This Week in Business News: Moving from Convict to Entrepreneur, Finding Business in San Diego County, and Deadlines for Disaster Effected Businesses

We missed you last week due to some unforseen events, but we’re back now. There’s some important stuff for entrepreneurs and small businesses all over California this week, including Stanford’s new program to support the rehabilitation of ex-convicts, the “Meet the Buyers” tour in Poway, and the approaching deadline for SBA disaster loans.

Stanford Program Gives Ex-Cons Boost in Starting Businesses

Anybody who knows me knows that I’m a huge advocate of prisoner rehabilitation. I’m a firm believer that people don’t stop committing crimes due to the punishment, but rather because they have a good reason to stop. A Stanford program called Project ReMADE proves that some amid the state’s top business school agree. They have teamed up with the Silicon Valley VCs and Business Executives, as well as students from Stanford’s Law and Business schools to help ex-convicts that come with high recommendations start businesses (It also doesn’t hurt that the case study in the article graduated an Episcopal Church sponsored program). Read more on the San Francisco Gate.

“Meet The Buyers” Tour is Coming to Poway

If you own a business in North County and want to get your hands on over $17 million in contracts, you might want to attend this event in Poway. This event is a free workshop happening this Friday and is focused on helping small business owners win all sorts of government and large corporate contracts. Representatives from local government organizations like the San Diego Unified School District all the way up through state representatives like the offices of Congressman Scott Peters. I definitely suggest you check this out. Read more on the Poway Patch.

CA 14021-02 Three Weeks Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans

If you had a business or home that was affected by the fires that ravaged San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, and Orange counties this year, you may be eligible for a disaster relief loan from the SBA. However, you’ve only got three weeks left to apply, so you’re going to want to get on it. There are loans ranging from up to $40 thousand for damaged personal property, all the way up to $2 million for business real estate or large machinery. If you were effected by the fires or know someone who was, you want to check this out. Read more on Insurance News.

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