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*WEBINAR WEDNESDAY: How Kern County’s Economic Development Priorities Can Help Local Businesses

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Elements on how Kern County’s economic development priorities can help local businesses, and details on a 12-month business bootcamp for minority and low-income entrepreneurs are among topics of this week’s free webinar presented by the Small Business Development Center at CSU Bakersfield.  
Host and SBDC director, Kelly Bearden will be joined by Jim Damian, Kern County’s Chief Economic Development Officer. Damian will discuss near-term economic development projects, and how the county’s economic development priorities can help local businesses increase revenue and profits. 
Bearden will also be joined by Ali Morris, co-owner of WEM Enterprises, a business assistance firm that offers business startup assistance, financial forecasting, and strategic advisory services. Morris will provide details on the Kern Inclusive Membership Hub, a program of the Regional Disenfranchised Business Development Project (RDBDP). 
The webinar will begin with information on available capital resources programs, an update on the Bakersfield Entrepreneurship Grant Program, and weather-related disaster assistance for businesses from local, state, and federal governments. 
Questions from attendees will be taken.  
This marks the 297th episode of the weekly “Webinar Wednesday” business series that provides news and information helpful to employers and business owners. 
The CSU Bakersfield SBDC provides free one-on-one consulting to help small business owners. New and existing businesses can sign up for assistance by clicking here!
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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.