Go-Biz "Grow California Business" Summit

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 7:0 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT) Clovis, CA

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) “Grow California Business” Summit Series is a touring event program occurring throughout the State of California. The summit features presentations and demonstrations of programs, services and tools offered by GO-Biz and an expo featuring local small business resource partners and other state agencies. The event is open to all small business owners and small business supporters. 


7:30 am                    Registration & Resource Partner Expo Opens

8:00 - 8:15 am          Welcoming Remarks

Speaker: Panorea Avdis, Chief Deputy Director, GO-Biz

8:15 - 8:45 am          The New California Business Portal

The new California Business Portal provides information to business owners on starting a new business, permits and licenses, incentives, local resources and more. GO-Biz IT Chief provides a digital overview of the portal and how to use it to advance your business.

Speaker: Tom Boon, GO-Biz IT Chief

8:45 - 9:15 am          An Overview of the Governor’s Economic Development Initiatives

Receive an update on the three major economic development initiatives introduced by Governor Brown in 2013 and how your business can leverage those programs for growth.

Speaker: Will Koch, Deputy Director, California Competes Tax Credit

9:15 - 9:45 am          Connecting CA Business to the World

Learn how your small business can take advantage of local and state resources to export your products around the globe.

Speakers: Brian Peck, Deputy Director, International Affairs and Business Development and Alicia Rios, Director, Fresno Center for International Trade

9:45 - 10:00 am          Break

10:00 - 10:30 am         Tools and Resources to Grow Your Business

More than 5,500 small business inquiries are fielded by GO-Biz every year, ranging from permit assistance, site relocation, and access to capital needs, among many other areas of assistance. Learn more about what GO-Biz has to offer in the area of direct business support.  

Speakers: Jesse Torres, CA Small Business Advocate, Emily Jarrett, Sr. Business Development Specialist, CA Business Investment Services and Alice Scott, Deputy Director of External Affairs, CA Infrastructure Bank

10:30 - 11:00 am         Tools and Resources to Grow Your Business

The Office of Community & Economic Development at Fresno State connects the University to the community throughout the eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley. Receive an overview of the office’s resources including innovation, data, research, industry insights, and connections to collaborators, investors, researchers and new markets.

Speakers: Mike Dozier, Executive Director, Office of Community & Economic Development, Fresno State University

11:00 - 11:05 am           Closing Remarks

Speaker: Jesse Torres, CA Small Business Advocate, GO-Biz

Noon                             Resource Partner Expo Closes