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Wednesday, May 06, 2015 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The world seems to be going mobile (to mobile apps, that is). So how mobile is your business? In this workshop we’ll explore mobile apps that can enhance your business effectiveness. We’ll explore the range of possibilities (some simple, some complex) that can positively affect your productivity. We’ll cover apps for document creation, exchange and synchronization. For the business owners on the go, a full complement of business apps is a necessity, not a luxury. Come prepared to discuss your favorite app and how it works for you
Fee: $ 50.00
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The world seems to be going mobile (to mobile apps, that is). So how mobile is your business? In this workshop we’ll explore mobile apps that can enhance your business effectiveness. We’ll explore the range of possibilities (some simple, some complex) that can positively affect your productivity. We’ll cover apps for document creation, exchange and synchronization. For the business owners on the go, a full complement of business apps is a necessity, not a luxury. Come prepared to discuss your favorite app and how it works for you.
Speaker: D. Stammer
Fee: $ 50.00

Start-up Assistance

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Intro to Entrepreneurship Q & A sessions provide opportunities for those interested in starting a business to address start-up issues or questions: Starting with The Finish Line In Sight. Pre-registration required. This workshop is offered twice a month and will cover topics on doing business in New Jersey such as: Online Business Registration; Legal Structuring of the Business; Getting a Federal ID; Registering for taxes with the NJ Department of Revenue; Financial Sources and Resources; Preparing for Certification; General discussion on other specific topics related to the participants’ business questions and needs. This Introductory Session will be provided in Spanish as well.
Fee: $ 20.00
Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Workshop will cover Part I-Strategy and Organization, Part II- Marketing and Market Research, Part III – Forecasting and Financial Projections, Part IV- Financial Statements and Budget Projections. Access to a Computer is necessary either through state of the art classrooms or personal laptops. Post-training counseling: Once the training is completed clients who need additional fine-tuning of their business plans will have an opportunity to have Business & Financial Plan Consultations. The cost includes a training manual, 4 writing classes with hands on computer access to MS Word, Excel & the internet.
Fee: $ 125.00
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Our team of professional speakers will cover topics including Business Modeling, Funding, Breakeven Analysis, Financial Issues, Marketing, Business Structure, Market Data, Branding and Liability. The clinic will be held at the Bergen Community College in The Ciarco Learning Center located at 355 Main Street in Hackensack, NJ. If you have any questions, contact the SBDC at 201-489-8670. The event is FREE but registration is required.
Speaker: Vince Vicari, Regional Director NJSBDC at Bergen Community College
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Intro to Entrepreneurship Q & A sessions provide opportunities for those interested in starting a business to address start-up issues or questions: Starting with The Finish Line In Sight. Pre-registration required. This workshop is offered twice a month and will cover topics on doing business in New Jersey such as: Online Business Registration; Legal Structuring of the Business; Getting a Federal ID; Registering for taxes with the NJ Department of Revenue; Financial Sources and Resources; Preparing for Certification; General discussion on other specific topics related to the participants’ business questions and needs. This Introductory Session will be provided in Spanish as well.
Fee: $ 20.00
Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
We invite you to attend this workshop about starting your business in Mercer County. You will learn how to get your new business organized and running properly. You need sharp tools and an understanding of not only how to market and price the products or services you offer but also the basic financial skills to ensure your financial wellbeing. You will leave with the answers to the questions which are preventing you from proceeding with your plans to start a business. Topics include legal formation, business ownership options, financial management, insurance issues, marketing and business planning, and much more. Materials every small business needs will be provided to each participant, including a "how to" handbook for businesses in Mercer County. This event is co-sponsored by the County of Mercer. More Information: 609-771-2947, info@sbdcnj.com or http://www.sbdcnj.com Online Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5196460754
Saturday, May 16, 2015 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Entrepreneurship is a state of mind. It can blossom at any age and it’s a compelling desire to do one’s own thing. Are you a good communicator, motivator, and delegator? Are you an entrepreneur? Discover more during this workshop. Become more knowledgeable on the different types of business entities available along with their legal/tax implications. Learn how to register a business, examine setting up bookkeeping records, taxation, and understanding financial statements, money needs, payroll, insurance, and licensing.
Fee: $ 97.00

