Starting and Growing Your Business: Where to Start

Tuesday, February 5, 2019  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: Wai-Ling Chin with the support of PACE (Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment) and Ryan Metheny:

Wai-Ling Chin is the Business Counseling Manager for PACE BusinessSource Center. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Marketing. Besides supervising the business counselors, Wai Ling also overseas the Individual Development Account (IDA) Programs, Financial Education, Credit Building, VITA and Asset Building programs.

Wai-Ling is the committed Site Coordinator of three Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. She manages the VITA sites operations, recruiting and training volunteer tax preparers and actively reaching out to taxpayers to save their tax refunds such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, and Education Credit.

As a credit counselor, Wai-Ling conducts credit workshops and one-on-on credit counseling. She emphasizes credit building because CREDIT BUILDING = ASSET BUILDING. Wai-Ling is a strong advocate for savings and asset building because they are the foundation for economic mobility and security.

As a loan counselor, Wai-Ling packages and underwrites business loans. Her goals are to help underserved individuals, entrepreneurs, and small business owners access to capital, accumulate wealth and build assets.

In her outreach, she emphasizes the importance of a healthy personal credit profile and strives to help develop skills and knowledge to build financial assets.

Wai-Ling is an immigrant from Malaysia. She is well versed in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and Bahasa Malaysia.

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.

Photography / Videography:
If you register for this class, you may be photographed or recorded. By registering for this class you are giving the LA Law Library your consent to photograph, videotape, record and broadcast your picture, likeness, voice and statements.  

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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