2012-04-19 / Front Page

Business creation workshops available for residents

Participation is free of charge

The County of Mariposa, Community Services & Employment Training (CSET), and Alliance Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are pleased to announce the availability of free business creation workshops, individual counseling and low-cost financing for entrepreneurs.  Services are available to any Mariposa County resident interested in starting a new business or expanding their current business.

 The goal of the program is to start and grow local businesses that will create jobs for Mariposa County residents.  The services are part of Mariposa County’s Microenterprise Technical Assistance & Loan Program.

 The six week Build-A-Biz training begins on Thursday May 3.  The first meeting, an orientation, will be held at the Mariposa County Fire Department Headquarters at 5:00 pm.  All other courses will be held at the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors Chambers from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.  Topics to be presented include market research, financial management, marketing strategies, business planning, business finance and more.


The workshops will help entrepreneurs prepare business plans and loan application packages for submittal to the State of California Community Development Block Grant Program and Mariposa County for consideration.  The business loans can be used to purchase inventory, supplies, machinery, equipment, vehicles and other items.


“We are very excited to offer business creation and development workshops for Mariposa County residents,” said Marilyn Lidyoff, Business Development Coordinator for the Mariposa County Office of Economic Development.  “The no cost training will prepare entrepreneurs to successfully operate their business and connect them with funding opportunities.”


There will be an orientation at the Mariposa County Fire Headquarters at 5082 Bullion Street, corner of Bullion and 9th Street, on Wednesday, May 3 at 5:00 pm, with courses beginning May 10.  Interested applicants may also contact Albert Cendejas of CSET at (559) 741-4628 or albert.cendejas@cset.org.


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