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If you can write an email, you can write a blog! Learn what a blog is, where blogs are found, how to pick a blog topic that makes money, and over a dozen ways to get content. Find out why blogs are your best website for today’s internet, and get valuable tips and techniques for promoting your blog via social media sites to increase your blog traffic. *$30 materials fee for valuable workbook and CD with additional take-home learning materials.

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM; starting 7/31/2017, ending 7/31/2017

Instructor : Bob Cohen 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $49.00

Materials Fee: $30.00

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Start date: 07/31/17

End date: 07/31/17



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Westside Extension has assembled business courses that provide a foundation for small business owners and entrepreneurs. To earn a certificate in business, you must pay a non-refundable $15 business certificate fee and complete 8 of the following courses. Additional courses will be offered in future semesters. Take up to two years to complete this program and tailor it to fit your needs. These courses are generally offered two or more times a year. Start Your Own Home-Based BusinessCreating a Successful BusinessCreating a Business PlanHow to Market Your Business Using the InternetPractical SpanishPractical Mandarin ChineseTriple Feature in Dynamic CommunicationAny or all 3 Bookkeeping classesPayroll TaxesBeginning QuickBooks or Intermediate QuickBooksIntermediate QuickBooks Reports & Bank ReconciliationsQuickBooks PayrollBetter Grammar in Three Hours10 Ways to Improve Your WritingIntroduction to PCs for Absolute BeginnersWindows 7Any level of MS Word, Excel or Web Page DesignPowerPoint for WindowsGoogle Me This!Social NetworkingHow to sell on eBayGreat Photos in a SnapOnline Classes (Many qualify--call office to verify)

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Instructor : Staff Staff 

Class Fee: $15.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

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Whether just getting started or already in business, developing a sound business plan is essential for obtaining many types of financing and helps evaluate opportunities. Find out how to go about creating one. Learn about defining market opportunities, unique selling advantages, marketing strategies, management structure, corporate culture and financial projections. You’ll leave class with a working template and the knowledge needed to create your own business plan. Business Development Bonus! Register for this class and Creating a Successful Business (Class ID #37860) at the same time to get a FREE 20-minute phone consultation with Gerald regarding the next step for your business or idea.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 7/8/2017, ending 7/15/2017

Instructor : Gerald Anderson 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $59.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

Start date: 07/08/17

End date: 07/15/17

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Only half of new businesses survive five years. Lay the groundwork for a thriving business, exploring such topics as: identifying opportunity and market size, market analysis, measuring the risk/reward ratio, protecting your ideas, and pricing your goods and services. You’ll also learn about financial projections and be introduced to a variety of funding options. Plus you’ll leave this class with a working template for creating a successful business. Business Development Bonus! Register for this class and Creating a Business Plan (Class ID #37861) at the same time to get a FREE 20-minute phone consultation with Gerald regarding the next step for your business or idea.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 6/10/2017, ending 6/17/2017

Instructor : Gerald Anderson 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $59.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

Start date: 06/10/17

End date: 06/17/17

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Raise funds quickly for your project or venture by finding and tapping individuals who believe in you and your project. This step-by-step class will teach you how to run a crowdfunding campaign to help fund your project or venture.  You will learn how to research the viability of your endeavor, attributes of three major crowdfunding platforms and characteristics of successful crowdfunding campaigns. You will get tips on how to develop a campaign including how to craft a compelling message, select incentives, build a budget and develop a strong marketing plan. Suitable for individuals with little or no crowdfunding experience. $25 material fee, due at registration, for an extensive class packet that will guide you through the steps to launch your crowdfunding campaign!  

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 7/8/2017, ending 7/8/2017

Instructor : Caron Ory 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $99.00

Materials Fee: $25.00

Start date: 07/08/17

End date: 07/08/17



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We offer several Entrepreneurship classes, generally two or more times a year.  Our Fall semester opens for registration in mid-August, our Spring in mid-January, and our Summer in mid-May.  We encourage you to add your name to our interest list to receive information on the next offering of classes.  To add your name to our interest list, simply register for this free class (add to your cart and checkout).  

Schedule : ; ; Class Skip Dates :Self-Paced

Instructor : Staff Staff 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $0.00

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Get leads, find prospective clients, and pull people in the door using proven social media marketing methods and tools. Discover how to create a Facebook page for your business with content that attracts followers, and connect your website to it. Also find out how businesses are using coupons, promotions, contests, local listings and “check-ins” to attract and build a fan base. Finally, get valuable information on marketing with sites like Yelp and Foursquare. *$30 material fee for comprehensive workbook and CD with complete instructions on creating a Facebook page, advertising on Facebook, and marketing on other social media sites.

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM; starting 7/17/2017, ending 7/17/2017

Instructor : Bob Cohen 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $49.00

Materials Fee: $30.00

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Start date: 07/17/17

End date: 07/17/17



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Explore Google AdWords and search engine optimization (SEO) to drive traffic to your site. Discover how a landing page can be used for promotions and offers, as well as what makes a successful email newsletter and how you can build one for pennies. Finally, find out how to use feedback sites and FREE local listings that can help you generate more business. *$30 materials fee for valuable workbook and CD with additional take-home learning materials.

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM; starting 7/24/2017, ending 7/24/2017

Instructor : Bob Cohen 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $49.00

Materials Fee: $30.00

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Start date: 07/24/17

End date: 07/24/17



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The way people use the internet has been impacted by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogs. Learn to leverage social networking for your business and/or to stay in touch with family and friends in a busy world. Find out how these exciting tools differ and how each can be used to best advantage--as well as how to set up accounts and find friends, family members, and groups to establish connections with the largest, most popular services. *$30 material fee for valuable workbook and CD with additional take-home learning materials.

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM; starting 7/10/2017, ending 7/10/2017

Instructor : Bob Cohen 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $49.00

Materials Fee: $30.00

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Start date: 07/10/17

End date: 07/10/17



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"Every good business has a non-profit sister. There's a synergy; they feed each other."                                                                                    - Gerald Anderson, Instructor, MBA You can fill a void in your community - or in society as a whole - by forming and managing a nonprofit or community service organization. This course will provide you with a roadmap for turning your ideas into viable and valuable programs. You’ll explore how to define who your organization will help and craft an appropriate mission statement. Learn how to incorporate your organization, select a board of directors and write the bylaws. You’ll also get into the nuts and bolts of developing a budget, creating a marketing plan, obtaining tax-exempt status and fundraising options.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM; starting 6/8/2017, ending 6/8/2017

Instructor : Gerald Anderson 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $39.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

Start date: 06/08/17

End date: 06/08/17

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Not having to commute, being close to your family, and being your own boss are just some of the many benefits of working at home.Helene Liatsos will share the secrets of success that she has culled from over 20 years experience as a business consultant. Topics include developing entrepreneurial qualities; selecting the right business; startup procedures and legal requirements; and licenses, permits and zoning, You’ll also learn about banking, taxes and record keeping; sales, marketing, advertising and promotion; and balancing your life. If you’ve ever thought of starting your own home—based business or want to enhance the one you have, join us for this practical and exciting seminar. Class fee includes step-by-step DVD and reference booklet for starting and operating a home-based business.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM; starting 7/22/2017, ending 7/22/2017

Instructor : Helene Liatsos 

Location : West Los Angeles College Location : 
  West Los Angeles College.

Class Fee: $59.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

Start date: 07/22/17

End date: 07/22/17



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