Participants learned business tips from a group of experts
An accomplished panel of speakers ‹ including legendary photographer and entrepreneur Steve Uzzell, gave timely information to approximately 200entrepreneurs and small business owners during the half-day event, held in the college's Performing Arts Center.
Rohit Shukla, founder and CEO of the Larta Institute, a firm providing entrepreneur training, kicked off the morning with an action plan for entrepreneurs in today¹s global markets. Shukla said international
partnerships and collaboration are essential for success in today’s world markets.
A three-member panel made up of Nia Stefany, founder and managing partner of Xnergy, Al Schneider, vice chairman of Pasadena Angels, and Matt Ridenour, managing director of Momentum Venture Management, described the different types and stages of capital financing for entrepreneurs and gave advice on how to approach Angels and venture capital investment groups with proposals for funding.
Kevin Malone, co-owner of Mercedes Benz of Valencia and former executive vice president and general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers described how his experiences managing baseball teams brought to his dealership the critical skills of planning and getting all employees “to be pulling on the same side of the rope.”
The final keynote speaker, Uzzell, used samples of his award-winning photographs to teach conference attendees how to find creative, unexpected solutions to business problems.
Corporate sponsors for the conference included event sponsor Citibank and JF Design, Mellady Direct Marketing, Staples Business Advantage, SCV Bank, Mission Valley Bank, Momentum Venture Management, Pasadena Angels, Xnergy, The Entrepreneur¹s Source and Sign-A-Rama.
Event partners include the U.S. Small Business Administration, California Community Colleges Economic & Workforce Development Department, city of Los Angeles, city of Santa Clarita, city of Palmdale, Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, Palmdale and Antelope Valley Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Valley Industrial Association.
During the 2007 Dream and Discover Conference at College of the Canyons, a panel of experts gives entrepreneurs advice on how to access different types of financing during various growth stages of their businesses.