Starting and Growing Your Business: Where to Start

Tuesday, August 7, 2018  12:00-2:00 p.m.

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. Stay after the session for one-on-one consultations with business counselors from the City of Los Angeles BusinessSource centers.

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 and managing your finances
  • Exercising your legal rights and avoiding common legal issues

Presented by: Swann Do with the support of PACE (Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment) and Ryan Metheny:

Swann Do is the Program Director of the Women's Business Center for PACE Business Development Center. She has lived in the Los Angeles County for over 35 years. Swann got her dual degrees at Cal State Los Angeles in Business Marketing and Graphic Design and proceeded to work in a busy, highly demanding non-profit industry. She oversees all workshops at PACE Business Development Center and has trained new business counseling staff. Passionate about small businesses and helping others, she has been working at PACE Business Development Center (BDC) / Women Business Center (WBC) for over a decade helping small business owners within the Los Angeles County community to start and grow their business. To date, the Center has counseled/trained 11,477 aspiring entrepreneurs. In turn, over 2,987 businesses were started, stabilized and/or expanded. As a result of assisting these entrepreneurs and small business owners, over 997 jobs were created and/or retained! She is certified by NeighborWorks Training Institute as a credit counselor. Swann also packages and underwrites business loans.

As a program director of WBC, Swann manages her own program and conducts workshops such as how to start and grow your business, Entrepreneur Training Program Boot camp, Business Plan and Marketing. She caters her one-on-one business counseling for each business depending on their situation from start-ups as well as business owners going through growing pains or understanding how to manage his/her business effectively. When asked about her role as Director of PACE's WBC, Swann said, "When [I] do outreach I talk to women and listen to their stories and encourage them to make a difference. [I tell them to] believe in themselves, invest in themselves, start their business, live their dream. Don't let anybody tell you what you can't do."

In 2013, the center that she is currently running received a National Women's Business Center of Excellence Award and, in 2016, PACE-WBC was recognized as part of the official network of Women Business Centers from the U.S Small Business Administration by Maria Contreras-Sweet. In 2017, she received the Women in Business Champion of the Year award.

In her free time, Swann loves to play badminton and improve her inner peace by practicing Tai Chi and Chi Gong. One of the things that are on her must do list is to build up her courage to attempt skydiving.

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.

Registration fees: FREE - sponsored by the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library through the generous support of Pacific Western Bank.
Classes fill up fast, register today to reserve your seat! All registrants must check-in 10 minutes prior to class time to ensure your seat is not reassigned to waiting-list and walk-in attendees when classes are full.

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No legal advice:
LA Law Library does not provide legal advice. LA Law Library provides legal resources and assistance with legal research as an educational service. The Law Library is pleased to offer our patrons the opportunity to obtain assistance from third party legal service providers at this and other events within the Library. However, the Library does not control and is not responsible for the content or scope of any assistance given by those providers.

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