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CALIFORNIA SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT: BUILDING LOCAL ECONOMIES

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California Endowment Center

1000 Alameda St

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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The California Small Business Summit is a full-day event in Los Angeles that will bring together 50 small business leaders from across the state to discuss important issues facing small businesses and provide education to help entrepreneurs and local economies thrive.

As small business owners, you’re critical to the success of our local communities, injecting life and vitality into your neighborhoods, providing quality jobs and boosting prosperity for all. Our Small Business Summit is a platform for you to participate in meaningful dialogue about issues facing California’s small business community and educational workshops on critical issues like access to capital, healthcare, retirement and much more. The format will be an interactive mix of panel discussions, presentations, keynotes and breakout sessions featuring expert advice from business assistance providers and other successful small business owners.

Session Topics Include:

  • Starting and building your business

  • Resources for women entrepreneurs

  • Finding funding to expand your business

  • Hiring and retaining employees

Agenda

8:00 AM Registration

8:30 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO, Small Business Majority
  • Mark Herbert, California Director, Small Business Majority
  • Xiomara Peña, California Deputy Director & National Latino Outreach Manager, Small Business Majority

8:45 AM Icebreaker

9:00 AM Starting and Building your Business

  • Moderator: Claudia Moreno, Southern California Outreach Manager, Small Business Majority
  • Claudia Shah, Business Advisor, SBDC East Los Angeles Initiative
  • Veronica Corona, Owner, CM Cleaning Solutions
  • Kimberly Rolfe, Professor, University of Southern California
  • Remy Meraz, Founder, MeTyme Network

9:45 AM Women Entrepreneurship Initiative

  • Gail Lara, Executive Director, Women’s Collaborative Mentoring Program
  • Marsha Olson, Director, Community Partnerships & Programs FOUND/LA, Wurwand Foundation

10:30 AM Getting cash to expand and build your business using Venturize

  • Moderator: Richard Pallay, BusinessSource Program Manager, Economic and Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles
  • Anna Marie Cruz, Loan Officer, Small Business Finance CDC
  • Daniel Fernandez, Director of Microlending, Opportunity Fund
  • Kateri Gutierrez, Co-Owner, Collective Avenue Coffee
  • Yvette Salas, Relationship Manager, Camino Financial

11:15 AM Breakout Sessions

  • TRACK A: Funding Landscape for Start-Ups
  • TRACK B: Crowdfunding for Established Businesses

12:00 PM Lunch Keynote – Public & Private Partnerships

1:00 PM Hiring and Keeping your Employees

  • Moderator: Xiomara Peña, CA Deputy Director, Small Business Majority
  • Andrew McDowell, Owner, With Love Market & Café
  • Diego Cartagena, Vice President, Legal Programs, Bet Tzedek Legal Services
  • Heather Altman, Owner, Altman Environmental Consulting
  • LaShondra Mercurius, President, JLM Strategic Partners

2:00 PM Policy and Advocacy 101

2:45 PM Reach Customers Online w/ Google by Robert Martinez, National Speaker & Digital Coach, Google

3:30 PM Closing Remarks

4:00 PM Networking/Meet the Lender Session/Happy Hour

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California Endowment Center

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