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SBDC Asks Entrepreneurs To Dream & Discover

SBDC_DD_logoThe Small Business Development Center at College of the Canyons (SBDC) will hold their 2012 Dream and Discover Entrepreneurs Conference with an appeal to all current and future small business owners, students and community members to think like an entrepreneur and embrace their dreams.

“This year’s Dream and Discover conference will again provide attendees with access to the critical resources that aspiring and successful local business owners need to thrive in today’s economic climate, along with the chance to meet with other successful entrepreneurs and listen to a panel of outstanding speakers who will inspire them to reach new heights,” said Steve Tannehill, SBDC Director.

Highlighting the day will be a keynote presentation by local entrepreneur and President of J & M Entertainment Event Production, Jorge Lopez, who will discuss with attendees what entrepreneurship has meant for him and how it can be a viable opportunity for anyone.

Also scheduled to speak is Jason Price, training specialist with Yahoo!/Microsoft Search Alliance who will present “Digital Insights for Entrepreneurs” which will address how entrepreneurs can maximize their advertising efforts through various forms of online marketing.

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Throughout the day SBDC business advisors will lead a series of interactive workshops providing tips for business owners and current/future entrepreneurs alike.

Additional breakout sessions include:

Branding Your Business

Restaurant Possible

Producing Your Dream of an Entertainment & Arts Business

Pitching Your Business

Cash is King

Using a Busines Plan, What a Novel Idea!

All topics will also include information about how the SBDC can help an entrepreneur achieve their specific business goals.

Time will also be dedicated to sharing success strategies and other marketing techniques with attendees involved in the SBDC’s Young Entrepreneur Program (YEP).

Targeting young people between the ages of 14 and 27, YEP offers free business counseling and business training programs delivered through a variety of outreach and delivery methods, including websites, blogs, social networking sites, virtual reality games, youth-oriented trainers and business simulation products.

The goal of the program is to guide and encourage young people to consider careers in self-employment and small business ownership.

“We’ll also showcase the impressive accomplishments of our young entrepreneurs via our annual Business Plan and Marketing Competitions awards,” said Diana Meyer, SBDC Business Advisor and YEP program manager, who is organizing the conference.. “The awards ceremony coupled with the networking opportunities presented throughout the event will help connect all attendees with others for potential future collaborations.”

To conclude the conference, the SBDC will present a networking reception designed to allow aspiring and successful entrepreneurs meet, mingle, trade business tips and promote their companies or business ventures.

“It’s our hope that every conference attendee leaves at the end of the day with at least one or two actionable tips they can put into practice at their own business, or utilize as they work towards becoming entrepreneurs,” said Meyer.

The 2012 Dream and Discover conference will take place from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 3, in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, located on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus.

For more information about the 2012 Dream and Discover conference, please call (661)362-5900 or click here. To register to attend this event, please click here.

The 2012 Dream & Discover Conference is not the only business development events planned by SBDC. Below is list of upcoming events, many of them free of charge:

Monster Marketing Mistakes

Yes, it is almost certainly true – you are making mistakes when marketing your business products and services.  Come prepared to listen, learn and discuss what you can and should do to fix those mistakes.  Bring your business cards, flyers and a link to your website to have them challenged by your peers and a 35 year expert marketing executive who has already helped more than 400 clients just like you!  This event can make a powerful and profitable difference for your business, whether you are an experienced pro or just getting started.  Register online by clicking here.

Date:  Thursday, April 19

Time: 9 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: FREE + $2 parking fee

Location:  University Center at College of the Canyons, Room 222, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita 91355


Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan

A business plan is a necessity for the success of your business! This workshop will cover all aspects of creating a business plan, as well as emphasize the importance of goals and outline methods to achieve these goals. Critical topics such as business development, marketing plans, advertising strategies, financial analysis and budgeting will be covered in Part I. Attendees may bring a laptop to work on their business plan during the training.

Date:  Tuesday, April 24

Time: 9 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $35 + $2 parking fee

Location:  University Center at College of the Canyons, Room 222, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita  91355


LinkedIn 101

In this two-hour hands-on workshop in the computer lab, you’ll learn how to more effectively use LinkedIn to grow your business and increase your circle or connections. You’ll receive tips on improving your profile and learn how to become an expert in your industry or area of interest on LinkedIn. When you leave, you’ll have the necessary skills to add to your network, build new relationships online, and enhance existing relationships with other like-minded business professionals. Please come with a free LinkedIn profile already created. Limited seating.

Date:  Friday, April 27

Time: 9 am – 11:00 am

Cost: $35 + $2 parking fee

Location:  University Center at College of the Canyons, Room 213, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita 91355


Export-Import Workshop

This workshop will provide new-to-export and new-to-market clients with information on getting started in international trade. International trade basics will be provided as we walk through to the export/import development stages and are introduced to trade assistance resources on the federal, state, and local level.

To Register online click here.

Date:  Friday, April 27

Time: 10 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: FREE + $2 parking fee

Location:  University Center at College of the Canyons, Room 222, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita 91355

SBDC Asks Entrepreneurs To Dream & Discover

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