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Entrepreneurs: Small-business owners invited to event at development center

Posted: April 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Current and future small-business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend the 2011 Dream and Discover Entrepreneurs Conference on May 5, sponsored by the Small Business Development Center located at College of the Canyons.

The Young Entrepreneurs Program is co-sponsoring the event.

The event is designed to encourage business leaders to think entrepreneurially and embrace their dreams.

Conference attendees can meet with other successful entrepreneurs. The conference features keynote speakers and interactive workshops led by SBDC business advisors.

The workshops include investors, bankers, social media specialists and successful business advisers from many different generations of entrepreneurs. Topics include how to finance your business, the utilization of marketing tools and key success strategies for entrepreneurs, while also focusing on how the SBDC can help achieve those goals.

“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,” said Steve Tannehill, SBDC director.

Dr. Dena Maloney, vice president of economic development and the college’s Canyon Country Campus, will welcome conference participants with an opening address.

Serial-entrepreneur Larry Twersky of (800) DENTIST is the keynote speaker. Twersky is discussing how entrepreneurs can be more effective, not just more efficient, by simply feeling good about themselves and striving to do more with their lives.

“Mr. Twersky has more than 25 years of leadership experience and is an industry expert in customer relationship management and office automation,” Tannehill said.

“More importantly, from his time at (800) DENTIST to his founding of (800) SLEEP-MED, he has continually worked to build a successful business model around a product or service that provides a social good.”

Young entrepreneurs
The Young Entrepreneurs Program provides free business counseling and business training programs for entrepreneurs aged 14 to 27. The goal of the program is to guide and encourage young people to consider careers in self-employment and small business ownership.

“This is the second time that the Dream and Discover Conference will incorporate speakers and workshops that address the challenges that entrepreneurs, and young entrepreneurs in particular, face,” said conference organizer Nina Grooms Lee, SBDC senior business adviser and YEP program manager.

Key conference sponsors are College of the Canyons, the California Community College’s Economic and Workforce Development program and the Business & Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College.

For more information about the 2011 Dream and Discover conference, please call (661) 362-5900 or visit To register to attend this event, please visit


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