The intensive 10-week (March 5 to May 9) New Venture Training Program will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon in the Community Center at 35 Oak St.
The program focuses on developing a business plan and provides the basic business-education tools required to implement the plan. The program features a hands-on approach to instruction, including presentations from a professional trainer, videos, guest speakers, group and peer discussion, individual and group work sessions, plus one-on-one consulting.
The program is part of the city’s long-term commitment to support start-up and home-based businesses. More than 40 small-business owners have already taken this training during the past four years.
“This training program literally saved our business,” said Kevin Johnson, co-owner of Johnson Heating and Air Conditioning, a Brentwood-based company that participated the city training in 2011. “We were facing the immediate threat of a shutdown, but the city’s training opened our eyes as to how we could retool our company, and we were able to increase our sales by 20 percent.”
The program is made possible through an innovative partnership between the City of Brentwood and the Contra Costa Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Brentwood providing $15,000 to help cover the costs.
The deadline for application is Feb. 17; the fee is $300. To apply, call the Contra Costa SBDC at 925-602-6806, or to download an application, visit the City’s Economic Development website at www.businessinbrentwood.com and select Small Business Training from the Local Business Assistance menu.
Applications may be submitted by mail to Contra Costa SBDC, Attn: Jeffrey G. Hall, 2425 Bisso Lane, Suite 200, Concord, CA 94520; or by fax to 925-602-6806.
Two orientation classes are scheduled for Jan. 27 and Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at 150 City Park Way in the second-floor Terrace View Conference Room.