First Home-based Business Roundtable

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Cecelia Fritzler and Sallie Goetsch lead a discussion on issues facing home-based businesses in Oakley

Cecelia Fritzler and Sallie Goetsch lead a discussion on issues facing home-based businesses in Oakley

The City of Oakley’s Economic Development Department and the Oakley Chamber of Commerce joined forces to hold the first Home-based Business Roundtable on July 23rd, 2013 in the city council chambers. We sent out nearly 400 postcards inviting everyone with a registered home-occupation permit, as well as inviting all Chamber members to attend.

Given the usual direct mail response rate of around 1%, we worried that we might only have 4 people in the room, but in the event, there were about 20, many of them people we had not met before, and a wide range of business types. Some people were just starting or preparing to start businesses; others had been in business for more than 20 years. Most preferred to remain at home, rather than moving to offices outside of their homes. While some were interested in pursuing funding for startup or growth costs, almost all wanted help with marketing and advertising. (Many said “I need a website” or “I need a better website.”)

Very few were aware that the City of Oakley produces a “Starting a Business in Oakley” guide and publishes it on their website. (There is a new version coming soon.)

Two special guests joined us that evening: George Carter from the Workforce Development Board and Mitch Hardin from the Contra Costa SBDC. Both are great resources for small businesses in Contra Costa County. There’s a lot of free online training available from the SBDC.

Everyone wanted to continue to hold more such meetings and focus on different topics such as marketing and sources of funds. Contact Sallie Goetsch or Cecelia Nichols-Fritzler to be notified of dates for future meetings.

Download the Resources for Small Businesses handout from the event.


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