Several business-related events are coming up quickly this month, but two of them are at about the same time on October 12.

“The Top 10 Legal Mistakes Startups Make and How to Avoid Them” is the topic of a panel discussion from 5 to 8 p.m., October 12, at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center.

The Central Coast MIT Enterprise Forum is sponsoring the panel discussion. Networking and light buffet will be offered prior the discussion, which starts at 6 p.m.

David Lafitte, a shareholder at the law firm of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth in Santa Barbara, will lead the panel. He works with many start-up businesses.

Panelist Jason Spievak, chief executive officer of South Coast-based RingRevenue, will share his experience and insight from an entrepreneur’s point of view. Steve Sereboff, partner at the SoCal IP Law Group, which has Santa Barbara, Westlake Village, and Irvine offices, will talk about intellectual property and patents. And, Frank Foster, managing director of DFJ Frontier in Santa Barbara, will provide his insight from a venture capitalist’s perspective.

The cost for students is $15. Others can preregister online for $30. Walk-ins pay $40 at the door. Online registration at will only be available until 24 hours before the event. Parking is $3.

Meanwhile, two South Coast business groups will have a joint networking mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., October 12, at Business First Bank on 1035 State Street.

Members of the Santa Barbara chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, or NAWBO-SB, and the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host their second annual joint networking event, which is sponsored by the bank.

Admission is $10 with reservations or $20 at the door. Register at Organizers say it’s an opportunity to meet and network with a cross section of about 200 business owners on the South Coast. Appetizers, wine and prizes will be offered.

Also on October 12, which is World Arthritis Day, Massage Envy has joined with the Arthritis Foundation to host “Healing Hands for Arthritis” to build awareness and raise funds to fight that condition. Massage Envy will donate $10 for one-hour massages and facials to the foundation. Massage Envy’s skin-care partner, Murad, will also donate 10 percent of its retail sales on October 12 to the foundation.

To schedule an appointment on the South Coast, call Laura Kath at (805) 344-1717 or see to locate the nearest clinic. Visit to learn about the event and benefits of massage for arthritis sufferers.

From 8:30 to 10 a.m. on October 19, South Coast author Bill Poett will discuss “Leadership Essentials” at Girls, Inc. at 4973 Hollister Avenue in Goleta.

Poett is the author of the book ABCs of Peak Performers. RSVP to The Santa Barbara office of Express Employment Professionals is sponsoring Poett’s speech.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on October 26, attorney, journalist, and author Susan Solovic will discuss how to focus on building a business at a luncheon at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard.

NAWBO-SB is sponsoring the luncheon. The cost is $35 members and $45 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by October 21. Seating is limited. See

As the CEO and cofounder of, formerly, Solovic has a unique vantage point from which to share information and insight with business owners. A regular contributor to CNBC on business issues, she also has her own show on Fox News called It’s Your Biz.

From 3 to 4:30 p.m. on October 28, the Santa Barbara City College Scheinfeld Center’s “Enlightened Entrepreneurship Series” will present “A Conversation with Lynda Weinman,” one of the South Coast’s top entrepreneurs.

The cofounder of Carpinteria-based, Weinman runs one of the fastest-growing companies in California. A networking reception will follow her talk in the Fe Bland Forum on the SBCC West Campus.

The event is free, but preregistration is required at

Scheinfeld Center Director Melissa Moreno plans to travel to Washington, D.C., on a personal invitation from Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, to attend “Job Creation Day” at the nation’s Capitol, including a visit with Obama administration officials at the White House.

Also, SBCC professor Bonnie Chavez, Business Administration Department chairman, and Moreno plan to attend the October 9 through 12 National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship, or NACCE, conference in Portland, OR. Moreno’s paper “The Impact of a New Venture Challenge” will be presented at a breakout session at the conference, in addition to receiving NACCE’s Impact Award.

The South Coast Biz Blog is a roundup of the latest business news in the Santa Barbara area and is written by Ray Estrada,, who has covered business in the region for numerous publications over the past couple decades. See more at and


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