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LIVE ZOOM: Starting and Growing Your Business: Where to Start

August 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm



In this introductory workshop, learn the basic steps to starting your business, plus get tools and resources for in-depth training on what you “didn’t know you needed to know” about business.

Class covers:

Developing a business idea and writing a business plan
Identifying a market and reaching customers/clients
Obtaining proper licenses and permits, and complying with tax requirements
Funding your business – including funding opportunities available for business affected by COVID-19
Exercising your legal rights and avoiding common legal issues
Participants are encouraged to join the Zoom session using video as this class may involve sharing of visual information and writings, participation via the chat function, and the opportunity to interact with others. Virtual networking reception to follow class.

Presented by Michael Chavez and Marlen Lara with the support of West Valley Business Source and Harbor Business Source, and Ryan Metheny:

Michael Chavez is the Program Specialist at the City of Los Angeles Business Source Center – West Valley and Harbor Regions. There he has helped launch and fund numerous businesses in the greater Los Angeles Area by providing free services to anyone looking to start or grow their business in Los Angeles. These services include: help with permits and licenses, educational workshops, access to capital, financial planning/restructuring, profitability analysis, S.W.O.T analysis, and loan packaging. Within the past year alone, the Hollywood Business Source Center has sourced over $4,000,000 in commercial lending to small businesses in Los Angeles. The Center has also created 112 new jobs in the City of Los Angeles as a direct result of the services they provided, and was also responsible for helping to preserve 14 jobs that Los Angeles was in danger of losing this past year.

Ryan Metheny is the Managing Librarian, Legal Education at LA Law Library. After graduating from UCLA School of Law, Ryan practiced First Amendment law at a public interest firm in Berkeley. He transitioned to librarianship to focus on his passions of research and education, and earned a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Washington. When not on the reference desk, Ryan coordinates the educational programming at the law library, the law student internship program, and the Members Program. He also teaches legal research at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.


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August 22
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm