Get Down to Business Oakley

Get Down to Business Oakley
Event on 2013-10-03 07:30:00
The City of Oakley and the Oakley Chamber of Commerce invite you to a half-day conference for local business owners. If you own a business in Oakley or are thinking of starting a business in Oakley, you won’t want to miss this conference. Whether you are just starting your business or working to grow an established business, you’ll find useful information here.

Event includes breakfast and lunch, catered by the Black Bear Diner.

Program Descriptions

Panel: What I Wish I’d Known before Starting My Business
Established business owners pass on the things they wish someone had told them about starting and running a business.

Building Equity in Your Business (Ken Graunstadt)
The secret to profitability and sustainability (not to mention an exit strategy that leaves you ahead) is building equity in your business. One of Oakley’s most successful business owners shows you how.

Licenses, Permits, and Zoning, Oh My (Joshua McMurray)
When you start a business, every branch of government seems to want a piece of you. Find out what documents you need to file with the city, the county, the state, and the federal government—and what you can and can’t do with a business in Oakley.

Get Smart about Social Media, SEO, and Snake Oil Salesmen (Sallie Goetsch)
Confused by all those phone calls you get promising to put your business on the front page of Google? Baffled by the profusion of social networks? Find out how to avoid the scams and make the best use of your online time.

Choosing a Business Entity (Susan Morgan)
Sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or LLC—which form should your business take? Susan Morgan explains the trade-offs between protecting your assets and minimizing complexity.

Financing Your Business (Titi Ikhile)
Titi Ikhile of the Contra Costa SBDC explains sources of funding and financing available to small businesses, from traditional bank loans to crowdfunding efforts like Kickstarter.

Small Business Tax Strategies (Margorie Baker)
Establishing a business means new tax liabilities—and deductions, too. Margorie Baker of Tax Specialty Services walks you through the maze of EINs, self-employment tax, payroll tax, and corporate taxes.

Panel: Face-to-face Networking in the Digital Age
Representatives of BNI, Delta Networking Partners, Delta Divas, and the Chamber of Commerce explain how joining in-person networking and referral groups can benefit your business and bring in clients.

Roundtable: Advertising and Marketing for the 21st Century
Greg Robinson from the Oakley Press and Robbie Simmonds from the East County Times facilitate a group discussion about available advertising and marketing options and what’s working for local business owners.

Business Insurance (Mark Murray)
State Farm agent Mark Murray explains the kinds of coverage different business owners need, from General Liability to Errors and Omissions to Worker’s Compensation.

at Oakley City Hall Parking Lot
3231 Main St.
Oakley, United States

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