Calling all small business owners and entrepreneurs: Turlock prepares for first funding expo

Small business owners and entrepreneurs in Turlock will have the opportunity to learn more about funding at the City of Turlock’s first Small Business Funding Expo on January 18. The event, which is a collaborative effort between the city Turlock, Valley Sierra Small Business Development Center, Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Stanislaus Equity Partners, hope to connect the public with the expertise and resources needed to succeed in financing or starting their efforts. they are.

Anthony Sims is the economic development director for the city of Turlock and explained that the workshop, which he has been working on for almost four months, is something that members of the community can benefit from, especially in today’s economy.

“Startups and small businesses account for 90% of the U.S. economy. We can really impact our economy by helping these groups,” Sims said. Small businesses are busy keeping their businesses up and running, they don’t have time to research the financing available to them. Access to financing is important to the entrepreneurial economy and small businesses. The most important thing is to get this information and share it with them. We need to help create that spark. We need to help integrate entrepreneurship and help small businesses survive and grow their businesses. “

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Several guest speakers will be on hand, including Maisie Silva (CEO of the Sierra Valley SBDC), Johnny Garcia (CEO of the Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) and Monica Vergara (Small Community Services working for Stanislaus Equity).

“The event will cover a wide range of financing options for small businesses and entrepreneurs,

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including SBA loans, micro loans, small business loans, and small business loans,” says Silva. “Loans can be a tough test for a “Many business owners. This event is designed to guide and assist local businesses through the process.”

In addition to guest speakers, representatives from Valley First Credit Union, Access Plus Capital, Success Capital, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on hand to answer specific questions or help launch some of the opportunities. right.

“Anyone who wants to start a business in 2023 and is thinking of asking friends and family for funding, before they ask, they should consider attending the exhibition to learn about funding options. another credit for a start,” Vergara added.

Silva shared similar sentiments, admitting that many people are reflecting on the big event at the start of the new year.

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“We encourage potential entrepreneurs to attend to see the potential of the loan,” he said. It’s never too early to turn your dreams into reality.”

The workshop will be held at the Carnegie Arts Center at 250 N. Broadway in Turlock. Check-in will be at 1:00 pm and the event will officially begin at 1:30 pm and last until 4:00 pm The exhibition is completely free, but attendees are encouraged to register. Pre-register online at Eventbrite by searching for “Small Business Funding Expo” in the search bar with the location set to “Turlock.”

“In the economy, we need to help and be a connector for businesses,” Sims said. “The financing expo will be a unique and exciting opportunity to share financing opportunities with small businesses and entrepreneurs.”


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