the Library’s Resources: Learn how to find and compare investment options

Friday, September 20, 2019
188 Madison Avenue (@34th Street)

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