Agenda for Small Business & Entrepreneur Seminar – Thursday, June 24, 2010

Agenda for Small Business & Entrepreneur Seminar
Thursday, June 24, 2010, 9am-noon
Holiday Inn Express, 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley, CA

5 min Welcome & Introductions – Jesse Locks, NCNBN

10 min Speed Networking – Get to know other local business owners.

10 min Economic Development in Nevada County – Gil Mathew, ERC
Tools for Success – What every entrepreneur should know before starting a business in Nevada County including county demographics, industries, market, resources, and more

30 min Resources & Programs – Sandy Dumont, Nevada County One-Stop Business Center; Representative from SEDCorp, Representative from SBDC.
Both organizations offer a wide range of high-quality services—most at no cost – including workshops, seminars, additional training, and more.

35 min Funding & Private Lending Opportunities – SEDCorp; Bill Finley, Butte Private Industry Council; Jon Gregory, GROWSierra Foothills; City Councilwoman Sally Harris of City of Nevada City, Mayor Lisa Swarthout of City of Grass Valley.
What monies are available to new business owners? What do you need to know when applying for loans and grants?

Break 10 minutes

30 minutes Advertising, Marketing & the Internet – John Paul or Spiral Studios, Andy Burton of Full Spectrum, Coryon Redd of Batteries4Less, Brenda Horton of HWare
The importance of marketing, branding, social media and a functioning website.

10 min Creative Workspaces, Environments & Sustainable Business Practices – Robert Trent, Sierra Commons

40 min Social Networks – Barbi Jackson, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce – Find your tribe, introduction of local professional organizations on hand to discuss membership, benefits, and how you can get involved in the local business community.

Speed Mentoring

  • Sierra Commons
  • Business and Professional Women
  • Soroptimist of Nevada County
  • Nevada County Chamber of Commerce
  • The Exchange
  • Rotary
  • APPLE Center for Sustainable Living
  • Local Green Sierra/Green Drinks
  • Think Local First
  • Toastmasters

5 min Closing Remarks


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