Local small business owners will have a chance to connect with critical resources providing assistance in these tough economic times at an upcoming forum hosted by State Senator Curren D. Price, Jr., Chair of the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development.
Senator Price’s “Small Business Access to Capital and International Trade Forum” will be held on Friday, May 6th at 1:00 p.m. at West L.A. College. Speakers will include representatives from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the federal Small Business Administration and the Port of Los Angeles.
Recent passage of federal and state legislation has allocated hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for financial and technical assistance, creating an important window of opportunity for small businesses. Connecting California business owners and entities with the local, state and federal agencies implementing these options is a key first step in the state’s road to recovery and viability. Attendees will have the chance to meet one-on-one with the people offering assistance and directing resources to businesses.
The forum will help businesses looking for financial assistance, technical solutions and contracting opportunities to help start or grow their enterprise and possibly even expand their business services overseas.
“Small businesses and small business owners have been tremendously impacted by the unprecedented economic downturn,” said Senator Price, who also chairs the Senate Select Committee on Procurement. “I am committed to helping create an environment where economic development and job creation continue to grow, and providing opportunities for businesses to access tangible resources that can really make a difference in their ability to be successful is especially important.”
Senator Price is a strong advocate for creating new opportunities for small business enterprises and has authored legislation to increase opportunities for small businesses to compete for state contracts and offer incentives for creating new jobs. He has held small business and economic development forums and town halls in his district since being elected to the Legislature in 2006.
What: Small Business Access to Capital and International Trade Forum
When: May 6, 2011, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m..
Where: West L.A. College, 9000 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230
For more information, please contact Lisa Martin at (916) 651-4026 or [email protected]