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Transitioning from Employee to Entrepreneur was presented on Tuesday, June 17 at the Fremont Main Library as part of the series Small Business Solutions at the Fremont Main Library. The series is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Alameda County Library.

Alan Olsen, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Managing Partner of leading Bay Area accounting firm Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Company (GROCO), provided guidance on what it takes to become, and succeed as an entrepreneur. Alan and his firm have worked with some of the most influential entrepreneurs in the world, who have helped build companies such as Google, Skype, eBay, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Compaq and America Online. GROCO was recognized in October 2007 by INSIDE Public Accounting as one of the Best-Managed CPA firms in the United States.

National media such as the Journal of Accountancy, Money magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Portfolio.com, as well as local business journals and news broadcasts, have sought Alan’s insight and expertise on tax matters for their financial coverage.

Alan earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University-Provo, and a Master of Business Administration (Taxation) from California State University at Hayward. He and his wife Susan have been married for 23 years, and are parents to seven children, two of whom are attending Brigham Young University–Idaho. He currently serves as a member of President Kim B. Clark’s Advancement Council at BYU–Idaho.

During his discussion, Mr. Olsen explored:
• The 10 changes one must make to become a successful entrepreneur.
• How to differentiate between an “employee” and an “entrepreneur.”
• The law of leveraging.
• Recent trends in the Venture Capital Community.

A podcast of the presentation is available.

– Gertrude

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Small Business Solutions at the Fremont Main Library presented “Financing a Small Business” on Tuesday evening, May 27, 2008.

Jane C. Mok, First Vice President and Director of Small Commercial Lending, and Jason Tsai, First Vice President, Community Banking, East West Bank spoke about Small Business Administration loans and commercial bank loans available to new business owners and to existing businesses.

A comparison of SBA and other loans provided examples which can be used to creatively finance a small start-up and provide funding for a new business.

Existing businesses were able to find out how to obtain bank loans for real estate purchasing, remodeling, expansion, new equipment, advertising, payroll, additional inventory, and other funding needs to increase their profitability.

This program was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Alameda County Library.

– Gertrude

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The third seminar in the series on Small Business Solutions at the Fremont Main Library was held on April 1st. The topic of discussion was Bringing in a Business Partner. Attorney Matt Dickstein covered questions such as: Are you thinking about bringing a partner into your business? Have you considered culture, fit, liability, compensation, buying into the company, and an exit strategy? As a new partner, are you comfortable with your share of the stake? Matt discussed the full range of legal advantages and disadvantages of a partnership.

Matt Dickstein practices business transactions and corporate law, real estate ventures, securities law, and business litigation, with offices based in Fremont.  Matt works with domestic and international businesses on all aspects of business law.

(You can enjoy podcasts of the previous two seminars here. Sadly, there were some recording difficulties with this seminar.)

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The Fremont Chamber of Commerce and the Fremont Main Library are co-sponsoring a monthly series of business programs entitled Small Business Solutions at the Fremont Main Library. These programs are made possible through a grant from the Alameda County Library Foundation.

The first seminar in the series, Doing Business in the United States, was presented on February 26 by Alan Olsen, CPA and partner of Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co. Mr. Olsen (pictured at left) discussed tax treaties between countries, legislation and compliances, proper business structure, transfer of assets, and more, to help attendees learn how to achieve future financial success in the United States. The seminar was aimed at offshore investors, non-resident businesses, and new American entrepreneurs and business owners, all of whom need to be familiar with the implications of doing business in the United States.

Alan generously distributed copies of his book Doing Business in the United States. (This book will also soon be available at the Fremont Main Library.)

A podcast of the seminar has been added to the Alameda County Library website under Business and Investments.

Upcoming programs will be announced in the Calendar of Events, the Library Rotator, library fliers, and press releases sent to the media.

– Gertrude

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