Business Basics

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn how to create impactful video content for your website and social media marketing. Engage your prospects dramatically to turn leads into sales. From planning to production to publishing, this class pieces together the skills and tools you’ll need to create desirable content to promote your brand or organization. Especially designed for small businesses and entrepreneurs on a limited budget.
Fee: $ 55.00
Thursday, April 23, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
This program addresses the tools and strategies to establish, develop and flourish as an entrepreneur in any chosen field in various economic environment: 1) It will cover required skills and talents which are universally fundamental to quality business owner. 2) How to stay motivated and distinguished from the crowd. 3) How to think as a long term entrepreneur. 4) Can you take your “knowledge gained” and turn it into resources that people will compensate you?
Speaker: Herb Caesar
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Even the most skeptical banker can be persuaded positively with a convincing business plan. Comprehensive plans include sales forecasts, market identification, resources, personnel, cash flow, and income projections. Learn how your finished plan should look, what’s to be included, which language to use and what information to present and in what format your plans are clearly convincing.
Fee: $ 65.00
Saturday, May 02, 2015 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Is your business ready to expand its social media reach to include the use of hashtags, microblogging and images? Twitter and Instagram are social networks that focus short messages and images that optimize the use of hashtags for search. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics and benefits to creating a presence on these two platforms. An overview of best practices and ample time for Q&A and how-to demonstrations will be provided.
Fee: $ 55.00
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This seminar teaches the rules and regulations associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as it applies to small businesses. Small employers looking to provide coverage for their employees can do so through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), part of the new Health Insurance Marketplaces. SHOP is open to those employers with up to 50 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees and offers small employers increased purchasing power to obtain a better choice of high-quality coverage. Businesses will learn the parameters of full time employment, self-only employment premiums and the small business tax credit.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Mastering the Mental Side of Building a Business Learn how to proactively handle and even benefit from the inevitable challenges and setbacks you'll face along the way building your business. Finish up with solid ways to build your confidence in any situation, work through habits and fears that can hold you back, and create a support system that will help lead you to success (3 hours). Registration is required. Course fee: FREE CRN 60150 Wed May 13 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm To register go to www.sbdcrvcc.com
Monday, May 18, 2015 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Even the most skeptical banker can be persuaded positively with a convincing business plan. Comprehensive plans include sales forecasts, market identification, resources, personnel, cash flow, and income projections. Learn how your finished plan should look, what’s to be included, which language to use and what information to present and in what format your plans are clearly convincing.
Fee: $ 65.00
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
You’ve built your website. Now it’s time to develop an email marketing program. Learn how to build customer loyalty, increase website traffic, and sales. Start by selecting a vendor. Develop strategies for growing your email lists. Learn how to develop compelling content. Review how to create your emails, style guidelines, and frequency of emails. Finally, assess the results of your email marketing.
Fee: $ 55.00

Financing

Thursday, April 23, 2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
This is a workshop for pre-screened entrepreneurs looking to borrow money to finance the start or growth of their business. There will be a short presentation following the introduction of several loan officers representing banks willing to lend money to qualified individuals.
Speaker: Vince Vicari, Regional Director NJSBDC at Bergen Community College
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Interested in starting a business or expanding an existing business? Need financial assistance? This workshop will address these issues by providing information on determining money needs, SBA loans, venture capital, working with local banks, use of a business plan to secure financing, services provided by the Small Business Development Center.
Fee: $ 65.00
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Building and Financing Your Business Are you an entrepreneur who needs to learn about financing your small business? Meet the people who can assist you. The first part of this seminar explains the process of how a business owner can obtain financing via different methods and various lenders, and what resources are available to small businesses. In the second part of the seminar attendees can meet lenders and discuss issues one-on-one (3 hours). Course fee: FREE CRN 60199 Wed May 6 12:00pm - 3:00 pm To register go to www.sbdcrvcc.com
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
How to Purchase a Business or Franchise Learn how to identify and then research a good franchise or existing business (3 hours). Registration is required. Course fee: FREE CRN 60185 Wed May 6 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm To register go to www.sbdcrvcc.com
Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This program addresses how critical credit issues impact the achievement of important and complex personal & business financial aspects and will cover: 1) How to understand one’s credit situation/status based on what your credit report reveals 2) How credit scores are calculated; determined; impacted; manipulated and navigated. What factors impact the scores and how you can navigate/manipulate options to make them better work for you 3) How personal & business financial statements and tax returns impact/effect strategies developed to enhance a credit rating 4) How to disable the myth about personal and business financial issues not being interwoven and /or integrated has been disabled and 5) How investors, lenders and creditors use credit bureau reports to assess business capacity.
Friday, May 15, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This program will provide small business owners and entrepreneurs with the opportunity to meet o ne-on-one with SBA's top lenders to discuss the availability of SBA guaranteed loans by their institutions. Find out firsthand what lenders look for in a winning loan proposal, how to increase your chances of getting a loan and how to get through the loan application process. A number of SBA Lenders will be available to discuss your loan proposal with you. To make the most effective use of your time and to ensure that your loan proposal gets the highest possible consideration, we encourage you to prepare a: Business Plan Executive Summary Form
Speaker: Harry Menta
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Interested in starting a business or expanding an existing business? Need financial assistance? This workshop will address these issues by providing information on determining money needs, SBA loans, venture capital, working with local banks, use of a business plan to secure financing, services provided by the Small Business Development Center.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Understanding how equity financing affects your business is an important step if you want to expand. This seminar will demystify the concepts of asset based financing and alternative equity financing that includes angel investing, venture capital and private equity. Knowing the expectations of investors by understanding the 5 stages of alternative financing will help prepare you for that first investor pitch.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The small business owner will learn about the SBA’s business loan programs, no-cost business management counseling programs, what goes in to a good loan proposal, how to prepare one to increase the chances of getting a loan. In addition participants will go over strategies for credit management & credit score improvement. Attendee can schedule an appointment for credit counseling on the spot. SBA Presenters and local lenders will be on hand to discuss various loan programs, credit profiles and financial readiness.

