Southwestern College is hosting the inaugural Small Business Expo this Friday to help San Diegans who want to grow their current businesses or jump start an entrepreneurial idea.
The free event will feature panels on landing contracts with government agencies and how to work with community lenders, and it will also provide networking opportunities with San Diego’s small business leaders.
The expo will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Southwestern College Performing Arts Center at 900 Otay Lakes Rd. in Chula Vista. Light refreshments will be served and free parking is available nearby.
If any small business owners want to learn about government contracting and how to finance that work, they can learn how to do both at this event, said Daniel Fitzgerald, regional director of the Small Business Development Center network. Even if inking big contracts is not top of mind for an entrepreneur, he said this expo will help them network and find other business assistance that’s available.
“Whatever stage their business is in, they’ll be able to get that help that they need,” he said. “And … (they can) see that there’s a lot of small business support out there that’s free.”
While the Small Business Development Center holds events on lending, contracting and assistance year-round, Fitzgerald said this is a unique one-stop shop for business owners to get information in a single day.
Guest speakers from the San Diego Unified School District, San Diego Gas & Electric, Customs and Border Protection, Southwestern Community College District and the county of San Diego will be available to discuss procuring government contracts.
The panel on lending and getting financial assistance will feature a number of Southern California banks as well as speakers from the Women’s Business Center, Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
To register for the event visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/small-business-expo-tickets-465143164727
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