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Surfboard Design Series Classes Start September 7th!

This is the class we’re all been waiting for! We are totally stoked to announce our Surfboard Design and Build classes will be starting Wednesday, September 7th. Learn the basics of designing and building a surfboard using the latest methods and eco-friendly products (foam, fiberglass, and resins) that are the future for surfboard manufacturing. By the end of this 3-part course, you will have a CNC cut, and hand finished surfboard that’s ready to go shred! Everyone is welcome from groms (kids) to pros (bigger kids); our only requirement for you to take this series is the desire to build your own personal masterpiece! SURF’S UP!



Learn to build a complete surfboard from scratch using Urban Workshop’s Laguna Tools CNC Router! Topics covered in this 3-part class include: Board geometry variables, design in BoardCAD, creating tool paths for the CNC Router, foam-stringer glue-up, CNC machining, foam sanding techniques, fin box creation, and glassing techniques from base coat through to polish coat.

• SRF101 Surfboard Design will cover the 3D design skills required in both Autodesk Fusion360 and BoardCad, provide a comprehensive review of board sizing and shaping variables, as well as show you how to create toolpaths for the CNC machine.
• SRF102 Surfboard Shaping will cover the stringer/foam glue-up, setup and operation of the CNC Router to create the board blank, hands-on finish sanding techniques for the CNC foam blank, fin box layout/routing/glueing, and how to create custom graphics for your board using rice paper and an inkjet printer!
• SRF103 Surfboard Laminating is an “open-workshop” which will cover start-to-finish glassing techniques, hands-on glassing, hot coating and final polishing. Drying time between coats is included in the open-workshop concept. Each student will have 1 month from the time of their first class to complete the glassing and finishing phase (SRF103). You are welcome to attend as many sessions of SRF103 within that time period as necessary in order to have technical support and ongoing hands-on help to teach you everything you need to get out of the shop and in to the lineup as fast as possible.

Class Series cost is $720.00 for all 3 parts, including all materials. The only pre-requisites you need are basic computer knowledge, basic hand tool knowledge, and the desire to build your own surfboard! Maximum class size will be 4, but we will look to expand this as demand increases. Sign up early, as these classes are already filling fast!

All participants will be required to bring a laptop with both Autodesk Fusion360 and BoardCAD pre-installed. Laptops are available on-site, but we have a limited supply, so please call ahead to reserve a laptop for your class session if necessary. Both software packages are free to download and are available for both Windows and Apple Operating Systems. The programs may be downloaded by following these links:

BoardCAD: www.boardcad.com

Autodesk Fusion360: www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/overview


Free Small Business Workshop


6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.


Thinking about starting a business?  Need money or partners to help grow your business?  Reached a sales plateau or have you watched your profits decline?  Then this seminar is for you!

Join Tom Miller, President of Persuasive Business Plans, as he presents Part 3 of his seminar series: “Strategic Business Planning: Your Roadmap to Success!”  You will gain insight on how to research your industry and competitors; develop a plan of action for your marketing, sales, and operations; and create a budget based on solid, verifiable assumptions.

Tom has more than 25 years of success helping his clients tell compelling stories to attract investors, partners and money to their businesses, and accelerate their growth!

Registration now open for our 12 week STEM Program!


Urban Workshop’s 12 Week Youth Learn and Build S.T.E.M. Program is designed to create a relaxed and pressure-free environment in which students, ages 10 to 16, learn to use a wide selection of hand and power tools with a variety of materials. Each individual class introduces participants to a new group of tools and techniques, and includes a project.  Your child will build confidence and independence learning practical skills by experiencing firsthand engineering and technical problem solving.  Using both traditional and high-end equipment, they will explore career opportunities that will benefit them for a lifetime.

New for Fall 2016 is our Level 3 Advanced Kids Program that will dig deeper in all areas covered so far and will add new techniques. All classes start the week of September 12, 2016 and the following days and times:

Level 3 class Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

Level 2 class Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm

Level 1 class Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Level 1 class Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Click the links above to get started on your enrollment today as space is limited!

Charter School Parents! Did you know you can use your Charter School funds? We are registered vendors with many Charter Schools in Southern California; please see the complete list on our webpage!

These are no ordinary STEM classes, more like old school shop classes really. The kids will have fun, get dirty, use loud and obnoxious tools and make a lot saw dust, metal chips and wire scraps along the way!

