Bakersfield SBDC To Host Business Webinar Series



MEDIA CONTACT: Kelly Bearden, CSUB Small Business Development Center Director
                          , 661-654-2856


Webinar Wednesday series will be focus of CSUB small business development center


Jan.23, 2013 — California State University, Bakersfield’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a series of business webinars on a variety of business topics in 2013. The Webinars will be every other Wednesday during the lunch hour from 12:05 to 1:00 pm, throughout 2013. The webinar series will be free to business owners and residents in Kern, Inyo and Mono counties, others must pay a $ 39 fee to attend. Webinars are a quick and convenient way to get pertinent information on business management topics over the internet and accessed via a computer with an internet connection or at a group site co-hosting the event with a large screen.

The webinars will also be offered in remote locations throughout the three county area where participants can gather and enjoy the webinar on a large screen. These locations will offer individuals with limited access to a high speed internet connection the opportunity to still view the webinars in a relatively seminar type setting. Please check our website for updated locations.

The initial webinar will be on the rising popularity of Crowdfunding on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Crowdfunding is a strategic approach to funding business projects through the support of a large number of people donating to specific projects via the Internet. Common crowdfunding projects include incentives and rewards to encourage supporters to back an idea, project or technology via a website such as, crowd lending sites and the new equity Crowdfunding where businesses will be able to raise capital by issuing equity ownership to investors.

Subsequent business webinars will be Feb. 20 on Starting or Growing Business that provides ideas and tools on legal, marketing and financially growing a small business. Our March 6th webinar is on the rules and regulations of starting a food business out of your home. New California law permits certain food businesses to operate out of a home rather than commercial kitchen. The March 20th webinar will feature the latest information on finding ways to raise money to grow or start a business. Some unique loan programs and other seldom discussed ideas will be presented too.

The CSUB SBDC is an off-campus center that offers no-cost, high quality business consulting as well as topical businesses webinars, classes and conferences. The events are being co-sponsored by the Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Coalition (ESBRBG), a grant funded coalition striving to connect communities with high speed internet for residents and business owners.

Space is limited. Register online at For additional information, contact the center at 661-654-2856 or email







Essentials of Crowdfunding

By: Kelly Bearden

Fee: $ 39

No Fee (Kern, Inyo, Mono)

February 6, 2013


12:05 – 1:00 pm

The essentials of Crowdfunding details equity, donation and debt sourced Crowdfunding.  Get options, tips and traps on this fast growing capital source.

Grow Our Business with Management Training 

By: Angel Cottrell

No Fee: (Kern, Inyo, Mono, others $ 39)

February 20, 2013


12:05 – 1:00 pm


Business essentials of starting or growing a small business are explored.  Legal aspects, marketing, financial info and technology are discussed.

Your Home Cottage Food Business

By: Kelly Bearden

Fee: $ 39

No Fee (Kern, Inyo, Mono)

March 6, 2013


12:05 – 1:00 pm

New state law permits certain food businesses to operate from a home kitchen. Get the new rules and see if opportunity is knocking for you!

Creatively Funding Small Business

By: Jay Thompson

Fee: $ 39

No Fee (Kern, Inyo, Mono)

March 20, 2013


12:05 – 1:00 pm

Small business loans are still near record lows, yet dozens of other resources, loan programs and alternative ideas exist to capitalize a new or growing business.



The UC Merced Regional Small Business Development Centers are funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and center host institutions. Funding is not an endorsement of any product, opinion, or service. All Federal and State funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Special arrangements for individuals with disability will be made if requested in advance.