2011-06-09 / Business

Expo drew SCOREs of business people

More than 700 new and established entrepreneurs attended the recent Free Seminars and Business Expo at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, sponsored by the Ventura County Chapter of SCORE to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

“ As one of 354 nonprofit chapters across the country, we are a resource partner to the Small Business Administration. Our counselors, who are semiretired and retired business executives and managers, volunteer their vast experience and knowledge to help established business owners and potential owners be successful,” said chapter chair Michael J. Scotto of Thousand Oaks.

At the event, questions such as “How do I start a business?”, “How will people find me?”, “Do I need to be incorporated?” and “What will take me to the next level?” were among those posed at the five free workshops and the 50 booths, which included the Small Business Administration, Board of Equalization and the IRS.

Kelly Flint from Constant Contact, who presented the seminar on social networking, offered tips on how to enter the new medium of communication or how to become more knowledgeable.

Blake Welch, SCORE’S regional director from Glendale, presented a plaque before one seminar to Scotto and the chapter to acknowledge its work.

Those attending the seminars received in-depth information on topics such as “Do you have what it takes to be in your own business?”, “ Money sources now available to entrepreneurs,”, marketing tips and tools, “Taking your website from okay to outstanding” and “Social media marketing made easy.”

Scotto, who alone has more than 45 years’ experience in corporate and small-business development and marketing, said, “We expected hundreds to attend this event, which we believe was one of the biggest of its kind in our area, so we’re most gratified at the attendance. It exceeded our expectations.”

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