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Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM PST

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Santa Monica Main Library 
601 Santa Monica Blvd
Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Parking Information

There is inexpensive parking beneath the building (entrance on 7th).


This is a free event!


Narges Sandoval
SBA/SCORE Greater Los Angeles

Starting a Business: What You Need to Know

If you are thinking about starting a new business or have recently started one, this is a valuable workshop for you. Starting a Business: What You Need to Know cuts through the confusion and chaos of what you need to do and think about to start a business.

In just 2 hours, you will gain a clear understanding of all the legal requirements for a start-up business, as well as actions that are simply smart to do. Some of the key topics covered include naming your business, licenses and taxes, insurance, financing sources, elements of a business plan, marketing considerations.  You’ll also hear how SCORE can help you succeed in your new venture.


What You Will Learn

  • Options for starting your own business
  • The various management hats you will need to wear
  • Advantages and disadvantages of legal structures for your business
  • The major causes of business failures
  • How to avoid legal problems
  • Ways to improve your chance of success

Best of all, you’ll leave with a checklist of the 17 things you need to think about and do to be successful at establishing your business. This will be helpful to ensure a productive session with a SCORE Mentor.

 …this workshop gave me the information I need to consider in starting my business. It gave me a starting point.  - Ryan S.

Instructor: John Marias

Certified Score Mentor

John Marias’ experience over more than thirty years of producing films and commercials uniquely positions him as a mentor. He has travelled the world and the US completing more than 1000 assignments, in 20 countries, on 5 continents and in nearly every state.

As the owner and executive producer of his own company, Brainwash, he has had the opportunity to work closely with more than a dozen Academy Award winning cinematographers and has produced for an impressive array of directors including visualists such as Michael Bay, Janusz Kaminsky, Carroll Ballard, Andrei Konchalovsky and more.

John now has a new career as a photographer, shooting both people and places. His work with landscapes and detail define him as photographer.