Business Webinars

Webinar Wednesday Series
The third Wednesday of each month from 12:05pm to 1pm

Next Webinar Feb 19th

Building & Maintaining 
Online Excellence

Every business has an online existence these days whether they have invested in a website, engage social media or accessed customer review sites.  These sites are crucial to the success of small businesses particularly in the hospitality industry that are dependent on repeat or tourism related customers.

Join us for a special webinar that includes a panel of restaurant owners from Bishop, CA discussing the difference a favorable online existence has meant for their business.


Webinar ID: 138-413-531

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Coming Webinars


Your Invention & 3d Printing

Wed, Oct 16, 2013
12:05 AM – 1:00 AM

Home Based Businesses

 Wed, Oct 30, 2013
12:05 PM – 1:05 PM
 Quick Book Solutions   Wed, Nov 13, 2013
12:05 PM – 1:05 PM


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Where to attend the webinars

If you do not have a computer, an Internet connection or if you do not want to be lonely in front of your computer, below is a list of broadcasting locations near you.
The following have partnered up with ESCRBC to broadcast the webinars and support our effort. Thank you all!

[INYO] City of Bishop

Location: 377 West Line Street, Bishop, CA 93514 – MAP
Equipment needed to attend: NONE
Equipment on site: Conference meeting room with 55″ HDTV, Wifi and iPad
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[KERN] Kernville – Kern Valley Community Room

Location: 11447 Kernville Road, Kernville, CA 93238 – MAP
Equipment needed to attend: NONE
Equipment on site: Conference meeting room with 55″ HDTV, Wifi and iPad
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[KERN] California City – IMC Real Estate

Location: 9049 California City Blvd, California City, CA 93505 – MAP
Equipment needed to attend: NONE
Equipment on site: Conference meeting room
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[KERN] Tehachapi – Kern County Veterans Hall

Location: Supervisor Zack Scrivner’s Office, 125 E. F Street Tehachapi, CA 93561- MAP
Equipment needed to attend: NONE
Equipment on site: Conference meeting room
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[KERN] Mojave – TnR Hobbies

Location: 15938 Sierra Highway Mohave, CA 93501- MAP
Equipment needed to attend: NONE
Equipment on site: Conference meeting room
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[MONO] Mono Free Libraries

Location: Mammoth Lakes, Bridgeport
Equipment needed to attend: NONE, maybe headphones if you are planning to use the computers
Equipement on site: Wifi, Computers, iPad to checkout at front desk.
Contact : (760) 934-8670

[KERN] Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce

Location: 128-B East California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA 93555 – MAP
needed to attend: NONE
Equipment on site: Conference meeting room with 55″ HDTV, Wifi and iPad
Contact: (760) 375-8331 /

Coming Locations

[INYO] TriCounty Fair Grounds

Location: Bishop
needed to attend: NONE
Equipment on site: Conference meeting room with 55″ HDTV, Wifi and iPad

[INYO] Inyo Free Libraries

Location: Bishop, Tecopa, Lone Pine, Big Pine, Independence
Equipment needed to attend: Device to connect to the Wifi, headphones
Wifi available at the Lone Pine Library

CSUB/SBDC Business Webinars Wednesday Series

California State University, Bakersfield’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a series of business webinars on a variety of business topic in 2013. The Webinars will be every other Wednesday during the lunch hour from 12:05 to 1:00 pm, throughout 2013. The webinars are free to business owners and residents in Kern, Inyo and Mono counties, others must pay a $ 39 fee to attend. Webinars are a quick and convenient way to get pertinent information on business management topics over the internet and are accessed via a computer with an internet connection or a group site co-hosting the event with a large screen.

The webinars will also be offered in remote locations throughout the three county area where participants can gather and enjoy the webinar on a large screen. These locations will offer individuals with limited access to a high speed internet connection the opportunity to still view the webinars in a relatively seminar type setting. Please check our website for updated locations.

The initial webinar will be on the rising popularity of Crowdfunding on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Crowdfunding is a strategic approach to funding business projects through the support of a large number of people donating to specific projects via the Internet. Common crowdfunding projects include incentives and rewards to encourage supporters to back an idea, project or technology via a website such as, crowd lending sites and the new equity Crowdfunding where businesses will be able to raise capital by issuing equity ownership to investors.

Subsequent business webinars will be Feb. 20 on Starting or Growing Business that provides ideas and tools on legal, marketing and financially growing a small business. Our March 6th webinar is on the rules and regulations of starting a food business out of your home. New California law permits certain food businesses to operate out of a home rather than commercial kitchen. The March 20th webinar will feature the latest information on finding ways to raise money to grow or start a business. Some unique loan programs and other seldom discussed ideas will be presented too.

