Synergy Summit Follow Up

What a great meeting!  It was so nice to see all the mountain community business owners and nonprofit representatives in attendance.  Thank you to the Holiday Inn in Lebec for being such a great host!

If you weren’t able to attend the event, or were there and missed some of the resource websites mentioned, check out the “Resources” box here on the AFS website.

There were several interesting topics presented.  To summarize:

  • The UC Merced SBDC regional network is exploring the possibility of putting a satellite office in our community.  There is already a satellite office in Bakersfield, where local residents can go to utilize resources in the meantime.  They also have a very informational website.  They are also willing to send up a consultant if a few businesses want to schedule meeting time on the same day – check with our fantastic Chamber of Commerce if you’re interested.
  • Angel, Director of Client Services with Women’s Economic Ventures (but men can utilize their services too!) is a new Pine Mountain Club Resident.  Welcome Angel!  She told the group about the services offered by the nonprofit, including their small business loan fund which provides funding for startup or otherwise “unfundable” businesses.
  • Paul Sippel with the Community Development Program Department of Kern County presented information on the Kern Microenterprise Opportunity Program (KMOP) and the Revolving Loan Fund.
  • Dion and Debbie with the Holiday Inn told the attendees about opportunities for partnering with the hotel on presentations and marketing videos.  They want the “outside world” to know what our mountain communities have to offer!
  • And I (yay me!) briefly spoke about our accounting service and grant research website for nonprofits.  Thank you to Patric Hedlund of the Mountain Enterprise and panel moderator for pointing me out in the crowd and giving me the opportunity to speak about our services.