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*****Media Advisory*****
Press Release
City of Brentwood Offers Innovative Programs to Assist Small Businesses
1/8/13

In early 2013, the City of Brentwood is offering several exciting, innovative programs that are designed specifically to assist small local businesses:

• Grants for Business District Marketing and Promotion

The City’s Business License Grant Program provides grants to local business organizations to help fund projects that promote the City of Brentwood as a business destination. The City will be accepting applications for the 2013/2014 award cycle at the end of January.

For more information, please visit www.businessinbrentwood.com under “Local Business Assistance,” or you may contact Peggy Trudell at 516-5187 or via e-mail at ptrudell@brentwoodca.gov

• Entrepreneur Training

The City of Brentwood is partnering with the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to offer a ten-week intensive course in launching a new business venture. Topics include: basic business management, how to develop a business plan, financing, marketing, and other topics.

Two, free informational sessions will be held on January 17 and January 31 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at City Hall, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood.

Applications are due February 7, 2013. For more information, please visit www.businessinbrentwood.com under “Local Business Assistance,” or you may contact Peggy Trudell at 516-5187 or via e-mail at ptrudell@brentwoodca.gov

• Agricultural Enterprise Grant Program

The City is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Enterprise Grant Program. This program provides funding to assist local agricultural organizations with marketing and business improvement projects in order to promote the Brentwood Agricultural area. Approximately $30,000 will be available for the 2013/2014 award cycle.

Applications are due February 22, 2013. For more information, please visit www.businessinbrentwood.com under “Local Business Assistance,” or you may contact Peggy Trudell at 516-5187 or via e-mail at ptrudell@brentwoodca.gov

• Small Business Seminars

The City will hold its annual “Meet the Lenders” forum, which gives local businesses an opportunity to learn about typical lender requirements for conventional banks and other lending programs available to small businesses. In addition, the City of Brentwood is offering a series of technical seminars for small businesses during January to March 2013. Topics include:

• Sales & marketing for business growth
• Practical Problem Solving for Businesses
• Business Strategy

These seminars will be taught by MANEX – which is a U.S. government-funded nonprofit corporation that provides technical assistance to small businesses.

For more information, please visit www.businessinbrentwood.com under “Local Business Assistance,” or you may contact Peggy Trudell at 516-5187 or via e-mail at ptrudell@brentwoodca.gov

• Web-Based Small Business Services

The City is hosting a wide range of small business services on its economic development website: www.businessinbrentwood.com. Small businesses now have the ability, from the privacy of their own offices and at any time of day or night, to access key information such as:

• “Tools for Business Success” – an online service that helps small businesses to learn about financing, marketing, procurement, business plans, how to form new business ventures, and many other topics;
• Demographic Data;
• Economic & market data;
• Federal, State, local, and private-sector loan programs;
• Business networking resources;
• Permit & zoning information;

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