Military Crisis Line

Suicide Prevention Hotline, Chat & Text – Veterans Crisis Line

Welcome to the Military Crisis Line Home; Military Crisis Line Serving those who serve our country. The Military Crisis Line, text- messaging service, and online chat provide free VA support for all Service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and all Veterans, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.

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LA Covid-19 Community Connectory

Due to COVID-19, employers and workers in our region are facing challenges of epic proportions.

During these unprecedented times, the LAEDC has established this LA Covid-19 Community Connectory which seeks to provide crucial resources for vulnerable residents, small businesses, and nonprofits. The Community Connectory:

  • Engages LAEDC’s award-winning staff of business assistance and layoff avoidance professionals to directly help employers overcome challenges, retain staff and position for economic recovery.
  • Spotlights a growing array of financial resources that directly support individuals, as well as programs to help businesses and community-based organizations.
  • Provides frequent analysis and economic outlooks from LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics to help all people in our region plan for economic recovery.

All the services of LA Community Connectory are provided at no charge, in keeping with LAEDC’s public-benefit mission, and true to our history of helping save over 240,000 direct jobs in LA County over the past 20 years.

Click here to go to site for more information and to register for services

SBA Presents: lntellectual Property and the Business of Licensing – July 27, 2021 – Online

Intellectual Property and the Business of Licensing, July 27th, 2021 from  10am-11:30am PDT – ONLINE

Patents and licensing have recently become an important part of the business landscape. Regardless of size or years in business, every entrepreneur should understand licensing and how to identify, protect and monetize their intellectual property, which includes patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.
Intellectual Property and the Business of Licensing covers the fundamentals of these topics. It will survey the terminology, available resources, costs, timing and rules of thumb necessary for licensing. With this information, you will have the foundation for integrating the key elements of intellectual property into your business plan. . . . Fee: $30 – Register here

How Did You Become a Software Engineer? Mary Brians Shares Her Insights

Initially pursuing an art degree, Mary Brians fell into engineering by accident during her time at the University of North Texas. Since then, she found a new passion in Linux and developing embedded applications. . . . . “I rebelled and tried my hand at being an art student in high school and college, so it took a while to find my professional calling. I discovered software engineering partly due to a class at the University of North Texas called game programming, taught by Dr. Ian Parberry. I appreciated the fact that software engineering was not nearly as subjective as art or other industries. n. . . . I believe it starts with being confident enough to speak up and find your voice. I am frequently not very assertive with managers or coworkers. However, I try to fight that quietness when it matters – but in the past, I was always quiet. I feel that many other women in engineering have this problem. Much of the female management I’ve had has both encouraged me to speak up and grow confident. As a female in STEM, I think we have to encourage each other to speak up and not be afraid to ask questions when it matters most. . . . ”  full story here

Do You Have What It Takes to Become an Entrepreneur?

SCORE Offers Free Webinars

Learn what it takes to become an entrepreneur and avoid the pitfalls that cause so many new businesses to fail. This is a fast faced, interactive workshop designed to help you understand if you are an entrepreneur and, if so, to give you some confidence and guidance for your entrepreneurial journey. 

Here’s what you’ll learn and takeaway: 

1. The 6 Essential Traits of an Entrepreneur
2. The 8 Critical Mistakes that can be avoided on your journey
3. 8 Disciplines to Increase Your Odds of Success
4. The 9 Stages of Building Your Business 

Additionally, all registrants will get a workbook including the following tools:  The Entrepreneur in the Making Assessment, My Biz Match and My Vision Clarifier 

Instructor: Philip Pfeifer: Philip Pfeifer is a 5th generation entrepreneur who grew up in his family business. He’s started 3 businesses, successfully sold one and generated over $50M in revenues across a handful of businesses. As a Certified EOS Implementer in Los Angeles, he’s a teacher, facilitator and coach to entrepreneurs and helps them and their leadership teams get what they want from their business. Philip is a member of the Strategic Coach program, Vistage, Provisors and Supports the LA Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization as a Strategic Alliance Partner.

Register and More Information Here

Small Business Administration’s SCORE: Workshops and Free Mentoring Throughout Los Angeles County

SCORE is here to help women small business owners.

SCORE is here to help you fulfill your business ownership goals and achieve greater success.  Along with resources and tools created especially for women entrepreneurs, SCORE offers free business mentors. SCORE mentors, many of them successful women small business owners in their own right, are ready to help you achieve your business goals.

