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*****Media Advisory*****
Press Release
City of Brentwood Sponsors New Venture Training Program


Linda Maurer
Economic Development Manager
City of Brentwood
(925) 516-5139


BRENTWOOD, Calif., November 21, 2008 – The City of Brentwood and the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center, are sponsoring the New Venture Training Program – entrepreneurial training for new and existing businesses in Brentwood.

The intensive 12-week business management program focuses on developing a business plan, while at the same time providing the basic business education needs that are required to implement the plan.  The program provides participants with a hands-on approach to instruction, including presentations from a professional trainer, videos, guest speakers, group and peer discussion, individual and group work sessions, as well as one-to-one consulting.

This is the second year that the City has offered this program in Brentwood.  Last year, 15 prospective and existing businesses took advantage of this program. 

“The City is excited about bringing this program back for another year,” said Linda Maurer, Economic Development Manager.  “We would like to encourage those considering a business and those already in business to take advantage of this unique opportunity.” Brentwood Chamber CEO, Harry York, added, “This is exactly the type of program the Chamber would like to offer the local business and those individuals thinking about going into business.”

Funding for this program ($10,000) is being provided through a grant from the City’s Business License Grant program.  Participants will be charged a $250 fee for application and material costs. 

Applications are now being accepted.  To apply, please call the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center to set up an interview at (925) 646-5377, or visit their website at and click on the Brentwood link to download an application.  After completing the application, please mail or fax it to:

Contra Costa SBDC
Attn: Beverly Hamile
2425 Bisso Lane, Suite 200
Concord, CA  94520
Fax: (925) 646-5299

The deadline for application is December 15, 2008 and classes will run from January 3 to March 27, 2008.  The New Venture Training Program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Main Presentation Room at the Brentwood Education and Technology Center, 101 Sand Creek Road, Building B, Brentwood, CA 94513.

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