Small Business Workshops For Entrepreneurs

Grow your Business with the Marin Small Business Development Center

College of Marin’s small business classes are created in partnership with the Marin Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Most classes are only $25 each.

The SBDC conducts a wide variety of business workshops and a variety of best practice programs designed to help small businesses increase sales and profits.

Workshops are led by experienced professionals who overview their topics, provide several real-world examples and answer questions from workshop participants.

Most workshops finish with a panel of experts that provide additional insight, participate in a lively question-and-answer session and then stay to speak with attendees one-on-one after the seminar.

Or register via phone – call 415-485-9305

Create an Online Store: Tuesday, September 12 2017

- Two Day Class - September 12 and September 19! Have something you want to sell online, but not sure how? Or already have an online store, but know it could be doing better? If so, then this is the class for you! Bring your laptop!  During this two-part hands-on workshop, we will take you from More Details

Business Basics – Planning: Tuesday, September 26 2017

- Learn what it takes to start a business and succeed! Business Planning gives you the basic information on business start-up, business planning, and different types of business plans. Explore planning tools to help you define your unique business vision. It covers the importance of a business plan, the elements a business plan should include and More Details
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Business Basics – Finance & Legal: Tuesday, October 03 2017

- Learn what it takes to start a business and succeed! Legal and Finance provides and overview of legal and financial issues for small businesses. Learn what you need to do legally to start-up and protect your business, identify your financial needs and explore your financing options. This workshop is provided by Marin SBDC (Small Business More Details

Business Basics – Marketing: Tuesday, October 10 2017

- Learn what it takes to start a business and succeed! This class gives you an overview of small business start-up information on the topic of marketing. In this class you will learn: How you will attract customers Techniques to build customer loyalty, and How to build your brand This workshop is provided by Marin SBDC More Details

Funding Options for your Business: Wednesday, October 18 2017

- This workshop provides a comprehensive view of the main types of funding available for start-ups and existing businesses. Topics will include: Angel investment Venture capital SBA lending SBIR technology grants Microloans and alternative lending You'll learn about the pros & cons of each type of funding and which one is right for your business. This More Details
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From Kitchen to Market: Tuesday, October 24 2017

- Have you thought of taking that delicious family recipe and turning it into a business? Already own a food manufacturing business and want to expand? Whatever your motivation you will gain a competitive edge by learning the ups and downs, and the ins and outs of the rapidly growing specialty food industry from an insider. More Details

Craft A Winning Pitch: Wednesday, November 08 2017

- Knowing how to craft a winning pitch is key whether or not you are looking for funding. Pitching is the essential to business success. Learn proven strategies to engage all types of stakeholders and investors and secure the funding you need to start or grow your business. This workshop is provided by Marin SBDC (Small More Details

Website Best Practices: Thursday, November 16 2017

- Does your website do what you expect it to? Is it bringing you new customers? The right customers? Are you worried you don’t have enough text on the page? Or too much text? Are your images helping your website conversions or hindering them? Do you make site decisions based on what you like or think More Details
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Social Media Marketing: Wednesday, December 06 2017

- Social media marketing offers businesses a great opportunity to engage with their clients. You can connect across the entire customer lifecycle, on the social platforms they actively tune into for information. But, as a business owner/marketer, you need to how to leverage social media marketing to build your brand, drive demand, and engage your customers. More Details

Or register via phone – call 415-485-9305