Training

El Pájaro CDC offers low-cost and free bilingual business education and training workshops to low-income business entrepreneurs. Our objective is to help business entrepreneurs create and operate a successful business. Workshops cover business plan preparation, marketing and sales, customer service, bookkeeping, computer basics, business management, and financial literacy.


THE BUSINESS SERVICES OFFERED BY THE EL PÁJARO CDC ARE NOT OFFERED CONTINUOUSLY. PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS.

Business Plan Preparation (BPP) Workshops
Are you starting, buying, financing, or re-financing a business? A business plan guides you as you make your steps in the business world and helps you achieve success by avoiding common mistakes.

Introduction to Business Plan: (3 hour evening workshop)
Learn the basic outline, flow and components of a business plan. Participants begin drafting their own business plan during the workshop. Participants leave the workshop with a preliminary outline of their own business plan based on their own business idea.

Business Plan in Four Steps (Meets 4 times, weekly meetings, 2.5 hours each meeting)
Learn about and write a detailed business plan based on your business idea.

  1. Motivation: Evaluate the feasibility of your business concept.
  2. Marketing: Determine how you will position, promote, and sell your product or service to compete effectively in the marketplace.
  3. Management: Describe how you will organize and operate your company to achieve your goals.
  4. Money: Develop key financial information that you can use to manage your business and to meet the requirements of investor and lenders.

Marketing and Sales Workshop (3 hour evening workshop)
How do you use marketing tools to increase sales for your business? Learn about markets, market analysis, competitors, competitive advantage, target markets, and understand demand for your product. You will leave with a better understanding of your market and how you can plan your marketing tactics to increase your success and sales.

Customer Service Workshop (3 hour workshop)
How do you serve your customers? Learn how to offer qualitative service to your customers and to deal with day-to-day operation of selling to customers such as how to greet customers, close sales with customers, and improve your interaction with customers to increase the success of single or complex sales.

Bookkeeping Workshop (3 hour workshop)
How do you keep bookkeeping records for your business? What type of computer software do you use? Learn the basics about how to prepare financial reports such as tax, sales, payroll and other important reports. Receive help in selecting and learning about accounting applications such as Quickbooks or Peach to create and maintain bookkeeping reports.

Computer Education Classes (up to 12 week course, weekly meetings, 2 hours meetings)

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In this series of classes you will learn how to use a computer and software applications to benefit your business. Topics include basic computer literacy, introduction to Microsoft Suite software such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc, and introduction to the internet. Learn how to use the internet to benefit your business by looking for suppliers, vendors and/or customers.

Business Management Workshop (3 hour workshop)
Are you starting a business or having problems with your current business? Learn how to successfully manage financial, sales, customer service, and personnel problems. Discuss specific problems that might arise or have already arisen in the management and operation of your business.


Financial Literacy Workshop
(3 hour workshop for whole community)

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How do you manage your personal finances? Learn the importance of personal expense, savings and credit. Learn how to save, how to use a checking or savings account, and the requirements for obtaining credit. This workshop is offered to the entire community by El Pájaro CDC in partnership with other community organizations.


In-Depth Business Workshop
(NEW)
El Pájaro CDC is offering a new workshop based on the in-depth business training materials. For more information on this training call our office. Participants that complete a business plan and start a business during and after taking this course may be eligible for micro-loans facilitated by the El Pájaro CDC.


NOTE: THE BUSINESS SERVICES OFFERED BY THE EL PÁJARO CDC ARE NOT OFFERED CONTINUOUSLY. PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF CLASSES.