The CSUB SBDC is an off-campus center that offers no-cost, high quality business consulting as well as topical businesses webinars, classes and conferences. More info:

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For additional information on the webinars, contact the center at 661-654-2856 or email

For additional information on the participating locations to attend webinars, please email

Past Webinars

Marketing a local BusinessBy Angel Cotterel
June 26, 2013Noted journalist and living expert Paul Edwards joins us to discuss starting and marketing a business from home that concentrates on keeping sales local.


Essentials of Crowdfunding

By: Kelly Bearden
February 6, 2013

The essentials of Crowdfunding details equity, donation and debt sourced Crowdfunding. Get options, tips and traps on this fast growing capital source.

Start or Grow Your Business

By: Angel Cottrell
February 20, 2013

Business necessities of starting or growing a small business are explored. Legal aspects, marketing, financial info and technology are discussed.

Download (PDF, 2.97MB)

Your Home Cottage Food Business

By: Kelly Bearden
March 6, 2013

New state law permits certain food businesses to operate from a home kitchen. Get the new rules and see if opportunity is knocking for you!

Download (PDF, 1.66MB)

Creatively Funding Small Businesses

By: Jay Thompson
March 20, 2013

Small business loans are still near record lows, yet dozens of other resources, loan programs and alternative ideas exist to capitalize a new or growing business.

Download (PDF, 1.52MB)

Catch Up and go ahead social media

By: Paul Edwards, Award Winning Author of 17 books with over 2,000, 000 in Print-Presenter
April 3, 2013

Social media can help increase your business and keep your customers coming back again and again. Find which social media sites are best for you.

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Managing risks in small businesses

By: John Pryor, SBDC Consultant
April 17, 2013

The greatest threats in any business can come from legal troubles. Our Risk expert will help you identify potential hazards in your business and offer solutions to fix.

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The Business Plan

By: Angel Cottrell, SBDC Consultant
May 1, 2013

Not everyone who writes a business plan needs to raise funds for the business. The idea of a simple, effective plan to guide your business is discussed here.

Download (PDF, 413KB)

Leadership: Managerial Excellence

By: Tom Weir, SBDC Consultant
May 15, 2013

What makes a good manager a great leader? How do you provide an environment to bring out the best in your people? This webinar will help you become a greater leader and effective head of your organization.

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Legal Rights and Websites

May 29, 2013

What are your legal rights associated with owning a website of other intellectual property? Join our local legal expert and find out the cans and can nots pertaining to your website, social media sites and other technology related assets.

Crowdfunding… an update

By: Kelly Bearden
June 12, 2013

Crowdfunding continues to evolve with new players and platform specific towards industries, location and other micro factors. While we wait for final rules from the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission learn the latest on Crowdfunding.

Download (PDF, 983KB)

Marketing a local Business

By: Angel Cotterel
June 26, 2013

Joins us to discuss starting and marketing a business from home that concentrates on keeping sales local.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant

July 10, 2013

The federal government grants over $2 billion dollars annually to small businesses, bringing an innovative or technical product to market. Learn more on the SBIR here!

Financing Roundtable Webinar

Keith Brice of Mid State Development Corporation, the largest SBA lender in the fifteen county Fresno Small Business Administration region will discuss financing options for growing and expanding businesses.

Angel Cottrell with CSU, Bakersfield’s School of Business and Public Administration will discuss a few unique lending and equity programs while CSUB consultant Jay Thompson will wrap up the webinar discussing a few more unique lending programs and how the SBDC can assist you with the application process.

July 24, 2013

 This webinar looks at some specific small business lending programs for expanding and start up businesses. The intent of this webinar training is to introduce a few practical key lending programs that small business owners can access in these still tough lending times.

Affordable Care Act & Your Business

Clayton Koerner

Aug 7, 2013

 This webinar is a chance to learn more about your business and how it could be impacted by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Specialty and Cottage Food Business Revisited…..

Kelly Bearden

August 21st 2013

 A fresh look at value added food opportunities with specialty foods from a commercial processing area and Cottage Food Businesses out of the home.

Your Business & High Speed Internet

Nate Greenberg

September 4th 2013

 High speed internet is coming to many rural areas and our pro will detail the fantastic business and marketing opportunities for small businesses.

 Tips for growing your Business

Angel Cotterel

September 18th 2013

 When it comes to starting or growing a small business it is great to know the resources to assist you get your business to the next level. Find out some valuable tips on growing a successful business.

 Contracts – The do’s and don’ts

Jeffrey A. Travis, partner in the Bakersfield office of  Borton Petrini, LLP

October 2nd 2013

 Entering into a contract can be a worrisome proposition for many contractors and business owners.Learn the pitfall and tips when contracting with others from our legal pro

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