Weho Hosts Free Small Business Seminar

Mayor Prang, state officials and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce discuss 'Strategies for Success in Today's Economy.'

The following is a press release from the city of West Hollywood.

Just in time for tax season, a free small business seminar entitled “Strategies for Success in Today’s Economy” will take place on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Fiesta Hall Community Room in Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The event is hosted by the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; Jerome E. Horton, Chairman of the State Board of Equalization; California State Senator Ted W. Lieu; and City of West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang.

The seminar is designed for new business owners, entrepreneurs considering starting a business, professionals currently operating a business who have questions about state or federal tax laws, and individuals who want to improve their business know-how.

The seminar will include presentations by the State Board of Equalization, the Internal Revenue Service, the Franchise Tax Board, the Employment Development Department, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Small Business Development Center/L.A. Regional Network. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Avoiding sales and use tax problems
  • Navigating the IRS for small businesses
  • Innocent spouse/domestic partner relief of liability and statutory issues
  • Income tax and domestic partnership
  • Property tax – changes in ownership exclusion

Check-in time for the seminar is 8:30 a.m. The event is free, and free parking will be available. To register online, please go to www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/sbf.htm  For additional information on the seminar, please call 888-847-9652. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call 323-848-6496. The location is accessible to people with disabilities. If you require special assistance, please call 888-847-9652.

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PcCrap February 19, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Don't attend this BS Small Business Seminar. I went last year and it was a freaking joke. The politicians spent the first hour introducing and congratuating themselves. It was packed and the people around me started to leave and complain thinking they were going to get small business advice and info instead of being a caputured audience for political campaigning. It was so gross and I am do disappointed they are having this BS seminar again. DO NOT BOTHER. You have been warned.
me February 19, 2013 at 09:49 PM
good to know!....but isn't the event hosted by THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD???.....if so, why would Prang only be listed as the host?....i'm almost sure he didn't foot the bill for this, right?....he may be a speaker, i don't know, but "host" makes it sound like he trying to grab the credit once again.....but alas, he's famous for doing that
PcCrap February 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM
It was so sad because there were so many good and decent people in attendance that thought they would get some guidance with their start-up business idea and what they got were a parade of politicians and city workers slap each other on the back and then telling us we better pay our business taxes all while many people did not even start their business yet. One sweet lady there had samples of handmade greeting cards and she thought she was going to get information on how to proceed with making her business profitable and instead it was all about collecting and sending in your tax money to the state. Of course that was after over an hour of all the political back slapping. Just awful and very disappointed that West Hollywood and the council would not warn people of what this really is. Parking was awful and it was extra sad because the event at Plumber Park was standing room only and people were looking like "what have we gotten ourselves into here?" DO NOT GO! SPREAD THE WORD! This is politics and trickery at it's worst!


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