Managing a Business

Thursday, May 14, 2015 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
If you are looking to reduce costs and increase efficiency then you need to understand LEAN in your business. Originally developed for manufacturing processes, it soon was extended to other areas of business efficiency. In this workshop you will learn to improve your operations, reduce waste, increase productivity, sharpen your customer service and add value to your business.
Speaker: NJSBDC Staff
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, May 14, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
If you are looking to reduce costs and increase efficiency then you need to understand LEAN in your business. Originally developed for manufacturing processes, it soon was extended to other areas of business efficiency. In this workshop you will learn to improve your operations, reduce waste, increase productivity, sharpen your customer service and add value to your business.
Speaker: NJSBDC Staff
Fee: $ 50.00
Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Independent Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing Houses Learn the differences between independent and traditional publishing including what you need to know about contracts. Discuss the pros and cons so you can make the choice that’s right for you! (3 hours) Course fee: $59 CRN 60189 Thu May 21 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm To register go to www.sbdcrvcc.com
Fee: $ 59.00

Business Accounting and Budget

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Continue learning about QuickBooks with this class by learning to create and customize forms and templates. Learn to work with Asset, Liability and equity accounts. Work with and customize QuickBooks reports and graphs. Explore the Payroll tracking features in QuickBooks including tax liabilities. Explore Job Costing, time tracking and estimating.
Speaker: M. Adelman
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 3 sessions ending Tuesday, April 28
QuickBooks Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable In a simulated real business environment learn how to manage both the Customers/Sales and Vendors/Expenses capabilities in QuickBooks. Perform and practice Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable transactions and reporting. Prerequisite: QuickBooks for Small Businesses and a good working knowledge of accounting principles (9 hours). Course fee: $159 CRN 60131 Tue/Thu/Tue Apr 21, 23 &28 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm To register go to www.sbdcrvcc.com
Fee: $ 159.00
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, April 23
Gain an understanding of primary financial statements, including their development, their use, and effective methods of analysis. With hands-on instruction in business and accounting software programs, participants will learn the general accounting cycle and how it reflects business transactions. Course is 6 hours. (2 sessions – 3 hours each)
Fee: $ 99.00
Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Determining the Value of Your Works: Royalty Fees, Contracts and Agreements Discuss definitions of different types of royalties and examine sample royalty rates for different types of products. Learn what to specify regarding royalty rates (3 hours). Course fee: $59 CRN 60188 Thu Apr 30 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm To register go to www.sbdcrvcc.com
Fee: $ 59.00
Saturday, May 02, 2015 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Gain an understanding of primary financial statements, including their development, their use, and effective methods of analysis. With hands-on instruction in business and accounting software programs, participants will learn the general accounting cycle and how it reflects business transactions. Course is 6 hours. (2 sessions – 3 hours each)
Fee: $ 99.00
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Small Business Recordkeeping Learn what records you need to keep, how to do your own bookkeeping, and how to use records as a management tool. Find out processes you need to follow for tax deductions (3 hours). Course fee: $59 CRN 60158 Tue May 5 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm To register go to www.sbdcrvcc.com
Fee: $ 59.00
Monday, May 11, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Tuesday, May 12
Accounting Fundamentals Learn fundamental accounting procedures that complement QuickBooks for Small Businesses. Master concepts needed for bookkeeping and learn accounting terminology used to operate financial software (6 hours). Course fee: $119 CRN 60132 Mon & Tue May 11 & 12 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm To register go to www.sbdcrvcc.com
Fee: $ 119.00
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Understanding Financial Statements Learn about spreadsheets, understanding revenue and expense, structure and relationships, meaningful forecasts and projections, break-even analysis, balance sheets, P&L, and cash flow (3 hours). Course fee: $59 CRN 60159 Tue May 12 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm To register go to www.sbdcrvcc.com
Fee: $ 59.00
Monday, May 18, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
QuickBooks for Small Businesses Learn how QuickBooks can simplify the accounting process for a small business. Set up a business, record transactions, understand the reports generated from QuickBooks and the components of financial statements. Prerequisite: Accounting Fundamentals or a good working knowledge of accounting principles (6 hours). Course fee: $119 CRN 60133 Mon & Tue May 18 & 19 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm To register go to www.sbdcrvcc.com
Fee: $ 119.00
