Affordable Small Business Events Near You in March

Every month, we’re promoting affordable events that help small business owners run their businesses better. This is your calendar for in-person and virtual events in Northern and Southern California. Here are the best upcoming events this March.


Northern California

Employee or Independent Contractor Seminar
Date: March 19, 2020 | 9:00 am PDT – 12:00 pm PDT
Location: 2480 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico, California 95828
Contact: Sophie Konuwa  | 530-895-9017
Organization: Butte College SBDC
Fee: Free

You will learn common misconceptions about independent contractors; ways to comb at payroll tax fraud; how to distinguish between employees & independent contractors; Statutory & exempt employment; and resources to help classify workers.

Click here to register for this event. 


How to Advertise on the Internet
Date: March 17, 2020 | 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM PDT
Location: 4701 Patrick Henry Drive, Building 25, SCORE Classroom, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Contact: 408-453-6237
Organization: SCORE Silicon Valley
Fee: $55

Learn How To Advertise on the Web

In this class we will cover how advertising works on the Internet, why it should be considered for every small or large business, and how to make the most of it. Learn how Google Ads works, along with Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn ads and more.

Key Topics:

  • Deciding on your best outlets
  • Determining a budget estimate or range
  • Campaigns
  • Targeting options
  • Keyword development
  • Calls to action
  • Developing ads
  • Landing Pages
  • Measuring activity and conversions
  • Test for success

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Emergency Preparedness for Business
Date: March 31, 2020 | 1:00pm to 3:00pm PDT
Location: 1 S Van Ness Ave 5 floor – Pacific Room 5080, San Francisco
Contact: Jacques Bidjima 628-652-6393
Organization: San Francisco SBDC
Fee: Free
Whether it is a natural disaster or not, emergency preparedness is an important part of any business plan.

A 2-hour training and a 56-page workbook (for you to keep).

Attendees will come away from this workshop with a solid plan on:

  • Keeping documents safe
  • Emergency and crisis planning for your employees
  • Proper Insurance coverage
  • Asset valuation
  • Local, State and Federal Resources
  • Preparing for loss
  • Recovery planning

Click here to register for this event. 


Southern California

How to Get Traffic to Your Website with SEO
Date: March 19, 2020 | 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM PDT
Location: 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Contact: Narges Sandoval
Organization: SCORE Los Angeles
Fee: $45
Have you thought about implementing an SEO campaign for your business, but are unsure what it is or how to do it?  If so, this workshop is for you.

How to Get Traffic to Your Website with SEO teaches what SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is all about and why it is important, starting with how Google and other search engines rank websites. Participants gain insights into how search engines work and what Keywords are and why they are so important, as well as how Google algorithms change and how to adjust your marketing strategy accordingly.

Strategies will be presented that attendees can implement immediately to advance their own SEO, such as creating and optimizing a traffic-building blog for your website.

Note: All attendees should bring either a laptop or tablet to get online during this workshop.

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Empowering Mompreneurs
Date: March 10, 2020 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (PDT)
Location: 1003 E. Cooley Drive. Suite 109, Colton CA 92324
Contact: IE WBC Team (909) 890-1242
Organization: Inland Empire Women’s Business Center
Fee: $20

Being a mompreneur is more than just work-life balance; it takes organization, management, and a serious commitment. Join scientist and mompreneur facilitator Tonya Moore and learn simple, proven strategies on how to have both a happy family and a thriving (and profitable!) business.

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Clearing the Fog of Certification- Grow your Local Business
Date: March 11, 2020 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm PDT
Location: 3255 Wilshire Boulevard – Suite 1501, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Contact: (424) 296-3541
Organization: SBDC hosted by Pacific Coast Regional
Fee: Free

The certification process can be very confusing and many times feel very labor-intensive. PCR SBDC presents…During this workshop you will learn:

-$Billions of Public Contracting Dollars are within Los Angeles County Agencies for Certified Small Business

-Differences between Statewide Small Business Certification, Local Small Business Certification, Public Utility Minority Certification, Corporate Minority Certification, and Federal Government Certification

-How to leverage Statewide Small Business Certification to open may other Local Small Business Public Contracting Opportunities

Click here to register for this event.



Life Pro Tip: AB 5 and Classifying Your Workforce
Date: March 2, 2020 | 11:00 am PDT – 12:30 pm PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: Bianca Blomquist
Organization: Small Business Majority
Fee: Free

On January 1, a new state employment law (AB 5) went into effect that requires many independent contractors to now be classified as employees—a change that could impact small businesses like yours. 

To learn more, join Start Small Think Big, the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce, Working Solutions, SCORE of Silicon Valley and Small Business Majority for a free webinar in which an attorney will discuss the implications of AB 5–the “Gig Worker” law–and how it may or may not impact your small business. In this presentation, we’ll discuss the difference between independent contractors and employees, as well as “exempt” and “nonexempt” employees under the new wage and hour laws.
Click here to register for this event.


Small Business Taxes: Forms and Qualifying Deductible Review
Date: March 18, 2020 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (PDT)
Location: Online—Webinar
Contact: IEWBC Team (909) 890-1242
Organization: Inland Empire Women’s Business Center
Fee: FreeTraining Topics: Business Financing, Financial Assistance, Tax Planning
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Instagram Marketing: A Beginner’s Guide
Date: March 16, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PDT
Location: Online—Webinar
Organization: JEDI
Fee: Free

This webinar is designed for beginners but will offer ideas for people already using the social media channel, too. You will learn how to…

  • Create an aesthetically appealing and engaging feed that reflects the essence of your unique brand
  • Create valuable content that speaks to your ideal audience and positions you as an expert in your field
  • Expand your reach on social media to increase your following, create community, connect with and attract your ideal clients

In one hour, we’ll give you the most important tools to get started and move into momentum. You’ll be exposed to graphic applications, image selection websites, planning applications for automatic posting and more!

Click here to register for this event. 


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