AGENT Program
(Assist, Grow, Educate, Network & Thrive)
SPIRIT Program
(Sole Proprietorship - Identify, Realize, Inspire & Transform)

Quarterly Presentation Programs and Special Events

SCORE Assistance for Cypress Residents

The City of Cypress is partnering with the following groups to help address the needs of small businesses in Cypress:

U.S. Small Business Administration, Santa Ana District Office

In partnership with the City of Cypress, the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of FREE educational meetings to address the needs of our small business community.
714-550-7420 (Office)
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Orange County Chapter of SCORE

SCORE Orange County offers entrepreneurs, who are either launching a start-up or growing an existing business, no-charge face-to-face counseling by men and women who have had successful careers as executives or business owners.
714-550-7369 (Office)

Orange County One-Stop Center - Linking People & Businesses

With support from the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, the Orange County One-Stop Centers specialize in helping companies fill vacant positions by connecting them with the thousands of job seekers who utilize our services to train, search and interview for jobs every year. There are 4 One-Stop Centers throughout the Orange County.

The City of Cypress AGENT & SPIRIT Quarterly Presentation Programs & Special Events

The Summer AGENT/BRACE Program:
CyberSecurity: Protecting Your Business Accounts and Assets from Cybercriminals
Presented by James Vaughn & Gordon Calhoun
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cypress Community Center
5700 Orange Avenue

This workshop presentation will identify the vulnerabilities that businesses have to cybercriminals and will provide solutions to enhance security. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Maintaining a secure identity across multiple platforms
  • How to balance the risks/rewards of local storage versus using the Cloud
  • First warnings that your computer, data, or identity have been compromised

James VaughnMr. James Vaughn is a Managing Director at iDiscovery Solutions (iDS), an award-winning e-Discovery, expert testimony, and digital forensics firm. Mr. Vaughn is a court-recognized expert who has given testimony involving topics such as evidence preservation, documentation of events, and computer forensic methodologies and procedures. Among Mr. Vaughn's many accomplishments, he has co-developed and taught computer forensic courses for the California Department of Justice.

Mr. Vaughn utilizes his extensive experience working on litigation and consulting matters along with his 16 years of law enforcement experience to train law enforcement officers, attorneys, and other examiners who seek his expertise in computer forensics and high-technology related issues involving best practices and methodologies. Due to his extensive knowledge and expertise, Mr. Vaughn is frequently called upon to speak on such topics as data breach investigations, the EDRM model and its role in e-Discovery strategies, mobile device forensics, social media research and collections, and digital forensics vs. electronically stored information (ESI).

Gordon CalhounMr. Gordon Calhoun is a Partner with the law firm of "Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP". He represents individuals, partnerships, corporations and other business entities in litigation and counsels them about the broad variety of business, regulatory and risk and information management protocols, including data breach responses, and compliance practices. Mr. Calhoun also specializes in representing clients in a variety of complex, large exposure litigation matters, involving large volumes of paper and electronically stored information (ESI).

Mr. Calhoun regularly works with a variety of forensic consultants and certified records managers to assist clients to develop information management systems and to secure sensitive data. When data breaches occur, Mr. Calhoun and his legal team coordinate with the client's Information Technology staff, forensic and crisis management consultants to identify and contain the source(s) of any data breach, mitigate the reputational harm associated with the breach, and comply with applicable data breach notification obligations.

Mr. Calhoun serves as the Chair of his law firm's Electronic Discovery, Information Management & Compliance Practice, and is Vice-Chair of the firm's Data Privacy & Network Security Practice. Mr. Calhoun received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Johns Hopkins University and his Juris Doctor Degree from Stanford University School of Law.

Please RSVP to the City of Cypress by Friday, September 5 at 714-229-6728

Cypress and U.S. SBA Partners for Veterans and Entrepreneurship Workshop
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Cypress Community Center
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What You Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Cypress Community Center
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Dealing with Difficult People
Presented by Dr. John Shepard

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Cypress Community Center
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What You Need to Know About Small Business Financing
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Cypress Community Center
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How to Start a Home-Based Business
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Cypress Community Center
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How to Market to Your Neighbors
Presented By Kelly Flint, Area Director, Western United States for Constant Contact

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Cypress Community Center
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City of Cypress, OC Business Service Center, and the OC Workforce Investment Board Announces the 3rd Annual Cypress Job Fair - October 11, 2012