Free Small Business Seminar and Forum Discussion

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Tom Miller, President of Persuasive Business Plans, will be at Urban Workshop on Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., hosting a question and answer session on your most pressing business issues:

-Your business environment, industry and competitors
-Basic business functions of Marketing, Sales, Operations and Finance
-Developing standard processes, procedures and operations

This is the first in a series of seminars Tom will be presenting at Urban Workshop over the summer. Future dates and topics are:

July 14: Selling Your Story
August 11: Strategic Business Planning – Your Roadmap to Success
September 8: Color of Money – 14 Sources of Funding

Tom has a 25-year record of accomplishment helping clients tell compelling stories to attract money and people to accelerate business success. Based on Tom’s business plan, a $12- million service business obtained more than $1 million in new and restructured loans, improving cash flow by reducing monthly payments by 50%. With Tom’s help, a 25-year-old manufacturing company obtained over $15 million in new equity in a recapitalization allowing the original owners to maintain a 25% interest.
Prior to his consulting career, Tom served as an executive with several entrepreneurial firms in California and held several staff positions with a Fortune 500 firm in Illinois. In addition to his consulting practice, Tom is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at both CSUF and Concordia. Tom has an MBA from the University of Chicago, as well as undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the University of California, Irvine.
In his spare time, Tom volunteers with the Boy Scouts and his church.

There’s still time to sign up for Summer Camp!

There’s still time to sign up for Summer Camp!

This is not our average Summer Camp – more like old school shop classes! Your kids will have fun, get dirty, use loud and obnoxious tools and make a lot saw dust, metal chips and wire scraps along the way! Urban Workshop’s one-week Junior Maker summer camps will give your kids, ages 10 to 16, the hands-on experience of becoming a Maker and develop a life-long love of learning, creating, and building! Geared towards beginners, our program introduces them to a wide selection of hand tools and a wide variety of materials, all in a relaxed, pressure-free environment!

Level 1 Camp Dates: 
• May 23 through 27
• June 20 through 24 
• July 11 through 15 
• July 25 through 29 
• August 8 through 12 
• August 22 through 26

Level 2 Summer Camp dates: 
• June 27 through July 1 
• July 18 through 22 ** SOLD OUT!**
• August 15 through 19 
• August 29 through September 2

Go to our Education tab, click on Kids Summer Camp and sign up today!

Protect your Brand! Free Trademarks Workshop presented by Public Law Center!

Protect your brand! Free Trademarks Workshop for Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at Urban Workshop

Have a logo? Slogan? Sound? Learn the crucial points of protecting your business’ valuable intangible assets through basic information about trademarks.

This legal workshop will demystify the trademark process for small businesses and entrepreneurs by focusing on:
~ What trademarks are and what they do
~ Trademarks vs. Copyrights vs. Trade secrets
~ The trademark application process
~ What to do if someone else is using (infringing upon) your trademark. What to do if you receive a nasty “cease and desist” letter from someone that has a similar name.
~ Protecting your domain name

To RSVP or to receive more information, contact Sarah Efthymiou at the Public Law Center at 714-541-1010, ext 281 or email sefthymiou@publiclawcenter.org.

See you there!

Free Legal Workshop

Join the Public Law Center on Wednesday, April 6, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., as they present a free legal workshop “LEGAL TOPICS IN STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS” at Urban Workshop!  Topics to be discussed include:

  • The principal types of legal business structures available in California
  • Practical Considerations to starting your business
  • Responsibilities of Small Business owners

After the workshop, volunteer attorneys will be available to discuss your small business needs!  Please RSVP to the Public Law Center–remember it’s free — to sefthymiou@publiclawcenter.org.

Small Business Workshop!

Small Business Workshop!



Want a different experience for your child this summer? Urban Workshop’s one-week Junior Maker summer camps will give your kids, ages 10 to 16, the hands-on experience of becoming a Maker and develop a life-long love of learning, creating, and building!

Geared towards beginners, our program introduces them to a wide selection of hand tools and a wide variety of materials, all in a relaxed, pressure-free environment!  Your kids will learn 3D Printing, Autodesk Fusion360, Laser Engraving, Silkscreening, Basic Electronics, Woodworking, and More!  Camps are one week long, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and begin on May 16, 2016!

For more information and registration, visit our Education Programs tab!

Come visit us at Imaginology April 15 through 17, 2016 at the Orange County Fairgrounds!