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City to offer programs for small businesses in February

The following free small business offerings will start next month at City Hall in partnership with the North San Diego Small Business Development Center:

February 10, 9 a.m.–noon the city will hold the “Meet the Buyers” event in City Council Chambers, Training Room #1 and the Mitchell Room, 9 a.m. There is no fee to attend.


Small businesses will learn how to sell their products and services to government and large corporations. Partners include Marie Waldron of the 75th Assembly District, the North San Diego Small Business Development Center and the Department of General Services.

The “Meet the Buyers Tour” was launched in 2010, traveling throughout San Diego County helping hundreds of small business owners obtain contracts. “Meet the Buyers” features special guests; a panel of experts providing tips, tricks; and information on how small business owners can become a successful supplier for local, state and federal agencies.

The presentation will be followed by a time for small businesses to have one-on-one discussions with buyers. SBDC typically draws 85-100 attendees to these events.

Expected Participants include: Caltrans, City of San Diego, Clark Construction Company, DGS, • Mid Coast Project, MTS, North County Transit District, SANDAG, San Diego County, San Diego Community College, San Diego International Airport, SPAWAR, Swinerton Construction, • Sundt Construction and Turner Construction.

Last year the North San Diego SBDC’s “Meet The Buyers Tour,” one-onone counseling and workshops helped small businesses attain over $24 million in contracts.

Michelle Geller, the city’s director of Economic Development, told The Times-Advocate: “The City of Escondido’s economic development division is excited to partner with the North San Diego Small Business Development Center on the Meet the Buyers Tour. This is a great opportunity for small businesses to learn how to land valuable contracts and increase their revenues so they can stay and grow in North San Diego County. Traditionally, the events had been held at the Escondido Public Library and would attract up to 100 attendees. This larger venue will accommodate more attendees and also provide separate areas where business owners can have one on one time with potential clients, and clients can set up displays showing the types of contracts they’re looking to award. Additionally, we’ll be offering free, one on one counseling with small business advisors every Friday afternoon at Escondido City Hall. This will give our businesses in Inland North San Diego County an opportunity to meet with experts about a variety of small business topics, and they won’t have to commute all the way to the coast.”

Location: City of Escondido Council Chambers 201 North Broadway

Escondido. Use the Woodward parking lot (Between Broadway and Escondido Blvd.)

Consulting Sessions

Beginning on February 10, a small business consultant will be holding one to one consulting sessions every Friday in the Parkview Room from 1-4 p.m. Typically small business owners would have to commute to Carlsbad to meet with consultants at the SBDC office there, so this will provide greater access to help with business plan development, marketing, financing, accounting and other areas where small businesses need guidance.

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