Small Business Tax Seminar & Resource Expo
Friday, September 7, 2012
Cypress Community Center
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Successful Exporting in Today's Global Economy - An Overview
Presented by Randal Long, Lead Consultant at the California Center for International Trade Development
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Cypress Community Center
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What's New for 2012 Concerning Employment Law and Regulations?
Presented by Kim Parker, Executive Vice President of the California Employers Association (CEA)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Cypress Community Center
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City of Cypress and OC Business Service Center Announces the 2011 Cypress Job Fair
Thursday, October 13
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cypress Community Center
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How to Make Social Media Simple
Presented by Kelly Flint
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Cypress Community Center
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7-28-11 Cypress Welcomes Signature Networks PLUS - Press Release

As part of the City's AGENT & SPIRIT Business Programs, the City of Cypress will hold the second of three free Tax Workshops in 2011 for our local business community in partnership with Karla Dennis, CEO of Cohesive Tax:

10 Strategies To Increase Profitability In A Down Economy
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Cypress Community Center
5700 Orange Avenue
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As part of the City's AGENT & SPIRIT Business Programs, the City of Cypress conducted the first of three free Tax Workshops in 2011 for our local business community in partnership with Karla Dennis, CEO of Cohesive Tax.

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December 2, 2010
Cypress Community Center
5700 Orange Avenue, Cypress

Cypress SPIRIT Program Officially Launched!

Managing the People Side of Projects
November 10, 2011
Cypress Community Center

Cypress Announces New Program for Sole Proprietor Business Owners
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Cypress Teams Up with US SBA and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting to Offer Workshops for Small Manufacturing Businesses
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Over 1800 Attend Cypress Job Fair, October 14, 2010
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The City of Cypress & Orange County SCORE have teamed up to provide FREE individual business counseling

Weekly schedule for counseling services:

Cypress Civic Center, 5275 Orange Avenue, Cypress
1st & 3rd Thursday of each month
9:00 am-1:00 pm - one hour appointments

To register, please call: 714 550 7369

Here are just a few of the ways SCORE counselors are helping thousands of business entreprenuers:

  • Acting as "sounding board" for ideas and concerns
  • Providing guidance on where and how to obtain assistance and data
  • Developing and revising business plans
  • Reviewing alternative ways to secure financing
  • Suggesting marketing, promotional and sales approaches
  • Developing an internet presence
  • Resolving organizational and staffing issues

SCORE is a nationwide organization dedicated to the formation growth and success of small business. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Over 12,000 succesful executives, located in 389 local chapters throughout the United States and its territories, volunteer to provide free, confidential business counseling and workshops as a public service to all types of businesses

Matchmaker Event
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Press Release

The 2010 Cypress - SBA Matchmaker Event was a unique opportunity for small businesses and buyers of goods and services to meet and connect. The City of Cypress and SBA Officials welcomed 110 buyers and sellers.  Sellers represented large businesses and government agencies interested in supporting small businesses by contracting with them for purchases of goods and services. Buyers were from city, county, state and federal agencies, as well as large prime contractors, utility companies and port authorities. They were looking for small subcontractors and other organizations with combined purchasing budgets ranging in the millions of dollars to participate.

Internet Marketing & Using The Social Media
February 25, 2010
Presented By: John P. Lafare, SCORE (Service Corp. of Retired Executives)
Cypress Community Center, Grand Ballroom B, 5700 Orange Avenue, Cypress 90630
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2-1-10 Cypress Mayor Presents 1st Annual BRACE and AGENT Program Business of the Year Awards

Bullet Proof Your Business Plan and Take Your Business to the Next Level
Presented By Carl Woodard, SCORE (Service Corporation of Retired Executives)
October 29, 2009
Cypress Community Center
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AGENT Inaugural Meeting
The inaugural meeting of the City of Cypress' Assist, Grow, Educate, Network & Thrive (AGENT) program was held on Thursday, July 9, 2009, at the Cypress Community Center. Over 40 Cypress small business owners participated. This meeting is the kickoff of a series of free educational meetings to address the needs of the Cypress small business community.

The topics of discussion included survival tips to help the Cypress business community survive and thrive, the 2009 Economic Stimulus Package and what's in it for Cypress businesses, government contracts and learning the process of obtaining the necessary certification to get those contracts. For detailed information about the AGENT program, and other City services for the business community, please contact Mr. Bill Manis, Redevelopment/Economic Development Manager at (714) 229-6671.

Press Release for Inaugural Meeting