Tips From the Pros: How to Start Your Own Business

bozzo.jpgChallenging economic times do not have to block a dream of starting a successful business, says Paul Bozzo, who is featured as the keynote speaker at a special Sonoma State University Alumni Association networking event on Tues., August 30 from 7:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster Event Center in Rohnert Park. Admission is $5 general public and free to Alumni Association members.

"A sound business idea, the right knowledge, access to community resources and strong determination can lead to a successful start-up," says Bozzo, who will present tips from his "Insider's Guide to Starting and Growing a Successful Small Business." The guide is a review of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make and how to avoid them as well as the five most important keys for a successful start-up venture.

Bozzo, an expert in business start-up strategies, has more than 20 years of experience in working with entrepreneurial ventures and specializes in strategic business planning and Venture Capital/Angel/Small Business Association funding.

Hard-to-find resources in Marin and Sonoma County about how to start a business - or grow an existing one - will also be available. Representatives from a wide range of business and financial concerns will be on hand to address questions in a face-to-face setting so attendees can come away from the event with a clearer sense of how to start their own business or create their own jobs.

Organizations involved include:

· SBDC Santa Rosa JC, NextStep

· North Coast SCORE - Chapter 450

· College of Marin

· Santa Rosa Young Professionals Network

· Sonoma County Economic Development Board

· Exchange Bank SBA Loans

· City of Santa Rosa Economic Development

· Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster/I-Hub

· North Bay Angels

· Sonoma County Alliance

· Chamber of Commerce

          - San Rafael

          - Santa Rosa

· SBDC: San Rafael

For further information, contact the SSU Alumni Association at (707) 664-2426 or email

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