Visit SCORE for Women Entrepreneurs

Next LA Veterans Collaborative (LAVC) Online Meeting July 14, 2021

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST(America/Los_Angeles)

The Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative is a structured network of public, private, and government agencies working together to reduce suffering and improve the lives of veterans, service members, and military families in LA County. This is achieved through strategically improving and coordinating their access to services, reducing barriers to care, and influencing policy.    

Register here

Virtual NEW Women’s Business Center Food Service Expo – July 10 2021

Food truckers, street vendors, caterers, cottage food operators, and restaurant owners or soon-to-be owners, don’t miss our day of important information especially catered for you to start up your business or grow the one you have. 
We have vetted industry experts that will share strategies and new trends that will help you to be successful in any type of environment such as sizzling marketing strategies and how to hire and retain employees during the pandemic when they don’t want to work. We will share financing opportunities and give you the opportunity to hear the learnings of experienced food entrepreneurs in the food truck, cottage food, and restaurant operations. 
There will be plenty of networking and opportunities with other entrepreneurs and vendor spotlights on must have products and systems. And did I mention raffles?  I hope you will attend and be part of the excitement!

Date: 7/10/21
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (PDT) 
Registration Deadline: 7/10/21 4:30 PM (PDT)
Fee: No Fee 

Registration and More Information Here

LA Veterans Collaborative Next Meeting June 9, 2021

Online Event: June 9, 2021, 0900 – 1200PM

The month of June holds much significance for so many diverse members of our veteran community. Together we can recognize Pride Month where LGBT+ members of our LA community can go and be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest. We can acknowledge PTSD Awareness Month and let our veteran community know that treatments are available for them and can lead to a better quality of life.  We also honor Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Daywhere we commemorate the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Join us in our discussion of Equity and Inclusion and be part of the change we want to see in our community. What affects one of us, affects all of us. 

Be sure to RSVP by clicking this registration link

LA’s Forest Lawn’s Memorial Day Remembrance: On Facebook Live, starting at 10am May 31, 2021

“On Monday, May 31, 2021 at 10:00 AM, the celebration will honor the sacrifices and strength of the members of the United States military with a moving keynote address, presidential proclamation, invocation, color guard, patriotic music, and more. 

“Set in the spectacular Forest Lawn—Hollywood Hills, this poignant event commemorates and honors the bravery of United States Military veterans and those who gave their lives for their country. 

“Emcees Michael Ellington, along with Lora Anderson and Hovsep Hajibekyan of Forest Lawn, will introduce keynote speakers United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Burghdorf and her husband, Major Andy Burghdorf, as well as patriotic music performances by Los Angeles Police Concert Band, TONALITY youth choir, and soloists Charles Lane, Alannah Garnier, and classical guitarist Gabriel Deutsch; an invocation by Monsignor Frank Hicks; the posting of colors by Walter Salvari, BMC Drum Corps; and patriotic spoken words by members of the U.S. Military. . . . click here for more information and link to online event

Women Small Business Owners: Free Webinar, PPP Loan Forgiveness – June 3, 2021

PPP Payroll Protection Plan Forgiveness- Loans of 150K or Less . Sponsored by New Women’s Business Center

Date: 6/06/21Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (PST) Free
Learn how to properly complete your PPP forgiveness application so you can gain as much free money as possible. We will also discuss changes to the use of the funds for the second round draws.

Register here at New Woman’s Business

Webinar: Inexpensive Ways to Market Your Business, May 20, 2021, 1-3pm

Presented by SBA/Score Los Angeles

Marketing is key to gaining customers and bringing in sales. It is something every small business owner needs to know how to do effectively, which makes this workshop highly relevant for all. Inexpensive Ways to Market Your Business gives you 20 proven options successful to promote and market your business, as well as bust some marketing myths that might be keeping you from success. You’ll gain an understanding of the importance of branding and its role in defining your target audience(s) and hear in detail how to easily improve your marketing path.

A Sampling of What You’ll Learn:
• How to get seen in the public and in the press without spending a penny
• The marketing advantage 9 out of 10 Website designers have no IDEA how to implement for you
• How to inexpensively use online ads to bring business to your front door
• How to generate WAY more word-of-mouth advertising

Fee: $20 – Click to Register Here