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Business Experts Eager to Talk

Nov. 27, 2012

Dennis Darrow

Hispanic businesswoman

In the future, the Southern Colorado Business Resource Conference may devote more time on ways to pad profits. For now, the event is focused on helping cash-strapped employers keep their doors open. The third-annual conference takes place Thursday at the Pueblo Convention Center.

Free and open to the public, the daylong event features workshops and a Resource Exhibit Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Small Business Appreciation Breakfast takes place at 9 a.m.

Business conditions are "still very rough," says Caroline Trani, director of the Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center, the organizer of the event.

"Some businesses are doing OK. Others, it (the recession) is still affecting them. Definitely, 2013 is just as much as a concern for them." The conference can help businesses survive the downturn, Trani said.

An estimated 35 "resource vendors" will be in attendance to visit with small business owners. They range from lenders to the Small Business Administration and the USDA Office of Rural Development.

Nearly a dozen seminars are planned on topics ranging from social media to cash flow advice. A luncheon presentation will provide the latest update on how the federal Affordable Health Care Act rules will impact small businesses.

A morning roundtable will bring together small businesses to discuss issues pending in the state Legislature.

"The whole purpose of the event is to help businesses, primarily existing businesses, with (sales, customer and employee) retention and expansion," she said. "Business retention is a big piece of it."

Registration is requested by calling 549-3224.

Source: (c)2012 The Pueblo Chieftain (Pueblo, Colo.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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