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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 10/23/2017, ending 10/23/2017

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: 10/23/17

End date: 10/23/17



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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. Any or all 4 Internet Marketing classes Practical Spanish More Practical Spanish Any or all 3 Bookkeeping classes Payroll Taxes Beginning QuickBooks or Intermediate QuickBooks Intermediate QuickBooks Reports & Bank Reconciliations Grammar Power in Three Hours Introduction to Windows 10 Word 2013 for Windows Excel 2013 for Windows Intermediate Excel 2013 How to Sell on eBay & Other E-Commerce Websites Crowdfunding: Hot to Get Financial Support for Your Project or Venture Write a $1,000-$10,000 Grant in One Day Create a Successful Nonprofit/Community Service Organization Dealing With Difficult People Improv for Public Speaking: From Anxiety to Bold Action Online Classes (Many qualify--call office to verify)

Schedule : ; ; Class Skip Dates :Self-Paced

Instructor : Staff Staff 

Class Fee: $15.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

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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 - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 9/16/2017, ending 9/16/2017

Instructor : Gerald Anderson 

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

Class Fee: $39.00

Materials Fee: $20.00

Start date: 09/16/17

End date: 09/16/17



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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 10/7/2017, ending 10/7/2017

Instructor : Caron Ory 

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

Class Fee: $99.00

Materials Fee: $25.00

Start date: 10/07/17

End date: 10/07/17



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We offer several Entrepreneurship classes, generally two or more times a year.  Our Spring semester opens for registration in mid-January, our Summer in mid-May, and our Fall in mid-August.  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

Materials 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, offers and “check-ins” to attract and build a fan base. Finally, get valuable information on marketing with sites like Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. *$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 10/9/2017, ending 10/9/2017

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: 10/09/17

End date: 10/09/17



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With the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Android selling like hotcakes, supplying apps for these gadgets is a big business! Let Bob Cohen teach you to take your app idea from concept to the app store and turn it into income. Learn how to develop your idea for an app and discover new tools for making apps with little or no programming experience. Discover what makes a successful iPhone app, how to find a market for your application, getting it on the iTunes store and how to market, promote and price your app to generate the most revenue.  *$30 material fee for valuable CD and workbook with additional learning materials.

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM; starting 10/17/2017, ending 10/17/2017

Instructor : Bob Cohen 

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

Class Fee: $45.00

Materials Fee: $30.00

Start date: 10/17/17

End date: 10/17/17

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Do you have what it takes to manage rental property? If you are actively looking to purchase a piece of income property, or if you have suddenly become the owner of real estate, find out what you need to know about the most important aspect of rental housing management: keeping the unit occupied with paying tenants who don’t destroy it or terrorize the neighbors! Learn how to prepare a property for rent, set rents and security deposits, develop a cost-effective marketing campaign, and show your rental unit to prospective tenants. Find out about techniques for good tenant selection, how to meet minimum standards required for a property to be habitable, proper insurance, how to work with contractors for maintenance, and how to deal with tenants who overstay (and don’t pay). Please note: This class does not cover management of commercial properties. This class DOES NOT cover management of commercial real estate.

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 10/21/2017, ending 10/28/2017

Instructor : Santa Monica College Community Education 

Location : SMC Bundy Campus Location : 
  SMC Bundy Campus.

Class Fee: $129.00

Materials Fee: $15.00

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Start date: 10/21/17

End date: 10/28/17



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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 10/16/2017, ending 10/16/2017

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: 10/16/17

End date: 10/16/17



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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 10/2/2017, ending 10/2/2017

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: 10/02/17

End date: 10/02/17



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You can sell up to $50,000 per year of food made in your home kitchen, thanks to California’s Homemade Food Act (AB1616). Approved products include breads, jams, cookies, roasted nuts, and many other foods not requiring refrigeration. Get detailed information for starting and operating a "Cottage Food" business. Learn how to conduct a product assessment, develop recipes, calculate ingredient and packaging costs, and appropriately price and label your items. If you have a passion for artisan foods and an entrepreneurial mindset, don’t miss this class. $30 material fee, due at registration, for an extensive class packet with all the forms and documents you’ll need to start your new business.  

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM; starting 9/23/2017, ending 9/23/2017

Instructor : Caron Ory 

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

Class Fee: $99.00

Materials Fee: $30.00

Start date: 09/23/17

End date: 09/23/17



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"One of the best classes I've ever taken. I attended to support a friend; I've been participating in grant writing for over 30 years and thought I'd be bored. But I wasn't, not for one minute. Wiley's very knowledgeable and a skillful instructor who got everyone engaged."         --Pat Harmon Educators, community- and faith-based organizations, non-profits, healthcare professionals, and starving artists can use grants. Many corporations and foundations offer mini-grants of $1,000 to $10,000 to meet immediate needs—and the applications can be completed in just a few hours! Because it’s so easy, you can apply for multiple grants to total the amount you need. Get links to appropriate available opportunities along with sample grant proposals, and find out how to make your application a winner by identifying needs, estimating budget and more. After this class, you will have the knowledge and resources to complete a mini-grant that same afternoon. Plus, writing mini-grants prepares you to learn to write larger grants for major funding. *$15 material fee, payable at time of registration, for grant-writing guidebook and CD containing relevant databases, resources, and links (you will receive in class).

Schedule : Weekly - Sat 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 10/14/2017, ending 10/14/2017

Instructor : Wiley Brown 

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

Class Fee: $39.00

Materials Fee: $15.00

Start date: 10/14/17

End date: 10/14/17



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