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Small business conference brings entrepreneurs to Riverside

Small business conference brings entrepreneurs to Riverside

(January 23, 2001)

Entrepreneurial success stories come to Riverside Thursday, Feb. 8 at The 1st Inland Empire Entrepreneurs' Conference. The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Riverside is organizing the event.

The program is designed to help small business owners increase their odds of surviving and growing by hearing the stories of successful entrepreneurs.

Wally Amos, who founded "Famous Amos Cookies," and small business television personality Hattie Bryant, are among the featured speakers at the half-day conference scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Riverside Convention Center at Raincross Square, 3443 Orange St.

Bryant, host of the television series "Small Business 2000," will give the first talk titled "Entrepreneurs: The New American Heroes." Paul and Sarah Edwards, authors of small and home-based business books, will follow, speaking about "The Top Ten Trends Impacting Small Business Owners, and What they can do About Them."

Also speaking are Sharlyn Spates, vice president of Hawaiian Popcorn, who will give a talk titled "Growing Your Business Using Local Resources," and Monica Garcia, chief executive officer and chairwoman of the Corona-based Complas, Inc., who will speak about "Taking Your Business to the Next Level: Adventures in Finance." The last featured speaker is Amos, whose talk is titled "Turn Lemons into Lemonade."

Cost of the conference is $95 per person prior to the Feb. 2 registration deadline. Reservations after then will cost $115 per person. The conference includes a continental breakfast, a networking session, and exhibit booths.

For more information or to register, call the UCR Extension at (909) 787-4105. To download a copy of the conference brochure, which includes a registration form, go to the conference website at

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