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Community: COC and Citi Community Development partner to offer small-business community training

Posted: July 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Small Business Development Center began holding a series of free business seminars this week.

Titled “The Small Business Essentials: Building Financial Capacity,” the seminar series topics include the basics of business plans, accessing capital, monster marketing mistakes and social media.

This is the third time this series has been offered, due to the success of the previous two business training events, said Shelly Weinstein, training coordinator with the SBDC.

The seminars, which began Tuesday, are scheduled to continue through September. The training series is held at the College of the Canyons’ Valencia campus in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center.

Hosted by College of the Canyons and Citi Community Development, the college and community development division of Citibank, are partnering with the SBDC to help local entrepreneurs develop the skills needed to launch and grow a small business.

“These courses cover the essential topics for anyone looking to start a small business or grow an existing business,” said Steve Tannehill, SBDC director.

Each session will be hosted by a combination of SBDC business advisers and Citibank business bankers, the SBDC announced Tuesday.

The use of business advisers provides business owners with real-world insights into each of the subject areas. Local and regional business advisers, Connie Sparks, Ben Tenn and Tora Brown, are leading the business seminars.

The series is available to the business community free of charge due to a $10,000 sponsorship from Citi Community Development.

“We are thrilled to offer this series of core business training at no charge to the small business community, thanks to the support of Citi Community Development,” Tannehill said.

Citi Community Development considers College of the Canyons to be a strong partner offering and expanding the series of business classes, said Rashi Kallur, community officer for Citi Community Development.

“This series of classes enables us to build on our commitment to helping small businesses grow and succeed, and represents a terrific resource for underserved entrepreneurs in the Santa Clarita area,” Kallur said.

The local SBDC opened in January 2006 and serves northern Los Angeles county, including the Santa Clarita, Antelope and San Fernando valleys.

Business advisers work with existing and prospective small-business owners to help them start, maintain or grow their business through workshops and one-on-one counseling, as well as other resources available in the local business community.

This Small Business Essentials Seminar series is just one of many business workshops that the SBDC offers.
“People should sign up in advance because these classes do fill up quickly,” Weinstein said.


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