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California Symposium Offers Advice For Small Business Owners

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 3/26/2010

Speakers brought their expertise to a small business expo this week.

Panelists gathered this week at the BizNet Expo in Indio, California to discuss making the state more business friendly, the Desert Sun reports.

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The Small Business, Big Ideas symposium was held for an audience of about 50 people at the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino Special Events Center. The symposium and expo were hosted by the Indio and Coachella Chambers of Commerce.

Rachel Baranick, deputy district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, talked to the crowd about assistance programs and counseling services offered through the organization.

She called the SBA "the only federal agency that strictly advocates for small businesses' growth, start-up of small businesses and success of small businesses," according to the paper.

Another featured speaker was Toni Symonds, chief consultant for the state Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy.

Symonds offered some useful news for entrepreneurs in the room, directing them to a California state website where they could see which federal programs applied to their businesses.

Entrepreneurs looking for aid could be helped by a package of small business incentives passed by the House of Representatives this week.

Reuters reports that the bill is designed to encourage investment in small businesses, which have been slow to hire new employees.

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