Seminar to promote business startups |

Seminar to promote business startups

With a slow economy and fewer relocations, what’s an economic development organization to do?

Try to help along some new startups and fast-growing companies in this area.

Larry Burkhardt, president and chief executive of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council, is promoting a free seminar Wednesday at the Holbrooke Hotel.

ERC is bringing a speaker from the Sacramento office of the Gray Cary law firm to talk about intellectual property protection, corporate structure, and building a management team. The Sierra College Small Business Development Center is sponsoring the seminar, along with the Palo Alto-based law firm.

“What we’re looking for are companies anticipating strong growth, or people who want to put a company together,” said Burkhardt.

By providing the information, ERC is hoping to spur a few startups. Burkhardt pointed out that Nevada County has been fertile ground for startups.

That has been particularly true for the broadcast equipment industry, where employees of the former Grass Valley Group – one of the area’s largest employers and now a part of Thomson Grass Valley – have founded spinoff companies over the years.

In a slow economy, when people lose jobs they will sometimes start new companies, said Burkhardt.

The seminar is part of ERC’s emphasis this year on creating new jobs in the Nevada County area and keeping existing firms here.


WHAT: “Strategies for Building a High-Growth Company,² a free seminar

WHEN: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Holbrooke Hotel

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