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October 30, 2012 > Small Businesses Symposium

Small Businesses Symposium

Submitted By Scott Peterson

Small business owners may feel all alone - with no one to keep them from making the critical mistake that could lead to failure or from missing the golden opportunity that could sustain their success.

But East Bay entrepreneurs and businesses that attend the fourth and final 2012 Small Business Symposium at the Crowne Plaza in Union City on November 8th definitely won't be alone as they will have an opportunity to connect with forty plus resources - from free non-profit and government services to the expert advice of business professionals.

With the goal of enhancing the entrepreneurial opportunities within the region by connecting small businesses and resources, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) and its partners launched the East Bay Small Business Initiative in May targeting small local businesses from startup to mature companies. The free symposiums connect business owners at various stages of maturity (startup, young, growth and mature) with experts in starting, growing and sustaining small businesses and specific, relevant resources, including financing, business planning, marketing, human resources and legal support, via one of four concurrent, ninety-minute breakout panels that answer questions from the audience.

Breakouts are followed by a networking session that provides participants opportunities to speak directly to the resources/business professionals and other businesses. Please see our web site to register as a participant, resource partner or a sponsor: www.ebsmallbusiness.com.

"What we know is that more than half of all East Bay small businesses need some kind of advice or specialized service just to survive. We want to help them thrive and grow," said Jim Foley, Wells Fargo Bank's Greater Bay President and leader of the effort. "By bringing them together with resources that are typically needed for each business lifecycle, we will have something to offer all businesses and can assist as many as possible."

The Small Business Symposium is endorsed by Alameda County Supervisors in the two southern districts. "I'm so pleased that this effort is providing an opportunity this year for Southern Alameda County businesses to attend and I strongly encourage area business owners and chambers of commerce to participate" said Richard Valle, an Alameda County Supervisor. Businesses in Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty's District are also invited to participate, and both Supervisors will be participating in the event. "The Building on Our Assets report produced by the East Bay EDA in 2011 found that nearly 70% of jobs in the East Bay are created by businesses employing less than 100 people," said Supervisor Haggerty. "Therefore, our small businesses need and deserve everything the leadership of this County and the East Bay can do to support them."

To register, learn more about the event and connect with additional resources, check our website www.ebsmallbusiness.com.

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