Those interested in establishing or growing a small business can attend a series of workshops that start Wednesday in San Diego sponsored by the Small Business Administration and the mentoring service SCORE.

Those wanting to launch a small business have several workshop options from SBA and SCORE. Photo credit:

There are two three-hour workshops this week:

  • Doing Business with Government and Prime Contractors, free, 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday. About a quarter of the $775 billion the government spent on contracts this fiscal year is set aside for small business, according to the SBA. The workshop will offer tips on how to register as a federal contractor, understand federal procurement, identify and land the certifications you may qualify for and which agencies need what your business offers.
  • Business Plan 2, Establish a Marketing Plan, $49 until Tuesday, then rises to $59, 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday. Helps business owners find their competitive advantage and improve market share and sales by using key marketing metrics, identifying competitors. assessing market size and share, establishing a brand and a baseline promotional program and specific marketing campaigns on the available marketing channels. This is the second of four basic business planning workshops.

The contracting session will be held at the SCORE offices, 550 W. C St., Suite 550. The marketing plan workshop will be at National University, 9388 Lightwave Ave.

Next week, sessions focus on marketing, insurance, bookkeeping and organizational structure.

SCORE matches mentors who have been successful in business with those seeking to begin or build their own ventures.

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