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn to use QuickBooks for your business accounting needs! Learn how to start a company in QuickBooks and create a chart of accounts. Learn to use the various lists within QuickBooks including lists for employees, vendors, customer jobs and companies. Learn how to set up your inventory as well as receive, pay for and adjust your inventory levels. Students will also learn how to track the sale of products including invoicing and special charges. Explore the ways QuickBooks coordinates with your banking including on-line banking.
Speaker: M. Adelman
Fee: $ 50.00
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gain an understanding of primary financial statements, including their development, their use, and effective methods of analysis. With hands-on instruction in business and accounting software programs, participants will learn the general accounting cycle and how it reflects business transactions.
Fee: $ 99.00

Tax Planning

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Small Business Taxes Learn which type of legal entity is the best structure for your company and receive information about tax responsibilities based on the entity you choose. Find out what tax deductions you are entitled to (3 hours). Course fee: $59 CRN 60157 Wed Apr 29 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm To register go to www.sbdcrvcc.com
Fee: $ 59.00

Marketing and Sales

Monday, May 04, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
The ASBDC New Jersey at Brookdale Community College is providing Long Beach Island a tailored, no-cost, high-impact program for their small businesses community. Serving the small business communities of Monmouth and Ocean counties, The ASBDC New Jersey at Brookdale Community College has been recognized as a driving force in aiding small business growth. One of the strategies in assisting with the growth of local businesses is industry specific programming. The “Adopt a Town” events are focused on training and consulting for seaside retail, restaurant and professional businesses addressing seasonality challenges and opportunities. Workshops will address strategies to capitalize on “in season” and special events traffic for business growth. During the week of May 4, 2015, America’s Small Business Development Center New Jersey at Brookdale Community College will provide concentrated service to the LBI business community, beginning with a targeted workshop taught by retail and restaurant expert Marc Willson of the Willson Company, who consults to State of Virginia, Main Street New Jersey and multiple small businesses and large corporations. Registered businesses will receive no-cost, one-on-one, confidential one hour counseling sessions in the business owners place of business with Marc Willson and ASBDC consultants (which can cover a variety of topics such as pricing, marketing, off season opportunities….) as well as continued counseling by ASBDC consultants.
Speaker: Marc Willson of the Willson Company and Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes, Regional Director of the NJSBDC serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties
Monday, May 04, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Generational and Word-of-Mouth Marketing Learn how to harness and implement a profitable WOM marketing plan that will overcome the challenge of a five-generation marketplace. Explore a variety of methods to create, encourage and facilitate word-of-mouth communication to influence the buying behaviors of the target audience you serve (3 hours). Course fee: $59 CRN 60167 Mon May 4 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm To register go to www.sbdcrvcc.com
Fee: $ 59.00
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
When people look up your business online, what do they find? Bad reviews? No reviews? Or something else? Why are you putting obstacles between you and your prospective customers with doubt? Learn how your online presence can help you dominate your market!
Speaker: Sunny Kancherla
Location: Online
Fee: $ 80.00
Monday, May 11, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
The ASBDC New Jersey at Brookdale Community College is providing Seaside Heights a tailored, no-cost, high-impact program for their small businesses community. Serving the small business communities of Monmouth and Ocean counties, The ASBDC New Jersey at Brookdale Community College has been recognized as a driving force in aiding small business growth. One of the strategies in assisting with the growth of local businesses is industry specific programming. The “Adopt a Town” events are focused on training and consulting for seaside retail, restaurant and professional businesses addressing seasonality challenges and opportunities. Workshops will address strategies to capitalize on “in season” and special events traffic for business growth. During the week of May 11, 2015, America’s Small Business Development Center New Jersey at Brookdale Community College will provide concentrated service to the Seaside Heights business community, beginning with a targeted workshop taught by retail and restaurant expert Marc Willson of the Willson Company, who consults to State of Virginia, Main Street New Jersey and multiple small businesses and large corporations. Registered businesses will receive no-cost, one-on-one, confidential one hour counseling sessions in the business owners place of business with Marc Willson and ASBDC consultants (which can cover a variety of topics such as pricing, marketing, off season opportunities….) as well as continued counseling by ASBDC consultants.
Speaker: Marc Willson of the Willson Company and Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes, Regional Director of the NJSBDC serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Do you know the true power of social media? Business owners who take this webinar find out how to best utilize social media with techniques they didn't know was possible. Learn how to leverage social media to improve customer relationships and your bottom line.
Speaker: Sunny Kancherla
Location: Online
Fee: $ 30.00

