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Put the Small Business Academy to work for you | News, Sports, Jobs - Evening Observer

Posted: 02 Mar 2019 11:33 PM PST

Professional development is within reach for all local businesses. Even if you're a small business, you can take advantage of credit-free online courses packaged by Jamestown Community College and the Small Business Development Center.

The Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College has a variety of helpful resources available including online courses, workshops, and social media internships. All of this, and more, is available to all types of businesses here in Chautauqua County. If you're seeking online courses, you can learn about everything from social media marketing to tax planning and record keeping and succession planning. The online Small Business Academy offers a portal for workshops, panel discussions, videos, and even full-length courses on a wide range of topics for small business owners, managers, and aspiring entrepreneurs. Topics include classes in various social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest, as well as succession planning, trademarks, copyrights, and more.

Businesses that are members of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier are eligible for a 15 percent discount on course offerings at JCC, and that includes the SBDC Small Business Academy. Learn more on our website under the Member Benefits section, which features a direct link to the Small Business Academy website.

The SBDC works hand in hand in Chautauqua County with Jamestown Community College and its Office of Continuing Education to provide training programs that are vital to businesses countywide. The Small Business Development Center at JCC offers free, confidential small business consulting services. To learn more about any aspect of their important work, find them online at www.sbdcjcc.org or call them at (716) 338-1024.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Downtown Jamestown March 16

Your business can get more GREEN on St. Patrick's Day! Dollars, that is. The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce will once again Turn the River Green for St. Patrick's Day in downtown Jamestown. Everyone is invited to join us at the Riverwalk in Brooklyn Square for the event at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 16.

The Chamber strongly encourages local businesses to participate for the day as well. We will provide you with a standard "Leprechaun Crossing" poster for your business that indicates you are offering some special deal on Saturday, March 16. Just let us know that you'll be participating and we will add you to our list to be handed out during the event at the Riverwalk. It could be a discounted price, a special food item, or anything of your choosing. Our goal is to move foot traffic from Brooklyn Square into to local businesses for shopping, brunch, or lunch. Any Jamestown business can participate. For more information or to get listed, contact Jamestown Community Chamber Coordinator Joanna Dahlbeck at jdahlbeck@chautauquachamber.org or call the Chamber at 484-1101.

Business After

Hours at Noble

Winery March 28

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and its Community Chambers are pleased to jointly host Business After Hours events countywide, designed to suit busy businesspeople who seek a variety of networking opportunities. These business to business connections help all businesses expand their markets.

Our next Business After Hours event is coming up Thursday, March 28 at Noble Winery, 8630 Hardscrabble Road, Westfield. The Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce invite all to bring friends and colleagues to enjoy appetizers, a cash bar, and door prizes. This event is sponsored by KeyBank, Media One Group Radio, OBSERVER, and The Post-Journal. It will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. at the winery, which features an outstanding view of the Noble vineyards and Lake Erie. The price is just $13 for pre-registered members, or $15 for walk-ins or non-members. Call the Chamber to sign up now at 484-1101 or 366-6200 or register through our online events calendar at www.chautauquachanber.org.

Renewable Heat NY Training April 25

The Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College will offer a full-day design-focused workshop on Thursday, April 25 on Hydronics for High-Efficiency Biomass Boilers. This course will combine best practices for modern, high-efficiency wood-fired boilers with hydronic distribution systems, explore operating characteristics, and help you learn how to combine heat sources and distribution techniques into stable, efficient, and reliable systems.

The instructor for this course if John Siegenthaler, a mechanical engineering graduate of Rensselaer Ploytechnic Institute, licensed professional engineer, and Professor Emeritus of Engineering Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College. He is principal of Appropriate Designs – a consulting engineering firm in Holland Patent, NY, and has worked closely with New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA) on the development and implementation of the Renewable Heat NY initiative.

The cost is $149 per person. A group rate is available for three or more employees from one company, and currently registered college students and staff are just $50 per person. For more information or to register, call (518) 465-7085, extension 142 or register online at www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=2551001.

City of San Diego's 10 steps to launching a small business or startup - 10News

Posted: 19 Feb 2019 12:00 AM PST

(KGTV) - If you have big dreams for a small business, the City of San Diego wants to help by providing resources for your startup.

More than 400 startups have launched each year since 2013, according to the CONNECT Innovation Report, which reviewed the city's Springboard program for small companies.

The City of San Diego's Economic Development Department is encouraging business owners with the help of 10 essential steps to launch a business.

1. Research the basics

The EDD is one-stop shopping for resources including business licenses, zoning, permit, and other regulatory information. The OpenCounter Online Business Portal can guide you through the process. San Diego's Central Library has information such as market research, trademarking, and patents.

2. Create a business plan

Your plan should outline your steps for success, and the Small Business Development Centers can help you create it. Banks will require you to have a business plan to be eligible to apply for a loan.

3. Determine your business name

Do you plan to use your legal last name? There are rules for how business names work, and they vary at the state and local level. The County of San Diego Assessor's office can help.

4. Establish your business legal structure

This step will determine your income taxes and personal liability. The state has a breakdown on the options, but City of San Diego officials advise you to ask your accountant or attorney for information.

5. Choose your type of business activity

Are you opening a food truck or starting a solar panel company? There are dozens of choices, and they will determine your start-up requirements and where you can be located. The City Treasurer breaks down these options.

6. Find a location

Don't sign that lease or fire up the home office just yet. You'll need to check the city's zoning portal to see if you're allowed to operate your business at your chosen location. There are also permitting considerations.

7. Licenses and permits

Not all businesses are operated through a simple license. The San Diego Police and Fire departments may get involved, depending on your business activity. You may also need to file for special permits for food service, hazardous materials, or x-ray equipment.

8. Get tax information

Federal tax, state tax, property tax, alcoholic beverage tax… get the idea? You'll need to determine what's valid for your business.

9. Know your employer responsibilities

Hiring someone to share the work means you'll need to learn about sick leave, taxes, and more.

10. Apply for a business license

Even if you're self-employed or work at home, you'll need to get a business tax certificate from the city.

These ten steps should help launch your startup or small business, and there's plenty of help. Contact San Diego's Economic Development Department for more information.

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