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Final Speaker Chosen For COC Entrepreneurs Conference

Steve Uzzell, award winning photographer and entrepreneur, will be the closing keynote speaker at the 2007 Dream & Discover Entrepreneur Conference hosted by College of the Canyons on October 2, 2007 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.


One of the top advertising and corporate photographers in the country, Uzzell started in the photography business 35 years ago as the assistant to the editor of National Geographic and a member of their photographic staff.


He now shoots for a roster of clients that includes airlines, automobile manufacturers and travel and fashion magazines. Uzzell is known for witty, down-to-earth advice and audience credibility based on his own experience as an entrepreneur.


“The day long Dream and Discover Entrepreneur Conference will provide timely information to entrepreneurs and small business owners in Los Angeles County and surrounding areas,” said Peter Bellas, Director of the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies at College of the Canyons.


“It will be equally valuable to entrepreneurs who have a great idea involving technology
as well as those small business owners and entrepreneurs in the retail or service sector.”


According to the US Small Business Administration, 550,000 small businesses are started every year. California is home to 2.6 million small businesses with half the state's employment in small business. 98 percent of all California businesses have fewer than five employees.


In northern Los Angeles County, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at College of the Canyons serves a 2,838 square mile service area including much of the San Fernando Valley, the entire Santa Clarita Valley, and  the Antelope Valley.  In its first year of opening its doors, the SBDC assisted more than 2000 people with free consulting and low-cost business training.


“Small businesses are the economic engine for business growth in our region and SBDC is committed to providing more resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the area.” said Paul De La Cerda, Chair of the 2007 Dream & Discover Entrepreneur Conference and Director of the SBDC.


“The conference will continue to help small business owners and entrepreneurs learn how to build their business and reach their goals.”


Last year, the half-day conference provided tips to more than 200 small businesses and budding entrepreneurs about start up challenges, marketing, planning for business growth, and accessing capital.


The conference is organized by the College of the Canyon¹s Economic Development Division which includes the Small Business Development Center, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, Employee Training Institute, and the i3 Advanced Technology Incubator. Corporate sponsors for the conference include JF Design, Mellady Direct Marketing, Staples Business Advantage, SCV Bank, Mission Valley Bank, Momentum Venture Management, Pasadena Angels, Xnergy, and Sing-A-Rama.


To register or learn more about how to sponsor the conference, visit or call the College of the Canyons Economic Development Division (661) 259-3874.  


For more details on Steve Uzzell, visit

Final Speaker Chosen For COC Entrepreneurs Conference

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