Government Contracting

Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mercer County is making a concerted effort to include more Mercer County business owners in their bidding and contracting process and is reaching out to more business owners to teach them how to accomplish this. The program will include current bidding opportunities, how to prepare a bid, what to expect during the bid process, what is required once you have won the award, how to get paid, and more. This event is co-sponsored by the County of Mercer. More Information: 609-771-2947, info@sbdcnj.com or http://www.sbdcnj.com Online Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5209321220
Speaker: Marcella Covello - Director of Purchasing, County of Mercer

Disaster Mitigation

Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
BCP Workshop Coverage This workshop on Business Continuity Planning will cover the following five (5) items: 1. The Bergen-SBDC, its locations, and the history and focus of its SBDPRO. 2. Risk management and performing a SWOT Analysis for your routine small business operation. 3. Special potential threats in natural and man-made disasters. 4. Using the SBDPRO template to create a customized BCP for your small business. 5. Your BCP adoption follow-up questions & answers.
Speaker: Facilitator: Bill Ruggles, Senior Strategic and Business Process Consultant
Saturday, May 09, 2015 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
BCP Workshop Coverage This workshop on Business Continuity Planning will cover the following five (5) items: 1. The Bergen-SBDC, its locations, and the history and focus of its SBDPRO. 2. Risk management and performing a SWOT Analysis for your routine small business operation. 3. Special potential threats in natural and man-made disasters. 4. Using the SBDPRO template to create a customized BCP for your small business. 5. Your BCP adoption follow-up questions & answers.
Speaker: Facilitator: Bill Ruggles, Senior Strategic and Business Process Consultant
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
BCP Workshop Coverage This workshop on Business Continuity Planning will cover the following five (5) items: 1. The Bergen-SBDC, its locations, and the history and focus of its SBDPRO. 2. Risk management and performing a SWOT Analysis for your routine small business operation. 3. Special potential threats in natural and man-made disasters. 4. Using the SBDPRO template to create a customized BCP for your small business. 5. Your BCP adoption follow-up questions & answers.
Speaker: Facilitator: Bill Ruggles, Senior Strategic and Business Process Consultant
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
BCP Workshop Coverage This workshop on Business Continuity Planning will cover the following five (5) items: 1. The Bergen-SBDC, its locations, and the history and focus of its SBDPRO. 2. Risk management and performing a SWOT Analysis for your routine small business operation. 3. Special potential threats in natural and man-made disasters. 4. Using the SBDPRO template to create a customized BCP for your small business. 5. Your BCP adoption follow-up questions & answers.
Speaker: Facilitator: Bill Ruggles, Senior Strategic and Business Process Consultant

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